Stagecoach Poole

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Poole is an exceptional performing arts school where all children enjoy participating in a variety of performances and everyone has an opportunity to shine. The teachers are friendly and enthusiastic and the Principal has developed a strong supportive school ethos where children are encouraged to develop their performing arts skills and their self-confidence, with the freedom to be expressive and creative.

Don’t forget that at Stagecoach Poole, we also host Stagecoach Parties where we can provide themed parties for all kids from 5 to 12 years, at our venue or at a venue of your choice. Relax and let us make your child’s party go with a swing whilst you bring your camera and take photos of the birthday party you will always remember.

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Hazel Marks - MA Performance (with distinction)

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

Meet The Team


Two Week Trial

We are currently offering a 2 week trial for new students, starting this term on 9th January. This is a great opportunity for your child to take part in our fantastic singing, dancing and acting classes for just £25 ( ages 4-6 ) and £50 (ages 7-17). For more information, please call the Principal on 01962 859995.

Performance Opportunities

This term - on Saturday 24th March- our spring musical will take place at the Layard Theatre, a professional theatre set in the beautiful grounds of Canford School. ALL our students will be performing, ranging in age from the very youngest at 4 to the oldest, aged 18.

Further Stages

Stagecoach Performing Arts Poole has a new class, Further Stages, specially designed for students aged 15 -19. There are some places available. This is an exciting opportunity to learn advanced performing skills with skilled tutors and work with like-minded committed young performers. Get in touch for more details.

Feedback from parent

'Stagecoach in Poole is absolutely brilliant and my daughter loves going each week. Having previously been with another local school, Stagecoach is miles ahead. The organisation and leadership of Hazel is superb and all the teachers are excellent in their individual disciplines. The children are given plenty of opportunities to perform.'

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.

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 - Hazel Marks - MA Performance (with distinction)

Hazel is a graduate of The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, one of the most prestigious drama schools in the country, with a worldwide reputation for excellence in the performing arts. She has over thirty years of experience in the performing arts as performer, teacher and director. As an educator, she has worked in primary, secondary and further education across London, Dorset and Hampshire. She has examined for Trinity Guildhall in Speech and Drama and Musical Theatre.
Hazel has worked professionally with many theatre practitioners, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She has directed numerous shows, including Chicago, the Musical.
In 2012, Hazel completed her MA in Performance from the University of Winchester, which she passed with distinction.
Hazel is co-founder of Gaudy Bunting, writing and performing with this theatre company.