CAST AND CREATIVES

CREATIVES

GREGORY COOPER

DIRECTOR/WRITER

Gregory has been a professional actor, writer and director for over 25 years. He began his career at The Court Theatre in Christchurch and wrote and directed some of their earliest school holiday productions. Since then his children’s shows have been produced and toured by numerous companies including The Fortune Theatre, New Zealand Playhouse and Australia Playhouse.

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Andy Manning

ANDY MANNING

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Originally from Christchurch, Andy is in high demand as an actor, singer, musical director, composer and pianist. He graduated from NASDA in 2013 and was based in Auckland for 5 years. For the Court Theatre, he performed in AMADEUS, was Musical Director for THAT BLOODY WOMAN, following it’s Auckland Theatre Company and Christchurch Arts Festival seasons, and had his musical, SAUCERY, written with Will Robertson, read at the Mid-Winter Readings. He was the Musical Director for ROCK OF AGES, for Christchurch’s Magnitude Productions, and for TWISTED and HUNGOVER at Basement Theatre. He also performed in BILLY ELLIOT for Auckland Theatre Company.

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GEMMA KEARNEY

CHOREOGRAPHER

Gemma is the principal of the ‘That Dance Studio’ in Christchurch. She also teaches at NASDA and The Anneliese Gilberd Academy. She started dancing at the age of 8 learning jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and hip hop.

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CAST

ERIN WELLS

CINDERELLA

Erin Wells is a graduate of NASDA which is where she gained a Bachelor of Performing Arts. You may have seen her on the Court Theatre stage as Thing 2 in The Cat in the Hat and Margot in Legally Blonde the Musical.

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MARK HADLOW

THE BARON

Mark Hadlow, ONZM, is one of New Zealand’s best known actors. He has performed in countless theatre shows throughout New Zealand.
Mark has made dozens of film appearances, several television series , commercials and radio voice-overs in the thousands.
He has directed many plays throughout New Zealand, some independent productions and for Court Theatre in Christchurch.

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Andy Manning

HAYDEN TEE

FENDALTON

Hayden Tee hails from Maungaturoto in Northland but has made a name for himself globally as an acclaimed performer, makeup artist and recording artist in theatre, concert and cabaret throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the U.K and U.S.A.

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CALEB JAGO-WARD

CASHMERE

CALEB JAGO-WARD is a Wellington based vocalist and theatre artist best known for his appearances on The Voice Australia and Coca Cola Christmas in the Park.
Earlier this year Caleb was invited back to The Voice Australia as an All-Star artist in Team Boy George following his initial television appearance in 2015 where he progressed to the Top 8 under the guidance of Australia’s songbird, Delta Goodrem. Subsequently, Caleb embarked on a New Zealand national tour of The Power of Ten with The Ten Tenors, performed a Trans-Atlantic season of Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Felicia, and then was handpicked to perform internationally as lead vocalist for the Australian ballroom powerhouse Burn the Floor.

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J.R. BALLANTYNE

PRINCE CHARMING

He uri tēnei nō ngā īwi ō Waitaha, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe. E mihi kau ana.
James originally hails from Gore, Southland but lived most of his life in Christchurch working as an actor, dancer, pianist and musical director. In 2015 James moved to London to train at the prestigious Arts Educational Schools London (ArtsEd) and has since graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre with First Class Honours.

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RUTENE SPOONER

BUTTONS

Ngāti Porou/ Ngāruahine / Kuki Airani / Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki
Born and raised in Gisborne, Rutene graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) 2009 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music Theatre). Since then, the singer, actor, and entertainer has toured nationally and internationally performing for various theatre and corporate entertainment companies. He has appeared in shows such as: Anything Goes; he Buddy Holly Musical, Grease, Avenue Q, Lacage Aux Folle, The Mikado, Oklahoma, Chicago, Billy Elliot The Musical (New Zealand Premiere), Pop Up Globe to name a few, and most recently appeared in Jersey Boys (Australia Tour).

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LYNDA MILLIGAN

FAIRY GODMOTHER

In her long career, Lynda has been seen on the stage of most of the theatres throughout New Zealand, having toured around the country or starring at Auckland Theatre Company, Centrepoint, Circa and Fortune theatres. The majority of her work has been at The Court Theatre, where she first appeared in Canterbury Tales in 1974.

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TRUBIE-DYLAN SMITH

DANDINI

Trubie is a regular actor at the Court Theatre, appearing in The Princess and The Frog (and The Robber!) and The Wind in the Willows. He is also a Court Jester, performing in Scared Scriptless. His other theatre credits include King Arthur as the King himself and Treasure Island as Jim Hawkins (Rollicking Entertainment Ltd): He Kura Kōrero (Circa Theatre); The Bald Soprano (Arcade Theatre Company); Red Riding Robyn Hood and Shakespeare As You Write It (New Zealand Playhouse Tour 2018).

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LUCY SUTCLIFFE

ENSEMBLE

Lucy is a recent graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music Theatre).
Lucy’s performance credits for NASDA include; 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Holiday Inn (Linda Mason), Urinetown, Curtains, It’s Only Life and Unforgiven Harvest. She also played the flute for Fiddler on the Roof. Lucy’s other performance credits include; Sister Act (Showbiz Christchurch) and CocaCola Christmas in the Park.

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NELLIE EVISON

ENSEMBLE

Nellie has numerous years of classical dance training with Southern Ballet Theatre, including a solo performance diploma in Jazz and Contemporary Style. She also has two years of vocal training with Ali Harper.

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JACK SHATFORD

ENSEMBLE

Jack is a recent graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). During his studies, Jack played Herman in Sweet Charity, Joey Primo/Ensemble in Rock of Ages, and David Posner in The History Boys. Other highlights include Tommy/Merv as well as Dance Captain and Swing in Strictly Ballroom The Musical, and David Understudy/Ensemble in Company. Upon graduation in 2019, he received the Music Theatre International Australasian Award.

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CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE

MOLLY BROWN

POPPY BROWN


KATE JENKINS

AMELIA NICHOLLS


HOLLY PALMER

ISLA PALMER


ELOISE PARKES

BEN WILLIAMS