E4 greenlights stage school reality series

30th June 2016

E4 has ordered a long-running structured reality series described as “the real life Glee”.

Based at the prestigious D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Kent, the 30 x 30-minute series is produced by GPs Behind Closed Doors indie Knickerbockerglory.

It will follow the day-to-day lives of those trying to make it in the world of show business.

Stage School will explore pupil’s lives as they attend West End auditions and put on shows to make their dreams a reality.

The series, which is currently being filmed across a 30 week period will air every night of the week in an early evening slot when it airs in September.

Knickerbockerglory managing director Jonathan Stadlen, who is also serving as an exec producer, said the show continued the indie’s history of “breaking the fourth wall” with structured reality.

Citing shows such as Pineapple Dance Studios, Stadlen said: “Breaking the fourth wall is something we’ve traditionally done as a production company. We follow the day-to-day stories of the students and then they break into song – big musical numbers that everyone knows. I think to go from reality into performance and back into reality is a really magical experience for viewers.”

It follows the lives of 18-25 year old students and is targeted at people aged between 12 and 25.

“These are songs that anyone would know and the performances are amazing – like real music videos. It’s like a real life Glee or Fame.”

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