On 30th May 2021, 14 months after the Shaftesbury Theatre was forced to close due to the COVID pandemic, students from 11 Stagecoach schools will be returning to the theatre for one night only.
Shaftesbury Theatre is the current home of the musical &Juliet and will reopen in September. Stagecoach students have been given the opportunity to perform at a test event for the theatre and for Stagecoach to see how theatres can work towards reopening.
The final show will be streamed to the performers' families back at home on the night so no one misses out on this historical event.
This will be the first time that anyone has performed at the legendary London theatre in 14 months and students at Stagecoach will be showcasing a variety of performances during the event which hails the return of live theatre to stages across the UK.
Stagecoach caught up with Principal of Stagecoach Buckingham Tilly James who is taking a group of students aged 10 to 14 years to the theatre to perform on the 30th May.
Stagecoach Buckingham will be performing Together, an original contemporary dance choreographed by their dance teacher Liberty Taverner. Together is an emotional piece about how the students have overcome the issues of the past year and how they have grown together through their Zoom lessons.
“As a performance, we wanted to use this chance to express our emotions with an original piece. We are honoured to have been given an opportunity to perform at this event. Performing at a theatre again is a huge event for the school .”, said Tilly.
Tilly is very proud of how quickly her troupe has managed to learn the dance and created an emotional connection between all the performers. They had a handful of rehearsals on Zoom before meeting in their studio to put the finishing touches to their performance. The students' families are over the moon that their children have been asked to perform on stage again and this has really kickstarted their return to Stagecoach.
Tilly has been a Stagecoach franchisee since 2018 and part of the Stagecoach family for more than eight years. Previously a singing teacher for Stagecoach, she has experienced the positive impact that the performing arts have on children and their unique life journey.
Alongside Stagecoach Buckingham, the following schools are also performing on the night:
Stagecoach Henley and Marlow
Stagecoach Twickenham and Teddington
Stagecoach Chorleywood and Rickmansworth
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