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Stagecoach Performing Arts Students preparing for the Surrey Hills to be alive with The Sound of Music.

Stagecoach Performing Arts Students preparing for the Surrey Hills to be alive with The Sound of Music.

This summer, the Surrey Hills will be alive with The Sound of Music, thanks to a performance by local Stagecoach Performing Arts students.

Stagecoach’s Summer Showcase event, which will take place at the famous Rose Theatre in Kingston on 16th and 17th August, will see around 80 budding young performers from across the globe perform. They are set to entertain audiences with a rendition of the much-loved musical, The Sound of Music.

First premiering on Broadway in 1959, The Sound of Music was the final musical collaboration from the highly acclaimed duo Rodgers & Hammerstein. The 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer earned five Oscars and became a huge family favourite due to its heart-warming story, predominantly young cast and breath-taking backdrops of Salzburg.

This year’s lucky cast of Stagecoach students, who hail from schools across the UK and abroad, including Malta and Spain, were chosen from hundreds of applicants. After successful passing through the audition phase, they have taken part in a two-week residential course in Twickenham, training under the guidance of industry professionals.

The hardworking and talented cast is being steered by a fantastic creative team. Gary Jerry, a former Stagecoach student, will direct the performance. Gary has forged a formidable career in the performing arts, most recently touring China with the successful singing troupe, the 12 Tenors. He will be supported by award-winning choreographer, Daniel Todd, and musical director Matt Abrams, who also brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously led the musical direction of Little Shop of Horrors and The Godfather on their UK tour.

Spencer, 16, has been attending Stagecoach Worthing since he was three, and will be playing the role of Captain Von Trap. He said, “I have learned so much from the experience of being part of the SummerShowcase. The creative team are amazing – they have such enthusiasm and so much knowledge and skills to pass on. It’s a great opportunity.”

Olivia, 17, from Stagecoach Banbury, is excited about playing Maria in this year’s show, saying, “Stagecoach – and the Showcases I’ve done – have given me the perfect foundations of discipline, technique and audition skills. Not only is it two weeks of fun, but it’s also two weeks of really valuable training and networking to help you secure a place in the performing arts industry.”

Stagecoach Performing Arts has a growing network of more than 1800 extra-curricular Performing Arts Schools worldwide. Stagecoach aims to make a difference in its students’ lives by teaching Creative Courage for Life and many children have gone on to study and work in Performing Arts from blockbuster films to countless roles in local theatre productions. Early Stages classes are available for children aged four to six and Main Stages classes take place for six to 18 year olds every weekend during term time.

For more information about Stagecoach, visit https://www.stagecoach.co.uk/

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