Stagecoach Winchester

Hello and a very warm welcome to our school.

At Stagecoach Winchester we offer singing, dance and drama classes for children ages 4 – 18. Beginning April 2018 we will also offer further stages for 16+.

Donna Batten has recently become the new principal of Stagecoach Winchester. The school has been established in the area for the past 20 years and we welcome around 260 pupils through our doors every week, where the students will make new friends and build on their skills and talents.
Our teaching team is friendly and enthusiastic, and we encourage and demonstrate a strong supportive school ethos where children are can develop their performing arts skills, self confidence and the freedom to be expressive and creative.
Our students are given lots of opportunities to shine in class, theatre performances, and in our annual show. Students from Stagecoach Winchester have been involved in West End productions, professional musicals at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, Grange Park Opera and Film and Television roles.
We have a performance team open to all students within the main school by audition, giving the chance for pupils to perform on local stages, charity shows and large-scale events in London’s west end theatres. In addition to our regular classes, we offer LAMDA exams in Acting, written reports, theatre trips, specialist West End workshops, audition techniques and professional representation for film, TV and Theatre work.

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Donna Batten

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Meet The Team


Junior Summer Workshop

Our Junior summer workshop is ideal for any little performer aged 4-6 years. If your child loves to sing, dance and act then it will be a week of fun that they will not want to miss! Led by a team of experienced teachers, students will build confidence and skills in drama, dance and singing. You don't need to be a current Stagecoach student.

Senior Summer Workshop

Join us for our senior school summer workshop for students 7-18 years, We have a fantastic team of experienced teachers to inspire your children and we will have a fun packed week putting on a musical for family and friends to watch at the end of the course. We are open to all and you don't have to be a Stagecoach student to attend. BOOK NOW!

Lamda Exams

We are pleased to announce that our students achieved 100% pass rate in their acting exams back in July with the majority achieving distinctions. LAMDA is a fantastic way to build upon existing acting skills, develop public speaking and to become a more confident actor.Please speak to Donna at the school to find out more.

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 grow 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) BOOK NOW!

The Barricade Boys

Stagecoach Winchester are very excited to be asked to perform with The Barricade Boys at The Theatre Royal, Winchester on Friday 7th June 2019. The Barricade Boys have played nearly every major role in musical theatre from The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Billy Elliot to Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music and of course Les Miserables.

West End Event

In June some of our students will be performing in the West End, rehearsals are now well on the way and the students are counting down the days. Stagecoach Winchester will be performing from the musical 'Newsies' in Act 2.

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

Meet The Team

Principal - Donna Batten

Prior to becoming principal Donna has been a freelance dance teacher and choreographer for the past 12 years. She has been a dance teacher for Winchester stagecoach for the past 10 years, alongside teaching for local dance schools and other branches of stagecoach. Donna trained at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, where she graduated with a diploma in performing arts. She went onto have a professional career performing and travelling the world and becoming a well-established well-respected choreographer. Donna has a great empathy with the children, she has an excellent way of nurturing each child so they can grow in confidence and achieve their goals to the best of their ability, a set of skills they can transfer into all aspects of their current lives and future. Donna has excellent industry knowledge so she can provide excellent support to both teachers and students alike.

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