American stage stars set up camp in South Tyneside

Young Americans at South Shields School.
Young Americans at South Shields School.

Students at a South Tyneside school have have been living the American dream after a global sensation descended on their South Tyneside school.

The Young Americans camped out at South Shields School for three days to work on dancing, singing and acting skills.

Young Americans at South Shields School.

Young Americans at South Shields School.

The 42-strong troupe of 17-24-year-olds from around the world study in California, but share their talents across the globe.

Some of the performers stayed with staff and families while others camped out at West Hall where they were provided with food by the community.

Character, choral, and lyrical workshops were staged working towards a spectacular performance before a packed audience of about 350 staff, governors, friends and family.

Sixty primary school children joined 99 students from South Shields School, in Nevinson Avenue, South Shields, working tirelessly on a project which was designed to give them a can-do attitude.

It was an incredible experience for us all

Helen George

Head of Years 10 and 11, Helen George, said: “We asked for volunteers but were looking for people who would not normally opt for such a thing.

“It was amazing teaching them a host of life-skills and to be themselves. I lost count of the number of goose-bump moments I had throughout the days.”

Rhys Gracy, 15, said: “I was very nervous going into it but it really helped give me build confidence. They were long days but non-stop and great fun.”

Miss George, said: “It was also fabulous for our Year 10 catering class who researched the visitors’ tastes – including vegan and vegetarian – and prepared a tea of pasta and garlic bread, which gave them real purpose too.

“I watched our students change over the three days, grow, gain self-confidence and esteem and reveal talents, focus and purpose no-one realised they had. It was an incredible experience for us all.”