Evita The Musical

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical EVITA will open at the Sydney Opera House in September 2018, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince.

Evita The Musical
Sydney Opera House

Theatre Address

Bennelong Point Sydney NSW 2000
Tina Arena

Cast

Tina Arena

Tina Arena

Eva Perón

Tina Arena’s journey is the stuff of Australian music folklore, dating back to the mid-1970s when all of Australia knew her simply as “Tiny Tina”, arguably the most popular singer in the country … by age nine! Tina’s debut studio recording, 1977’s Tiny Tina & Little John (co-starring John Bowles, her 12-year-old cohort from the legendary variety TV show Young Talent Time) had Tina belting out pitch-perfect covers of chart hits of the time such as ABBA’s Ring Ring and When I Kissed The Teacher.

Needless to say, generations of Australians have grown up with Tina Arena and her music ever since. The child star matured into one of our most successful singer/songwriters, the possessor of a voice for the ages, and she’s now a veteran with total album sales topping ten million.

Tina’s phenomenal recording career has produced hit after hit, from her earliest breakthrough singles, 1990’s I Need Your Body and The Machine’s Breaking Down, through to the iconic songs that generations of Australians know off by heart – Chains, Sorrento Moon, Wasn’t It Good, Burn, If I Didn’t Love You, Symphony Of Life, Heaven Help My Heart – as well as more recent classics, including 2013’s Only Lonely and You Set Fire To My Life.

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Principal Cast

Ensemble Cast

Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson

Ensemble

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Justin Anderson

Ensemble

Justin’s musical theatre career started at the age of 12 when he played the role of Stitch’em in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver!. He later continued his training at Dance Factory where he went on to become a scholarship student. Most recently Justin toured Australia with the cast of The Wizard of Oz. His other professional stage credits include My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews, We Will Rock You, the Australian and Asian seasons of Wicked, the original and touring cast of Mary Poppins, David Atkins’ Hot Shoe ShuffleShout!Little MeHigh School Musical Live On Stage and Jason Coleman’s Cabaret Cathedral. Justin is thrilled to be a part of Evita and would like to thank his wife Deanna and his parents for their ongoing love and support.
Anton Berezin

Anton Berezin

Ensemble

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Anton Berezin

Ensemble

Anton Berezin had his first professional acting engagement in Larry's Song at the Malthouse. He studied at the Actors Centre and shortly after toured as Anthony Warlow’s understudy in The Secret Garden in 1995-1996. He has since had roles in Australian productions of Wicked, The Producers, Side Show Alley, Cabaret, Follies, Fiddler on the Roof, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cats, Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes, Rain the Musical, Doctor Zhivago as the alternate lead, and as Eichelberger in Promises, Promises. Most recently, Anton was in the musical The Light in the Piazza at Arts Centre Melbourne. On television, Anton has had roles in Newton’s Law, Jack Irish, Neighbours, The Secret Life of Us, Marshall Law, MDA and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. In 2015, he was in the cast of Princess Pictures’ television opera The Divorce. Anton is also the Managing Director at Life Like Touring, Australasia's leader in live family entertainment.
Michael Camilleri

Michael Camilleri

Ensemble / Assistant Dance Captain

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Michael Camilleri

Ensemble / Assistant Dance Captain

After more than a decade of international experience in acting, singing, dance and aerial acrobatics, Michael returns to Australia to make his stage debut in Evita. Until recently he was a performer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris where he was also the youngest ever understudy for the Can Can soloist. He toured Portugal with the Contemporary Circus of Lisbon as an aerial acrobat in Adittio and danced in Nostrovia in London with United Productions. Michael has played the roles of Noah Claypole in Oliver and an apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar with Ocracy. Michael also understudied a number of male leads in Legally Blonde the Musical for Norwegian Cruise Lines.  
Olivia Carniato

Olivia Carniato

Ensemble

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Olivia Carniato

Ensemble

Olivia Carniato is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging artists. After graduating from Brent Street Performing Arts in 2015 with a Certificate IV in Performing Arts, she began working with esteemed choreographers such as Kelley Abbey, Cameron Mitchell and Alana Scanlon, and has performed on screen on Dancing with the Stars, The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent. In 2016 Olivia was cast in Opera Australia’s Carmen (choreographed by Kelley Abbey), performing to sell-out crowds at the Sydney Opera House. Olivia then made her musical theatre debut in 2017’s The Bodyguard, to great acclaim.
Rachel Cole

Rachel Cole

Swing

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Rachel Cole

Swing

Rachel is a 2011 graduate of ED5 International in Sydney. Most recently, she played The Acrobat in the Original Australian cast of Matilda the Musical, where she understudied Miss Honey, Mrs Wormwood and Mrs Phelps (Royal Shakespeare Company/ LWA).  Rachel’s musical theatre credits include Nessa Rose cover/Swing on Wicked (GFO: Asia, Aust & NZ), Chess (The Production Company) and Promises Promises (The Production Company). Her credits for Opera Australia include La Boheme (2011, 2012 and 2014 seasons), The Marriage of Figaro, The Love of the Nightingale, Die Tote Stadt and La Forza del Destino. Rachel has also worked extensively as a session singer for Grinspoon (Homebake Sydney), James Morrison (Sydney Jazz Festival) and recording backing vocalist for EMU Music Australia. Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Sydney and is a qualified Property Investment Advisor. She is also prolific writer. For the past three years she has written Australia’s most read theatre column, Stage Door Shrink, for Aussie Theatre, is published in the arts magazine Limelight, and writes and performs stand-up comedy at The Story Club at The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf in Sydney.
Alie Coste

Alie Coste

Ensemble

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Alie Coste

Ensemble

Alie was born in London, United Kingdom. Her training includes having attended The Royal Ballet School as an associate, Arts Educational Schools London and Bird College where she received a National Diploma of Dance and Theatre Performance. Alie has worked at Sani Resort in Greece as a dancer/singer, been part of the new Mamma Mia movie Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again! as an ensemble dancer, and was recently a dancer on Sydney Showboat. She has also worked in the corporate scene throughout England and in Australia. Alie is so excited to be making her musical debut in Evita and would like to thank her family in the UK for their unconditional love and support throughout the years and would love to dedicate her performances in memory of her younger cousin.
Jade Coutts

Jade Coutts

Swing

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Jade Coutts

Swing

Jade started ballet at the age of three in Singapore and upon moving to Cairns with her family in 1996, continued her training at Turning Pointe Dance Studios under the direction of Leticia Savage. In 2005 at age 14, Jade relocated to Melbourne to train at The Australian Ballet School. In 2008 she continued her dance training at Queensland University of Technology graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance). Her professional performance credits include Launch pad with Expressions Dance Company in 2010 and In One Day with the Melbourne Ballet Company in 2011. Jade’s passion for her craft has seen her embrace all aspects of the theatre and performance world and led to her musical theatre debut in The King and I (Opera Australia/ GFO) Australian tour in 2014. She went on to play the iconic role of Victoria the White Cat in the Australian/New Zealand tour of Cats (Lunchbox Theatrical Productions/ The Really Useful Group) in 2015/16. She also performed in The Love for Three Oranges (Opera Australia) in 2016 and couldn’t be more excited to join Evita alongside an amazing cast! Huge thanks to her family, friends and mentors along the way so far.
Kristian Crowe

Kristian Crowe

Ensemble

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Kristian Crowe

Ensemble

Boasting both a Cert IV in Performing Arts from ED5 and a Diploma in Dance from Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Kristian has spent the last ten years in the industry honing his skills as an artist whilst working alongside exceptional talent. Kristian made his musical theatre debut in Cats, playing the role of Macavity in the US (Really Useful Group). He has also performed lead roles at Disneyland Paris and been featured as a soloist at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. His other stage credits include Kings of Tap (Live Business/Lauren Gore), London Lights (FLP Management/Lauren Gore) and various shows aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Kristian is also an in-demand model and actor, and when he isn’t performing he can be found sharing his strong passion for wellness; teaching fitness and yoga classes both in Sydney and Paris.
Todd Dewberry

Todd Dewberry

Ensemble

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Todd Dewberry

Ensemble

Hailing from Sydney, Todd is a man of many skills and talents. He boasts both a Diploma of Performing Arts from Ed5 International (under the guidance of Industry legend William Forsythe) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Sydney. So far in his performing career Todd has worked with artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Marcia Hines and Delta Goodrem as well as regularly appearing in shows for Opera Australia such as The Nose (Barrie Kosky), The Merry Widow (Graeme Murphy), The Love for Three Oranges and Luisa Miller. In a career highlight, he performed in Carmen choreographed by Kelley Abbey. A natural on camera, Todd has appeared in various TV campaigns and was able to combine his passions in 2017 as a finalist in television’s search for the new Bondi Vet.
Rodney Dobson

Rodney Dobson

Ensemble

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Rodney Dobson

Ensemble

Rodney has a career in musical theatre spanning 30 years, graduating from WAAPA in 1989. Most recently Rodney performed the role of Charlie alongside David Campbell in Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical at Melbourne's State Theatre. He performed in the original Australian casts of Moonshadow (Mr Mathew), Wicked (Dr Dillamond), The Full Monty (Dave), Rosie (George), Jolson, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Aspects of Love, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Chess. Rodney’s other theatre credits include the Julie Andrews-directed My Fair Lady, Singing in the Rain (Roscoe Dexter), Les Misérables 10th Anniversary tour (Factory Foreman / Coufeyrac) and 25th Anniversary tour (Bishop, Thenardier), Annie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Company (David), Sweeney Todd in both 2001 and 2006 for Opera Australia (Tobias), Buddy in 1994 and 2000 (The Big Bopper), Twelfth Night (Belvoir), South Pacific and Miss Julie (STC). In July this year Rodney will take on the role of Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in a limited season.  He has been an Equity member since 1989.
Samantha Dodemaide

Samantha Dodemaide

Ensemble

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Samantha Dodemaide

Ensemble

Samantha is currently starring as Dorothy in the Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz (Gordon Frost Organisation). Before heading down the yellow brick road, Samantha was a part of the Australian/Japan tour of Singin' in the Rain (Kathy U/S) and prior to this starred as the title role in Violet (Blue Saint Productions), for which she was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her other credits include Anything Goes (GFO/Opera Australia) as Erma & Reno U/S, Sweet Charity (Tinderbox/Neil Gooding/Luckiest Productions) as Charity Hope Valentine U/S, A Chorus Line (TML) as Cassie, Diana, Maggie, Sheila, Judy U/S, Wicked (Universal Studios Japan), King Kong Live on Stage (Global Creatures), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (GFO), The Producers (The Production Company) and Anything Goes (The Production Company). Samantha has trained privately with some of Australia’s finest teachers in acting, singing, voice and dialect. She has also studied at various performing arts studios including Patrick Studios Australia, the Atlantic Acting School (NYC), Vocal Alchemy, 16th Street and the Hub Studio. Samantha was the proud recipient of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment in 2013.
Laura Field

Laura Field

Ensemble

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Laura Field

Ensemble

Originally from Dubbo NSW, Laura discovered her love for performing at a very young age. In 2016, she graduated from ED5 International with a Diploma of Performing Arts under the direction of William A Forsythe. During her training, she was fortunate enough to play the roles of Sheila in A Chorus Line, Kathy in Company, and Anita in West Side Story. Laura performed in the 2016 Premier’s Seniors Concert as a featured actor and dancer. She can also be seen in Fluir’s I Gotta Have You film clip and heard as a backing vocalist for P&O Cruises Twice Upon a Time. Laura would like to thank her family for their unwavering support and her agents at T&E Management for all their hard work. Evita marks Laura’s professional musical theatre debut.
Zoy Frangos

Zoy Frangos

Ensemble

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Zoy Frangos

Ensemble

Zoy graduated with a BA in Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011. Whilst studying he made his professional opera debut as Jimmy in the world premiere of Deborah Cheetham’s Indigenous opera Pecan Summer. Zoy’s other theatre credits include An Officer and a Gentleman (GFO) as Halloran/Zack and Guiterrez u/s, Margaret Fulton - Queen of the Dessert (Present Tense), South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO) as Seebee/Cable u/s, Next to Normal (Doorstep Arts) as Dr Fine/Dr Madden, Les Misérables (Cameron MacIntosh/Michael Cassel) as Feuilly/Enjolras and Jean Valjean u/s, Dogfight (Doorstep Arts), Charles Kingsford Smith musical workshop (GFO), My Fair Lady (OA/GFO) as ensemble/Freddy u/s, Taxithi II Metanastes, Tasmanian Requiem Palawa Voice and in the iconic role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company). Zoy has performed at the Karijini Experience - Opera in the Gorge, The Dreaming Festival, DFAT Naidoc Week, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Song for Naidoc and the ABC Indigenous Staff Awards. In 2017 for Naidoc Week, he ran indigenous performances workshops and directed the Our Language Live On Stage concert. He also performs internationally as part of Australian Pop/Opera trio La Forza.
Ashleigh Gurnett

Ashleigh Gurnett

Ensemble

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Ashleigh Gurnett

Ensemble

Ashleigh is a born performer who grew up in Queensland and trained in all facets of performing arts at Theatre and Dance. Upon graduating from full time training, Ashleigh embarked on a career that has seen her travel the world. She has performed for international audiences aboard world-class ships for Princess Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines, and taken to the stage for recording artist Kanye West during his live shows. Ashleigh’s talent and personality on stage also makes her a natural to star in children’s shows, and her roles in various productions have taken her to places such as China, the Philippines, Delhi and Qatar. Ashleigh is also a gifted actress on screen and recently she has featured in television campaigns for Optus. Aeroguard, Rebel Sport and Fox 8.
Kate Maree Hoolihan

Kate Maree Hoolihan

Ensemble

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Kate Maree Hoolihan

Ensemble

Kate Maree graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2000, was immediately cast to understudy the lead role of Sophie in the original Australian cast of Mamma Mia!. She has been in countless shows since, with her most memorable role being Scaramouche in the worldwide musical hit We Will Rock You, working with Brian May from Queen and Ben Elton. Other career highlights include playing Jo March in Little Women, Petra in Opera Australia’s version of A Little Night Music with Anthony Warlow, and covering Liza in The Boy From Oz with Hugh Jackman. Kate Maree was one of the four original cast members of Matthew Robinson’s song cycle Sing On Through Tomorrow and can be heard on the cast recording (available for purchase on ITunes). She most recently appeared in Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews. Kate Maree has received many nominations and awards including a Sydney Theatre Award, a Green Room Award and a prestigious Helpmann Award, which she won for her role in We Will Rock You.
Georgina Hopson

Georgina Hopson

Ensemble

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Georgina Hopson

Ensemble

Georgina Hopson is the 2017 winner of the Rob Guest Endowment Award and a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Most recently Georgina performed in the Dame Julie Andrews-directed 60th Anniversary Production of My Fair Lady (Opera Australia/John Frost) as Ensemble/Eliza Doolittle cover, and in The Production Company’s Oklahoma!. Her other theatre credits include Cinderella in Into the Woods (Harvest Rain), Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Essgee/Harvest Rain), Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (Arts Centre Gold Coast) and Sue Snell in Carrie (Wax Lyrical/Brisbane Powerhouse). On screen, Georgina played Wendy Hogan in the Paul Hogan biopic Hoges (Channel 7). In 2015, Georgina received a Matilda Award for Best Emerging Artist, for her work in Queensland Theatre.
Thomas Johansson

Thomas Johansson

Ensemble

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Thomas Johansson

Ensemble

Thomas began his formal dance training at the age of 16 at Ballarat Ballet Centre before enrolling in Dance World Studios' Diploma of Classical Ballet (2005). He was awarded a full scholarship to continue training at Ballet Theatre Victoria and graduated from their fulltime course in 2008. Since graduating, Thomas has amassed an impressive body of work including contracts with the Duprada Dance Company, Tasmanian Classical Ballet Company, Really Useful Group and Opera Australia. With Duprada Dance Company and TCBC, Thomas performed many principal roles including Franz in Coppelia, Albrecht in Giselle, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Other professional credits include Gurn in La Sylphide with the Young Dancers Company of Central Queensland, The White Bat for Danceworks Productions (Malaysia) and various contracts with Opera Australia including Turandot, The Pearlfishers, Madama Butterfly and The Ring Cycle (2013 and 2016 season). Thomas made his music theatre debut in 2014 as Pouncival in the Asia Pacific tour of Cats (Really Useful Group) touring South Korea, Singapore, Macau, Auckland and Australia. Thomas is thrilled to be joining the cast of Evita and dedicates his performance to his friends and family.  
Kathleen Moore

Kathleen Moore

Ensemble

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Kathleen Moore

Ensemble

Kathleen was born and raised in Canada and has called Australia home for the past 13 years. She has an honours degree in Theatre and has post graduate studies in Opera, Art Song and Oratorio at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her Canadian stage roles includes Page in Seesaw and Clarice/Brigella in Servant of Two Masters (Toronto), Phyllis in Iolanthe (Winnipeg) and Minerva in Orpheus and the Underworld (Edmonton). Kathleen’s Australian stage credits include Confidante/Wardrobe Mistress in the Australasian tour of The Phantom of the Opera (Really Useful Group and Gordon Frost Organisation), Clara in the Australian Premier of The Light in the Piazza (Sydney Lyric Theatre), Edith Understudy in The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Australia), Yelenka/Lara Understudy in Dr. Zhivago, the Musical (GFO), Madame Giry Understudy in the International tour of The Phantom of the Opera (RUG), Sister Margaretta/Sister Bertha Understudy in The Sound of Music (GFO), and Madame Benoit/Chorus in La Bohème (HOSH/Opera Australia). Kathleen is thrilled to be a part of this production of Evita.
Thern Reynolds

Thern Reynolds

Ensemble

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Thern Reynolds

Ensemble

Thern has had an extensive and varied career in musical theatre. He was cast in his first professional show in 1989 while still in high school - the original Australian production of 42nd Street - and has barely stopped working since. His career has taken him all over Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has seen him take on many challenges, as an ensemble member, an understudy, dance captain, swing, minor roles, major roles, resident director/choreographer and director. Thern's theatre credits include West Side Story, Easter Parade, Red Hot & Rhonda, My Fair Lady, Wing in Hot Shoe Shuffle, Happy Days the Arena Spectacular (Dance Captain), Miss Saigon (Dance Captain), Chess, The Boy from Oz, Rent (Dance Captain), Tulsa in Gypsy, Chicago (Dance Captain), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Play The Game, Lewis in Pippin, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street (Green Room Award nomination), Flinders St (Director), The Mayor/Paul Gill in Rock of Ages (Dance Captain), An Officer and a Gentleman (Dance Captain), Mary Poppins, South Pacific, The Cherries Man in Fosse, Tonight’s The Night, Mind The Gap, Moulin Rouge (film), De-Lovely (film) and The Rocky Horror Show (Resident Director/ Choreographer). Thern’s most recent credits include Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, Brit in We Will Rock You, the Resident Director for Cabaret, and The Production Company's Jesus Christ Superstar. Thern is delighted to be appearing in Evita.
Christopher Scalzo

Christopher Scalzo

Ensemble

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Christopher Scalzo

Ensemble

Originally from Melbourne, Chris moved to Sydney to train at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He joins Evita fresh from the national tour of Green Day’s hit rock extravaganza American Idiot (Shake&Stir), where he played the role of Theo. Audiences may also know Chris best from his portrayal of Angel in the Hayes Theatre Co’s game-changing production of Rent (Highway Run). Rent played two critically acclaimed, sell-out seasons and garnered unanimous acclaim. Before Rent, Chris toured Australia, New Zealand and Asia as part of the record-breaking touring companies of Wicked (Universal/GFO), covering and performing the role of Boq and as part of the remarkable ensemble. Some of Chris’s other mainstage theatre credits include the original cast of the Des McAnuff-directed stage epic Doctor Zhivago (GFO), Man 1 in Songs For A New World (Hayes Theatre Co/ Blue Saint), creating the role of Aloysius in the Darren Gilshenan-directed The Chaos Fairy (Monkey Baa), The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Australia), the Newsboy in the international tour of Jekyll and Hyde (TML) and Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins (Meredith Shaw). Chris’s also holds a number of diverse TV credits and his voice can be heard on several cast recordings.
David Sirianni

David Sirianni

Swing / Dance Captain

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David Sirianni

Swing / Dance Captain

David began his training at The Bev Palmer Dancers and graduated from the University of Ballarat’s Arts Academy in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre). In his graduating year David made his professional debut in West Side Story for The Production Company. He most recently toured as Dance Captain/Swing on the 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady (Gordon Frost/ Opera Australia) directed by Dame Julie Andrews. Earlier this year David choreographed Urinetown for Lasalle College Of The Arts in Singapore.
Tod Strike

Tod Strike

Swing

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Tod Strike

Swing

Tod has performed in and on some of the world’s biggest events and stages including the Emmys, the Eurovision Song Competition, the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Rules Grand Final as well as many various notable television programs in Australia, Europe, Asia, North and South America. A former member of the Ten Tenors, Tod features on the ARIA-nominated platinum album Tenology and many other recordings. His credits include Turandot, Otello, Goro in Madame Butterfly, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Cascada in The Merry Widow, Gremio in Kiss Me Kate, and Sonny and u/s Kenickie in Grease. Tod played Travis and understudied the role of Willard in Footloose, has performed Rum Tum Tugger/Gus/Old Deuteronomy in Cats, Mike in Jekyll and Hyde, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Zangara in Assassins, Berger in Hair, Dorsey in Parade and Lt. Torasso in Passion. Most recently he played Patroclus in Jon English’s Rock Opera, Paris. Tod appeared on The Dr Blake Mysteries for ABC TV, covered the role of Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific and understudied and performed Raoul and the Phantom in Love Never Dies. Tod originated the role of Harvey Milk in Australia in Harvey Milk - A Contemporary Opera. In his corporate act Contempo, Tod travels the globe and is a regular on some of the world’s finest cruise ships.
Simon Tichelaar

Simon Tichelaar

Ensemble

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Simon Tichelaar

Ensemble

Simon started his professional career after completing his training in 2012 at ED5 International Performing Arts College with a Certificate IV and Diploma in Performing Arts. He moved to London in 2014 to join 201 Dance Company with their touring contemporary dance show If Your Leave, which toured throughout the United Kingdom. In early 2016 he relocated back to Australia to work alongside other national and international choreographers in Creative Generation State Schools On Stage. Simon appeared in a project for Sony Japan, as a Neanderthal Shaman/Witch Doctor in an Evolution documentary on Japanese television, and has just recently finished a season as part of the ensemble with Opera Australia in the Australian Premiere of The Nose, a Dmitri Shostakovich opera directed by Barrie Kosky. Simon is thrilled to be making his musical theatre debut with Opera Australia and GFO in this production of Evita and would like to thank his family for their guidance and support. He would also like to express gratitude to Grayboy The Agency, ED5 International and everyone who contributed to guiding him to become the performer he is today.
Dean Vince

Dean Vince

Ensemble

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Dean Vince

Ensemble

Dean graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Arts (Musical Theatre) in 2002. His credits include Standby Jafar/Sultan in Aladdin, Mr Marks/Scott in The Producers, Mayor of Merano in Chess, Stan in Promises, Promises, Plato/Macavity in Cats, Smoky in Damn Yankees, Fogarty/Judge in Chicago (Green Room Award for Ensemble Performance), Pancrazio in The Venetian Twins, Sheriff Vallon in Showboat, and the world premiere productions of Dirty Dancing (as Stan), Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical and King Kong – Live on Stage (as Zekey). Dean can be heard on the Original Cast Recordings of both Dirty Dancing and Priscilla. Dean played Gangle in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (Green Room nomination) and features in the hugely successful film version of the production. He also played Munkustrap in Harvest Rain’s record breaking arena production of Cats. Dean’s additional stage credits include the Australian Premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim produced by Sqabbalogic, Harvest Rain’s The Pirates of Penzance as the Sergeant of Police, Officer Krupke in West Side Story (the Production Company) and the Narrator in Harvest Rain’s Into The Woods.
Rachael Ward

Rachael Ward

Ensemble

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Rachael Ward

Ensemble

After graduating full-time courses in classical ballet and musical theatre in Australia, further study with the Associated Studios in London, and most recently with the Howard Fine Acting Studio, Rachael has gained a diverse range of national and International credits. She has danced for Kanye West in his live concert and played the roles of Mona/US Roxie Hart in Chicago, Blue Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical and originated the role of Bombalurina in Cats for Royal Caribbean and in the French production at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris (RUG). Rachael returned to Australia performing the role of Ensemble/US Lina Lamont in the Australian tour of Singin’ In The Rain (TEG Dainty/Michael Cassel), and went on to tour the show to Tokyo. She then made her Production Company debut in Hello, Dolly! and joined the company once again for Jesus Christ Superstar. Rachael’s TV appearances include France Télévision’s Téléthon 2015, the 2016 Helpmann Awards and 2017 Woolworths Carols in the Domain. Rachael was chosen as a semi-finalist for the prestigious 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award and is currently on the Australian national tour of The Wizard of Oz. Rachael is ecstatic to be joining the cast of Evita.
Paul Whiteley

Paul Whiteley

Ensemble

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Paul Whiteley

Ensemble

Paul Whiteley graduated from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006. He recently featured in the 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady directed by Hollywood and Broadway legend Dame Julie Andrews. From 2012-16, Paul covered the role of the Phantom in the 25th anniversary world tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Previously he has toured Australia and Asia performing in the musicals Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys and Jekyll & Hyde. Paul’s opera credits include The Merry Widow, GötterdämmerungNostradamus and Batavia for West Australian Opera. He started his career in Adelaide rock bands as a drummer, then frontman, then lead singer in the award-winning a cappella group Red Pepper. In recent years he has added artistic director to his varied talents most notably directing Into The Woods at Mahidol University, Bangkok.

Child Cast

Jack Barton

Jack Barton

Children’s Ensemble

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Jack Barton

Jack Barton is a young vocalist from Sydney’s eastern beaches whose potential was first recognised, then nurtured, by Reddam House's primary school music department. Allowed to select voice as his instrument one year earlier than normally permitted, Jack’s confidence and abilities quickly propelled him from school musicals at NIDA to professional performances at the Sydney Opera House. He previously sang with the Sydney Children's Choir. Jack made his professional debut less than 12 months ago as a member of the children’s choir for the 2017 season of Carmen, and is thrilled to once again join Opera Australia’s cast in this year’s staging of the iconic musical Evita.
BeBe Liu Brennan

BeBe Liu Brennan

Children’s Ensemble

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BeBe Liu Brennan

BeBe comes from a very theatrical family. Her father Jason has a very successful career as a performer and now works behind the scenes on productions and events. Her mother Rebecca operates one of Sydney’s leading performing arts schools, PAWS, in which BeBe attends. She is represented by The Garage Creative Management. She has featured in campaigns for Centrum, modelled for Peter Alexander and featured in Kids 21 Magazine and on Hi-5. BeBe has recently appeared in Opera Australia’s Madame Butterfly and is thrilled to return to the stage in Evita.
Alysiah Carlino

Alysiah Carlino

Children’s Ensemble

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Alysiah Carlino

At such a young age, Alysiah has already accumulated many experiences within the entertainment industry. Alysiah trains at All Starz Performing Arts and is proudly represented by The Garage Creative Management. She played the character of Mina in the opening ceremony of the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, choreographed by Kate Wormald with creative direction by Nathan Wright. She appeared in the film clip Aint Your Girl which was the debut single for the girl group Beatz. She has also appeared at the Carols In The Domain for Angelina Ballerina. Alysiah thanks her beautiful family for supporting her every step!
Julien Daher

Julien Daher

Children’s Ensemble

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Julien Daher

Eight-year old Julien began singing lessons at the age of five. His first stage experiences were in Opera Projects, Sydney productions of Madama Butterfly in the role of Sorrow and as a child in Suor Angelica. Julien recently appeared in a Hyundai commercial and also played a role in the drama series Bite Club for Channel 9. He also attends drama and Hip-Hop classes at Brent Street and enjoys snow skiing, guitar, going to the beach, gaming, bike riding, telling jokes…and always singing!  Evita marks Julien’s professional debut.
Jacob Drew

Jacob Drew

Children’s Ensemble

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Jacob Drew

Jacob is a Year 6 student at Mosman Public School. He loves spending time with his friends and family, playing soccer, tennis and cricket, and anything to do with drama and singing. Jacob is a member of the NSW state drama group and has performed at NIDA and the Seymour Centre with his school and state drama ensembles. He has also sung with his school at the Arts Alive Primary Choral Concert and the NSW School Spectacular. This is Jacob’s first professional performance.
Paige Hewlett

Paige Hewlett

Children’s Ensemble

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Paige Hewlett

Paige Hewlett was born with a passion for performance, singing and dancing before she could even walk and talk. Paige has been formally training in drama, dance and singing since age five when she joined the Junior Australian Girls Choir and started ballet school. She is currently attending both Sydney Vocal Arts Centre for singing and musical theatre and Van Loon Dance Academy. Paige is very excited and honoured to be making her professional theatre debut in this wonderful production of Evita. She would like to take this opportunity to thank her Dad, sister and brother for their love and support and her Mum for all the time, effort and persistence she has given Paige in allowing her to pursue her dreams.
Robbi Morgan

Robbi Morgan

Children’s Ensemble

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Robbi Morgan

Robbi is thrilled to be returning to the stage after his appearance as Benji in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Robbi’s performance experience includes commercials for AAMI, Cuddly, Woolworths and Disney Marvel; a stills campaign for Michel’s Patisserie; the web series Miss and fashion parades. He also had the honour of performing as Michael Darling in Bonnie Lythgoe’s Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. Robbi loves singing, motorbike riding, playing soccer and tennis and hanging out with his mates, and is represented by T&E Management.
Allerah Murdock

Allerah Murdock

Children’s Ensemble

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Allerah Murdock

Allerah is making her musical theatre debut in Evita and hopes this marks the beginning of successful career ahead. She attends GY Dance and has been under the guidance of Glenda Yee and Johanna van Althuis-Jones who have mentored and guided the careers of many established artists in the industry. She has modelled for various seasons at Westfield and was featured in the Project Pink Gala for Project Dance. Allerah would love to thank her brother and parents, as well as her big sister Kiarnah who is such an inspiration to her. Allerah is proudly represented by The Garage Creative Management.
William Oakley

William Oakley

Children’s Ensemble

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William Oakley

William has a passion for both singing and acting. He has performed in theatrical productions such as Kinky Boots, The King and I and Faust. His film and television roles include Top of the Lake (Season 2), Hyde and Seek (TV series), Camp (USA TV series), Manny Lewis (film), Banana Boy (short film) and numerous television commercials. William studies both singing and acting at Sister2Sister School of Singing. He would like to thank his family and T & E Management for their ongoing support and encouragement.
Pamelia Papacosta

Pamelia Papacosta

Children’s Ensemble

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Pamelia Papacosta

Pamelia has been attending dancing and singing classes at Brent Street since the age of three. She has featured in television commercials for ANZ and most recently for Toys”R”Us as a dancer. Pamelia made her acting debut in the short film Nina playing the role of Maram. In her spare time she enjoys swimming and ballroom dancing. Pamelia is thrilled to be making her professional music theatre debut in Evita.
Benjamin Park

Benjamin Park

Children’s Ensemble

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Benjamin Park

Benjamin began his acting career at the age of six with Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly. Since then, he has performed in John Frost’s The King and I, two seasons of Opera Australia’s La Boheme and Carmen and annual Home Education productions. Benjamin has a keen sense of humour, loves reading, soccer and taekwondo.
Sara Petrovski

Sara Petrovski

Children’s Ensemble

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Sara Petrovski

Sara has loved performing since she was young. Her credits include commercials and promos for KFC and Rugby League World Cup 2017, and numerous voiceovers, stills campaigns and fashion parades. Sara took the title at the 2018 Parravision singing contest judged by Kate Ceberano (with whom she performed alongside) and was crowned The Voice of Dancelife Unite 2017. Sara was recently selected as a Schools Spectacular Featured Artist. She loves singing, songwriting and piano, athletics, acrobatics and making new friends. At school Sara is a member of the debating team, choir and the Student Representative Council (SRC).
Raffaella Reid

Raffaella Reid

Children’s Ensemble

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Raffaella Reid

Raffie has had singing lessons since 2013, firstly at the Bondi Guitar school, then with Becky Gilhespie and from 2017 with Tanith Bryce. She has also had speech and drama lessons at Ascham since 2015 and has participated in a number of school speech and drama performance, both solo and as one of the lead roles in the 2017 end of year school production. Raffie completed her first AMEB Preliminary singing exam in May with an A. She joined the Sydney Children’s Choir in 2016 and then the Ascham School choirs in 2017 and 2018. She has also had instrumental music lessons on Piano (2014), Violin (2015) and currently Trombone.
Avaleigh Rock

Avaleigh Rock

Children’s Ensemble

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Avaleigh Rock

Avaleigh is an exciting young talent, who trains at All Starz Performing Arts under the guidance of Belinda Agostino and Priscilla Severino. She attends private vocal lessons with John Rouvas and is proudly represented by The Garage Creative Management. Avaleigh has modelled in campaigns for Best & Less, Precious Li’l Things and is an ambassador for MadMia. She has appeared in the Angelina Ballerina ballet at the Sydney Opera House, and was recently featured in the SAP Opening at Sydney’s ICC, choreographed by Cat Santos and directed by Jeep Management. She thanks her wonderful family for supporting her dreams!
Amelie Rose

Amelie Rose

Children’s Ensemble

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Amelie Rose

Amelie is a Year 4 student at Allambie Heights Public School. She loves spending time with her family and friends and especially her eight month old Dalmatian puppy Barney. She enjoys playing soccer, long bush walks, being a Cub Scout and dance but her real passion is singing and drama. Amelie is a student of Sydney Vocal Arts under the guidance of Margi Coen and also of Stage Artz Theatre Company, for which she has performed for the past three years in their musicals Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Little Mermaid and Honk to raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is a member of the Opera House Choir at School and performed in various SVAC and school productions. This is Amelie's first professional performance.
Austin Taylor

Austin Taylor

Children’s Ensemble

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Austin Taylor

Austin Taylor is a Year 5 student at Manly West Public school on the Northern Beaches. He loves soccer, singing and playing his guitar. Austin has been learning the guitar since he was five years old and started performing publicly in 2017. Austin has also modeled for various brands such as Bonds, David Jones, Aldi, Big W and Sydney Opera House. He can often be found busking on weekends down at Manly Corso or hanging at the beach with his family and friends. This will be his professional performing debut.
Oliver Trus

Oliver Trus

Children’s Ensemble

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Oliver Trus

Oliver’s passion is song and dance with s strong focus on ballet. In 2017, he was selected for the Australian Ballet’s Interstate Training Program, designed to nurture Australia’s talented youth in dance. He has participated in a number of workshops, including Australian Ballet Summer School, Australian Ballet Boy’s Intensives and the Royal Academy of Dance Boys Program. Oliver brings enthusiasm and creativity to all performances and has appeared in school musical and ballet productions for Fiddler on The Roof, Aladdin, The Nutcracker and Avant-Garde, a double bill comprising Sergei Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, directed by Delia Harrington. Oliver also participates in the award-winning Reddam House school choir which placed first in the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod.
Zoe Zantey

Zoe Zantey

Children’s Ensemble

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Zoe Zantey

Zoe began her training at the age of three, and now performs at eisteddfods with the JWDA troupe in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and hip-hop. She recently achieved Distinction in her RAD exams and attends weekly private singing lessons in pursuit of her dreams of making the professional stage her home. Zoe has appeared in The Imagination Train (GO Channel). Through her school, she is able to compete at the Sydney Eisteddfod and was interviewed and her photograph used in the promotions. Zoe is so thankful for her supportive parents and is proudly represented by The Garage Creative Management.