Our students have just completed two performances of their first, full-length musical, Annie Jr, and we couldn’t be more proud!
The cast took to the stage of Burton’s Brewhouse Arts Centre to delight matinee and evening audiences with the story of little orphan Annie and her adventures as she searches for a family and a home.
Annie Jr is adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin but has been specially adapted to be performed by youngsters with some songs edited and keys changed to ranges appropriate for young voices. It still includes all the songs that Annie fans know and love, including The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, Tomorrow and Little Girls.
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 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.
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.”
Students at our Saturday morning classes were delighted to be visited by our patron, Tom O’Brien.
He spent time working with the students at our base at the Burton Albion Community Trust Hub, in Grange Street, Burton and gave them valuable feedback.
Tom agreed to become our patron in September 2018. He said: “I am extremely proud to be a patron of StageScreen. I grew up in the Burton area and I’ve known Heather, the principal of the school, for many years. I’ve experienced at first hand her passion, knowledge, rigorous commitment and enthusiasm for training and development in performing arts.
“It will give me great pleasure to see the growth of the students and the school. It is extremely important for young people to understand the hard work and dedication needed to benefit from the enjoyment and deep fulfilment that performing can bring.”
Tom worked as an actor for five years before turning to directing. He was resident director of the Cameron Mackintosh International Tour of Miss Saigon and directed Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre, West End. He has also achieved success as a playwright.
Principal Heather Gallagher says that Tom’s passion and work ethic will inspire the pupils at the school.
She said: “Tom works on the same principles that StageScreen does – that it’s really important to enjoy what you do and also to enjoy learning and working together.”
Are you looking to move your musical theatre training up to the next level?
Do you want to gain experience through performing on a bigger stage?
StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates (MTA) is a brand new audition-only company for students aged from 8 to 21.
Once accepted students will be trained by industry professionals each week in term time with guest lecturers from the national and international theatre world.
Already lined up for this year’s students is a showcase performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre, in the heart of London’s West End, on December 9, 2018, and auditions for Britain’s Got Talent and TeenStar 2019!
We can finally announce our affiliation last year with Central England Co-op! We received wonderful support from them which allowed us to create some short films based on the values and principles of the Co-op. All short films can be seen here – we will also be sharing them individually on the website and social media over the coming days.
Students have been told, parents have been emailed so it’s time to reveal our exciting news!!
StageScreen main school students will be performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, West End on December 9th 2018!!
To say we are all excited is a huge understatement!
Any student registered with us by July (ready to start classes in September) will be eligible to perform as a StageScreen student
Congratulations to Musical Theatre teacher Megan-Louise Daniels who will become
Vice-Principal of StageScreen Burton in September 2018!
Megan has been with the school from the outset and is a wonderful asset to the team!
Principal & Owner Heather says “I’m really proud of everything Megan has achieved since she’s been with StageScreen.
The progress of students in Musical Theatre over the year has been wonderful to see and I’m really happy to have Megan as my Vice Principal of StageScreen Burton”
StageScreen Summer Term
14th April 2018 – 14th July 2018
* 14th July – Annual Film Festival and Awards
*There will be the opportunity for students to present their work at the end of each term. The format of the presentation will vary per term and will be notified in advance.