Well what a fabulous turn out for our workshop with Will Knights from Wicked! Will has toured with Wicked for two years and his biography is very impressive, having worked in many top musicals and shows. We were therefore very happy to have him with us to teach the children. In the classes there were 18 juniors and 30 seniors, mainly from NLDA but we also welcomed guest dancers and their parents from Total Dance Academy in Southport and Glenda Hill Theatreworks in Runcorn.
Each class started with some fun warm ups that included vocal and dance movements. Then Will taught them the vocals of ‘One short day’ followed by the original choreography from the show. Although the moments to this are relatively simple, it was very interesting to see the dancers co-ordinating these simple moves with the song. Harder than it actually looks!
Will had a fabulous manner with both groups and it was very interesting to listen to his insight into his experiences whilst working on the show, including costume issues, choreography problems, rehearsals, vocal training, his performances of Fiyero, his ensemble performances and more.
I think it is fair to say that the day was enjoyed by all and we look forward to our next workshop which will be with a cast member from ‘Shrek’ on 29th November.