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Children from the 'Belfast School of Performing Arts' got a surprise when Westend star Rachel Tucker turned up at one of their workshops. Rachel is the inaugural Patron of Northern Ireland's newest prestigious school and surprised the children by visiting on her recent trip home from Westend show 'Wicked', where she is currently playing the lead role of Elphaba. Rachel  commented, 'I was thrilled when almost 40 of the children travelled to see me in London in October and I'd promised I would  come and watch them perform next time I was home. I am so proud to be associated with the school and look forward to returning again when my schedule permits.'

A group of eleven children from the school will be taking part in the Belfast Operatic Company production of 'Titanic The Musical' in the Grand Opera House from Tuesday 10th to Sat 14th of  April this year to commemorate the centenary of the Titanics voyage. James Huish, Artistic Director of the stage school, commented "I am so pleased Rachel could come and meet the kids and watch them perform, she is such a big role model for them especially as she's a local girl from Belfast who has made it to the West End. She firmly believes that every child should be given a chance to perform and this fits perfectly with the ethos of our school and so we were delighted to announce her as our first patron."

Michael Nevin, aged 6 from Carryduff will be playing the role of 'Jack Thayer' in the show and was delighted to tell Rachel all about his role aboard this famous ship. James commented, "The children are all very excited to have been cast in the show and to perform in a show of this scale in the Grand Opera House is a fantastic opportunity for them, one which I am certain they will always remember."

The exciting production will trace the dramatic story of both survivors and victims in a minute by minute re-enactment of the events, lasting 2 hours and 40 minutes - the precise time it took what was then the “largest moving object in the world” to disappear under the “flat calm” of the icy Atlantic. Such is the emotion and power of this hugely successful show that when it debuted on Broadway in 1997, the musical - with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book and story by the late Peter Stone - won 5 Tony awards and stunned New York theatre audiences.

With 2012 providing the backdrop for so much cultural activity surrounding the Titanic centenary celebrations, this landmark theatrical event, sponsored by Metal Technology, The Ulster Bank and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, is set to be one of the focal points for locals and visitors to the city. For further information visit Tickets for Titanic The Musical at the Grand Opera House from April 10th to 14th are available online at or by telephone on 02890 241919.

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