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4th February 2020

Newcastle College, part of Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) will be once again hosting their annual Signal Star Search competition, in partnership with Signal1. The competition, which launched on Monday 3 February, is now in its fourth year and calls for creative, committed and ambitious individuals with a real passion for Performing Arts, Dance, Drama, Music or comedy to take part.


The talent competition, designed to uncover the finest young performing talent in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, invites aspiring students aged 11-18 years old from across the county to enter the competition to claim the title of Signal Star Search winner 2020 and a lucrative prize package worth over £500. Included in the package is £500 cash; a professional recording session; access to use the college’s state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre facilities.

The finale event, which is due to be hosted by Signal 1’s Olivia Jones from the Total Access show, will take place on Friday 27 March at the college’s impressive Performing Arts Centre. Facilities at the £5.5 million centre include a 200 seat theatre, air conditioned dance studios, an outdoor amphitheatre, live recording studio and a state-of-the-art rehearsal suite.

The judging panel will include, NSCG’s Principal and Chief Executive, Karen Dobson OBE; Group Head of Music and Performing Arts, Tina McDonald; Signal 1’s Total Access presenter, Olivia Jones and Producer Henry; and the Regent Theatre’s General Manager, Allie Spencer.

Newcastle College offers courses from entry to university-level including A Levels in Music and Theatre Studies and BTEC Extended Diplomas in Acting, Dance, Music Performance, Music Technology, Musical Theatre and Theatre Production.

Entries for the competition close on Sunday 23 February. To enter visit signal1.co.uk.

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