About Us

We will be offering 30 minute classes each week in dance singing and drama.

Our classes will run for a full school term.

Classes are held at Shepparton High School, Hawdon St, Shepparton.
Please enter via the main hall at the front of the hall.

Juniors: 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Seniors: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Doors open at 4.15pm and pick up time is strictly 6.00 and 6.30pm.


The staff of Initial Stages possess qualifications, experience and skills in both the performing arts and in working with young people. This is an ideal catalyst of skills and expertise to bring a concept such as Initial Stages to life.

Helen Janke – Director 
Helen Janke has been involved in many local theatrical productions, winning over nine awards for her performances in both Singing and Acting. With a Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) and nine years of solo voice studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium, Helen decided ten years ago to use her passion for the Theatre in educating young students. After 6 years working in child care and over ten years working in primary and secondary schools teaching music Helen’s experience with working with children is extensive.

Naomi Egglestone  Administration Officer
I have been involved with Initial Stages for 4 years as Administration Officer and marvel at the amazing talent; effort of both staff; students within this fantastic junior theatre company. My background is in early childhood, with 15 years experience in providing appropriate early learning programmes for children aged 0-6yrs within Melbourne, local & Kerang children’s services centres. My roles varied from Room Leader, Team Leader to Coordinator. As Coordinator of local childrens’ centres I was the first contact families had within this type of setting, offering information & support in orientating children into long day care & supporting staff, whilst managing the day to day operations. I am currently employed at St Mary’s Primary School as an Administration Officer.

Jacquie Pithie – Junior Drama and Singing

Carol Davidson – Dance and Drama