We’re looking for new Starlets

Do you know any youngsters aged four to six who love singing and performing?

We are holding a FREE trial Starlets class in the new year for children who might like to join us.

Starlets open day

Starlets classes run each Saturday morning in term time from 9am to 9.45am.

The free, trial morning is being held on January 8 from 9am at the William Allitt School, Sunnyside, Newhall, Derbyshire DE11 0TL.

If you know a youngster who would like to attend, you can book your place here.

New StageScreen teachers make their mark

New Team Purple teachersThe two new teachers joining StageScreen met our students today and led some exciting sessions.

SAtageScreen teacher Hannah at work

Hannah Kirkpatrick is our new acting teacher and Sam Pearson will be teaching film and TV.

Feedback from our students was great.

It may have been the final session of 2021, and the morning after our second performance of The Godmother, but energy levels were high. StageScreen Teacher Sam at work

The next generation of Team Purple is ready and raring to go when the new term starts. If you would like to join us, apply for a free trial session here. 

 

StageScreen teacher Sam with students

What our audiences said about The Godmother

Our students (and teachers) had a wonderful time bringing the story of Lily Thomas home to Burton. It seems that our audiences loved it too.

We staged just two performances of new play The Godmother, by local writer Elaine Pritchard at The Trinity, George Street, Burton.

Here are just a few of the comments from our audiences:

  • What an amazing achievement! The performance and the story were really woven into something very special. #BeMoreLily. I wish I was going again tonight.
  • StageScreen what a wonderful and powerful performance from your brilliant students tonight! I cried more than once. It was a beautiful and a great story of hope against adversity!
  • It’s such a great story. Nice to see such a young cast too.
  • Wonderful, well done. What a fabulous story.
  • We really enjoyed it and the children were fantastic. It was a very moving story and told with great conviction by all.
  • It was so good and everyone played their part magnificently.
  • Thank you to the cast of Lily Thomas we really enjoyed the show. Loved the Burton history.
  • It was a privilege to watch. It was absolutely fab. I learned so much. Well done to everyone.
  • Really loved last night’s show. Well done to all and enjoy tonight’s. Thank you for bringing this story to life; it is uplifting and sad in equal measure.

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Show week for The Godmother!

Show week is here! Our students perform a new play, The Godmother, at The Trinity in Burton upon Trent on Thursday and Friday (December 9 and 10).

Yesterday was our dress rehearsal. Our young cast did a great job of managing props, costumes and staging in the iconic venue.

The Godmother dress rehearsalLily and the MC at Godmother dress rehearsal

 

 

 

 

TThe Godmother tells the true story of Lily Thomas, a widow from Rosliston Road in Stapenhill. She decided to organise food parcels every two weeks for Burton men who were captured in World War 1 and held in German prison camps.

StageScreen Principal, and producer of The Godmother, Heather Gallagher, explained: “The Trinity was George Street Methodist Church in Lily’s day. It played a key role in her story. Chruch trustees donated cash to Lily’s fund. They also allowed Lily free use of the Sunday School rooms to hold fundraising concerts.

View of The Godmother dress rehearsal from the balcony at The Trinity

“This Wednesday (December 8) is the 103rd anniversary of a thanksgiving service held in the George Street church to mark the end of the war. Lily attended. Some of the soldiers who had been released from prison camps were also there. It’s strange to think that our Lily will be literally stepping in the footsteps of the real Lily just over a century later.”

There is a strong flavour of the music hall tradition in The Godmother. Songs from the period are included. Audience members are welcome to join in. A free four-page programme will be given to everyone. It will include choruses of the songs as well as more historical information about Lily.

Lily was a hero

In the run-up to show week, playwright Elaine Pritchard received a message of support from descendants of one of the soldiers Lily supported: “The work of Lily, so difficult considering the difficulties of distance, communication and bureaucracy, needs more recognition. From my family’s perspective, she was a hero; someone who took the initiative and showed great skill in addressing a problem.”

Tickets can still be booked online at Eventbrite. Go to thegodmotherlilythomas.eventbrite.co.uk