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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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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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JONATHAN MARTIN

King Julien

Jonathan graduated from The National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) with a Bachelor of Performing Arts.

He has since worked in theatres throughout New Zealand. Highlights include: In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, The Producers, Baghdad, Baby!, The History Boys, Arsenic And Old Lace, Anything Goes, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, One Man Two Guvnors, La Cage Aux Folles, Romeo and Juliet, The Seagull, Cabaret (Court Theatre, Christchurch), Avenue Q, Winston’s Birthday, Twelfth Night, Into The Woods (Fortune Theatre, Dunedin), A Little Night Music (Canterbury Opera) and The Rocky Horror Show (Hamilton Operatic).

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GEENA HUTTON

Private / Mort / Ensemble / Dance Captain

Geena grew up on the stages of Auckland having performed in both amateur and professional productions for the last 10 years. She is currently starring as Francine in the New Zealand tour of Jersey Boys (G&T Productions) following her time understudying the titular role in the 2020 season of Mary Poppins at Auckland’s Civic Theatre.

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EZRA WILLIAMS

Kowalski / Ensemble

Ezra is a passionate and motivated performer with several years of experience in Music, Dance and Theatre. As a skilled vocalist and proficient song-writer, she brings forth a self motivated attitude and a lifelong love and commitment to music.

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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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CALEB JAGO-WARD

Offstage Swing

CALEB JAGO-WARD is a Auckland based vocalist and theatre artist best known for his appearances on The Voice Australia and Coca Cola Christmas in the Park.

Most recently Caleb appeared starred in the GMG Productions NZ production of Cinderella as wicked step sister Cashmere.

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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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