A new video has been released today of Broadway and West End star Kerry Ellis performing ‘A Million Dreams’ from hit film The Greatest Showman alongside 1,000 West End Stage students to raise money for NSPCC.
With the track available to download from iTunes , all proceeds for the single will go to the NSPCC’s Childline service, a charity there to give young people a voice when no one else is listening.
Kerry Ellis sings alongside students from West End Stage (of which she is a patron) which was formed in 2006 in a bid to become the UK’s leading theatre summer school by igniting a global passion for theatre. Throughout the week-long course, students take part in drama, singing and dance classes led by West End stars, and then make their own West End debut in a showcase at Her Majesty’s Theatre. This year’s students, who all took part in the recording, ranged from just 8 years old through to 21.
Talking about the charity single Mark Puddle, Chief Executive of West End Stage, said: “This year marked our 10,000th West End Stage student, and we wanted to do something fitting to celebrate that. The charity recording was an opportunity to channel 1,000 young voices to raise funds and awareness for Childline, hopefully inspiring and empowering others. Childline’s services help the same demographic of students that attends West End Stage, and at our summer schools we encourage an inclusive atmosphere where everyone can be themselves, be supported, and where no one is alone.”
Kerry Ellis is best known for her roles in the West End and Broadway including productions of We Will Rock You, Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Cats and Rent.