Serial drama Castleford Close – another success for StageScreen

Castleford Close end title
During lockdown we’ve seen some great work produced by writers, directors and actors on TV – did you catch Staged by David Tennant, Michael Sheen and friends?
Maybe you saw Isolation Stories, a series of 15-minute ITV dramas?
Well, StageScreen students have also been busy creating their own serial drama, Castleford Close, the story of a group of youngsters facing their own problems during lockdown.
It is written by acting tutor Jack Broughton and produced by film tutor Tilley Bancroft and the StageScreen students.
A pandemic can’t stop our incredibly talented students from producing excellent work! We are so proud of them all! You can catch all episodes of Castleford Close by subscribing to the StageScreen YouTube channel, or watch them below.

 

The Show Must Go Online

Finale of the Show Must Go Online

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.

Show must go online detailsThis 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.

Cast announced for Sister Act Jr.

We are delighted to announce the cast for our planned production of Sister Act Jr. at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent, in March 2021.

Congratulations to everyone who auditioned, virtually via Zoom. You were all fantastic. We can’t wait to get started on rehearsals and we look forward to welcoming you all to see the production.

StageScreen Sister Act Jr cast list

Annie Jr delights audiences in Burton

StageScreen Annie Jr castOur students have just completed two performances of their first, full-length musical, Annie Jr, and we couldn’t be more proud!

Annie Jr poster by StageScreen

The cast took to the stage of Burton’s Brewhouse Arts Centre to delight matinee and evening audiences with the story of little orphan Annie and her adventures as she searches for a family and a home.

Annie Jr is adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin but has been specially adapted to be performed by youngsters with some songs edited and keys changed to ranges appropriate for young voices. It still includes all the songs that Annie fans know and love, including The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, Tomorrow and Little Girls.

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Annie Jr with starlet chorus member

Miss Hannigan in Annie Jr

Eryn and George as Annie and Daddy Warbucks In Annie Jr

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.

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Lion Witch Wardrobe performer

Susan and Lucy from Lion Witch and Wardrobe

Susan Lion Witch Wardrobe