Young Americans come to Louth for a song and dance

The Young Americans cast amongst the local young people.

The Young Americans cast amongst the local young people.

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The Young Americans came to Louth last week, and worked with 153 local young people between the ages of four and 19 years old. Split into three different age groups, the children were taught song and dance routines from Matilda, Annie, Newsies, and a big Lion King medley involving all children as the grand finale.

One of the 46 Young Americans team members, Katie Speicher from Miami, said: “It’s been an amazing time for the kids and it’s given them confidence. They have a lot to offer and the performance value has been incredible.

“Tomorrow we are going to Skegness to perform the two-hour show.

“It’s all very fast paced - we don’t give them time to hesitate or hold back!

“We have been teaching improv, comedy, choreography - it’s just about providing more outlets for the kids.

“Each workshop is different, but they have been really receptive, energetic and playful.”

Rachel Jones, from the Louth Living Well Project and RENEW, took over the running of the event this year or else it would have been lost. She went around local schools to spread the word and get young people involved.

Rachel said: “It’s been a great success, and the kids loved it. We hope to run it again next year too.”