Stagecoach Dorchester

A very warm welcome to Stagecoach Dorchester. For over 17 years, Stagecoach Dorchester has been providing quality part-time training in singing, dancing and acting for children aged 4-18yrs, in the heart of West Dorset. Our venue at Dorchester Middle School provides a safe and secure environment for our children to learn. We are a happy and thriving school and our high expectations of students helps us to achieve fantastic results whilst having fun at the same time. 

Students from Stagecoach Dorchester regularly perform on the professional stage; our members have appeared in the tours of ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, and ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ amongst others. Students have also worked on the West End production of ‘Oliver’, in film, TV and commercials.  Stagecoach Dorchester is where positivity and confidence live.  Come and try it for yourself!

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Rebecca Howden

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


stagecoachathome: LIVE!

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 Saturday from 13 June. All you need is access to a computer and a safe space so your child can jump straight back into Stagecoach!

New Principal!

I am very happy to be the new Principal of Stagecoach Dorchester! We are already nearing the end of the year and I'm really enjoying it! I am super proud of the adjustment the students have made and am really grateful for all the hard work of the teachers. We still have lots of fun stuff planned for the future which I'm very excited about!

Shaftesbury Theatre

We're off to the West End! On the 26th April 2020 we have an amazing opportunity for some of our students to perform in a showcase at London's prestigious Shaftesbury Theatre, recently home to Motown; The Musical. The students have now completed their auditions and the successful ones are excited to begin rehearsals soon!

Lion King trip Sep 2020

For a third year running we are taking a coach full to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. Next time we are watching the Lion King! The trip is on Tuesday 29th September 2020 after school. Let us know if you want to come along!

Summer Workshop - Bugsy!

Well done to all the students who took part in our Bugsy Malone production at this year's summer workshop. It was a very fun and successful week!

PAA Exams

Some of the students of Stagecoach Dorchester opted to take their Performing Arts Awards exams on 30th March 2019. Each stage performed a mini-musical for parents and examiners to watch. Congratulations to all the students and teachers for their hard work, with 100% pass rate at Distinction or Merit!

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

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 - Rebecca Howden

Rebecca has all the qualities and experience to head one of the foremost performing arts schools in Weymouth and Wareham. With a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts (Dance) from Middlesex University, she went on to study and gain a PGCE in Secondary Dance from De Montfort University. She then returned to Weymouth to take up the post of Head of Dance at Weymouth College and if that is not enough, Bec also runs her own local Contemporary Dance evening class for adults. Rebecca is proud to offer a full and rounded education, teaching life skills to build confidence and stretch imaginations through singing, acting and dance classes.