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 and now is a Music Teacher at Kavanagh College.
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, has toured internationally with the Secondary Schools’ Choir and within New Zealand as a member of Voices NZ.
As a Music Teacher, he has been Musical Director of many school shows and has performed on stage for local musical theatre productions. He is a regular pit musician for local societies and was Musical Director for Taieri Musical’s production of Mary Poppins in 2017 and the combined production of The Highlights in 2020. He is the pianist for Underground Broadway shows and is the Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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 MTD’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, James won Best Leading Male in a Musical 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), Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar (2001) Mr Banks, Mary Poppins (2017) and The Narrator, Blood Brothers (2019), for Taieri Musical, and The Beast, Beauty and The Beast (2006); The Engineer, Miss Saigon (2010); Joseph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2012), Edna, Hairspray (2013); Tick, Priscilla (2018); The Wizard, Wicked (2019) for Musical Theatre Dunedin. Greg was a featured soloist in 2020’s The Highlights.
Janine joined the Dunedin musical theatre scene in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. Her theatre credits include: Mrs Johnstone, Blood Brothers (2019), Diva, Priscilla (2018), Mary Poppins (2017), Grease – The Arena Spectacular (2016), Maria The Sound of Music (2015), Mamma Mia! (2014), and she 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.
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 Misèrables (2013), Mamma Mia! (2014), Grease: The Arena Spectacular (2015), The Sound of Music (2016), Mary Poppins (Admiral Boom & Bank Chairman, 2017), and Wicked (Dr Dillamond, 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.
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 Musical 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.
Ben is thrilled to be returning to Les Misèrables 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 recently 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 she has been hooked ever since. Lara currently learns classical singing with Judy Bellingham and music theatre voice with Arlie McCormick. She has been dancing since the age of 5, training in tap with Denise Henderson and ballet and jazz with 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.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London (PgDip), Otago University (BA)
NZ credits include: Elphaba in Wicked, featured soloist in The Highlights, 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 and Cats.
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 singing teacher at The Voice Lab NZ and is looking forward to directing Moana Jr. later this year.
Scott is absolutely delighted to be returning to the musical theatre stage for Les Misèrables, 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 is fairly new to musical theatre but really wanted the opportunity to play the role of Gavroche in Les Misèrables. He is excited to be part of such a wonderful cast and to perform again on the Regent stage. In 2020 he was part of the All Stars troupe in The Highlights and has also been in school and Globe theatre shows. Felix loves playing rugby, cricket and football and is in year 5 at Anderson’s Bay School.
Lucas is a Year 9 student at Bayfield High School. He is the youngest of three and has spent many years watching his sister, brother and dad perform in musical theatre, 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.) More recently, Lucas was a member of the All Stars Troupe in The Highlights (2020). He is very excited to join both of his siblings, and his dad, on stage this time.
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 Éponine. Performance highlights include: ensemble in Taieri Musical’s Ovation (2018), winner of the DPACS Junior Musical Theatre Award (2018), dancing with The Royal New Zealand Ballet (Hansel and Gretel, 2019 and Sleeping Beauty, 2020), Radio Star with Suzy Cato (2019), Cinderella in Cinderella Rockerfella (2019), Matilda in The Highlights (2020), and JoJo in Seussical the Musical (2021). Hermione was also cast in her first movie in 2019, which is being released to New Zealand and international film festivals. 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 excited to be part of the Les Misèrables cast as Little Cosette / Young Éponine. Stasa is Year 7 at Tahuna Intermediate. She is a natural performer and is passionate about being on the stage. She was delighted to be part of The Highlights (2020) as Matilda, MTD’s Future Stars (2019) and Taieri Musical’s Ovation (2018). She trains in tap dancing, musical theatre, jazz and singing, with Denise Henderson Studio of Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre. She would like to thank all of her friends, family and teachers for their continued support, especially Denise Henderson and Lara Davidson.
Little Cosette / Eponine
Sophie is excited and honoured to be joining the cast of Les Misèrables as Little Cosette/Young Éponine. Sophie made her musical debut in 2020 as one of the Matilda’s in The Highlights. She is 11 years old and is a Year 7 pupil at St Hilda’s Collegiate. Sophie has been dancing for a number of years and trains in various forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. In 2020, she danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in their production of Sleeping Beauty at the Regent Theatre. Sophie also enjoys singing, musical theatre, aerobics and netball. She is looking forward to returning to the Regent stage again this year.
Alex is relatively new to the musical theatre scene in Dunedin but already feels like part of the furniture! He is pleased to have been cast in Les Misèrables after previously appearing in Future Stars and Stage and Screen theatre restaurants and The Highlights. He has performed on stage from a young age for the South Canterbury Drama League and many other companies in Timaru. His stage performance credits include: Grease (Rodger), Beauty and The Beast (Cogsworth), The Sound of Music (Frederick), Jesus Christ Superstar and Fame Jr to name but a few. Alex has been training at The Voice Lab NZ since 2018 under the tutelage of the very talented Anna Langford. He wishes to thank MTD for the opportunity to cross Les Misèrables off his show bucket list.
Tama is a year 12 student at John McGlashan College, who 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 performed 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!
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 ‘Mickey’ 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)
Max is absolutely delighted to be a part of this dream cast.
Thanks for coming! Enjoy the show!
Jacob is a born and bred Southlander, currently living in Dunedin and studying a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Exercise & Sport Science and Psychology at University of Otago. He is a competitive swimmer who represented New Zealand at the 2018 Australian State Teams Championships. He aims to gain selection for more representative teams in the future. In his younger years, Jacob had a successful dancing career in Hip Hop, Tap Dancing and Rock N Roll. He has appeared in productions of Cats, Oliver!, Dear Edwina and Brigadoon, and has played the lead roles of Link Larkin in Hairspray, and Rooster Hannigan in Annie. This is Jacob’s first MTD production and he is thrilled to be a part of such an astonishing musical for his first major production.
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 was a Backing Vocalist for MTD’s production of Wicked and this year she is thrilled to be a part of MTD’s Les Misèrables. Originally from Invercargill she was a familiar face in Southland Girls’ High School and Invercargill Musical Theatre productions. Onstage highlights include, Louisa 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) and Hilda Klinemann in Rock of Ages (2018).
Jemma is an 18 year old soprano who calls Wellington home, when not at university in Dunedin. She is currently in her second year at University of Otago studying towards a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in German. She also studies Classical Voice with Tessa Romano. Jemma began voice lessons at the age of 10 and has competed in many singing competitions throughout New Zealand. Stage performances have included parts in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Alice and Godspell. Most recently in February 2021 she performed as part of the Days Bay Opera chorus, in their outdoor production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula.
Oliver is incredibly excited to be a part of such an iconic musical. Les Misèrables is Oliver’s third show with Musical Theatre Dunedin and he is stoked to be able to tick this one off the list. Previous credits include Hairspray, 2013 and Lights on Broadway (Theatre Restaurant), 2014. Oliver graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from NASDA (National Academy of Singing & Dramatic Art) in Christchurch, where he learnt to develop his craft further as a musical theatre performer.
Renee has recently moved to Dunedin from Palmerston North where she has been involved in Musical Theatre since 2007 with Act Three Productions (formerly Abbey Musical Theatre). Renee’s most recent appearance on stage was as Cosette in the Palmerston North production of Les Misèrables in 2019. Renee has performed the roles of Rizzo in Grease, Nessarose in Wicked, Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, Rusty in Footloose, Maureen in RENT, and an ensemble member of Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and The Beast and Jesus Christ Superstar. This is Renee’s first MTD production and she is honoured to be part of Les Misèrables here in Dunedin.
Les Misérables is Erin’s first show for MTD and she is thrilled to be a part of it. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Anatomy and a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice Performance, with Tessa Romano and Anna Leese Guidi at University of Otago. Erin has a love for musical theatre, opera, orchestra and dance, she is also very musically inclined and 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, Sir Dave Dobbyn. A few of Erin’s theatre 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.
Leah has performed in a number of musicals in Dunedin over the years, however Les Misérables will be her first for Musical Theatre Dunedin. She started singing and dancing at the age of four, and it has been a big part of her life ever since. She first fell in love with musical theatre after playing the role of ‘Annie’ in Taieri Musical Society’s 2006 production. Other highlights include playing the role of ‘Jan’ in Grease!: The Arena Spectacular, as well as being in the ensemble for Oliver!, My Fair Lady, and Mary Poppins. Leah wants to thank MTD for giving her this opportunity and hopes you enjoy the show.
Ben is excited to be involved in Les Misèrables and to have the opportunity to share the stage with his family once again. Ben is 19 and is currently having a year off from studying Music and Māori at University of Otago. Previous musical theatre credits include: ensemble for MTD’s Priscilla - Queen of the Desert (2018), Taieri Musical’s Ovation (2018) and MTD’s Wicked (2019), Sky in Musical Theatre Oamaru’s Mamma Mia! (2018) and Edward Lyons in Taieri Musical Society’s Blood Brothers (2019), for which he was nominated for the Otago Southland Theatre Award for ‘Best Leading Male in a Musical’.) Ben was a featured artist in The Highlights (2020).
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 is heavily involved in musical theatre, both onstage as a performer and offstage as the Secretary of Taieri Musical. Charlotte has performed in various productions including Mamma Mia! (2014), Wicked (2019), and The Highlights (2020), and as ‘Marty’ in Grease: The Arena Spectacular (2016). As an English teacher at Otago Girls’ High School, Charlotte is passionate about youth education, and runs Taieri Musical’s youth theatre programme, which will be bringing Disney’s Moana Jr to the stage in October.
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 in Beauty and The Beast. Being such a bossy kid, he was truly perfect for the role. Les Misèrables 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. In 2020, Ben completed his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree at University of Otago and is currently teaching at The Voice Lab NZ.
Having been away from Musical Theatre for over 20 years, Stephen is over the moon to be a part of his first production with MTD. Originally from Christchurch and being heavily involved in productions as a youngster, Stephen has taken some time to find his feet again, and is thankful for the little push from his singing teacher at Voice Lab, Dunedin! He looks forward to stepping back on stage with a great cast and company in Les Misèrables.
Kieran has been classically trained since the age of 8 and is currently in his first year at University of Otago under the tutelage of Tessa Romano. He most recently completed his NZMEB Associate Diploma. Theatre credits include: Ensemble in MTD’s What’s on the GoggleBox? (2020), Perkins in Taieri Musical’s Blood Brothers (2019), Pish-Tush in Opera Otago’s The Mikado (2019), Lucas Beineke in East Otago Musical’s The Addams Family (2019), Soldier in University of Otago’s Homecoming (2018), Soloist in Taieri Musical’s Ovation (2018), Ensemble in Opera Otago’s Don Giovanni (2018), Pirates of Penzance (2017), Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (2016), Youth Ensemble in MTD’s Joseph (2012). Awards include: Trinity College London - Highest mark in an exam (2017, 2018), Junior and Senior Aparima Awards (2017, 2019), University of Otago - Performance Entrance Scholarship (2020), Top vocalist - Kavanagh College (2018, 2019), Best Actor - ROSCARs (2014).
After 8 years of stepping back from the stage to direct, vocally 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 Misèrables: School Edition, as the Stepmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Miss Saigon as Ellen. 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.
Les Misèrables is Olivia’s first show with MTD. She is in her final year at the University of Otago, studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice Performance with Tessa Romano. Recently she has performed in the ensemble for Sol3Mio’s Christmas Concert, Debussy’s Trois Nocturnes, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mozart’s Requiem, all with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and the New Zealand Premiere of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. She was also a member in the ensemble of The Highlights in 2020. Olivia gained her Level 1 TOSCA Certification in 2019 and her Level I and II LoVetri Certification in 2020. She is a teacher at The Voice Lab NZ.
By day, Tim is a commercial lawyer. By night, he sleeps (usually). Although trained from a young age as a classical violinist, he has since appeared more often on stage than in the pit. A regular to Invercargill audiences (highlights include Kenickie in Grease: The Arena Spectacular and Jamie in the off-Broadway The Last Five Years), Tim has recently moved to Dunedin and is looking forward to finding fame, fortune and friendship in MTD’s Les Misèrables. Tim has an ATCL in Speech & Drama from Trinity College London (distinction).
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.
Philip has had music in his heart for all his life. From playing guitar and keys in cover bands, and country music competitions in the late 80's, to playing his uke in the caravan on holidays, Philip finally took his first jump onto the musical theatre stage during The Highlights last year. He is currently the keys/rhythm/lead guitarist/bvs for iconic Dunedin band Big in Japan. 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.
Bethany is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this star-studded production of Les Misèrables! Most recently she was in Showbiz Dunedin’s production of The Highlights, her first major production on Regent stage. Previously, she sang backing vocals for MTD’s The Phantom of the Opera, and starred in many ensemble roles in The Mikado, Don Giovanni, Pirates of Penzance and The Christmas Carol for Opera Otago. With a background in classical singing, Bethany has studied under the tutelage of Sue Patterson, Barbara Hendry and Judy Bellingham. Bethany teaches piano to several students, sings for Otago Gang Show and plays for Mornington Football Club. In 2020, she completed her double degrees in Law and Arts at the University of Otago and is now employed at Jenny Beck Law.
Old and over the hill, Grant boosts the average age of the show by a number of years. Having last performed in Les Misèrables 27 years ago when the majority of this ensemble weren’t born, he’s the sole survivor with the exception of Stephen Robertson who is back to direct and Michelle Banford, the stage manager.
Too many performances have been and gone since then to name but every show is a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones for which Grant is very grateful. Grant met his wife Jen when they performed together a number of years ago with Musical Theatre Dunedin and they have two sons, Jack and Toby. When he’s not acting Grant loves walks on the beach and a good cup of tea beside the fire.
Since coming to Dunedin in 2018 for University, Luke has been blessed with many opportunities in the performing arts. In 2019 he was cast in Wicked and Future Stars for Musical Theatre Dunedin. Luke was also cast as the lead, August in the University of Otago’s Lunchtime theatre production, 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 there. Onstage highlights include playing the White Rabbit in the South Canterbury Drama League 2017 production Alice in Wonderland. Luke is excited to be a part of another amazing MTD production.
Holly is delighted to be a part of Les Misèrables as her first production with MTD. She has 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 studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Otago.
Les Misèrables will be Anna’s ninth show for MTD, following playing the role of Olive Ostrofsky in Spelling Bee and ensemble roles in Wicked, Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph, Lights on Broadway 2, Dusty, and Stage to Screen. She has also been seen in Taieri Musical productions as Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, Helen Staddercheck in 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 University of Otago (finally), and is very excited to be returning to the Regent stage again after appearing as a featured artist in The Highlights in 2020.
Les Misèrables 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 Misèrables, and thanks her family and friends for their ongoing support.
Justin is a newcomer to musical theatre but brings with him 30 years of experience as a singer, songwriter and vocalist for multiple rock and metal groups. Having performed original music in venues around New Zealand and across Australia he is very excited to be a part of his favourite musical and to be performing in his favourite hometown venue.