After a successful two day performing arts workshop in partnership with Young Stage Leverkusen and performing at Sandhurst school, 23 young people and five Youth Workers from the Spot Youth Centre went to Disneyland Paris for three days to take part in a performing arts workshop.
We left the Spot in Sandhurst at 10am on Monday 27th October in a coach for the drive to Folkestone where we got the Eurotunnel train over to Calais, we then travelled by coach through France to arrive at our hotel – the My Explorers hotel, we sorted out our rooms and then had dinner in the restaurant.
After dinner we performed a number of songs and dance routines to guests in the hotel that we had been learning over the last half term, we performed to about 50 people who were watching us for some of us this was the first time we had performed to people other than our friends and family.
On Tuesday we got the shuttle bus to the Disney parks, we went into the Disney studio park first to trey out some of the rides, to watch the shows and to learn a bit about how cartoons and films are made, we watched the stunt show ‘moteurs action’ which was amazing and then we went over to the Walt Disney park where we spent the rest of the day going on the rides. meeting the characters and watching the shows ending with the firework show in the evening, we then headed back to the hotel for what was left of the evening, it was a long day but the fireworks and show at the end of the day was well worth it.
On Wednesday we had to be up really early, we had to have our bags packed as we had to be at the park at 8am for our performing arts workshop, we worked with coaches and actors from the park where we learnt a song dance routine and some acting based on the Disney film ‘Tangled’, we then had a Q&A session with one of the Disney choreographers.
We then had a couple of hours in the park before we had to start making our way back to Sandhurst arriving home about 8pm
‘The atmosphere was truly magical’ – Daisy, Louise and Molly
‘An experience unlike any other, the performers were full of extreme energetic excitement’ – Ryan
‘Having the opportunity to perform in a different country was great and the workshop gave us a new outlook on how to perform’ – Jake
‘All of the Disney staff were very kind and supportive and I would love to do it again – Darcy