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Bradford School of Performing Arts impresses the crowd during a Broadway show (4 photos)

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“At a time when we have been isolated for so long, the arts bring us all together and give us hope,” says the general manager

Bradford’s Music in Motion Performing Arts (MIMPA) studio performed their A Night on Braoadway show on Saturday in front of a large audience at the Portuguese Cultural Centre.

Executive Artistic Director Julia Cowie was thrilled to see the students show off their talent and hard work.

“Producing a show is always a combination of joy, hard work, navigating challenges and celebrating the outcome,” Cowie said. “Over the past few years it has been extremely difficult for the studio and especially for our students, but the shows like these remind us of all that we have overcome and affirm that we can handle difficult things if we work together.”

Cowie said the show was a great way to bring the community together, celebrate student resistance and the excitement of returning to live theater productions.

“At a time when we have been isolated for so long, the arts bring us all together and give us hope,” she said. ”There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing our students finally get to put on the show they’ve worked so hard on, in front of a live audience. Watching their energy and knowing how much they’ve overcome to get here is a hugely rewarding feeling.”

It was a team effort, with many MIMPA parents helping out behind the scenes, decorating the venue, and attending the matinee and dinner performances.

“We are extremely grateful to our families and our MIMPA volunteers, without their support these community productions would not be possible,” said Cowie. “Planning a musical production takes place long before our classes start. In between the students learning their performance, our team creates the set and props, designs/purchases, makes the costumes, and organizes it all in the theatre.”

Cowie says productions like Saturday’s typically take months to create.

Julia and her business partner, executive producer Lydia Martin, say they are extremely lucky to be able to do what they do.

“We are honored to be a home for our students,” Cowie said.

To learn more about MIMPA and their upcoming productions, visit their website here.