Singing, Dance and Drama Classes in Oxford

Welcome to Stagecoach Oxford

Performing Arts School for 4-18 years.
Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford offer singing, dance and drama classes for children ages 4 - 18 years.

Maya Sprigg has been the Principal of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford for over twenty years. Under her supervision, students from Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford have been involved in a multitude of productions; the Harry Potter franchise to ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘The Lion King’ in London’s West End. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday after school we run performing arts classes in singing, dance and drama for children ages 4 – 18 years. Principal Maya maintains the balance between performance opportunities and class time, when all important skills and confidence are built. Her enthusiasm and dedication to Stagecoach provides all students with the opportunity to grow as individuals and many of Stagecoach Oxford’s students have gone on to top drama schools and to work within the entertainment industry. 

Due to popular demand, places at Stagecoach Oxford are limited. Please apply on line without making any payment or contact the principal on 01869 278600 or email oxford@stagecoach.co.uk to confirm places and times available.

EXCITING NEWS! NEW CLASSES OPENING THIS SEPTEMBER IN BOTLEY AND KIDLINGTON!
Principal: Maya Sprigg

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JUMP INTO THE NEW YEAR AT STAGECOACH OXFORD
Join our Spring Term 2017 - weekly classes for singing dance and drama for ages 4 - 18.
We offer exciting, challenging classes, full of opportunity, but most of all - full of fun. Our teachers are actors, dancers and singers/musicians who love to inspire and motivate. There's just the right balance between learning and performing and they always have a great time!
We have classes in Summertown, Headington, Botley and Kidlington for ages 4-18.

LOCAL EVENTS
Come and support our singers and dancers at the following events:
Oxford Christmas Lights on 25th November 2016
Oxford Christmas Market Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016
New Theatre Evita Choir 7-11th March 2017
New Theatre Ellen Kent Operas 16-18th February 2017

SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAMMES 2017
Stagecoach Oxford run fantastic Summer Holiday Programmes during the summer holidays. With different courses for all ages there is something for every performer to enjoy!

Junior Show
'Merlin and the Unicorn', a magical mysterious tale of King Arthur, Knights, jousting, fairies and of course a Unicorn. Due to popular demand, this year Stagecoach Oxford will be running an extra week for our Junior Show!
Ages: 4-10
Dates: 24-28th July 2017 at Sandhills Primary School
31 July - 4 August 2017 at The Theatre at Headington
7th - 11th August 2017 at The Theatre at Headington.
Times: 9:30-12:30pm daily. Performance at 12 noon on the Friday.
We offer extended hours until 5pm for busy working parents!

Senior Show
Next year our Senior Show will be the the challenging musical 'In Your Dreams'. Performed from a teenage perspective exploring the internal battles of growing up in the modern age, with everything from imaginary friends to lightsaber duels.
Ages: 8-18
Dates: 7-11th August 2017 at The Theatre at Headington
Times: 10-4pm daily. Performance at 6pm on Friday 11th.

Advanced Show
Our Advanced week is a showcase for older students and a high standard is expected. The course runs for 1 1/2 weeks with a preview performance and a Champagne Gala evening! The cast is joined by Stagecoach Malta as part of the annual exchange programme. This year the Advanced Show will be the the challenging musical 'In Your Dreams'. Performed from a teenage perspective exploring the internal battles of growing up in the modern age, with everything from imaginary friends to lightsabre duels.
Ages: 11-19
Dates: 27-28 July (weekend off) 31 July - 4th August 2017
Times: 10 - 4pm daily. Performances on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th at 6pm.

We will be releasing our booking page soon - keep an eye out!! 
Call Principal Maya on 01869 278600

Stagecoach Acting, Singing and Dance Classes & Times

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Early Stages classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama, so it is an easy step when it is time to transfer to the next stage.

(90 minutes each week)

Main Stages (for ages 6-18 yrs)

Main Stages classes are split in three age appropriate groups, where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. We nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channelling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy. We believe in the potential of every child!

(3 hrs each week)

Further Stages (for ages 15+ yrs)

Our advanced musical theatre sessions give talented students the chance to extend their performance skills.  Through in-depth training and master classes, we help students to hone their skills in singing, dancing and acting.  We also give students the confidence to audition for theatre and vocational drama schools (if that is their goal) and make sure they are well prepared for interviews and auditions. 

Fees in accordance with Main Stages.
OUR TRAINING
At Stagecoach Oxford performing arts school our students have the opportunity to take Trinity Guildhall exams and RADA examinations. Our Stage 3 (in school year 11) students and our Further Stages students are able to take the RADA Bronze Certificate. The students who entered before Christmas received excellent results. Taken every two to three years, our Main School students take group Trinity Guildhall exams in Musical Theatre. Our Further Stages students take two Trinity Guildhall Grade 8 examinations. These attract UCAS points to help towards university entrance as well as making sure that students auditioning for drama school feel prepared. Our most recent results for Trinity Guildhall Grade 8 exams were excellent – with 100% pass rate and 88% receiving a Distinction.

Between 2009 and 2014 our students have been accepted into the following Drama and Performing Arts Schools and courses: Guildford School of Acting, Italia Conti, London Studio Centre, Oxford School of Drama, East 15, Rose Bruford, Performers College, AMDA (Los Angeles), RADA, Arts Educational (London), Laine Theatre Arts, NYT (National Youth Theatre)

We are independently inspected regularly and rated outstanding. We offer yearly reports to all students and support our students with coaching and references when they apply for local school performing arts scholarships or want to pursue professional work. Our teachers are all DBS checked as a matter of course. All have industry experience and several performed professionally in the West End.


PERFORMING ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
Spring Holiday Show – Our Spring show will take place in a professional theatre, with all the bells and whistles of junior youth theatre. The will be a senior performance of ‘Broadway or Bust’ and a junior production of ‘The Ice Princess’.

Summer Holiday Show – Our Summer show will also take place in a professional theatre and is guaranteed to be a performing arts extravaganza! Our junior students will perform ‘ Arabian Nights’ and our senior show will be ‘The Addams Family’ (fresh from Broadway!). Both performances will be fully costumed.

Dance Troupes:
We have 3 Performance Troupes. Saturday Dance Troupe, Sunday Senior Dance Troupe and Sunday Junior Dance Troupe.

Our students have many opportunities to perform with professional performing arts companies , as well as in theatres within Oxfordshire. Below are examples of recent performances our students have been a part of:

2015:
February - Ellen Kent's ‘La Traviata and ‘Madama Butterfly’
March - The Stagecoach Charity Spectacular. In aid of 2 local charities, this year's performance will be at The New Theatre, Oxford on Sunday 8th March. It is our 5th Charity Spectacular! All Stagecoach Oxford students are asked to participate and have their chance to shine on stage.
March 2015 - Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons' at the Oxford Playhouse, Lion King - Switzerland

2014:
Young Simba in ‘The Lion King’ Tour, ‘Evita’ at the New Theatre, Oxford,  ‘AIDA’ & ‘Nabucco’ at the New Theatre, ‘Abba Mania’ at the New Theatre,  ‘Jerusalem’ at the O’Reilly theatre, Oxford 
‘The Habit of Art’ at the Oxford Theatre Guild, The English National Ballet’s production of ‘Coppelia’ at the New Theatre
2013:
‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the New Theatre, ‘Tosca’ at the New Theatre, ‘Carmen’ at the New Theatre, performance at the Oxford Playhouse, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at the New Theatre.


HOW TO FIND US
On Saturdays Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford is located at Headington School, Headington Road, Oxford OX3 7TD.
Headington School is based on two sites. Our term time classes are held at the Prep School site, opposite the White Horse pub on London Road. The prep school entrance is via the new atrium. The car park is small and can get busy at drop off/ pick up times.

Spring / Summer showcases and workshops:
Our Spring / Summer showcases and workshops are held at the theatre on Headington's Senior School site, using the Headley way entrance. Once on the school grounds, follow the signs for the theatre. There is generally good parking available.

On Fridays and Sundays Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford is located at The Cherwell School – South Site, Marston Ferry Road, Summertown, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7EF.

Directions for Cherwell South:
Cherwell School is based on two sites on different sides of Marston Ferry Road. We use the South Site, next to the Harlequin Rugby Club. The rugby club can get busy on Sunday mornings!
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