Wayne Smith

StageAhead’s Principal is a seasoned performer who still performs now regularly.  In fact  he is currently Touring with “Summer Holiday” the Uk Tour.

 

He started early on in his career working as an entertainer for many companies in the UK and abroad.  In 2001 he joined the cast of the Centre Parcs Show Company where he performed in many shows from Rock and Roll to Musical Theatre.  At 26 in 2007 Wayne appeared on ITV’s “Grease is the Word”,  a reality TV show produced by Simon Cowell and judged by David Ian, Brian Friedman, Sinitta and the late David Gest.  From here Wayne’s career took off.  Performing on Saturday night TV to 4.9 million viewers and getting to week 3 of the live finals paved the way for Wayne’s first musical role.  He Played the Pharaoh in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” UK Tour.  From there he starred as Ricky Nelson in Bill Kenwright’s “The Concert they Never Gave”.  Later credits were Ray in “Dreamboats and Petticoats” UK tour and a starring role of Neil Sedaka in “Laughter in the Rain”.

Wayne’s proudest moment was landing the role of Bob Crewe in London’s smash hit Musical “Jersey Boys” at the Prince Edward Theatre.  He also spent 3 years as Billy Kostecki in the No.1 UK tour “Dirty Dancing” which also enjoyed a West End run at the Piccadilly Theatre London.

Wayne is so excited about starting StageAhead.  It’s now his number one focus whilst juggling time to perform on ships and in pantomimes etc.  But for him now he wants to pass on his knowledge and experience to a younger generation of performers who are starting out on their path.

“I’ve loved being in show business! It’s been my life and still is. I can’t imagine doing anything else! But now I’m ready to take a step back (Just a little) and focus on my own business and the next generation of talent! I want today’s youth to have more opportunities to perform than I did growing up. I want to find and nurture brand new talent in Nottinghamshire. StageAhead will be all about bringing young people out of their shell and getting them to express themselves through Dance, Drama and Voice even if they have never done that before. With a strong foundation and passion for performing at a young age coupled with the right guidance from us, perhaps it won’t take these young performers long to get to London’s West End too.  I can’t wait to get started!!!”