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Craig McLachlan

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Craig McLachlan

Frank n Furter

With a career spanning thirty years, Gold Logie winner Craig McLachlan is one of Australia’s most versatile talents. Versatile indeed, considering he is effortlessly able to entertain audiences with two distinctly different doctors, the Transylvanian transsexual Dr Frank N Furter, and TV’s crime-solving supremo, Dr Lucien Blake. Craig’s list of television credits includes The Young Doctors, Neighbours, Home and Away, Heroes, Always Greener, Superfire, Blackjack, My Husband My Killer, McLeod’s Daughters, City Homicide, The Cut, Rescue: Special Ops, Lowdown, Heroes’ Mountain, Through My Eyes, and the smash-hit UK BBC 1 series, Bugs.

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Principle Cast

Cameron Daddo

Cameron Daddo

Narrator (Adelaide & Brisbane)

Cameron Daddo

Cameron Daddo

[Narrator (Adelaide & Brisbane)]

Cameron Daddo began his multi award-winning career in entertainment over 30 years ago. He has covered just about every angle; from acting, producing and directing in film and television to musical theatre, from a published singer/songwriter to magazine columnist, from a television host to radio announcer.

Cameron relocated to Los Angeles in 1992. He subsequently appeared in many top rating television shows, including just about all of the CSI’s and NCIS’s, The Mentalist, he featured as the Vice President in a season of 24 and played the President in the hit series Nikita, amongst many other credits. He is a multiple Logie and People’s Choice Award winner for his work on mini-series such as The Heroes, Golden Fiddles and Tracks of Glory.

In more recent times, Cameron has worked between the US and Australia with local stage credits for Legally Blonde and TV drama performances including Beaconsfield, the story of the 2006 mine collapse and as a series regular Adam Goodman in Packed to the Rafters. In the last few years, Cameron was acclaimed for his stage work in LA for Holding the Man, directed by Larry Moss and he performed the role of Captain Von Trapp in the London Palladium Production of The Sound of Music which toured nationally in Australia in 2015 and 2016. He also performed in The Haunting at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne earlier this year.

Cameron’s latest album TEN Songs and change… is available on iTunes and as the number one nighttime announcer, he can be heard seven nights a week on Smooth FM.

Richard O’Brien

Richard O’Brien

Narrator (Perth)

Richard O’Brien

Richard O’Brien

[Narrator (Perth)]

Richard O’Brien, who was born in 1942, began his life in the world of entertainment in 1965, when, at the age of 23, he rode horses in British-made movies. He had no desire to become a full-time stuntman and, wisely took himself off to an evening drama school which claimed to adhere to the teaching principles of Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and anyone else that had decided to embrace the more ‘naturalistic’ approach to acting, commonly known as The Method. In 1967, Richard became an ASM and understudy in a musical touring version of The Barretts of Wimpole Street, retitled as Robert and Elizabeth. He worked backstage in many West End theatres, most notably the Cambridge Theatre at Seven Dials, where, among other duties, he shone a Lime Light upon John Hanson who at the age of 46, may well have been the oldest Student Prince that the world had ever laid eyes upon.

In 1969, Richard joined an ensemble group in a joyous production of Gulliver’s Travels at the Mermaid Theatre. This show was designed and directed by Sean Kenny. The choreographer was a young Japanese Canadian called David Toguri and the following year, Richard auditioned for him once again and joined the cast of the British touring production of the American, ‘hippie’ musical Hair. After Hair came Jesus Christ Superstar which was directed by Jim Sharman. The following year, 1973, Jim cast Richard in a Sam Shepard play at the Royal Court Theatre’s Theatre Upstairs. It was here that he met Richard Hartley, his music partner of 40 years.

The Rocky Horror Show opened in July of the same year and, slowly but surely became the biggest cult musical of all time. Other highlights of Richard’s career are, of course, The Crystal Maze, a game show that warmed the autumn nights for Channel 4; the Child Catcher in the first stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; performing for the Queen in the gardens of Buckingham Palace upon Her Majesty’s 80th birthday; and playing Fagin in a New Zealand production of Oliver.

In a career that has spanned nearly 50 years, Richard has acted with some of the biggest and best known names in the industry and, lately, he has won over a new and younger crowd of fans as the voice of Lawrence Fletcher, the father of Phineas and Ferb, in the Disney cartoon series of the same name. Although now in his early seventies, Richard still refuses to make eye contact with the grim reaper.

Rob Mallet

Rob Mallet

Brad Majors

Rob Mallet

Rob Mallet

[Brad Majors]

Tasmanian born and bred, Rob gets his footwork from his formative years in Irish dancing. He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2012 with a BA in Music Theatre. During his last year at WAAPA, Rob appeared in a docu-drama for the BBC, Desert Rats, and a telemovie for ABC 1, The Accidental Soldier. Immediately after graduating, Rob appeared in a guest role on House Husbands for the Nine Network/Playmaker media, before joining the national tour of Hot Shoe Shuffle, directed by David Atkins, in the role of Buck.

In 2013 Rob also performed in A Cole Porter Celebration for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs as a lead vocalist, and during that same year was named a top six finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment. Following that, he featured in a guest role on Winners & Losers for the Seven Network, and in 2014/15 performed in the national, two-year tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables, directed by Lawrence Connor and James Powell, covering the role of Marius.

In 2016/17 he returned to the stage as part of the Ensemble/Don cover in the national tour and Japan season of Dainty Group’s Singin’ In The Rain, directed by Jonathan Church. In 2017, Rob most recently appeared as The Boy in critically acclaimed two hander production of The Events for Blue Cow Theatre in Tasmania, directed by Robert Jarman.

Michelle Smitheram

Michelle Smitheram

Janet Weiss

Michelle Smitheram

Michelle Smitheram

[Janet Weiss]

Michelle is originally from Melbourne and trained with May Downs School of Dance, the Children’s Performing Company of Australia, DW301, Robert Sturrock and The Howard Fine Acting Studio. Michelle’s theatre credits include ensemble/swing in Monty Python’s Spamalot, ensemble/understudy Roxie in Chicago (Australasia tour), the role of Paula in the Australian workshop of An Officer and A Gentleman, ensemble/understudy Amber and Penny in Hairspray (Australian tour), Lorraine in Jersey Boys, ensemble in Parade, ensemble in the Production Company’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, ensemble in the new Australian musical Georgy Girl, ensemble/understudy Sandra Dee in the World Premiere of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, and has most recently finished performing in the musical Cabaret where she covered the role of Sally Bowles.

Kristian Lavercombe

Kristian Lavercombe

Riff Raff

Kristian Lavercombe

Kristian Lavercombe

[Riff Raff]

Kristian has acted in over 1200 performances of The Rocky Horror Show, most notably for the UK’s 40th Anniversary tour, the New Zealand and Asian tours, and also the recent Australian tours. Aside from Rocky Horror, Kristian has had leading roles in over 30 professional productions. Highlights include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Auckland Theatre Company), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Downstage Theatre), Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Auckland Theatre Company), Dodger in Oliver! (Court Theatre), Puck in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (Christchurch Arts Festival) and The Dark Lady in the New Zealand tour of This Holy Fire of Love (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra).

Kristian’s other shows include Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Amy’s View, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Complete Works of Shakespeare – Abridged, Skylight, Antony and Cleopatra, Alice, Caesar and Cleopatra, Mother Courage, The Queen and I (Court Theatre), My First Time (Fortune Theatre), Rent (Auckland Musical Theatre), The Wizard Of Oz (Peach Theatre), Hushabye Mountain (Auckland International Comedy Festival), Amadeus (Theatre Alive), The Fantasticks (CAN Professional Theatre), Sinbad (The Actors Company) and Tarquin in the TV series Dark Knight (Palana Productions).

www.kristianlavercombe.com

Instagram: @kristianlavercombe

Amanda Harrison

Amanda Harrison

Magenta / Usherette

Amanda Harrison

Amanda Harrison

[Magenta / Usherette]

Amanda’s performance credits span three continents including the USA, the UK and Australia. Amanda is most well-known for originating the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked. For playing the role, Amanda was nominated for Green Room, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Amanda made her professional debut playing Jenny in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love. Other theatrical credits in Australia include Sunset Boulevard with Hugh Jackman, Miss Saigon, The Boy from Oz, City of Angels, Les Misérables and We Will Rock You, for which she was awarded the 2004 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Oz. For The Production Company, Amanda has appeared in Mame, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma! and as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Amanda created the role of Paula in the world premiere of An Officer and A Gentleman, for which she was again nominated for a Helpmann.

On London’s West End, Amanda was an original company member of We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre). Amanda also played Ali in Mamma Mia! at the Prince Edward Theatre. Amanda’s TV appearances in the UK include Parkinson, Children in Need and the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration – Party at the Palace with the WWRY cast, and guest roles in Oscar Charlie, Grange Hill and Casualty, all for the BBC. In New York, Amanda sang The Wizard and I at Carnegie Hall for G’day Australia Week in 2009. Amanda can be heard on I Dreamed a Dream – Hit Songs from Broadway, recorded with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Guy Noble for ABC Classics.

In concert Amanda has performed in Do You Hear the People Sing? in Shanghai and Taipei alongside Lea Salonga and Michael Ball, and also in The Music of Queen – A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Most recently Amanda was seen alongside her fellow Wicked alumni Lucy Durack, Jemma Rix and Helen Dallimore in Witches at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Amanda is an accomplished voice actor and has voiced characters in animations Get Ace and Kuu Kuu Harajuku for Ch10. Amanda recently appeared in Cyrens – The Swinging Songbook of Cy Coleman at the Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals.

You can follow Amanda on instagram @amandalharrison, twitter @amandaharra and facebook @TheAmandaHarrison

Brendan Irving

Brendan Irving

Rocky

Brendan Irving

Brendan Irving

[Rocky]

After graduating from the Music Theatre program at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Brendan received the Bound For Broadway Scholarship from the Talent Development Project & American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He then went on to perform as a soloist for legendary lyricist Sheldon Harnick’s Broadway Up Close and Personal at the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and the Rick Jensen directed cabaret Bound for Broadway in New York.

Back home, Brendan has since made a strong name for himself, understudying Zack Mayo in Gordon Frost Organisation’s 2012 production of An Officer and A Gentleman and appearing as Rocky in the 2014 and 2015 Australian tours of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. This year saw Brendan working with Gordon Frost Organisation again for their hit season of The Bodyguard, The Musical as the sinister stalker.

Brendan is also an accomplished aerial acrobat specialising in silks and trapeze and is a resident aerialist of Sydney’s Slide Lounge El Circo. He is a proud Lululemon Athletica ambassador and founder of The Movement Academy Australia; a physical training program for performing artists, calisthenics enthusiasts and everyday athletes with a passion for enhanced movement.

Brendan is delighted to be reprising his role as Rocky in the upcoming tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

Nadia Komazec

Nadia Komazec

Columbia

Nadia Komazec

Nadia Komazec

[Columbia]

Originally hailing from Adelaide, Nadia trained at the Barbara Jayne Dance Centre. In 2006 she landed the role of Meg Giry in the Australasian touring production of The Phantom of the Opera (Really Useful Group). She then completed Louise Withers and Associates’ 10th Anniversary tour of Mamma Mia! as understudy Sophie Sheridan.

Nadia performed in the ensemble and understudied the role of Lisa in Cat Steven’s World Premiere of the musical Moonshadow. She then played the role of Maggie in A Chorus Line (TML Enterprises), followed by the roles of Cece, District Attorney and understudied Serena in Legally Blonde the Musical (Howard Panter/ GFO). She performed in James Anthony’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (understudy Jolene) and made her Production Company debut in 2014 in Showboat. She also performed the role of Stacey King in the All Out Of Love workshop produced by Naomi Toohey Musical Management. Nadia also participated in the Georgy Girl Workshop for Backstage Productions (Ensemble/understudy Judith Durham). Nadia’s other credits include the role of Jordana in Dance Academy series 2 (ABC3). She was a Principal Dancer in Michael Ralph’s Hollywood Honky Tonk produced by Giving Productions.

Most recently Nadia understudied Mrs Wormwood and Miss Honey in Matilda The Musical (Royal Shakespeare Company/Louise Withers and Associates).

 

 

Adam Rennie

Adam Rennie

Eddie / Dr Scott

Adam Rennie

Adam Rennie

[Eddie / Dr Scott]

Adam is thrilled to be back in Sydney and performing in Australia again after moving to NYC in 2012. Originally from Sydney, Adam is a 2008 graduate of The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). His Australasian credits include Crazy for You, Jekyll & Hyde, The Producers, Prodigal and Love Never Dies. He was also lucky enough to work alongside the legendary Debbie Reynolds in Irene.

One of Adam’s proudest achievements is having been co-producer of the acclaimed charity concert Light The Night, an event which ran annually for ten years and raised much needed funds and awareness for The Arrow Foundation.

Since moving to the USA, he has performed in over 40 American states. American credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (NC), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (MA), the NYC premiere of original Australian musical Once We Lived Here and the national tour of Flashdance -The Musical (Nick Hurley). He is also a regular actor at New York University, helping develop new musicals with the next generation of theatre composers.

Bianca Baykara

Bianca Baykara

Phantom

Bianca Baykara

Bianca Baykara

[Phantom]

Bianca is a 2010 graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where she was the recipient of the Robertson Family Trust scholarship. Most recently, Bianca appeared as Cynthia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, onboard the Norwegian Epic. She also performed with renowned Spanish magician Christian Miró as his assistant. This tour took her to many exotic locations, including Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Bermuda, Portugal, Jamaica, Mexico, USA, and the Caribbean islands.

Bianca’s other theatre credits include Vanessa in In The Heights (StageArt), Marta in Company (Watch This), Rosalia/Somewhere Soloist in West Side Story (The Production Company), La Niña in new Australian musical crossXroads, Seegar understudy in the world premiere of An Officer And A Gentleman (GFO), Ensemble in The King & I (Opera Australia/ GFO), Ensemble in Singin’ In The Rain (The Production Company), Ensemble in Nine (Manilla St), and Pretty Lady & others in Pacific Overtures (Watch This/Manilla St). She has also travelled Australia performing for school-aged children in educational shows by Brainstorm Productions. Bianca has been involved in multiple workshop readings of new musical SPACE and she was delighted to feature as a soloist on the cast recording of new Australian song cycle Together Apart, available on iTunes.

Bianca was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

She can’t wait to do the Time Warp and is thrilled to be joining The Rocky Horror Show. Bianca wishes to thank her family for their endless love and support.

Ross Chisari

Ross Chisari

Phantom

Ross Chisari

Ross Chisari

[Phantom]

Ross graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2013 with a BA in Music Theatre. Mildura born and bred, Ross’ theatre credits include Squabbalogic’s The Drowsy Chaperone, which gained him a GLUG Theatre Award nomination, Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You at the Hayes Theatre and the Production Company’s sell-out season of West Side Story. On screen, Ross has featured on the ABC Variety Show Saturday Night Crack Up as a lead dancer, and has appeared live on Channel 7’s X Factor as a lead backing vocalist. His career highlights include starring as Sancho Panza alongside Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon in Squabbalogic’s production of Man of La Mancha, which he also choreographed, as well as playing Willie Lopez in the Australian premier of Ghost – the Musical (Ambassador Theatre Group).

Ross has recorded and released two CD’s, the Australian cast recording of Man of La Mancha and Together Apart, a new Australian song cycle which can be found on iTunes. Most recently, Ross has completed a season of Disney Australia’s Aladdin The Musical where he understudied the principal roles of Iago and Omar.

Ross is thrilled and grateful to be a part of the eccentric cast of The Rocky Horror Show, a bucket list show of his, and would like to thank his family and loved ones for their constant support.

Niente Viene Facile”

Hayley Martin

Hayley Martin

Phantom

Hayley Martin

Hayley Martin

[Phantom]

Originally from the Whitsundays, Hayley was cast in Monty Python’s Spamalot (Swing) out of her graduating year at Dance World Studios. Most recently, she was thrilled to take on the role of Cha Cha as well as Dance Captain for Harvest Rain’s Grease The Arena Experience and travelled to Tokyo earlier in the year to perform with the international cast of Singin’ In The Rain.

Her Australian theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain, Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to OzAnything Goes (U/S Erma), King Kong Live On Stage (World Premiere and final Workshop), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (Swing), Hairspray the Musical and The Production Company’s Crazy For You. Hayley’s UK theatre credits include the tour of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana (Bolero Girl and U/S Gladys Murphy) and Monty Python Live: One Down, Five To Go which was broadcast from London’s O2 Arena to cinemas and television worldwide.

Hayley also holds a certification in nutrition and is a wellness advocate for young aspiring performers. Big love to my family, friends and those who continue to inspire me!

Instagram: @itsmehayleymaree

Stephen McDowell

Stephen McDowell

Phantom

Stephen McDowell

Stephen McDowell

[Phantom]

Stephen is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts. He was most recently seen as Anas in Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company). Stephen’s other credits include Reefer Madness (Chapel Off Chapel), Heathers (Showwork/Hayes Theatre and National tour), the Australian premiere of Mary Poppins (Australian/NZ tour), the new Hamer Hall Opening Concert, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Countdown. Stephen’s TV credits include Neighbours, The King – The Graham Kennedy Story, Carols By Candlelight and the Good Friday Variety Gala. His children’s theatre performances include Peppa Pig Live (Lifelike Touring) Blue’s Party Surprise (Nickelodeon/X Systems) and Dorothy’s Dance Party (Entertainment Store Group).

Hollie James

Hollie James

Swing

Hollie James

Hollie James

[Swing]

Hollie most recently performed in Opera Australia and John Frost’s 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews. She has also appeared as Sue Snell in Carrie: The Musical (Ghost Light), Peppa Pig Live! (Life Like Touring), Pippin (Magnormos), On the Edge (State Theatre Centre of Western Australia) and Cy by Cy by Cy: The Songs of Cy Coleman (Flourish Productions).

Hailing from Perth, Hollie trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre). Performances whilst at WAAPA include Crazy for You, A Chorus Line, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Little Touch of Chaos and Anything Goes. An accomplished improviser, Hollie has performed across Australia and internationally with the musical improvisation group Impromptunes.

Geoffrey Winter

Geoffrey Winter

Swing

Geoffrey Winter

Geoffrey Winter

[Swing]

With formal training and a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Geoffrey has experience in short film, commercial radio, corporate entertainment and musical theatre. His versatility and passion for performing has always seen him in high demand, performing throughout Australia and South-East Asia.

Geoffrey has recently toured Australia with GFO’s The Bodyguard, covering the title role of the Bodyguard and several others. Prior to this, he toured with Scooby Doo Live!: Level Up (Life Like Touring) and Four Season’s in One Night, which featured in the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He played Frank Jnr in the Australian Premiere of Saturday Night Fever (StageArt) and has also toured internationally in children’s entertainment. Other recent theatre credits include Prince Charming in Into The Woods, QPAC American Music Club, IGA Lord Mayor’s Carols in the City, Queensland Tourism Awards, the Australian Premiere of Slammed, Miss Saigon, Carousel, The Producers, Hair, Guys and Dolls and Rent to name a few.

Geoffrey also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a qualified Chartered Accountant, so he can just as quickly sweep you off your feet with a soulful serenade as provide you with sound tax advice. Geoffrey would like to thank his family for their endless support and Ian White Management for their guidance through a weird and wonderful industry.