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12/11/16 – Weekly Blog

Well, what another incredibly productive week – and thank goodness, with only 2 sessions left until show week for the panto, and a surprisingly few 17 sessions before the May shows (which bearing in mind there is Christmas, Easter, and a few half terms, isn’t long!).

Our Youth Group had a challenging, but very useful run of Act 2 on Monday – and although there were a number of absences, those that attended battled on to have a productive run of the act.

With slapstick, a ghost scene, and sing along, it was always going to be difficult to practise, the group did well, remembering routines brilliantly.

The Children’s Group had a break from learning new dances, and instead set the first major scene in the show – the Bogeyman fight.

The students were incredible and got their ‘slow motion’ fighting brilliantly. We were then able to use the second part of the session to recap the three dances we’ve done so far, and have a great chance of being able to run Act 1 by Christmas.

The Junior Group however continued on trying to get through the 27 musical items in the show, tackling song #9, Boom Town. A well focused group meant they learnt the song quickly, with Scott only playing a few duff notes.

The group then learnt the movement to the number, meaning they have nearly caught up on the rehearsal schedule – wohoo!

We all had a great week, we hope you did!

Rehearsal Schedules – Super Stan and Danny Hero

We are aware that we haven’t published these online yet, and with the regular weekly blogs, we thought it made sense to put these on the main page too. Please click the links below to download them.

Super Stan Rehearsal Schedule

Danny Hero Rehearsal Schedule

Please remember that other than illness, it is important that our incredible student attend these rehearsals so we can have the most amazing show.

05/11/16 – Weekly Blog

Well, as the bangs and pops go off all around me, it is a pleasure to write the blog this week on the brilliant first session back.

The Youth Group started the week off on Monday with a very spooky theme “Thriller” pantomime session. It is rarely that we get to hold a session on Halloween itself, but the opportunity wasn’t missed by us, and the students very ably learnt the routine to the Michael Jackson hit.

The students were just incredible, and learnt the dance so successfully it gave is chance to also cover the closing number, meaning we are able to run the whole of Act 2 next week.

Today was another productive day, as both groups started working on their shows for next year in pace.

The Children’s Group looked at one of the big numbers from the show “Staggering Stanley” which focus’ on the lead. Ably taught the singing by associate staff member Rosina, the group then learnt the choreography from Sophie.

Whilst this was going on, Emily took out a number of students to cover some of the crucial scenes.

The Junior Group was another top session, with students looking at the somewhat creative movement to the song “End of the World” with creative director Scott. Getting two characters to fly with no budget is never easy, but the group took the challenge well.

For the second part, the group learnt the first of a two part song “Town Plan” where we are introduced to the rather charming, but slightly suspicious, Tony.

A great week, and once again our lovely member never fail to impress.

15/10/16 – Weekly Blog

Well, a new school year begins at Stage Stars and I could not have been more impressed by the incredible attitude our Children and Junior Groups have approached the three weeks of auditions with. It is never easy standing in front of us to sing by yourself, or perform, and we were incredibly proud of every single person who did.

It wasn’t an easy job, but we are delighted to have finally cast our two shows for May, and now we get the fun job of getting them ready for the stage. For those that don’t already know, the Children’s Group will be performing another Craig Hawkes production of “The Amazing Adventures of Super Stan” and our Junior Group present “Danny Hero”, only the second time the musical will ever have been performed.

The cast lists are now online and can be seen here: http://www.stagestars.net/shows/2017/

With casting done, we began the fun.


Our Childrens Group spend the week looking at “Live A Little”, the opening number to their show. With the dance choreographed by Rosie, everyone had a brilliant morning learning the routine, which gave them a lot of challenge for an opening number.

Our Junior Group on the other hand got the chance to look at a number a few in to their production, but one of the biggest production numbers in the show, “Weird”. With everyone taking on new parts it was a challenge to get the heavily choreographed number learnt. But they made an excellent start.

A great week all round!

Hi diddlee-dee, an actors life for us – 20/06/15

What a lovely session today!

During the Children’s Group we were very fortunate to be given a number of workshops led by some of our very talented student team. To start with we were treated to a session by James to do with using snippets of dialogue to create a piece of theatre – with some incredible results ranging from hilarious to outrageous. Next up, Rosina engage everyone in an improvised office excuses game using great mime skill development. After the break, Rosie then led a session on how to use props to symbolise other items – socks were hats, pens were combs and a table ornament turned in to a very noisy vacuum cleaner. Finally, Emily gave a lovely session on how to work around ‘showbiz mistakes’ without making it obvious – from things such as props not coming on, to characters being in the wrong place.

One of the best Children’s Group sessions in a long time, everyone had a really enjoyable morning.

For the Junior Group session, the group worked on one of the potential new shows for them – Armada. With its obvious links to Plymouth, the song they learnt was actually named after our famous city – “Plymouth Town Bay”. The group also looked at some of the meaty dialogue in the show, and finished off by working on a short routine.

What a great way to spend a day.