Bessie McMillan – Head Vocal Coach

Bessie trained at Elliott Clarke Performing Arts, Liverpool and began her career working professionally at the age of 15 for Nicky Figgins Centre Stage as a vocalist. She then joined Trio Entertainment for their Easter Pantomime tour of Peter Pan as Tinkerbelle, 2015, in which Academy principle Christopher Maloney played the lead role as “Captain Hook”

Since then Bessie has performed in over 16 Pantomimes in roles such as Cinderella, Snow White, Princess Jill, Dorothy, Glinda the good witch and Wendy Darling over the past 5 seasons.

Bessie’s many other credits include, the Greatest Showman UK Tour, ensemble. Entertainment Manager, P&O Ferries. Showgirl, Alex Morley Productions. Vocalist, Tony Peers Productions. Carol, Moonstone Theatre Company to name a few.

Bessie says I am really looking forward to working with the amazing and talented students of the Christopher Maloney Academy and to share with them my extensive knowledge, experience and love for theatre and performing arts.


Paula ‘Pea’ Lee is an active actor/director who is heavily involved in the theatre and arts.

Staring in her first play at the age of 14, in later years she went on to train in musical theatre and acting at the Arts Centre on Myrtle Street where in she achieved a triple distinction star for her work in performance. This led on to a natural progression to attending drama school at The Arden School of theatre.

Paula’s skills as a practitioner in the arts cover a vast spectrum of performance including classical theatre, contemporary theatre, verbatim theatre, physical theatre and improvisation.

From performing at the Royal Shakespeare company to most recently performing in Various West End shows & onboard Fred Olsen cruise lines, Paula is very much looking forward to mentoring, nurturing, inspiring and passing on all of her knowledge to the students at The Christopher Maloney Musical Theatre Academy.

Bethany Boote

Bethany’s love for the performing arts began at the age of 4. She started her training at The
Jan Williams Theatre School where she trained in all aspects of dance, alongside her dance training, Bethany attended the Performers Theatre School where she was trained in singing and acting. Once leaving school Bethany moved to Leeds to further her training at SLP College where she was granted a DADA Award and gained a level 6 National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.

During her training Bethany has performed across the UK in many shows such as Andrew Lloyd Webbers Joseph And His Technicolour Dreamcoat, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin as well as numerous pantomimes, shows and dance events across the North West and Yorkshire.

In between performing Bethany has been lucky to teach some amazing young talent at numerous schools across the North West and Yorkshire and hopes to continue this as well as her performing career. She is looking forward to pass on her vast amounts of knowledge to the students of The Christopher Maloney Musical Theatre Academy.