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AWARDS GALA DELIGHT
Another year passes and once again we celebrated twelve months of performances and learning at the Exeter Corn Exchange on Sun 29 September.
We enjoyed a whole range of performances from 'The Wizard of Oz' to 'Headless Horseman' plus a host of prizes were awarded by our special guest, Christopher Edward, who starred in 'Aladdin' last Christmas.
Winners of trophies included:
BEST SENIOR PERFORMANCE
BEST JUNIOR PERFORMANCE
BEST BREAK-OUT SENIOR PERFORMANCE
BEST BREAK-OUT JUNIOR PERFORMANCE
BEST JUNIOR IMPROVEMENT
BEST SENIOR IMPROVEMENT
Cerys Wiliams & Grace Broderick
What an honour! Ian & Tanya have been awarded the Lord Mayor's Commendation for services to individuals and the wider community on behalf of STAGE BY STAGE's 25 years as Exeter's theatre school. We felt very humble to stand alongside some amazing people who work hard to make life great for the people of Exeter!
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPALS
So many thank you's after the epic CHILDREN OF EDEN 25th anniversary. Firstly, thank you to everyone who came to the show: a show without an audience is just a rehearsal. Secondly thank you to the magnificent chaperone team: so well-organized and so kind, especially with a huge age range to deal with. Also many many thanks to a production team who are at the very top of their game, including Dominic Jeffery who lit the show, Mike Reddaway who production managed, Jon Matanle who mixed sound, Riannon Cheffers-Heard who designed and painted the set including the rainbow floor for the fifth time! And of course, huge congratulations to the entire cast, all working at a phenomenal, no, a truly exceptional level. CHILDREN OF EDEN is an ensemble musical about the fact we have to live and work together in harmony to truly prosper: all the members of Stage by Stage brilliantly demonstrated this truth live on stage. We feel very proud of you all!
Ian & Tanya
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Congratulations to Chris Jones- he wished on the magic lantern and has landed the lead role in ALADDIN at the Exeter Corn Exchange!
Chris was a member of SbS for 8 years prior to completing a national diploma in musical theatre at Performers College in London.
Most recently he has been touring in the JERSEY BOYS show and is looking forward to returning home for the Christmas period.
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!
WORKING WITH TOP WEST END PROFESSIONALS!
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!
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
MARLEY BEER FLORENCE HACKETT-BROWN
LOUIS HODGE LUCY BARTLE MATILDA IVORY LOIS HARKER
MYA WESTCOTT-CUDE LUKE WESTLEY
ORIELLA WHITE JIM SHEEN
YASAMIN KENDALL ZOE HOUSLEY
ALFIE OVERTON EVA CHINN
ROMILLY SPAUL BENJAMIN-JACK CHARLES
JAMES TRAFFORD LUCINDA AVEYARD
DANE WILLIAMS (Sweeney Todd)
KATIE BAPTIST (Starlight Express)
JACK MARSHALL & WILL PEARCE (The Comedy of Errors)
ALFRED EGGLESTON (The Tempest)
Best "Break-out" Performance by a Newcomer
ARCHIE BENHAM (The Wind in the Willows)
JASMIN LEIGH-BROWNE (The Phantom of the Opera)
Kickline Panto Player
DARCEY HEDDEN (The Wind in the Willows)
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:
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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!
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!
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!
FULFILLING THE DREAM!
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!
'LES MISERABLES' TRIUMPHS!
A DREAM OF A DREAMCOAT!
SWEET AS 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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WE ARE NOW IN OUR CHRISTMAS TERM 2019!
Our students have progressed to work on such top West End stage shows as:
West Side Story
Singing in the Rain
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Beauty & the Beast
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- as well as in BBC, ITV and Chanel 4 dramas, The Voice Junior and even Hollywood movies!
Congratulations to our Stage Acting group- winners of 3 awards at the All England TADDFest Drama Festival!
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!
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!!!