Centre Stage Door Performing Arts Competition

The Centre Stage Door Performing Arts Competition is open for entries.

Centre Stage Door Performing Arts competition heats

The competition is being organised by Heather Gallagher, founder of StageScreen and StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates. There will be two heats leading up to the world championship finals at Easter 2021.  All entries and judging will be done online.

There are more than 30 different sections in dance, vocal and drama with six age categories in each section and open and novice sections.

Entries for the first heat are open NOW. The closing date is November 7, 2020. Email centrestagedoor@gmail.com for an information pack.

Katherine Jarowicki, Christina Modestou and Tom O'Brien

The judges for heat 1

A panel of three professional adjudicators will judge all the entries.

Katherine Jarowicki will adjudicate the dance categories. She is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has worked in fashion, television, cruise ships and theatre with some of the biggest brands and companies in the industry.

Christina Modestou will adjudicate the vocal categories. She is a Welsh singer and actress who originated the role of Anne Boleyn in Six, the musical about the wives of Henry VIII. Christina agreed to become Patron of StageScreen MTA after running online workshops for StageScreen and StageScreen MTA students earlier this year.

West End theatre director Tom O’Brien will adjudicate the drama categories. He has been the patron of StageScreen since September 2018. Tom worked as a professional actor for five years in plays, musicals, film and TV before turning to directing in 2010. He was resident director of the Cameron Mackintosh International Tour of Miss Saigon and directed Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre, in London’s West End. He has also achieved success as a playwright.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry fees are standard across all of the categories and age groups.

  • Solos – £4
  • Duets – £6
  • Trios – £9
  • Troupes/ensembles – £2 per performer.

What will entrants receive?

Every competitor will receive individual feedback and an e-certificate.

There will be medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in all sections.

Anyone who receives 85 marks or above in either the November heats or the second heats to be held in February 2021, will qualify for the World Championship Final at Easter 2021!

Industry masterclass and private lessons will be the prizes for our final.

Email centrestagedoor@gmail.com to receive an information pack.

You can also follow the competition on Facebook through the centrestagedoor page.

Serial drama Castleford Close – another success for StageScreen

Castleford Close end title
During lockdown we’ve seen some great work produced by writers, directors and actors on TV – did you catch Staged by David Tennant, Michael Sheen and friends?
Maybe you saw Isolation Stories, a series of 15-minute ITV dramas?
Well, StageScreen students have also been busy creating their own serial drama, Castleford Close, the story of a group of youngsters facing their own problems during lockdown.
It is written by acting tutor Jack Broughton and produced by film tutor Tilley Bancroft and the StageScreen students.
A pandemic can’t stop our incredibly talented students from producing excellent work! We are so proud of them all! You can catch all episodes of Castleford Close by subscribing to the StageScreen YouTube channel, or watch them below.

 

All StageScreen staff trained in COVID-19 awareness

All our teachers have now completed training for COVID-19 Awareness in preparation for our return to teaching classes and workshops in person later this month.

You can read about our COVID-19 procedures here. We will continue to review and update our procedures as the situation develops and as more information becomes available.

Our number one priority is protecting the health and wellbeing of all our students, staff and volunteers and we will continue to follow the advice of the UK Government, NHS, Public Health England and our local Health Protection Team.

COVID-19 awareness certificate for Heather Gallagher

An example of the qualification all our teachers have now obtained.

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

 

 

Christina Modestou to become patron of our sister company

Since 2017, we are proud that the theatre director, actor and playwright Tom O’Brien has been our patron. He has provided support and encouragement to students and tutors and been instrumental in helping us secure the services of top, international performers to run workshops for us.

One of the introductions he made for us was to Christina Modestou, who originated the role of Anne Boelyn in the musical Six about the wives of King Henry VIII.

Christina Modestou is patron of StageScreen MTAShe ran a high-energy online workshop for us on June 3, attended by our students and those from our sister school, StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates. She returned to be part of our week-long summer school earlier this month.

Now she has agreed to become Patron of StageScreen MTA.

Christina says “I’m thrilled to be a Patron for Stagescreen MTA. The students have worked so hard in my sessions and they bring so much fun too. This definitely filters through from their amazing staff who get involved and are so energised and encouraging. I feel very lucky to be working with them more often. One great thing to come out of this Pandemic!”

Originally from Port Talbot, South Wales, Christina trained at the Arts Educational Schools, London.

Her theatre credits include: The Boy in the Dress (RSC); BBC 10 Pieces (Tour); The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Regents Park Theatre); Six (Arts Theatre, Cast Recording); 35MM (The Other Palace Studio); Rent (St James Theatre, UK tour); The Last Mermaid (WMC); Shrek (UK tour); Urinetown (Apollo Theatre); In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse); The London Revue (Park Theatre); Edges (Tabard Theatre); Aladdin (Everyman Theatre); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre)
Her television credits include: Holy Popcorn (web series); Belonging (BBC Wales); Strictly Come Dancing (BBC); Love Actually.

StageScreen West End Summer School

StageScreen West End summer school 2020

West End and Broadway stars who will teach at StageScreen’s August 2020 summer school

StageScreen is bringing the BEST current West End and Broadway stars online to teach you this summer!

Each workshop runs from 10am – 11am and tickets can be booked online at Eventbrite.

Monday 17th Aug – Bethany Huckle & Barnum (West End)

Tuesday 18th Aug – Christina Modestou & Six (West End)

Wednesday 19th Aug – Jonathan Mawson & Descendants (West End)

Thursday 20th Aug – Charlie Stemp & Mary Poppins (West End and Broadway)

Friday 21st Aug – Luke Bayer & Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (West End)

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

Cast announced for Sister Act Jr.

We are delighted to announce the cast for our planned production of Sister Act Jr. at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent, in March 2021.

Congratulations to everyone who auditioned, virtually via Zoom. You were all fantastic. We can’t wait to get started on rehearsals and we look forward to welcoming you all to see the production.

StageScreen Sister Act Jr cast list

Actor Danny Mahoney to run StageScreen workshop online

Danny Mahoney runs StageScreen workshopWe are incredibly excited to announce that StageScreen has secured an exclusive screen acting workshop with film actor Danny Mahoney!
Danny has acted opposite Dame Maggie Smith in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and opposite Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins!
Danny will be working with our students for two hours where they will have the chance to perform a scene and work directly with Danny for training and direction.
We are so very excited to welcome him live to our weekly zoom class on June 6! Live training continues at its best during lockdown!

StageScreen goes online and interactive

We are looking forward to seeing everyone online again tomorrow for their full Saturday StageScreen training!
Fully interactive sessions will now be held every week in term time via the video sharing app Zoom. We have set-up a secure process, which will run while the UK remains in lockdown.
Classes on Zoom for StageScreen
Our wonderful teachers will be online to work with you and we will remain a team even though we are in different places!
Starlets class for our youngest students will run from 9-9.45am.
The main session for six to 18-year-olds will run from 10am-1pm.