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Doreen turns talent spotter at Dudley show - with pictures

By Thomas Parkes | Dudley | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Students from a special school in Dudley have taken to the stage as part of a variety show.

Winner Latoyah with Doreen Tipton

Pupils from Sutton School performed at Brierley Hill Civic Hall, Bank Street, with self-proclaimed Queen of the Black Country Doreen Tipton joining in.

Doreen performed a comedy act for the Scotts Green Close pupils and judged the competition – with 16-year-old Latoyah claiming the win.

Almost half of the pupils at the school got on stage at the venue to perform as part of a choir, followed by individual acts.

A total of 10 acts performed on the night, ranging from singers to dancers and comedy acts.

Samantha Mascall, who is the leader of the performing arts pathway, said: "All of this has been done within the school – it was like Britain's Got Talent.

Sutton Club 7 perform

"They apply and we go through the audition process and a lot of rehearsals before we showcase our work in a great venue.

"It's great and it gives me time to work with the pupils.

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"It's amazing seeing some of them coming into the school, not experiencing much, and then to perform on stage it's brilliant.

"It's brings them out and improves their confidence."

Doreen Tipton stayed for the full event – chatting and talking to parents and was "amazing", Ms Mascall said.

She added: "She was lovely and she agreed to judge the competition.

"She was there the whole evening – speaking with parents and the pupils, and we think she'll be back next year."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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