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MISS STACEY EVANS
Principal & Founder

Stacey’s passion for all things music and theatre is clear the moment you step foot into any of her classes or workshops. She began singing and writing her own songs from an early age but being in the audience of the ’95 production of Les Miserables she made up her mind that her goal was to be part of something just like that!

By far though, opening the doors of her performing arts studio 4 years ago has been the BEST part of her career. As all of her students know, here we have each others backs and we are one big supportive team!!

As well as winning several talent quests around the area, at age 13, Stacey joined her first Taree Arts Council production “ Pirates of Penzance”.

At around the same time, she represented Australia in display gymnastics at the World Gymnaestrada in Germany.

Whilst still continuing as a gymnast and gymnastics coach, Stacey scored lead roles in “Leader of the Pack” and comedy “Noises Off”.

To further her education in the dramatic and musical arts, Stacey studied at the Hunter School of Performing Arts. There she was a offered a featured artist role in NBN’s “Starstruck” and lead vocalist/dancer for corporate events in the Hunter Area.

Stacey then moved to Sydney to study Business Management whilst performing as the lead vocalist in a rock/pop duo playing at many venues around the Sydney gig circuit learning first hand about song selection, gauging a crowd, harmonies, working with an accompanist and so much more!

A highlight for Stacey is definitely making it through to the finals of “Australian Idol” 2009. It was a huge learning curve and one that not only allowed her to sing with Delta Goodrem but also to not be afraid to be yourself!

After moving back to the area, Stacey has starred in productions such as “Cabaret”, “Grease” and currently playing the role as Eponine in the production “Les Miserables”.

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MR CONNER LANGLEY
Student Teacher - Musical Theatre and Drama

Meet Conner Langley! Conner started lessons with Stacey at a young age and grown into an amazing all round performer and mentor for our students.His role as a Student Teacher is one he treasures as it combines his passion for the performing arts and teaching/mentoring.

Conner started with vocal lessons and went onto acting and performance based movement. Four years ago Conner started competing in local Eisteddfods taking away many trophies and outstanding marks.

He has also become a core member of the Aspire in Newcastle landing several lead roles performing in the beautiful Civic Theatre. He has attended many intensive training workshops in both vocal and drama components, won theatre sports with a perfect score against every other school and continues to wow local audiences with his incredible ability to embody every character he auditions for.

Conner has worked alongside Miss Stacey for several years now, assisting with workshops, classes, rehearsals and assisting with script writing and character work in the lead up to productions.

Conner makes every student feel confident and like they really can do anything. He brings the theory as well as the fun and animated sides of performing arts to each of his energy filled classes.

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MISS CHARLI REECE
Drama & Dance Choreographer

We would like to welcome a very exciting addition to our SLCS Family, Miss Charlie Reece! Charli is an incredibly talented dancer and performer who is going to be teaching our new Performance Enrichment Class, educating our young creatives in stage presence, spatial awareness, ensemble work, technique, dance and movement fundamentals.

Charli began dancing at the age of 3 with Andrea Rowsell Academy of Dance. She successfully auditioned with The Australian Ballet’s Interstate training program at the age of 8 and continued right up until her professional training started.

Charlie studied singing from age 8 and was cast as Jane in the Taree Arts Council production of Mary Poppins in 2015.

Charli auditioned and was accepted into The McDonald College in Sydney studying Classical Ballet, Dance and Singing from Years 7 to 10. She also auditioned and was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London and the San Francisco Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Programs in 2018.

With an impressive amount of stage experience, Charli will help our students understand how to present themselves on stage to their audience, and her enthusiasm and grace will no doubt make her classes very valuable to our young performers.

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MISS CORRIE O'BRIEN
Drama Teacher

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MISS EMILY RYAN
Dance Teacher

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MR RHYS WHITTON
Guitar Teacher

Rhys has an infectious obsession with music and guitar and loves to pass on all of his knowledge to students! He’s a happy go lucky guy who likes to keep things light hearted and fun but also creating a process where the student feels like they are learning and growing as a guitarist each week.

In Rhys’s lessons, your child will learn how to properly care for their guitar, tune the guitar and how to change a string and of course, start learning their favourite songs!

Your child will learn guitar scales, minor and major chords and barre chords all to help master the art of guitar.

Whether they have never played before or are looking to take their guitar playing to the next level, Rhys is your guy!

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MISS BREE BOYD
Vocal Coach

Briony has been actively singing, dancing and/or acting from a young age.Participating in school choirs, musicals and drama classes throughout primary and high school, she has always been drawn to the stage and performance in its various forms.

Live music, performance, stage craft and inspiring confidence is where Brionys heart and passion lies and she hopes to pass this on to her students at SLSC. “I am honoured to be a part of the amazing team at Stacey Lee’s Centre Stage. I hope to inspire the confidence in my students to not just sing a song, but to own it, deliver it and perform it as if they wrote it themselves”

From 2006 – 2015 Briony taught dancing, drama and singing in local primary schools.
“Seeing the children who would not normally seek out the dramatic arts, suddenly look forward to our lessons each week was incredibly fulfilling and inspiring.” During this time, Briony helped organise showcase concerts, Christmas concerts and assembly items which the children performed for the community with great success.

Briony was a member of the local Bellydance troupes Qualia Tribal Bellydance, Andromeda Dance Fusion and Sundara Tribe for many years and spent time as a teacher and director of the troupe at various times, she also had a junior troupe of bellydancers she directed at the same time. Briony’s time as a bellydancer helped her gain knowledge and experience as an entertainer and performer. Stage presence being something she worked hard at refining after watching other dancers at festivals “own the stage”.
“I learnt that confidence and self-acceptance is key to amazing stage presence and engaging an audience.”

She found her way back to singing in 2012 as one part of the duo “Midlife Crisis”. And became the lead singer/”rock chick” of the popular local band “Cranky Duck” in 2016. Known for their loud, fun and enthusiastic performances and their powerhouse “in your face” rock chick, Cranky Duck have become well known amongst locals, as well as up and down the east coast, performing on an almost weekly basis. Briony puts her experience of stage presence into action when she hits the stage with the band to deliver an engaging performance.  Her band’s motto is “have fun with it”, and as an audience member, you can tell that they do!