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Former Stratford College student gives 'Thriller' performance in London's West End

Matthew Brown 25th Nov, 2016

A FORMER Stratford College student will be treading the boards in the West End for a ‘Thriller’ performance celebrating the works of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

Twenty-one year-old Reece Bahia studied Musical Theatre at the college for two years and has now started rehearsals as a dancer for the hit musical Thriller Live.

Over the moon at being cast in such a best-selling show, Reece said, “It is a huge honour to be cast in this production. When I was growing up, Michael Jackson was my biggest inspiration so to be able to celebrate his music is just perfect.”

London’s West End was a far cry from the future that Reece was working towards when he was studying A levels to pursue a career in dentistry, but he swapped dentures for dancing and has never looked back.

He added; “I’ve always been passionate about music since an early age and I think I always knew it was what I wanted to do. I got to a point in my A Levels when I finally accepted this and decided to pursue it with all my heart.”

Reece, from Coventry, has also done some modelling work as the face Indian clothing company KOOVs, filmed advertisements in India and Argentina, and performed a leading role in the musical Laila.

He said: “I couldn’t recommend the Performing Arts department enough. The staff in the college gave me the confidence and skills to be able to pursue my dream.”

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