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).

Christina Modestou to become patron of our sister company

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.

Christina Modestou is patron of StageScreen MTAShe 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.

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)

StageScreen students make their West End debut

After three months of exciting rehearsals, students from StageScreen and our sister school StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre yesterday.

Thirty five excited youngsters travelled to London’s West End to step on to the stage that is home to The Phantom of the Opera.

Here we are outside the stage door waiting to go in. StageScreen on the West End

We performed four numbers: One Night, One Moment, Sparkle and Shine; What’s Inside; ’13’ and The Schuyler Sisters.

It was thrilling to walk in the footsteps of so many great performers.

Backstage at Her Majesty's Theatre

Principal Heather Gallagher said: “I want to just say how immensely proud I am of each and every single student! Their work ethic over the last 12 weeks has been phenomenal.

Heather Gallagher and students outside Her Majesty's Theatre

“I would say to them, your teachers and I have been strict with you and have pushed you and that showed last night up on that stage! You all performed the best you ever have. 100% energy, 100% character, 100% focus and lots of patience while your teachers and chaperones tried to make everything run smoothly and calmly for you.

“There were some very special moments for me as Principal taking my first school to perform in the West End, which included:

💜 Watching our seven & eight-year-olds perform strongly without a scrap of nerves.

💜 Witnessing a perfect backstage moment during rehearsal as a nine-year-old stood, entirely focussed and ready to step into stage and then turned around with wonder in her eyes saying ‘This is my dream!’ Then turning back and taking her first steps into that huge stage.

💜 Seeing an eight-year-old melt adults hearts as she left the stage and wished members of the next group (strangers) good luck for their performance.

💜 Seeing my 16 MTA students ROCK the stage with their Hamilton number and then, after a second round of applause started by other schools, ALL individually and collectively spontaneously shouted ‘Thank you’ before exiting stage right.

💜 Seeing the 11-year-old who had got so worried during rehearsal that she had a nosebleed take the microphone and sing her solo line and then come off saying ‘I did it!!’

💜 Seeing how respectful and in awe some of the StageScreen students were of our MTA group and their performance and harmonies.

West End stage debut

💜 Witty banter and great behaviour in the dressing rooms.

💜 The best backstage etiquette as they had been told to respect all other performers and remained silent until out of the backstage area.

💜 A 14-year-old use her head and collect props from stage that had been left- when it wasn’t her assigned job.

💜 The sheer determination and level of committed performance each and every student brought to the stage. They are all at different stages in their journey but each one took a massive step up last night and performed at a different level.

💜 The joy in the faces when they came off having done well.

💜 The anticipation in their faces as they waited for the principal and teacher feedback.

💜 The undying loyalty and support of all my teachers and chaperones who have  supported the student’s dreams and worked INCREDIBLY hard all day.

“It’s a day I’ll never forget.”

StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates

StageScreen is proud to unveil our brand new Company!

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!