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WE ARE NOW IN THE SPRING TERM OF 2018

Check back regularly for the latest updates

We're super-excited to see Willy Hudson playing Curly in PETER PAN at the Open Air Theatre in regent's Park in London!

 

What a magical first London role!

Wow!

 

What an amazing run in '42nd Street' at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane!

 

Kirsty Fuller has just finished a year as cover 'Anytime Annie' in the fabulous tap show that is playing to huge acclaim in London's West End.

 

We wish Kirsty huge success with her next projects- she is such an amazing performer we know she will be a hit!!!

 

 

TWELFTH NIGHT Shakespearean Acting!

Huge congratulations to the senior students who formed the retinue in the Exeter Rep production of 'Twelfth Night', starring Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker), Derek Frood ('Poldark') and Graham Seed ('The Archers')  What an experience to work alongside such expert professionals!

WORKING WITH TOP WEST END PROFESSIONALS!

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CINDERELLA has now completed a record-breaking run at the Exeter Corn Exchange, featuring a youth chorus from Stage by Stage.

 

The show starred top West End performers from such shows as 42nd Street, Billy Elliot, The Color Purple and The Lion KIng- offering a great opportunity for our students to learn from the best!

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

What a fantastic run of 6 performances at the Barnfield Theatre by our younger classes!

So much fun, dance and colour from our classes aged 4 to 12 years old!  Next up, it's The Wizard of Oz...

 

 

AWARDS GALA

 

2017

Sunday 24th September, 6pm

 

The annual awards ceremony took place on Sunday 24th September at the Exeter Corn Exchange, with special guests West End star Linda John-Pierre and talent agent Chanel from PMA London!

 

It was another spectacular eveneing of entertainment with highliights of past and forthcoming shows from each of the stages and, of course, there were awards for:

 

Outstanding Effort Medals

 

Stage Starters

MARLEY BEER   FLORENCE HACKETT-BROWN

 

Stage Debut

LOUIS HODGE   LUCY BARTLE     MATILDA IVORY      LOIS HARKER

MYA WESTCOTT-CUDE   LUKE WESTLEY          

 

Stage Two

ORIELLA WHITE                JIM SHEEN

 

Stage Three

YASAMIN KENDALL           ZOE HOUSLEY

 

Stage Senior

ALFIE OVERTON                EVA CHINN    

  

Senior Academy

ROMILLY SPAUL                BENJAMIN-JACK CHARLES    

                                  

Stage Acting

JAMES TRAFFORD             LUCINDA AVEYARD

 

 

Golden Voice

DANE WILLIAMS (Sweeney Todd)



 

Dance Award

KATIE BAPTIST (Starlight Express) 



 

Comedy Cup

JACK MARSHALL & WILL PEARCE (The Comedy of Errors)

 

 

Drama Cup

ALFRED EGGLESTON (The Tempest)





Best "Break-out" Performance by a Newcomer

 

Junior                       

ARCHIE BENHAM (The Wind in the Willows)

 

Senior

JASMIN LEIGH-BROWNE (The Phantom of the Opera)

 

Most Improved

 

Junior                       

WILLOW PARR

 

Senior                       

LIBBY RANDALL

 

Kickline Panto Player

 

Junior                       

KATIE MURPHY

 

Senior                       

SAM MARRIOTT

 

 

Best Performance

 

Junior                       

DARCEY HEDDEN (The Wind in the Willows)

 

 

Senior                       

LEAH JAMES & JOSIE TAPP (The Phantom of the Opera)

 

 

IT'S FAIR TO SAY OUR GUESTS, LINDA & CHANEL, WERE BLOWN AWAY BY THE PERFORMANCES!  THEY EMAILED US TO SAY:

 

What an absolute honour and pleasure to share such a magical evening with you all.
 
Chanel and I were truly in awe of how you've worked so incredibly hard with the Stage by Stage talent of the future. 
 
You should be so incredibly proud of all their achievements and their development. Some real stars of tomorrow.

 

News Archive...

 

FUN AT THE FRINGE! 

 

For the 20th year we return to the Edinburgh Festival with a brand new production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS! 

 

Shakespearean comedy meets Madness... and other Ska and Two-Tone bands in a high energy show that has the audience clapping along at the finale!

Review

The Comedy of Errors is one of those Shakespeare plays that does just what it says on the tin – produces confusion by the truckload and almost unbounded potential for comedy and clowning.  And this production from Exeter based Stage By Stage, this year celebrating twenty years at the Fringe, exploits every nuance in the script (as well as several of their own) in delivering a pulsating hour of high quality theatre.

Think Madness (and a plethora of other Ska and two tone bands) meets mayhem and you’ll have some idea of what these guys got up to.  With the ten strong cast bursting onto the stage dancing, miming and moving, the eye was immediately drawn to the superb costumes, strong on black and white but using every conceivable pattern and the odd splash of colour to aid character identification.

An imaginative setting of the boating disaster that defines much of the subsequent capering was the prelude to a whirlwind of music, dialogue and exquisitely presented clowning and physical theatre.  Using every inch of theSpaceUK Niddry Street stage, this production in the round also lost no opportunity to break through that famed fourth wall and engage the small but uniformly appreciative audience.

Acting was pretty much top drawer across the piece but particular credit goes to Will Pearce for his portrayal of Antipholus of Syracuse (great accent and physicality) and Caitlin Tyrell for delivering both Dromios with such dexterity.  I particularly enjoyed the catty interplay between the sisters and “It” girls Adriana and Luciana (Josie Tapp and Leah James respectively) and special mention must be made of Benjamin-Jack Charles for his contrasting delivery of the urbane Egeus and, rather memorably, the flirtatious Courtesan.

And sound techies are generally an unrecognised force in most theatre shows but whoever put together this soundscape deserves a small medal, or a large beer.  Amusing and appropriate as well, at times, nostalgic, it supported the cast during dialogue as well as providing backing for the singing and physical theatre.  Whoever was responsible, please take a bow!

This production had just about everything; pace, energy, clarity, humour, dance, movement and a cast that were clearly having the time of their lives.  It’s something I would highly recommend to any Shakespeare buff, indeed to anyone who appreciates good all-round theatre.  Given its early slot time, it counts as a real hidden gem, something that it’s well worth getting out of bed for.

http://fringereview.co.uk/review/edinburgh-fringe/2017/the-comedy-of-errors-4/

 

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We can't express how proud we feel of the entire cast, crew, backstage helpers, chaperones and front of house volunteers who made this show a highlight- even with our incredible history of shows.  

 

Sixty-five Stage by Stage members were involved in the show, working as one brilliant team to create a very special production.  A new legend is born! 

 

STARLIGHT EXPRESS has arrived at the Exeter Corn Exchange!  Tickets are still available via :

 

www.exetercornexchange.co.uk!!!

Preparations are under way for STARLIGHT EXPRESS at the Exeter Corn Exchange over the Easter holidays.  Scenery, costumes, props and make-up are all looking amazing- such a creative team!!!

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Will Trafford who has recently appeared as part of Tap Corp on primetime TV in Italy!  We're looking forward to a UK premiere...

Once again we produced one of the biggest shows Exeter has ever seen with the UK youth theatre premiere of 'SPAMALOT'.  The audience were on their feet cheering for all six performances and the whole show was a fantastic testament to the company spirit, teamwork and superb professional approach of every member of the cast and crew!

 

We are proud to say that no other youth group in the South West stages shows with such elaborate physical productions, which enable our students to really learn how to perform at a professional level and with full professional technical teams; no franchise school would ever dream of budgeting their so-called "showcases" on the scale of our full stage shows!  

 

One of our junior members, Archie Benham, has just had an amazing experience- he was selected to play Benji in the national tour of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT opposite Duncan James!

 

 

According to all the reviews, he was sensational!  Well done Archie!

 

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Exeter-schoolboy-sings-Blue-singer-Duncan-James/story-29110570-detail/story.html

 

Stage by Stage does not run an agency, charging fees to our members- and yet top national theatre and TV companies come to us for great young performers!

 

 

Congratulations to former SbS member Will Trafford who has just completed a Christmas season at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton playing King Arthur in 'Merlin's Apprentice'.  

 

He earned fantastic reviews, too, from the Mid Devon Gazette, Somerset County Gazette and Western Morning News!

 

 
ANOTHER MEGA-SHOW AT EXETER'S NORTHCOTT THEATRE!

 

 

 

FULFILLING THE DREAM!

 

 

Amazing!  We wish former student Fletcher Dobinson the best of luck and a wonderful time as he achieves his dream, playing Coricopat in 'CATS'!

 

Fletcher is on the far left in this picture.

 

MORE AWARDS!

 

Congratulations to the cast of CANDIDE, winners of

 

Best Youth Production at the Exmouth Drama Festival and

 

Audience Choice at the Teignmouth Drama Festival!

TWO HITS IN EDINBURGH!

Our annual trip to the Edinburgh Festival created two hit shows: 'She Loves Me' and 'Candide'!  Broadwaybaby praised our 4-star musical with 'the young actors handling the show with such warmth and grace' * * * *, whilst Edinburgh Spotlight hailed 'Candide', with 'no weak links in this talented cast of young people'!  * * * *  

DANCE FESTIVAL SUCCESS!

Congratulations to our song and dance groups at the Exeter Dance Festival!  Beating schools from across the South West, 'Winnie the Pooh' came 1st and 'Joseph' came joint 2nd!  What's more, you did it in style!

The Seniors also came 1st with an incredible 90 marks and Honours with 'Cabaret'!

Also great performances in solo and duet sections by Mia Davies, Chloe Somerwill, Leah James,  Bryony Buckingham, Will Trafford and Katelyn James!

 

STOP PRESS: STAGE BY STAGE also won the Performance Award- the overall top prize for the whole Festival- usually given to an individual, but now awarded to our group for the second time!!! 

 

'LES MISERABLES' TRIUMPHS!

'Les Miserables (School Edition)' ran at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre for a week in June!

 

What can we say?  Seven shows and seven huge standing ovations!!!

 

Don't miss next year's show: 'GREASE'!

 

A DREAM OF A DREAMCOAT!

Stage Two and Three brought down the house with fantastic energy in ‘Joseph' this half term.  A dream of a show!

SWEET AS HONEY!

Stage Debut performed their charming and hilarious production of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ to packed houses at the start of February.  Lots of singing, lots of dancing… and lots of honey!

‘Annie’ has opened to great acclaim and packed houses at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre! The amazing experience of 460 audience-members roaring with delight is irreplaceable and our two casts have grown incredibly through performing a Broadway classic with huge energy and skill!

 

‘Little Shop’ booms in Edinburgh!

Senior Academy presented its "exuberant" (Broadwaybaby) production of 'Little Shop of Horrors' at sweet International as part of the Edinburgh Festival 2013 this August.  singled out for special praise were Will Trafford as Seymour, Laura Porter as Audrey 2 (the plant) and Bryony Buckingham as Audrey (the human).

Students also saw a host of shows and Aalysha Power's entire year was made by meeting Miriam Margoyles (Prof Sprout in 'Harry Potter') and having a photo with her!

Stage by Stage has once again been asked to provide junior performers for Exeter's professional pantomime at the Exeter Corn Exchange.  Audition news coming soon...

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Our students have progressed to work on such top West End stage shows as:

Cats

Oliver!

Matilda

42nd Street

West Side Story

Mary Poppins

Mamma Mia

Warhorse

Dirty Dancing

Singing in the Rain

South Pacific

American Psycho

Spring Awakening

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Hair

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

The Mousetrap

Beauty & the Beast

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

- as well as in BBC, ITV and Chanel 4 dramas, The Voice Junior and even Hollywood movies!

 

News flash...

 

Senior Academy has just visited the Edinburgh Festival with TGHE COMEDY OF ERRORS! The show was described as a ''hidden gem' and 'a pulsating hour of high quality theatre'!  Congratulations to the whole cast!

http://fringereview.co.uk/review/edinburgh-fringe/2017/the-comedy-of-errors-4/

Huge congratulations to our 'Cabaret' group who won the Exeter Dance Festival Performance Award (the overall "championship"), beating 40 other trophy winners in the biggest dance event of the Devon dance calendar!!!

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