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Nationally renowned theatre school to open in Lewes

2010-04-23

April 23, 2010, Press Dispensary. A branch of the national stage school network, Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools, is to open in the Lewes area in May, welcoming anyone aged between 4 and 18 who has an interest in the performing arts, and is raising the curtain for a preview open evening this coming Wednesday, April 28, at 6pm.

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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Notes for editors
About Stagecoach
Established more than 20 years ago, Stagecoach is the largest part-time theatre arts school in the country, with more than 600 schools and Philip Schofield as its patron. With exacting requirements for its local schools, its history and reputation promise students a valuable and rewarding experience while assuring parents that their children are in safe, skilled hands.

Lewes Stagecoach is founded and run by its principal, Caroline Obolensky, who has appointed four professional staff skilled in drama, dance, singing and ‘early stages’ and will be inviting other professionals, including some celebrities, to lead occasional sessions and master classes. More information about Caroline and her team can be found at www.stagecoach.co.uk/lewes .

Classes will be held in the new sixth form building at Ringmer Community College, Lewes Road, Ringmer, which has the benefit of a recently completed dance studio with a sprung floor and ample performance spaces.

About Caroline Obolensky
Stagecoach Lewes principal Caroline, who lives in Brighton with actor husband Marcus Hutton and their two children, Fyodor and Katya, has a background in music and theatre, having been a professional flautist who trained as an actress at the London Academy of Performing of Arts - though not before she also tried a stint as a Butlin’s Redcoat! She then went into the agency side of theatre before stopping to have their children, who are now old enough to allow her back into the world of performance education.

For further information, please contact:
Caroline Obolensky, principal
Stagecoach Lewes
Tel: 01273 903983
Email:
Site: www.stagecoach.co.uk/lewes

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Caroline Obolensky, principal
Tel: 01273 903983
Email:
Site: www.stagecoach.co.uk/lewes

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Stagecoach singers

Stagecoach singers

Singers from Stagecoach Theatre Arts School


Confidence

Confidence

Coaching in the performing arts can help youngsters stand that bit taller, that bit more confidently.


Caroline Obolensky, principal

Caroline Obolensky, principal

Principal of Lewes Stagecoach


Caroline Obolensky and family

Caroline Obolensky and family

Caroline Obolensky, principal of Lewes Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, with husband, acto Marcus Hutton, and children Fyodor and Katya