Call for Nominations for the Stagecoach Inspiration Awards 2012
Call for Nominations for the Stagecoach Inspiration Awards 2012. Billy Elliot the Musical is helping Stagecoach recognise and reward inspirational young people who have faced adversity, demonstrated bravery, shown courage, cared for others, or proved they are good role models. The Stagecoach Inspiration Awards were created to celebrate inspirational young people and were launched in 2009 at the House of Commons. Last year the awards were supported by Shrek the Musical. This year the Stagecoach Inspiration Awards will be presented at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, home of Billy Elliot the Musical on Monday 3rd December 2012, at a special awards presentation. John Lucey Principal of Stagecoach Galway said: ‘The awards are very humbling and a brilliant way of honouring those who have achieved or endured so much despite adversity. We all take so much for granted and the Awards remind us of the courage of young people who never complain or seek recognition.’ Last year Billy Elliot cast member, seven year old Sammy Bentwood, was the recipient of a Stagecoach Award for Endeavour. Despite suffering from a rare inflammatory bowel disease which means he cannot eat most foods and is fed via a tube, Sammy played the role of ‘Small Boy’ in the show from October 2011 to March 2012, admirably coping with the rigours of being a child performer in a West End production. Millie Thornton (10) who plays ‘Debbie’ in the show said: ‘If you know an inspirational young person, please nominate them for a 2012 Stagecoach Inspiration Award. They might even get the chance to come here to the Victoria Palace Theatre in London and see Billy Elliot for themselves.’
The Stagecoach Inspiration Award Categories:- Award for Bravery – Recognising young people who have demonstrated courage. Good Buddy Award – Recognising young people who have proved they are good role models. Young Citizen Award – Recognising young people who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and a community spirit
The Stagecoach Charitable Trust’s InterAct Award – Recognising outstanding achievements during adversity. Stephanie Manuel, Co-Founder of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, said: ‘The Awards are our way of celebrating the achievements of young people from all walks of life who have overcome adversity or supported people who have faced great challenges in their everyday lives.’
All finalists will be invited to attend a special Awards Ceremony at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, together with their parents or guardians and the person who has nominated them. There will be a special Q&A with the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical after the ceremony and guests will be invited to see the hit show later that evening. The Awards are open to any young person aged from four to 18 in the UK and Ireland.
For further details and to make a nomination please visit: http://www.stagecoachawards.co.uk or www.stagecoach.ie/galway. For further information about the Awards please contact: John Burley (JBPR). Tel. 020 7481 4133. Mobile. 07815 814736. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org