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Cast

Joe Meldrum

Joe’s ambition to pursue music theatre became evident from a young age and was encouraged whilst growing up in Adelaide. He was fortunate enough to tour and perform in China, Japan, Los Angeles and New York whilst in his final years of high school.   Straight after graduating, Joe ventured to Perth to study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During his time at WAAPA, Joe had the opportunity to perform the roles of Big Deal in West Side Story, Tiny Tom in Urinetown, George in Carrie, was Dance Captain for Children of Eden, and played the Kiki/Cardio-Whypp Track in Legally Blonde.
 
Along with these credits, Joe recently performed in the 2015 Australian Tour of the BBC’s Dr. Who Symphonic Spectacular, toured as a Hollywood Dancer in association with LJ Hooker and Ding Productions, and has danced for over 46,000 patrons at various televised Australian Cricket Matches.
 
Joe also appeared alongside Simon Gleeson, John Woods and Lucy Maunder in the 2016 stage production of Curtains by The Production Company at Arts Centre Melbourne.


Imogen Moore

Born and raised in Hobart, Imogen trained in all areas of the performing arts from a very young age. Imogen is a 2014 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, BFA Music Theatre. In 2015, she made her professional debut in Opera Australia and John Frost’s award winning production of Anything Goes in which she understudied and performed the lead role of Hope Harcourt at the Sydney Opera House and The Princess Theatre in Melbourne under the direction of Dean Bryant.
 
Also in 2015, she performed in Trifle Theatre Company’s celebrated production of Avenue Q (directed by Stephen Wheat) and toured South Africa with Life Like Touring’s production of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries.
 
Whilst at VCA, Imogen was the recipient of the Cassidy Bequest Scholarship and enjoyed playing roles such as Dream Laurey in Oklahoma! (directed by Gary Young), and Cathy Doyle in Summer Rain by Nick Enright and Terrence Clarke.  In her third year at VCA, Imogen played the leading role of Daisy Mae in Li’l Abner, Aunt Alice in James Millar and Peter Rutherford’s A Little Touch of Chaos and La Fleur in Nine.
 
In 2016 Imogen toured nationally with Live Nation’s Disney Under the Stars Concert series as a featured backing vocalist and once again with Scooby Doo. Additionally, she was part of concert presentation of FOLLIES (Melbourne Recital Centre) and in late 2016 she toured with Avenue Q and starred in the world premiere of Antarctica – A New Musical.


Daniele Buatti

Daniele is a Melbourne-based accompanist, arranger and musical director who works extensively in the realms of musical theatre and cabaret. He has been the resident musical director of Melbourne’s Broadway Unplugged since it launched in 2013 which sees him leading a phenomenal band, whilst arranging and performing a vast array of repertoire for each of their monthly events.

Through these regular events, the various cabarets he’s worked on and the range of other projects he’s been involved with, Daniele has had the pleasure of working with incredible artists such as Rob Mills, Queenie Van De Zandt, Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Renton-Gibb, the cast of King Kong and many more.

In addition to this, Daniele has had the pleasure of acting as the assistant Musical Director for Stage Art’s Hair, New Theatre’s Venetian Twins and is frequently seen playing at musical theatre auditions around Melbourne.

He can also been seen teaching at schools around Melbourne such as Federation University, Patrick Studios Australia and Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.

Daniele is currently completing study at AIM under the tutelage of John McAll whilst working in cabarets around Australia.

Creative

MARGARET FISK AM

Artistic Director
Executive Producer

Margaret has been involved in the event industry for over 30 years staging and managing events from large scale conferences, concerts, industry nights, product launches and choral activities.

Margaret has just finished a very successful 2014/2015 national tour of the smash hit CALIFORNIA DREAMING – THE MUSIC OF THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS. The show has been so well received that it is touring again during 2016, including to New Zealand, with a further overseas tour slated for 2017.

Her current productions include: CAROLE KING – THE SONGBOOK OF HER LIFE, A FINE ROMANCE: THE MAGIC OF FRED ASTAIRE (South Australian Tour 2016) and THE BUGLE BOYS – A SALUTE TO THE ANDREW SISTERS (Chapel off Chapel 2015, Canberra Theatre 2016 and Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016).

For theatre, Margaret has been a producer, company manager, production manager and stage manager for a variety of companies including ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT CONCERTS (2012, 2013, 2014), OPRAHFICATION AND BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Adam Lowe Group). Margaret was the Consultant Producer for the Department of Defence for their recent successful 2014 production of THE LONG WAY HOME (Sydney Theatre Company).

For Magnormos, Margaret has been a producer for THE HATPIN (Theatre Works), MILK AND HONEY, DEAR WORLD, HELLO DOLLY (Jerry Herman Triptych, Melbourne Recital Centre), OZMADE MUSICALS 2010 and OZMADE MUSICALS 2012 (Comedy Theatre) and FLOWERCHILDREN (Theatre Works), FLOWERCHILDREN (Comedy Theatre), GODSPELL, PIPPIN, CHILDREN OF EDEN (Stephen Schwartz Triptych, Melbourne Recital Centre) and AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Melbourne Recital Centre). She has also been the Production Stage Manager for Magnormos including ANYONE CAN WHISTLE in 2010 as part of A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCH. During her time as producer with Magnormos, two of the productions won Green Room Awards (THE HATPIN and FLOWERCHILDREN).

Prior to this Margaret produced CALL GIRL THE MUSICAL (two seasons), THE HISTORY BOYS and the hugely successful I HEART FRANKSTON that broke all attendance records at The Butterfly Club (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) with Bryce Ives.

Through her family company JTM Productions, Margaret produces, manages and provides opportunities for Australian artists and those involved behind the scenes. Projects include: the production of the Award Winning CD “TALKING ANGELS’ by Annemiek Wilson, various promotional videos, the publication of the poetry booklet ‘A JOKER’S RIGHT OF REPLY’ by Simon Mansell (Choir of Hard Knocks), and with world-renowned Australian blind photographer Andrew Follows, numerous photographic exhibitions including an international tour. Other projects include: FIRE AND ICE, a visual arts/dance project which showcased at Gasworks in 2014, and with Christina Logan-Bell MUSIC OF THE LIGHTS, an interplay of music, light and sound, designed for children of all abilities and ILLUMINATE – an immersive installation of sound and light, exploring past and present stories of home and community.

Margaret’s community work includes being a previous Choir Manager/Events Manager for Choir of Hope and Inspiration and the multi-award winning 'Choir of Hard Knocks'. She is the founder and until recently, the National Coordinator of the Defence Special Needs Support Group.

In 1996, Margaret received an OAM and in 2016 she was awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honours. She is also a recipient of the Centenary of Australia Medal.


JEREMY HINMAN

Director
Choreographer

Jeremy has been dancing since age 4, in New Zealand where he grew up and trained. His extensive dance background includes training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom and Irish. His training has lead him to perform with New Zealand’s leading performance companies including the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

After graduating from NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre, Jeremy made the move across the ditch to Melbourne. NASDA performance credits include 42nd St (Andy Lee), Cats (Mister Mistoffelees) and Cloudstreet (Quick Lamb). Australian theatre credits include Hair (Stageart) and La Cage Aux Folles (Quirky Productions).

For JTM Productions he has choreographer the national tour of California Dreaming – The Music of the Mamas and the Papas and Bugle Boys – A Salute to the Andrews Sisters (Bugle Boys and JTM Productions). In 2016 he is both directing and choreographing Carole King – The Songbook of her life and A Fine Romance – The Magic of Fred Astaire, with JTM Productions.

Jeremy currently works primarily as a dance teacher and producer for Melbourne’s monthly industry event, Broadway Unplugged. His passion in teaching is to provide his students with a strong technical base to apply to all forms of choreography and delights in sharing his highly technical knowledge in an exciting and accessible manner.


SHANON D. WHITELOCK

Musical Director
Arranger

Shanon D. Whitelock has written original work for theatre, film, recordings and the concert stage since the age of seven. Ranked in the top ten of the Australian Songwriter's Association National Songwriting Competition by the age of 16, Whitelock has gone on to work with a high calibre of peers. Whitelock's first full length show, One - A New Musical, was staged in 2007.

In 2009 Whitelock workshopped original work with Tony Award winners Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Original score credits include the play Eight 

By Exhibit A:Theatre (2012), Carbon Dating (Australian tour, 2011), Short film Quiet You'll Wake up the War (Cannes Film Festival, 2010).

An accomplished Pianist, Musical Director and Conductor, Whitelock tours worldwide as well as working extensively with Australian theatre and cabaret. Appointments include musically directing numerous cabaret pieces across Australia, extensive collaboration with theatre stars Chelsea Gibb and Rachel Dunham, Associate Conductor for Carousel (Twelfth Night Theatre Company, Queensland), Musical Director for Isn't It Romantic - The Songs of Rodgers and Hart (Queensland Performing Arts Centre), Vocal Director for the Marvelous Wonderettes and the musical workshop for Pink conducted by Stephen Schwartz. Performances as a musician include Hairspray (Dainty Consolidated Entertainment/Roadshow Live), the Australian tour of Fame! The Musical (Gordon Frost Organisation) and Disney In Concert Under The Stars with the Chong Lim Orchestra.

He is also the Musical Director and Arranger for the recent Australian tour of California Dreaming – The Music of the Mamas and the Papas (JTM Productions) as well as the Musical Director and Arranger for A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire (both touring Australia during 2016/2017)

Whitelock’s most recent collaboration, Oprahfication, winner of Melbourne Short+Sweet Cabaret Tour Ready Award and Melbourne Cabaret Festival Excellence Award (2012), Green Room Awards Nominee for Best Musical Direction and Best Original Songs (2013), was featured at New York Musical Theatre Festival (2014). In 2015, he wrote and performed in his solo show Never Date A Songwriter at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne.


CHRISTINA LOGAN-BELL

Designer

Whilst at secondary school, Christina’s love of theatre began through performing but also designing sets for the school productions. This interest in theatre continued through university completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University majoring in Music, minor in Visual Arts. Christina then studied a Diploma of Design in Visual Merchandising at RMIT, and has completed a Post-Graduate in Theatre Design at the VCA.

Since graduating 9 years ago, Christina has been working as a free-lance designer in Set and Costume design for theatre. She recently completed a placement in the Digital Design Department at the National Theatre, London.

Christina has designed the set and costumes for Maria Stuarda, Der Freischütz and Cosi Fan Tutte (Melbourne Opera) Greenroom nomination for best design in opera, Flowerchildren – The Mamma’s and Papa’s Story (Magnormos), The Stephen Schwartz Triptych, Jerry Herman Triptych and Stephen Sondheim Triptych (Magnormos) – set, costume and projection design. The Hat Pin (Magnormos), True Love Travels on a Gravel Road (Fifteen minutes from Anywhere). Rio Saki and Other Falling objects (Parnassus Den), Melburnalia II and Macbeth Re-arisen (White Whale Theatre -nominated for best Independent Production at the Green Room awards), War Lounge (The Bettybooke) and Men (Straight Jacket Productions). A Kind of Alaska (Winterfall Theatre).

Christina’s Set Design credits include; Night School (VCA), Between Today and Tomorrow (VCA), Life’s a Circus (Magnormos). Costume design credits include; White with Wire Wheels (Melbourne Union Theatre) and Living Things (VCA puppetry) created by Peter Wilson, Disjointed Story and Lois and her Mother’s Secret Life (Cast and Crew Productions), Bow Wow Festival (The family Dog Circus), Triplicity (Weave Contemporary Dance Theatre), and As You Like it (Winterfall Theatre).

Christina was recently involved with set dressing and props for the Cabaret show Oprahfication (which was also featured at the New York Musical Theatre Festival) and the Melbourne Zoo concert version of the Disney musical Beauty and The Beast (Adam J. Lowe Productions).

Christina is the Designer (Set and Costumes) for the national tour of California Dreaming – The Music of the Mamas and Papas, A FINE ROMANCE: THE MAGIC OF FRED ASTAIRE and CAROLE KING – THE SONGBOOK OF HER LIFE (JTM Productions), all touring during 2016. Christina was also the Designer (Set and Costumes) for THE BUGLE BOYS – A SALUTE THE ANDREWS SISTERS (Bugle Boys and JTM Productions).

As a Designer, Christina is in great demand and her designs can regularly be seen at theatres throughout Melbourne.

www.christinadesigns.com.au


LUCY BIRKINSHAW

Lighting Designer


PRODUCING COMPANY

JTM Productions

JTM Productions is a boutique family-owned theatre production company based in Melbourne, Victoria. Combining great music and drama, we are dedicated to bringing to the stage, high quality shows that entertain.

JTM Productions provide quality support and services across all aspects of theatre, including producing and presenting to creative development, general management, touring, financial, company and production management, design, marketing, investment, crew services and anything in between.

We can help people realize their dream whether it is producing a show, creating an event or managing a tour.

www.jtmproductions.com.au