News Archive 2014

News Archive 2014

Evita UK Tour

16th June 2014

In February, Tyne Theatre Stage School provided 17 adults and 25 children for the UK tour of Evita starring Marti Pellow at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle. We had a tremendous time and it was great experience for the children to work with a fully professional company. Photos are available under our "shows" tab.

The company were so impressed with everyone that we were asked to join the cast yet again at the Sunderland Empire in June 2014.  Everyone has loved performing in this truly spectacular production which has now transferred to the West End, were up for the road trip if they would like us to join them.

A special mention also to Maia Wilkinson and Ruby Taylor who shared the solo role in Santa Evita, and sang impeccably every night. The company manger said it was like listening to angels sing and that they were the best soloists they'd had in the country. Always great to get positive comments, so proud of all TTSS pupils and adults involved.

BCA North East Classic

25th May 2014

In May we took our cheerleading squads to the Metro Radio Arena, for our 5th consecutive year, to compete in the BCA North East Classic. This year we had five teams taking part in Mini Pom, Youth Large Pom, Junior Small Pom, Junior Large Pom, Senior Small Pom. Yet again came away with some fantastic results despite it being our toughest competition to date. The talent on show this year was simply incredible!!!

Results were as follows *\o/*
Mini Pom - 3rd Place
Junior Large Pom - 4th Place
Junior Small Pom - 3rd Place
Senior - Pom - 3rd Place

Well done team and coach Jen

Harriet's Memory Box

BBC Iplayer

Massive congratulations to Maia Wilkinson who spent time over the summer filming webisodes for the BBC's childrens program Harriets Army. Maia plays the lead role of Saskia in Harriet's Memory Box, an eight part spin off series. She is really impressive and acts and looks beautiful on camera. Were so proud of you Maia and so glad that the whole of the country gets to see what a talented young lady you're becoming.

Here's the link for everyone to check out :)…/topics/harriets-memory-box-webisodes


Butterwick Hospice Circus Ball

Ramside Hall

On Saturday 8th November TTSP Junior students were the opening act for a Circus Themed Ball in aid of Butterwick Hospice. Students performed their circus routine and also entertained guests with their acrobatics, contortion and circus skills as they entered the event. It was great to perform along side real circus professionals and performers who were all very impressed with the girls skills and work ethic. It's great when we not only get to showcase our students skills but also support a worthwhile cause.

Oliver! Whitley Bay Playhouse

28th - 29th April 2014

On 28th and 29th April 2014 Tyne Theatre Stage School pupils performed possibly our best production to date. We performed Oliver! at the Whitley Bay Playhouse with 78 children aged 8 - 18 and to say they were impressive would be an understatement. Teachers, Parents and audiences a like were so proud of every member of the cast who sang, danced and acted their way through too sold out performances. We couldn't be prouder and look forward to doing it all again next year :)

Priscilla Queen of The Desert

3rd -15th February 2014

Last April TTSS pupil Callum Saddler made his professional debut playing the role of Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Sunderland Empire. The company was so impressed by his performance that Callum was invited back, to once again play Jason Donovan's son, this time at the Theatre Royal Newcastle for an extended period. Callum will be performing from 3rd - 15th February we recommend you go along and see this brilliant show. Everyone at TTSS is very proud of Callum and are immensely looking forward to watching him perform again.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Northern Stage

On Friday 1st August, five pupils from Tyne Theatre Stage School put on their best Southern American accents and auditioned for Northern Stage's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It was great to see such enthusiasm from all the children involved and also fantastic to watch so many of them playing musical instruments.
TTSS pupil's Kate Storey and Taeghan Gordon were offered two of the five roles and have had a fantastic time performing to sold out audience's throughout September. Congratulations girls we are very proud of you and all who auditioned.

Matthew Bourne's Lord of The Flies

Newcastle Theatre Royal

It was fantastic to see so many boys auditioning for Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies in July. All boys took part in a workshops where they produced numerous different scenes/routines and had a fantastic time. TTSS boys ranged from age 10 - 17 yet all had to work together towards what will be a very special production.
We were extremely honoured to have so many of our students reach the final rounds and are especially delighted for Joe Derbyshire and Finlay Murray who will be performing alongside 14 other boys chosen from throughout the North East in the final production.


Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre

Congratulations to Ella Purvis, Zara Jurowska, Aimee Cattell, Emma Lavery, Alicia Simpson and Olivia Wiszniewski who successfully auditioned to be juvenile dancers in this years pantomime Cinderella at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre. All girls will be performing from the 5th - 30th December, for many of them it will be their first professional show and they are extremely excited to be taking part. Congratulations girls!

Cheerdance UK

East Durham College

TTSS Cheerleaders had an outstanding day at Cheerdance UK on Sunday 29th June. Though this was our first tie competing with Cheerdance UK results were exceptional and we were extremely proud of all pupils involved. Results were as follows

Mini Squad - 2nd place
Youth Squad - 1st place
Junior Small Squad - 1st place
Junior Large Squad - 2nd place
Senior Squad - 1st place

Newcomers (age 6)
Holly Ferguson - 5th place

Newcomers (age 7)
Sophie Reay - 3rd place
Ceoladh Capps - 4th place
Taeghan Gordon - 6th place

Newcomers (age 8)
Leila Thomas - 2nd place
Erin Fisk - 3rd place
Zara Jurowska - 6th place
Ella Purvis - 7th place

Newcomers (age 9)
Morgan Armstrong - 2nd place
Emma Lavery - 4th place
Grace McCauley - 5th place

Beginners (age 10)
Eloise Knowles - 1st place
Anya Jurowska - 3rd place
Lucy Slater - 4th place
Kimberley Smith - 5th place

Beginners (age 11)
Jenni Smith - 2nd place
Ellie Cockbain - 3rd place

Beginners (age 12)
Eleanor White - 2nd place

Intermediate (age 10)
Lois Wiszniewski - 1st place

Intermediate (age 11)
Sophia Lucarelli - 3rd place
Evie Cooper - 4th place

Intermediate (age 12)
Morgan Watson Tams - 1st place
Willow Turnbull - 2nd place
Phebe Dalby - 3rd place
Georgia Wiszniewski - 5th place

Intermediate (age 13)
Maia Wilkinson - 3rd place
India Jordan - 6th place

Intermediate (mums)
Louise Bright - 2nd place
Ally Gordon - 4th place

Elite (14-15yrs)
Emily Armstrong - 1st place
Erin Todd - 2nd place
Neave Dalby - 4th place
Charlotte Forster - 5th place
Taylor Marr - 6th place

Elite (age 16)
Caitlin Shanley - 4th place
Caitlin Henderson - 5th place
Lauren Todd - 6th place

Elite (age 17)
Jill Topping - 3rd place

Elite (age 18)
Carys Ellis - 1st place
Josh Elliott - 3rd place

Tapathon 2014

16th November 2014

On Sunday 16th November TTSS students took part in a world record Tapathon attempt, in aid of Children in Need. All tap classes from Grade 1 to Adult performed set choreography to the Pharell song "Happy" at the Metrocentre, Gateshead. Shoppers were impressed by their tap skill, the great diversity of dancers and our very eye catching Orange TShirts.  We had 52 pupils taking part and raised £520 for Children in Need. Unfortunately we didn't break the record this time, but will certainly be giving it another go next year.

Breast Cancer Awareness Launch

Eldon Square

On the 4th October, five of our junior TTSP dancers headed over to Eldon Square to help with the launch of Breast Cancer Awareness week. The girls performed as the the campaigns Angel of Hope and not only danced a beautiful lyrical routine to Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" but also took time to collect donations and chat with shoppers about the cause. We have been involved with this campaigned for a number of years now and love it when students can use their talents for such a great cause.

Talentfest UK - National Finals

Winter Gardens, Blackpool

At the end of September, 67 pupils, their parents and TTSS staff spent the weekend at the Winter Garden's Blackpool, attending the National Finals of Talentfest UK. We were very lucky to have so many pupils attending, having all won their regional heats in March. Finalists were as follows;
Junior Solo Singing - Ruby Taylor
Senior Solo Singing - Andrew Ewart
Junior Musical Solo - Maia Wilkinson and Eloise Knowles
Senior Musical Solo - Deborah Rushton and Eleanor Monaghan
Group Musical Theatre - Seize The Day
Junior Solo Dance - Victoria Monaghan
Senior Solo Dance - Charlotte Forster
Junior Group Dance - Intergalactic Circus of Wonders
Senior Group Dance - Beyonce Medley
Solo Acting - Eleanor Monaghan, Jonathon Hill and Laoise Sweeney
Group Chase the Stage - Hollywood Will Listen

The day was a great success with students performing to the best of their abilities and shining in every category.
We were delighted to leave Blackpool as National Champions in not one but two categories.
Group Musical Theatre and Solo Acting (Laoise)
We also received 2nd place for Solo Acting (Eleanor) and 3rd place for Senior Musical Solo (Deborah).

We would like to thank all students for your hard work and dedications and look forward to further opportunities for you to showcase just how talented you all are :D

Beauty and The Beast

Whitley Bay Playhouse

We are delighted that pupils were once again been invited to perform with Blue Genie Entertainment at the Whitley Bay Playhouse this Christmas. Twenty Seven TTSS pupils performed in Beauty and the Beast from the 13th December to 4th January alongside TV personalities Roxanne Pallet and Jeremy Edwards.
It is was a great experience for students to be involved in a professional pantomime for such a lengthy run and was fantastic to see them grow in confidence and performance skill.
We certainly had a wonderful Christmas and hope you all did too.

LAMDA Acting Exams

25th October 2014

On Saturday 25th October 30 of our Drama students took solo acting exams ranging from Grade 1 all the way to Grade 6. Results were fantastic with almost all students receiving distinctions, many over 90%. A special mention goes to Matthew Wilders who received 92% for his Grade 3 Solo Acting exam. Congratulations to you all.