Stagecoach Bury

With over 700 theatre schools and more than 40,000 students worldwide, Stagecoach is the UK's largest network of part time performing arts schools for children. Since our inception in 1988, our singing, acting and dancing classes have helped to build the confidence of many thousands of children, as well as providing a springboard for some of the country's leading young performers. Every student participates in all three performing arts disciplines - drama classes, dance classes and singing classes - helping to develop confidence, physical awareness, communication and articulation - as well as being educational and lots of fun! In addition, opportunities exist for students to be offered professional work in film, theatre and modelling by the Stagecoach Agency.

To find out more about Stagecoach Bury call Principal Jill on 0161 292 1691 or 07305 762 789 or email

Principal Jill Schoonjans

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


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We have worked with our talented teachers to create a calendar of fun and exciting classes for our students to attend. Our three disciplines, singing, dancing and acting classes will be delivered to you every Sunday from 3rd May. All you need is access to a computer and a safe space so you’re child can jump straight back into Stagecoach!

Showcase - York Barbican

Our Performance troupe made a fantastic debut at the Stagecoach showcase on April 28th at York Barbican Theatre. They performed a medley of Abba songs and got an amazing response from the audience. Well done team!

Childcare vouchers

We are now registered to accept childcare vouchers. Please ask for more details.

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 - Jill Schoonjans

Jill has been a professional singer since the age of 16. In a vast and varied career, she has toured extensively with internationally acclaimed theatre productions such as ‘The Johnny Cash Roadshow’ (in which she starred as Johnny’s wife, June Carter) and Abba tribute ‘Mamma Mania’. She has performed at every major theatre in the UK as well as international stages, cruise ships and even the odd circus tent. Jill is from Manchester and began her career as a production vocalist at Granda Studios Tour where she also trained as a ‘Sooty’ puppeteer.

Jill also works as a theatre promoter and producer looking after Europe’s leading Elvis Presley theatre show ‘One Night of Elvis’ and she runs a touring pantomime company.

Over the years, Jill has taught drama, dance and singing to children of all ages and was an Early Stages Teacher for Stagecoach Macclesfield. She is thrilled and privileged to be principal of Stagecoach Bury.

‘For me the most important thing we do is to build confidence. I was quite a shy child but I developed an early love for performing. I’m very fortunate to have made a career doing something I love but whether our students become professional performers or not, they will gain creative courage that will benefit them in so many wonderful ways. Here at Stagecoach Bury, the students will be learning and flourishing whilst having fun and making friends.’

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