The Broadway smash hit SHREK THE MUSICAL is coming to Australia. This lavish multi-million dollar musical will open at the Sydney Lyric in January 2020 followed by Melbourne and Brisbane.
SYDNEY & MELBOURNE
Special Guest Appearance
as the Dragon
Little Pig 1
Little Pig 1A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Ross has performed and starred on both Australian and international stages. His Australian theatre credits include West Side Story for The Production Company, The Drowsy Chaperone for Squabbalogic, Willie Lopez in Ghost The Musical for Ambassador Theatre Group, Man of La Mancha (which he choreographed and starred alongside Tony Award Nominee Tony Sheldon), Disney Australia’s Aladdin The Musical understudying the principal roles of Iago and Omar, and GFO’s The Rocky Horror Show for the 2018 Australian tour. On screen Ross featured on ABC-TV’s Saturday Night Crack Up and Channel 7’s X-Factor Rock Edition. Ross has also toured the country and international waters with his one-man-show Let Me Entertain You: The Robbie Williams Story to five-star reviews and sold out audiences. Ross has recently returned to Australia from working in the UK, where he played the lead role of Johnny in the workshop production of the new musical Bloody Nora and performing as Eddie/Dr Scott in the UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show for Trafalgar Entertainment. Ross would like to thank the wonderful team at GFO for the opportunity to return to Australia to perform in Shrek The Musical and his incredible family and partner for their unwavering support. Niente Viene Facile
Ugly Duckling/Teen Fiona
Ugly Duckling/Teen FionaAnnie made her professional musical theatre debut in Mamma Mia! after graduating from the APO Arts Academy in 2016 with a Diploma of Music Theatre under a scholarship program. She has always had a passion for the stage and began her formal training in 2012 at the Adelaide College of the Arts, completing an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting). Annie is thrilled to follow two very successful national tours of Mamma Mia! and Bring It On The Musical with Shrek.
Pied Piper/CaptainBenjamin is an alumnus of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He made his professional debut with the Australian Shakespeare Company as Otter in The Wind in the Willows. Benjamin’s other professional credits include Treasure Hunt with Echelon Productions and Romeo and Juliet with Melbourne Shakespeare Company, as well as music directing MSC’s Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Taming of the Shrew. Most recently he appeared in the 40th anniversary production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Originally from regional Victoria, Benjamin is thrilled to be returning to the swamp for this production of Shrek The Musical.
Wolf/TheloniusAndy has recently returned from London where he appeared as The Bishop of Digne in the flagship West End production of Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre). On moving to the UK, Andy was cast in the original West End company of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre) where he understudied and regularly performed the role of Freddy Benson. His Australian credits include South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Really Useful Group), Guys and Dolls (Donmar Warehouse), Eddie Perfect’s Shane Warne The Musical, Floyd Collins, Rent and the Australian premiere of Titanic. His other roles include Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, Berger in Hair and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Andy is a graduate of The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) and has been a proud member of Equity since 2005.
Mama BearDenise stepped into the Australian musical theatre as the Seasons of Love soloist in Rent and hasn’t looked back. A native of Kentucky and graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a BFA in Acting, Denise began her career in the US regional theatre circuit, starring in the regional premieres the Stephen Schwartz compendium Snapshots, The Marvellous Wonderettes, Hands on a Hardbody, The Winter Wonderettes and Sleeping Beauty. The national tour of Seussical had Denise on the road starring as Gertrude, and she crossed the Atlantic to star as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania. With three contracts onboard Disney Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruise Line, Denise had the opportunity to entertain thousands of guests singing the Disney catalogue, along with Broadway style and Cirque style shows, while traveling the world. Now established in Sydney, Denise featured as the Milan Stage Manager/Ensemble in the Australian premiere of Kinky Boots. Her other Australian credits include Dionne in Stage Art’s Victorian tour of Hair, Mary in Merrily We Roll Along at Riverside Theatres, Sarah in High Fidelity at the Hayes Theatre Co, as well as Norwegian Cruise Line’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as Diva/Shirley.
SwingOriginally from Perth, Mackenzie is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Most recently, Mackenzie played the role of Evelyn Nesbit in the Australian premiere of Ragtime with The Production Company. Her other credits include Cora in Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company), Elly understudy/female swing in Lazarus (The Production Company), Francine in the national tour of Jersey Boys (New Theatricals),Bubba Ryan in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (Black Swan STC) and Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Black Swan STC). In 2018 she won Best Newcomer in Theatre at the Performing Arts Awards Western Australia for her performances with Black Swan State Theatre Company. Mackenzie is thrilled to be joining the cast of Shrek The Musical.
Papa BearBlake has worked throughout Australia, Asia, Britain and the United States as a writer, actor and singer. He studied drama and musical theatre at the University of Sydney and the Actor’s Connection New York. In early 2019 Blake co-wrote the new Australian musical The Dismissal, which premiered at the Seymour Centre. Prior to this he appeared in the international tour of Cameron Mackintosh's Les Misérables. For his performance in the title role of the one-man show Pearls Before Swine: An Evening With Orson Welles (Neil Gooding Productions), Blake won Best Actor at the inaugural Sydney Fringe Festival Awards. His other credits include Cry-Baby, High Fidelity, Melba and his acclaimed cabaret Hold Me Closer Logies Dancer (all at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co), Mamma Mia!, the Australia and New Zealand tour of Madiba, Of Thee I Sing at the Sydney Opera House, Grey Gardens and Sondheim on Sondheim for Squabbalogic. My heartfelt thanks to Jack, my family and Daisy.
Gingy/Sugar PlumManon most recently played Joanie Heslop in Muriel’s Wedding The Musical (Global Creatures), after making her professional debut originating the role of Cheryl and understudying Rhonda in the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical (STC/Global Creatures). She appeared in the ABC documentary Making Muriel and can be heard in the show’s official cast recording. Her other credits include Hatchetface in the Sydney Theatre Award winning production of Cry Baby (LPD), Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert in the title role (Bondi Theatre Company) and Nessarose in Wicked (Packemin Productions), where she also covered the role of Glinda. Manon graduated from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in 2015, where she completed a Bachelor of music, majoring in musical theatre. While at AIM, Manon played Sukie Rougement in The Witches of Eastwick. Manon then completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre at NIDA in 2016. She is also a member of the Sydney Lyre Ensemble. Manon is delighted to be joining the cast of Shrek The Musical. She would like to thank her family, mentors and teachers for their generosity and Nicky Gluyas Management for their support.
Swing/Dance CaptainHollie trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) and Certificate II (Music Theatre). Her performance credits include Bring It On The Musical (Kylar/understudy Campbell), Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (Dance Captain/swing/understudy Janet and Columbia) and the 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews. Hollie’s other performances include Sue Snell in Carrie: The Musical, Pippin, Peppa Pig Live! and corporate entertainment with The Cover Girls. A skilled improviser, Hollie has performed across Australia and internationally with the improvised musical comedy troupe Impromptunes, and is a regular artist on Impromptunes: The Podcast.
Peter PanRubin was most recently seen as Drew in Rock of Ages (MAT), Diesel in West Side Story (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour/Opera Australia) and as Kenneth in Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company). Rubin’s other theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz (GFO), Hello Dolly, Dusty and Showboat (The Production Company), the world premiere of Georgy Girl - the Seekers Musical (Farrelly Productions), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML Enterprises) and Michael Ralph’s Hollywood Honky-Tonk (Giving Productions). In 2015 Rubin was honoured to be awarded the Playbill Future Prospect Award from the Rob Guest Endowment. Rubin is a proud member of Actors Equity and would like to thank his family and his agents at Morrissey Management for their continued love and support.
Fairy Godmother/Mama Ogre
Fairy Godmother/Mama OgreSarah Murr is a 2015 graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, from which she holds a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. Immediately after graduating, Sarah joined the Australian and international touring casts of Les Misérables as first cover for Madame Thénardier. She played Paquette in Candide with Opera Queensland and Petra in a concert version of A Little Night Music with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Sarah was nominated for a Matilda Award as Best Female Actress in a leading role for her performance of the Owl in The Owl and the Pussycat with Little Match Productions. She returned from sailing the seas on the Norwegian EPIC as Shirley/Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and was shortly after burnt at the stake playing Agnes Nutter in Squabbologic’s Good Omens. Sarah has most recently been a finalist in The Sydney Cabaret Competition and took to the stage as Saraghina in Little Triangle’s production of Nine. Sarah would like to thank the team at Ian White Management for their continued support
Little Pig 2/Papa Ogre
Little Pig 2/Papa OgreSince graduating from Victorian College of the Arts, Joshua has forged a strong career establishing himself as a versatile stage performer, winning the Rob Guest Endowment Award in 2014. His credits include the Australian tour of Les Misérables (Courfeyrac), King Kong: Live on Stage, The Threepenny Opera (Macheath), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Schroeder), Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical (Sydney and Melbourne seasons), My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, and you can currently find him performing in the Australian tour of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical. Joshua is the director and producer of Joshua Robson Productions, formerly known as Blue Saint Productions, whose credits include Guilty Pleasures, Violet, Songs for a New World and the multi-nominated production of In The Heights at Hayes Theatre Co and Sydney Opera House.
Red Riding Hood
Red Riding HoodSince making her professional debut in the Helpmann Award winning production of A Chorus Line as Bebe and Diana Morales understudy, Monique has appeared in the Australian tours of Mamma Mia! as Ali, Ghost the Musical as ensemble/ Molly understudy and most recently the 50th Anniversary tour of Hair (ensemble, Sheila and Chrissy understudy). Monique’s Squabbalogic Independent Music credits as both cast and creative include Triassic Parq (T-Rex 1), Carrie: The Musical (Norma), Sondheim on Sondheim (cast and choreographer), Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson (Lyncoya and choreographer), [Title of Show] (choreographer), Good Omens (choreographer) and The Dismissal (Tirath Khemlani/Billy Snedden). In 2019 Monique returned to the Hayes Theatre Co for Catch Me If You Can having previously appeared there in Rent and The Drowsy Chaperone. On television, Monique is known for her role in ABC’s Splashdance, also touring Australia in the live performances. Her other credits include Deadly Women (Foxtel) and numerous television commercials. Monique is represented by T&E Management and has been a proud member of the MEAA since 2012.
Little Pig 3
Little Pig 3Tom was most recently seen in the Australian tour of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical (Global Creatures). Prior to this he performed in the 10th anniversary revival of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical (Michael Cassel Group), was an original cast member in the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding (Sydney Theatre Company) and toured Europe performing in Priscilla for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Tom’s other theatre credits include Only Heaven Knows (Luckiest Productions), The Drowsy Chaperone (Squabbalogic) – Glugs Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Pete the Sheep (Monkey Baa), Happy People (Chapel Off Chapel), and Nick & Nora and Seesaw (Neglected Musicals). He has also toured Australia and internationally in concert with Boys in the Band (SMA Productions). Tom won the prestigious Australian Cabaret Showcase in 2009 and has since toured his one-man shows Que Sera, Sharah and It’s Raining Me to sell-out theatre and festival seasons across Australia. He premiered That 90’s Show to critical acclaim at the Hayes Theatre and received a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Cabaret Performance. After coming to wider national attention as a star finalist on Channel Ten’s I Will Survive, Tom became a regular segment host on Channel Nine’s Mornings and contributor to ABC’s Movieline podcast. He can also be heard on the ARIA Award-nominated original cast recording of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.
SwingLeigh began his training at 15 at The Industry School of Dance under the tuition of Robert Sturrock. He also trained with vocal coach Maggie Britton and has extensive training in acrobatics. Since 2011 Leigh has been a lead vocalist and original cast member of the critically acclaimed show Boys In The Band (SMA Productions), touring internationally to South Africa, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and across Australia. His performance credits include Warner Bros Movieworld, Storm (Conrad Jupiters), The Man from Snowy River (David Atkins), Bindi & The Crocmen (Australia Zoo), Der Rosenkavalier (Opera Australia), Carmen (Opera Australia) and the role of Chistery in Wicked (Universal Studios Japan). Leigh made his professional musical theatre debut in 2005 in We Will Rock You (Japan), a tour he was invited to repeat in 2006. He then went on to perform as an ensemble member in High School Musical - Live On Stage, the 10th anniversary Australian tour of Mamma Mia!, the 2016 Australian tour of We Will Rock You, and originated the role of Big Bud Dean/ensemble in the Australian premiere of Heathers: The Musical. In 2018 Leigh joined the cast of the re-imagined Australian production of Mamma Mia! and was most recently seen in the national tour of Bring It On: The Musical.
Wicked WitchOriginally from Brisbane, Suzanne has enjoyed an extensive career in the Australian music theatre industry. Her most recent credits include Lucille in Thoroughly Modern Millie (TPC), She Loves Me (Hayes Theatre) and the world premiere of Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical (GFO). Her other credits include Nessarose understudy in the original Australian cast of Wicked (GFO), Janet, Magenta and Columbia understudy in The Rocky Horror Show (ATG/GFO), Hugh Jackman’s Broadway To Oz Arena Australian Tour (Dainty), Jesus Christ Superstar (TPC), Hello Dolly (TPC), Funny Girl (TPC), Scarlet in Good Omens (Squabbalogic), Barry Humphries’ 50th Anniversary Australian Tour, Back With A Vengeance (Dainty) and both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Suzanne is thrilled to be returning to the GFO family in Shrek and would like to thank her parents for their ongoing support.
SwingRhys started training in Queensland at the age of six at the Performance Plus Dance Centre, then went on to graduate from the Arts Academy in Ballarat. Since graduating, he worked as a performer, creative and in casting throughout Australia and overseas. Rhys most recently appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie for The Production Company. His other performance credits include Carrie – the Musical (Ghostlight), Mad World (David Butler Productions), and Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, Barney Live World Tour and PAW Patrol Live! with Life Like Touring. Rhys’ choreography credits include Associate Choreographer for PAW Patrol Live for Life Like Touring/Nickelodeon, The Full Monty, Titanic the Musical and assistant choreographer for Dreamgirls (StageArt). Rhys would like to thank Dior and Karen at Expression! and is dedicating this performance to their wonderful Grandparents and to their Mother, Gillian for her unwavering support. Rhys is a proud member of equity
PinocchioCaleb is a graduate of WAAPA, having most recently appeared as Malcolm Heslop in the national tour of Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical. Other theatre credits include the lead role of Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation/Global Creatures) in China, Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz (John Frost and Suzanne Jones), Sydney Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (James Anthony Productions), Follies: in Concert (Storeyboard Entertainment), A Cole Porter Celebration Concert at Sydney Opera House (Sydney Philharmonia) and the role of the Prince in an international reimagining of Cinderella (Music Hall) in Belgium and Singapore, a production in which he was also credited as an additional lyricist. Caleb’s film credits include featured roles in Ascension (ACMI) and St Elmo (MIFF). He is also a writer; his play Wye was selected for The Reading Sessions Festival and is currently being developed for television. Caleb is a member of Actor’s Equity and is proudly represented by Ian White Management.
Baby Bear/Baby Shrek
Baby Bear/Baby ShrekSascha Wykes is a singer, dancer and actor from Dubbo. In 2019 she moved to Sydney to study Performing Arts at Brent Street, during which she was fortunate enough to perform on The Voice and was involved in the performance of the Premiers Gala Concert alongside musical theatre favourites Tim Campbell and Casey Donovan. Before moving to Sydney, she was an active member of Dubbo Theatre Company starring in productions including Beauty and the Beast, Godspell, The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Anderson Pantomime and Encore. Represented by Focus Talent Management her role in Shrek the Musical marks Sasha’s professional musical theatre debut. She would like to thank her past teachers and close friends who have always supported her. Most importantly, she would like to thank her amazing family, specifically her Mum and Dad without whose tireless, unwavering love and support none of this would be possible. Sascha would like to dedicate this performance to her Grandparents, who always supported her dreams and she knows are looking down at her today.
The Broadway smash hit SHREK THE MUSICAL is coming to Australia.
This lavish multi-million dollar musical, starring Ben Mingay as Shrek, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona, Todd McKenney as Lord Farquaad (Sydney & Melbourne) and a special guest appearance by Marcia Hines as The Dragon (Sydney & Brisbane), will open at the Sydney Lyric in January 2020 followed by seasons in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Note: The Producers of SHREK The Musical cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and leave arrangements.