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.

Meet The Team

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STAGECOACH in 2018!

Stagecoach Barnstaple has an exciting year ahead planned for our students with Recording Projects and a West End Workshop in our Spring Term, our Summer Show is scheduled for July 14th and Performances are booked at Torquay Princess Theatre and in and around Barnstaple and North Devon for our Autumn Term 2018! It’s going to be a great year!!!

CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY

We are incredibly proud and excited to announce that we have been chosen as a new ‘Learning Destination’ for the Devon and Cornwall Children’s University! We have also been asked to be Passport Holders .... want to find out more? Check out http://www.childrensuniversity-sw.co.uk/

A Fantastic End to 2017!

Wow what a busy Autumn Term we have had at Stagecoach Barnstaple! With lots of extra performance opportunities our students have certainly worked incredibly hard and had a lot of fun along the way. We finished off our year nicely with our end of term performance in December and received great feedback from our audience! Now let’s bring on 2018!

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)

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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