March has been jam-packed at Stagecoach. We’ve seen events happening across the UK and our Canadian schools are beginning to head back to in-person classes. This month saw Canadian school, Milton and Burlington, run their first camp since 2019 and it was a resounding success.
But, before we get onto March’s UK live events, we want to touch on an event that took place in Scotland in February. This was our first show in Edinburgh since Scottish theatres reopened and we were thrilled to see schools from Stirling, Inverness, East Kilbride, Edinburgh and Edinburgh North take part. As our most northern school in the UK, some of the Inverness parents did a 100-mile round trip to take their children to the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms for the show!
Back to March though as students from Bournemouth, Ringwood, Wimborne, Totton, Salisbury and Blandford performed at the Bournemouth Pavilion on the 19th. The Mayor of Bournemouth opened and closed the show and all the students had a brilliant time.
That same weekend, students from Colchester, Huntingdon, Sidcup and Ashford performed at Westcliff’s Palace Theatre on the 20th. As well as getting the chance to perform on a professional stage, the students had a Masterclass with Christopher Tendai inspired by two West End shows that Christopher has been a part of, Matilda and Hamilton.
The following weekend was a busy one with Stagecoach’s return to a Saracens rugby event with a performance at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the 26th. This performance was originally planned for March 2020 but, due to the Covid pandemic, was postponed for two years before schools from Godalming, Colchester, Dartford, Southwell, Loughton, Tunbridge Wells and Bracknell finally got the opportunity to sing for an audience of 60,000 people at the incredible event.
On the Sunday, we had two events happening at once. The Sheffield, Doncaster, Beverley, Rotherham, Lichfield and Barnsley schools were taking part in a show at Sheffield City Hall. The students performed songs from a mix of musicals, including Tick, Tick… Boom!, Hairspray and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Meanwhile, further south, more Stagecoach students were taking to the stage in London for an event at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre. Loads of schools joined this event and these were Basingstoke, Basingstoke West, Wokingham, Bath, Halifax, Ashford, Headington, Summertown, Witney, Reading Caversham, Saffron Walden, Whitstable and Faversham, Thanet, Banbury, Sutton and Chigwell.
We can’t wait for even more events as theatre gets back to normal around the world.