Adam Grubner - Performer
Adam honed his acting craft at The Actors College of Theatre and Television before graduating from Brent St School of Performing Arts, where he trained in ballet, jazz dance, contemporary dance, tap, drama and singing.
He has extensive experience in children’s entertainment and has performed locally and internationally with much loved brands including: The Hooley Dooleys, Barney the Dinosaur, The Banana Splits, Perform Educational Musicals, The Kazoos and has also been involved as a host and facilitator for a number of the Kids in the Park school holiday programs at Sydney Olympic Park.
Other credit highlights include: Fiddler on the Roof (Australian Tour), Departures and Arrivals (Go Theatre), Love At Fast Sight (Melbourne Fringe Festival), Cartoon Network Live-Cartoonival (Dubai, UAE), The Emerald (12 shows for Thomson Cruises, London), as well as acting in a number of opera productions.
When he is not performing, he works behind the scenes in film and TV and is a graduate of Sydney Film School. Most recently he worked on The Biggest Loser Transformed (Channel 10) and mini-series The House of Bond (Channel 9).
Amanda Whiteside - Director
Amanda is an award winning professional actor with over 20 years of performing experience. This includes five years as a Theatre in Education performer with two of the UK’s leading companies, and productions with the UK’s BBC & Channel 4 and Channel 7 & ABC in Australia. Amanda is also a registered Drama & English teacher with over 10 years teaching experience in both the UK & Australia, including as Head of Drama and an examiner
Carl Whiteside - Director
Carl is a professional theatre director with over 15 years experience of directing musicals, plays, cabaret and new writing. He ran an independent theatre company in London for four years and also has experience of Theatre Management, working on shows such as Lion King, Beauty & The Beast and Starlight Express in London's West End . Carl is also a Financial Services professional with over 15 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Compliance, Risk Management & Operational Management
Debbie Neilson - Performer
Debbie has graduated from the two year diploma of screen acting at Screen Wise (Australia’s TV and film school for actors). Debbie has a passion for entertaining, inspiring and teaching kids, she has co-hosted a live show with Humphrey B Bear and has worked for years with Kids up front Drama Academy where she teaches primary school children drama, dance and singing skills. Debbie has performed in many musical productions such as: Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Spelling Bee and Footloose. Other theatre credits include: ‘Marianne’ in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (Manly Star of the Sea), ‘Peggy’ in Come Blow Your Horn (Lane Cove Theatre Company), ‘Mary’ in Coward at Christmas (Genesian Theatre), 'Little Voice' in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (NEW Theatre), and ‘Dorothy’ in The Wizard of Oz (Strathfield Musical Society). She has also been in the finals of Short & Sweet Sydney many times for acting, writing and directing. Screen credits include many short films one of which LEECH (with Terry Serio and Denise Roberts) was shortlisted for Tropfest 2012 and a feature film Ambrosia directed by Rhiannon Bannenberg. Debbie was a finalist in the Dungog Film Festival (speed auditioning) in 2010 and was a soloist in the NEW ZEALAND Beach Hop Rock n' Roll Festival 2015.
Elizabeth Millington - Designer
Elizabeth Millington is an award-winning Russian born director, writer and designer. Before arriving in Australia, Elizabeth worked at the Moscow National Theatre Institute and trained at the Moscow Conservatorium and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In Australia, Elizabeth founded the independent theatre company Dead Puppet Society and has created award-winning works for Metro Arts, Brisbane Festival, the Next Wave Festival, QPAC, the Adelaide Fringe, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Federation Square, La Mama, La Boite Theatre Company and has designed sets and puppets for productions across the country. Elizabeth was a participant of the inaugural Women Directors' Program at the Melbourne Theatre Company and regularly returns to Moscow to facilitate the development of new works, visual theatre and innovative performance making.
Fiona Scarlett - Performer
Fiona is a Melbourne based performer who grew up in the wilds of Gippsland. She has been performing on Melbourne stages for several years, starting out in the classical singing world after studying voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She toured internationally with Trinity College Choir and sang soprano with the MSO Chorus. Fiona has since gone on to study acting at Verve Studios, graduating in 2016 with the Fringe show Falling Apples, directed by Peta Hanrahan. She has been a regular on the Owl and Cat Theatre stage. Her most recent performances include Crush, Choice and The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name. She has also turned her hand to writing and showcased her first solo cabaret in 2016 at Chapel off Chapel, with a return season booked at the Butterfly Club in October this year. When she's not on stage, she's usually rocking out in the primary schools as a relief teacher or eating peanut butter on toast which is her favourite meal in the whole wide world.
Jack Sumner - Performer
Forged in the farmlands of the Adelaide Hills, Jack fell into acting from a medium sized age when he grew tired of the monotony of everyday civilian life. Finding himself graduated from the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2014, he took to sampling every form of performance he could get his hands on. He ended up performing in a great many things including (but not limited to): A folk opera called Love lives of the ordinary (Independent), Don Giovanni (With Adelaide Opera), Summer Rain (AcArts), A varied amount of short films (The Collection, Fixed Point, Armatures, Knights of Sunshine), and various TV appearances and radio voice overs. Jack has also performed in numerous ‘street theatre/installation theatre’ performances in and around Melbourne and Adelaide, the most recent of which being ‘Loud Complements’ at Rainbow Festival which he helped devise last year. In addition to this he has toured musicals with Perform Educational Musicals (Book Week 2015, 2016, and Australian Understudy for 2017) and playing Beast in Alpha Shows Beauty and the Beast. When not performing Jack often finds himself working behind the scenes for the National Theatre for Children, seeking the ever scarce love of his cat, or playing Ukulele with his housemates.
Composer / Musical Director
Luke Hunter - Musical Director, Composer - The Sound Of Music, Kinky Boots
Luke was the Musical Director for the Australian production of Jersey Boys, for which he received both the Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Musical Direction. He co-arranged the Australian Anthem for the boys to perform at the AFL Grand Final. rnrnMost recently, Luke was the Musical Director for the Australian tour and Singapore seasons of Grease for the Gordon Frost Organisation. In 2013, Luke was the Musical Director of New Theatricals’ The Addams Family and was Assistant Musical Director for TML Enterprises’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.rnrnOther Musical Direction credits include Gale Edwards’ acclaimed production of The Rocky Horror Show, Shout!, Oh! What a Night, Leader of the Pack (Green Room Award for best musical direction), Falsettos, Eddie Perfect’s Up and Take Your Skin Off and Dance for the Victorian College of the Arts, Floorplay in Atlantic City and Burn the Floor in Las Vegas.rnLuke began his career onstage, appearing as Schlomo Metzenbaum in Fame the Musical, both in Australia and overseas, and in the casts of the original Australian productions of Shout! and Oh! What a Night. rnrnLuke is also a composer, arranger, and the co-creator of the iPhone App Warm Me Up! which provides vocal warm-ups to singers worldwide.
Luke Reeves - Performer
Luke has had various performance training over the years, including a Wollongong University performance degree (music and drama), a year's part-time film acting course at Screen Wise and various other tuition in singing and dance. However, in terms of honing his craft, he believes he has found the most value in learning by doing and as such hasn't stopped performing consistently for the last six years. He has played many varied roles including ‘The Beast’ in Beauty & Beast, ‘Judd Fry’ in Oklahoma, ‘Caiaphas’ in Jesus Christ Superstar and has also performed in the finals of the world’s biggest short play festival, Short & Sweet Sydney, the last three years running. He is no stranger to children's theatre having been a Humphrey B. Bear presenter and children's entertainer for a number of years and having taught and directed kid's drama camps. Luke excels at transformational characters and voices which works wonders for engaging the attention and imagination of children.
Sarah Whalen - Performer
Sarah is a driven and enthusiastic performer whose passion began at an early age in Scotland. Having completed both a Cert II at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a Diploma at Principal Academy of Dance, she has most recently earnt a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the direction of Paul Sabey. Whilst studying at the QCGU, Sarah performed as Doatsy Mae in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Maureen in Rentand numerous roles in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne seasons).
In her final year, Sarah was cast as Martha in The Secret Garden directed by critically acclaimed West End director Ian Good. She was a guest singer at QPAC’s Celebration of Soul, Integrity 20 Summit Age of Insecurities, Queensland Pops Orchestra’sRhonda Burchmore on Broadway and the Brisbane City Hall. Upon graduation, Sarah performed as a featured dancer in Opera Queensland’s Kiss Me Kate. So far in 2017 Sarah has performed in numerous new Australian works and is beyond thrilled to start a new chapter touring Queensland with Meerkat Productions.
Composer / Musical Director
Tim Smith - Musical Director, Composer - The Lion King, Billy Elliot
As Artistic Director for Vocal Alchemy Tim has completed two Australian and one European workshop/masterclass tours. Originally trained as a classical pianist, singer, orchestral conductor and educator, Tim is an award-winning musical director working on over 30 musical productions. His theatre credits include: Musical Director for the Australian tour of MAMMA MIA!, Assistant MD for Billy Elliot , Assistant Conductor/Vocal Coach on The Lion King in Australia and China, Vocal Coach for A Chorus Line, Grey Gardens and pre-production coaching for Legally Blonde. Tim was also the Founding Head of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts where he authored the original syllabus for the Bachelor of Music Theatre degree.rnrnTim has also been engaged as a lecturer/guest speaker at a number of Australian universities and performing arts institutions including the Australian National Theatre, the Arts Academy at Ballarat University and a Master Teacher at the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Music Theatre Forum. rnTim has been collaborating with us since 2000.