Stagecoach Barnstaple

Welcome to Stagecoach Barnstaple where we provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4-18yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes in Barnstaple, stretching young imaginations and building confidence.

Open every weekend during term time and workshops during the school holidays, come join the fun!
 

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Kate Ridley-Holloway ADPA UKCA

Your child is in safe hands. All of our Team are Enhanced DBS checked.


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STAGECOACH in 2019!

Stagecoach Barnstaple has had an exciting year so far with our Variety Night, a West End 'Wicked' Workshop, a performance with the boys from COLLABRO and with Think Floyd at The Queens Theatre and performances of 'The Day The Crayons Quit', 'Carry On Holiday' and 'Cluedo' to look forward to in July! Plans for an exciting Autumn Term underway too!

LAMDA Results 2019!

25 of our students aged from 7-16 years, opted to take their LAMDA Solo Acting Exams in the Spring of this year. After weeks of hard work and one to one tuition with our LAMDA Tutors they got the results ... 100% PASSED!! All 25 students achieved a Merit or above with most at Distinction level! We couldn't be prouder!!

COLLABRO CHOIR!

We are so proud of our 30 strong Stagecoach Choir that performed alongside the one and only COLLABRO at The Queens Theatre in March. They sounded fantastic! I had a message from the production company congratulating our students on their performance and on their professionalism backstage saying they were all a pleasure to work with. PROUD SCHOOL!

CHILDCARE VOUCHERS!

HOT NEWS OFF THE PRESS!! We are thrilled to announce that we are now in a position to accept CHILDCARE VOUCHERS as payment for the term fees and/or holiday workshops! For a list of which providers we are registered with just get in touch. If your provider isn't on the list let us know and we would be more than happy to speak with them also.

ABBA MANIA!

The cast of ABBA MANIA came to Barnstaple Queen's Theatre on November 30th and we were asked to provide a choir of 30 to perform alongside them. After some extra rehearsals and a tech run with the super friendly cast, the choir performed to a 'sold out' theatre with the audience on their feet the whole way through. Another wonderful fun experience!

JOSEPH SUCCESS!

In November this year we provided a choir of 64 students to perform for 10 shows alongside the cast of the West End UK Tour of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (starring Joe McEldery!) at the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple! We had a fantastic time, lots of hard work but lots of fun too! A wonderful experience for all involved!

'Guernsey' Feature Film!

Over 40 of our students were lucky enough to be asked to play 'evacuees' in the filming of a new feature film 'Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society' that was filmed in Clovelly in May. The film stars Lilly James (Downton Abbey) and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones) and our lucky Stagecoachers got to work alongisde them! An amazing experience!

Weekly Classes

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.

Meet The Team

Principal - Kate Ridley-Holloway ADPA UKCA

Kate started her love for the Performing Arts many years ago at this very school; Stagecoach Barnstaple! This great school instilled her passion for the arts and has led to her enjoying a wonderful career, both performing and teaching.

Kate has many years of experience performing with professional touring pantomimes and shows, including working as a choreographer for London-based music videos and stage tours.

Coming back to Devon after a few years on the road, Kate discovered her love for teaching; setting up dance classes in the local area, working in primary and secondary schools, with youth and amateur dramatics groups and of course with many Stagecoach Schools both as a teacher and as Deputy Principal. During this time she also completed her Performance Arts Teaching Diploma with 'Rock School' London as well as training in many other disciplines including stunt work, cheerleading, circus skills, musical theatre and the teaching of the younger years.

With her performance background, teaching experience and love for the arts, Stagecoach Barnstaple certainly is a passion of hers!

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