Big screen wows young thespians

Stagecoach Theatre Arts of Berkhamstead film premiere.
Stagecoach Theatre Arts of Berkhamstead film premiere.

Talented students have been wowed by a premiere of their own work on the big screen.

The youngsters from Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead were treated to an exclusive screening of their work at Hemel’s Empire Cinema.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts of Berkhamsted film premiere.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts of Berkhamsted film premiere.

The students have worked throughout the term on devising, rehearsing and recording their very own film and television scenes ahead of their big screen premiere in front of an excited audience of friends and family.

Lucy Cooley, 9, from Berkhamsted, was so excited to see herself appear on the Empire’s big screen.

She said: “It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it when I suddenly appeared up there, my face was enormous!”

David Hunter, principal of Stagecoach Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead, starred alongside Catherine Tate and Martin Clunes in Nativity 3 earlier this year and said he couldn’t wait to share the buzz of a film premiere with his students.

He said: “I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few Leicester Square Film Premieres in my time and I was so excited to give our students a glimpse of that red carpet excitement. The kids loved seeing themselves on screen; you could hear them giggling every time someone new popped up. I was the same when I saw myself in Nativity 3, although I hope no one noticed my giggling!”

Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Stagecoach School runs every week from Potten End School in Berkhamsted and is part of a network of more than 600 part-time theatre arts schools worldwide.

Early stages classes are available for children aged 4 to 6 and main school classes take place for 6 to 18 years olds.

For more information about Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Stagecoach, visit or call 01442 875977 / 07956 945181