Drama group in a flap with TV call-up


A NEWTON Mearns drama group became TV stars on Monday.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts, based in Newton Mearns, made it through to the finals of Comic Relief does Glee Club which began on Monday.

The 10-15-year-olds made the shortlist of 18 after a series of auditions by budding stage stars from all across the UK.

Their second audition appeared on the programme and they were judged in front of vocal coaches Carrie and David Grant, as well as dancer and choreographer, Sisco Gomez.

The youth section Speakeasy performed a song and dance from the 1920’s musical Flapper, which was received warmly by the judges who described it as being “like a mini-show, in the way it was staged and put together”.

Following their successful performance they were delighted to find out they had advanced to the semi-finals.

There, nine groups performed live on BBC to battle it out to appear on the live final on Comic Relief day this Friday.

Unfortunately, the group were beaten to the final despite rave reviews from judge Sisco who, after their performance, said: “It doesn’t get any better than this”

Julie Hamilton, Principal, Stagecoach Glasgow: “We are absolutely delighted to the group made it this far.

“We have a group of very talented and enthusiastic kids who are working really hard.

“They are thrilled to bits to have performed in front of celebrity coaches Carrie and David and Sicso, who is an amazing dancer.

“Getting to the live finals in London has been a great experience for them that will help them in the future”.

The young performers are delighted at having danced and sang their way to television stardom.

Matthew Wilson who lives in Clarkston and attends Williamwood High School said: “It was really exciting, we cannot believe we made it to the final out of the hundreds who auditioned, being in London for the live shows has been amazing”.

Chloe Jamieson who lives in Giffnock and attends Belmont House school said the group did “everything in their power to win. It was a shame to lose”.

Williamwood High’s Jamie Shiels added: “We tried so hard with our routine and we are glad everybody seemed to have enjoyed it”.