10 years of teaching Bury and Stowmarket youngsters life skills through stage skills

More than 100 Stagecoach  members took part in this showcase at the Apex in Bury, where they will be staging a Christmas show this year. Pictures by Andy Abbott ANL-160531-102859009
More than 100 Stagecoach members took part in this showcase at the Apex in Bury, where they will be staging a Christmas show this year. Pictures by Andy Abbott ANL-160531-102859009
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The Stagecoach stage school is marking its 10th anniversary this year with a series of events finishing with a big Christmas Celebration at Bury St Edmunds’ Apex

Caroline Ranson has been principal of Stagecoach Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarketfor 10 years.

A gunfight erupts in a Stagecoach production of Bugsy Malone ANL-160531-102943009

A gunfight erupts in a Stagecoach production of Bugsy Malone ANL-160531-102943009

She runs six schools which on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with children from aged from four to 18 and of all abilities.

Caroline says Stagecoach is not about creating the next West End star or Pop Idol but is about giving every child confidence and the ability to believe they can do anything.

Caroline said: “Every child has to go for an interview or talk in front of a people and interact with people and Stagecoach gives them the confidence to be able to do this with ease, as well as having lots of fun and learning new skills they can use in the future.”

The school is doing something every month to celebrate.

Stagecoach caters for children aged for four to 18 ANL-160531-102837009

Stagecoach caters for children aged for four to 18 ANL-160531-102837009

They have had prize draws, a showcase at the Regal Theatre in Stowmarket, they have a Queens Birthday celebration show planned for June 18 at St John’s Church, a Summer Ball and, finally, the Christmas Celebration at the Apex.

Three new Stagecoach schools are being launched in September due to the demand in places on a Saturday afternoon.

Over the Ten years Caroline and he pupils have also raised a huge amount of money for lots of charities.

She describes Stagecoach as ‘one big family’ and says some of the children have been with her for the whole ten years.