Corporate Development Manager, Judith Greenburgh (@hippmuminbrum) talks about raising money for the Stage Appeal through dance…
Here at Birmingham Hippodrome we are very fortunate in terms of the high level of support and goodwill we receive from the city and region’s corporate sector. This month was no exception as together with Hippodrome Trustees, 20 willing participants signed up for a Dirty Dancing Master Class raising £2,500 towards the £1 million Stage Appeal.
Taking place in one of our dance studios, the three hour workshop was led by former West End performers Shona Lindsay and Steven Pritchett who put the team through a vocal warm up, song, choreography and dialogue training to produce two of the classic scenes from the iconic show.
Casting saw BBC’s Joanne Malin in the role of Baby learning the mambo, with the immortal lines ‘No-one puts Baby in the corner’ uttered by Ben Lawrance of Baker Tilly. Chris Loughran, Deloitte, was a masterful Dr Jake Houseman and Lloyds’ Andrew Connors played Kellerman’s rogue waiter, Robbie.
I’m delighted that the Corporate Dirty Dancing Master Class was such a success. It was fantastic to see what can be achieved in such a short space of time under the guidance of workshop leader Shona Lindsay. The Birmingham business community certainly has hidden theatrical talent. Everyone was sporting, whether singing, dancing or acting and we have raised a terrific sum of money towards the £1 million Stage Appeal at the same time.
You can see a great short video taken at the Master class HERE.
Such was the positive feedback from the Master Class participants that the Development team is considering planning future corporate workshops in 2013. If you and your business would like to take up one of the more unusual network challenges you are likely to be presented with, team-build or simply raise funds for the theatre, make sure you keep you an eye out in our mailings for details of the next event!
See you all soon, Judith.