About Us

Who? – MyStage Academy is an independently run Stage School in Stafford for children aged 6-16

What? – Singing, dancing and acting classes all merged into one fun filled and educational 3 hour session every Saturday. Students will also take part in WEST END PRODUCTIONS, LOCAL PERFORMANCES, LAMDA QUALIFICATIONS, HAVE AUDITION OPPORTUNITIES and much more.

Why? – Your child will not only improve their singing technique, dance/physical fitness, and acting ability but they will grow in confidence and happiness too. With our proven success rate of making your little star more confident, we are certain that MyStage Academy is the stage school for you.

When and Where? – Sessions are held every Saturday during term time 10:30-13:30 at Sir Graham Balfour School, North Ave, Stafford, ST16 1NJ.

How? – Don’t wait – contact us today to book your child’s FREE, NO OBLIGATION TASTER SESSION.

Our History and What We Do

MyStage Academy was established in 2011, (then known as Chase Stage Academy) by twin sisters Charlotte McWilliam and Pippa Attwood.

Being professional performers: Pippa, formerly a musical theatre performer onboard cruise ships and Charlotte a fully trained opera singer, we decided to bring our skills together and create a stage school to nurture children’s talents and help them grow and develop as performers within the musical theatre field.

With strong connections to some of London’s West End Theatres and national casting agents, we are dedicated to providing our students with high end performance opportunities and film/tv/tour auditions.

Keeping this in mind, our students have the opportunity to perform at major UK and International Entertainment venues, such as: The O2 Arena, Alton Towers, Disney Land Paris, Her Majesty’s Theatre and The Theatre Royal in London’s West End.

At MyStage Academy we concentrate on characterisation, technique and professionalism. Whether you are looking to train in specific disciplines of dance such as ballet, Tap and musical theatre; if you would like to realise your potential within the 3 disciplines of musical theatre, or just have a lot of fun in a welcoming and stimulating environment, then come along for a free trial at any of our classes.

We are committed to maintaining a “one big family” feel to our classes and always endeavor to make students feel very welcome.

The “buzz” that you get when performing onstage is a feeling that has remained with us from childhood. We appreciate that the confidence gained from this experience is invaluable to growing and developing into a well rounded, confident young adult.

Meet the Team

Pippa Attwood – Singing Coach and Principle

Pippa is a classically trained Mezzo Soprano, Dancer and Actor having received extensive training within Musical Theatre and Vocal studies at top institutions, allowing her to boast a vast CV of musical theatre performance, child entertainment and tuition. Pippa is proud to offer a wealth of professional experience within musical theatre and performance, have worked for the reputable Disney Cruise Line and Thomson Cruises as Lead Singer within the onboard production casts for a number of years. With not just musical theatre in her repertoire and ability, she has also fronted resident show band “The Allstars” on board the Disney Wonder Ship and at various venues around the UK.

Pippa has taken numerous stage and cabaret roles within ensembles and tribute bands throughout her career including: Girls aloud tribute for Star Fire productions, Germany and Andrews sisters tribute for Smart Move productions, London. Pippa’s stage roles include Lydia Languish (The Rivals ), Eponine (Les Miserables) and Christine (Phantom of the Opera) to name a few.

Having previously acted as Artistic director for MyStage Academy’s sister company, Chase Stage Academy, Pippa is delighted to be expanding the company, and with her strong musical theatre ethic, she is excited to continue to produce a high level of tuition and performance at MyStage Academy. With her passion, experience and commitment to the theatre; Pippa is proud to nurture MyStage Academy’s professional and exciting reputation as all students continue to grow and develop as artists and young adults.

Charlotte McWilliam –  Singing Coach and Principle

charlotteCharlotte is a classically trained Mezzo Soprano having trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music. Charlotte has performed as a guest vocalist at the momentous 60th anniversary of VE day in
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, alongside Max Bygraves, ‘The Rat Pack’ (Las Vegas) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with an audience in excess of 20,000.

Charlotte has taken many stage roles within musical theatre, opera scenes and operas all over the country including, Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, La Taisse in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Cosette in Les Miserables, Blanche Ingram within the UK premier of Jane Eyre the musical, Ensemble member of James and the Giant Peach at Birmingham’s Old Rep theatre.

Charlotte has also completed a run of Katya Kabanova as part of the RNCM opera chorus and Performed alongside the Manchester Camerata within their official tour of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Charlotte is currently part of exciting opera duo Solo Voci and regularly performs at Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant ‘Rosso’ in Manchester as well as featuring at sporting events including LONDON WASPS rugby, England Rugby union, opera galas and corporate functions. Charlotte’s proudest moments include backing Andrea Bocelli for BBC Children in Need 2012, singing at the grand ballroom at the Savoy Hotel London and performing as a guest vocalist to the Royal Marines Band conducted by Captain Richard Harvey in winter 2009. Not only has she performed with the Royal Marines but in 2008 she was thrilled to be invited to sing alongside the ‘Audley Male Voice Choir’ where she presented an array of songs and operatic Arie.

Charlotte has also appeared as a vocalist for the RNCM big band, featuring in gigs such as the highly acclaimed “Quincy Jones night” and the big band Salsa night.

Clare Foster – Drama Coach

FullSizeRenderClare has a lot of experience in all aspects of theatre and has been teaching Drama, Singing and Dance to children and adults for over twelve years.

She began performing on stage at the age of eight, where she regularly took solo parts in pantomimes, plays and musicals. At the age of twelve, Clare had her first experience on camera and took the lead role in a Film made by the BBC. Her most memorable production to date is “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, in which she played Laura, and performed in many theatres around the UK. 

Whilst studying drama and music, Clare taught drama at The Cadwaladr School of Ballet and Theatre. It was while working here that she developed a passion for dance and decided to develop this further. She then decided to do a National Diploma in dance and was selected to perform a piece she had choreographed herself in front of the Queen.

Clare has been a director, musical director, and choreographer on many occasions and has also worked in schools teaching keyboard, violin, singing and acting. She also runs her own theatre workshops in Wellington and is currently the Musical Director, whilst helping a fifteen year old girl with the choreography for the musical “Honk”. She thoroughly enjoys helping children develop their skills and watching them grow in confidence.
Clare’s proudest moment to date was watching all the children from MyStage Academy performing in London’s West End.