Stagecoach Washington

A very big welcome to Stagecoach Washington where we provide singing classes, dance classes and acting classes for children aged 4-18 years old.

Our aim is to help every child in our school build confidence and life skills they can take into adulthood. We nurture young potential through taking part in performing arts classes in acting, singing and dance that are educational and fun, as well as giving them regular opportunities to perform both within the school and beyond.

At Stagecoach Washington, our fantastic teachers have extensive professional performance credentials as well as teaching skills and Enhanced DBS checks, so you can be sure you’re getting the very best for your child.

We are now taking bookings for our Summer term which starts on 27th April. See below for more details and to book – limited places available. Or call 07708 587647 for more details.

Principal Melanie Hill

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


Summer School 5-9th Aug

Bookings are now open for our popular summer school which will be 5-9 August, and we are doing a production of Disney's High School Musical! This is for children aged 6-18, and is open to ANYONE. You don't have to be a current Stagecoach student to do this! Go to 'Holiday Bookings' on this website to reserve a place now.

Enrol now for Autumn term

We are now enrolling new students for our Autumn Term, which starts 14th September. Please book a 2 week trial now to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Go to 'Weekly Classes' on this website or click the link below.

Perform at York Barbican!

Our older Main Stages students, will have the chance to perform at a professional theatre, next April, as part of a regional Stagecoach showcase. We will be performing a section from the musical Our House, and cannot wait!

Debut professional show

Some of our lucky students got to perform as a choir onstage last Saturday, with the incredibly talented Barricade Boys. The Barricade Boys are all previous cast members from London's West End production of Les Miserables. And it was a fantastic experience for all our students taking part in their first professional performance.

Masterclass: Lisa Bridge

In a couple of weeks, we have the hugely talented Lisa Bridge coming to run a masterclass with our Main Stages students. Lisa has a fantastic list of West End and touring credits, but will be taking the students through a great morning based on Charlie & The Chocolate Factory!

Meet new Dance Teacher!

We're so excited to welcome new Dance Teacher, Catherine Muckle to the Main Stages team! Like all our teachers, Catherine has a fantastic mix of teaching and professional performance experience, and she can't wait to share that with the students in her classes starting September 8th!

Summer Workshops!

We have a Greatest Showman themed workshop this Summer for both Early Stages (4-6 years), AND Main Stages (7-18). Join us for a fabulously fun-filled week 6-10 August (6-9th for Early Stages). Book now to reserve your place - select our Holiday Workshops on this website.

Feedback from our parents

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2-Week Trials Available!

You can now enrol your child for our 2 week trials for our Summer Term! 4-6 year olds can try 2 weeks of our 1.5 hour classes for £25. 7-18 year olds can try 2 weeks of our 3 hour session for £50. Just click on the class you want on this site, and select the 2 week trial now!

New Early Stages Teacher

We're excited to announce we have a new Early Stages teacher, Jen, who joins Lucy with our 9.30am and 11.15am Early Stages classes on a Saturday. Jen has a wealth of both performance experience, singing in a band, and teaching experience to bring to the fantastic team at Stagecoach Washington. We're thrilled to have her!

Greatest Show workshop!

Our 5 day performing arts Summer Workshop for 7-18 year olds is going to be based on the film 'The Greatest Showman'. 6-10 August, 10am to 4pm, with a free presentation on the final day for parents.

Easter 'Wicked' Workshop

With Dan Hope (Boq in Wicked, Michael Wormwood in Matilda). For children aged between 6 and 18 years. Students learn choreography and material from the show. and have the opportunity to ask Dan any questions they may have about the show, the characters and what it's like being in a West End show, before showing parents what they've learnt.

Easter 'Moana' Workshop

Your 4-6 year old can join us for one day workshop based on Disney film 'Moana', 9am-3pm, Monday 9th April. Book now before places go!

Meet our new teachers!

We're excited to welcome two new regular teachers to the team at Washington... Dan replaces Daniel as one of our Early Stages teachers alongside lovely Lucy. And Kirsty joins us as our Main Stages singing teacher! We're thrilled to have them both join us!

New Early Stages Teacher

So excited to announce that our Early Stages teacher starting in September, is Lucy Curry. Lucy trained in dance, acting and singing at Sage Academy of Performing Arts, and after graduating has been working in professional tours and productions of musical and plays in the north east and around the UK. She's a fantastic addition to our team!

New Dance Teacher

We’re thrilled to announce our Dance teacher for our 7-16 year olds from September will be the extremely talented Rachel Morris. Rachel is currently one of the brilliant resident dancers at Newcastle’s top cabaret venue, ‘Boulevard’.

New Drama Teacher!

We're thrilled to announce Steve Halliday will be Drama Teacher for Main Stages from our opening in September. He has a wealth of experience not only in teaching but as a professional actor. He has taught acting and musical theatre at Newcastle College & schools around the north east for 15 years, so we are super excited to have have him on board!

Summer Term now enrolling

We are now enrolling new students for our Summer Term, which starts 27th April. Please book a 2 week trial now to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Go to 'Weekly Classes' on this website.

Summer Term now enrolling

We are now enrolling new students for our Summer Term, which starts 27th April. Please book a 2 week trial now to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Go to 'Weekly Classes' on this website.

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)

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Melanie Hill

Melanie has a passion for ensuring that every child has the best possible education in theatre arts to help them build vital life skills for their future. Her experience over the past 23 years combines performance, marketing and producing. She’s performed since the age of 14 in musical theatre around the North East and London, and she is now a professional voiceover artist. As a producer, Melanie has staged productions in London’s off-West End and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She co-produced the UK premier in 2008 of the musical ‘The Thing About Men’ by Jimmy Roberts and Joe Di Pietro, directed by Anthony Drewe, at the King’s Head Theatre in London which starred West End performers Paul Baker, Tiffany Graves, Nicola Dawn, Hal Fowler and Tim Rogers. Melanie has also produced shows and cabarets with actors including Paul Nicholas, Frances Ruffelle, Carmen Cusack, Robin Cousins and Adele Anderson, and Edinburgh Fringe productions of ‘The Thing About Men’, ‘A…My Name Is Alice’, ‘Just So’ and ‘Have A Nice Life’.

Although originally a Southerner, Melanie spent a lot of her childhood in the North East in Chester-le-Street. She then lived and worked in London for 20 years, but was overjoyed to move back to the North East 3 years ago and is now married to her childhood sweetheart who is teaching her how to be a proper Geordie!

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