Our sister school, StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates, is thrilled to be among the first organisations in the UK to rehearse, perform and upload to YouTube the virtual musical The Show Must Go Online.
This is the first musical of its kind – one written during lockdown to be rehearsed and performed remotely.
StageScreen MD Heather Gallagher said: “When lockdown started it soon became clear that we would be unable to put on any performances in person for a while. All our classes and workshops went online. Then we found out that Beat By Beat Press, a group of writers and arts educators in New York City who write children’s musicals, had created this special show where each performer could record their segment separately.
“When all the videos are edited together, they tell the story of a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical alive online during the pandemic.”
“Schools in 40 different countries have so far acquired the rights to perform The Show Must Go Online, and we are thrilled to be among the first in the UK.”
You can watch The StageScreen production here:
StageScreen MTA is the elite performance arm of the StageScreen organisation and is an audition-only company for students aged from 8 to 21.
MTA classes run in South Derbyshireat Oakland Village, Swadlincote. We are delighted that we held our first in-person MTA classes on September 9 – one day ahead of our YouTube premiere of The Show Must Go Online.
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.
She 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.
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!