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Film Returns to Rotherham Arts Centre

posted 22 Jan 2010, 06:34 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 06:36 ]
Originally Posted: Monday 16th February 2009
After setting the silver screen alight last year, cinema is returning to Rotherham’s Studio Theatre to deliver a season of favourite children’s films with a twist.

Starting on Thursday February 19 with the smash-hit High School Musical 3: Senior Year, “Film @ the Studio” promises to deliver an exciting cinematic experience with fun workshops held before the performances, to help get the young cinema-lovers fully revved-up.

High School Musical follows sweethearts Troy and Gabriella, who are faced with the ultimate prospect of being separated after graduating from East High.

Joined by the rest of their Wildcat friends, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes, and fears about the future.

Before the star-studded film shows, a professional Cheerleader will be taking the audience through energetic routines so they can join alongside stars Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale whilst they perform the routines on screen.

Keeping with the musical tradition, appearing on screen on Saturday February 28 will be the multi-million dollar grossing Mamma Mia!, fresh from smashing the UK DVD sales records.

The heart-warming comedy, Mamma Mia!, which features the songs of Swedish super-group ABBA, is set on a Greek island, where a bride-to-be discovers that any of three men (played by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård) could be her real father.

Unsure what to do, she invites all three of them to her nuptials, much to the chagrin of her very surprised mother.

Before the curtain goes up, the Get Sorted Academy of Music will be leading a fun singing workshop through the classic song “Dancing Queen” so that when the cast start singing, the audience can join in.

Finishing the season on Sunday March 21 will be the 2007 remake of Hairspray, starring John Travolta, Zac Efron and Christopher Walken.

Tracy Turnblad, a teen with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the programme and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to her mother’s dismay.

After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma.

Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do!

Before the showing, Get Sorted Academy of Music will be taking the audience through the song “Good Morning Baltimore”, which kicks the film off.

All three films will be shown at both 11am and 2pm, with the workshop for High School Musical starting at 1.30pm and lasting for 30 minutes and both the workshops for Mamma Mia! and Hairspray starting at 10am and lasting for an hour.

Rotherham Theatre’s Manager Mark Scott said: “The cinema season last year captured the hearts and minds of theatre-lovers across the borough and we’re sure this year will be even bigger and better.

“We’re ecstatic that we can offer cinema-lovers a much more full experience than their local multiplex. Not only can you not see these three classic films on the big screen anymore, but also there are the workshops before the screenings, which are guaranteed to get the audience fully into the experience.

“We are also only charging a fraction of the amount the multiplexes charge, with adult tickets for £3, children for £2.50 and Two Ten Club members just £2, plus, there’s free popcorn for everyone!”

To avoid disappointment, book in advance by calling the Box Office on 01709 823621, or alternatively, visit the Box Office, located in the Central Library and Arts Centre on Walker Place.