TALENTED young stage stars will strut their stuff in a busy season of performances at one of the North-East's leading theatres.

The Gala Theatre Stage School is preparing for three forthcoming stage shows.

More than 240 would-be singing, dancing and acting all-rounders, aged five to 19, will take part in the productions, in Durham's Gala Theatre.

The stage school has flourished in the two-and-a-half years since it was set up by director Lisa Thorner, Durham City Council's leisure and arts development officer.

The senior stage school will perform West End musical spectacular Les Miserables, on a revolving stage. Ms Thorner said: "It has been my dream to direct and produce Les Miserables and now in my final year with the stage school I'm able to fulfil that ambition.

"We've auditioned for the principal cast and we have an exceptional group of young people who will be playing the leads."

It features talented newcomer, 14-year-old Matthew Corner from Darlington, as Marius, alongside Vicky Gimby, as Eponine, who Lisa predicts is bound for the West End

Les Miserables, from August 2 to 6, will be preceded by the theatre school's ensemble production of A Chorus Line, from June 30 to July 2, and the junior stage school's musical version of Peter Pan, on June 18 and 19.

Ticket details are available from the Gala box office on 0191-332 4041.

Published: 04/04/2005