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Eurovision star’s stage school will razzle dazzle’em at birthday bash

FORMER Eurovision star David Ducasse is celebrating 15 years of adding some razzle dazzle to South Tyneside.

Performers Stage School is marking the special anniversary with a series of shows this weekend at the Customs House, in South Shields.

Past and present members will join together on stage, at the Mill Dam theatre, for a celebration of all things musical and to recreate memorable moments from the last 15 years.

David, who represented the UK at Eurovision as part of pop group Scooch in 2007, started the stage school in 2000.

The 38-year-old, from South Shields, said: “It feels mind-blowing in the sense that in your head you don’t get any older.

“I feel a bit like Peter Pan the boy who never grew up, but it’s 15 years later.

“I haven’t had a lie in on a Sunday for the last 15 years, which is crazy, but it’s really special.

“What I love about our concert at the weekend is that we’ve got all the regular pupils who are here right now and quite a few faces from the past 15 years who are coming along and getting involved.”

David’s former pupils include Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall and people who have gone on to perform on the West End and in shows around the world.

He added: “It is amazing to have been a part of that but to be honest, it’s not something that I fly the flag about.

YOUNG STARS ...David Ducasse with members of Performers Stage School

YOUNG STARS ...David Ducasse with members of Performers Stage School

“I never say, ‘Jade from Little Mix was part of my stage school’, because every single person that walks through the door at Performers is special and unique.

“If anything it’s just so nice to have been part of their journey and hopefully to have taught them one or two things that they still use.”

The school’s choreographer, Lisa Petrie, 28, from South Shields, said: “Although I’ve only been here for three years, I was very quickly embraced into the Performers family, and the concerts at the weekend are going to be very special.”

Fellow choreographer and former pupil, Hazel Pude, 23, added: “It’s great to be asked to come back and it just feels like I’ve never been away.

What I love about our concert at the weekend is that we’ve got all the regular pupils who are here right now and quite a few faces from the past 15 years who are coming along and getting involved.

David Ducasse

“It’s lovely to see lots of new pupils taking over from when me and my friends used to come.

“It’s just a great group to be involved in and I’m looking forward to performing with them again at the weekend.”

The concert runs at 7pm on Saturday and 2pm and 7pm on Sunday, and tickets cost £10.

To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.

Performers Stage School meets every Sunday, from 10.15am to 1.15pm, at Boldon Community Association, in New Road.

It costs £15 per week and is open to those aged six to 19.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ... David Ducasse's Performers Stage School is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special concert at the weekend.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ... David Ducasse's Performers Stage School is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special concert at the weekend.

To join, go to www.performersstageschool.biz or call David on 07949 196324.

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