Captivating Caterina in Wonderland

PUBLISHED: 15:20 28 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:20 28 June 2010

dance arts student perform

dance arts student perform


EIGHTEEN year old Caterina Lau has captivated her audiences during the last nine years with Andrea White’s Dance Arts Theatre School and she is now looking forward to her farewell appearance in Wonderland at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, on Saturday, July 17 at 3pm and 7.30pm.

I caught up with Caterina at a Wonderland rehearsal last week and watched her and Niamh Smith, Chloe Waldron, Charlotte Colville-Hyde and Francesca White rehearsing a thrilling dance from Cabaret which is in the first half of the show. She tells me that she is in a wonderful water ballet and a tap dance with Jailhouse Rock. It will be an exciting and nostalgic occasion for Caterina as she will be in a circus dance which she took part in during her first Dance Arts show in 2001, The Show’s in Town. Since then, Caterina has danced and acted in shows like The Musicals, The Night before Christmas – and all that Jazz, Bugsy Malone, The Tap Dance Kid, Spring into Action and Wizard. She has also featured with professional ballet company, Ballet Russe, in Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Coppelia (in which she played the title role as the Coppelia doll).

In the second half of Wonderland, Caterina plays the Mad Hatter in a special adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and feels she is well cast! Also in the ensemble of about 50 children and young people are Caterina’s 15 year-old twin brothers, Adam and Jamie. Niamh Smith is another Dance Arts stalwart making her farewell appearance and Andrea is sorry to be losing both Caterina and Niamh.

Caterina promises us that Wonderland will be a good show and great fun, so why not join her and young performers between three and 18 for this Dance Arts 20th anniversary show?

Tickets are available from the Barnfield Theatre Box office – telephone: (01392) 270891.

Roger Simmonds

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