Nationally renowned theatre school to open in Lewes
Based at Ringmer Community College, near Lewes, Stagecoach will run for three hours (or 1½ hours for 4 to 6 year olds) each Saturday morning during school terms, beginning Saturday May 1. It will provide expert but fun classes in drama, dance and singing led by specialist professional teachers. The weekend classes are deliberately kept small and will rotate so that students receive an hour of each speciality, learning to be good ‘all rounders’ and building personal confidence.
“A great grounding in performance skills can do wonders for self assurance, poise and character,” says Caroline Obolensky, the principal of the new school. “People who’ve had a go at treading the boards can somehow stand a bit taller, act a bit cooler and generally find a self-confidence that will last a lifetime.”
Stagecoach Lewes is open to anyone aged 4-18 who has an interest in performing arts, whatever their ability. There are no auditions to join and no obligatory examinations at any time, though parents are kept in touch with their child’s performance through written reports and will be invited to attend the twice-yearly performances.
Caroline continues: “Our students can build performance skills to quite a high level while they’re with us, if they wish, but they don’t have to prove anything to join in the first place. No matter what their experience or abilities, we welcome with open arms anyone of the right age who’s interested.”
Some students are content to enjoy the experience and its life skill benefits. Others may have further ambitions. “The skills we teach in drama, dance and singing can be a real boon to students who want to take it further,” says Caroline, “and can lead to internationally recognised qualifications if they wish. Stagecoach also has a reputation for finding its students opportunities to perform professionally. Some past students have done very well in film, television and the West End.”
The open evening on Wednesday April 28 will be at Ringmer Community College, Ringmer, starting at 6pm. No invitations or appointments are needed: youngsters and parents can just turn up to meet the staff and see what’s on offer at the school.
More information can be found at www.stagecoach.co.uk/lewes and anyone interested finding out details or receiving a prospectus should contact Caroline Obolensky on 01273 903983 or email . Caroline is also available for interviews.
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For further information, please contact:
Caroline Obolensky, principal
Tel: 01273 903983
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Singers from Stagecoach Theatre Arts School
Coaching in the performing arts can help youngsters stand that bit taller, that bit more confidently.
Principal of Lewes Stagecoach
Caroline Obolensky, principal of Lewes Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, with husband, acto Marcus Hutton, and children Fyodor and Katya