Clare (Cois na hAbhna, Ennis) – Acting, Dance & Singing lessons for children and teens aged 4 – 18 years.
“There is something special about this Friday after school centre established in 2009 and with a weekend buzzy atmosphere, you feel that electricity!”
Junior Stage are a 90 minute session for 4-6 year olds in which little ones explore musical theatre through drama storytelling, music, singing and dance! With material appropriate for this age and stage, these are fantastic lessons at just 10 euro per hour.
At the end of term, Junior Stage students perform a showcase highlighting skills they have developed in singing, drama and dance.
Senior Stage at Clare for 6-18 year olds. Students develop self-expression, enhance social skills and confidence through an ALL ROUNDED ARTS EDUCATION, eg dance, acting and singing. Class meets every Friday after school for three hours. Students are divided into three age groups and rotate between one hour long acting, singing and dancing classes.
Think they’re interested, but unsure if they’ll go for it? No problem. New students can always come in on a trial. You pay only deposit to secure place and cover the cost of the first two weeks of the term. This way both you and your child get to test us out before committing to a full term. Although – and we are proud of this – we have a 90% success rate with trial students.
StageSchool Clare is now enrolling for AUTUMN 2018 – FROM 7TH SEPTEMBER TO 7TH DECEMBER
Junior Stage Classes for (4-6 years) on:
Friday 4pm to 5.30pm
Senior Stage Classes for (6-8, 9 to 11, 12 to 18 years) on:
Friday 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Cois na hAbhna
Galway Road, Ennis, Clare
My child is six, should they be in Junior Stage or Senior Stage?
Once your child is six, they are eligible to be in the Senior class, however many six year-olds thrive in the younger class. The goal is to find the programme that is the best fit for your child and allow them to grow and develop where they are most comfortable. You may consider whether your child does better around older children or younger children, or which class is the best fit for your schedule. Our teachers can usually evaluate children in a very short amount of time and help you with the decision.
The programme in which your child will have the most fun will be the right one as a rule. The two week trial period can be a great way to test this out. If you enrol in the younger class and after two weeks, we think they are ready for Seniors you can make a switch on the third week of the term as long as a space is still available.
My child is very shy, will StageSchool be a good fit for them?
Absolutely! Our mission is to develop each child’s natural ability through acting, singing, and dance. Our goal is to increase each child’s confidence and allow them to feel comfortable expressing themselves creatively. If your child is shy, or has never taken an acting, singing or dance class, we will work with them to make sure they are comfortable. We will continually offer them opportunities to come out of their shell, such as offering them a solo in singing class, or asking if they would like to lead an exercise in dance or drama. But our teachers respect the “no” of every child, and students are never coerced into the spotlight if they are not ready. We believe this can be counter productive to self-confidence, and it goes against everything we stand for.
What does my child need to bring to class?
Children should wear comfortable pants they can easily move in, such a leggings or sweats, with a Tshirt and jazz shoes or trainers they can jump around in. Boots, Crocs, and open toed sandals are not allowed. They should also bring a small snack and a water bottle. We provide all other materials needed for the class and the end of term performance.
How can I know how my child is doing in the class?
Your child’s teacher is always happy to speak with you before or after class regarding your child’s progress. In addition, at the end of each summer term you will receive a student report that the teachers and principal has filled out for your child. The student report will summarize the material covered in singing class, acting class, and dance class. It will also highlight specific successes your child had, as well as what they would like to work with your child on in the following term.
Can my child try the class before committing to the full term?
Yes! The deposit you place allows you to try the class for the first two weeks of the term. It also guarantees your place if you choose to continue. If your child loves the class (and we hope they will!), you arrange payment of the remaining balance on the third week. If you choose not to continue after the second week, you are under no obligation to pay anything further. At that point the deposit is not refunded.
Does my child need to have previous experience in the performing arts?
Not at all. We welcome children of all different levels but the one thing a child or teenager must have is enthusiasm.