Thousands of Stagecoach students worldwide have set a new Guinness World Record with 73 Stagecoach schools across the UK and abroad have achieved the largest number of simultaneous performances of one show performing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Junior last summer. The performance celebrated 30 years of success for Stagecoach in the performing arts.

Taking place simultaneously at 6pm BST on 1st July 2018, the performances were arranged to commemorate three decades of Stagecoach Performing Arts, whose singing, dancing and acting classes continue to inspire children and instil them with Creative Courage for Life.

Independent adjudicators have now verified all the submissions from across the network and confirmed that 73 school performances have secured a new Guinness World Record for ‘the largest number of simultaneous performances of one show’. Stagecoach has broken its own record in the process, surpassing the record of 66 performances of Glad Rags, set in 2008 to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was released in cinemas in 1991 and is one of the most beloved animated films of all time. In 1994 it was transformed into a spectacular, award-winning Broadway musical by the Disney Theatrical Group, which has been seen by over 25 million people and continues to enchant audiences around the world.

Most recently, this ‘tale as old as time’ was reinvented once more as a live-action feature, which was the world’s top-grossing film of 2017, reaffirming its enduring appeal across multiple generations. The selection of Disney’s enchanting classic for the record attempt was highly appropriate, as two Stagecoach alumni, Emma Watson and Nathan Mack, starred as the protagonist Belle and Chip the teacup, respectively. 

Meanwhile, Stagecoach commemorated its 30th anniversary milestone with a year-long calendar of exciting events, including tea parties hosted in schools across the country. A special commemorative Charity Gala also raised funds for YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

Stagecoach Performing Arts is a network of more than 1800 extra-curricular Performing Arts schools and classes worldwide. Stagecoach aims to make a difference in its students’ lives by instilling them with Creative Courage for Life. Moreover, many children have gone on to study and work in Performing Arts from blockbuster films to countless roles in local theatre productions.