The city’s young artists will shine in the Northern Star Sunderland Empire show

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Northern Star Theater Arts returns to the Empire Stage for a sparkling show after being hit hard by the pandemic.

Based on the campus of Sunderland College Bede, the acting school is one of the largest and oldest in the city, with a strong reputation for providing young actors for professional performances such as Annie, Evita and Joseph and the incredible Technicolor Dreamcoat.

When the pandemic hit, the school was forced to close, which was difficult for students and staff.

Northern Start Theater Arts, at Bede Campus, Sunderland College

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As restrictions were fully eased and classes resumed, principal Geri Feeney knew she had to make sure her students had the opportunity to step into the spotlight again.

Now they are gearing up to perform again at the Empire to showcase 15 Years of Stars on April 11, 2022.

Featuring pupils aged four to 16, the show is a celebration of the school’s longstanding success, the magic of musical theater and, most importantly, Sunderland’s young performing talent.

Geri said, “This performance means so much to the students and myself. When you think back to the confinement, when we were unable to be physically together and the cinemas were closed, something was just missing.

“This industry provides a livelihood for so many people and acting is our passion here at Northern Star. When the lights go out and the curtain goes up and the kids take to the stage, it will be something really special. .”

* 15 Years of Stars is at Sunderland Empire on Monday April 11 at 7pm with only limited tickets now available on

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