Earlier this year Enter CIC were delighted to receive a special invitation from The Chairman of County Durham Council asking us to perform at his Civic Ball 2014. We were informed that the Ball had a masquerade theme and we were asked if we could create a performance based on this theme. Therefore, in recent weeks our Upper School have been working hard to perf
ect an array of performance pieces focussing on the theme of Masquerade.
On the evening of the 21st November 2014 we boarded our transport and were whisked to the performance venue at County hall. As always our young people were constantly complimented for their behaviour, conduct and performance abilities.
Upon arrival at the venue we were informed by The Chairman of County Durham Council that over 50 Mayors were attending the event that evening. He also informed us that many were attending to see our young people perform as they had heard of our wonderful performance reputation.
Prior to the arrival of the dignitaries and special guests our young people took to the performance arena for one last rehearsal. During the rehearsal those people who were setting up tables and technical equipment stopped what they were doing and watched open mouthed as our young people whisked through each performance extract. Those who knew us and have worked with us before knew what to expect, but those who did not know about Enter CIC could not believe the professionalism, perform
ance skills and abilities of our Upper School. At the end of the rehearsal our young people received a rapturous round of applause from others sharing the space.
Once the dignitaries were seated the Chairman of County Durham Council welcomed his guests and then introduced Enter CIC and welcomed our young people to the stage. Our young people proceeded onto the stage and then performed their musical theatre extracts. At the end of the performance some dignitaries rose to their feet and gave the young people a standing ovation whilst others clapped vigorously turning to one another and expressing their amazement at the standard of what they had just witnessed from young people. Our Upper School are used to this type of reaction, but it was clear for all to see that they were once again enjoying the impact of their hard work.
As a direct response to the audience reaction the Chairman of County Durham Council asked our Upper School to come back on stage and perform an encore. Once again they took to the stage and performed an acapella version of ‘Our Father’.
After their performance they returned to their dressing room and were delighted to receive personal visits from Mrs Sue Snowden, The Lord – Lieutenant of County
Durham Council and an array of County Councillors and Mayors all wanting to wish them well for the future and expressing how wonderful they had been.
When departing the venue our Upper School walked through the main performance arena. As they exited through the hall we were all amazed as one by one the dignitaries stopped eating/talking and started to clap them. This was so wonderful and we all felt very honoured to have performed at such an event and to have received such wonderful responses from such a vast array of dignitaries.
Quite simply a wonderful event with some very memorable moments. Take a look at some of the fantastic feedback and photos from the event below. Click on an image to enlarge.
“I was at DCC Civic Ball last night and every time we see Enter CIC performances they get better every time. Well done! A great performance”
Elizabeth Bruce (Chilton Mayor)
“I felt that I must let you know how much I enjoyed the performance by your young people last night. It was absolutely brilliant and everyone was talking about it in glowing terms. Well done to you all. I was so proud of you all. Please keep up the good work because you are a credit to our County.”
Councillor Christine Potts