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Festive fanfare (Your News)

Festive fanfare (Your News)

Stagecoach Performing Arts likes to end the year on a high and 2019 was certainly no exception. At the famous Shaftesbury Theatre, students from around the world were congratulated for their dedication to the arts at the second annual Creative Courage for Life Awards.

250 students took to the stage, dazzling family and friends with musical performances from a variety of shows, as part of a festive gala performance.

The Creative Courage for Life Awards were launched in 2018 to honour those students who demonstrate compassion and dedication during their weekly performing arts sessions. Categories included Outstanding… Singer, Dancer and Actor, Teacher, Alumni and the coveted Overcoming Diversity Award.

Eight students from across seven schools were recognised, with one travelling with her family from Germany to receive her award. Winners were chosen by an esteemed panel of judges who watched hundreds of hours of recorded footage, from franchisees.

After the ceremony, hundreds of students staged a festive performance where nine schools were handpicked from regional and London showcases throughout the year to perform during the evening. Performances included a scene from 2019’s Summer Showcase The Sound of Music, an acrobatic-style spectacle, a medley of dance styles throughout the decades and even an alumni performance of Spice Girls’ hits.

Sarah Kelly, CEO of Stagecoach Performing Arts (350 franchisees) said: “I didn’t think anything could top 2018, after we celebrated our 30th anniversary, but 2019 has proven to be just as incredible as last year. Our gala and awards evening, in aid of Young Minds, has always been a real highlight of our year but this time it felt particularly special. It’s a great opportunity for us to come together and give everyone a pat on the back for another incredible year. Thank you to the franchisees, teachers, support team and all the friends and family who joined us on the evening. But, most importantly, thank you to our wonderful students for putting on a fantastic show.”