Stagecoach Bearsted

A warm welcome to Stagecoach Bearsted. We provide high quality training in Singing, Drama and Dance for children aged 4-18 years.

Along with a strong Performance curriculum, Stagecoach supports important life skills, enhancing confidence and communication in your child’s future.

Our aim is to provide a high standard learning environment that nurtures student growth and potential – becoming the best that they can be! 

Principal Shane Rising

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


New Friday School

Due to popular demand, Stagecoach Bearsted is expanding! Our new Friday school begins in January 2020 at NLL Academy, Maidstone. Book below for a two week trial.

Two Week Trial

Try Singing, Dancing & Acting Classes! Children aged 4 - 18 yrs old are welcome to try our two week trial – a great way to settle in and discover all that Stagecoach has to offer. A two week trial costs £25 for Early Stages (4-6 year olds) and £50 for Main Stages (6-18 year olds) - enrol below.

Term Dates

Spring Term 2020 begins Fri 10th/Sat 11th Jan and ends Fri 27th/Sat 28th Mar. Summer Term 2020 begins Fri 24th/Sat 25th Apr and ends Fri 10th/Sat 11th Jul.

Early Stages Spring 20

Spring term, Early Stages will be venturing into the jungle! Join our animal friends on a mystical journey - through magic waterfalls, tropical trees and a dance to the jungle beat…

Main Stages Spring 20

Spring term at Stagecoach is Skills term - where we take students away from Musical Theatre and add to their skillset. In Dance we will be exploring influential practitioners through history. Singing will bring students to the present, looking at pop music and culture. Drama will bring specialist workshops in puppetry, building to a mini show.

Further Stages Spring 20

In Further Stages, we will be creating a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods! An alternative story of the fairy tales we know so well, woven into a powerful musical score.

Disneyland 2019

In July 2019, we took students to Disneyland Paris, where they sang in front of the Disneyland castle and performed in the Main Street pre-parade! We will be going again in 2021, so drop us an email to join.

Childcare Vouchers

We accept Childcare Vouchers as payment! Childcare vouchers are an employee benefit for all eligible working parents. You can exchange childcare vouchers from your salary, tax-free and exempt from National Insurance contributions. Because of this, you can make savings of up to £933 per parent, per year.

100% LAMDA Success

Congratulations to our students who took LAMDA exams in March 2019! 100% pass rate and 93% with Merit or higher!

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.

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Shane Rising

Shane is a highly qualified and experienced teaching practitioner. With a Masters degree, a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and Qualified Teaching Status, he has been providing the highest standards of Performing Arts education for a number of years.

Shane has worked in both Primary and SEND sectors, as well as Higher and Further Education. His involvement with the Stagecoach network has also enabled him to lead a team of teachers, successfully running a school in Maidstone.

As an Actor, Shane trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, going on to work in Theatre, Screen and Voice Over. His work on short film ‘The Wire’ won the Film Bounty award in 2014 and he was featured in Equity Magazine for his contribution to ‘The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ documentary in 2015. Shane continues to work in the industry and encourages similar opportunities for his students.

With his strong knowledge and practice, Shane is a passionate believer in creating confidence in children and young people. He looks forward to providing this at Stagecoach Bearsted and providing Creative Courage for Life.

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