GIFTED students from Stagecoach Performing Arts Colchester graced the West End to  give the performance of a lifetime.

Students from Stagecoach Colchester joined 11 other schools from across the country to showcase their singing, dancing and acting skills at the internationally renowned Her Majesty’s Theatre.

The perofrmers travelled to London and their rehearsals paid off with what culminated to be a memorable event for all.

As part of the show, students performed a variety of renditions of world-famous songs and films which also included a medley of songs by Coldplay and Katy Perry.

Gazette: Children from Stagecoach ColchesterChildren from Stagecoach Colchester (Image: Stagecoach Colchester)

On the evening, a packed audience of families and friends alike were able to enjoy a plethora of performances by students from Colchester and all over the country, including Queens Park, Evesham, Dulwich, Bristol Central, Woking, Barnet, Sidcup, Northwood, Ealing, Solihull and Maidenhead.

One of the Colchester student’s parents, who viewed the performance, said: “I shed a quiet tear, so happy and confident on the stage, surrounded by such good friends.

“It’s hard to put into words what a difference Stagecoach is making to her life at the moment.”

Stagecoach Colchester principal Caroline Maxwell said: “It was a real honour to take our students to perform at Her Majesty's theatre for the last Stagecoach performance before the theatre changes its name to His Majesty's.

Gazette: Students from Stagecoach Colchester performed alongside 11 other schools across the country.Students from Stagecoach Colchester performed alongside 11 other schools across the country. (Image: Stagecoach Colchester)

“All the students gave fantastic performances, and we were glowing with pride as they stepped out onto that historic West End stage.

 “It was extra special for our students to find themselves quite by chance in the dressing room of Ed Court, one of our former Stagecoach Colchester students, who plays Don Attilo in the current cast of Phantom of the Opera - such an inspiration to our Stage 3 team.”

During the 35 years since its launch, Stagecoach Performing Arts has seen more than one million students pass through its doors.

It has a network of more than 55,000 students and more than 3,000 extra-curricular performing arts schools worldwide.

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