When I first sent my audition into studio2stage, I had no idea how much of an impact it would make on my life. I figured it would be a great opportunity to experience the show world and it could also help me decide if I really wanted to go on tour. I've been home for a few days, but I still can't shake the feeling I had when I first got off stage after the opening number. The exhilarating rush I experienced was a once in a life time feeling and I'm eternally grateful that I experienced it. The long days of rehearsals were tough, but the joy packed into each minute was well worth the long hours of dancing. The friendships I've made through the show are incredible. They're different from others because the basis of our friendship is our love for dance. Being able to embrace our passion while also strengthening friendship is something I wouldn't change for the world. I never expected that I would be able to have best friends from all over the globe, but studio2stage gave me the chance to. I've never laughed so hard for so long, and each day brought new memories that I'll cherish forever. I especially loved that everyone had their own story and own dance background, but we all came together to create this amazing show. The cast and crew of studio2stage changed my life for the better and I'm so proud to say that I am an original crew member.
Date of Posting: 07 August 2014
Posted By: Nora Finnegan
2014 & 2015 cast member
Auditioning for studio2stage, although I didn't know at the time, was one of the best decisions of my life. It was everything I imagined and more. The long rehearsal days were rigorous on everyone's mind and body, but the high spirits of every dancer there kept all of us on our feet for those 9 days. What made each day enjoyable was that each person was there for the same reasons, we all wanted a taste of what it was like to do what you love in a professional performance matter. Although everyone had different styles and journeys, we could all come together as friends and dancers to produce an amazing show. Nothing compares to how I felt during the opening act. My heart was racing, and I have to admit I teared up a bit from all the emotions it brought to me. Everyone was ecstatic. All the hard work, from the producers, choreographers, and dancers was coming to life! Because of S2S, I will always have those feelings and moments dear to my heart. I can say those 10 days were 10 of the most happiest days of my life. I've made so many friendships that will last a lifetime. "No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen any true friendship." These friendships will last a lifetime because of our connection with the experience of S2S. The relationships I've made on this trip are so strong because we all share the love of Irish dance. We all had the time of our lives. I've honestly never laughed so hard in my life and the memories I've made on and off of the stage will be cherished forever. Thank you to all the producers, choreographers, and performers for a wonderful experience. I am so grateful for everyone and everything that this project has brought to me, but I am especially proud to be an original crew member of studio2stage.

Delaney Watters
Date of Posting: 07 August 2014
Posted By: Delaney Watters
2014 & 2015 cast member
studio2stage was one of the best experiences of my life. Getting to work with so many great dancers and such talented choreographers and musicians was something I will never forget. It wasn't easy, being on my feet for 12 or more hours a day for 9 days and having to learn and remember all the steps, changes, and positions as well as doing my best to not make any mistakes was stressful at times. However, it was an eye-opening learning experience and was well worth all the challenges. The rush of excitement that I got when music for the opening started playing and when the curtains parted and the stage lit up, revealing the audience, was a feeling like no other. Being on the stage is so exhilarating. I can't wait to get back on a stage. I loved studio2stage and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Martin Bradshaw
Date of Posting: 06 August 2014
Posted By: Martin Bradshaw
2014 cast member
studio2stage was such an amazing experience that I know I will never forget. Even now that the show is over, I still can not shake the feeling I got from performing for a live audience. studio2stage reminded me of my love of performing and desire to tour with an Irish dance show at some point in my life. We worked very hard, dancing several hours a day, yet the memories that were made during those long hours are priceless. The friendships I made in 9 days are ones that I know I will keep forever, despite the fact that we live all around the world. I want to thank all of the producers and choreographers Michelle Lee, Jimmy Murrihy, Rachel Byrne, Miriam Lee, Aidan Garvey, Bobby Hodges, and Chris Naish for putting together an outstanding show that I will never forget, and giving me the chance to experience what it is like to be a professional Irish dancer.

I hope to see the cast and crew of studio2stage very soon!
Date of Posting: 06 August 2014
Posted By: Caroline Goulding
2014 cast member
What an amazing experience! Had the best week with Studio2Stage! I was so blown away with the choreography and the dancers were just phenomenal! The musicians were so unbelievably gifted, I was just awed and inspired by their beautiful musicianship!
Anthony Davis, your music is so very beautiful!! The Studio2Stage music is definitely one of my favorite soundtracks! Thanks boss for being the best MD ever and for all your encouragement and support!
The production team were absolutely amazing! Not only did they put together an epic show in one week, but they helped me through a tough week of laryngitis!
I'm so lucky to have been a part of this wonderful project. It will definitely be a week to remember.

Thanks once again,

Date of Posting: 05 August 2014
Posted By: Ella Roberts
2014 featured vocalist
I can easily call studio2stage the best experience of my entire life thus far. I was granted the opportunity to train with some of the most elite irish dancers and choreographers in the entire world and was given the chance to perform an incredible show in front of an enormous audience. Thank you so much to the producers and choreographers Jim Murrihy, Michelle Lee, Aidan Garvey, Bobby Hodges, Chris Naish, Miriam Lee, and Rachel Byrne for creating such an incredible show and experience that has given each of us memories to last a lifetime.

Hope to see you all soon! xx
Date of Posting: 05 August 2014
Posted By: Courtney D'Angelo
2014 & 2015 cast member
Studio2Stage was simply the best experience of my life. I was quite nervous at the start of the week as I didn't know a lot of people. As the week went on I found it easier to talk to other people in my group 'Broadway' and I also got to know the other crew members after rehearsals. The choreographers were very friendly which made rehearsals fun and were able to provide support when needed.

The dress rehearsals were very stressful as I had a few quick changes in the 2nd Act, all of the other crew members were very helpful and had all of my other costumes sitting ready for me when I got off stage.

On the day of the show I was extremely nervous and spent the whole day going over my steps to make sure that I remembered them. When we got our 15 minute call the nerves were kicking in but again, the entire crew were very supportive to everyone who was feeling nervous. At the end of the show I realised that when the curtain opens, that's when the fun starts. It was the best experience of my life and to have the audience on their feet at the end was just a bonus.

I would like to thank the production team for giving me the opportunity to be apart of this fantastic show. I would recommend every dancer/musician to audition next year and become a studio2stage crew member.....there's no better feeling.

Ruairi McFalone
Date of Posting: 04 August 2014
Posted By: Ruairi McFalone
2014 cast member

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