SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck met the stars of the future when she visited a thriving performing arts group.
The politician called into the South Tyneside Academy for Musical Performance (Stamp) summer school to see what pupils were getting up to.
The youngsters have spent the last two weeks at the school’s base at Brinkburn Community Association in Harton Lane, South Shields, putting together a performance of Fame Jr – a shortened version of the original show.
They’ll give their final performance of the show, which follows students at a New York performing arts school, at the venue at 6.30pm tomorrow.
Christopher Perry, one of Stamp’s directors, said: “We sent the MP an e-mail telling her about the kind of thing we do and got a response back from her PA saying she would love to come along to meet the young people and see what goes on at the school.
“She talked to the people taking part in the summer school, and we told her all about how we put the show together in two weeks and then perform it for friends and family.
“She was really impressed and she even posted about her visit on Twitter afterwards. It was really great to have her along, and it’s good to know that she takes an interest and is willing to take time out of her schedule to come along and see us.
“Everyone is very excited for tomorrow night’s show. Everyone involved has worked very hard and I know it’s going to be a fantastic performance.”
Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “I was delighted to meet the children at the Stamp summer school while they were rehearsing at Brinkburn.
“I really enjoyed it and wish them good luck for the show tomorrow.”
Tickets to see Fame Jr cost £6 with a £4 concession.
Anyone who wants to book can call 300 3083, go to www.st-amp.co.uk or buy on the door.