Stagecoach Performing Arts celebrate 30th year with founder

On Monday 9th April – 30 years on from the day that the very first ever Stagecoach Performing Arts school was founded – the network came together to celebrate this momentous achievement. Sarah Kelly, CEO of the UK’s leading performing arts franchise, was joined by the entire head office team, franchisees, students and even the founder from 1988, Stephanie Manuel, at the headquarters in Walton-on-Thames.

With an afternoon full of fun, which included a Stagecoach quiz, an afternoon tea and an impressive 30th birthday cake, this was an opportunity for the entire network to recognise the tremendous journey made by this performing arts franchise. What started out as three small stage schools in Redhill, Woking and Richmond upon Thames in the spring of 1988 has expanded to become one of the most recognised performing arts opportunities, for students and business owners alike. Today, a network of more than 300 franchisees operate over 700 schools in nine countries.

On the day, students from Stagecoach Chertsey entertained guests with an original Alice in Wonderland and Taylor Swift mashup performance, whilst Stagecoach Weybridge performed a repertoire of ABBA hits. This afternoon of celebrations was brought to a close by a congratulatory speech and a message of gratitude from CEO, Sarah Kelly.

Andy Knights, Chief Operating Officer of Stagecoach Performing Arts, feels proud to be part of a rapidly growing franchise network and is looking forward to celebrating the momentous year ahead:

“Working with such a diverse and passionate network is a highlight of my role at Stagecoach and it’s great to see the franchisees coming together to celebrate this landmark year. With all of the incredible events planned in celebration of our 30th anniversary, the birthday party was a great way to get together – with faces old and new – and kick off what promises to be a fun-filled year of growth and opportunity.”


Image attached: A high quality photo of Sarah Kelly and Stephanie Manuel cutting the Stagecoach birthday cake. Numerous other high quality images available.

To find out more about the 30th anniversary celebrations and how to join this satisfied network of business owners, visit:


For more information or to speak with Andy Knights, please contact Kelly Ayres on 07895 876745

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About Stagecoach Performing Arts

About Stagecoach Performing Arts: Over the years we have seen more than one million students unlock their potential, which is something they will value for their whole life. At Stagecoach we teach our students so much more than how to sing, dance and act. We help them blossom into well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace life and all its opportunities. With nearly 30 years’ experience in teaching the performing arts, we understand how to get the best out of our young performers. We delight in seeing our students have fun, make friends, learn new skills and discover hidden talents. We encourage them to take ‘safe risks’ through rehearsals and performance, which brings out a willingness to take on new challenges. None of us know what the future holds, which is why it’s so important for today’s children to be resilient, brave and self-assured. Furthermore you can rest assured that your child is in safe hands as we adhere to the strictest child safety policies. About joining Stagecoach as a franchisee: With our 30th birthday in 2018, the Stagecoach model has been proven and refined to become one of the UK’s leading performing arts opportunities. Franchisees build a team of equally passionate and enthusiastic teachers, qualified to bring out the very best in their students. Stagecoach schools provide a thriving, nurturing and supportive environment for creative learning. That’s just one of the reasons why 40,000 children every week flock to classes nationwide. Today, a network of more than 300 franchisees operate over 680 schools offering 1,780 classes in eight countries. Through an exciting and varied framework of teaching and development, franchisees have helped to unlock the potential of more than one million students since it opened in 1988.

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