director - Tyran Parke
Tyran is an award-winning actor, singer, teacher and director. As an actor has played roles professionally in ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Mack and Mabel’‘Anything Goes’, ‘Funny Girl’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Sunset Blvd’, ‘Rosie’,‘Into the Woods’, ‘Evita’, ‘Listen to My Heart’, ‘Eurobeat’,‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Hatpin’, to name a few, and on television, he had a recurring role in ‘Crash Palace’ and‘Wonderland’.
Professional Directing credits include the musicals, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Lovebites’, Metro St’, ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Rent’, the plays,‘Thom Pain’, ‘Pool (no water)’, ‘The Laramie Project’and the opera, ‘The Fairy Queen’.He worked as dramaturg and director on ‘King of the World’starring Simon Gleeson and ‘Morgan’s Run’alongside Colleen McCulloch, both for Symphony of Australia Pty Ltd. He also directed the workshops ‘Stalker- the Musical’(Hayes Theatre) and the ‘Madness musical’, ‘Our House’for Storeyboard Entertainment.
Having played the title role in ‘Sunday in the Park with George’professionally, he was thrilled to recently direct a production for WAAPA’s graduating year (twenty years after he, himself graduated). A Stephen Sondheim devotee, he received huge acclaim for the all-star presentation of ‘Follies’at the Mebourne Recital Hall starring Philip Quast, Nancye Hayes, Lisa McCune, Debra Byrne, Bert and Patti Newton and many others. The revival of his acclaimed production of Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’, which played a sold-out season in Melbourne, toured throughout Victoria and his production of ‘Into the Woods’repeated this artistic success. Other productions include the acclaimed, ‘Big Fish’(Broadway World and Glugg nominations- best director) at the Hayes Theatre, Debra Byrne and Vika Bull in ‘Tapestry’, (national tour) ‘Falsetto’s’,‘Ordinary Days’(Green Room Award Award – Best Director) and the opera ‘The Coronation of Poppea’(Opera Chaser Award – Best director of an Opera). Student productions include ‘A Chorus Line’at VCA, ‘Sunday in the Park With George’at WAAPA and ‘Hello Again’at NIDA. Tyran was employed by Cirque De Soleilas director for their national auditions during 2016.
His debut CD, SUNDAY IN THE PARKEwas released to rave reviews worldwide. His next, COMPOSITIONSCD featured music written especially for him by Broadways top composers, as inspired by the award-winning photographs of brother, Trent Parke. The concert of this was premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. As a teacher Tyran has worked for all the major training institutions and is currently the Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Tyran is currently directing the musical ‘Barnum’ starring Todd McKenny. For more information please see; www.tyranparke.com
music director - Stephen Gray
Stephen works extensively throughout Australia as a conductor, arranger and pianist. His credits as Musical Director & Conductor include: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical (Australian world premiere & revival, New Zealand & South Africa),Barnum – The Circus Musical, Follies In Concert, Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls, Xanadu, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, Dames at Sea, A Swell Party, The Tap Pack, Underdogs and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
He was Associate Musical Director & Conductor for A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Singin’ In The Rain, Jolson, Cabaret, Oliver! and Grease – The Arena Spectacular. For the Victorian College of the Arts, Stephen has been the Musical Director of West Side Story and Li’l Abner. He has been twice nominated by the Victorian Green Room Awards for their Musical Direction Award for his contributions to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical and Xanadu.
Stephen's arranging & orchestration credits include Barnum – The Circus Musical, the sell out Melbourne season of The Tap Pack, Candy Man, Underdogs, The Merry Widow from Bluegum Creek, Boy’s Own Macbeth, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the CDs Tribute (featuring John Bowles), Sing, Sing, Sing (featuring Wayne Scott Kermond) and Musical Direction & vocal arrangements for the Australian & US Tours of Scooby-Doo Live.
For the Melbourne & Ballarat Cabaret Festivals, Stephen has been Musical Director and Accompanist for A Singer Must Die, Good Girl/Bad Girl and Aznavourian and has recently collaborated on a new work, Songs From the Pavement, which explores the lives & music of Charles Aznavour & Edith Piaf. Stephen has also been heard in many a pit orchestra on piano and keyboards for many a show including the original Australian productions of Cats, Les Misérables, 42nd Street and Jerry’s Girls.
producer/cast- caitlin spears
Caitlin graduated the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). Singing classically from the age of nine her professional debut was creating the title role of Clarice in Women in War, A Contemporary Opera which toured both Greece and Australia. Other theatre credits include Brigadoon (TPC) , Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (AIOC China Tour 2017), Rolling Thunder Vietnam (Australian Tour 2016) In Like Flynn, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, The Girlie Show, The Night Before Christmas, Harvey Milk the Opera, Nine, Li’l Abner, A Little Touch of Chaos, and short films such as Caution, RUSE, I’ll Do Anything and Paradox Pizza. Caitlin was also a Rob Guest 2016 Semi Finalist.
Caitlin started her first theatre company in 2017, co-writing/producing/performing two critically acclaimed plays, Cactus and the Mime (Winner-Tour Ready Award) and Purgastory, both were nominated for Best Performance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Since then she has opened her own production company Spears Entertainment, focused on creating more opportunities in theatre, for more people. Caitlin is represented by Mollison Keightley Management and is a proud member of Equity.
cast - Embla Bishop
Growing up in London in a Swedish speaking home, Embla’s first professional appearance was in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium UK). She went on to feature in two operas, La Boheme and The Magic Flute (Farrer Theatre, Eton) before moving to Sydney in 2009. Embla graduated from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2016. Most recently Embla understudied and performed the roles of Charity Barnum and Jenny Lind in Barnum, the Circus Musical (Storeyboard Entertainment) other credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Brigadoon (The Production Company), Mrs Spencer in Merrily We Roll Along (Little Triangle), Oklahoma! (The Production Company), Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (Ozpanto/Bonnie Lythgoe), and A Little Cabaret (Little Triangle). She was honoured to be a Semi-finalist for the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment award. Embla’s film credits include SALLY (Thundamentals) and Maddison in Three Summers (dir. Ben Elton).
Embla is thrilled to be joining the cast of Everything’s coming up Sondheim and would like to thank her family and agents at Aran Michael Management for their continuous support.
Cast - Sally Bourne
Sally has been working in theatre, TV, film & cabaret for over 35 years. After being cast as Australia’s original orphan Annie, her musical theatre credits include; (Australia): Nine, Les Miserables. (London): My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, A My Name is Alice, The Rose & the Ring, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hey, Mr Producer & the world premier casts of The Beautiful Game & Jerry Springer the Opera. Sally was a regular on London’s cabaret & stand up circuit for over 10 years and was cast as Eva’s maid in the film Evita during her time there.
Sally returned to Australia in 2004, since then she has appeared in Damn Yankees, The Boy From Oz & Brigadoon (for The Production Company) & the world premier productions of Shane Warne the Musical, Once We Lived Here (Green Room Award nomination) & as Layla in the Cat Stevens musical Moonshadow. In 2016, Sally played the iconic role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim’s Company at 45 Downstairs. Her television credits include; The Sullivans, I Can Jump Puddles, Prisoner, Small Time Gangster, Neighbours, Newtons Law. Sally has also been involved in over 30 cabaret shows as performer, writer, director and dramaturge. She has been nominated for two Green Room awards for best original songs in cabaret.
For more info visit: www.sallybourne.com
cast - Alex Gibson-giorgio
In 2014, Alex graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre), where he performed the roles of Judd Fry in Oklahoma!, Harold Slocum in Summer Rain, and in his graduating year Arthur in James Millar and Peter Rutherford’s A Little Touch of Chaos (dir. Iain Sinclair) and Marryin’ Sam in Lil’ Abner (dir. Martin Croft).
Prior, Alex attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and is a graduate of the NIDA Diploma of Music Theatre course.
Alex is the 2014 recipient of the Ron and Margaret Dobell Award. In 2015, Alex made his professional debut as part of the ensemble for Opera Australia’s Anything Goes, and in 2016 Alex performed on stage in Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical.
Alex appeared in the Australian stage production of Disney’s Aladdin where he covered the leading role of Jafar, and performed in the 2017/2018 Australian tour of Mamma Mia The Musical playing the role of Eddie.
Most recently Alex has been seen in the Brisbane Powerhouse production of Yank!
cast - kerrie anne greenland
Helpmann award winner, Kerrie Anne Greenland, made her music theatre debut as Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Miserables after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts, where she played the roles of The Witch in Into the Woods, Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Her portrayal of Eponine won her international critical acclaim and multiple awards, including the Helpmann. Kerrie Anne went on to play Violet Hilton, in Side Show, Cassandra in Jon English’s Paris a Rock Odyssey, Esther in Meet Me in St Louis, Patsy Cline in Always, Patsy Cline, and to originate the role of Dom in The Things Between Us at the Christchurch Arts Festival. She has toured her concert, Pictures: Songs from Movie Musicals, which is based on her chart-topping album of the same title, performed multiple times at the Sydney Opera House, and is currently studying her Masters in Music (Opera Performance).
cast - Genevieve Kingsford
Born and raised in Melbourne, Genevieve moved to the UK to study at the London School of Musical Theatre. She made her professional debut playing Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Twickenham theatre, which won the 2015 What’s On Stage Award for Best Off-West End Production.
Since returning to Australia, Genevieve’s starring roles have included Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Life Like Company), Fiona in Brigadoon (The Production Company) for which she was nominated Best-Actress in a musical at the Greenroom Awards, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (The Australian Shakespeare Company) and Miss Phoebe D’ysquith in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (The Production Company). Earlier in 2019, Genevieve played Johanna in the Australian Production of Sweeney Todd (The Life Like Company), alongside Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley.
Later in 2019, Genevieve will be singing in the Australian tour From Broadway to La Scala and with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in their Shell Proms.
cast - Phillip Lowe
Phillip studied at WAAPA and has since featured in the musicals Crazy for You, Cabaret, Showboat, The Producers, Dusty, Mary Poppins, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Georgy Girl, and Mamma Mia.
For STC, Phillip appeared in The Sunshine Club and has also featured in several independent productions: No Way to Treat a Lady, Sondheim on Sondheim (for Sqabbalogic), Beyond Desire, Blood Brothers, High Society and Big Fish.
Television credits include dozens of commercials as well as guest roles on ‘McLeod’s Daughter’s’, ‘All Saints’, ‘Home and Away’, the CBS mini-series ‘Blonde’, ‘Crownies’, ‘Anzac Girls’ and the documentary ‘Australia: The Story of Us’.
Phillip’s film credits include ‘Thank God He Met Lizzie’, ‘Black and White’ and ‘The Honorable Wally Norman’.
cast - Cameron Taylor
Cameron holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Musical Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Originally trained in physical theatre, Cameron is also proud to be a part of Cirque du Soleil's agency as a clown and physical actor.
He has recently performed in Bonnie Lythgoe Productions “Sleeping Beauty” and also toured “Treasure Hunt” with children’s theatre company Echelon Productions.
Since graduating Cameron has written, produced and starred in his own critically acclaimed show PISCA. The original production PISCA received two Greenroom nominations and will be performing at Melbourne and Sydney Fringe this year. His children's show "Head In The Clouds" will also be at the ROOLA BOOLA Children's festival after a two-month show development proudly supported by City Of Stonnington.