Massive Newbridge homecoming planned for world champions Stage Academy

Welcome recption on Thursday

Laura Coates laura.coates@leinsterleader.ie

Reporter:

Laura Coates laura.coates@leinsterleader.ie

A homecoming celebration is planned for this Thursday evening in Newbridge to welcome back performing arts world champions Stage Academy.

The young group are part of Team Ireland, currently taking part in the 20th annual World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Stage Academy members, aged 15 to 21, were crowned World Champions in the Senior Vocal Group category with their Celtic song Dulaman. They performed their winning number on stage in Long Beach, California, last Friday night, in front of a live audience and a panel of expert entertainment industry judges.

Glen McLoughlin from Newbridge also performed three solo drama pieces and was awarded a scholarship with the New York Film Academy. "We are just overwhelmed with excitement and so proud of Glen and Team Ireland."

The Irish representatives have so far won 9 golds, 4 silvers and a bronze, along with Stage Academy's World Champions title.

Newbridge woman Brenda Malone Gilroy, who with Paula Conlan is a co-director of Stage Academy, couldn't travel to California as she is expecting her first baby next month. She said: "it's been such an emotional week.

"They are so deserving of their awards and titles, they put so much effort and preparation into these world Championships over the past few months. I can't wait to see them on Thursday and give each and every one of them a huge hug."

Stage Academy fly into Dublin airport next Thursday morning, July 21, and the welcome home reception will be on Thursday evening at 7pm in Newbridge Town Centre. All are welcome.