End musical star Danielle Hope gave an inspirational workshop to 40 St
Swithun’s pupils at the Winchester school last week. The event was organised by
the St Swithun’s drama department with the help of sixth form drama officers
Robyn Webb from Alton and Steph Pett from Chippenham.
Hope’s professional debut was in the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium in February 2011, having
won the role through the BBC’s Over the
Rainbow competition. She has recently finished a successful year as Eponine
in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables
at the Queen’s Theatre.
workshop began with warm-up exercises which prompted the girls to think about
the characterisation of their individually selected songs and to focus on the
emotions experienced within the song. Each girl then went on to perform a solo
or duet in front of the audience, whilst receiving feedback from Ms Hope.
Sixth form pupil and participant Jodie
Russell from Winchester said “Danielle Hope was brilliant; she not only gave us
tips on how to really sell the stories we were telling through song, she also
helped boost our confidence to help us all become better performers. I can’t
wait for another workshop”.