THE directors of a theatre club say they want to make sure everyone can enjoy performing arts.
South Tyneside Academy of Musical Performance (Stamp) was set up almost seven years ago.
It started with just one class a week at Brinkburn Community Association in Harton Lane, South Shields, and has gone from strength to strength.
The club now has eight staff members and caters for children aged from three to 23, with three classes each week.
Because of their hard work, the directors have been nominated for the Lifetime Contribution award in this year’s Pride of South Tyneside.
They were nominated by Wilfrid Flynn, who said: “They have given their time to young people to train in singing, dancing and theatre.
Many young people have grown up to enter the adult world of theatre following their direction.
“They give their time freely and ask for nothing other than support when shows are staged at Brinkburn CA. I have no hesitation in nominating them.”
Stamp was formed by Christopher Perry, 24, his dad, Terence, 56, Richard Ludlow, 25, and Colin Bourdiec, 50.
Chris said: “It’s really lovely to have our work recognised. We’re very passionate about it, and we do it because we just enjoy it so much.”
Classes run from 6pm to 9pm every Wednesday and 12.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturdays for all ages, while a mini class, for those aged three to five, runs from 10.30am to noon every Saturday. For more information, go to www.st-amp.co.uk
Entries are now closed.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on the evening of Thursday, June 12.