Unveiling our virtual performing arts competition

We are proud to introduce our first Virtual Performing Arts Competition with sections in speech and drama, vocal and dance.

Entries must be submitted by video and will be watched and assessed by four professional adjudicators ahead of a LIVE Zoom bursary final on August 29, 2020.

Please email for an entry or teachers pack now on centrestagevirtual@gmail.com. Each entry costs £3 and the deadline for entries is Saturday, August 15 at 9pm.

There are more than 25 sections and a £100 cash prize for the winner. Each entry will receive a report and certificates with trophies for the highest marks and the adjudicator’s choice.

There is no upper age limit. Age groups are:

Solos
  • Junior 1 – Four to six years
  • Junior 2 – Seven to nine years
  • Inter 1 – 10 to 12 years
  • Inter 2 – 13 to 14 years
  • Senior – 15 to 18 years
  • Open – 18+ years
Duets ( for vocal and dance classes – must be from the same household or recorded socially distant)
  • Junior – Four to nine years
  • Inter – 10 to 14 years
  • Senior – 15+ years

Speech and drama categories

Six age categories are available from Junior to Open, which has NO upper age limit. Junior entrants can read from paper or books.

The categories are:

Speech solo

  • Extract from any David Walliams book
  • Extract from any Harry Potter book
  • Contemporary monologue (post-1950)
  • Shakespeare monologue
  • Screen acting
  • Contemporary comedy monologue
  • Classical comedy monologue (pre-1900)
  • Own humorous verse

Speech and drama adjudicator

Jack Broughton BA (Hons, PGCE Theatre, DipLCM

Jack BroughtonJack is a teacher of acting at a specialist performing arts school in the Midlands. He trained at the University of Winchester and has a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.

Jack has been performing since an early age and enjoys both musical theatre and straight acting. As well as training in musical theatre and acting, Jack has also worked closely with different disciplines in performing arts such as physical theatre, puppetry & object manipulation, immersive theatre and acting through song.

Over 10 years, Jack and has appeared in shows such as Half a Sixpence, Guys and Dolls, Honk and many more.

Jack was the first person in the UK to originate the role of The Prime Minister in the amateur version of Made in Dagenham. He recently played the role of gangster boss Curtis in Sister Act and the Rhino in Just So.

Jack’s directing credits include Anything Goes, Jungle Book, Aristocats and The Gruffalo. He has worked on many comedy and straight plays such as John Godber’s Bouncers & Shakers and also played the part of Salty in Teechers and Eddie in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.

Vocal categories

Six age categories are available from Junior to Open, which has NO upper age limit. Duets must be from the same household or recorded socially distant.

The categories are:

  • Own choice vocal
  • Musical theatre performance (pre-1960)
  • Musical theatre performance (post-1960)
  • CCM (pop music) solo
  • Unaccompanied vocal
  • Musical theatre performance duet

Vocal adjudicator

Anne Leatherland – Specialist Vocal Trainer, BSc PGCE ALCM LGSM

Anne Leatherland vocal adjudicatorAnne is a specialist singing and voice teacher, based in the Midlands, with more than 20  years’ experience in vocal troubleshooting and teaching multiple genres.
 
Coming from a musical family, Anne has sung all her life. She was educated in Manchester and initially opted for a science degree at Lancaster University. Following a PGCE at UEA, she spent 11 years teaching science and chemistry to A level in Burton-on -rent. During this time she rekindled her interest in music and staged numerous musicals for young people.
 
Anne studied singing with Coral Gould MBE obtaining an LGSM teachers diploma in 1997 and left school teaching behind to follow her passion for helping others to sing well.
 
She has worked with singers of all ages and genres over the years and has a particular knowledge of the developing voice.  Anne began further training with Vocal Process in 2008, eventually gaining accreditation.  She now works alongside International trainers and authors Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher on a regular basis and is their first Associate Teacher. She teaches on Vocal Process courses and on the Vocal Process Teacher Accreditation Programme.
 
Anne was a finalist for the BVA Van Lawrence Award (2014) for research into the differences between classical and musical theatre singing. At Liverpool Theatre School (LTS) Anne has trained singers for the musical theatre profession and delivered spoken voice sessions on the level 6 acting course. She has also worked with actors at LIPA, and as part of the Developed with the Lowry programme.
 
Anne is proud to be the owner of VocAL Intuition, which offers mentoring and support for singing teachers and other professional voice users. Her most recent course, an online mentoring programme for new singing teachers, has proved to be very successful. Anne has written published resources, including a best-selling ebook, lesson plans and app reviews. She also loves using technology in teaching and has given both public presentations and individual training on this.

Dance categories

Six age categories are available from Junior to Open, which has NO upper age limit. Duets must be from the same household or recorded socially distant.

The categories are:

  • Lyrical
  • Contemporary
  • Classical ballet
  • Modern
  • Tap
  • Own choreography
  • Musical theatre song with dance
  • Musical theatre, dance only
  • Classical duet
  • Cabaret duet (with or without song)

Dance adjudicator

Jill Chapman RAD, Dance Coach and Choreographer

Jill Chapman dance adjudicator
Jill has studied dance and drama from an early age. She is a qualified dance teacher and member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).
 
During her years of professional teaching she was also Licentiate of both the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).
 
Jill has been teaching dance for more than 20 years, much of that time spent as principal of her own dance centre. She has continued to enjoy choreography and has worked on productions for various schools, societies and theatre groups.
Poster for the 2020 Centre Stage Virtual Performing Arts competition

Special Tshirt gift for all students

Today saw our Principal drive to the homes of more than 50 students to deliver a special gift as a thank-you – their own specially-designed Quaranteampurple t-shirts!

Tshirts delivered to students during lockdown

It was so lovely to see so many smiling faces – from a safe distance! 💜

While lockdown continues, students have been doing lessons via Zoom. They miss each other, and our teachers miss them. But, we are so grateful to all our students and parents for being so supportive during lockdown and enabling us to continue to teach the children week in and week out.

We can’t wait to see you all again, once it is safe to do so.

Quaranteampurple tshirts