Stagecoach Performing Arts students in Godalming showcased their talents at an end of term performance judged by two special guests, TV’s Gladiator Phantom and broadcast presenter Hayley Palmer.

The students aged between six and 18 held the ‘Stagecoach has Talent’ competition at St Catherine’s School in Bramley, taking part in group and solo performances blending elements of drama, dance and singing.

Judge Hayley Palmer is a prominent media personality with ties to Stagecoach Performing Arts through her tenure at Stagecoach Fareham for many years. Known for her work in television and radio, including shows with Love Sport Radio, BBC Radio, GB News, and Sky Television, Palmer was delighted to be back at Stagecoach to judge the performances.

Joining Palmer was Toby Olubi, also known as Phantom from the BBC show Gladiators. Having previously collaborated with the Principal of Stagecoach Godalming, Grant Clarke, Olubi couldn’t wait to judge this special competition.

Grant Clarke, Principal of Stagecoach Performing Arts in Godalming, said: “It was an amazing day. The students worked extremely hard on their performances and I’m so proud of the result. It was great for the students to perform in front of Hayley and Toby, and we are so thankful that they were happy to take part.” 

In the 36 years since launching, Stagecoach Performing Arts has seen more than one million students unlock their creative potential, which they will value for their whole lives. Provided with the support and dedication of such an outstanding Principal network, the students learn so much more than how to sing, dance and act. Stagecoach helps them blossom into well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace life and all of its exciting opportunities.

With a network of over 60,000 students and more than 3,000 extra-curricular Performing Arts Schools worldwide, Stagecoach aims to make a difference in its students’ lives by teaching Creative Courage for Life and many children have gone on to study and work in Performing Arts from blockbuster films to countless roles in local theatre productions.

Early Stages classes are available for children aged four to six and Main Stages classes for six to 18-year-olds.

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