Crowdfunder launched to help Sister Act Jr go online

Sister Act Jr by StageScreen

The show must go on when it comes to our March 2021 production of Sister Act Jr.

We invested in the licence to perform this smash-hit musical some time ago and had high hopes that we would be performing it in front of an enthusiastic audience at our local theatre, The Brewhouse Arts Centre, in March 2021.

As restrictions have eased, and then tightened, and lockdowns and tiers have come and gone, we KNEW we had to provide our hard-working students with some certainty. They are so looking forward to performing this show and they deserve this opportunity after their hard work and resilience throughout 2020.

So, we have decided to film the show at the Brewhouse and then put it out online as a scheduled, streamed performance. It will be different from the production we originally planned, but there are a lot of positives. It gives us the opportunity to give our students the experience of filming a musical with the Brewhouse as their set. It also removes the uncertainty around what restrictions may (or may not) be in place for theatre audiences during March 2021. We are confident we can safely follow social distancing for our cast and crew to make our film in the covid-secure surroundings of the Brewhouse.

But, to film the show we need to meet all the usual show costs, and a few extras on top connected with the streaming and the filming. So, we’ve launched our first-ever Crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise £500 towards the show costs and ensure that we break-even. You can find our crowdfunder, and read more about our plans, at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sister-act-online.

What’s Sister Act Jr about?

Sister Act Jr. is based on the 1992 film, starring Whoopi Goldberg, and the Tony-nominated Broadway and West End musical that followed it.

It tells the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a murder and is put into protective custody, disguised as a nun, at a convent by the police. She soon clashes with the Mother Superior but uses her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the nuns’ choir. When Deloris cover is blown, and the gang of baddies sets out to get her, her newly-found sisterhood comes to her rescue.

It’s a joyful tribute to the universal power of friendship – a theme that is close to the heart of StageScreen teachers and students.

How can you help?

We would really welcome any donations you can make to our Sister Act Jr online crowdfunder. We have put together a list of rewards. Please take a look at them. Some are ideal for local businesses and people who are self-employed as they will offer publicity and promotional opportunities in return for donations. Other might make a great surprise gift for a loved one.

We understand that times are tough and every penny counts, so if you are unable to make a donation, perhaps you could share this story, or our Crowdfunder page, with your friends, family and contacts on social media or by email? We would be very grateful.

Our Crowdfunder page will be open until January 23, and it’s an ‘all or nothing’ fundraiser, which means that any donations will be refunded if we DON’T hit out target of £500.

Principal of StageScreen and StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates, Heather Gallagher, said: “Our students have continued to work really hard and support each other since the first lockdown in March 2020. Exactly 12 months on from that milestone we want to give them a great experience with Sister Act Jr. Its themes of friendship and fun are just perfect for our talented students and the times in which we live.”

Centre Stage competition goes global!

Entries have now CLOSED for Heat 1 of The Centre Stage Door Performing Arts Competition. It’s a truly international event!

We have had entries from Australia, the United States, Cyprus, Italy, as well as England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Centre Stage Door Competition

If you wanted to enter, but missed the deadline, the good news is that there will be a second heat in February 2021. Keep an eye on our news feed here and on Facebook to learn more.

Our professional adjudicators are looking through all the videos submitted now. Results from heat one will be announced on Monday, November 23.

Katherine Jarowicki, Christina Modestou and Tom O'Brien

All entrants with 85+ marks will be invited to enter our World Championship Final at Easter 2021. Every entrant will receive a certificate and an adjudicator’s report. There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in all classes.

Good luck to everyone who has entered.

StageScreen goes online for Lockdown 2

We did it for the first UK lockdown of 2020 – so we KNOW we can get through a second lockdown in England.

ALL our classes will go online from tomorrow until we get the go-ahead to start face-to-face classes in a covid-secure way.

We are really looking forward to seeing all our students again, but until then we will continue to offer classes online that are inspiring, innovative and fun.

We’re here for anyone who wants to talk and we know that our students will continue to support each other and enjoy the team spirit, kindness and companionship that mark out our amazing StageScreen students.

We will continue to follow the advice of the UK Government, NHS, Public Health England and our local Health Protection Team.

StageScreen goes online November 2020