Stagecoach celebrates 35th anniversary as their students perform in West End

Image above: Stagecoach students performing at Shaftesbury Theatre

Students take part in performance at Shaftesbury Theatre

Stagecoach Performing Arts is celebrating its 35th anniversary this month and as the part-time and weekend school for children gears up to celebrate its official birthday on Saturday 8 April, some of their students had the opportunity to perform on a West End stage.

Students from Stagecoach schools in Chigwell, Chiswick, Acton & Ealing Broadway, Kensington, and Potters Bar took part in a show at the iconic Shaftesbury Theatre on Sunday 26 March.

They were joined by students from all over the country performing songs from world-famous musicals and films, including Dreamgirls, Bugsy Malone, The Little Shop of Horrors, and Finding Netherland, and musical numbers such as Ice Ice Baby and Too Damn Hot.

Throughout its 35 year history Stagecoach students have graduated to roles in West End productions and been cast in film and television dramas. Some have also returned to teach the next generation of young people, having been inspired to train at some of the top drama schools in the country.

Image above: Stagecoach students performing at Shaftesbury Theatre

Celebrating 35 years – and 23 years in Chiswick

The acting school, which provides coaching in acting, singing, and dance, has several hundred schools worldwide. Stagecoach encourages its students to take ‘safe risks’ through rehearsals and performance, which brings out courage, confidence, and resilience.

Sally Catlin, the principal of the Chiswick branch, opened the school in 2000 and continues to run it with passion.

Speaking after the West End event, London-based Stagecoach Principal Sara Caitlin Brown said:

“This was the first event of its kind that we’ve done since before Covid and it was so special and magical to be back on a West End stage. The students had an amazing time and we are so proud of them.”

Image above: Stagecoach Chiswick students

Singing and dancing an important part of children’s happiness

In the nearly 35 years since launching, Stagecoach Performing Arts has seen more than one million students unlock their creative potential, which organisers say helps them blossom into well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace life and all of its exciting opportunities.

According to recent Stagecoach survey research, the value of performing arts training extends far beyond the opportunities for professional performance features. The survey highlighted the  positive impact the arts have on children’s happiness and creativity, with 85% of children saying singing and dancing with others was a major contributing factor to their happiness.

With a network of over 55,000 students and 3,000 extra-curricular performing arts schools worldwide, Stagecoach aims to make a difference in its students’ lives by teaching ‘creative courage for life’. Early Stages classes are available for children aged four to six, and Main Stages classes take place for six to 18-year-olds every weekend during term time.

As a member of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme, siblings in Main Stages receive 50% discounted fees, plus added benefits including half price West End theatre tickets. Quote “Chiswick Calendar Club Card” when booking.

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