Performers with disabilities put on a dazzling show

Dorset Echo: COLOURFUL: 'Variety Through the Decades' by students from Weymouth Community Resource Service and Muntsys Day Service COLOURFUL: 'Variety Through the Decades' by students from Weymouth Community Resource Service and Muntsys Day Service

HUNDREDS of people flocked to see a Christmas show by performing artists with learning disabilities.

The musical extravaganza of ‘Variety through the Decades’, which has been hailed a huge success, was held at The Riviera Hotel in Weymouth.

The creative arts students from Weymouth and Portland Community Resource Service and Muntsy’s Day Service delighted the audience with their music and dance show.

Starting with a 1920s performance and popular music from the era, the show moved through the decades including war time, the hippy 60s, and 80s break-dancing routines.

Sal James, manager of the community resource service at Dorset County Council, said: “Most of the performers have physical and learning disabilities, and we are very proud of their enthusiasm and determination to make the show such a roaring success.

“Performing in front of such a large audience can be both challenging and inspiring, but it also builds confidence and helps develop personal skills.

“It also helps to break down barriers by challenging preconceptions about disabled people. “More than 200 people came to see the show and judging by their comments at the end, they clearly loved it.”

After the show, Mayor of Weymouth Ray Banham presented each performer with commemorative plaques donated by Bridport drama club.

Ms James added: “We are very grateful for the outstanding support from many local partners, particularly the Riviera Hotel as well as Portland Tesco store who donated raffle prizes. “We are also grateful to the ‘Friends of Ridgeway’ and the many volunteers and supporters who deserve a special thank you for the time and effort they gave.”

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