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CAST

Kara Lane

KaraAustralian-born Kara has been performing since the age of seven. She trained at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, gaining a degree in music theatre, followed by a year of dance at Brent Street Performing Arts College in Sydney. Shows in Australia include Bugsy Malone, Young Cosette in Les Miserables, Ermengarde in Hello Dolly, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Yum Yum in The Hot Mikado, Grace Farrel in Annie, and the lead female in the workshop of the new Australian musical Eureka.

Before finally moving to London two and one-half years ago, Kara appeared as a singer/dancer and solo cabaret artist in Thomson Cruise’s The Emerald.

UK credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, where she was dance captain and understudied the role of Mary Magdalene, and Scrooge with Shane Richie, where she was once again dance captain and understudied the roles Isabelle and Ghost of Christmas Past; both shows were Bill Kenwright national tours.

TV appearances include Home and Away, the feature film Garage Days, and various advertisements.

Rebecca McKinnis

RebeccaAfter training at Mountview Theatre School, Rebecca joined the theatre company on board M.V. Aurora where she played the roles of Kitty in Charley’s Aunt, Anne in Half a Sixpence, Jan in Grease, Henrietta Jolson in The Al Jolson Story and ensemble in The Elvis Musical. Rebecca then went on to play Virus and understudied the roles of Kim and Big Sue in Taboo – The Boy George Musical (UK national tour).

Concerts include A New World, Tsunami Relief Concert at Chelmsford Cathedral, West End Gold (Villa Marina, Isle of Man), West End to Broadway (Palace Theatre).

Most recently Rebecca was a swing in Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales) where she understudied and played the roles of Tanya and Donna. She would like to thank her family for their continuous support. She dedicates her performances in loving memory of her Dad.

Lisa Peace

LisaLisa trained at The Arts Educational School.

Since leaving she has appeared in many West End productions including her most recent West End role of Peggy Van Aulden in Jailhouse Rock. She has also recently played the title role in Shahrazad at the Theatre Museum; the Narrator opposite Phillip Schofield on the national tour of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; alternate Sukie Rougemont in The Witches of Eastwick, opposite Ian McShane; Jellylorum and understudy Grizabella (and played) in Cats; Catherine and understudy Bertrande (and played) in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of Martin Guerre; Ensemble and understudy Cosette (and played) in Les Miserables; Maria in The Sound of Music at The Lyric Theatre (Belfast); Kate Bush in Hot Stuff at The Leicester Haymarket; Ashley and understudy Pearl (and played) in Starlight Express in both the London and Germany productions; and Cynthia Boyce in Mr. Cinders at The Kings Head with Sam West.

Television and radio work includes: Katie in Eastenders, Receptionist in Murder in Mind opposite Keeley Hawes, and Like They’ve Never Been Gone for radio. Lisa has also recorded lead vocals for numerous professional recordings.

Her concerts include: 6 week Les Miserables Scandinavian tour as The Factory Girl and a recent charity concert singing with Graham Bickley in the West End. Her workshops include Shaharazad in Shaharazad directed by Phil Willmott at The Theatre Museum in Covent Garden.

Chris Palmer

ChrisChris studied Musical Theatre on the Postgraduate course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He started his career in Merrily We Roll Along at the Cochrane Theatre and then joined “The Emerald” cruise ship for Thompson as lead singer performing in shows including Moulin Rouge, Boogie Romance and Matador of Greece. Other credits include Red Riding Hood Eye Theatre Suffolk, Bobby Shaftoe in Hustle, Aladdin (featured ensemble), Riff West Side Story and Jean-Michel La Cage Aux Folles Lincoln Theatre Royal. Chris also spent fifteen months in London’s West End in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat understudying and playing Pharaoh / God. He then went on to play John in Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour) and has recently finished the UK and Ireland tour of Annie understudying Rooster and featured ensemble. Chris would like to thank his family, friends and especially his girlfriend Kara for all the love and support throughout his career. Thanks guys!!!

Mark Torrance

MarkMark trained at Queen Margaret University College graduating with a BA (distinction) in Acting, he then went on to train at the Royal Academy of Music gaining a post graduate diploma in Musical Theatre. Theatre credits include: Silk Stockings (Lost Musicals, Sadlers Wells), Times Up (Shaftsbury Theatre), Forever Spledide (Bridewell Theatre), The Wiz (Royal Academy of Music), Romeo And Juliet (Cutting Edge Castles Tour), Twelve Angry Men (Pend Theatre, Edinburgh), Godspell (Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh) Blude Red (Cumbernauld Theatre), A Mid Summer Night’s Dream (Byre Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Poel Festival Globe Theatre). Television Includes: New Captain Scarlet (Gerry Anderson Productions, ITV/Sony), Hopetoun (Ken Grieves Productions) Concerts Include: Elton John UK Tour (NEC, Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall), West End Christmas (Rugby), Debut! (Gateway Theatre).

CREATIVES

Racky Plews – Director / Choreographer / Lighting Designer

rackyRacky trained on the Musical Theatre course at the Arts Educational School in London. She recently returned from the Middle East where she choreographed Rough Crossing for (Sh! Productions). Racky also choreographed and managed the national tour for Ovation’s production of Forever Plaid and London productions of From a Jack to a King, It’s Only Make Believe and Return to the Forbidden Planet. You can see her latest dance-style on Emily Blunt’s music video (Sensation). Theatre credits include: Penny Scyllen in Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, Penny in A Slice of Saturday Night, Kim in Daydream Believer (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Banging the Drum (YBS Dance Tour), Phantom in The Rocky Horror Tribute Show (Lauderdale House) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Musical. This is Racky’s debut as a director and she is thrilled to be working with such a talented company.

Ian Dawes – Musical Director

Ian-DawesIan trained at Leeds University and the London School of Musical Theatre. Musical Director credits include Pippin (The Kings Head & Arts Depot), Violet (Young Vic), Bugsy Malone (Wyllyotts), Working (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Kander & Ebb Revue (Intimate), Oliver (Millfield), Grease (Maltings, St Albans), Crazy For You, Fame, Blood Brothers, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Grease, Beauty & The Beast, Chicago (Greasepaint Anonymous). Theatre credits include Scales of the Unexpected (Battersea), The Kids From Shame (Battersea, Upstairs at the Gatehouse), What Happened Last Night? (Pleasance), Jesus Christ Superstar (Garfield Stadium, Barbados), No One in the World (Cochrane), An Englishman Abroad (Bridewell), A Slice of Saturday Night & From a Jack to a King (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Hope (Westminster), Barney the Care in the Community Comic (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Elegies (Battersea), Children of Eden (Landor), Forever Plaid (UK Tour), Robin Hood, Hair & The Wizard of Oz (City Varieties, Leeds). Workshop/Recording work includes Walk With the Angels (Soho), Best Friends & Butterflies (Greenwich), Mister Christmas & Now We Are Six (LSMT Drama Studios). Television work includes Trial & Retribution III (Carlton), Up Front (Granada). Ian is currently performing and writes arrangements for the act Scales of the Unexpected.

PHOTOS

REVIEWS

Rene Butler, The Stage

Stage-Review

Buzzby, Writing Here Writing Now

Buzz-Review

Dale Maitland Cartwright, Hornsey & Crouch End Journal

Hornsey-Journal-Review

Aline Waites, Ham & High

Ham-&-High

Hannah Glickstein, Camden New Journal

CNJ-Review