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James’ stage career covers many Musical Theatre and Opera classics. A versatile performer, his roles range from “The Phantom” in Dunedin Musical Theatre’s production of Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, through Music Hall and oratorio, to “Scrooge” in Opera Otago’s production of Philip Norman’s A Christmas Carol.
Other highlights include “Chris” in Miss Saigon, “Mark” in Rent, and the dual role of "Samuel Marsden/King George" in the Opera Otago premier of Anthony Richie's This Other Eden.
In 2016, he won best male performance at the Otago Southland Theatre Awards for his performance in The Phantom of the Opera.
Greg trained at Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School (2004) and since has been involved with numerous theatre companies throughout New Zealand.
Performance highlights include:
Jerry, The Full Monty (2008), with Taieri Musical: Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar (2001) and Mr Banks, Mary Poppins (2017), and with Musical Theatre Dunedin: Beast, Beauty and the Beast (2006); Engineer, Miss Saigon (2010); Joseph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2012), Edna, Hairspray (2013); Tick, Priscilla (2018); The Wizard, Wicked (2019); and The Narrator, Blood Brothers (2019).
Janine joined the Dunedin musical theatre scene in 2014 and has never looked back since. Her theatre credits include: Mrs Johnstone - Blood Brothers (2019), Diva - Priscilla (2018), Mary Poppins (2017), Grease – The Arena Spectacular (2016), ‘Maria’- Sound of Music (2015), Mamma Mia (2014), and performed in two Christmas Theatre Restaurants.
For over fifteen years, Janine was the front singer for Dunedin’s X-Set and X-Factor Show Band, a multi prizewinner in competitions including NZ Gold Guitars, Tamworth Country Musical Festival and grand finalist for the 1998 TV One series of Showcase. Janine now performs as one of the Diva’s for a variety of corporate events with DKCM.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London (PgDip), Otago University (BA)
NZ credits include: Elphaba in “Wicked”, Brenda in “Blood Brothers”, Diva in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, “Sing for Your Supper” for Auckland Theatre Company, “Over the Rainbow” at The Basement Theatre, “Beauty and the Beast”, Mona in “Chicago”, “Cats” and regular corporate gigs for DKCM including performing as part of The Divas.
UK credits include: Martha in “The Secret Garden”, Sally in “Live Like Pigs”, Claudia in “Angels, Punks and Raging Queens”, Young Sally in “Follies”, singer in “Grateful in Concert” at Cadogan Hall and self-produced cabaret shows “This Has Nothing to Do With…Love” and “Revive Me” at the Battersea Barge.
Anna is a senior teacher at The Voice Lab NZ.
Ben is thrilled to be returning to Les Misérables for a third time, having previously appeared as Marius and in the ensemble. He has also played Bert in Mary Poppins and Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, both for Hamilton Operatic, and roles back home include Doody in Grease: The Arena Spectacular and Rolf in The Sound of Music.
Ben has just returned from an OE in London, where he performed alongside musical theatre stars in a one night only concert West End Does. Ben also continued to design theatrical multimedia for productions in New Zealand from afar.
Lara’s musical debut was as ‘Molly’ in Annie (2006) and has been hooked ever since. Lara currently learns classical singing from Judy Bellingham and music theatre voice from Arlie Julia. She has been dancing since the age of 5, training in tap from Denise Henderson and ballet and jazz from Anna Nees, winning a scholarship to train at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City last year.
Onstage highlights include ‘Louisa’ in The Sound of Music (2015), ‘Ariel’ in Footloose (2016), ‘Reno Sweeney’ in Anything Goes (2017) and Wicked (2019). Lara has had her heart set on the role of Cossette for eight years, and is beyond thrilled to be bringing the character to life for Musical Theatre Dunedin in 2020.
With almost thirty years experience from opera to music theatre and everything in between, Harriet is no stranger to the stage. Harriet is well known to Dunedin audiences having played Rosie in Mamma Mia, Baroness in The Sound of Music, Miss Lynch in Grease:The Arena Spectacular and Mrs Brill in Mary Poppins for Taieri Musical and DKCM and Shirl in Priscilla:Queen of the Desert for Music Theatre Dunedin. She is a popular Wedding Celebrant, MC and stand-up comedian.
Harriet is so grateful for the opportunities and friendships that have come from being part of the music theatre community in Dunedin. She has dreamed of playing Madame Thénardier since she first played Cosette in Hamilton many, many, many, many, many years ago.
Chris came to musical theatre late in life, joining the ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2012 and has been making up for lost time since then. Onstage credits include Les Miserables (2013), Mamma Mia (2014), Grease The Arena Spectacular (2015), The Sound of Music (2016), Mary Poppins (2017), and Wicked (2019). Production credits include Grease The Arena Spectacular (Production Manager), The Sound of Music (Production Manager), Mary Poppins (Flying Manager), Ovation (2018, Production Manager) and Blood Brothers (2019, Set Designer).
Chris trains with The Voice Lab in Dunedin, and is seen regularly in corporate shows with DKCM Ltd.
Scott is absolutely delighted to be returning to the musical theatre stage for Les Misérables, having been seen primarily in operatic productions for the past few years.
He began his performing life in ensemble roles for Musical Theatre Dunedin and Taieri Musical, before making his operatic debut as the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance for Opera Otago in 2017. Performance highlights since then include Masetto in Don Giovanni, the Baritone in The Four Note Opera, the Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, Jesus in St. Matthew Passion, and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado.
Director & Staging
With 20 years in the performance and entertainment industry Dunedin-based Douglas is one of the busiest producers, directors and entertainers in the country having amassed an impressive array of drama, television, concert and musical theatre credits.
As a producer and director he has been responsible for over 60 national and international musical theatre productions including The Rocky Horror Show, Les Misérables, The Producers, The Addams Family, The Buddy Holly Story, JC Superstar, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Cabaret, Chess, Me & My Girl, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. He toured New Zealand & Asia in the international casts of Chicago & Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Television credits include regular guest appearances on Xena Warrior Princess, Street Legal, Shortland Street, The Pretender and Passion in Paradise. As a television host he fronted the high profile weekly draw of Lotto for 2 ½ years as well as The Lounge, 3 seasons of Destination New Zealand, the award winning reality game show - The Vodafone V24 Challenge and the Living Channels travel show ‘Hit the Road’.
In 2014 he joined forces with Taieri Musical to co-produce and direct Dunedin’s sellout season of Mamma Mia.
He again produced and directed Grease: The Arena Spectacular Live with Taieri Musical in 2016 and Mary Poppins in 2017 at the Regent Theatre, for both of these shows Doug was awarded Best Direction at the Otago Southland Theatre Awards.
In 2018 Doug directed the hugely popular production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The Regent Theatre for Musical Theatre Dunedin and Grease: The Arena Spectacular Live for Invercargill Musical Theatre while 2019 saw him direct two productions of Wicked for Musical Theatre Dunedin and Invercargill Musical Theatre.
Born in England and raised in Christchurch, Beth Waite has always been passionate about music. She began voice lessons at aged eight and things never stopped from there.
Beth is passionate about many different types of music but musical theatre and choral work will always hold a special place in her heart.
This year saw her graduating with a Masters with Distinction in Theatre Studies from the University of Otago.
In 2019, she made her directorial debut with the play Women Like Us by Helen Varley Jamieson and produced by Little Scorpion Production company.
Her performance credits include Ovation with Taieri Musical Society, The First Time with Arcade Theatre company, The Sound of Music with The Court Theatre, and various productions throughout her time at the University of Otago.
A woman of many jobs, she spends her days as an administrator and her weekends as a Senior Teacher and Group Coach at The Voice Lab NZ.
Stuart has been musical director and musician for many shows, including The Big Night In concert which marked the opening of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.
He has been involved with the musical direction for a number of musical theatre productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot, Westend to Broadway, The Producers, Dusty, Hooray for Hollywood, Lights on Broadway, 'Allo 'Allo, Jerry's Girls, An Evening with the Stars, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, Hairspray and Music of the Knight, a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Regent Theatre as well as Queenstown's Les Misérables, Reach Out concert and The Rocky Horror Show.
Stuart's Fortune Theatre credits include I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Mum's Choir, Roger Hall's Cinderella, Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk and DKCM’s The Rat Pack Returns Live and Vebka's Windowblown concert.
In 2018 Stuart was musical director for Musical Theatre Dunedin’s show Priscilla Queen of the Desert, he returned to The Regent Theatre in 2019 with Wicked.