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CAST AND CREATIVES

Creatives

NICK PURDIE

Resident Director

Nick Purdie has been seen on stages across New Zealand and internationally for almost 20 years having made his is professional debut in 2003 in the NZ Opera Company’s productions of Tosca and Carmen. After graduating with a BAppA in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) and Diploma in Singing in 2012 he spent 7 months headlining for The Tuxedos at Dubai’s famous Rock Bottom Club.

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MARK BRADLEY

Resident Musical Director

Mark is a known theatre practitioner with a wealth of professional experience. His professional piano & keyboard credits include the international touring productions of ‘Wicked‘, ‘West Side Story‘, ‘Aladdin‘, ‘School Of Rock‘ and ‘The Book Of Mormon‘ as well as large local productions of ‘Phantom of the Opera‘, ‘Mamma Mia‘, ‘Evita‘, ‘We Will Rock You‘, ‘City of 100 Lovers‘ and ‘Sister Act‘. He regularly plays for events through his company, Four4 Music Services Ltd, and accompanies performances, exams and cabaret in Auckland.

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PAUL LEWIS

Puppet Director

A graduate of Unitec’s Acting for Screen and Theatre and a trained singer, Paul’s recent credits include Titus Andronicus in TITUS at the Pop Up Globe, as well as national tours of Pirates of Penzance and Buddy Holly the Musical.

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LIESL EKSTEEN

Resident Choreographer

Liesl Eksteen graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Dance) at Whitireia Performance Centre in 2014. She is now the Lead Tutor running the Commercial Dance course at Te Auaha Institute of Creativity, Wellington.

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Cast

ANDREW PAPAS

Alex

Singer, actor, TV presenter, content creator and now, professional chef – the term “triple threat” doesn’t even begin to describe performer Andrew Papas. Andrew’s list of career achievements would make for an exhausting read for someone decades into their career, let alone an under-30.

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LEROI KIPPEN

Marty

South African born LeRoi has been singing publicly since the age of 4 from Kindergarten recitals to joining the Durban Boys Choirs for a year and almost getting kicked out of school for missing too many morning classes while Touring The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe was his first musical outing.

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KRISTIN PAULSE

Gloria

Kristin Paulse is a South African born, Auckland-based singer-songwriter and actress.

She is seen active predominantly in musical theatre and was recently awarded Best Actress in a Musical for her lead role in First Date. Her other credits include We Will Rock You, Bring It On, Hairspray, Rent, and The Color Purple to list a few.

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BAILEA TWOMEY

Gloria

Born and bread in Whakatāne, Māori/Irish performer Bailea Twomey found her passion for singing and performing from a young age and has had the pleasure of gracing stages both in New Zealand and internationally.

Now based in Pōneke, Bailea recently starred in WITCH Music Theatre Productions of Roxy: A New Hollywood Cabaret following appearances in ­The Purple People Eater Pop Concert at Cuba Duba and underscore_.

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BEN FREETH

Melman

Ben has immersed himself in theatre since graduating from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) with a Bachelor of Performing Arts.

His previous credits as an actor include Romeo and Juliet; Mary Poppins; Cops and Robbers; Legally Blonde the Musical; The Ugly Duckling; Chicago; Titus Andronicus; Jesus Christ Superstar; The Wind in the Willows; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Jersey Boys (The Court Theatre); Once on Chunuk Bair (Imagine Charitable Trust); RAP-unzel; Botfarm 2014 (New Zealand Playhouse); Mamma Mia; Wicked and Les Misérables (Showbiz Christchurch).

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MATT MULHOLLAND

King Julien

Wellington based singer creative, Matt Mulholland, has been performing all over the world for the past twelve years. With over 60 million views on YouTube, his brand of humour and authenticity entertains a wide variety of audiences. He currently spends his time teaching musical theatre at Te Auaha, and working at his recording studio ‘The Cabin’ where he develops and produces new local artists.

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RACHEL MCSWEENEY

Private / Mort / Ensemble

Rachel McSweeney is a passionate Wellington-based musical theatre performer. Her most recent performance was starring as Ariel in Te Auaha’s production of ‘Footloose’ (2021). Growing up in Christchurch, she performed in an array of amateur productions including ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘West Side Story’.

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JENNY STEWART

Kowalski / Ensemble

Jenny is thrilled to be making her debut with GMG Productions! She grew up in Christchurch and graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in 2019 under the tutelage of Nick Hollamby and Angela Johnson. While studying, Jenny’s highlights included Niki Harris in Curtains, Emily in Earthquakes in London, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Wild Cabbage, 42nd Street and writing an original song cycle with 4 other classmates set in an airport.

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LUCY SUTCLIFFE

Rico / Candy / Lynn Lemur

Lucy is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music Theatre). Lucy’s recent performance credits include Cinderella (GMG Productions) 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer, Holiday Inn as Linda Mason, Urinetown, Curtains, It’s Only Life and Unforgiven Harvest (NASDA). 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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JACK SHATFORD

Mason / Lars / Ensemble

Jack Shatford is a 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 was the recipient of the Music Theatre International Australasian Award.

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COLE JOHNSTON

Skipper / Maurice

Based in Auckland, Cole made his professional debut in 2017 with the Tim Bray Theatre Company in Puff the Magic Dragon.

His other credits include City of 100 Lovers (Templar Productions), CATS (NZ Tour, Sierra Investments), Yesterday (NZ Tour, Stetson Productions), Greedy Cat (Tim Bray Theatre Company) along with workshops for new productions.

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BRYN MONK

Offstage Swing

Bryn has recently completed his Bachelor of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) at the National Academy of Singing & Dramatic Art (NASDA). Originally from Dunedin, he has been heavily involved with the arts, featuring in Grease: The Arena Spectacular (Eugene) & the Fortune Theatre’s Into The Woods (The Steward). His NASDA credits include: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor) Curtains, It’s Only Life, Urinetown (Bobby Strong) & Holiday Inn (Ted Hanover).

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GEORGE HIKU

Offstage Swing

Performing for the first time at the age of 10, George has taken the time to evolve into a great young man, and awesome performer. Now at the young age of 20, he finds himself in one of the best opportunities of his life. George has done many shows, but to highlight a few favourites, he’s Beast in ‘Beauty And The Beast’ and Donkey in ‘Shrek The Musical.’

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