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Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to begin by acknowledging that we are meeting on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation and paying our respects to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are gathered today. We would like to pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We want to acknowledge how lucky and honoured we are to be able to share this land and continue the tradition of storytelling.

THE CAST

Gemma Caruana (she/her)

Kathleen Amarant (she/her)

Noah Janssen (he/they)

Obed Wallis (he/him)

THE TEAM

Sarah Francham (she/her)

Director of Acting

Sol Summers (he/him)

Director of Music

 

Georgina Charteris (she/her)

Director of Movement

 

Brendan Jelley (he/him)

Resident Choreographer

 

Weng Yi Wong (she/her)

Production Manager

 

Bradley Dylan (he/they)

Artistic Director

 

Daniele Buatti (he/him)

Holistic Director

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND THANKS

The Be You Inc. Board

Miao at the The MC Showroom

St Catharine’s Anglican Church

Graphic design by Daniele Buatti

SONG LIST

Untitled Opening Number

Two Nobodies in New York

An Original Musical

Monkeys and Playbills

The Tony Award Song

Part of It All

I Am Playing Me

What Kind of Girl Is She?

Die, Vampire, Die!

Filling Out the Form

Montage Part 1: September Song

Montage Part 2: Secondary Characters

Montage Part 3: Development Medley

Change It, Don’t Change It/Awkward Photo Shoot

A Way Back to Then

Nine People’s Favorite Thing

Finale

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Gemma (she/her) is a creative artist of proud Maltese heritage. Growing up in Adelaide, Gemma followed in her family’s footsteps by learning the clarinet at the age of six.

Training in classical singing, she discovered the world of music theatre in her tweens. She first found her love for cabaret in the Class of Cabaret program during the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, directed by Eddie Perfect and Ali McGregor.

At 18 Gemma kissed the Malls Balls goodbye to begin her formal training at Federation University Arts Academy in Ballarat, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Here she stepped into the shoes of some incredible characters including Maggie Holmes in Working, Donna Wright in Shane Warne the Musical, and Diana Morales in A Chorus Line. During her time at Uni Gemma thrived in the collaborative environment, honing her cabaret and creation skills. She used her time in lockdown write cabarets and work with her peers on upcoming projects.

[Title of Show] is Gemma’s debut performance in Melbourne and she feels immensely lucky to bring Susan to life on stage. Gemma would like to thank her high school drama teachers, her partner, and Julie Andrews.

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Before the little old Global Pandemic, Kathleen (she/her) returned from the US where she performed in numerous shows including Carol in a one-night-only Production of Split: At Home in New York. She toured the role of Annette in Saturday Night Fever the Musical and was Lead Arial Vocalist in the Cirque De Soleil inspired In the Air twice for Broadway at Sea (RCI).

Other Australian stage credits include Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q (Trifle Theatre), Miss Gardner in Carrie: The Musical (Ghost Light/Moving Light), Marcia Brady in A Very Brady Cabaret (StageArt), Barbie: Anything is Possible (Lifelike Touring) and The Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty (Flourish Productions). She’s also played Columbia in Rocky Horror Tribute Show, Frenchy in Grease Lightinin’ and Elphaba (of Wicked) in The Broadway Tribute Show (Event Theatre International).

Kathleen started her journey as an enthusiastic pre-teen appearing on your TV box, in numerous TV shows such as Chris Lille’s Mr G, Neighbours, Blue Heelers and various TVC’s. When she thinks back to that time, starting out, wide eyed and full of absolute joy - after the year that has been, she hopes we all find ‘A Way Back to Then’ whatever that may mean for you.

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Before spending most of the last two years waking up at midday on a steady diet of Easy Mac and misery, Noah (he/they) studied at the Victorian College of the Arts for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre).

Whilst at the VCA, they appeared as Ozzie in On The Town, as a featured soloist in Morning Melodies in 2018 and 2019, and in the ensemble of Flora, The Red Menace. He was also the proud winner of the Songs in Isolation Singing Competition in 2020, judged by Michael Feinstein.

Noah’s love of art began with the screen, and as well as making their screen debut this year in the role of Seth Okaine on Neighbours, they also enjoy developing and directing their own short horror films.

Noah is thrilled to be telling this story that celebrates the brave (and frequently illogical) choice to commit (AND recommit, AND recommit) to a life in the arts; it is a choice of self love and self respect against a world that wants to deny your authenticity at every turn. Noah dedicates this performance to all the dreamers and theatre dorks who choose to be LOUD.

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Obed (he/him) first found his passion for performance in the tried and true fashion; Playing a humble student in a schools production of ‘Les Miserables’.

With eyes set on one day being worthy of Jean Valjean or donning the alluring half mask of the Phantom, he trained in the Music Theatre Studio and a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts and took up every available opportunity; Ensemble members in ‘Morning Melodies’ and ‘On the Town’, Choir Master/Callum in ‘Our House’ and Reverend Crisparkle/Piano 2 in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’.

Finally out in the industry in the wild party that was 2021, Obed was gratefully dancing through life in pieces such as Random Acts’ ‘Billie and the Outback Dinosaurs’ and continued training through Action Drama Studio’s ‘Advanced Screen Acting’ course, ‘The Cate’.

Through Obed’s artistic journey however, he’s come to discover the value of his work lies not in the glory of the musical ‘giants’ (“I wish!”) but in the immense power of storytelling to heal, encourage and inspire. Obed hopes that through [Title of Show], you will be reconnected with the true source of joy, inspiration, encouragement and hope. To Him be the glory...

After completing her Bachelor of Music Theatre at Federation University in 2019, Sarah (she/her) has gone on to work broadly in Melbourne’s theatre scene, taking part in workshops, script readings, and touring nationally with children’s theatre company Alpha Shows in The Little Mermaid. As well as this, Sarah also co-hosted the monthly revue Mixed Bag at Club Voltaire where she featured artists and her own original songs and writing, collaborated on with Sol Summers. Sol and Sarah have also collaborated on multiple cabarets such as Chaos the Cabaret and A Manic Pixie Dream Cabaret. Sarah’s directing credits include The Dam, The Silent War and more recently was assistant director on the new Australian musical Voyagers.

Sarah is passionate about the development of Australian voices and talent and is thrilled to be working with the team on [Title of Show].

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Sol (he/him) is a Melbourne-based music director and performer. Studying a bachelor of music theatre at Federation University in Ballarat, Sol became acutely interested in music, acting as music director and accompanist for Reasons, a fundraiser in his third year. Since then, Sol has continued working with Federation University, as assistant music director on Exquisite Corpse, with the graduating class of 2021.

 

Sol’s passion is to make music more accessible for performers of all types, and to share his love of music through collaboration.

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Brendan (he/him) is a Casting & Communications professional, and passionate performer with experience in many areas of the industry. His performance journey includes music theatre productions, dancing around the world on cruise ships, as well as working with contemporary and commercial dance companies.

A proud member of the Be You Inc Operations team he strives for an industry of empowered performers and creatives and aims to promote a more diverse inclusive industry in his roles as Casting Director and Head of Communications.

As an advocate for supportive environments in what can be a tough industry, Brendan always strives to challenge stigma, create opportunities and share insight through experience. With an interest in also supporting the journeys of performers as an agent, Brendan has joined the team at Helen Pandos Management.

After casting [title of show] earlier this year, Brendan was more than happy to jump on as resident choreographer when Director of Movement Georgina moved interstate.

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Born into a family of classical musicians, Georgina stumbled over her own two feet into dance classes and then ran away with the circus in her teens.

Completing her Advanced Diploma in Music Theatre at Principal Academy (Perth) and her Certificate at WAAPA. Georgina moved to Melbourne in 2013 and while working as a professional dancer, she studied Meisner in 2016 and continued her dance training at Spectrum Dance in 2017.

Professionally Georgina has danced internationally, and alongside Sheppard The Band & Tom Burlinson.

Theatre credits; Swing/Dance Captain in Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody (Salty Theatre), ensemble/understudy in Nine The Musical (StageArt), Bombalurina in CATS (ICW Productions), ensemble in Cinderella Pantomime (Zealous Productions), ensemble in Bootlegged Musical (Red Bennies), and she was a Semi Finalist for the Rob Guest Endowment 2018.

As a creative, Georgina has written, directed, and choreographed short musical revues for her students, and choreographed for corporate entertainment. She is excited to share her choreography for Title of Show.

She’d also like to thank her agency Central Melbourne Talent for their support.

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Weng Yi (she/her) brings to the musical theatre industry a diverse background and skillset. She is a law graduate, literature major, former editor, and experienced paralegal, having worked across several different practice areas with further qualifications and expertise in intellectual property law. Another hat (or rather, helmet) she wears is as an equestrian, competing predominantly in the sport of dressage. Balancing the demands of this lifestyle has enabled her to develop strengths in organisation, management, and creative problem solving, which have been tremendous assets to her role of overseeing the various elements of this production.

Coming from a classical music background, Weng Yi also has solo, orchestral and string ensemble experience, and is interested in exploring different ways of creating and telling stories through the medium of music and theatre. Weng Yi is thrilled to be managing [title of show] and contributing to another one of Be You Inc’s projects.

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A passionate musician, music director, and storyteller, Daniele (he/him) loves nothing more than exploring how music can be used to effect an audience and support the sharing of stories. He brings a wealth of experience through his knowledge of music, his love of story, and his desire to make genuine connections with people.

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As the founder and CEO of Be You Inc, Bradley (he/they) is the artistic voice and vision behind its projects. Bradley has a passion for storytelling, a holistic approach to sociology and social systems, and degrees in business, management, and applied psychology.

With extensive experience running production companies and performing arts studios since 2004, Bradley has a unique perspective on the future of theatre, and uses applied psychological and cross-industry approaches to lift theatre up to a higher ethical standard. He believes that storytelling is what brings people together through building empathy and understanding, and dreams of a world where everyone’s stories, no matter their background, are heard and validated.

Bradley is an accredited coach, a member of the Diversity Council Australia, the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, and is currently studying a Master of Social and Organisational Leadership with a specialisation in organisational coaching.

“I’D RATHER BE NINE PEOPLE’S FAVOURITE THING
THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE’S NINTH FAVOURITE THING”