Stagecoach Performing Arts are Guinness World Record breakers!

Stagecoach Performing Arts have set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous performance of one show, as 12,500 students, across 73 international schools, took part in a simultaneous performance of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast Junior’. This notable achievement is being celebrated by franchisees around the world, following the official announcement from the Guinness World Record team.

The global attempt, which took place in the UK, Germany and Canada, commenced simultaneously at 6pm BST on Sunday 1st July 2018. As part of Stagecoach’s 30th anniversary celebrations, franchisees were encouraged to take part in the record attempt, in hopes of breaking their own record – of 66 performances of ‘Glad Rags’, set in 2008 and commemorating the brand’s 20th anniversary.

Students, aged four to 18, were invited to grace the stage, performing famous musical numbers in front of parents and family, at theatres across the globe. Following in the footsteps of notable Stagecoach alumni, Emma Watson and Nathan Mack – who starred in the 2017 live-action remake of the 1991 classic – the performances were planned and performed in sequence, so that all participants were performing the same scene, at the same time.

As well as independent schools inviting local audiences to watch the attempt, numerous schools from across the UK met to perform a collaborative version of the famous film in central locations. With performance ‘hubs’ at the Watford Colosseum, the Victoria Theatre in Halifax and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, children were able to share in the excitement of performing to a much larger audience.

Independent adjudicators have now verified all the video submissions from across the globe and have confirmed a new Guinness World Record.

Sarah Kelly, CEO of Stagecoach, is proud to share in the success of the franchisees who supported the successful attempt.

“We’re over the moon to have secured the world record, once again – what an incredible way to commemorate our 30th year! We couldn’t have done this without the fantastic support of our franchise network, who did a phenomenal job of working with our in-house events team to plan their own performances. At Stagecoach, we put a real emphasis on providing as many engaging and exclusive opportunities for our students, and this event did not disappoint. We already have an exciting schedule of events for 2019 and can’t wait to share them with our franchisees.”


Editor’s notes:

Image attached: Hi-res photograph taken at the performance hub at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Further, various hi-res images of Stagecoach students taking part in the world record attempt at national performance hubs available.

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About Stagecoach Performing Arts

About Stagecoach Performing Arts: Over the years we have seen more than one million students unlock their potential, which is something they will value for their whole life. At Stagecoach we teach our students so much more than how to sing, dance and act. We help them blossom into well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace life and all its opportunities. With nearly 30 years’ experience in teaching the performing arts, we understand how to get the best out of our young performers. We delight in seeing our students have fun, make friends, learn new skills and discover hidden talents. We encourage them to take ‘safe risks’ through rehearsals and performance, which brings out a willingness to take on new challenges. None of us know what the future holds, which is why it’s so important for today’s children to be resilient, brave and self-assured. Furthermore you can rest assured that your child is in safe hands as we adhere to the strictest child safety policies. About joining Stagecoach as a franchisee: With our 30th birthday in 2018, the Stagecoach model has been proven and refined to become one of the UK’s leading performing arts opportunities. Franchisees build a team of equally passionate and enthusiastic teachers, qualified to bring out the very best in their students. Stagecoach schools provide a thriving, nurturing and supportive environment for creative learning. That’s just one of the reasons why 40,000 children every week flock to classes nationwide. Today, a network of more than 300 franchisees operate over 680 schools offering 1,780 classes in eight countries. Through an exciting and varied framework of teaching and development, franchisees have helped to unlock the potential of more than one million students since it opened in 1988.

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