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Summer Showcase 2021 The Wizard of Oz

Summer Showcase 2021 The Wizard of Oz
This summer our students followed the yellow brick road all the way to Twickenham to perform the show The Wizard of Oz!
 
Stagecoach’s flagship Summer Showcase event took place at St Mary’s in Twickenham with 66 Stagecoach students from across the UK and our schools in Malta. 

16 Year Stagecoach Journey

16 Year Stagecoach Journey
Lizzie has been a Stagecoach student for 16 years. We spoke to her about her journey at Stagecoach from a 4 year old Early Stages student right up to being a teacher for her school and other Stagecoach schools. We covered her highlights during this time as well as what skills she has learned over the years. Lizzie is moving onto the next phase of her performing arts training as she attends university in the Autumn. We also spoke to Lizzie's twin sister Megan, who had returned to Stagecoach in 2015 to join her sister. 

Stagecoach Students Return to Shaftesbury Theatre

Stagecoach Students Return to Shaftesbury Theatre

On 30th May 2021, 14 months after the Shaftesbury Theatre was forced to close due to the COVID pandemic, students from 11 Stagecoach schools will be returning to the theatre for one night only.

 

 

Performing arts - a powerful force at the forefront of bringing young people back together

Performing arts - a powerful force at the forefront of bringing young people back together

Schools are back! Yay, you shout as you sink into the sofa with a cup of coffee and a bucketful of relief.  But as ever, this is a whole new phase of ‘normality’. 

Unfortunately there is often a certain rhetoric used in education that we find to be unhelpful, the latest of which is the emphasis on the need to 'catch up'. Yet another burden of expectations and pressures are heaped on young people, just at the time when ‘recovery’ should mean a focus on holistic development and wellbeing.

Dr Ally Daubney highlights a number of reasons why the performing arts are a powerful force that should be at the forefront of bringing young people back together in a meaningful and healthy way.

A guide to caring for your child's mental health during a lockdown

A guide to caring for your child's mental health during a lockdown
With the UK currently in its third national lockdown, there's no better time to consider the potential impact on your child's mental wellbeing.
 
Some children have enjoyed being off school during the lockdown. Others, however,  have really struggled, especially not being able to socialise with their friends. 
 
As parents or guardians, we can put steps in place to support children to help them cope with the issues they face. Here are four key ways to protect your child's mental health during this period of lockdown.

Stagecoach students perform at 40th anniversary of BBC’s Children in Need

Stagecoach students perform at 40th anniversary of BBC’s Children in Need

Twelve students from Stagecoach Borehamwood and Stagecoach Stanmore took part in the 40th anniversary of BBC’s Children in Need. On Friday, 13th November the students performed Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, as a socially distanced London choir in the BBC Elstree studio. Their singing could be heard throughout the film screen on the night!

Benefits of the online learning

Benefits of the online learning

Online learning has been a staple for most children in 2020. With the UK  back into lockdown, we looked at the advantages of online learning through pre-recorded and live face-to-face classes. Take a look at the top five advantages of online learning. 

Stagecoach Performing Arts launches stagecoachathome.com

Stagecoach Performing Arts launches stagecoachathome.com

Stagecoach students around the world were given access to the free bitesize videos that they could work through alongside their routine of home schooling.  Due to the positive feedback from parents and students, Stagecoach extended its video content to non-Stagecoach students and launched stagecoachathome Online Learning Studio. The new Stagecoach website provides quality performing arts education for young people aged 4 - 18 years online. 

Who wants to be a volunteer?

Who wants to be a volunteer?

If you are passionate about theatre and really enjoy meeting people, volunteering could be for you! 

Stagecoach Students at Disney's Behind The Magic 2020

Stagecoach Students at Disney's Behind The Magic 2020

Stagecoach students have just returned from an action-packed weekend at Behind The Magic in Disneyland Paris

 
The unique ‘Behind The Magic’ programme is designed to give each student an exciting and educationally valuable glimpse into Disney's world of professional entertainment.

Our Charity Partner YoungMinds

Our Charity Partner YoungMinds

We are proud to be continuing our support of our charity partner YoungMinds. YoungMinds are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

Charity Gala featuring the Creative Courage For Life Awards in support of YoungMinds

Charity Gala featuring the Creative Courage For Life Awards in support of YoungMinds

On 1st December 2019, we are returning to Shaftesbury Theatre for our sixth annual Charity Gala where we celebrate the collective talent from within the Stagecoach Performing Arts community, and in support of our nominated charity of the year, YoungMinds. For the second consecutive year, the Charity Gala will feature the Creative Courage for Life Awards.

Stagecoach Students return to The Shaftesbury Theatre

Stagecoach Students return to The Shaftesbury Theatre

Throughout the year, students from our schools are given the amazing opportunity to perform at some of the UK's most famous theatres.  This year, eight of our schools are joining us to perform at The Shaftesbury Theatre. 

Stagecoach Students return to perform at The Adelphi Theatre

Stagecoach Students return to perform at The Adelphi Theatre

Throughout the year, students from our schools are given the amazing opportunity to perform at some of the UK’s most famous theatres.  This year, 32 of our schools are joining us to tread the boards at London’s Adelphi Theatre. 

A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg - Who Does What?

A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg - Who Does What?
We spoke to the technical stage manager and the technical manager on the acclaimed production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which has been at the Trafalgar Studio Theatre in London since 20 September.

Six-Year-Old Stagecoach Student In Award Winning Film

Six-Year-Old Stagecoach Student In Award Winning Film
Earlier this year a six-year-old Alexander-James (A.J.) Houghton from Stagecoach Teddington and Stagecoach Talent Agency had the incredible opportunity to film with Nexflix in the much anticipated Bandersnatch.

5 Reasons Why Performing Arts Is Important In Children’s Development

5 Reasons Why Performing Arts Is Important In Children’s Development
In recent years, the lack of funding in education has seen creative subjects across the country being cut for more emphasis on core academic subjects. However, studies have shown that children who take part in performing arts are not only more confident, but they often perform better in core subjects such as Science and English.

The Surrey Hills came alive with ‘The Sound of Music’

The Surrey Hills came alive with ‘The Sound of Music’

This summer, the Surrey Hills came alive with ‘The Sound of Music’, thanks to a performance by Stagecoach Performing Arts students. 

Stagecoach’s Summer Showcase event took place at the famous Rose Theatre in Kingston on 16th and 17th August with around 80 Stagecoach Students from across the globe entertaining audiences with a rendition of the much-loved musical.

Magic at Disneyland Paris

Magic at Disneyland Paris
Mickey ears at the ready!  We are still on cloud nine from attending Disney's 'Dance the Dream' at the end of July at Disneyland Paris. Over 2000 Principals, students, and their families joined us. Over 600 students from 29 schools performed in this enchanting setting. 

Developing Resilience in your Child

Developing Resilience in your Child
Transitioning from Primary school to Secondary school, or from one year to another can have its challenges for your child.

Dr Alison Daubney, our guest blogger writes about how to help your child feel more confident in these big life transitions.

Nominees announced for The Stage Debut Awards

Nominees announced for The Stage Debut Awards
Trafalgar Entertainment and Stagecoach Performing Arts are proud to be supporting The Stage Debut Awards 2019. The award for Child Performer of the Year is sponsored by Stagecoach Performing Arts. This year, Trafalgar Entertainment is sponsoring the award for Best Composer or Lyricist.

The shortlist of nominees has now been revealed. Winners will be announced at The Stage Debut Awards at The Brewery, London on Sunday 15 September.

Meet Sebastian Croft

Meet Sebastian Croft
Sebastian Croft, 18, is starring in Horrible Histories: the Movie, which opens across the country Friday 26 July. He plays Atti, a clever Roman teenager who makes the mistake of annoying Emperor Nero and, as punishment, gets sent to Britain.

Woking Homecoming for Howard and Rosemary

Woking Homecoming for Howard and Rosemary
Two theatre entrepreneurs who have built their lives in the entertainment industry have relocated part of their business from West Byfleet to Woking town centre as part of their new company’s expansion.

As part of the move, Stagecoach Performing Arts has also relocated its Headquarters from Walton-on-Thames to the shared Trafalgar Entertainment office at Export House. The move also brings new employment prospects with plans for a call centre and new jobs already being recruited.

From Stagecoach parent to Principal

From Stagecoach parent to Principal
When the arrival of her children meant that Jennie Graham-Roberts had to reconsider her career, Stagecoach Performing Arts presented itself as a worthy option.

“Stagecoach has been a monumental part of all of our lives. Both of my children attended classes when they were younger, with my son starring in shows and going on to study Drama for A-Level, and my daughter attending classes right up until 18. They are now all grown up and attending university, but I believe that Stagecoach has had an impact on who they have become today.”

Why 'Creative Courage For Life' Is So Important

Why 'Creative Courage For Life' Is So Important
Every child has potential but the potential is nothing unless it is realised. It is important to teach children to unleash their potential and find their way on the stage of life...

Students star in Ordeal by Innocence

Students star in Ordeal by Innocence
Hayden, eight, has been going to Stagecoach Edinburgh since she was four. Luke aged nine also starred in the show and attends Stagecoach Edinburgh with Hayden. They won their first-ever acting role in the BBC TV series Ordeal by Innocence, based on an Agatha Christie book, which aired this spring. They both told us about their experiences of working on a BBC Drama. 

Kimberley's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal

Kimberley's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal
Kimberley started at Stagecoach Bury when she was 9 years old. She loved it so much that she went on to become an Early Stages Assistant, a Stagecoach Teacher and took the plunge and became a Principal of Stagecoach Bolton. Plus Kimberley is also celebrating her 30th birthday in the same year Stagecoach turns 30, so double the celebrations!

Read on to see Kimberley's Stagecoach journey. 

Carrie & David Grant Talk to Stagecoach

Carrie & David Grant Talk to Stagecoach
Carrie and David Grant – probably the UK’s best-known vocal coaches – have teamed up with Stagecoach! At the Teacherfest day for Principals, they shared inspiration for ways to get everyone involved – and they hope to work with students in the future…

From Student To Teacher

From Student To Teacher
What I adore most about this transition from pupil to teacher is that no matter what age or location, the Stagecoach value remains the same.
By Naomi Amelia Moore

Miriam's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal

Miriam's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal
Miriam started at Stagecoach Harpenden when she was 11 years old. She then went on to teach at different Stagecoach schools and now runs Stagecoach Bishops Stortford. 

Read on to see Miriam's Stagecoach journey. 

Exam Stress? Don't let your child give up their creative activities for revision

Exam Stress? Don't let your child give up their creative activities for revision
Dr Alison Daubney, our guest blooger and Educational Psychology Researcher says:

"The mental stress relief of taking your children out of te pressure cooker of exams study to explore creatively and freely can do more to enhance their exam performance than endlessly pressing away with more study hours." 

Read on for the full blog.

"I took part in the Aylesbury Regional Event"

"I took part in the Aylesbury Regional Event"

Annabelle, 11, from Stagecoach Aylesbury, shares her memories of a day performing at the Waterside Theatre for a Stagecoach Regional event run by Head Office.

Read on for Annabelle's full blog...

Hayley's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal

Hayley's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal
"16 years ago my Stagecoach journey started when I joined as a student. Back then I remember being really nervous on my first day, but within minutes felt totally at home. So much so that I went and got qualified and returned as a teacher, then became Principal of Stagecoach Potters Bar which still runs at the venue every Saturday".

Read more to watch Hayley's Stagecoach journey. 

Nick's Stagecoach Student to Principal Journey

Nick's Stagecoach Student to Principal Journey
"I am the Principal at Stagecoach Doncaster, Sheffield Beighton and Rotherham. I was a student at Stagecoach, then became a teacher, then a Principal… and I love it".

Read more to watch Nick's video. 

Enhancing mental wellbeing through the performing arts

Enhancing mental wellbeing through the performing arts
We live in an age where technology permeates our lives. For young people particularly, social media is an increasingly important form of communication. Used positively, it enhances social and emotional development.  Yet, with one in ten children suffering some form of mental health issue at any one time, most commonly anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders, there is a requirement for all people working with children to understand the role of many different causes and manifestations of mental health. This article considers one area of mental health challenge – the role of social media - and explores ways in which positive engagement in performing arts can be beneficial. 

First Day Nerves

First Day Nerves
Read our latest blog written by Stagecoach parent Sarah Jones.