A year of Zoom and classes in person return after Easter

StageScreen classes restart on April 17, 2021

Today we are marking the 12 month anniversary of running classes on Zoom.

We are so proud of all our students for the resilience they have shown and their kindness to each other.

We will be returning to the classroom with blended learning (a mixture of online classes and classes in person) from April 17th. We’ll be following all the guidelines to keep students and their families safe.

Free trials of performing arts classes

If you are six to 18 and would like to come along and have a FREE Saturday morning with us, complete the form here.

StageScreen is based at the Burton Albion Community Hub, Grange Street, Burton on Trent, DE14 2ER. Students are enrolled in one of the following groups depending on their age:

  • Debut (for 6-9-year-olds)
  • Spotlight (for 10-13-year-olds)
  • Encore (for 14-18-year-olds)

Saturday morning sessions last for three hours in total. Each age group rotates between rooms at The Hub, spending an hour each on comedy and drama acting; film and musical theatre.

For children aged four to six we offer a 45-minute, weekly Starlets class from 9am to 9.45am.  More about Starlets, and the form to apply for a free class to try it out, is available at stagescreen.co.uk/starlets

Principal Heather Gallagher is an experienced performer and successful singing teacher who has put together a team of industry professionals who lead classes every Saturday morning in term time.

Looking forward to performing together again

Heather said: “A year ago, I knew that the world was about to change but never did I think that 12 months later we still wouldn’t have stood close together again to sing and perform.

“I’ve treasured every single week we have met since on Zoom and briefly in person last year when it was allowed with social distancing guidelines.

“I want to thank all my students for their commitment, their passion, their dedication,  their love for performing and their determination to keep calm and carry on.”

She added: “I can’t wait to see all our students again after Easter and I’m also looking forward to meeting and working with the new students who have joined us in the past year on Zoom.”

StageScreen has been promoting kindness through performing arts in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, since 2016.

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).

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.

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.

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

2018 StageScreen film 1 StageScreen film 2018 2

 

2018 stagescreen film 4    stagescreen 2018 film 4

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!

 

Modern Twist on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Stagescreen Lion Witch Wardrobe posterEleven weeks of hard work came to fruition yesterday when our StageScreen students performed The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at the William Allitt School.

We are so proud of students who were part of our biggest challenge to date – a full-length play planned, rehearsed and performed during our shortest term of the year.

Students worked backstage on filmed sequences and animation – which gave it a modern twist – sound and stage management as well as playing the beloved characters from the classic book by C. S Lewis, adapted for the stage by Glyn Robbins.

Members of the cast were also trained in stage combat in order to perform the iconic battle scenes.

StageScreen team witch characters

Lion Witch Wardrobe performer

Susan and Lucy from Lion Witch and Wardrobe

Susan Lion Witch Wardrobe

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

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