Thame performers light up West End on theatre trip

Thame Stagecoach perform in the West End
Thame Stagecoach perform in the West End

Young performers have enjoyed a ‘spectacular’ day out showcasing their talents on one of the most famous stage’s in London’s West End.

A group of 17 youngsters from Stagecoach Thame were chosen to travel to Her Majesty’s Theatre, currently home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

There they got to soak up the atmosphere, use the stars’ dressing rooms, rehearse and finally perform musical ‘On Broadway’, the story of a group of budding young performers following their dream to star on the Broadway stage.

Stagecoach Thame principal Nicky Goodwin said: “They were all so excited and really want to do it again.

“I don’t think any of them had ever done anything like it before.

“They spent the whole day there, rehearsing for the performance in the evening.

“They got to see a proper West End working theatre and got a sense of what it’s like to do that on a daily basis.”

Each year Stagecoach groups around the country can apply for the chance to perform in the West End, but with so many wanting to go it is often difficult to get a place.

Ms Goodwin said: “You need to be really proactive to get a place and we were lucky enough to get one.

“Once we knew we were going we auditioned children who were interested in being part of the trip and worked on a piece that we will perform.”

As well as being an exciting day for the group, ranging in age from seven to 17, it was also a proud moment for family and friends who got to watch them walk the boards.

There was even a DVD of the performance available for the youngsters to take home if they wanted a memento.

Stagecoach Thame is open to people aged four to 18 from the town and the surrounding area.

Participants are trained in dance, drama and singing.

Ms Goodwin said: “We try to give as many people opportunities as possible.”

Sessions are during term time on Saturday mornings.

For more information and to get involved go to www.stagecoach.co.uk/thame