Stagecoach Performing Arts celebrates its 30th birthday this year. Launched by Stephanie Manuel in 1988, Stagecoach is now the largest performing arts network of its kind combining singing, dancing and acting classes for children. 30 years on and Stagecoach has more than 700 schools training almost 45,000 students across nine countries.
Sharing in the success is Stagecoach Epsom which was taken on by Rachel Crouch in 2014. Under Rachel’s helm, the Epsom school has grown from 380 to an amazing 600 students all training weekly in singing, dancing, acting and confidence!
On reaching 30th years of success, Rachel comments “we are delighted to be celebrating 30 years of Stagecoach. Our students and teachers have all been wearing special 30th anniversary t-shirts this term and I’m looking forward to sharing further celebrations with our students and parents over the course of the year.”
Whilst it’s not the main reason for children joining Stagecoach, Rachel and her team are incredibly proud of those students who have performed in West End shows including Matilda, School of Rock, The Ferryman, Bugsy Malone, Lion King to name a few. With others appearing in TV dramas and major movies. For those destined for the bright lights, Stagecoach Epsom also trains students (aged 15-19) wanting a professional career or looking to take their training to a more professional level.
“I love the impact that Stagecoach has on children’s lives. Although we train stars for the stage and screen we also train them for life and schools often report how our students have grown in confidence and focus in the classroom too. Stagecoach offers skills for life and creative courage for whatever children go on to be.” Rachel, School Principal – Epsom.