Monday, March 6th, 2017.

The big show in full swing at Excelsior Academy

A spectacular song and dance performance by Excelsior Academy pupils with the acclaimed Young Americans scored a huge success with a packed audience.

After just two days under the tutelage of the super-talented troupe from California, the Excelsior pupils wowed an audience of 250 family and friends with a Turn Up The Music performance of contemporary and classic numbers.

The youngsters took over the main school hall for a two-hour long show, belting out everything from Disney numbers through to chart hits from the likes of Justin Timberlake.

The show was part of a European tour by The Young Americans.

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.

Excelsior College Assistant Principal Deon Krishnan and his team of staff who gave up their weekends to support pupils with their show rehearsals and workshops, were given a huge ovation by children, The Young Americans and the audience.

Corkey Lee, Associate Director at The Young Americans, told the Excelsior pupils: “What we have got here tonight is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to all of you for working so hard over the past few days.

“These young people have worked hard. It takes a lot to put on a performance like this and this community has some exceptional young people.”

Craig Taylor, Excelsior Academy Executive Principal, said: “I thank and congratulate everyone who was involved with the inspiring Young Americans performance.

“Our children were predictably brilliant and matched the enormous energy and enthusiasm generated by The Young Americans team.”