After-School Classes

StageCoach Theatre Company offers after school classes in the performing arts to students ages 7 years old and older. Most classes are offered for ages 10 – 16; watch for a few classes available for younger students. Students ages 17+ should consider our theatre workshops for adults. 

There are a mixture of classes held at StageCoach Theatre in Ashburn, at Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center in Sterling, and online. 

  • StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 & 120, Ashburn, VA 20147
  • Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, VA 20164
  • Some classes will be held virtually via Zoom. 

These are highly interACTive and fun classes taught by seasoned professionals who still work in the theatre industry. Explore the theatre with stage craft. Hone your skills in improv, musical theatre, and acting. Add a new dimension with A Capella Singing. Strengthen your acting skills by participating in theatre production.

In the interest of safety during this global pandemic, we reserve the right to move in-person classes online if any student, instructor, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. Masks must be worn during classes and while in the building. Social distancing during classes will be observed. More information will be posted here soon. 

Scroll down for day camps offered during school holidays.

A minimum of 4 students is required to run any class.

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Register for multiple classes at the same time for a 10% discount.

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Refer friends and you might even get next season’s class FREE!

After School Classes

Mondays 6:00 - 7:00pm Costumes and Props on a Budget (Ages 10 - 16)

In this basic course in costuming and prop design, students will work on a production with StageCoach Theatre and learn how to create costumes and props with little to no money. Working as a design team, they will research, design, and produce needed items for a live show. The course aims to instruct students in a hands-on environment. This class will support “A Christmas Story”, which will be staged in December 2020 at StageCoach Theatre.
Instructor: Amanda Millward

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16.

September 14 - Nov 30
(No class on Oct 12 and Nov 2.)
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, Ashburn

$250 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Mondays 6:30 - 8:30pm "Game of Tiaras" Theatre Production (Ages 9 - 14)

Students will work on acting warmups and important lessons prior to the play rehearsal. In our first class we will focus on auditions done in a laid-back manner, so come prepared with a funny memorized monologue! We will focus on building community within the classroom and how to put on an authentic, yet comedic show. The result will be a performance that will also be streamed live! (In the event that fewer than 8 students register, another script may be substituted with fewer cast roles.)
When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy. Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.
“Game of Tiaras” by Don Zolidis. Pending license by Playscripts Inc. Performance will be December 7 from 7:30 – 8:30pm.
Instructor: Linda Cirba

A minimum of 5 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 15 students.
Open to ages 9 - 14

September 14 - Nov 30 plus Dec 7 performance
(No class on Oct 12 and Nov 2.)
IN-PERSON at Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center, Sterling

$550 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00pm Musical Theatre #BroadwayChallenge Online (Ages 10 - 16)

Love Broadway? During this class, you will learn to sing, act, and creatively move to fun and challenging Broadway musicals. Over the semester, this group class will work on the attributes of singing, stage presence, and scene work, all while preparing scenes from famous musicals that will be presented at the showcase. This is a great class for students who want to immerse themselves in all things theatre!

Instructor: Linda Cirba

A minimum of 5 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 15 students.
Open to ages 9 - 14

September 15 - Dec 1
(No class on Nov 3.)
ONLINE via Zoom

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00pm Improv (Ages 10 - 16)

The most fun an actor can have! Learn the basics of improvisational theatre. This class will help you with teamwork, spontaneity, and creativity. You'll get to play some of the most fun and well-known improv comedy games. An actor that can improv a scene is fearless!
Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

September 15 - Dec 1
(No class on Nov 3.)
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, Ashburn

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00pm Acting (Ages 10 - 16)

The more tools in the actor's "bag of tricks", the stronger the actor. This class starts with the basics tools including confidence, projection, articulation, body awareness, and concurring stage fright. Then we get into the "scalpels" of acting with mood-shifts, emotional intelligence, inflection, and follow-through. There will also be tips for script analysis, memorization, and creating a memorable character. Students can expect to work on both monologues and scene work in this class.
Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

September 15 - Dec 1
(No class on Nov 3.)
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, Ashburn

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30pm Theatre Makeup Transformations Online (Ages 10 - 16)

Explore the many facets of Theatrical Makeup! We’ll use makeup to create old-age faces and different animals, plus make and apply our own prosthetics and special effects bruises. We will also have a choose-your-own adventure day! Before and after photos will be taken every class for a slideshow! Makeup purchase in proper skin tone is required; please purchase this online before the first day of class. (Cost through Amazon and related sellers range from $68 – 100. A list of kit options will be provided upon registration.) You may want to purchase extra liquid latex, spirit gum and spirit gum remover if you want to get extra creative!
Instructor: Linda Cirba

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

September 15 - Dec 1
(No class on Nov 3.)
Online via Zoom

$415 + $5.95 service fee + cost of makeup kit

Register now!

Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00pm A Capella Group (Ages 10 - 16)

Learn to make music without any instruments. In this class, students will work together as an ensemble while adding a variety of songs to their repertoire.
Instructor: Nikole James

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

September 16 - December 2
(No class on Nov 25.)
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, Ashburn

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00pm Stage Presence for Singers (Ages 10 - 16)

In this class, we would focus on introductions, character work, and how to be captivating on stage. Each singer will be assigned a song to learn. With their songs, students will learn how to develop a character, practice speaking the text as a monologue, and each will have a chance to perform for the class. Audition readiness will also be discussed such as what to wear to an audition, how to introduce yourself, and how to choose the pieces you will sing. Students will participate in mock auditions.
Instructor: Nikole James

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Ages 10 - 16

September 16 - December 2
(No class on Nov 25.)
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, Ashburn

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30pm Improv Online (Ages 10 - 16)

The most fun an actor can have! Learn the basics of improvisational theatre. This class will help you with teamwork, spontaneity, and creativity. You’ll get to play some of the most fun and well-known improv comedy games. An actor that can improv a scene is fearless!
Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

September 16 - December 2
(No class on Nov 25.)

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30pm Acting Online (Ages 10 - 16)

The more tools in the actor's "bag of tricks", the stronger the actor. This class starts with the basics tools including confidence, projection, articulation, body awareness, and concurring stage fright. Then we get into the "scalpels" of acting with mood-shifts, emotional intelligence, inflection, and follow-through. There will also be tips for script analysis, memorization, and creating a memorable character. Students can expect to work on both monologues and scene work in this class.
Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

September 16 - Dec 2
(No class on Nov 25.)
Online via Zoom

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00pm The Greatest Showkids: Musical Theatre (Ages 7 - 10)

Learn to sing, act, and creatively move to fun and challenging Broadway musicals. Over the semester, this group class will work on the attributes of singing, stage presence, and scene work, all while preparing scenes from famous musicals that will be presented at the showcase.
Instructor: Linda Cirba

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 8 students.

September 17 - December 3
(No class on Nov 26.)
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, Ashburn

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00pm Musical Theatre (Ages 10 - 16)

Love Broadway? During this class, you will learn to sing, act, and creatively move to fun and challenging Broadway musicals. Over the semester, this group class will work on the attributes of singing, stage presence, and scene work, all while preparing scenes from famous musicals that will be presented at the final class. This is a great class for students who want to immerse themselves in all things theatre!
Instructor: Linda Cirba

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

September 17 - December 3
(No class on Nov 26.)
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, Ashburn

$275 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30pm "Everyone Gets Eaten by Sharks" Theatre Production (Ages 10 - 17)

Although run as a class, the continuing thread of the course is working toward a final production, with many lessons along the way. Typically, theatre directors are very busy and don't always have time to give reasons or feedback, leaving actors to either "make it or break it." Running a production as a class, therefore, gives students the experience of being part of a play along with learning the details they might very well miss. Every direction is a teachable moment, with the "whys" explained in greater depth than one would find during a normal production. Of course, the production itself is performed at the conclusion of the course.
FACT: Most people, if not everyone, will eventually be eaten by sharks. But you can postpone the inevitable (and get a great deal on a timeshare!) by joining Adventure Dan on a tour through shark-infested scenarios to avoid, such as kayaking with meat paddles, night-swimming after prom, or genetically engineering sharks for science. Because three things in life are certain: taxes, death, and specifically death by shark. A delightfully madcap comedy you're sure to devour . . . unless it devours you first.
“Everyone Gets Eaten by Sharks” by Marshall Pailet. Pending license by Playscripts Inc. Final performance Dec 10 from 7:30 – 8:30pm

Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

A minimum of 5 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 17

September 17 - December 3
(No class on Nov 26.)
IN-PERSON at Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center, Sterling

$600 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Day Camps

October 12 Intermediate Improv for Seasoned Actors (Ages 10 - 16)

This one-day camp is for students that have mastered the basics of improvisational acting and have experience doing so. We will continue developing communication, stretching imaginations, honing performance skills in a safe, fun, and challenging environment.
Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

October 12 from 9:00am - 3:00pm
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, AshburnI

$75 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Nov 2 & 3 Stage Combat (Ages 10 -16)

Young actors who have not learned the proper techniques for stage combat stand a greater risk of injury. Learning these techniques not only makes drama more exciting, it also allows the actor to recognize unsafe practices and avoid them. Learn the art of hand-to-hand stage combat that LOOKS real but keeps you safe such as slaps, punches, hair pulls and other strikes. You will write and perform your own skit using the methods you have learned.
Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 8 students.
Open to ages 10 - 16

November 2 and 3 from 9:00am - 3:00pm each day
IN-PERSON at StageCoach Theatre, AshburnI

$130 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Coaching

One-on-One Coaching by Appointment

Cost: $60 per hour.

Are you preparing for an important presentation at school? Would you like some individual coaching as you rehearse for an audition or interview? Perhaps you’ve been “volunteered” to produce next season’s show. Our instructors will meet with you to address your concerns and provide you with a confident way forward. We can help with:

Public speaking
Audition preparation
Monologues and Acting
Musical Theatre preparation
Job or school interviews
Producing a show or event
Or any other similar activities

Vocal Coaching
During lessons, 15 minutes are spent on warming up and vocal technique while the remainder of class is spent on applying these techniques to a song. Students will be given sheet music for this song and be expected to bring it in every class as well as their Voice Log book in which vocal warm-ups and notes will be recorded.

Odyssey of the Mind
StageCoach Theatre Company has the ability and experience to provide assistance to Odyssey of the Mind groups on theatrical based challenges. Following the rules and guidelines of the challenge, we will not provide individual advice on the project at hand, but assist in needed skills on Improvisation, Set and Design on a Budget, Script Writing, Story Structure, and Basic Theatrical knowledge and skills. Minimum number of students to start a class is 4 and maximum is 7 for a 1-hour class at the rate of $70 per class. Each additional student over 7 can be taught at a rate of $10 per student. In order to best fit the needs of each individual group, it is important for the coach of the team to contact StageCoach Theatre Company at least 2 weeks in advance to let us know what type of master class should be provided for your group.

Contact us to schedule a time to meet with a coach.