CAST AND CREATIVES

Cast

ERIN WELLS

Belle

Erin is most well known for her current presenting role on NZ’s longest running children’s TV show, What Now. For the past four years she has been presenting LIVE on TVNZ 2 every Sunday morning, bringing plenty of gunge, fun and foam to homes all around Aotearoa!

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CAMERON DOUGLAS

Beast

Cameron is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA).

His professional theatre debut was at The Court Theatre in My Fair Lady and since then has performed in numerous productions. Most recently Cameron appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire; Jersey Boys and Once.

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KITA MEAN

Tynes

New Zealand’s Queen of Camp is Quirky, Kooky, Kitsch, Quick and Keen!  Kita Mean is the reigning winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Downunder and has graced some huge stages including Sydney Mardi Gras, Broken Heel Festival (NSW) and hosting the official after party for Adele and her crew after her world tour (2018).

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HAYDEN TEE

Greymouth the Wicked Wizard

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.

His extensive musical theatre portfolio has seen him play Javert in Les Misérables on Broadway, London’s West End, Australia, Dubai and New Zealand; Marius in Les Misérables on London’s West End and Miss Trunchbull in Matilda on London’s West End and in the International tour.

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REBEKAH HEAD

Amberley the Good Witch

Rebekah has been working as an actor, singer and puppeteer across New Zealand and internationally since 2014. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (Bachelor of Performing Arts).

Rebekah played Glinda in the NZ company premiere of Wicked (Showbiz Christchurch) then went on to reprise the role in Invercargill (IMT) and New Plymouth (NPOS).

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EDWIN BEATS

Maurice

Edwin is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (Bachelor of Performing Arts). His recent theatre credits include The Lost Sock (Tusk Puppets); Deep (PAT and SICKO Productions); Jesus Christ Superstar (The Court Theatre); Billy Elliot (Auckland Theatre Company); Catch Me if You Can (Blackboard Theatre Collective); The Changeling (AUSA Summer Shakespeare); Ranterstantrum (F.C.C); and Not Psycho (Fractious Tash). His television credits include Hope & Wire (Gaylene Preston Productions) and various sketches for Jono and Ben (Mediaworks NZ).

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PHOEBE HURST

Mrs. Potts

A graduate of Hagley Theatre Company and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Phoebe has been involved in a variety of performance projects over the past 10 years.

She is most well-known for her performance in punk-rock musical That Bloody Woman, and the Court Theatre season of Hedwig and The Angry Inch.

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TRUBIE-DYLAN SMITH

Seymore Bottom

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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JACK SHATFORD

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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LUCY SUTCLIFFE

Ensemble

Lucy graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in 2020 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music Theatre).

Lucy’s recent performance credits include Madagascar the Musical NZ Tour; Cinderella (GMG Productions) 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer; Holiday Inn as Linda Mason; UrinetownCurtainsIt’s Only LifeUnforgiven Harvest (NASDA). She also played the flute for Fiddler on the Roof. Other credits include Sister Act (Showbiz Christchurch) and Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.

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NELLIE EVISON

Ensemble

Nellie is in her third year at the University of Canterbury studying towards her Bachelors of Law and Science.

Since a young age, Nellie learnt various styles of dance at Southern Ballet, graduating with a Performance Diploma in both Contemporary and Jazz. Nellie’s love for musical theatre has grown through her family roots in the industry, with her late Grandmother Dame Patricia Evison always encouraging her to keep performing.

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GEENA HUTTON

Ensemble

Geena grew up on the stages of Auckland having performed in both amateur and professional productions for the last 10 years. Most recently Geena appeared as Francine in the New Zealand tour of Jersey Boys (G&T Productions) and was the Dance Captain for the New Zealand tour of Madagascar (GMG Productions).

Geena made her professional debut in 2014 playing the role of Pepper in the international touring production of Annie (Lunchbox Theatre Productions) performing opposite Mig Ayesa and comedy legend Su Pollard.

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BRYN MONK

Ensemble

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).

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CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE

ISLA PALMER

HOLLY PALMER

AMELIA NICHOLLS

POPPY BROWN

BRONTE ALLPRESS GOUDIE

MOLLY MCDOWALL

ROMY SMITH

MADDISON MCDONALD

Creatives

GREGORY COOPER

Director

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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MARK BRADLEY

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’.

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ANDY MANNING

Musical Supervisor

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.

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GEMMA KEARNEY

Choreographer / Dance Captain

Gemma is the owner of ‘That Dance Studio’ in Christchurch. She also works at The National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) where she has been teaching for the past 13 years.

After studying at ED5 International in Sydney she moved back to Christchurch where she was the assistant to the choreographer in Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and was dance captain in Hairspray (Showbiz Christchurch).

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