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.

Centre Stage Door Performing Arts Competition

The Centre Stage Door Performing Arts Competition is open for entries.

Centre Stage Door Performing Arts competition heats

The competition is being organised by Heather Gallagher, founder of StageScreen and StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates. There will be two heats leading up to the world championship finals at Easter 2021.  All entries and judging will be done online.

There are more than 30 different sections in dance, vocal and drama with six age categories in each section and open and novice sections.

Entries for the first heat are open NOW. The closing date is November 7, 2020. Email centrestagedoor@gmail.com for an information pack.

Katherine Jarowicki, Christina Modestou and Tom O'Brien

The judges for heat 1

A panel of three professional adjudicators will judge all the entries.

Katherine Jarowicki will adjudicate the dance categories. She is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has worked in fashion, television, cruise ships and theatre with some of the biggest brands and companies in the industry.

Christina Modestou will adjudicate the vocal categories. She is a Welsh singer and actress who originated the role of Anne Boleyn in Six, the musical about the wives of Henry VIII. Christina agreed to become Patron of StageScreen MTA after running online workshops for StageScreen and StageScreen MTA students earlier this year.

West End theatre director Tom O’Brien will adjudicate the drama categories. He has been the patron of StageScreen since September 2018. Tom worked as a professional actor for five years in plays, musicals, film and TV before turning to directing in 2010. He was resident director of the Cameron Mackintosh International Tour of Miss Saigon and directed Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre, in London’s West End. He has also achieved success as a playwright.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry fees are standard across all of the categories and age groups.

  • Solos – £4
  • Duets – £6
  • Trios – £9
  • Troupes/ensembles – £2 per performer.

What will entrants receive?

Every competitor will receive individual feedback and an e-certificate.

There will be medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in all sections.

Anyone who receives 85 marks or above in either the November heats or the second heats to be held in February 2021, will qualify for the World Championship Final at Easter 2021!

Industry masterclass and private lessons will be the prizes for our final.

Email centrestagedoor@gmail.com to receive an information pack.

You can also follow the competition on Facebook through the centrestagedoor page.

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.

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)

Our patron Tom O’Brien visits Saturday classes

Tom O'Brien visits the StageScreen students

Students at our Saturday morning classes were delighted to be visited by our patron, Tom O’Brien. 

He spent time working with the students at our base at the Burton Albion Community Trust Hub, in Grange Street, Burton and gave them valuable feedback.

Tom agreed to become our patron in September 2018. He said: “I am extremely proud to be a patron of StageScreen. I grew up in the Burton area and I’ve known Heather, the principal of the school, for many years. I’ve experienced at first hand her passion, knowledge, rigorous commitment and enthusiasm for training and development in performing arts.

StageScreen patron Tom O'Brien

Tom pictured during his morning at StageScreen.

“It will give me great pleasure to see the growth of the students and the school. It is extremely important for young people to understand the hard work and dedication needed to benefit from the enjoyment and deep fulfilment that performing can bring.”

Tom worked as an actor for five years before turning to directing. He was resident director of the Cameron Mackintosh International Tour of Miss Saigon and directed Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre, West End. He has also achieved success as a playwright.

Principal Heather Gallagher says that Tom’s passion and work ethic will inspire the pupils at the school.

She said: “Tom works on the same principles that StageScreen does – that it’s really important to enjoy what you do and also to enjoy learning and working together.”