Last week we had to tell our students that, unsurprisingly, we have to move our production and film stream of Sister Act Jr from March to July 2021 because of current COVID-19 guidelines.
But we were able to cheer them up with a host of messages of support from wonderful stars of the West End & Broadway! We’ve been sharing them throughout this week with followers of our Facebook page.
With theatres closed, many of the stars were able to tell the youngsters that they knew EXACTLY how disappointed they felt – but they must keep positive and look forward to the excitement of performing together in the future.
Stars who sent their support were Rachel Tucker, who has played Elphaba in Wicked (West End) and Beverley Bass in Come From Away (West End & Broadway); Carrie Hope-Fletcher (Les Miserables, Heathers and The Addams Family); Charlie Stemp (Mary Poppins and Half A Sixpence); Luke Baker (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) and Sam Tutty (Evan in Dear Evan Hansen).
Each of them recorded a personal video message to cheer up our disappointed students and it certainly worked!
“Everything is going to be fine”
Rachel told the students how proud principal Heather Gallagher and all the StageScreen teachers were of them and urged them to be kind to themselves and keep working towards their dream before singing them a bit of Defying Gravity from the show Wicked.
Carrie said: “I am so sorry. I bet you are all absolutely gutted …but it’s going to be OK.”
She added: “I’m sure it won’t be long before you’re all performing together… I completely understand how you feel.”
Luke said: “I don’t want you to worry about it. Everything is going to be fine. I am in the same boat. I want everything to be back to normal as soon as possible.”
He finished by urging the youngsters to stay inspired.
You can watch all five videos on the StageScreen Facebook page – and we’ve linked three of them below for you to watch from this page too.