Lancaster launches new school with flash mob performance

Some of the Stagecoach youngsters.
Some of the Stagecoach youngsters.

Prestigious performing arts franchise Stagecoach has launched a second Lancaster-based branch in response to overwhelming demand from prospective students.

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

The Stagecoach youngsters during a recent flash mob event in Lancaster city centre.

The Stagecoach youngsters during a recent flash mob event in Lancaster city centre.

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.

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.

“We even have past students returning with their young children. It feels very nostalgic and I feel quite emotional to have opened my doors to the next generation.”

The original school is thriving and there has been a demand for further performing arts training to be available in Lancaster.

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

more than 100 young people from Kendal, Lancaster and Morecambe were involved.

Dance teacher Ashleigh Duncan said: “The students work so hard and have so much creative energy we just wanted to give them a new

challenge. We brought the centre of Lancaster to life. We want to spread the word that we are here and everyone can get involved in our new Lancaster classes.”

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 six to 18-year-olds.

For more information please visit their website at http://www.stagecoach.co.uk/lancaster or call 01539 730 849.