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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!!!

 

 

 

 

AWARDS GALA

 

2016

 

Sunday 18th September, 6pm

 

 

 

The annual awards ceremony took place on Sunday 18th September at the Exeter Corn Exchange, with special guest Fletcher Dobinson, graduate of SbS and currently appearing in the world tour of CATS!

 

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 Debut

AMELIA CHEFFERS-LILY  JASMINE JAMES     HEIDI WRIGHT      TEGEN STREET

ARCHIE TRIPP          

 

Stage Two

FAYE VANSTONE                ROSIE WENLEY

 

Stage Three

ELLA HOONDERT               CERYS WILLIAMS

 

Stage Senior

BILLY DAVIES                   LOURDES BAXTER

 

Senior Academy

BEN CHARLES       CHARLOTTE GREEN   PERRY FOOT

                                  

Stage Acting

ANDREW BARNES            CHLOE SHARLAND

 

 

Golden Voice

LIBBY RANDALL (Seussical)



 

Dance Award

MIA DAVIES & LEAH JAMES (Exeter Dance Festival) 



 

Comedy Cup

MEG SHARLAND (Counting)

 

 

Drama Cup

LOUIE POLLARD (Caucasian Chalk Circle)





Best "Break-out" Performance by a Newcomer

 

Junior                       

EMILY SMITH (Tales of Beatrix PotterGrease)

 

Senior

HANNAH SYDENHAM (Seussical)

 

Most Improved

 

Junior                       

ANNIE PRICE

 

Senior                       

ARABELLA DEWHURST

 

Kickline Panto Player

 

Junior                       

TYLER DAEMS-TROAKE

 

Senior                       

LUCY GORMAN

 

 

Best Performance

 

Junior                       

THEA MACKNEY (Tales of Beatrix Potter)

 

 

Senior                       

HARRY SEWTER (Spamalot)

 

 

OUR SPECIAL GUEST, FLETCHER DOBINSON, SAID THAT IT WAS INSPIRING TO SEE EVERYONE PERFORMING AT SUCH A HIGH LEVEL!

 

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!

 

 

 

Join our

Dream Cast!

 

This year, we are again inviting children from local schools to be part of the junior chorus, to gain experience performing alongside top professional actors.  Casting is well underway for our principal actors- last year's 'Sleeping Beauty' included former West End stars of 'Sunset Boulevard', 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert', 'Billy Elliot', '42nd Street', 'Guys & Dolls' and 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', so it is a fantastic opportunity for students who are keen on a career in the performing arts to learn from the best!

 

The junior company will rehearse at Stage by Stage in the centre of Exeter from September.  You can download further details and an application form here- the deadline for applications is 15 May 16.

 

The Express & Echo described our 'Jack & the Beanstalk' as PANTOMIME PERFECTION; hopefully Exeter's young people could help make 'Beauty & the Beast' another dream of a show!

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 WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS SHOW WORKING WITH TOP WEST END PERFORMERS!
 

 

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

 

 

The show starred top West End performers from such shows as 42nd Street, Guys & Dolls, My Fair Lady Oliver! and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- offering a great opportunity for our students to learn from the best!

 

 

 

 

 

AWARDS GALA

 

2015

 

Sunday 19th July, 6pm

 

 

 

The annual awards ceremony took place on Sunday 19th July at the Exeter Corn Exchange, with special guests Deputy Lord Mayor Lesley Robson and Mr J-P Hedge, editor of the Express & Echo.

 

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 Debut

JACK KINGSTON   EMILY KITCHEN     FREYA CHAPMAN      THEA MACKNEY           

 

Stage Two

SOFIA REICHERT                ELLEN BILLINGSLEY

 

Stage Three

JENA BUTTON           OLALLA CAPDEVILA-PRESTON

 

Senior Academy

CLAIRE BISBY       MIA DAVIES     JACK MARSHALL    JAKE KULISCEWSKI

                                  

Stage Acting

ALEX ZAWALNYSKI           LOUIE POLLARD

 

 

Golden Voice

AMELIA LAVIS (Grease)



 

Dance Award

BEN MYCOCK 



 

Comedy Cup

ERIN SANTILLO (She Loves Me/ Candide)

 

 

Drama Cup

Eleanor Welch (Candide)





Best "Break-out" Performance by a Newcomer

 

Junior                       

ELLA HOONDERT (Grease)

 

Senior

SOPHIE ELLIS (Grease)

 

Most Improved

 

Junior                       

KATY SHERWOOD

 

Senior                       

MEG SHARLAND

 

Kickline Panto Player

 

 

Junior                       

CHLOE SOMERWILL

 

Senior                       

LEAH JAMES

 

 

Best Performance

 

Junior                       

ASHLEIGH BRIERS, SAM MARRIOTT & MARLEIGH METCALFE WOOD (Frozen- The Snow Queen)

 

 

Senior                       

BRYONY BUCKINGHAM (Berlin Im Kabaret)

 

 

OUR SPECIAL GUESTS WERE FULL OF PRAISE AND SENT CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED IN THE GALA!

 
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!

 

WORKING IN PROFESSIONAL SHOWS!

JACK & THE BEANSTALK has now completed its run at the Exeter Corn Exchange, featuring a junior chorus from Stage by Stage.

 

 

The show starred Sandra Dickinson and Daniel Page and received amazing reviews in the Express & Echo, Western Morning News, The Stage, on Radio Devon and Radio Exe!

www.exeterpanto.co.uk

WESTERN MORNING NEWS REVIEW- Jack and the Beanstalk, Exeter Corn Exchange With a message that it's important to be what you want to be, and while holding hard to traditional family values, as always this pantomime written and directed by Ian Trafford is a little different.
There's a unisex blue and white cow named Pat, a grumpy but lonely Giant, a delightfully Silly Sally (Natalie Harman), a good-hearted yokel Slopsy (Leopold Boyle) and a comically jittery constable (Mark Osmond). Top of the bill as an imperious Queen Whoppa, Sandra Dickinson never disappoints and makes the most of the role. With a fine voice and stage presence Harry Stone impresses as her ineffectual son King Stonka.
Filling the stage with his huge personality, crinoline gowns and double entendres, Daniel Page's ebullient Dame Trott tries to keep track of son Jack (an energetic Will Trafford). And in the best of pantomime tradition there's plenty of slapstick and audience participation.
Musical director Ian Crew making sure things run smoothly and with imaginative choreography from Tanya Euridge for the three enthusiastic teams of youngsters. An unusual highlight features the charming Cloudland at the top of the beanstalk with its strange, if familiar, inhabitants.

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!!! 

 

 

News Archive...

 

'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!

Huge congratulations to the students who took practical performance exams this week for GCSE Performing Arts and Dance.  Everyone was marked in the Grade A or A* band!!!  Fingers crossed for the final grades in August!

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!

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 and even Hollywood movies!

 

News flash...

 

STAGE BY STAGE RUNS UNTIL SAT 22 JULY WHEN WE BREAK FOR SUMMER HOLIDAY!!!

Senior Academy last visited the Edinburgh Festival with SHE LOVES ME and CANDIDE, where both our shows earned 4-star reviews!  This Summer we return to Edinburgh with THE COMEDY OF ERRORS!

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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