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.”

Serial drama Castleford Close – another success for StageScreen

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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.

 

Actor Danny Mahoney to run StageScreen workshop online

Danny Mahoney runs StageScreen workshopWe are incredibly excited to announce that StageScreen has secured an exclusive screen acting workshop with film actor Danny Mahoney!
Danny has acted opposite Dame Maggie Smith in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and opposite Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins!
Danny will be working with our students for two hours where they will have the chance to perform a scene and work directly with Danny for training and direction.
We are so very excited to welcome him live to our weekly zoom class on June 6! Live training continues at its best during lockdown!

Red Carpet Annual Film Festival and Awards 2018

More than 30 awards were presented at our end of term film festival and awards ceremony at The National Brewery Centre, Burton-on-Trent.

Students aged from four to 18 walked the red carpet into the brewery centre’s marquee. They enjoyed all the glitz and glamour of an A-list celebrity event along with their proud families and friends.

Red carpet at StageScreen 2018 festival

The evening also saw the premiere of 16 short films and music videos that the youngsters had devised and filmed during their Saturday morning classes.

Awards were presented for performance and progress but also for traits such as helpfulness and kindness, passion and spirit.

Outstanding performances recognised

Eryn Baldwin receives the 2018 StageScreen Principal's AwardThe Principal’s Award went to Eryn Baldwin. Principal Heather Gallagher said: “This year the Principal’s Award was an easy decision. This student, to an audience, comes across as extremely confident and talented. Behind the scenes, I know how hard she works to achieve the level of performance we ask of her and the level she asks of herself. Like some of the best actors out there, Eryn questions her own ability constantly. She has delivered OUTSTANDING performances this year and is a pleasure to have around. Eryn spreads joy constantly and, in my opinion, has a very bright future in performing arts. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Eryn continue to grow and impress audiences as she has done this year.”

Heather added: “I am so very proud of all the StageScreen students. It was an absolute pleasure to present more than 30 awards which recognised the abilities of students and also positive traits such as enthusiasm, confidence and support for others. It was a great night to round off a wonderful year.”

This was our second annual film festival, and the audience loved every second of our music videos and short films made by students.

Watch some of our work here

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All the films are on the StageScreen YouTube channel and it’s easy to subscribe to see new films as they are added.

Here are three of the videos shown last night.

Students of all ages covered When You’re An Addams.

Our Starlets group, aged four to six, appeared on camera for the first time.

The annual blooper reel showed all the things that didn’t quite go to plan!

 

Budding Film Stars In Burton-on-Trent!

We can finally announce our affiliation last year with Central England Co-op! We received wonderful support from them which allowed us to create some short films based on the values and principles of the Co-op. All short films can be seen here – we will also be sharing them individually on the website and social media over the coming days.

 

Inaugural film festival and awards night

Our students, their friends and family had the chance to walk the red carpet at our inaugural film festival and awards night.

StageScreen student walks the red carpet the inaugural 2017 StageScreen film festival and awards night

Work that our students, aged six to 18, have produced since we launched StageScreen this year was showcased at the special event held at Burton and South Derbyshire College.

The films shown during the night included music videos and short films devised and scripted by the students themselves. StageScreen students work in three age groups and have professional training in drama and comedy acting, musical theatre and film work.

Here some of the films that proud friends and relatives watched alongside the students and their teachers.

At Home With The Bears, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Debut group (aged six to nine)

When I Grow Up (cover) music video

Lost In The Woods, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Encore group (aged 14 to 18)

If Only You Would Listen (cover) music video

Sweeties, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Spotlight group (aged 10 to 13)

Awards handed out for performance, character and kindness

A host of awards were also handed out to mark achievements in the first few months of StageScreen being open in Burton-on-Trent.

The tutors, and founder Heather Gallagher, celebrated determination, enthusiasm, hard work and progress. here are pictures of some of the winners, taken by Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios.

Our plan is to hold an event at the end of each term to celebrate what our students have learned and the work they have produced. This will include, in time, full-length productions as well as film festivals and showcases.

The audience at our 2017 film festival