Stagecoach Oxford Botley

*Classes also available at Stagecoach Abingdon and Wotton*

A very warm welcome from the team!

We believe every child is brimming with potential and we want to unlock this! Your child’s personal, social and emotional development is key, so we’ll use our consistently well taught dance, drama and singing lessons to advance this.

With us you will find a safe and nurturing environment, one where creativity and ambition will be fostered in equal measure. Our team is made up of professional primary and secondary school teachers; current performers with West-End experience; Stagecoach Alumni and of course- our parents and pupils!

Our opportunities include termly shows, a variety of inspirational ‘Super Skills’ weeks and our connection to the Stagecoach Talent Agency. We want nothing more than your child to become a successful performer, whether that is onstage; at a party; or within everyday life.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for a 2 week trial!

Principal Tara took over in 2020 and works closely with Manager Nicolle to give the students the amazing quality of teaching they’ve come to love!

We will strive to make your child’s best even better!


Principal Tara Melia Hunt

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


It's Show term!

Main Stages are so excited to be back preparing for a show! We're working on The Wind in the Willows and will be performing on the 3rd of April at the Amey Theatre in Abingdon. We can't wait!

SIX Workshops!

We had not one, but 2 Queen's lead Workshops last term! Jarneia Richard-Noel, who plays Catherine of Aragorn on the West End came when we were in venue, and Lauren Byrne, who played Jane Seymour on tour taught the children on Zoom. It was AMAZING!

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Stagecoach Early Stages
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)

Stagecoach Main Stages
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)

Holiday Workshops

Themed Children's Parties

Birthdays & Celebrations

We understand that with the increasing demands on parents, juggling the pressures of work and family life, time is of the essence. Therefore Stagecoach Parties provide a way to remove the stress from what should be a day of celebration for everyone and allow you to sit back, relax and let us do all the work! Whether they want to be fairies, pirates or detectives, there is a Stagecoach Party for everyone!

Meet The Team

Principal - Tara Melia Hunt

Tara grew up in a theatre. With a mother who was the director of Children’s Theatre and Puppetry at the University of Hawaii and a father who also loved to perform, she started acting and singing at the age of 5, and it wasn’t long before she was filming commercials, working as an extra on TV and performing on stage in plays and operas.

Tara went on to study singing at the University of Hawai’i and received her BMus in Voice Performance with a minor in theatre while receiving critical acclaim and awards for her performances with local theatre companies. In her first lead role as Marsinah in ‘Kismet’, The Honolulu Advertiser said of her performance ‘Hunt’s singing as Marsinah, Haji’s daughter, is better than lovely. Her soprano is articulate, audible and soaring over the orchestra and chorus whenever needed.’

Tara moved to Oxford in 2005, after completing her MMus in Opera Performance at The Boston Conservatory, and began singing with Opera Companies around the UK and became a member of Equity. The Oxford Times said of her performance in Opera Anywhere’s ‘Proms on the Pond’ ‘Hunt’s mezzo has a warm, expressive bloom, but there was steel within the velvet as she warned us ‘prends garde a toi’.’

In 2012 she turned to her other love, working with children, and trained as a primary school teacher. She left full time teaching to start a family and began teaching singing for Stagecoach Faringdon. She continues to teach private singing lessons in Abingdon. Since moving to Abingdon in 2014, she joined Abingdon Operatic Society, where most recently she performed the role of Deloris van Cartier in Sister Act, as well as taking a back seat and enjoying chorus roles in Annie and Singin’ in the Rain.

A versatile singer, she has received critical acclaim for her portrayals of Norma Cassidy in Victor Victoria*, Fiona in Brigadoon* Marsinah in Kismet** and Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

On the opera stage she has sung Olga in Eugene Onegin, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Mercedes and Frasquita in Carmen and Lauretta in Gianni Schicci to name a few.

She has performed with Opera Piccolina, Candlelight Opera, Vision Opera, Opera Anywhere, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Honolulu Symphony and Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, Abingdon Swingtime Band, Dropout and various jazz ensembles. Tara has won numerous vocal competitions and recorded a variety of music including musical theatre, classical and rock. 
*Nomination/ **Winner: Hawaii State Theatre Council Awards

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