Lancaster launches new Stagecoach school with flash mob performance

Performing arts franchise, Stagecoach, has launched a second Lancaster-based branch in response to demand from prospective students.

The school, which opened its doors at the centrally-based Gregson Centre last month, is the brainchild of presiding Lancaster Stagecoach principal, Ann-Marie White.

Ann-Marie, a local woman and former St Martin’s college graduate, has been at the helm of the city’s existing Stagecoach Performing Arts school, held at Lancaster and Morecambe College, for almost 20 years.

 Speaking about her latest project, she said: “The opening of the new school means that many of the children that couldn’t join us before are now able to become students. I hope to repeat the success of our existing school by inspiring them and growing their confidence.”

 Stagecoach offers its students tuition in the three performing arts disciplines of singing, dancing and acting all under one roof. The students put on regular shows at the beautiful Lancaster Grand Theatre and have the opportunity to take examinations with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

 Among the celebrations, the students performed a ‘Flash Mob’ routine in market square. The theme of the dance was the Queen’s birthday and over 100 young people from Kendal, Lancaster and Morecambe were involved.

Stagecoach Performing Arts Lancaster is part of a network of more than 600 part-time Performing Arts Schools Worldwide. Early Stages classes are available for children aged 4 to 6 and Main Stages classes take place for 6 to 18 year olds.

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