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E4 reality show to follow West End hopefuls at drama school

Students from D&B Academy of Performing Arts, who will star in the show, with co-owner Donna Sullivan (centre) Students from D&B Academy of Performing Arts, who appear in the E4 reality show, with co-owner Donna Sullivan (centre)
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E4 is to go behind the scenes of a drama school to bring viewers an “all-singing, all-dancing journey of auditions, love affairs and jazz hands”.

The 30-part series is described as a “structured reality” show and is made by Knickerbockerglory, the company behind Pineapple Dance Studios, which made a star of Louis Spence.

According to the broadcaster, Stage School will go behind the scenes of the D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Kent and will feature the “ups and downs of those trying to make it in the world of showbusiness”

It added that it would feature “the bitching, the backstabbing and the romances, along with the break-out singing and dance routines all performed by the talented pupils”.

E4 said it would follow the students at West End auditions and showcases.

Knickerbockerglory managing director Jonathan Stadlen said: “Young people don’t want to be doctors or lawyers anymore, they want to be superstars – and there’s no better place to train for superstardom than D&B. We wanted to capture the drama, hard work and exuberance of the pupils, and getting them to break into song felt a natural next step on from watching their rehearsals and performances.”

He added: “The songs they perform are all hits we know and love. To go from reality into a music video performance and back into reality again is a really exciting experience for viewers.”

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