Director & Staging
Stephen is a freelance Director, spending much of the year touring New Zealand directing, staging and designing musical theatre productions, corporate events and cabaret.
He has amassed an impressive resume of directing credits throughout the years as Director / Choreographer and Costume Designer. These include Chess, A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Avenue Q and Evita. In 1993, Stephen directed the New Zealand première of Les Miserables (Wellington) followed by the national premières of 42nd Street (Wellington); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Wellington); Cats (Christchurch), Miss Saigon (Christchurch) and more recently Wicked (Christchurch). Earlier this year he directed Les Miserables (Showbiz Christchurch).
For the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, Stephen has directed Cats; Beauty and the Beast, Hair, Spring Awakening, Cabaret and Little Women.
Credits for the Court theatre include Grease (co-director / choreographer), Blood Brothers (director and designer), The Mikado (choreographer), Mary Poppins (Co-director and choreographer) Legally Blonde (director) Chicago (director and choreographer) and more recently Jesus Christ Superstar (director). Costume design credits for the Court Theatre include: The Mikado, One Man, Two Guvnors, Grease, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, The Lady Killers, End of the Rainbow, Ropable, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wind in the Willows.
For Showbiz Christchurch productions include: Me and My Girl, Anything Goes, A Chorus line, Mamma Mia, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wicked and Les Miserables (2018 season).
His latest production was the NZ Tour of The Show Must Go On.
Michael moved to Dunedin in 1999 to study music at the University of Otago, where he completed his MusB and Diploma in Teaching. He was Teacher in Charge of Music at St Hilda’s Collegiate School for 14 years before moving to teach music at Kavanagh College. He also holds appointments as the Director of Music of both St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral and Kaikorai Metropolitan Brass.
Michael has extensive experience as a choral director, with the St Hilda’s senior ensemble, Sings Hilda, having been successful in gaining selection for the National Finale of the Big Sing Competition several times. As a singer, Michael has been a member of numerous choirs in Dunedin and Palmerston North and toured internationally with the Secondary Schools’ Choir and within New Zealand as a member of Voices NZ.
Michael has musically directed many school shows and has performed on stage for local musical theatre productions. He is a regular pit musician for local musical societies and was Musical Director for Taieri Musical’s 2017 production of Mary Poppins. He is also the regular pianist for Dunedin’s popular Underground Broadway shows.
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.
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.
Felix has been raised around musical theatre but hadn’t considered performing until the role of Gavroche came along. Despite not being a homeless orphan himself, Felix felt some similarities to Gavroche in that they are both strong minded and free spirited. In his free time Felix enjoys cricket, rugby, guitar and playing computer games. He’s really excited to be sharing this experience with his Dad and would like to thank his Mum for her support and encouragement and for making his jam on toast every morning..
Lucas is a Year 8 student at Dunedin North Intermediate. He is the youngest of three and has spent many years watching his sister, brother and his dad perform in musical theatre and so it was really only a matter of time before he too joined them on the stage!
Lucas made his Regent Theatre debut in 2017 as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins and the following year played Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2018).
He is very excited to join both of his siblings, and his dad, on stage this time.
Lucas has previously performed in school holiday productions at the Playhouse Theatre. He also enjoys waterpolo, surf lifesaving, guitar, hockey and skiing.
Little Cosette / Eponine
Hermione is excited to be part of her first production for Musical Theatre Dunedin. She loves performing and is thrilled to be playing Little Cosette/Young Eponine.
Performance highlights include ensemble in Taieri Musicals’ “Ovation” (2018), winner of the Dunedin Performing Arts Competition Society Junior Musical Theatre Award (2018), dancing with The Royal New Zealand Ballet (Hansel and Gretel, 2019), Radio Star with Suzy Cato (2019), and Cinderella in the production Cinderella Rockerfella (2019). Hermione was also cast in her first movie in 2019, which is being released to New Zealand and International film festivals this year.
Hermione would like to thank all her teachers, and especially Anna Langford (The Voice Lab) and Katy McLennan (Let’s Dance Studio) for their support and guidance.
Little Cosette / Eponine
Stasa is 10 years old and attends Tainui School. She is a natural performer and is passionate about being on the stage and sharing her talents. This is her third show, having performed in Musical Theatre Dunedin's Future Stars (2019) and Taieri Musical Societies Ovation (2018). She trains in tap dancing, musical theatre, jazz and singing, with Denise Henderson, aerobics with Let’s Dance Studio and ballet with The Dunedin School of Ballet. Stasa has also learnt singing from Anna Langford at The Voice Lab and Judy Bellingham. Stasa is excited to be part of this wonderful production. She would like to thank all of her friends, family and teachers for their continued support, especially Denise Henderson for her encouragement and support.
Little Cosette / Eponine
Sophie is excited and honoured to be joining the cast of Les Misérables in what will be her debut musical. She is 10 years old and currently in Year 6 at Andersons Bay School. Sophie has always loved the performing arts and has been dancing and performing from a young age. She trains in musical theatre, tap and singing with Denise Henderson and ballet and jazz at the Dunedin School of Ballet and Dance. She was introduced to singing through her musical theatre and tap classes and has developed a real love for it. Sophie is thankful to her family, teachers and friends for always supporting her passions.
This is Stephens first appearance in a show with MTD and he is very excited to be part of the Les Mis cast and a life-long dream. Last year he enjoyed performing with James Adams (and his ukulele) in Opera Otagos The Mikado. He is looking forward to performing with James once more. Stephen is an experienced singer and perfomer. His previous stage experience includes numerous local Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas such as The Grand Duke, Utopia Limited, The Gondoliers, Yeomen of The Guard and Ruddygore. His first taste of musical theatre was during the University of Otago production of Bizets Carmen under Judy Bellingham in 2006.
He has music and commerce degrees from the University of Otago. In his day job he works as Database Architect at WellSouth PHN. In his spare time Stephen is an accomplished amateur photographer. When not singing or taking photos you will probably find him out polishing his old Mercedes! Stephen wishes to thank Doug Kamo and the team at MTD for this opportunity to perform in Les Misérables. A special thanks goes to Bridget Telfer, his former singing teacher, for her help in preparing for this role and also to Stuart Walker for his patience and encouragement.
Absolutely delighted to be a part of this dream cast. Max has been classically trained in singing since the age of 11 and is currently receiving tutelage at The Voice Lab. Previous acting credits include: Patsy in ‘Spamalot’ (MTD- 2016), Rapunzel’s Prince in ‘Into the Woods’ (Fortune Theatre- 2017), Leontes in ‘A Winter’s Tale’ (SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company performance- London 2018) and Michael Johnstone in ‘Blood Brothers’ (Taieri Musical- 2019), as well as ensemble for the Dunedin productions of ‘Mary Poppins’ (Taieri Musical- 2017) and ‘Wicked’ (MTD- 2019).
Awards include: Otago Southland Theatre Award for ‘Best Supporting Male in a Musical’ (2017), i-Ticket ‘Upcoming Talent’ Scholarship (2017), ‘Best Actor in a Tragedy Role’ (SGCNZ National Shakespeare festival- 2017), ‘National Top Scholar in Drama’ (NCEA Scholarship exams- 2017) and Otago Southland Theatre Award for ‘Best Leading Male in a Musical’ (2019)
Ben is excited to be involved in Les Misérables and to have the opportunity to share the stage with his family once again. Ben is currently 18 and studying Music and Maori at Otago University. Previous musical theatre credits include ensemble in Musical Theatre Dunedin’s “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” (2018), Sky in Musical Theatre Oamaru’s “Mamma Mia” (2018), ensemble in Taieri Musical’s Ovation” (2018), ensemble in Musical Theatre Dunedin’s “Wicked” (2019), and most recently Edward Lyons in Taieri Musical Society’s “Blood Brothers” a role for which he was nominated for an Otago Southland Theatre Award for ‘Best Leading Male in a Musical’ (2019).
This is Luke's second time being apart of Les Miserables after his first time in 2013 for Taieri Musical Society. To be apart of Les Misérables again is amazing and to be amongst another amazingly talented cast is even better! Luke's most recent show was Wicked last year where he played the role of Fiyero. Other shows he has been apart of are Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease the Arena Spectacular and My Fair Lady. While working as a Sales Rep for Wurth, Luke is always singing in his spare time and making the most of the amazing shows around Dunedin.
As a year 12 student at John Mcglashan College, Tama has been involved in theatre activities both in and out of school. Tama has competed in both local and regional vocal/instrument/theatre-sport competitions and has performed in various theatrical productions in Dunedin. Having played the principal role of Gavroche in Taieri Musical Society’s 2013 production of Les Misèrables, he is especially excited to be a member of this ensemble. Tama has gone on to perform in numerous Theatre Restaurants with MTD, most recently Future Stars (2019) and Stage and Screen (2019). He is looking forward to performing his first major production in the Regent Theatre, and hopes for many more!
Philip has had music in his heart for all his life. From playing guitar & keys in cover bands, and country music competitions in the late 80's, to playing his uke in the caravan on holidays, Philip has finally taken his first jump onto the musical theatre stage, knowing that if he never took his chance, that he would regret it. Philip is excited to have the opportunity to share the stage with his wife and many other friends he has watched perform over the last decade.
Ben’s passion for performing began before the age of two when a biscuit tin and a wooden spoon became a make-shift drum kit. At age ten, his first role on stage was Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast. With being such a bossy kid he was truly perfect for the role. Les Misérables is Ben’s second show with MTD after being in the ensemble of Wicked in 2019. His other stage credits include partaking in Sol3Mio’s Christmas concert (2017) and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (2017). In 2018, Ben obtained his level 1 TOSCA certification through Ravil Atlas. At the moment Ben is completing his bachelor of performing arts at Otago University and is teaching at The Voice Lab NZ.
Since coming to Dunedin in 2018 for University, Luke Robb has been blessed with many opportunities in the performing arts. In 2019 he was cast in Wicked and Future Stars for Musical Theater Dunedin, Luke was also cast as the lead, August, in the University of Otago’s LTT, Treefall and performed in three plays for the UNESCO short play festival. Luke moved to Timaru after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes and has performed in over 15 shows in Timaru for many different theater associations such as the South Canterbury Drama League and Aidan theatre, highlights being the White Rabbit in the SCDL 2017 Alice in Wonderland. Luke is excited to be a part of another amazing MTD performance.
Finn is thrilled to be stepping once again onto the Regent Stage in such talented company as a part of Les Les Misérables. This is his second show with MTD after performing in 2019’s Wicked, and he has also been a part of Taieri Musical’s productions Ovation! (2018) and Blood Brothers (2019). Finn has just completed a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Otago, and currently trains at The Voice Lab NZ.
Charlotte has studied and worked professionally in the performance industry around Australasia for many years. She has diverse experience with musicals, opera, choirs, and vocal ensembles, including work for NZ Opera and Chamber Music New Zealand. Charlotte’s Dunedin credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Marion) and Grease: The Arena Spectacular (Rizzo). Charlotte and her partner in crime Harriet Moir have created two cabaret shows for the Dunedin Fringe Festival which they toured to Hamilton. Charlotte co-founded and runs ‘Underground Broadway’, a music theatre performance platform, and performs regularly with the Little Cabaret Band. Charlotte has a BMus (Performance Voice) from Victoria University and Level 1 TOSCA certification.
Anna is a Dunedinite who has been performing locally for many years. Les Mis will be Anna’s ninth show for MTD, following the role of Olive Ostrofsky in Spelling Bee and ensemble roles in Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph, Lights on Broadway 2, Dusty, and, most recently, Stage to Screen. She has also been seen in Taieri Musical productions as Sister Margaretta (Sound of Music), Helen Staddercheck (Grease), and in the ensembles of Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia and My Fair Lady. Anna has a BA in English/Linguistics and Theatre Studies from Otago University (finally), and is very excited to be returning to the Regent stage.
After 8 years of stepping back from the stage to direct, vocal direct and write musicals, Megan is ecstatic to be one of the new faces on the Musical Theatre Dunedin stage. Born and raised in Canada, she has an extensive theatre background that began with singing lessons at age 7, and grew into performing in multiple musicals including; Les Misérables: School Edition, Stepmother in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Ellen in Miss Saigon. Megan holds a Classical Voice Performance and Teaching degree, and has been teaching theatre and voice for the past decade in Canada, China, Australia and the UK.
Coming from a family of performers, Charlotte has been performing from a very young age and trained in most forms of dance, including ballet, hip-hop and jazz. She performed in various productions including ensemble in Mamma Mia! (2014), and ‘Marty’ in Grease!: The Arena Spectacular, Live! (2016), before moving to London where she lived and taught from 2017-2018. Since returning to New Zealand, Charlotte has been heavily involved in music theatre, both on stage in Wicked (2019) and off stage as the production manager for Taieri Musical’s Blood Brothers (2019). Charlotte is a dance and English teacher at Otago Girls’ High School.
Les Misérables is Sophie’s first major production for MTD, after performing in the theatre restaurant “Future Stars: A Musical Revival” in 2019. Sophie is currently completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts at the University of Otago, where she began in 2018. She has been classically trained in singing since the age of 10, and is currently training in musical theatre voice with Arlie McCormick and tap dancing with Denise Henderson. Musical theatre highlights include “Louisa” in The Sound of Music, “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz, “Blousey Brown” in Bugsy Malone and “Wednesday Addams” in The Addams Family. Sophie is absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Les Misérables, and thanks her family and friends for their ongoing support.
Holly is delighted to be a part of Les Misérables as her first production with MTD. She has been trained in classical singing since the age of 9 and in her Trinity College London Voice Examination she gained Distinction. She is now taught by Arlie McCormick in Musical Theatre. Holly has always had a passion for music and dance and has been performing on stage ever since she can remember. Holly is currently in her third year of studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago majoring in Genetics.
Bethany is absolutely thrilled to be a part of MTD’s production of Les Misérables! Although previously apart of MTD’s offstage ensemble for Phantom of the Opera, this is her first performance on the stage of the Regent. Bethany has also been involved with Opera Otago having performed in The Mikado, Don Giovanni, Pirates of Penzance and The Christmas Carol. She currently studies law at the University of Otago and learns classical singing from Judy Bellingham.
Ruby is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Otago majoring in Theatre Studies and minoring in English, Film and Media Studies. In 2019 she sang as a Backing Vocalist for MTD’s major production Wicked and this year she is thrilled to be apart of MTD’s Les Misérables. Originally, from Invercargill she was a familiar face in Southland Girls’ High School and Invercargill Musical Theatre productions. Onstage highlights include, Lousia in The Sound of Music (2012), Penny in Hairspray (2014), Carmen Diaz in Fame Jr (2015), Linda in Blood Brothers (2017), Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast, (2018), Hilda Klinemann in Rock of Ages, (2018).
Les Misérables is Erin’s first show for MTD and is thrilled to be apart of it. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Anatomy and a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice Performance, under the teachings of Tessa Romano and Anna Leese Guidi at Otago University. Erin has a love for musical theatre, opera, orchestra and dance. She is very musically inclined, so much so, she can play the flute, oboe, saxophone, guitar, cello and piano. At the age of 17, Erin gained Distinction in her Trinity College London Grade 8 Voice Examination. Her most memorable performances are having sung alongside internationally renowned Tenor, Simon O’ Neill and New Zealand musician, Dave Dobbyn. A few of Erin’s highlights include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2011) – Children’s Ensemble, Fame Jr. (2014) – Ensemble, Dracula (2015) – Ensemble/ Dancer and Mary Poppins Jr. (2018) – Winifred Banks.
Les Misérables is Olivia’s first show with MTD. She is currently a second-year student at the University of Otago, studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice Performance under the teaching Tessa Romano. Recently she has sung in the ensemble for Sol3Mio’s Christmas Concert, Debussy’s Trois Nocturnes, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and the New Zealand Premiere of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living.
Olivia gained her Level 1 TOSCA certification in 2019 and is a teacher at The Voice Lab NZ.