For many Maltese kids, the only way we could keep our personal dramas in check was by enrolling in stage school. If you were a young Mediterraneano struggling with too many emotions, then you’ll understand the feeling of arriving home as soon as you enter your first singing/acting/dancing class.
For this reason we thank everything for Stagecoach – and we have no doubt our parents do so too…everyday. Apart from allowing us to vent our feelings via the grandest of physical gestures, here’s a few other reasons we’d love to go back to Stagecoach.
1. You could sing, dance and act at any time with reckless abandon
You’re actually encouraged to do so.
2. And no one would ever judge you
Because everyone was there for the same exact thing. #Drama
3. The teachers were seriously inspiring
Experienced teachers who identified our strengths and encouraged our weaknesses – how could we not look up to them?
4. The local performing opportunities were real
Opportunities for auditions for films, local TV stations, performing in musicals and Christmas Pantomimes – many stars were born!
5. As real as the foreign ones…
From the annual exchange musical theatre workshop in Oxford, to performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, choir performances, musicals in London, performing at theme parks… Impossible was nothing.
6. You never felt like a number
It always felt like a family – the laughs, the cries, the unmitigated tantrums.
7. Drama camp had all the feels
There’s nothing like bonding with your fellow actors whilst removed from the outside world. #ImagineTheTears
8. No one did fancy dress parties like drama people
Oh the costumery!
9. Meeting foreign drama people
Overseas exchanges just meant more likeminded and like-gesturing friends.
10. The dream of studying abroad
Was actually a reality because – as part of a franchise – Stagecoach and its certification is recognised overseas, so moving is no biggie.
11. Your talent was legit important
No one ever questioned how far you could go, and with opportunities to sit for exams at Trinity College, London, you literally felt like a star in the making.