Debora Krizak - Lola Montez
Debora is one of Australia’s most versatile and critically recognized performers.
Originally from Adelaide, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performing Arts before being cast in her first musical – Mel Brooks’ The Producers!
Further professional credits include Titanic – a new musical, Respect the Musical, Guy Noble’s Karaoke The Musical, Calendar Girls for GFO, Stalker Theatre’s worldwide debut of Shanghai Lady Killer and Squabbalogic’s Sondheim On Sondheim in 2014 which earned her a Glug nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Debora’s most notable credits include playing the role of Sheila in the 2012 Helpmann Award winning musical – A Chorus Line where she was nominated for numerous awards including a Helpmann for Best Supporting Actress, Sydney Theatre critics award and Glug as well as winning Theatre People’s Most Popular Actress in a Musical.
2015 saw Debora touring the country in the acclaimed production of Sweet Charity playing the dual roles of Nickie and Ursula, which earned her another Helpmann and Glug nomination as well as a winning the Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.
Debora made her debut with Opera Australia in 2016, playing the role of Erma in the Cole Porter Musical Anything Goes, as well as understudying Caroline O’Connor as Reno Sweeney and following that she also made her debut with The Production Company in Jerry Herman’s Jerry’s Girls, playing one of ten of Australia’s most celebrated leading ladies.
In 2017, Debora played the role of Fraulein Kost in David Hawkins’ touring production of Cabaret earning another Glug nomination and critical recognition.
Debora is thrilled to be playing Lola in the 2018 Follies Production of Lola Montez, having been involved in the re-staging and workshopping process for the past few years.
Scott Irwin - Sam
Over his twenty-plus year career Scott has established himself as one of Australia’s leading men, collecting an outstanding list of credits along the way including Gaston in Beauty and the Beast for which he won a Mo Award nomination, Enjolras in the 10th anniversary tour of Les Misérables, King Arthur in Camelot, Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate. Other theatre credits include Grease, The New Rocky Horror Show, The Full Monty, Company, High School Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sign of the Seahorse, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Every Single Saturday, Truth Beauty and a Picture of You, Wonderful Town, High Society and Mack and Mabel. He is proud to have workshopped several new Australian musicals including Eureka, Nostradamus and the hugely successful Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
In 2011 Scott starred as Corny Collins in Hairspray for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
More recently Scott was seen in the world premiere of the one-man show, A Sign of the Times. He toured the country with HIT Productions’ They’re Playing Our Song in the role of Vernon. Scott played the lead, Lieutenant Pinkerton in Playking Productions’ Cho Cho in Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney.
Scott has appeared on The Midday Show, Good Morning Australia, The Today Show, Sunrise, Mornings with Kerrie-Anne, IMT, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and many more. He has also appeared in the TV dramas Blue Heelers, Police Rescue and Home and Away.
Film credits include: My Pet Dinosaur, Passion and Razzle Dazzle!
Scott has performed in countless concerts and corporate events, most recently with Kings of Croon and The Leading Men.
Ashleigh Rubenach - Jane
Born in Sydney, Ashleigh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from WAAPA in 2014. While training, she played such roles as Mary Lane in Reefer Madness, and received the Warnock Award for Most Promising Student in 2013. A graduate of the Talent Development Project, Ashleigh studied and performed in New York City as a recipient of the 2015 TDP/ASCAP Bound for Broadway Scholarship, and in the same year was a top 6 finalist of the ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment. Ashleigh was also invited to return to the US in 2016 to headline a concert for ASCAP’s Broadway Tomorrow series at the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Ashleigh made her professional theatre debut in Gordon Frost Organisation/Opera Australia’s 2015 national tour of Anything Goes, covering the role of ‘Hope Harcourt’. She then toured Australia with GFO’s London Palladium Production of The Sound of Music, in which she understudied and performed the role of ‘Maria’ numerous times. Most recently, Ashleigh toured with GFO/OA’s production of My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews.
Joel Granger - Daniel
Joel Granger’s theatre credits include the roles of Bernstein in Dogfight for Doorstep Arts, Harold Bride in Titanic: The Musical for StageArt, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd for New Zealand Opera, Tom in The Gathering for Vic Theatre Company, Zacky Price in Big Fish for the Hayes Theatre, Warren in Ordinary Days for Pursued by Bear (for which he was nominated for a Green Room Award), and most recently as Harry Beaton in The Production Company’s Brigadoon.
Joel’s television credits include the role of Mark in Please Like Me for ABC / Pivot and the role of Jack in Channel Nine’s True Story with Hamish & Andy. Joel Granger is a 2015 graduate of the WAAPA Music Theatre course, where he was featured as Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde: The Musical, Japheth in Children of Eden, Glad Hand in West Side Story, and Theo in Matthew Lee Robinson’s Atlantis.
Peter Cousens - Smith
Peter Cousens is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
His musical theatre roles include, 2000 performances as Marius in Les Miserables; 2000 performances as Raoul in the Australian production of The Phantom Of The Opera; 300 performances as The Phantom in London’s West End production of The Phantom of the Opera; 500 performances as Chris in Miss Saigon for which he won the Variety Heart Award for Best Performer; 300 performances as Alex in Aspects for Love, and West Side Story, Show Boat, The Mikado, Blood Brothers, Camelot, The Hatpin, Fiddler on the Roof, Convicts Opera, and recently Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
As an actor, he has worked extensively with Australia’s major performing arts companies including Nicholas Nickelby, Macbeth, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Chinchilla, Convicts Opera and Chicago – Sydney Theatre Company; Company – Melbourne Theatre Company; Breaker Morant, You Never Can Tell, Camille and The Sentimental Bloke – Queensland Theatre Company.
On Television, The Divorce, Cliffy, Phryne Fisher, Return to Eden, The Sullivans, Carson’s Law, The Young Doctors, Son and Daughters, The Timeless Land and Under Capricorn.
He has recorded five albums – Corner of The Sky, From A Distance, A Life on Earth, A Musical Christmas, The Peter Cousens Collection and he sings the role of the American GI, Chris on the International Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon.
Peter recently directed the feature film Freedom, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and William Sadler which he produced and directed in USA. www.themoviefreedom.com. Freedom enjoyed world wide release in 2015. He is currently developing the feature film Where Is Daniel? based on the story of the abduction of Daniel Morcombe, which he is directing and co-writing.
Since 2013 Peter has been the Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Artistic Ambassador for the Bachelor of Theatre program at Central Queensland University. In 2017 he was appointed the Creative Director of the Talent Development Project mentoring and training elite talent from NSW Government High Schools and creating pathways into the Music and Entertainment Industry.
Red Symons - Seekamp
A science graduate in computer programming and pure math, Red Symons has established himself in the entertainment industry as musician, author, stage & screen performer, record producer, composer, columnist and breakfast announcer on ABC radio 774, Melbourne.
Red’s theatrical flair and humour was apparent from his early days as guitarist with the band “Skyhooks” who swept onto the Australian music charts with their “Living in the 70’s” anthem, and many hits including “Ego is not a dirty word”, “Women in Uniform’, “Blue Jeans” and “All My Friends are Getting Married”.
His popularity as a media personality, however, was evidenced during his years with the long‐running national television program, “Hey Hey It’s Saturday”. The Hey Hey team enjoyed music mixed with spontaneous banter and fun’n’games. Paradoxically, Red became one of the shows most endearing performers despite being the heartless and sarcastic judge in the weekly “Red Faces” segment.
There can be few performers who have appeared on Countdown with a number one record, Neighbours in its first week ever, escaped from the Big Brother house, lost a quarter of a million dollars on Who wants to be a Millionaire, been measured as Australia’s smartest celebrity (yes, it’s an oxymoron) on The National IQ Test and written music for Blue Heelers, whilst contributing a regular column to The Age newspaper. In between all this he managed to fit in a number of stage shows that inevitably involved some sort of cross‐dressing.
Caitlin Berry - Gisela
Caitlin is a graduate of WAAPA, and made her professional debut understudying the lead role of Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde (TML Enterprises). In the same year she played the role of Claire in Jump To It (Echelon Productions) and was a part of the Australian Cast Recording of the Opera Morgan’s Run (Sydney Symphony). In 2011 Caitlin toured Australia with the new musical Doctor Zhivago, covering the lead role of Tonia (GFO). Soon after, Caitlin performed in Opera Australia’s tour of South Pacific in 2012 and 2013, covering the role of Nellie Forbush. Following this, she starred as Tasha, in the Australian premiere of Spank! the Fifty Shades of Grey musical parody (Adrian Bohm Presents). Caitlin then shared the stage with music theatre greats, such as Geraldine Turner, when performing in the cast of Ruthless! (Theatre Division, 2014). In 2015 she played Young Gertrude Stein in Vic Theatre’s premiere production of Loving Repeating and Little Edie in Squabbalogic’s Grey Gardens. 2016 saw her play the lead role of Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (Squabbalogic) and Caitlin was most recently seen in the world Premiere of Melba The Musical for the Hayes Theatre Company playing the roles of Gladys, Blanche and Tait.
Luke Joslin - Wilson / Sheriff
A graduate of University of Western Sydney and ACTT, Luke has forged a successful career in both musical and legitimate theatre, as well as being highly sought-after as a director. Most recently Luke appeared in Shrek: the Musical at Parramatta Riverside, and prior to this Brigadoon for The Production Company in Melbourne. Luke toured Australia in The Play That Goes Wrong, and appeared in Georgy Girl, The Seekers musical, and he was part of the cast of the STC/STC of SA production, Machu Picchu. Luke also toured in the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables. Additional musical theatre credits include: The Threepenny Opera, Annie, Dr Zhivago, Avenue Q, Assassins, Dirty Dancing, Titanic: The Musical, Sunday in the Park with George, Karaoke: The Musical, Guys and Dolls. Luke won both a Green Room and Helpmann Award for his performance as Nicky/Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q.
Kaeng Chan - Crosbie
Singapore born, raised in Australia, Kaeng trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), graduating in 2002. Upon graduating, Kaeng made his television debut co-hosting the popular pre-school program Playhouse Disney for three successful seasons with Monica Trapaga and Colin Buchanan. The show aired on both the Seven Network in Australia and the Disney Channel across Australia & Asia. Kaeng’s stage credits include P.J. Hogan/Kate Miller-Heidke/Keir Nuttalls’ World Premiere of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical (Sydney Theatre Company/Global Creatures), Kit Brookman’s new Australian play A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il (‘Chung Dae-hyun’, Griffin Theatre Company), Jonathan Biggins’s Australia Day (‘Chester Lee’, Melbourne Theatre Company/Sydney Theatre Company), Dick Lee’s Beauty Kings (Benny, Fantastic Entertainment), Shakespeare’s Macbeth (‘Malcolm’, Singapore Repertory Theatre), Alex Buzo’s Macquarie (‘Ellis Bent’, The Alex Buzo Company/Riverside Theatre), Ruth Wolff’s The Empress of China (‘Shen Tai’, East Coast Theatre/Belvoir St B Sharp). Kaeng has also appeared in musicals which include the world premiere of Jean Tay/David Shrubsole’s Pinocchio the Musical (‘Master Cricket/Coachman’, SRT/VizPro), Richard Thomas’s Jerry Springer the Opera (‘Demon’, Sydney Opera House), Mame (‘Ito’, The Production Company) and the Australian touring production of Miss Saigon (Louise Withers & Assoc.). Kaeng’s additional screen credits include the title role in the web series Ang Wilson: Your Man at the Scene (Asinpatti Films), Pack to the Rafters, Home & Away and even had a very brief stint as Captain Feathersword for the short lived Taiwanese Wiggles on their Big Red Car and The Wiggles Show DVD’s.
Genevieve Lemon - Rose
In theatre Genevieve was most recently seen at Ensemble Theatre in Diplomacy and in the Hayes Theatre production of Melba. Her numerous theatre credits include, for Sydney Theatre Company The Hanging, The Girl Who Saw Everything, Hanging Man, Harbour, Hay Fever, Merrily We Roll Along, Miracle City, Morning Sacrifice, Noises Off, Once In A Lifetime, The Recruit, The Republic of Myopia, Summer Rain, Victory; for Melbourne Theatre Company Piaf, Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll; for Ensemble Theatre Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Tribes, Broken Glass; for Griffin The Homosexuals or ‘Faggots’, The Big Picture; for Belvoir St Theatre The Blind Giant Is Dancing, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message, Death Of A Salesman, Seventeen; for Sydney Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Summer Rain; for Queensland Theatre Brilliant Lies and The Venetian Twins.
Genevieve was in the London and Sydney seasons of Working Title’s production of Billy Elliot, for which she received Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Musical, the Sydney Theatre Critics Award for the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical and the Green Room Award for Female Artist in a Leading Role.
Genevieve’s television credits include: After the Beep, Heartland, Neighbours, Prisoner, Rake, Redfern Now, The Secret River, Three Men and a Baby Grand, and Top of the Lake, for which she received the Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Telemovie or Mini-Series. Genevieve will next be seen on Home and Away in an extended special guest star role.
Film credits include: The Dressmaker Billy’s Holiday, Holy Smoke, The Piano, Soft Fruit, Suburban Mayhem, The Water Diary and Sweetie, for which she was the recipient of the Australian Film Critics Award for Best Actress. Genevieve has sung on cabaret stages the world over, and released a live album of her Sydney Opera House concert, Angels in the City.
Josie Lane - Cherry / Ensemble
Josie made her professional musical theatre debut in 2007 with the Sydney Theatre Company, playing Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Since, she has appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert – the Musical (Back Row) — Green Room Award, Avenue Q (Arts Asia Pacific), Fame (GFO), Nick and Nora and Lucky Stiff (MGM Neglected Musicals), The Pirates of Penzance (The Production Company), Into The Woods (Victorian Opera), Miracle City (Luckiest Productions – Hayes Theatre Co.), Jerry’s Girls (The Production Company), Little Shop of Horrors (Luckiest Productions/Tinderbox Productions) and Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company).
Josie’s cabaret show Josie in the Bathhouse, co-written and directed by Dean Bryant, debuted at the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and played Melbourne’s famous Spiegeltent season in 2012. Josie’s new cabaret, Asian Provocateur, premiered as part of the 2015 Hayes Theatre Co. Cabaret Season and won Best Cabaret at The Sydney Theatre Awards.
Josie also tours extensively with artist David Campbell as his backing vocalist, works as a puppeteer with Camp Quality and has studied improvisational comedy in New York and Chicago at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, iO (formerly known as Improv Olympic), and Magnet Theatre.
Josie recently reprised her role of Charlene in Miracle City (The Theatre Division).
Josie is a Proud Member of Equity since 2007
Brendan Xavier - Jocko / Ensemble
Brendan is a 20 year old Sydney born Musical Theatre performer with a fresh career spanning over the last 3 years.
Over a 2 year period, Brendan studied a Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute Of Music working with some of the industry’s best directors and creatives such as Max Lambert, Darren Yap, and his mentor Jennifer Murphy.
Through AIM he’s been involved in three of their productions, Witches Of Eastwick (Ensemble) directed by Tony Cogin, Urinetown (Bobby Strong), and their recent production of Into The Woods (Jack) directed by Tyran Parke. Brendan also joined the 2016 production of The Original Grease at the Seymour Centre, directed by Jay James Moody, Playing the role of Danny Zuko.
Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream playing the role of Lysander, Fame in the role of Nick Piazza and a Youth Production Of Les Miserables playing the role of Jean Valjean.
Stephen Helper - Director / Producer / Writer
Stephen Helper (Director, Reviser, Additional Material) has conceived, written, directed and/or produced quality theatre productions for 40 years from Broadway to Darwin, with many productions at the Sydney Opera House. Productions range from major musical revivals of Fiddler on the Roof (nominated for the “Best Revival” Tony Award), musical revues (Co-Conceiver of the worldwide smash Smokey Joe’s Café), to developing original works large and small. These include one man plays A Sign of the Times to intimate touring productions Syncopation (40 theatres) to expansive touring musical works including Café Rebetika! including the Sydney Opera House and two seasons at the Arts Centre Melbourne. He has also championed new Aboriginal work including The New Black, a contemporary Aboriginal musical written with Marcus Corowa and Leeroy Bilney which premiered at the Gold Coast Arts Centre starring Ernie Dingo, Robyn Archer and Elaine Crombie among others. In addition to Lola, Stephen is also working to present the capital cities premiere of The New Black at in Sydney (2019). In New York, Stephen is developing productions i of A Sign of the Times and a new play by celebrated New York writer David Simpatico, Waiting for the Ball to Drop starring Mario Cantone.
Kellie Dickerson - Musical Director
Kellie is recipient of a Bachelor of Music (Honours), Piano Performance from Sydney University; the Donald Peart Memorial Award for Music; a place in the Symphony Australia Young Conductor’s Programme; the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust Scholarship for Young Conductors; Three Green Room Awards for Musical Direction of Wicked, Once and City of Angels; and a Churchill Fellowship (musical direction of original works).
Her career began as pianist/keyboardist on The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon (both Cameron Mackintosh), Turandot (Opera Australia) and The Three Divas, continuing as assistant or associate musical director with Beauty and the Beast (Disney/Jacobsen Entertainment), Showboat (LiveEnt/Marriner Productions), The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and The Producers (Gordon Frost Organisation), The Mikado (Carl Rosa Opera Company), and The Witches of Eastwick (Cameron Macintosh/Jacobsen Entertainment).
As musical director and/or conductor, engagements include Amici Forever and Babies Proms (Sydney Opera House), Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow (Opera Queensland), Respect (Jim McPherson), Annie Get Your Gun and Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company), Australia Plays Broadway (Carnegie Hall), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tim Lawson/The Works Entertainment). As musical director and/or supervisor for City of Angels (Life Like Company) and Wicked (Gordon Frost Organisation/Marc Platt/Universal) she won a Green Room Award for both. As the late Rob Guest’s musical director Kellie toured Australia and New Zealand extensively.
She was involved in the development of the new Australian musical, Strange Bedfellows (Instinct Entertainment), and was honoured to musically direct the Australian premiere season of Dr Zhivago (GFO). In 2011 Kellie also conducted the Australian premiere of Grey Gardens (TPC), continued her association with Dr Zhivago as resident musical supervisor for the Korean premiere in Seoul, and Wicked as resident musical supervisor of the Australasian tour. Through 2012/2013 she was the musical director for the Australian production of Legally Blonde, and joined the supervising team for the Korean language production of Wicked. In 2014/2015 Kellie travelled on a Churchill Fellowship for professional studies in new music theatre works (New York and Boston), conducted Showboat for TPC, and musically supervised the Australian premiere (GFO, MTC) and the Korean (SeenSee, Once International) and Irish (Landmark Productions) language production of Once. In 2016, she was associate musical director for My Fair Lady (Opera Australia, John Frost) and conductor/musical director for the ‘Witches’ Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Working Management), and was a conductor for the Sydney Symphony education series. Most recently she conducted a concert of the new Australian musical Ned, the ‘Witches in Concert’ with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, recorded an album of the concert for ABC Classics and was musical director for the Australian premiere season of The Book of Mormon (Stuart Thompson). Later this year she will conduct the Australian premiere seasons of ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ (TPC), and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’
Kellie sits on industry panels for the Helpmann Awards, the Australia Council, New Musicals Australia, the Rob Guest Endowment and consults for the AMEB musical theatre syllabus.
Craig Renshaw - Musical Arranger
Craig Renshaw has worked extensively throughout Australia and Asia.
Musical Director – Girl Crazy (Neglected Musicals), Jesus Christ Superstar (NDAC), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Gaiety Theatre), Nick & Nora (Neglected Musicals), No Way to Treat a Lady (Darlinghurst Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance (Essgee), The Rocky Horror Show (Tim Lawson Enterprises), She Loves Me (Neglected Musicals), Side by Side by Sondheim (Enda Markey).
Cabaret/Concerts – MD for Lorna Luft, Peter Cousens, Margi de Ferranti, Anita Plateris, Mark Vincent, STC Cabaret, Adelaide Cabaret Festival & Sydney Cabaret Festival. Sondheim 80th birthday tribute (Sydney).
As keyboardist/conductor/music staff – Annie (GFO), Cats (RUC), Beauty & the Beast (Jacobsen/Disney), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Essgee), Grease (RUC/GFO), Into the Woods (Novocastrian Productions), The Lion King (Disney), Love Never Dies (RUC), Mamma Mia! (Littlestar), Mary Poppins (Disney), Miss Saigon (IMG), Oliver! (IMG), The Phantom of the Opera (Cammack/RUC), Romance Romance (Romantic Notions), Showboat (Livent), Sunday in the Park with George (NIDA) and Wicked (GFO).
Television – Australian Idol, The Midday Show, Today, X Factor.
Charity Work – Hats Off (Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS), Light The Night (Leukaemia), World AIDS Day Concert (ACON), Power of Humanity Ball (The Red Cross), Voices for Peace (Inter-Educare), White Ribbon Foundation.
Paul Mercurio - Choreographer
Paul Mercurio (Choreographer) is an extraordinary artist of Australian television, film, dance, food and theatre. Known first for his leading role in Strictly Ballroom, he also contributed what he calls “the cheeky” choreography that breaks the rules. He was also a major figure with the Sydney Dance Company.
He then created his own contemporary dance company, the Australian Choreographic Ensemble. He continues to have compelling careers as performer, tv celebrity (Dancing with the Stars, Mercurio’s Menu), chef, beer brewer and food line creator.
Currently he is appearing on the ABC’s new program Show Me Your Movie.
Bev Kennedy - Assistant Musical Director
Bev Kennedy is generally regarded as one of Australia’s leading Musical Directors & accompanists, having worked on over 30 professional productions.
Shows she has worked on include Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, The Producers, We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chicago, & The Concert version of Sunset Boulevard with Judi Conelli.
She was assistant Musical Director for Simon Gallaher’s Pirates of Penzance, which is the highest selling recording of a musical in Australian history & also won an Aria award for best soundtrack.
Most recently Bev has been working on the shows Muriel’s Wedding, Heathers, Jersey Boys, Wicked & was Musical Director on Ave Q. She was also nominated for a Green room award for her work as Musical Director on the Australian Premiere of Gutenberg the Musical.
Bev has also worked for Cove musical theatre agents booking musicians & entertainers at the Regent Hotel during the Olympics when it was the official SOCOG Hotel & host to several international dignitaries & Royal families.
Bev has worked as Musical Director for 2 years on Short Sweet & Song & for several Mardi Gras ‘Hats Off’ Concerts, including the 2008 Hats Off Meets the Stars Come out 30th year Anniversary concert. She has also worked as Musical Director for the last 4 years on Light the Night charity concert raising money for leukemia.
In 2008, Bev was the official pianist at the WYD Papal welcome which was televised worldwide & the year before played at Kerry Packer’s memorial which was also broadcast live around the World. In 2011 Bev was Musical Director for the Luminale Festival at the Sydney Opera House under the direction of Paul Capsis.
In the past Bev has accompanied International artists such as Joan Rivers and Grammy award winner Liz Callaway and continues to play for local artists such as Trevor Ashley, Amanda Harrison & Anthony Warlow. She is currently a consultant & Adjudicator for the City of Sydney Eisteddfod & a consultant for the Talent Development Program.
Meredith O'Reilly - Co-Producer
Meredith has been working with The Follies Company alongside Writer/Director/Producer Stephen Helper to rework and revive Australian Music Theatre classic, Lola Montez, since October, 2016, including a workshop in November 2016 and also in March 2017.
She is also part of The Follies Company team producing the contemporary Aboriginal musical The New Black for its Sydney premiere season in 2019 and on into other capitol cities around Australia.
In 2014 Meredith worked as an Associate Producer with The Theatre Division on her own long-held dream of presenting Off Broadway cult classic, the all-female musical Ruthless! in its first critically-acclaimed, professional Sydney run as part of The Reginald subscription season at The Seymour Centre, starring Katrina Retallick and Geraldine Turner.
In 2008 Meredith collaborated with Guy Noble to develop his original work Karaoke The Musical from first reading to professional workshop to fully staged production at The Factory Theatre Marrickville, starring John Paul Young.
She has been presenting and producing or co-producing her own cabaret shows since the 1980’s in venues & festivals such as Pastels, Statement Lounge, Side On Cafe, Slide Cafe, Huntington Estate Winery ( Mudgee) , The Butterfly Club ( Melbourne), Sydney Fringe Festival, Short and Sweet and Cabaret, Berado’s ( Noosa) and the inaugural Festival Fatale at Sydney’s Eternity Theatre in 2016.
Meredith has also been a professional Music Theatre performer for more than thirty years. Show highlights include the first Australia/NZ tour of Les Miserables, Hello Dolly! ( national tour) , The New Rocky Horror Show ( Star Casino), Gypsy ( Melbourne) , The Producers ( National tour, Helpmann & Green Room award nominations) , Love Never Dies ( Melbourne & Sydney), the Addams Family ( as Grandma Addams, Sydney) , Ruthless! ( Glugs Award nomination) , Thank You For Being A Friend ( Brisbane & Sydney), The Sound Of Music ( Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne) and My Fair Lady ( directed by Julie Andrews in the return Sydney season of 2017) .
She has compered radio shows, appeared in numerous TV dramas, corporate films, advertisements and voiceovers and narrated audio books for Vision Australia for ten years.
Proud Equity Member since 1984.
Brendan de la Hay - Wardrobe / Wigs
Having trained as a musical theatre performer (Australian Institute of Music), toured internationaly as an award winning cabaret artist (2018 European Tour, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Australia’s Got Talent, International Cabaret Contest, Short+Sweet Cabaret), Brendan is also an award nominated designer (2016 Sydney Theatre Awards, Best Costume Design) and his most recent works include: Bridal Variations (Wearable Art Installation, Sherman Centre for Culture & Ideas/Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences), The Bleeding Bride (Performance Art, Art Gallery NSW/Queer Art After Hours), Secret Garden Festival (Performer), Vogue Australia (Props Stylist, cover shoot & editorial), Darlinghurst Nights (Design Associate, Hayes Theatre Co), Alice in Wonderland (Stylist, Sydney Festival), Miracle City (Art Department, Sydney Opera House), Menzies Research Centre 75th Anniversary Dinner (Event Design, Old Parliament House), Australian TV Mini Series BENT 101 (Art Director, 7Plus), Guilty Pleasures Cabaret & Burlesque Festival (Performer), Mardi Gras Sydney (Costume Design, Trans Pride Sydney), Egyptian Mummies by the British Museum/Sydney Powerhouse Museum (Costume Design), Cosi Fan Tutte (Costume Design, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Into The Woods (Costume Design, Australian Institute of Music), Paul in the concert presentation of Kiss Me Kate (Performer, Squabbalogic, Everest Theatre), video clip Pattern by Nocturnal Tapes (Performer), Spectrum Now Festival (Roving Performance Artist), Wonderful Town (Production Design, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs/Sydney Opera House), Risqué Revue (Costume Design, Slide Sydney), Into the Woods (Costume Design, Australian Institute of Music), Victoriana! (Production & Event Design, St Paul’s College), Little Black Dress Exhibition (Stylist, Sydney Fair), Rodeo Queen (Prop Stylist, Peter Alexander), The Original Grease (Costume Design, Squabbalogic), Vaudevillia (Performer, Rocks Village Bizarre), Grey Gardens (Costume Design, Squabbalogic) The Fantasticks (Production Design, Exclaim Theatre Company), Of Thee I Sing (Production Design, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs/Sydney Opera House), El Circo Blanc (Costume Design, Slide Sydney), Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical (Director & Designer, Exclaim Theatre Company), Man of La Mancha (Costume Design, Squabbalogic).
In 2018, Brendan’s performance and design work can be seen in galleries and festivals around the country. Brendan is also featured in a book by photographer Richard Hedger, Telling Tales, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.