You were absolute stars of the stage

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PROUD as punch.

That’s Paula Day whose Hartlepool students wowed the audiences on a top North East stage.

Members of the Hartlepool Stagecoach group performed in La Boheme and Aida at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland earlier this week.

The first batch of Stagecoach youngsters were in La Boheme on November 5. They gave up their free time to show off their theatre skills and Paula, the principal of Stagecoach, praised them for a polished performance on Bonfire Night.

She said: “Instead of watching fireworks the children had to be part of the crowd and walked around with adult cast members as their children.

“They greeted the toy seller on stage and played with toys as part of the show. They followed a brass band and marched around the stage mimicking the band.”

Another group of Hartlepool Stagecoach students appeared in Aida the next night.

Paula said: “I had my four junior dancers who performed their prepared dance on stage for two minutes. The cast were all smiling in rehearsal and applauded the children when they’d finished.

“My older girls performed a prepared ballet with candles.”

She described their performance as “very graceful and beautiful.”

She said: “Other small children played the part of slaves and were dressed with costumes and wigs. They were on stage during Act 2 and all acted in character well which was great considering their age.”

Stagecoach provides “quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged from four to 18.”

Its aim is to “nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes in Hartlepool, stretching young imaginations and building confidence”.