As well as enjoying a lifelong love of the theatre and performing, Jackie Stuart has a successful background in the Entertainment and Media industry. Starting Stageability 10 years ago was the realisation of a dream. And hiring the best teachers (who are all still there!) has helped create a family dedicated to nurturing and inspiring and bringing out the full potential of every child.
Tell us about your Drama School
We are a kids’ part-time drama school running weekly after school classes across Berkshire. We also run holiday workshops and put on a couple of big shows a year with weekend rehearsals, so we offer a range of kids’ drama activities — meaning there is something for every child!
We teach drama via games and exercises to teach the students stage skills, but more importantly, to begin to lose their inhibitions. An actor with inhibition will find it hard to act, but more importantly, a child with inhibitions will not enjoy life’s experiences as much as one who has confidence and self-esteem. So it is not all about the stage training, we start with building self-confidence, teamwork and losing inhibitions and go from there. What we find is that as the students progress, their acting skills become second-to-none.
Was what your Challenge and how did you find CLASSFORKIDS' Solution?
I signed up for ClassForKids because I received a marketing email at just the right time when I was drowning in spreadsheets. The fact I could put it all together in one place, all those classes tidied up meant it was the perfect system for me. Now I get a better overview of our business, which allows us to target marketing more closely and grow our club.
I was using three systems before, it was very complicated and unmanageable, now it feels so easy, it’s so much better. ClassForKids was the answer I was looking for.
It's changed my business, I am more organised now and it has given me back time. Communication with parents is better and registers are now more easily accessible. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done!
I did it for the parents and it's been a godsend, It’s improved my communication with them tenfold. It saves me 4-5 hours in admin time a week, now work doesn’t flow into the evening.
It’s Absolutely Blooming Marvellous, just take the leap! While transitioning, their customer support was absolutely brilliant, I felt secure that someone was there to help, they were my security blanket. It’s not just a management tool, the support is always there. There is more to ClassForKids than just technology, they give you confidence.
Could you tell us more about how ClassForKids has helped you running Camps?
ClassForKids camps feature has allowed the parents to seamlessly book their children who might be already be doing drama classes onto the camps. You need to understand, some of these kids do everything that we do. They do our shows, our classes, our workshops, and in the old days they'd have to fill out a form every time they did wanted to join another activity while now they can just log on, tick what activities they want to do with us and it's done.
I like that when a parent books a camp they can see all the other camps we're doing and book into more than one - which I never thought it would be the case because of travel distance between the venues.. but they do!!
What is the future of STAGEABILITY?
I’m keen to bring StageAbility to as many children as possible. We are always fighting stereotypes of "stage-school children" which couldn’t be further from the truth in our classes. I believe that every child would benefit from doing drama, whether they are sporty, academic, or a little off the wall! The benefits are enormous but, most of all, it’s great fun and relieves some of the pressure these kids are under and gives them the tools to navigate life in these modern times!
Starting Stageability 10 years ago was the realisation of a dream for Jackie. And hiring the best teachers (who are all still there!) has helped create a family dedicated to nurturing and inspiring and bringing out the full potential of every child.
Jackie runs classes all year long, as well as camps during the holidays.
ClassForKids is the best thing I’ve ever done, I did it for the parents and it's been a god send."- Jackie Stuart, Stageability