To share in the excitement that was had by the 9 Darlington and Yarm students who joined another 11 students from other Stagecoach schools and sang on stage live with Robbie Williams at the Newcastle Arena recently, go to these links on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.792056654159079.1073741863.537822646249149&type=1 and https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152465614514277&set=vb.561919276&type=2&theat
Across Christmas, we had students performing for charity in Stockton Garden Centre, performing at the Lights Switch-on in Stockton and helping The Northern Echo with its Christmas Salvation Army Appeal, and ex-students and staff appearing in a variety of pantomimes. Click on the link here to visit our Facebook Page for the details and photos. You can read the page even if you do not have a Facebook account of your own.
Nathania Ewruje, past student and current helper at Stagecoach Darlington, has been awarded the `Best Speaker` trophy by the renowned English Speaking Union in Oxford, for her contributions in the `National Schools Public Speaking Competition`. Nathania, aged 15 years, was entered into the competition by her school – Red House School in Norton. Nathania researched views on a variety of topics, as the rounds of the competition progressed, with the principal and teachers at Stagecoach and fellow students. Unfortunately, her school team did not win the overall team competition but Nathania was singled out to be awarded this top individual prize. A fantastic achievement Nathania – well done from all in Stagecoach Tyne Tees!! Here she is pictured with her trophy and (with a little help from her mum) her certificate.
Matthew Corner, ex-student from Stagecoach Theatre Arts Darlington, is currently one of the cast members of ‘We Will Rock You’, at the ‘Dominium Theatre’, London. He is the understudy for the male lead – ‘Galileo’. Just after Christmas Stagecoach Principal Trudy got the chance to go to London to see Matthew, on one of the occasions when he was scheduled to play the lead. Matt’s excited friends and family gathered in the foyer and Sarah Warbey (another ex-Stagecoach Darlington student) was there to support Matthew too. We were all blown away by Matthew’s performance. He looked so comfortable in the role – like he had been playing the part for months. He received a standing ovation – and not just from his personal fans! It was a very proud moment for Trudy to see one of her students achieve such success in one of the world’s finest centres for ‘Musical Theatre’ – and dream destination of many Stagecoach students – the ‘West End’. Recently came the news that after an amazing 12 year run the show is to close in the West End, so Matthew will be in the final West End cast
Six of our very youngest students ever to have performed professionally in our time at Stagecoach Theatre Arts Darlington and Yarm, staged very professional performances in ‘Brassed Off’ at the ‘Darlington Civic Theatre’ recently. Siblings were chosen to give each other support when on stage, because it was hard to know how the youngest three, who were all five years old, would react on their debut, to the bright lights and full audiences. Rehearsals were hard for them to understand but we need not have worried because all six students were impeccable in their professionalism. Special mention must go to Summer Hyndman who had to act as a little boy! The cast were all lovely with the children and helped them to create some wonderful memories. Our starlets were Isobel + Matthew Longfield, Bella + Ethan Lowery and Kyra + Summer Hyndman.