Students have the world at their feet

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Students at a performance arts school are looking forward to broadening their horizons in an action-packed couple of years.

Students at a performance arts school are looking forward to broadening their horizons in an action-packed couple of years.

Directions Theatre Arts, which is based at Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, have been invited to attend a town twinning event in Sindelfingen, Germany.

The invitation came from Dronfield Town Twinning Association who saw students perform in Chesterfield’s Vicar Lane shopping centre.

The assocation was keen to get the school to perform at the twinning event in July 2013 but that clashes with Directions’ engagement at Disneyland Paris, so the school will take up the offer to go to Germany in 2014.

Geoff Cox, who together with his wife Julie, founded Directions Theatre Arts, said: “We’re delighted to have been asked to perform in Sindelfingen at the town twinning event. We’re becoming more international and both our school and college students benefit from the experience this range of events offers.”

Performing at Disneyland Paris this year has helped three of the school’s students achieve wins at festivals around the UK throughout 2012.

James Morgan, Ruby Payne and Dominic Stevenson will perform in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the NEC in Birmingham next year, as part of the prize for their latest success. The trio took first prize over more than 20,000 entrants from across the United Kingdom at Pontins in Prestatyn, with their routine Well Did You Evah! from the musical High Society.

James, a pupil at Parkside Community School, Dominic, who attends Brookfield Community School and Ruby, a student at Newbold Community School, have been pupils at Directions Theatre Arts for the last ten years and are members of its cabaret team.