Highbridge welcomes EastEnders star for music workshops
actor and West End stage star John Partridge made a special visit
to Highbridge at the weekend to lead two musical theatre singing
workshops for juniors and adults.
event, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, was held at Churchfield
School in Highbridge and was attended by dozens of local people.
led a workshop in Highbridge two years ago that proved very successful.
It was so much fun as he brought so much enjoyment to those he taught
with his infectious, charming and flamboyant personality,"
organiser Siobhan Johnson told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
were so privileged and honoured to have him back again this year,
especially as he came straight off the back of his La Cage Aux Folles
UK Tour and raising money for his nominated charity Alzheimer's
brought a touch of the West End to the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
area and what a fabulous opportunity it was for us to experience
it right on our doorstep!"
led two workshops - a juniors group for 8-18 year-olds when he replicated
a scene and song from a show - and an adults group for over-18s
when he taught a song from a show.
addition to the workshops there were Q&A sessions with him and
well as being a West End star of 'Starlight Express,' 'Rent,' 'Grease'
and 'Miss Saigon', John is best known for playing the part of Christian
Clarke (Jane's brother) in EastEnders, which he joined in
has worked extensively as a singer and dancer in musical theatre
and is best known as the 'Rum Tum Tugger' in Andrew LLoyd Webber's
musical 'Cats' to which he toured all over Europe and ended up as
playing the role in the official DVD film of 'Cats.' In addition
to this role he also played the main roles of 'Mr. Mistoffelees,'
'Alonzo,' 'Munkustrap' and 'The Rumpus Cat.'
started out at the Royal Ballet School and went onto train at the
Bush Davies School of Performing Arts School, followed by the Doreen
Bird School of Performing Arts. After EastEnders in 2010
John, together with Sheila Hancock and Charlotte Church, was one
of the judges for the new 'Andrew LLoyd Webbers' TV show 'Somewhere
Over the Rainbow'.
2014 he appeared as himself on the BBC's show 'Tumble,' and has
more recently appeared in 2014 and 2015 episodes of EastEnders
for the funeral of 'Lucy Beale' as well celebrating their recent
live 30th birthday episode. John is an active and strong supporter
of the Alzheimer's Society and in 2013 helped launch the Memory
Walks in aid of his mother.
John Partridge during his visit to Highbridge at the weekend