We recently caught up with the Musical Director of the Summer Showcase and ex-Stagecoach Performing Arts student Gary Jerry. He gave us an insight into what to expect.
The Stagecoach Summer Showcase has been a home for high-quality musical theatre for young performers for the last 25 years. It has always been the flagship event for the Stagecoach Performing Arts network. The Summer Showcase is an opportunity for our talented students to get together and create a piece of theatre.
It is about challenging performers to be daring, bold, and put on a full-blown musical, with everything that is involved. In the two weeks, this is the opportunity for performers to be treated like professionals, rather than students, within a professional working environment not too dissimilar to the musical theatre industry. With a specialised creative team, as well as award-winning sound and lighting designers, a live band (avoiding backing tracks they would find at any school) and performing in a prestigious venue. It is a chance to create and explore their capabilities as performers. You just must look at our incredible alumni and where they are with their careers. Many are currently performing or directing, as well as those who are training at the UK's leading drama schools. This project is one of the main things that encouraged and enabled them to continue further within the world of performing arts.
This is not your typical summer school; it is a game-changer! It is a chance for performing arts students to realise this is what they want to do for the rest of their lives, as well as creating a family environment that spurs students on to be better than ever. The students share not only the experience but also confidence, creativity, excitement, and knowledge.
What makes this project unique to any other summer school is the level support and collaboration. It is a place where everyone’s opinion is valid, and everyone is an integral part of making the experience one to remember for all. From the creative team to the performers, musicians to chaperones, front-of-house to the stage management team, everyone has their special part to play!
We are not only offering places on a summer school, but we are also offering a life experience for up-and-coming young performers who want to see how far their potential will reach.
We cannot wait to meet you at one of our auditions!
Gary is originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne and trained at ArtsEd, London. He is currently a creative for Viking Ocean Cruises and performs his solo show, Gary Jerry: The Piano Man, worldwide. He is the former Head of Singing at The Brighton Academy and works as a Guest MD and coach for ArtsEd, Emil Dale Academy, Sylvia Young Theatre School, Arden School of Theatre Manchester, Stagecoach Performing Arts (UK, Canada, and China) and was previously a senior lecturer at the Institute of the Arts, Barcelona.
Performing: Wishee Washee in Aladdin (QDOS), Keez in CBeebies Live! (UK Arena Tour), The Great Big Gig (Royal Festival Hall), Elf in Dear Santa (UK Tours and Singapore - Evolution), The 12 Tenors (China Tour), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol: three-week Musical (UK Tour and Charing Cross), Otto in Spring Awakening (Kingston Rose), Prince Kazbeki/Michael in Caucasian Chalk Circle (Shoreditch), Invade my Privacy, Cabaret Whores, Live and Tripping (Crazy Coqs, Piccadilly Circus), The Suggestibles (Bristol Old Vic and various tour dates), Callum in Our House, Doctor in Grand Hotel (ArtsEd), Pirate Pete in Robinson Crusoe (New Theatre, Cardiff), Ensemble in Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal, Plymouth) Seabourn Cruise Lines (Belinda King), Beyond Broadway (Tyne Theatre), Broadway to West End (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).
Workshop: Perry in Bumblescratch! (Network Theatre), Made in Corby (Corby Cube)
TV: Byker Grove (Zenith North/BBC), Scrap (White Balance), Bang (The Long Weekend)
MD: Dick Whittington (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Summer Holiday (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon), John and Jen (Guildford Fringe), News Revue (Canal Cafe), The Story of Bart (London Hippodrome), Songs my Dad Said I Should Sing (Leicester Square Theatre), If It Only Runs a Minute (Landor), Reuben Kaye Live (The Pheasantry), Cream (Canal Cafe), Songs for a New World (Battersea Barge), The Secret Garden (University of Cumbria), News Revue @ Underbelly (Southbank Festival),
Director: Sound of Music (Kingston Rose) Footloose, Hairspray (Arts Depot), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Leatherhead Theatre), Threepenny Opera (Stockport Garrick), The Pilgrimage, Much Ado About Nothing (Poynton School), Beauty and the Beast (Birmingham Symphony Hall - Stagecoach 30)
Our auditions are overseen by our in-house Events team. We asked Matt Clark, Head of Performance and Production at Stagecoach Performing Arts, what makes the 2022 Summer Showcase so important.
"This year is looking to be particularly special following two tricky Summer Showcase years with neither of the two productions reaching the stage. We are determined to make this year a particularly memorable one for our students. Whether they join us for one of our audition workshops or for the students chosen to join us in the summer, this will be a fantastic production with lots of fun, laughter and memories for all to hold dear to their hearts for many years to come."
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