Grace, 13, helps BEES to leave audiences buzzing (By Zoe, 15, Jill Dando News)

By Zoe, 15, Jill Dando News

Grace, 13, is helping the BEES to leave audiences buzzing.

Student Grace, part of Jill Dando News, is thriving in her singing, acting and dancing, leaving audiences buzzing with her BEES theatre group.

The King Alfred School Academy student in Highbridge, Somerset is thriving in her BEES theatre group based nearby in Burnham-On-Sea. 

There are 3 elements to it: singing, dancing and acting, they produce 1 show a year and also sometimes a junior show on top of that. 

They rehearse and perform in the Princess Theatre.

Their most recent performance was ‘Wind in the Willows’ where approximately 55 people took part; around 25 on stage and 40 behind the scenes.

Our Jill Dando Journalists interviewed Grace and she said that it is “so inclusive” and it is “like a family”. 

She also said that if anyone thinks of joining “don’t be nervous”, “everyone’s really welcoming” and “nobody is judging you”.

They get given scripts once they’ve found out what show they will be performing and then have to learn their lines at home.

When asked if she would like to carry out theatre as a career Grace said that “I wouldn’t say it’s my career path but I don’t want to ever leave it”. 

Although lots of hard work goes into it, it is also fun and enjoyable. 

The school is part of The Priory Learning Trust and has a Jill Dando News Centre. It has a thriving Sixth Form.