When StageScreen Principal Heather Gallagher launched the Centre Stage Door Performing Arts Competition during the pandemic, she didn’t imagine that it would spread across the globe. But that’s just what has happened.
Heather explained: “With festivals and theatre productions cancelled, I thought an online competition was a way of allowing people to enjoy the fun of performing and also develop their skills through receiving feedback from professional performers.
Entries from across the world
“I wanted it to be open to anyone who wanted to compete – as well as StageScreen students. Professional adjudicators have come on board to give constructive and helpful feedback to all the performers. I hoped there would be a good response in the Midlands, where we are based, but when entries began to flood in from across the world, I’ll admit I was surprised.”
Over the two heats of the competition, entries have been received from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland but also from Australia, Italy, Singapore, America, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Canada, Hong Kong, Dubai and Cyprus!
The second heat closes on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at noon GMT.
Every entrant will get an individual report from the professional adjudicators along with a certificate. A medal will go to everyone who places first, second or third in their class. All competitors who score 85+ points will qualify for the aptly-named World Championship Finals at Easter 2021.
The heat 2 adjudicator for speech and drama is Tom O’Brien. Tom is a director, dramaturg and writer. He trained at Arts Ed, Living Pictures and at National Theatre Studio and is patron of StageScreen.
Dance adjudicator is Katherine Jarowicki, who trained at Addict Dance Academy and has danced on television, cruise ships and for fashion brands. She is also a teacher.
Vocal adjudicator is Christina Modestou, who originated the role of Anne Boleyn in Six in the West End and made the original cast recording. She has also appeared in The Boy in the Dress (RSC); The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre) and Little Shop of Horrors (Regents Park Theatre).