Child's play

Updated: 2013-02-18 10:07

By Rebecca Lo (China Daily)

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Child's play

Children practice dancing at a previous weeklong summer camp held in France. Photos Provided to China Daily

Child's play

Students perform Let's Grease.

Child's play

Jonathan Mallalieu accompanies children in a singing class.

Beauville Arts Musical Theater Summer Camp brings its rendition of youthful drama to Hong Kong for the first time this summer. Rebecca Lo hams it up with its founder and artistic director Jonathan Mallalieu to get the inside scoop.

Does Susie sleep with her tap dancing shoes? Does Ming hog the mic during family karaoke? Then Beauville Arts Musical Theater Summer Camp may be the perfect place to hone your kids' talents as they participate in a show with children from around the world.

Child's play

Beauville Arts' founder and artistic director Jonathan Mallalieu was in Hong Kong earlier this month to give a round of demonstrations to local schools.

This year, the weeklong camp will take place in Hong Kong for the first time, along with its traditional venue in Beauville, France, between Toulouse and Bordeaux.

The climax of the week will be a live performance at Y-Theater in Chai Wan's Youth Square, with all 50 participating youths singing and dancing their hearts out in the musical Let's Grease.

Mallalieu, an Oxford-trained classical musician with an education degree, first came up with the concept for Beauville Arts 12 years ago.

The Englishman had settled in France with his wife, Claire, after working in international schools in Amman, London and Toulouse.

He thought that a summer camp where children between the ages of 8 to 18 get a crash course on what it takes to put on a musical would be a great learning experience - even for a kid with no prior experience of singing or dancing.

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