Stagecoach Performing Arts Salisbury was part of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Performance of One Show (multiple locations).
Students from Stagecoach Salisbury joined forces with almost 200 schools from around the UK and abroad to simultaneously perform Disney's Beauty and the Beast Junior, as part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations for Stagecoach Performing Arts.
Beginning at 6pm BST on Sunday 1st July 2018, over 12,500 children took part in the performance across 144 locations, including Canada, Germany and Malta.
Launched in 1988, Stagecoach Performing Arts is an extra-curricular network of performing arts schools that teaches children not only how to perform but also how to believe in themselves and grow in confidence by unlocking Creative Courage for Life'.
Kristie Grant, Principal said, "we are so proud of each and every student that participated in the Guinness World Record Attempt based around the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast! We have had one of the most amazing terms yet demonstrating our singing, dancing and acting skills to such a high standard. From week one, the entire cast demonstrated enormous commitment to their roles and embraced their parts with conviction and enthusiasm. This has been a fabulous term to watch friendships blossom too as students support one another to pull together such a memorable performance."
"We were honoured to be joined by The Mayor and Mayoress of Salisbury and The Right Honourable Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean who played a vital role on the day as our Official Witnesses."
Due to popular demand, Stagecoach Performing Arts Salisbury are excited to be opening additional schools from the Autumn term. A Friday night school for 6-18 year olds and a brand new Furthers School for 14 years+. For further information about next term or our Summer Holiday Workshops, please visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/salisbury
Q: Why has Stagecoach Performing Arts selected a world record attempt as a means of celebrating its 30th anniversary?
A: Stagecoach is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and has elected to stage this world record attempt as the best means of uniting its global network and incorporating as many of its students as possible. It is also a chance to break its own record; almost ten years ago Stagecoach organised the largest simultaneous performance of one show (multiple locations) for its 20th anniversary, achieving 66 performances of Glad Rags across the UK, Ireland and Germany. This year, we are proud to be part of something much bigger, with 144 performances on the cards.
As well as celebrating our 30th anniversary, it's a great way to showcase the talents of our students, whilst helping them unlock Creative Courage for Life'.
Q: What is Creative Courage for Life'?
A: Creative Courage for Life' is what Stagecoach Performing Arts gives to its students! Based on the ethos of helping children unlock their creativity and build their confidence, Stagecoach believes that the performing arts - namely singing, dancing and acting - are perfect for equipping children with essential life skills. Through performances and classes which hone these skills, Stagecoach students are able to develop their communication skills and their independence, amongst many other behavioural traits, that will greatly benefit them throughout their lives.
Q: How long have you been preparing and planning for this attempt?
A: As soon as the Guinness World Record attempt was announced by Head Office, Stagecoach Salisbury were very quick to jump aboard! We knew that the students would love doing this Disney classic, so it has been bubbling away for quite some months now. We started rehearsals at the beginning of our Summer term so the cast have had just 11 weeks to pull this show together!
Q: How have you prepared for this event? How many children are participating from your franchise?
A: We are just one of almost 200 schools taking part in the world record attempt around the world, so it has been a monumental effort from Stagecoach head office to coordinate the performances.
We had exactly 100 students representing Stagecoach Salisbury and we split the script in half to share the play fairly across both schools. It has been a great experience for the students to collaborate with a school that they wouldn't normally get to share these experiences with.
Q: What is required for your school to be able to participate in this attempt?
A: We're following strict guidelines from Guinness World Records in order to adhere to the record parameters. We performed the same show as the other 200 schools involved and had to ensure we started at exactly 6pm BST. In order for the record to be verified, we required a couple of independent witnesses on site at the attempt who will provide statements to Guinness World Records and we also videoed the performance and took official photos.
Q: When was Stagecoach founded? How many franchises are there?
A: Founded in 1988, Stagecoach now has 300 Principals and 3,000 teachers worldwide. The network operates across more than 750 schools and has a presence in nine countries including Canada, Germany, Malta, Spain, Gibraltar, Australia, South Africa and China.
Q: Why are the Performing Arts important to children? How does it benefit them?
A: Stagecoach is committed to the belief that the performing arts - particularly singing, dancing and acting - offer immense benefits to children, as they provide an outlet for their creativity and offer experiences (such as this world record attempt) that provide long-lasting memories.
Since there have been funding cuts across the performing arts in schools, it is increasingly important that children have access to such extra-curricular activities that can help them develop as well-rounded individuals. Stagecoach activities can help to shape how children communicate and express themselves in different ways, providing students with an engaging way of learning to hone life skills as they grow.
Q: What is the relevance of Beauty and The Beast'?
A: Stagecoach have a long history of working with Disney across many areas of their business. The show has been selected as a much-loved classic Disney tale and has proved to be extremely popular with our students. The loveable characters, the memorable songs, the scope for costume and set interpretation, all serve to position Beauty and the Beast as a delightful tale for our students to tell and the choice of Disney's enchanting classic is highly appropriate. Two of Stagecoach's former students, Emma Watson and Nathan Mack, played the protagonist Belle and Chip the teacup, respectively, in the film of Beauty and the Beast last year.