Stagecoach Faringdon

Welcome to Stagecoach Performing Arts Faringdon. 
Our dynamic and experienced team of teachers and industry professionals specialise in singing, dance, drama, performance and stagecraft.
Our mission as a team is to create an environment of fulfilment, where children can enrich their childhood in a safe and fun space, perform and be proud of their contribution, no matter what their skills level. We encourage them to ask for help and embrace their differences. We always work as one team, a group of friends and Stagecoach family.  All students are taught in groups of 18 or less. 
If your child is looking for a career in the performing arts this is an excellent foundation for further education. On the other hand, if they don't want to pursue a career in the arts their time at Stagecoach will not be wasted. They will learn life skills which, as young adults, will enable them to walk into an interview, shake someone's hand with confidence, and maybe even present in public. If they have the ability to bring a story to life and confidently present themselves on those occasions, they will succeed in whatever life throws at them. 
If you have a confident singing, dancing diva at home or a child who would benefit from a boost in confidence, we would love to welcome your family for a two-week trial.  We often find during the trial, children realise they found 'their people' and they start to build life-long friendships. 

Principal James Barker BA Hons Drama

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


Summer Workshops 4-6 y/o

Three BRILLIANT Workshops to choose from for the 4 to 6-year-olds. We have a 2 Day Workshop, a 3 Day Workshop AND a Brand New 4.5 Day Workshop. Book now to avoid disappointment.

NEW DATE - 7 - 18 y/o

We are hosting a Summer Holiday 'Show in a Week'. This year we will be rehearsing and preparing for the musical GREASE. The first week is SOLD out, so we have we now have now added another week! Monday 23rd to Friday 27th August 2020

NEW Workshop Venue

We now have a NEW permanent residency at St Hugh's School for all of our Summer, Christmas and Easter Holiday Workshops each year. Then for our main term time schools, we will remain at Faringdon Junior School and the Shrivenham Memorial Hall. Exciting times a head!

Meet our Role Models

We can't wait to welcome new and existing students. Consistency, belonging, social interaction, fun, physical movement, structure, freedom, and expression are what our children NEED right now and we are 100% sure we can offer all of the above to our students at Stagecoach every week. BOOK NOW for a TWO WEEK TRIAL

Autumn Register NOW OPEN

It's more than just singing, dance & drama, we help students develop the creative courage to unlock their potential, to stand up & be heard, to work well with other students, and to embrace new ideas and possibilities. As they put their new skills into practice, students become more self-assured, expressive, sociable & imaginative.

NEW Friday Stagecoach

NEW NEW NEW! We are thrilled to announce that we are opening a second Early Stages and Main Stages school in Faringdon on a Friday afternoon, by popular dumand. For more information about how it all works and more about our TWO WEEK TRIAL call James on 01367 240663

Early Stages Show Term

Autumn is SHOW TERM in Early Stages. We will be working on a presentation inspired by 'The Crayons Christmas'. This will beautiful showcase all 4 to 6-year-olds in singing, dancing and acting. The core of the show is about friendship, acceptance and tolerance, Don't delay enroll for a two-week trial today!

Right Royal Knees Up

During the Autumn Term, our Main/Further Stages students will be celebrating Musicals inspired by King and Queens! Including Six, Frozen, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, The Lion King and Hamilton. Rock and Pop Legends will also inspire our creative including Prince, Queen and many more! Not to forget Horrible Histories with 'Barmy Britain'.

Keeping Your Family SAFE

We are Ofsted registered and comply with the latest government advice like any other education setting to ensure we keep your family safe. This is of course in addition to the high standards of child protection, safeguarding, health, safety, and hygiene we already had in place pre Covid19. For more details please see a link below.

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)

Further Stages (for ages 15+ yrs)

Stagecoach Further Stages
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 - James Barker BA Hons Drama

James has spent the last 21 years in entertainment, he started as an ‘all singing and all dancing’ Butlin’s Redcoat, in Bognor Regis which was an excellent foundation to build his career.
From there he went to sea to work for Princess Cruises hosting daytime and evening activities including ballroom dance classes, line dance classes and gameshows. After one year he was promoted to Deputy Cruise Director and shortly thereafter to Cruise Director. James was responsible for the day to day smooth running of the Entertainment Department, which included hosting live TV shows and theatre productions. He operationally led a team of 120 performers including singers, dancers, production crew, bands, acts, DJ’s, youth and cruise staff. He was very privileged to be the inaugural Cruise Director on several brand new cruise ships during his time with Princess Cruises.
James more recently has been working on ‘dry land’ as Director of Entertainment for Warner Leisure Hotels. He was responsible for the Entertainment at all the Warner properties throughout the UK. He was responsible for the strategic planning and brand direction of the entertainment offer. His proudest moment at Warner was collaborating with the National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to create bespoke shows that would normally only be available at the Royal Albert Hall.

James, his partner and their two children love living in Faringdon and are proud to be part of the local community. James is a warm people person, who loves to make a big difference to his team and students. He has bags of creativity to build a strong syllabus that will be fun, educational, stimulating and rewarding.
James is excited to start inspiring Creative Courage for Life in his new students.

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