Stagecoach ready for Oliver show

It’s going to be ‘A Fine Life’ with plenty of ‘Omm-Pah-Pah’ at the Stagecoach performing arts school in Carmarthen this summer!
So, ‘Consider Yourself’ well in and part of the family if you are lucky enough to be part of the Stagecoach team for their summer production.
“We’re not short on ambition when it comes to staging our summer show,” said Stagecoach Carmarthen principal Liane Davies.
“Last year, it was Billy Elliot. This year, in July, we will be staging Oliver – The Musical.
“It’s a real family favourite and a show known the world over, but we will be bringing our own little bit of Stagecoach Carmarthen magic to the production.
“All the pupils at Stagecoach Carmarthen are thrilled to bits that we are putting on Oliver and we are all looking forward to rehearsals.
“Oliver is a great choice for us as it has just finished its run in the West End, where Russ Abbot was one of the star attractions as Fagin.
“One of our members was lucky enough to see that show in Drury Lane and had the thrill of meeting Russ Abbot after the event as he was doing a charity collection in the foyer.
“Of course, people will be disappointed that it is no longer playing in the West End, but the good thing is that you can see the youngsters from Stagecoach Carmarthen performing the show right on your doorstep here in West Wales.”
Stagecoach Theatre Arts Carmarthen has its base at the Model Church in Wales School.
The school opened in May 2009 and became an instant success. The school now attracts students from the three counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
Last July’s performance of Billy Elliot was a landmark in the short history of Stagecoach Carmarthen.
The Billy Elliot performance came about because the producers of Billy Elliot the Musical launched Billy Youth Theatre, a new initiative providing schools and youth groups around the country with the opportunity to stage their own productions of the international award-winning show.
Only three schools and youth groups in Wales were given permission to perform the acclaimed show.
“We were lucky enough to be one of the three in Wales,” said Liane.
“And it was a huge success and a great experience for all the backroom team and the pupils of Stagecoach Carmarthen.”
The principal added:“Our aim is always to nurture and develop 4-18 year-olds to fulfil their potential through dance, drama and singing.
“It’s not all about treading the boards on stage. Early stages classes focus on allowing the children to express themselves, while at the same time building up confidence, poise and self-esteem. Above all, we make sure the experience is fun! The children love it.”
If you want to find out more about Stagecoach Carmarthen, contact Principal Liane Davies, phone: 0845 604 1422. Email - carmarthen@stagecoach.co.uk. Correspondence to: Stagecoach Carmarthen, 58 Denham Avenue, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4DD
Website - http://www.stagecoach.co.uk/carmarthen

Picture of Russ Abbot in the foyer at Drury Lane, dressed as Fagin from Oliver. Pic taken by Stagecoach team member.

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