Centre Stage competition goes global!

Entries have now CLOSED for Heat 1 of The Centre Stage Door Performing Arts Competition. It’s a truly international event!

We have had entries from Australia, the United States, Cyprus, Italy, as well as England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Centre Stage Door Competition

If you wanted to enter, but missed the deadline, the good news is that there will be a second heat in February 2021. Keep an eye on our news feed here and on Facebook to learn more.

Our professional adjudicators are looking through all the videos submitted now. Results from heat one will be announced on Monday, November 23.

Katherine Jarowicki, Christina Modestou and Tom O'Brien

All entrants with 85+ marks will be invited to enter our World Championship Final at Easter 2021. Every entrant will receive a certificate and an adjudicator’s report. There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in all classes.

Good luck to everyone who has entered.

Congratulations to all our virtual performers

The very first Centre Stage Virtual Performing Arts Competition was a huge success with more than 300 video entries emailed to us. Congratulations to all who took part in the classes for speech and drama; dance and vocal.

Each entry will receive an adjudicator’s report and certificate with trophies and medals for the highest marks.

Entries were submitted by video and watched and assessed by four professional adjudicators ahead of a live Zoom bursary final held on August 29. Twelve entrants from across the classes were invited to perform again by the adjudicators.

Virtual performing arts festival bursary finalists

Our 12 bursary finalists

Head adjudicator, and founder of StageScreen, Heather Gallagher said: “Wow! What a treat the Bursary final was! Well done to every single performer- we could have chosen any of the 12 as very worthy winners!”

After a difficult deliberation our junior bursary winner, who won £50, was seven-year-old dancer Bronte Ashmore for her entry to the lyrical class.

The senior bursary winner, who won £100, was 16-year-old singer Isabelle Byrne for her entry in the CCM pop solo class.

Our £25 StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates Vouchers (to be used against any of our workshop or fees) were awarded to: Laila Parry (modern dance class) and Amelia Nixon (musical theatre vocal).

The other eight bursary finalists were: Rose Dawson (contemporary monologue); Freddie Dawson (Shakespeare monologue); Kiya Sanwalka (ballet); Jenna Stephenson (contemporary comedy monologue); Aimee Rowe (own choreography); Ethan Shimwell (unaccompanied vocal); Effie Lennon Ballard (unaccompanied vocal) and Maisie Axton (lyrical).

The virtual award winners in the three sections are listed below.

Speech and Drama

Overall Junior Aggregate Winner – Libby Falkingham

Overall Inter Aggregate Winner – Rose Dawson/Jenna Stephenson

Overall Senior Aggregate Winner – Freddie Dawson

Overall Open Aggregate Winner – Jo Kingman

Endeavour Award – Maia Violet Holmes

Vocal

Overall Junior Aggregate Winner – Ethan Shimwell

Overall Inter Aggregate Winner – Georgia Barley

Overall Senior Aggregate Winner – Isabelle Byrne

Highest mark Junior – Ethan Shimwell

Highest mark Inter – Ruby Stewart/Amelia Nixon

Highest mark Senior – Isabelle Byrne

Endeavour Award – Hannah Minness

Dance

Overall Junior Aggregate Winner – Kiya Sanwalka

Overall Inter Aggregate Winner – Aimee Rowe

Overall Senior Aggregate Winner – Maisie Axton

Highest mark Junior – Bronte Ashmore

Highest mark Inter – Aimee Rowe

Highest mark Senior – Maisie Axton

Highest mark Lyrical – Maisie Axton

Highest mark Contemporary – Aimee Rowe

Highest mark Ballet – Kiya Sanwalka

Highest mark Modern – Maisie Axton/Aimee Rowe

Highest mark Tap – Emily Stebbeds

Highest mark Musical Theatre (with or without song) – Eleni Bott

Endeavour Award – Lily Cockram

Centre Stage Virtual Performing Arts Festival trophies and medals

Some of the awards that will be posted out to winners

Winners of each class were as follows:

Speech and Drama

Screen Acting

Junior – Libby Falkingham

Inter – Hazel Proud

Senior – Dan O’Neil

Own Humorous Verse

Open – Logan Powell

Harry Potter Prose

Junior – Libby Falkingham

Open – Jo Kingman

David Walliams Prose

Inter – Brandon Lawson

Open – Jo Kingman

Contemporary Comedy Monologue

Junior – Zoe Cross

Inter – Jenna Stephenson

Shakespeare Monologue

Inter – Amelia May Jones

Senior – Freddie Dawson

Open – Jo Kingman

Acting, Contemporary Monologue

Junior – Grace Rees

Inter – Rose Dawson/Jenna Stephenson

Senior – Isabelle Byrne

Open – Jo Kingman

Speech Solo

Junior – Lily Sharples

Inter – Maia Violet Holmes

Vocal

CCM Pop Solo

Junior 1 – Lucie Anna Ward

Junior 2 – Ethan Shimwell

Inter 1 – Imogen Burton

Inter 2 – Georgia Barley

Senior – Isabelle Byrne

Musical Theatre (post-1960)

Junior 1 – Lucie Anna Ward

Junior 2 – Ethan Shimwell

Inter 1 – Amelia Nixon

Inter 2 – Ruby Stewart

Senior – Isabelle Byrne

Open – Leah Springham

Musical Theatre (pre-1960)

Junior –  Ethan Shimwell

Inter 1 – Caitlin Cole

Inter 2 – Olivia Carroll-Walsh

Senior – Georgia King

Open – Emily Hyde

Unaccompanied Vocal

Junior – Ethan Shimwell

Inter 1 – Effie Lennon Ballard

Senior – Hannah Minness

Musical Theatre Duet

Senior – Anna Milne and Emily Haywood

Vocal Solo

Junior 1 – Lucie Anna Ward

Junior 2 – Sophia Affleck

Inter 1 – Amelia Nixon

Inter 2 – Liberty Skye Woodhead

Senior – Isabelle Byrne

Dance

Lyrical

Junior 1 – Sophia Reid

Junior 2 – Bronte Ashmore

Inter 1 – Zahara Monfries

Inter 2 – Lily Wheeler

Senior – Maisie Axton

Contemporary

Junior – Lily Clarke

Inter 1 – Keeley Byrne

Inter 2 – Aimee Rowe

Senior – Kira Caple

Ballet

Junior 1 – Sophia Reid

Junior 2 – Kiya Sanwalka

Inter 1 – Isobel Hanson

Inter 2 – Ellie Preston

Senior – Katie Dale

Modern

Junior 1 – Sophia Reid

Junior 2 – Laila Parry

Inter 1 – Keeley Byrne

Inter 2 – Aimee Rowe

Senior – Maisie Axton

Musical Theatre Dance only

Junior 1 – Lilly Hendrick

Inter – Rebecca Harrison

Tap

Junior 1 – Emma Willey

Junior 2 – Bronte Ashmore

Inter 1 – Maria Bott

Inter 2 – Emily Stebbeds

Senior – Reece Lilley

Musical Theatre Song with Dance

Junior 1 – Emma Willey

Junior 2 – Eleni Bott

Inter 1 – Lily Cockram

Inter 2 – Liberty Skye Woodhead/Isabel Mead

Senior – Hannah Minness

Classical Duet

Inter – Natasha Harper & Hannah Stephenson

Classical Duet With or Without Song

Junior – Olivia Crawford & Nicola King

Inter – Jodie Thorpe & Scarlett Pratt

Senior – Lilly Griffiths & Melissa James

Own Choreography

Junior 1 – Molly Bowes

Junior 2 – Florence Burt

Inter 1 – Isabella Hammond

Inter 2 – Aimee Rowe

Senior – Nicola Freeman

 

 

Heather Gallagher scoops prestigious award

Heather Gallagher, principal and founder of StageScreen and StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates, scooped the prestigious Woman Who solopreneur award in the Creative World category today.

Heather Gallagher receives award

Ian O’Donnell, MBE, from the Federation of Small Businesses presents Heather with her Solopreneur award in October 2019

At an awards ceremony at The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, Heather was announced as the winner. The judges said they felt that StageScreen and StageScreen MTA had a vision and a purpose and unlike similar businesses, it addresses self-development.

The awards were delivered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses and recognise women who have set up a business on their own.

Heather, of course, receives great support from her team of tutors, the youngsters who attend classes and workshops and their supportive parents and she dedicated the award to them.

She said: “I am delighted that we can now forever be known as  ‘The Award-Winning Performing Arts and Film School’. It’s a wonderful achievement for StageScreen.”

Heather Gallagher Solopreneur award

Heather and the other finalists enjoyed an afternoon of inspiration, celebration and networking with keynote speakers who included actor, vlogger and self-development coach Holly Matthews (pictured below, left, with Heather), who shot to fame in the BBC series Byker Grove before taking on roles in Waterloo Road, Doctors, Casualty and The Bill.

Holly Matthew and Heather Gallagher pictured with their awardsShe also runs The Happy Me Project, which she launched following the death of her young husband, Ross. She raised £11,000 for the Warwickshire hospice that cared for Ross in his final days.

After speaking, Holly was also presented with a Special Award by WomanWho founder Sandra Garlick.

Heather said: “It was a privilege and an inspiration to hear Holly’s story and to meet her and enjoy a chat.”

StageScreen principal nominated for award

Heather Gallagher, founder and principal of StageScreen, has been nominated for a prestigious WomanWho award.

These awards were created by Sandra Garlick of the Woman Who organisation and are delivered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses. They recognise women who have set up a business on their own.

Stay tuned for more updates later in the year!

nominated for a woman who award

Red Carpet Annual Film Festival and Awards 2018

More than 30 awards were presented at our end of term film festival and awards ceremony at The National Brewery Centre, Burton-on-Trent.

Students aged from four to 18 walked the red carpet into the brewery centre’s marquee. They enjoyed all the glitz and glamour of an A-list celebrity event along with their proud families and friends.

Red carpet at StageScreen 2018 festival

The evening also saw the premiere of 16 short films and music videos that the youngsters had devised and filmed during their Saturday morning classes.

Awards were presented for performance and progress but also for traits such as helpfulness and kindness, passion and spirit.

Outstanding performances recognised

Eryn Baldwin receives the 2018 StageScreen Principal's AwardThe Principal’s Award went to Eryn Baldwin. Principal Heather Gallagher said: “This year the Principal’s Award was an easy decision. This student, to an audience, comes across as extremely confident and talented. Behind the scenes, I know how hard she works to achieve the level of performance we ask of her and the level she asks of herself. Like some of the best actors out there, Eryn questions her own ability constantly. She has delivered OUTSTANDING performances this year and is a pleasure to have around. Eryn spreads joy constantly and, in my opinion, has a very bright future in performing arts. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Eryn continue to grow and impress audiences as she has done this year.”

Heather added: “I am so very proud of all the StageScreen students. It was an absolute pleasure to present more than 30 awards which recognised the abilities of students and also positive traits such as enthusiasm, confidence and support for others. It was a great night to round off a wonderful year.”

This was our second annual film festival, and the audience loved every second of our music videos and short films made by students.

Watch some of our work here

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All the films are on the StageScreen YouTube channel and it’s easy to subscribe to see new films as they are added.

Here are three of the videos shown last night.

Students of all ages covered When You’re An Addams.

Our Starlets group, aged four to six, appeared on camera for the first time.

The annual blooper reel showed all the things that didn’t quite go to plan!

 

Inaugural film festival and awards night

Our students, their friends and family had the chance to walk the red carpet at our inaugural film festival and awards night.

StageScreen student walks the red carpet the inaugural 2017 StageScreen film festival and awards night

Work that our students, aged six to 18, have produced since we launched StageScreen this year was showcased at the special event held at Burton and South Derbyshire College.

The films shown during the night included music videos and short films devised and scripted by the students themselves. StageScreen students work in three age groups and have professional training in drama and comedy acting, musical theatre and film work.

Here some of the films that proud friends and relatives watched alongside the students and their teachers.

At Home With The Bears, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Debut group (aged six to nine)

When I Grow Up (cover) music video

Lost In The Woods, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Encore group (aged 14 to 18)

If Only You Would Listen (cover) music video

Sweeties, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Spotlight group (aged 10 to 13)

Awards handed out for performance, character and kindness

A host of awards were also handed out to mark achievements in the first few months of StageScreen being open in Burton-on-Trent.

The tutors, and founder Heather Gallagher, celebrated determination, enthusiasm, hard work and progress. here are pictures of some of the winners, taken by Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios.

Our plan is to hold an event at the end of each term to celebrate what our students have learned and the work they have produced. This will include, in time, full-length productions as well as film festivals and showcases.

The audience at our 2017 film festival