Rodgers & Hammerstein Evening

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For the third year in succession the Rotary Club of Dover has staged a successful summer event for the public of Dover this year based in the Town Hall on 2nd June when an evening of Show Classics was introduced by President Dave Smith featuring local youth talent. It was organised to benefit the work of local charity The Dover smART Project.

Members of The Dover Youth Theatre opened the evening’s events with a variety of extracts from popular shows. This troupe, comprising many very young participants, set a good standard for the rest of the evening. Founded in 1995 The Dover Youth Theatre was conceived as a means of expanding the opportunity for young people to learn more about drama and dance and related subjects.

Following a basket meal those attending were treated to an amazing and exhausting display of Irish dancing by members of the Dean Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA). Many DAPA teachers have performed at the highest level on the professional stage and can encourage and develop those students who have the ability and determination to pursue a career in the theatre.

The evening was rounded off by two very competent and powerful soloists Mark Yarrow and Alice Vane whose content included songs from Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Carousel and South Pacific some sung as duets. The evening was rounded off with a rousing version of “You’ll never walk alone” with audience participation.

The Dover smART Project was established in 2013 and supports vulnerable and disadvantaged people though community art projects and was a winner of The People of Dover Awards in 2018. The Project was one of President Dave Smith’s nominated charities of the year which year has had a specific theme of support for the youth of the town.