Pupils from a Mildenhall-based theatre group will be taking to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall thanks to a cash boost provided by local councillors.
The Kimberley Ann Theatre School (KATS) has been selected for the second successive year to perform in the Stars in the Round at the iconic concert venue next month but had been struggling to fund the cost of new costumes for its Footloose production for its 50 pupils and pay the hire fee for the venue in which to practise their routines.
That was until Forest Heath councillors Roger Dicker, John Bloodworth and James Waters stepped in to help with £1000 of funding from their locality budgets, money designated to every district councillor to help local good causes. KATS principal Kimberley Pearson, which since it was formed in 2006 has raised around £5,000 for good causes, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity but it also left us slightly panic stricken about how we were to fund another 50 costumes. Now we can concentrate on putting together what will be a great show.”