Music in Motion Performing Arts (MIMPA) Studio in Bradford performed their show A Night on Braoadway to a packed audience at the Portuguese Cultural Centre on Saturday.
Executive Artistic Director Julia Cowie was very excited to have the students showcasing all their talent and hard work.
‘’Producing a show is always a combination of joy, hard work, navigating through challenges and celebrating the outcome," said Cowie. "In the past few years, it has been extremely challenging for the studio and especially for our students, but the shows like these remind us of all we have overcome and affirm that we can handle difficult things if we work together."
Cowie said the show was a great way to bring the community together, celebrating the resistance of the students and excitement getting back to live theatre productions.
"In a time where we have been isolated for so long, the arts bring all of us together and give us hope," she said. ‘’There is nothing like the feeling of watching our students finally be able to perform the show they have worked so hard on, in front of a live audience. Watching their energy and knowing how much they have overcome to get here is an extremely rewarding feeling."
It was a team effort, with many of the MIMPA parents helping out behind the scenes, decorating the hall and assisting with both the matinee and dinner performances.
"We are extremely grateful for our MIMPA families and volunteers, without their support these community productions would not be possible," said Cowie. "Planning for a musical production takes place long before our classes begin. Between the students learning their performance, our team creating the set and props, designing/buying, making costumes and the organization of making it all come together at the theatre venue."
Cowie says productions like Saturday's usually take months to create.
Julia and her business partner, Executive Producer Lydia Martin say they are extremely blessed to be able to do what they do.
"We are honoured to be a home away from home for our students," said Cowie.
To learn more about MIMPA and their upcoming productions, visit their website here.