We recently ran a competition with DreamWorks Animation all themed around their hit Netflix show, Gabby’s Dollhouse. We asked for parents and guardians to send in their children’s own version of Gabby’s best friend by colouring in Pandy Paws. Thank you to everyone who took part, we loved seeing all the imaginative creations. The prize for the winning design was a family weekend away in London with several Gabby’s Dollhouse-inspired activities for the family to enjoy.
We've had a busy spring here at Stagecoach and today we're recapping what we've been up to and sharing what we've got coming up over the summer months. Read on to find out what's happening in the Stagecoach world.
Students from Stagecoach Weston-super-Mare and Stagecoach Portishead recently had the amazing opportunity to feature in a new music video from superstar singer Tom Ball. Make sure you check out the video on YouTube to see their moving performances.
All the World’s a Stage is a new book by Sarah Walden and illustrated by Hannah Li. The book is a celebration of the value of creativity and details all you need to know about the worlds of theatre, TV and film in a fun and colourful format. Sarah is the Managing Director at Noodle Juice, a content and publishing company specialising in children’s books and she was inspired to write All the World’s a Stage by her daughter, Meg’s experience as a student at Stagecoach Banbury.
We're wishing everyone a happy New Year! But, before we move on to 2023 we want to take a look back at all the exciting things that happened at Stagecoach over the past week. Let's recap.
The winner announcement is here! We're so excited to share the story that won our Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile writing competition, it's a lovely story about friendship and the power of music. Have the story in full and find out a little bit about our winner on the blog.
We are so excited to reveal next year's Summer Showcase production will be... drum roll please... it's the one that you want... Grease!
We’re so excited to have partnered with Sony on their new film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile! To celebrate this new musical adventure, we’re running a children’s writing competition and we've got some activity sheets to get your children in the mood for the movie.
We are so excited to have been shortlisted for the Leadership and Culture Award at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards. At Stagecoach Performing Arts, our Principals each run their own school so we are thrilled to celebrate the culture and leadership we see across our network.
We’re thrilled to be spreading the word about a stagey new book series called The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones (recommended reading age 8/9+). We’ve got some activity sheets for you to enjoy.
We were thrilled to be joined by Maddie and Emily, two Further Stages students from Stagecoach Woking, for work experience recently. Whilst they were getting a taste of office life, Maddie wrote about what it’s like being in a Stagecoach performance.
We were recently joined by Emily and Maddie, Further Stages student from Stagecoach Woking for a week of work experience. Whilst with us, Emily wrote about a day in the life of a Further Stages student. Read on to find out what she does in her classes and her favourite thing about Stagecoach.
With Pride month here, we were thrilled to interview one of our students about what Pride means to them. Alongside other Stagecoach students, Stagecoach Wokingham students wowed us with their performance of songs from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Shaftesbury Theatre Showcase back in March. Playing the iconic role of Jamie was Harry but it wasn’t just Jamie New that Harry was embodying when they were up on the West End stage.
Students at Stagecoach Liverpool had an amazing time bringing a musical adaptation of local children’s author Andy Kenwright’s book, Zebedee Zeeker World’s Best Zookeeper, to life.
Learn how to tell different types of musicals apart on our blog. From book to concept to jukebox musicals, find out the differences between each type of show so you will always be an expert on what you're watching.
Whether you love performing or not, a career just outside the limelight but still within the performing arts industry could be for you. Read on to discover what roles there are for non-performers in the industry.
All aboard! The hit musical extravaganza, Anything Goes, is back and on tour. Sailing around the UK before returning to London’s Barbican Theatre in June. We can’t wait to catch a performance of this classic and you can find out all about the show as we do a deep dive into what the cast and team behind Anything Goes have to say about the show.
March has been jam-packed at Stagecoach. We’ve seen events happening across the UK and our Canadian schools are beginning to head back to in-person classes. This month saw Canadian school, Milton and Burlington, run their first camp since 2019 and it was a resounding success.
Students from Stagecoach Bearsted were interviewed for a documentary by BBC Storyworks regarding climate change.
With International Women's Day right around the corner, we've been listening to songs performed by some of the greatest female characters from musicals. Take a look at our picks of the top ten female roles from musicals in shows either running in the West End now or currently touring around the UK.
There are so many different theatre-inspired movies and professionally-filmed productions you can watch at home, the options seem almost endless! To help you pick what to watch with your children, we've pulled together some of our top recommendations from several streaming services.
The Stagecoach Events team and creative personnel are getting ready to tour the UK to audition students for the flagship Summer Showcase production The Addams Family.
Stagecoach not only prepares students for a life and career in the performing arts but also teaches important life skills. Students learn how to communicate with other people, how to analyse, how to speak confidently in front of a crowd, leadership skills and much more.
After 40 years of filming in London, Children In Need is coming live from Salford.
We recently interviewed John about his experience of being an acting and drama teacher at one of our Stagecoach schools.
Stagecoach students from around the UK come together to perform at the theatre home of the musical &Juliet, the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End.
Dylan from Stagecoach Newbury landed a role in Disney’s new film Cruella.
Stagecoach students return to the Shaftesbury Theatre to perform.
It has been a long time coming, but performers, writers and musicians can take heart that Black Theatre has broken into the mainstream.
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.
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!
The disruption to daily activities has been felt by all of us across many areas of our lives during the height of the pandemic.
If you are passionate about theatre and really enjoy meeting people, volunteering could be for you!
There are lots of different careers in theatre which don't require performing. Perhaps you have a passion for hair and make up or costume design.
Grace Gorman is a professional hair and makeup artist for the stage and screen.
Stagecoach Students take inspiration from James Bond
Spanning over two days Stagecoach Students dazzled audiences in Canada with performances.
Returning for a second time, Stagecoach has partnered with the BFI to offer our students the opportunity to attend a four-day Practical Film School held at Southbank London.
One in five children will have experienced mental health problems at least once in their lives by the time they leave primary school.
The Performing Arts has a number of benefits for young people, both physically and mentally.
Six-year-old Josefine was cast in the 2019 release as Young Rey.
Three of our amazing Teachers were celebrated at The Charity Gala for their continued passion and successes throughout 2019.
The Charity Gala is Stagecoach Performing Arts annual Flagship event.
The 2019 winners of the Stagecoach Performing Arts CCFL awards revealed.
At Stagecoach we provide our students with opportunities to perform at some of the UK’s most iconic venues.
Stagecoach student lands his first leading role in Sainsbury's 150th anniversary Christmas advert
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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...
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 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 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…
Honesty, 15, from Stagecoach Malvern, told us about her experience of performing at the Saracens vs Harlequins rugby match…
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 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.
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'm Fae the Principal of Stagecoach Portishead and this is my Stagecoach journey".
Read more to watch Fae's Stagecoach journey.
"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.
"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.
We asked Managing Director and Head of Casting at the Stagecoach Talent Agency, Tarquin Shaw-Young FEAA, for his top tips on smashing an audition...
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.
Read our latest blog written by Stagecoach parent Sarah Jones.
This blog explores the mental and physical benefits of learning to dance for younger children.