Actors with learning difficulties will be performing a new show after being coached by a Coronation Street actress.
Dawn Hope – who lives in Moggerhanger and played Alison Soames in the soap – has been putting the production together with the actors in Biggleswade.
Dawn has been holding weekly acting workshops at the Weatherley Centre with the students .
The coaching will come to a head when the 12 actors stage a performance of the musical Oliver! at the venue on Friday, September 20.
Students have worked closely with Dawn on the production, including on stage design, props and publicity.
The coaching has taken place as part of daily sessions and activities organised for adults with learning difficulties by the Alternative Day Services company.
The firm, run by Lindsay Scott and Dawn Ford hosts and arranges activities and days out for people who are referred by Central Beds Council. Acting and performing are regularly included and Dawn has been coaching the students since February.
She said: “My brother Stephen has learning difficulties so I am used to communicating in a certain way where I know I can get my message across well.
“Often it is best to remove any unnecessary complexities and just to relay a simple message, especially when I am teaching song and dance routines.”
The coaching has been popular and everyone is looking forward to the show.
Dawn added: “The students have been fantastic and very enthusiastic as well.
“They have been keen to get involved in every stage of the process.”
Lindsay said: “We are very grateful to Dawn, she has done a fantastic job and the students have reacted very well.
“The show will include singing and dancing and we hope it will be something that everyone can enjoy.”
The free show will start at 5pm and will be followed by a disco with a licensed bar available.