Harry Potter workshop delights students

Harry Potter workshop

Our students had a fantastic Harry Potter workshop today with Jack North from the West End cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 

The workshop took place during our usual Saturday morning three-hour StageScreen session – held on Zoom at the moment due to lockdown restrictions.

Parents were quick to post on our social media channel how much their youngsters had enjoyed it: “Absolutely loved it! Thank you”; “Great time!”; “Brilliant time”.

Had the absolute BEST time doing a Harry Potter workshop with

StageScreen this morning.
Utterly brilliant to have so many wonderful workshops for the kids

On February 27, we also welcomed West End star Sam Lathwood to deliver a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory workshop for students and siblings. On the same day, Melanie Clark of Mini Mel’s World ran a Peppa Pig workshop for our youngest Starlet performers.

West End performers deliver more workshops for StageScreen

StageScreen students are enjoying a busy programme of virtual workshops led by professional actors and musical theatre stars.

Now, there’s an opportunity coming up for youngsters aged six to 18 to join us for a special Harry Potter workshop in March 2021! Places are limited. Read on to find out how you can apply.

StageScreen’s own students pay no additional costs to take part in these workshops. Already this year, they have worked with musical theatre star Christina Modestou on a workshop around the new musical The Boy In The Dress.

StageScreen patron and West End theatre director Tom O’Brien has also delivered an acting workshop this month. Principal Heather Gallagher said: “The students worked on character development and acting for both stage and screen. Everyone did so well! Tom was very impressed with them all.

“We are so very grateful for Tom’s continued support. Not just a patron in name only, Tom gives so much energy and valuable training to our students and school.”

Billionaire Boy workshopIn February, there will be a Peppa Pig workshop for our starlets, StageScreen’s youngest students aged four to six.  Debut class students, aged six to 10, will join our Starlets for a workshop based on David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy. StageScreen students (and their siblings) can also attend a workshop on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory..

Limited spaces for special Harry Potter opportunity

On March 6, 2021, West End star of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jack North, will be zooming in to deliver a magical workshop for an hour during a three-hour StageScreen Saturday morning training session. The exciting news is that for this special event, youngsters aged six to 18 who are NOT StageScreen students can apply to join in too. For just £5 they can enjoy a full morning of online StageScreen classes INCLUDING the Harry Potter workshop.

Heather added: “While we are doing online training we are offering two free weeks. So children who join the Harry Potter morning for £5 can still book a second free trial week with us.”

Tickets will go on sale at https://harrypotterbundle.eventbrite.co.uk on Saturday, January 30, at 9am. We expect demand to be high and places ARE limited. Youngsters who have attended previous external workshops and free trials have been given a chance to apply before sales go live to the public.

Harry Potter StageScreen workshop promo

Jack North played the roles of Karl Jenkins, Viktor Krum and Dudley Dursley in the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Billionaire Boy and Peppa Pig workshops

Our Starlets and Debut students (aged four to 10) have the exclusive opportunity to do a Billionaire Boy workshop in February with professional actress Emma Matthews.

Emma’s recent credits include Gangsta Granny (West End and tour) and Billionaire Boy (National Tour). Her TV credits include Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Shameless, Casualty, Doctors, No Offence and Prisoners Wives.

Melanie Clark Peppa Pig workshop

Starlets only (four to six-year-olds) will do the Peppa Pig (Muddy Puddles workshop) with Melanie Clark (pictured right)  who is currently the choreographer for the UK and West End production of Peppa Pig Live.

Melanie’s theatre credits include: George Pig in Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever (Duke of York’s Theatre West End) Ben Elf in Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Live (UK and Ireland tour), Mowgli in The Jungle Book (UK tour), George Pig in Peppa Pig’s Surprise (West End, UK & Australia tour), George Pig in Peppa Pig: My First Concert (Royal Festival Hall & UK tour), Fairy Liquid in Jack and The Beanstalk (Dorking Halls) and Red in Little Red Riding Hood (South East UK tour).

Between theatre tours, Melanie teaches at a variety of performing arts establishments: Head of Musical Theatre at Directions Performing Arts, Virtual Dance Teacher for StageCoach International, Acting Tutor at MEPA College.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the West End’s Sam Lathwood

StageScreen students (and their siblings) will enjoy a Charlie and the Chocolate factory Zoom workshop with Sam Lathwood.

Sam Lathwood StageScreen workshop

Sam trained at The Arts Educational Schools, London.

His theatre credits include: Ferdy/ Dance Captain/ 1st Young Ebenezer/ 1st Fred/ First George in A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic, West End); Messenger Boy/ 1st Robertson Ay/ 1st Valentine in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre, West End); Assistant Dance Captain/ Gym Captain/ Swing/ 1st Michael Wormwood/ 2nd Doctor in Matilda the Musical (UK and Ireland Tour); Sam in Elf the Musical (Plymouth/Manchester); Swing/ Understudy Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins (International Tour Zurich/Dubai); Crossover Swing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, West End); Disaster! (Charing Cross Theatre); Jim in Elf the Musical (European Premiere, Plymouth/Dublin); Mark/Lynch in Damn Yankees (Landor Theatre); Assistant Dance Captain/Swing in Hairspray (UK and Ireland Tour); Ensemble/ 1st Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance (Hackney Empire/Australian Tour).

Other credits include: Elf the Musical (Channel 5); The Jane McDonald Show; singer in Mary Poppins Returns (Disney Movie/ Soundtrack); backing vocalist for Adele at Wembley Stadium; singer for ‘Eurosport Winter Olympics 2018’ commercial; Royal Variety Performance (London Palladium, 2019); Mary Poppins cast recording (West End, 2020), Matilda the Movie workshops (2020); Britain’s Got Talent (ITV, 2020).

Zoom workshop with Christina Modestou

StageScreen students past and present are being invited to a workshop with Christina Modestou.

Christina ModestouChristina originated the role of Anne Boelyn in Six. This month, she will be leading a workshop for us based on The Boy In The Dress.

Principal Heather Gallagher said: “You may not be too familiar with this brand new musical. I was lucky enough to go and see it in Stratford when Christina was in it. It is pure joy!”

The Zoom workshop will take place on Sunday, January 24. The cost will be as a pay-what-you-can-afford donation (maximum £5 per person).

If you are a StageScreen student, past or present, who would like to attend, please email Heather at info@stagescreen.co.uk. She will give you more information and reserve your place on the workshop. You can pay your donation via Paypal.

Christina ran a high-energy, fun Zoom workshop as part of StageScreen’s virtual summer school in 2020. It was a real hit with students. As a result, she accepted an invitation to become patron of StageScreen’s sister school StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates.

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)

West End performers train StageScreen students during lockdown

The show must go on – and it does at StageScreen. For instance, we’ve been able to bring in West End performers to teach our students in Zoom workshops during lockdown.

Our classes moved online when the national lockdown began in March. Our students have continued to work hard and, just as importantly, support each other.

Having fun and forging friendships in a safe, caring environment is just as important to us as the training we provide in musical theatre, acting and film work.

Helped by our patron, theatre director Tom O’Brien, we have held a series of Zoom workshops with professional performers from West End shows. You can watch a video below showing the highlights of some of these events and a look forward to our next production – the online children’s musical The Show Must Go Online, which is coming up in September.

Finally, our grateful thanks go to Chris Tendai (Hamilton); Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie); Tom O’Brien (West End director and StageScreen patron); Christina Modestou (Six and StageScreen MTS patron); Danny Mahoney (screen acting – Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Florence Foster Jenkins) and Barnaby Thompson (The Lion King)

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!

The Greatest Showman – our Summer Intensive 2018

Greatest Showman summer intensive

What a fantastic work ethic we saw from the students who joined our 2018 Summer Intensive based on The Greatest Showman.

In just three and a half days they worked with songs and scenes from the popular film musical. During intensive workshop sessions, the group of eight to 18-year-olds developed their skills in singing, acting and dancing.  They also learned about video production and had the experience of recording vocal tracks in a recording studio.

The result of all this hard work was a 10-minute music video medley, posted on the StageScreen You Tube channel.

Credits:

Choreography was by Heather Grace Gallagher & Viki Wilkinson.

Musical direction was by Megan-Louise Daniels.

Music video direction was by Heather Grace Gallagher.

Vocal recording: Chris Baldwin and Arch 16 Studio.

Location shoot: GrindhouseStrongman.co.uk and Star Foundation.

Camera: Jo-Anne Foster.

Edited and produced by Lumina Studios and StageScreenUK.

The Greatest Showman is composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Hairspray – our Summer Intensive

Hairspray was our summer intensive workshop this month.

During the week, students developed skills in acting, singing and dancing, learning choreography from our principal, Heather Gallagher.

Hairspray summer intensive choreography

But the week wasn’t all about singing, dancing and acting. Our students also learned about the social history that inspired the musical Hairspray, including racial segregation and the fight for equal rights. So, the afternoon of day three began with students watching videos about Rosa Parks and racism. They then wrote something from the heart that the videos had inspired.

Summer intensive hairspray

The week culminated in a performance of ‘work in progress’ for parents and close family. The presentation was filmed by our film tutor Tilley Bancroft.

StageScreen Summer Intensive 2017 students perform Good Morning Baltimore as part of their end of week performance.

Nicest Kids in Town – A compilation of rehearsal footage and the work in progress presentation performed for parents at the end of the StageScreen Summer Intensive 2017