Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:53

Stagewise Students Land Starring Roles this Christmas

A busy festive season is in store for the staff and students of Stagewise School for the Performing Arts, with many of them performing in pantomime and Christmas shows around the area.

School principal Ally Cox appears in Scrooge at Bournemouth’s Shelley Theatre from 15 – 24 December alongside many of her talented young students. Scrooge, which is produced by Broadway and West End star Earl Carpenter and directed by Jo Barrington (former Head of Performing Arts at Bournemouth & Poole College) is a heart-warming musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic A Christmas Carol. Senior Stagewise students Chloe Louisa Hughes and Chloe Payne join Ally in the principal cast, with other key roles played by Albert van der Feltz (Tiny Tim), Lilyrose Clayton (little fan, Ebeneezer’s sister) and Alex Whitmarsh, Joe Weaver and Dan Northbrooke sharing the role of Fred.  The ensemble cast choreographed by Chloe Louisa Hughes comprises numerous other youngsters from the school, while Stagewise Vocal Coach Jillie Wilcock is the show's Musical Director.
Over in Poole, three performers from Stagewise have been chosen to join the young company of Cinderella at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. Grace Hebditch, Ruby Douglass and Lewis McNeil all successfully auditioned under the watchful eye of director Peter Duncan (Blue Peter, Duncan Dares) and are now in rehearsal alongside cast members Lucy Kay (Britain’s Got Talent), Ethan Lawrence (Bad Education) and Richard Gibson (‘Allo ‘Allo). Cinderella opens at Lighthouse on 8 December for a 4 week run finishing on 6 January.
Meanwhile at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne Stagewise Associate Andy Brennan plays Widow Twankey in Aladdin from 15 December to 1 January.
“I’m so incredibly proud of all my students and thrilled that they are getting the chance to shine and show off their talents. Auditions for Christmas shows are always incredibly competitive and it’s testament to their hard work and determination that so many have succeeded in being offered roles,” said Ally Cox. “I’m looking forward to performing alongside many of them in Scrooge at the beautiful Shelley Theatre, and to working with my old friend Earl Carpenter and also Jo Barrington, who I launched Stagewise with back in 2000. We have some exciting plans in the pipeline for next year!"
Stagewise graduates Troy Harris, Joe Chadwick, Summer Louise Grant and Matt Brackstone can also be seen performing locally at Adventure Wonderland in their pantomime production of Dick Whittington & his Cheshire Cat, while fellow graduate turned professional actor/ fight coach Christina Forrest will be performing at The Greenwich Theatre, London in a brand new Christmas show Snowpocalypse for Sharklegs Theatre Company.