A list of just some of our accomplishments to date. Click any thumbnail image to enlarge.
Valerie Jackson founds Stage 84 offering classes in Performing Arts and Acting to young people in Bradford. Initially there are around 19 students but after only a few months numbers increase to over 100.
Stage 84 present their first performance, 'Nativity' at Bradford Cathedral to a capacity audience.
'All Our Children', Stage 84's first show, is presented at The Library Theatre, Bradford.
Stage 84 present 'All Our Children Again' at The Library Theatre. The manager of the Alhambra Theatre sees the show and immediately invites the company to perform for one night at his theatre. Audiences are delighted.
'Daisy Pulls It Off' is presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
At the Barclays National Music Awards in London, Stage 84 receive the Judges Special Award for the 'Most Outstanding Musical Ensemble' and the 'Most Outstanding Individual Performance' for their own musical, 'Ellis'.
Peter and Valerie Jackson purchase the Old Bell Chapel, Idle, and renovate and refurbish the building thereby creating a permanent home for the School.
Stage 84 receive awards of the 'Most Outstanding Dramatic Performance', the 'Most Outstanding Choreographic Performance' and the 'Most Outstanding Individual Performance' at the Barclays National Music Awards, London for their presentation of 'Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'.
At the Barclays National Music Awards in London, Stage 84 receive for their production of '42nd Street' awards of the 'Most Outstanding Individual Performance' and the 'Most Outstanding Choreographic Performance'.
At the 75th Anniversary of British Festivals Finals, out of 1 million original competitors, a Stage 84 pupil is awarded a prestigious gold medal for his outstanding performance. He performs before Royalty in London later that year.
300 Stage 84 Performing Arts students present a pageant before the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrating the City of Bradford Centenary. The performance takes place at Valley Parade, home of Bradford City AFC in front of a crowd of 15,000 guests. Principal Valerie Jackson, members of staff and selected students are presented to the Queen.
Stage 84 students record a CD to raise funds for the Bradford Lord Mayor's Appeal. Two tracks feature; a cover of 'It's Not Where You Start It's Where You Finish' and 'The Spirit of Hope' written by Peter Jackson. Listen below;
Following 2 years of planning the Old Fire Station building in Idle is refurbished with assistance from National Lottery Funding to create brand new teaching spaces for the School. The property boasts a large dance studio, 4 Speech and Drama rooms, wardrobe department, scenery workshop and disabled access.
Stage 84 students represent the City of Bradford at the Millennium Dome, London as part of the Our Town Story programme. 100 students travel to London for the performance and have VIP access to areas of The Dome. Lyrics were specially written for the piece by Peter Jackson, choreographed by Andrea Mallen.
Assisting Bradford’s European Capital of Culture bid, Stage 84 students perform in various locations around the city. Many are photographed in scenes mirroring Hollywood’s famous white letters as part of the bid.
Stage 84 students are selected for the BBC Choir of the Year.
Liz Dawn invites Stage 84 to perform with the cast of Coronation Street in a large production at Leeds Grand Theatre in aid of charity.
Stage 84 celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary in the Summer. Studios are opened to the public and an exhibition is created showcasing past achievements. Many students perform as part of the celebrations.
Acting students enter the Shell Connections competition performing a new play, 'The Musicians'. The play transfers to York Theatre Royal and is described by the National Theatre assessor as a 'brilliant interpretation'.
Permission is obtained from The Really Useful Group to perform Jesus Christ Superstar at Bradford Alhambra. This is the Northern amateur premiere of this musical. Many former students of Stage 84 return to take part in the production.
Following Stage 84’s presentation of The Wizard of Oz at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, the production is transferred to Hamm, Germany. This is a result of an ongoing partnership between the twinned cities of Hamm and Bradford. This production was acclaimed by audiences in Hamm. Former students travel with the cast to work back stage.
Stage 84 Acting students are awarded a prestigious Exhibition Award by Trinity College London for achieving the highest mark in Group Drama in this year in Great Britain. The group achieve an outstanding result of 96%, Distinction.
The largest amateur production of We Will Rock You outside of the West End is presented by Stage 84. The production begins with a specially recorded video message from Brian May of Queen. Anita Dobson attends the Gala performance. Stage 84 remain the only group to have presented this musical at a First Class Touring Theatre.
A Stage 84 Speech & Drama student, Helena Blair is awarded the prestigious Exhibition Award by Trinity College London for the highest mark attained in Individual Communication Skills in this year in Great Britain. She passes her examination with Distinction, a result of 98%. Helena will later accept a place at Cambridge University.
25th anniversary celebrations of the School include Acting students presenting the full play version of An Inspector Calls in the Old Fire Station. The Old Library building is also opened - former and present students perform for invited guests and the public are invited to an open day at the school. Spectacular 2009 features excerpts from past shows.
Together with young people from Germany and Holland, Stage 84 students rehearse and perform a new musical, Alpha Code. Continuing the partnership between the Cities of Hamm and Bradford, the musical is presented in both Germany and England simultaneously. The musical forms part of the celebrations for the European Capital of Culture 2010.
Valerie Jackson receives an MBE as Founder and Principal of Stage 84 and for Services to the Arts in the North of England.
The entire Stage 84 company is awarded an exceptional result of 100% by Trinity Guildhall for their production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast assessed under the examination category of Musical Theatre in Production. Each of the 5 grading areas of 'Group Dynamic', 'Performances', 'Staging', 'Design' and 'Technical' receive the highest mark Trinity can award. The examiner comments "Valerie Jackson and the whole of Stage 84 must be tremendously proud of this production."
Stage 84 writes and produces it's own musical in recognition of the 2012 London Olympics, entitled Sporting 2012. The School collaborates with young musicians from Ermysted's Grammar School in Skipton to
create a dynamic presentation accompanied by a live orchestra. Students are invited to perform the musical both at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham and at the prestigious O2 Media Awards presentation in Leeds.