MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

ADAM LYON

MUSIC AND LYRICS

Adam graduated from the VCA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music (Opera). He was the recipient of the Daisy Webster Ethel Nolan Scholarship and the Macdonald Trust whilst at the VCA.

Other than performing, Adam’s passion is composition and his most recent works are We Men Are Giants, a song cycle about the evolution of masculinity in modern Australia and NED – A New Australian Musical, about the life of Ned Kelly, which was shortlisted for New Musicals Australia
2011.

Adam’s stage credits include A Garden Of Money, Dare To Be Faceless, Sweeney Todd, Cosi Fan Tutte, Australian Constitution Opera, Les Miserables, The Last Five Years, Into The Woods, Rob Guest Tour (Support Act), Just The Boys (Group Leader & Soloist), A Chorus Of Disapproval and Carousel. Adam also starred as Carl Denham in the world premiere of King Kong The Musical in 2013.

ANNA LYON

BOOK

The bulk of Anna’s previous writing comes in the form of prescriptions, working as a Paediatrician locally in Bendigo.

She has a longstanding involvement with several theatre companies in the area over the past two decades, including Bendigo Theatre Company and CT Productions.

Anna is grateful to the Capital, Ulumbarra Theatre and Bendigo Council for their support of NED and is excited for Bendigo to pave the way as a regional centre known for its commitment to developing new Australian work.

MARC MCINTYRE

BOOK & SET DESIGN

Marc commenced his theatrical pursuits at the age of 14 with STAG (Shepparton Theatre Arts Group) before going on to study at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Marc has worked in many capacities in the theatre industry including performance, direction, writing, design and stage management.

Marc’s performance credits in Bendigo incude The Crucible, Les Miserables, Into the Woods and Jesus Christ Superstar and direction of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolur Dreamcoat.

He has worked throughout Australia in companies including, Chambermade Opera, Porkchop Productions, CZ2 TOPOG, Olympic Arts Festival, Melbourne Theatre Company, La Mama, Adelaide Festival of The Arts and the Melbourne Festival. Recent design work includes The Importance of Being Earnest, Ruby Moon and Third World Blues.

Marc is taking on the dual role of Writer and Set Designer and is enjoying the opportunity of melding the text with visual elements to create a landscape of rusted metal and weathered timber.

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GARY YOUNG

DIRECTOR

Gary wrote and directed the new Australian musical Sideshow Alley, which premiered at The Playhouse QPAC to critical acclaim. Sideshow Alley won the National search for new work by Australian writers and composers, winning the inaugural Pratt Prize for Music Theatre. Gary and composer Paul Keelan also won the prestigious 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Original Score. Gary won the Aussie Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Musical.

Recently, he directed the Jubilee Anniversary production of The Mousetrap, Cry Me A River starring Rhonda Burchmore at The Comedy Theatre, two National tours for Hi 5, the musical City Of Angels and The 2013 Helpmann Awards at the Sydney Opera House.

For The Production Company he directed Singing In The Rain. Other productions at The Arts Centre State Theatre include Carousel starring David Campbell, Funny Girl starring Caroline O’Conner, Call Me Madam starring Geraldine Turner, Mame starring Rhonda Burchmore, and The Boyfriend starring Esther Hannaford and Alex Rathgeber.

He directed Fully Committed starring Spencer McLaren, Guys And Dolls at the Adelaide Festival Theatre and was nominated for the Helpmann Award for his direction of the record breaking Menopause The Musical.

Gary was Associate Director for the original Australian/Asian production and the 2010 Anniversary production of the hit musical Mamma Mia.

He directed the new musical Crusade for the Edinburgh Festival and for its Australian premiere. For the Canterbury Opera in New Zealand, he directed A Little Night Music starring Geraldine Turner.

He was Resident Director for the original Australian productions of Miss Saigon and Les Misrerables for the Cameron Mackintosh Organization and was Associate Director for the 10th Anniversary Productions.

Other shows include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Aspects Of Love, Tales Of Hoffmann, The Student Prince, The Merry Widow and Scrooge starring Keith Michell.

He has had a varied career as performer, writer and director and has worked all over the world in theatre, cabaret and television with the Mo Award winning Ritz Company. Performing credits include Side By Side By Sondheim, Starting Here, Starting Now, Showboat, Annie Get Your Gun, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables.

His original written work includes lyrics and book with co-writer and composer Tony Rees for Tilly, presented at the Buxton Musical Quest in Britain. Their project Jekyll was staged at the Churchill Theatre, Britain, and starred Dave Willets. Their musical The Man Inside has just completed its London season at the Landor Theatre.

Current works with composer Paul Keelan include Ship Of Fools, A Woman’s Eyes, Black Widow and Tea With Oscar which had two successful seasons at the Chapel Off Chapel Theatre and was nominated for the Green Room Award for Best Original Music and Lyrics.

Their current works include a musical based on the life of the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi – Artemisia, and their latest musical Bim Bom is set in the Russian Revolution.

Their Helpmann nominated children’s theatre piece Wombat Stew has had two record-breaking tours of Australia.

Gary is thrilled to have his new children’s book More Than Two published by New Holland Publishers, with a sequel More Than Two – Under The Sea released in 2014. A children’s musical based on the More Than Two books is underway with composer Paul Keelan.

Awards include The Arts Council Award for Direction, The Helpmann Award, Green Room nominations, The Mo Award, and The Aussie Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Musical.

www.garyyoung.co
www.keelanyoung.com

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LOCLAN MACKENZIE-SPENCER

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Loclan is a Melbourne-based pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. After receiving initial musical training in his home town of Bendigo, Loclan went on to study at the University of Melbourne, where he attained a Bachelor of Music (Honours), specialising in composition.

In 2008, as the winner of the prestigious Betty Amsden Award for Orchestral Composition, his work Verwicklung was premièred at Hamer Hall and broadcast on 3MBS radio. His music has been performed in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Poland, and here in Australia.

Theatre has been a constant factor in Loclan’s musical career. He was recently the associate musical director on the Australian tour of Wicked. He has been a keyboard player on such shows as Phantom of the Opera, Legally Blonde and Sunday in the Park with George, as well as playing on numerous shows for The Production Company, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grey Gardens.

Loclan has been involved with a number of new works, including Strange Bedfellows (Albury) and Doctor Zhivago. He has also written original music for the revue Nailed It! and for new productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, As You Like It and Matt Cameron’s Man the Balloon.

MICHAEL RALPH

CHOREOGRAPHY

Michael Ralph is one of Australia’s rising young choreographers who is sought after for his dynamic, unique style and fresh take on Musical Theatre story telling. Michael originally studied fulltime dance at Danceworld Studios and acting at VCA – combining a performing career with his passion for choreography.

Michael’s choreographic credits include, Musical Theatre: Loving Repeating (Vic Theatre Company), Our House (Workshop – Storeyboard Entertainment), Georgy Girl (Workshop – Backstage Productions), Pacific Overtures (Watch This Productions),

Dance: Mood Swing (People’s Choice award 2011) and Project Elvis (Best Choreographer 2012) for Short & Sweet Dance. His two self-devised dance shows Now & Then (2013) and Hollywood Honky Tonk (2014) both played sell out seasons at Melbourne’s Gasworks Theatre and received positive reviews.

His performing credits stage credits include the roles of Skimbleshanks and Pouncival in Cats (RUG), Dance swing / role cover in Fame The Musical (GFO), and the world premiere production of Moonshadow (Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens). Most recently he performed in Singin’ in the Rain and Pirates of Penzance (The Production Company).

As a teacher of Broadway style he is in high demand teaching and choreographing for many institutions all over Melbourne.

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EMILY BARRIE

COSTUME DESIGN

Emily’s design history includes set and costume for; The Melbourne Theatre Company, The Malthouse, Belvoir Street Theatre, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Rawcus Theatre, Chamber Made Opera, Arena Theatre Company, Back to Back, Melbourne Worker’s Theatre, The Women’s Circus, Westside Circus, N.I.C.A., Moomba Parade, The Spaghetti Western Orchestra, Die Roten Punkte, Festival/Mushroom Records, and The Melbourne Museum.

Between 2010 and 2015 Emily has created designs for Jack Charles Vs. The Crown, Foley, Coranderrk and North West of Nowhere – Ilbijerri Theatre Company,

The opening ceremony at The Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain – Paris. The 2010 / 2011 / 2012 Moomba Parades – Director Sue Broadway and designing the Opening Parade for Opera Australia’s Ring Festival.

As an Associate Artist with Rawcus Theatre, Emily designed Another Lament Rawcus / Chamber Made Opera / The Malthouse, Small Odysseys – Rawcus/Arts House, and most recently, Catalogue as a part of Dance Massive – Rawcus / Arts House.

Emily’s Awards and Nominations include: Green Room Nomination Costume Design 2007 – Hunger – Rawcus / M.S.O. Green Room Nomination Set Design 2008 – The Heart of Another is a Dark Forest – Rawcus / Restless Dance Theatre Helpmann Award Nomination Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production 2009– At First Sight – National Institute of Circus Arts Green Room Nomination Set Design 2011 – Small Odysseys – Rawcus Helpmann Award Best Regional Tour 2014 – Jack Charles v The Crown – Ilbijerri Theatre Company.

ROB SOWINSKI

LIGHTING DESIGN

Rob is a freelance set and lighting designer working both in Australia and internationally. Based in Melbourne, Rob has collaborated with many of Melbourne’s leading theatre companies, as well as mentoring students in Design at Monash University.

Rob is resident designer for Lyric Opera of Melbourne (Iphigenie en Tauride and The Tender Land) and Arts Events Australia (An Evening with Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and the upcoming Joan Baez). Rob’s recent work includes the critically acclaimed The Trouble with Harry for MKA, The City They Burned for AtticErratic, My Fair Lady (Footlight Productions),

Pippin, Milk and Honey, Flinders Street, and Happy People (Magnormos). Television: So You Think You Can Dance? (Channel Ten). Cabaret: The Petticoat Soiree, Yummy and Triage (The Butterfly Club). Pacific Overtures for Watch This Productions, MKA’s Dogmeat (Perth Fringe), Felix Nobis’ Boy out of the Country for Larrikin, Palace of the End for Dan Clarke / Theatreworks, Death of Peter Pan for Fly on the Wall and Arafat in Therapy for New York United Solo Theatre Festival.

Rob’s work has earned several Green Room Award nominations including MKA’s Triangle (Best Lighting – Independent Theatre, 2012), The Trouble with Harry (Best Lighting – Independent Theatre, 2014), and Pacific Overtures (Best Lighting – Musical Theatre, 2014).

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