The first-ever franchise of performing arts school Theatretrain celebrates its 21st anniversary in Luton this year with pupils showcasing their talent at the Royal Albert Hall in September.
It was started at Putteridge High School in 1995 by Emma Meads and she’s still as passionate about the venture which provides professional training for six to 18-year-olds as she was in the beginning.
Emma said: “Not only do we give our students the most amazing opportunities to perform on prestigious world-famous stages but also our weekly classes teach them team-building, self-confidence and all-round like skills.
“Some of the young people go into professional work and we have an agency to represent them, should they wish to make it a career.”
She added: “Every time they perform and I see the sparkle in their eyes and the reaction of their parents, it still gives me the best buzz.”
> New students will be taken on after the show. Find out more at www.theatretrain.co.uk