StageWorks Celebrates 21st Anniversary With Special Outdoor Show

Even though StageWorks 21st summer production was affected by half of the students self isolating, the show still went on!

For the first time, in the history of the theatre school the summer production was performed outside at the Eyot Centre on the Wargrave Road.  Many of the students who were self isolating still though performed via Zoom.

The show was a celebration of 21 years of StageWorks and included excerpts from past shows including Babes in the Wood, The Wiz, Peter Pan and Bugsy Malone plus a sneak preview from Jack & The Beanstalk, this year’s Christmas production which was postponed from last year.

Students from the four schools based in Henley, Caversham, Cookham and Benson showcased their talent and all came together to end the show with a Disney Medley finale.

Lloyd White, Show Director said, “How on earth do you look back over 21 years of shows and showcases and festival performances, dances, songs, scripts, costumes and so on ………. and pick out just a few of your own favourites to put forward to represent all those children that have come and gone through the StageWorks’ doors? And then how do you put it all together to make it entertaining, interesting to watch and somehow make sense? It was difficult but we think everyone will enjoy it.”

Principal Emma Jane Taylor said, “I am SO proud to welcome everyone to our StageWorks 21st Anniversary show. It has certainly been an emotional journey to get to this production since Covid19 came into our lives and shook things up rather unceremoniously.  We’ve kept going the whole time throughout the pandemic.  Every student has been dedicated but sadly we have been affected by Covid with students now having to self isolate.  The team have been incredible and Lloyd has over the last few days adapted the script several times.  There is one positive though to come out of this is that we’ve decided that in future we will be perform our future summer productions outside here.”