Friday, March 3rd, 2017.

Excelsior pupils rehearsing for their big night with The Young Americans

Super-talented young performers from America are lighting up Excelsior Academy with a show-stopping performance putting pupils into the spotlight.

The California-based Young Americans are spending three days at Excelsior working with eager students – singing, dancing and acting their way across the weekend.

Pupils are rehearsing with the US troupe to hone their performance skills in a series of workshops before a spectacular performance on Sunday night (March 5th) in Excelsior’s main hall in front of expectant family and friends.

The Young Americans are regular visitors to Excelsior Academy – touring the globe with their own brand of life-affirming artistic performance

Formed in southern California in the 1960s, the organisation has about 200 young people aged 16 to 25 from nearly every US state and several other countries who tour the world advocating the power of music in education.

Their International Music Outreach Tours bring music back into schools, tapping into the creative talents of young people.

Corkey Lee, Associate Director at The Young Americans, said: “We work with the kids so that they are not afraid to express themselves, to open up, give an opinion and want to learn more.

“They will get the confidence to express themselves and try something new. Not only will this help them in the rest of their education, but in life in general.

“The school here is incredible, the staff are great and what we see with the kids shows us it is going to be a fun and exciting show.”

Deon Krishnan, Assistant Principal at Excelsior’s sixth form college, is leading the academy’s staff supporting the production – the engagement and confidence pupils take from being centre stage reaping dividends for greater attainment across the whole school curriculum.

“We feel that having The Young Americans here will build our children’s self-confidence through music, dance and drama by getting them involved in such a superb programme,” said Deon.

“It is taking children out of their comfort zones and helping build bridges in the classroom. The Young Americans pride themselves on working with children to build their self-esteem and come out of their shells.

“We can’t wait to see the big performance, to see their happy faces and the reaction they get from family and friends.”

Every year the Young Americans visit 200 communities and work with around 52,000 students from primary school upwards – in countries including New Zealand, Canada, Russia, China and South Africa.

Their workshops seek to inspire youth, empower teachers and strengthen education systems.

Tickets for Sunday night’s performance (March 5th) priced £8 for adults are available on the door on the night.