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.


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Half Term Break

After two years of national restrictions, we've planned our Autumn term, so we're CLOSED on BOTH weekends either side of half term. We are CLOSED on the 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 29th, and 30th of October. THEN OPEN AGAIN on Monday 1st November in Shrivenham and then Friday 5th and Saturday 6th November in Faringdon. Have fun, see family, stay safe x

CHRISTMAS 1 DAY WORKSHOP

We have TWO incredible one-day Christmas workshops planned 4 to 6 Year Olds will be celebrating 'Stickman' and our 7 to 16 year olds will preparing 'Sparkle and Shine' from the Musical 'Nativity the Musical to present to their parents.

Spring 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

Spring Term 4 to 6 y/o

Spring Term is our 'Skills Term'. Our Early Stages students aged 4 to 6 years, will be transported each week on their imaginary hot air balloon to a new country. Each week they will celebrate the music, song, dance and culture of all the places they visit. This is such a fun term and expands their minds in so many ways.

Spring 2022 - 6 to 16 y/o

During the Spring Term from January to April, we will be preparing our 6 to 16 year olds students for 'Once Upon a Swamp'! This is going to be a spectacular performance, with lots of great parts, incredible costumes, lots of comedy, amazing set & scenery and much much more! Put your seatbelt on, this is going to be a fun ride!

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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