SHOWBIZ QUEENSTOWN in association with MEMORIAL CENTRE PRODUCTIONS presents
THE AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL WITH FEATHERS! Book by Harvey Fierstein Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman Based on the play by Jean Poiret By arrangement with ORIGINTM Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
If you know The Birdcage then experience "La Cage Aux Folles" Directed by Bryan Aitken
1 - 7 September 2013 Tickets on sale June 2013
Welcome to the murderous, cut-throat world that is Chicago in the 1920s! First I would like to pay tribute to our talented and committed cast who have put in hours upon hours of rehearsal time, be it singing, dancing or acting. Their efforts will truly amaze you this evening. Showbiz have been extremely lucky to have had the talents of Bryan Aitken as our director. For the cast he provides knowledge and guidance for them to improve and grow as actors, for Showbiz Queenstown, his theatre experience allows us to continue to grow and improve as a group. Chicago would not be the show it is without the music and the dance, for this we must thank Emma Wilson as our Music Director, and introducing Anna Stuart as our brilliant choreographer. The creative three have assisted Showbiz Queenstown in producing one of our best productions ever. Our brilliant crew have worked tirelessly to provide, through lighting, set and props a world for you to immerse yourself in. As a non profit organisation, Showbiz Queenstown would not be able to continue to offer professional class productions without the support of our major sponsors Remarkables Park Town Centre, and all the businesses and individuals throughout the community who make our productions possible year after year. To you our loyal audience; as always, thank you for your support, now sit back, relax and enjoy our first production in the upgraded Queenstown Memorial Centre. My exit music please....
Marty Newell President, Showbiz Queenstown 2013
A SHOWBIZ QUEENSTOWN PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH REMARKABLES PARK TOWN CENTRE BOOK BY
FRED EBB AND BOB FOSSE MUSIC BY JOHN KANDER LYRICS BY
FRED EBB BASED ON THE PLAY ‘CHICAGO’ BY MAURINE DALLAS WATKINS
BRYAN AITKEN MUSIC DIRECTOR EMMA WILSON CHOREOGRAPHER ANNA STUART
16 - 25 MAY 2013 STARRING
QUEENSTOWN MEMORIAL CENTRE
NICOLE MCLEAN AS VELMA KELLY FIONA STEPHENSON AS ROXIE HART ROBERT WELLS AS BILLY FLYNN DAVID OAKLEY AS AMOS HART RACHAEL GERARD AS MAMA MORTON AND K.R. CHUEN AS MARY SUNSHINE
AMANDA FEARNEHOUGH, ZELIA HORRELL, TIFFANY MITCHELL, TANIA CARTER, TIFFANY MENZIES, CHRISTIANA ZHU, JACQUI ENNIS, LISA MOORE, MICHELLE THAYER, GARY CLEARWATER, GRAHAM WILLIAMS, HUFFER CAMPOS , KYLE THOMPSON-CONNELL, PAUL MCLACHLAN , PETER LAURENSON, SAM FARR, TERENCE (FITZ) FITZGERALD, YUKIN NAIDOO, CHRISTINA WILSON, HALEY PURDON, JEN SHIRRA, JODIE GLINSTER, PATY KIRCHOFF, FIONA BRACKEN, HELEN BIRD, ISABELLA REID, JULES MOLLOY AND KATHLEEN BRENTWOOD. WITH
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.
The 1920s are roaring with hot jazz and cold-blooded killers. As the Overture ends, we’re introduced to Velma Kelly - a vaudevillian
who shot her husband and the other half of her sister act when she caught them in bed together. Velma invites us to sample All That
Jazz while showing us the story of chorus girl Roxie Hart’s cold-blooded murder of nightclub regular Fred Casely. Roxie convinces her husband Amos that the victim was a burglar, and he cheerfully takes the rap. Roxie expresses her appreciation in song (Funny Honey) until the police reveal to Amos that Roxie knew the burglar, shall we say, intimately, and Amos decides to let her swing for herself. Roxie’s first taste of the criminal justice system is the women’s
realise there’s no one they can count on but themselves (My Own
block in Cook County Jail, inhabited by Velma and other merry
Best Friend), and the ever-resourceful Roxie decides that being
murderesses (Cell Block Tango). The women’s jail is presided
pregnant in prison would put her back on the front page.
over by Matron “Mama” Morton whose system of mutual aid (When You’re Good To Mama) perfectly suits her clientele. She
Back after the Entr’acte, Velma cannot believe Roxie’s continual
has helped Velma become the media’s top murder-of-the-
run of luck (I Know a Girl) despite Roxie’s obvious falsehoods (Me
week and is acting as booking agent for Velma’s big return to
and My Baby). A little shy on the arithmetic, Amos proudly claims
vaudeville (after her acquittal, naturally). Velma is not happy to
paternity and still nobody notices him, Mr. Cellophane. Velma
see Roxie, who is stealing not only her limelight but her lawyer,
desperately tries to show Billy all the tricks she’s got planned
Billy Flynn. Eagerly awaited by his all girl clientele, Billy sings
for her trial (When Velma Takes the Stand). Billy’s forte may be
his anthem, complete with a chorus of fan-dancers to prove
showmanship (Razzle Dazzle), but when he passes all Velma’s
that (quote) All I Care About is Love. Billy takes Roxie’s case
ideas on to Roxie, down to the rhinestone shoe buckles, Mama
and re-arranges her story for consumption by sympathetic
and Velma lament the demise of Class. As promised, Billy gets
tabloid columnist Mary Sunshine, who always tries to find A
Roxie her acquittal but, just as the verdict is given, an even more
Little Bit of Good in everyone. Roxie’s press conference turns
sensational crime pulls the pack of press bloodhounds away,
into a ventriloquist act with Billy dictating a new version of the
and Roxie’s fleeting celebrity is over. Left in the dust, she pulls
truth (We Both Reached For the Gun) while Roxie mouths the
herself up and extols the joys of life Nowadays. She teams up
words. ROXIE becomes the new toast of Chicago, and Velma’s
with Velma in that sister act (Nowadays), in which they dance
headlines, trial date and career are left in the dust. Velma tries to
their little hearts out (Hot Honey Rag) ‘til they are joined by the
talk Roxie into recreating the sister act (I Can’t Do It Alone) but
entire company for the grand Finale.
Roxie turns her down, only to find her own headlines replaced by the latest sordid crime of passion. Separately, Roxie and Velma
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is considered a ‘concept musical’.
Some of the characters were actually based on performers of the
Unlike The Sound of Music, for
instance, which follows a logical continuum and is based in reality, Chicago is not.
Much of what you see tonight from the characters, if it isn’t about how they graft and present their front, then it’s about
When creating Chicago, the artistic team realised they were
their dreams and aspirations. How they are going to take the
dealing with a subject that would need to be staged somewhat
headlines, become a celebrity.
differently to the ordinary musical. Devised in 1975, they were able to look back at how a story line from the 1920s may be
It is also a terrible indictment about the American Justice System
of the 1920/30s, as the story line is based on real court cases!
If you look at the canon of work of Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, The
But really listen to the music - it is so redolent of its time. So
Rink, Kiss of The Spider Woman etc.), you see not only were they
evocative, and marries with the lyrics and characters sentiments,
not mainstream musical creators, but also liked to ‘package’
their material. To give them a ‘treatment’.
By Bryan Aitken Chicago is based on a Vaudeville. A collection of scenes and songs that make up the whole. So within that format we find: a leading man with a chorus of girls a la Ziegfeld Follies, a ventriloquist, a run-down clown, a chanteuse draped on a piano, allusions to Pantomime and Burlesque comedy routines, and an Emcee to introduce the proceedings.
A former Associate
He has been a guest Lecturer and tutor at Western Australia
Artistic Director and
Academy of Performing Arts in Perth (WAAPA), and the National
original company member
Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in Christchurch (NASDA).
of The Court Theatre,
Bryan is also recognised as one of the country’s top drama
Christchurch, Bryan has
adjudicators, and has a national youth award named after him.
worked as an actor or director for most of New
Bryan freelances as a director, tutor and tour manager. His
Zealand’s major theatre
work is as diverse as the magnificent Les Misérables to the one
companies. He has been
woman show The Mourning After. He was recently appointed
awarded a QEII Arts Council
an Associate of The Court, an honorary position recognising his
Major Travel Grant, a
length of service.
Trustbank Arts Excellence Award, and The 1990 Commemoration Medal for his work with youth.
Recent musical theatre productions include: Grease, Blood Brothers, Hot Shoe Shuffle, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, All Shook Up, The Full Monty and The Sound of Music for Showbiz
While a director/dramaturg for the NZBC, he adapted many stage
Queenstown. He will return in two months to direct La Cage Aux
plays for radio and also wrote for children’s programmes. He
Folles, Showbiz Queenstown’s production during Gay Ski Week.
has held positions as Artistic Director of The Arts Employment Scheme, Artistic Director of the RoadShow Trust, and Course Director for the Diploma in Performing Arts, Nelson Polytechnic.
Emma has always
becoming Musical Director. She led them for 5 enjoyable years
enjoyed music making.
before coming to New Zealand in September 2010.
As a child, she learned to play a variety of brass
She came here on holiday, but quickly fell in love with the town.
instruments, and took part
She joined the Community Choir and it was there she met Mark
in several pantomimes,
Wilson (keyboard 2 in the orchestra for this show, and he was
musicals and Gilbert and
previously a Musical Director for Showbiz). They married just
Sullivan productions with
over a year ago, and Emma has since become involved in many
the local Light Operatic
different musical activities in town. She gives private music
Society in the UK. Music
lessons, has started a children’s choir, and plays with the Jazz
took a back seat for several
years, when she started work as a primary school
The Sound of Music in 2012 was Emma’s first theatre production
teacher. But in 2008 she realised that music was the subject
as Music Director, and proved a great success. Chicago has been
she was most inspired to teach, and set up her own business
an even greater challenge, as the musical and dramatic elements
delivering music workshops to schools. She also worked as a
interweave with magical complexity and speed. Emma and the
music specialist teacher, organising regular concerts for up to
cast have benefited from workshops with specialist singers and
650 children, with choirs and bands.
orchestra leaders, and Emma is very grateful to Showbiz and Bryan Aitken for giving her the opportunity to extend and develop
As an adult, Emma was also inspired to take up the trombone again. She joined a brass band in Lancashire, eventually
her music leadership skills.
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Broadway musicals. “As a child I would spend entire Sundays
style, Anna Stuart’s
watching the black and white shows. My favourite actors
exceptional talent as a
were and still are Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly”. Anna’s own
choreographer and dancer
performance resume started at the age of 8 in The King and I
has been appreciated by
and includes South Pacific and West Side Story.
Queenstown audiences over the last ten years.
The opportunity to be part of Showbiz Queenstown, finally arrived when they announced they were doing Chicago. “I was
Anna trained in her
given a cast that is incredibly talented and dedicated and given
hometown of Blenheim in
licence to create one of my ultimate favourite musicals in my
ballet, tap and jazz dance.
own unique way…. how cool’s that?”
Her talent was evident in early years when she
“I would like to thank my mum for the endless dance lessons,
received her first scholarship to train at the New Zealand School
taxi service and putting up with my tantrums. To my students
of Ballet at age 12. Dancing was cut short with study for a
at the Queenstown School of Dance for bringing the passion of
Computer Science and Accountancy Degree and of course the
dance back into my life and to my husband for being my rock….
big OE that followed.
show after show… I love you lots x.”
Trailing the love of her life to Queenstown, everything changed back to dance. Starting with Starry Eyed then Hair and Cabaret. With a tap dance background Anna’s passion has always been
James has been
town, which I am now pleased to call my home (when I’m not
performing on Queenstown
stages for several years, including playing leading
James can next be seen on stage as Kenickie in July’s
man Chad in Showbiz
Invercargill Musical Theatre production of Grease before
returning to Queenstown to perform in Storming Theatre’s
production of All Shook Up.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Remarkable Theatre’s Calendar Girls, and Showbiz Queenstown’s upcoming production of La Cage Aux
This time however he is
Folles, for which he will be rehearsal pianist as well as an on-
relishing the opportunity to
stage performer. He is also currently writing productions of his
serve a musical purpose,
own and hopes to make his directorial debut later this year.
having returned from a stint in Sydney to take on the roles of audition, rehearsal and performance pianist and repetiteur for Chicago. He says “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such a talented cast, production team and orchestra featuring many familiar faces but just as many new ones as well. I am always amazed by just how much talent is drawn to this wonderful little
Nicole grew up in
Of Chicago, Nicole says it has to be the ultimate musical for any
Ashburton and has spent
singer/dancer. The fantastic music combined with the Fosse
her adult life in Lyttelton
style of dance, clever script and lyrics, colourful characters and
and Arrowtown, where she
humour make it a truly wonderful show. Velma Kelly is such an
has lived for over 5 years.
amazing character: strong, sexy and sassy; she is so much fun to play.
She studied ballet from the age of six and attained
She says “It is an absolute thrill and privilege to play the role of
Cecchetti Advanced level.
Velma Kelly surrounded by such a wonderful and talented cast
She was in numerous
and crew. I am so grateful to Showbiz for taking a chance on me
ballet, dance recitals and
(an unknown!), to Margaret O’Hanlon (my vocal coach) and to
shows during her child
Anna Stuart (my dance teacher). I have been overwhelmed by the
and teenage years, and
support and encouragement I’ve received from my dear family
her previous musical theatre experience was as a dancer and
and friends, enabling me to take on the hugely challenging
ensemble member for Ashburton Operatic Society during this
role of Velma - not least from the biggest loves of my life, my
period. After a 20 year break, Nicole started dancing again three
husband Craig, my gorgeous children Madeline, Ollie and Jed,
years ago and loves having dance back in her life again.
and my parents. Thank you for letting my dream come true xx.”
Fiona (Fee) is originally
She has worked incredibly hard for this role, having had singing
from ‘Langton Hill Farm’ (to
and dancing lessons for the past 12 months in preparation. “I
be precise) Lincolnshire,
know what it’s like to want something really badly like Roxie and
East England. She arrived
I have definitely been sneaky, ditzy and manipulative at times in
in Queenstown just over six
my life (What a swell gal I am!). Up until now I haven’t been to
years ago and has never
prison though. Fingers crossed.”
looked back. Apart from the odd on-stage role at
Fee would like to thank her fantastic boyfriend David Oakley,
Primary School, her theatre
Lara, Nina, her wonderful family, especially her Mum and
career never really took
colleagues at QPS, her horse and the fantastic cast and crew!
off until she performed the
She also thanks Margaret O’H, Anna S and Sue P for all their
role of ‘Marty’ in Showbiz
singing and dancing expertise.
Queenstown’s Grease in 2008. Since then she has been in many shows with Showbiz
“I hope you enjoy watching the show as much as we’ve enjoyed
Queenstown, Underground Productions and Remarkable Theatre
including Les Misérables, The Sound of Music and a personal highlight of hers – portraying poor old ‘Nancy’ in Oliver!. Fee enjoys the amazing feeling of becoming someone else for the night and the great learning curve throughout the rehearsal period. Fee considers the role of Roxie Hart as her “dream role”
From Lincoln UK, Robert
musical at the theatre school in over a decade. Memorable roles
had been in Queenstown
at university were as Kisster in 12 Encounters with a Prodigy
only four months when he
and Pentheus the King of Thebes in The Bacchae, where he
performed completely naked on 3-foot high stilts!
He’s always loved the
Rob loves the limelight, and says he feels truly honoured to
stage and played many
be cast as Billy. He is humbled by the loving support from the
roles for the Lincoln
fantastic cast and crew, as well as the continued enthusiasm
Theatre Royal, starting at
from his colleagues at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown.
age 7 when he played the Scarecrow in The Wizard of
“I’d like to thank Bryan Aitken, Steve Wilde, Emma Wilson,
Oz. At age 10 he received
Anna Stuart and James Stephenson for continuing to support
a standing ovation, which
me even when I keep doing things wrong! It’s with their help,
told him he might be good at ‘this acting malarky.’ Since then
determination and professionalism that I have the confidence to
roles have included Khashoggi in We Will Rock You, Frank ’n’
play the challenging role of Billy. The biggest thank you goes to
further in The Rocky Horror Show and Danny in Grease.
my travel buddy and close friend Hannah Preece - I could not ask for a better friend!”
Robert achieved a BA Hons in Drama Anglia at Ruskin University where he won numerous acting and singing awards, and was president of the Theatre Arts Society for two years – during this period the Society produced The Wedding Singer, the first
David arrived in
David is very much looking forward to playing the part of Amos,
Queenstown four years
who he believes is a great character to portray. “Of course,
ago and Chicago is his
this means I get to sing the fantastic song ‘Mr Cellophane’
third Showbiz Queenstown
accompanied by a great orchestra. It’s a favourite of mine and I
production. He made his
hope, after tonight, it will be a favourite of yours also.”
debut as the evil ‘Bill Sikes’ opposite Fiona
“I would like to thank all my friends, family and colleagues
Stephenson’s ‘Nancy’ in
for their support. Margaret for the singing lessons and Fiona
Showbiz’s 2010 production
Stephenson for blowing my mind as Roxie.”
of Oliver!, which was his first ever acting and stage
“To the rest of the cast and crew, you’ve all been fantastic - I
performance. Since then
he has been involved in quite a few other shows for Remarkables Theatre and also appeared in Margaret O’Hanlon’s Rock and Roll Suicide. He has two more shows lined up in quick succession after Chicago. Playing ‘Picasso’ in Storming Theatre’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile in June and ‘Messieur Renaud’ in Showbiz Queenstown and Memorial Centre Productions’ La Cage Aux Folles in September. This should make for a busy winter!
This will be Rachael’s
“She’s assertive, cunning, comedic, full of innuendo and has
20th Showbiz Queenstown
challenged this soprano to find her ‘low voice’. A joy to perform!”
production, her theatre credits include Godspell,
“Love and thanks to Dan, my boys Rob and Tom and to my
Return to the Forbidden
workmates at Lumino QT Dental for their support and for
Planet and Jesus Christ
‘keeping it real’ - very important for us arty types! Thank you
Superstar in the role of
also to the Chicago cast and crew. You are the loveliest group
of thespians ever! Enjoy the show ….I believe it will be one of Showbiz’ best!”
Rachael loves the magic of live theatre, and says using actors, musicians, stage set, lighting, sound, make up and costuming to create something exciting is a true art form. “And the best bit is bringing it all to life in front of an audience so they in turn are moved by it.” In 2009 Rachael played Fantine in Les Misérables, a highlight of her performance career, now from one extreme to the other, she is playing Mama Morton!
Originally from Foxton and
both Abbey Musical Theatre, Palmerston North and Musical
now based in Auckland,
K.R. graduated from NASDA with a Bachelor
This is a reprise role for K.R., who played Mary Sunshine for
of Performing Arts in
Showbiz Christchurch’s 2008 production of Chicago, “but I’ve
Musical Theatre, which
had a lot more fun this time around due to the fact that there are
launched a professional
so many wonderful people here in beautiful scenic Queenstown.
And I get to live over the road from the lake with fantastic views
have included Pondlife
of The Remarkables.”
Angels for A Different Light Theatre Company, and for The Court Theatre in Christchurch Guys and Dolls, The Country Wife, The Producers, The History Boys, La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes, Cabaret and most recently as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. Other highlights have included Little Shop of Horrors for the Auckland Theatre Company, Assassins (Silo Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Peach Theatre Company), 1931 (Blue Baths Rotorua), Avenue Q for Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre, and Miss Saigon for
K.R. hopes to one day host a fishing show!
Act 1 Overture Orchestra
All That Jazz Velma and Company
Funny Honey Roxie
Cell Block Tango (They Had It Coming) Velma and the Cell Block Widows
When You’re Good to Mama Matron “Mama” Morton
All I Care About Billy and the Follies A Little Bit of Good Mary Sunshine We Both Reached for the Gun Billy, Roxie, Mary and the Reporters Roxie Roxie and her Boys
I Can’t Do It Alone Velma
Chicago After Midnight Orchestra
My Own Best Friend Roxie and Velma
I Know a Girl Velma Me and My Baby Roxie and the Boys
Mr. Cellophane Amos
When Velma Takes the Stand Velma and the Boys
Razzle Dazzle Billy and Ensemble Courtroom Scene Ensemble Class Velma and Mama Morton Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag Roxie and Velma Finale Full Company
Christiana grew up in Auckland and has recently moved to Queenstown where she works as the Trade Marketing Executive at Destination Queenstown. This is her first show with Showbiz, however she is not a stranger to the musical theatre stage. Past credits include West Side Story, Les Misérables and most recently Miss Saigon where she played the role of Kim and earned nomination for Best Actress in the Northern Area Performance Theatre Awards 2013.
Currently a Teacher Aide at Queenstown Primary School, Christina grew up in Alberta, Canada. She began dancing at a young age making her stage debut at just 5 years old in the Spring dance recital at Bonnyville School of Dance. Having trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance not only is this her first Showbiz show but also her first musical! She enjoys the challenge of performing and the energy of a fantastic cast. She says Chicago is her favourite musical.
Gary is originally from Oamaru and has been in Queenstown since 2007. Gary began his theatrical involvement as back stage in Oamaru and Balclutha. His first time on stage was in Balclutha in two plays One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Panto at the O.K Corral. This is Gary’s second show for Showbiz Queenstown having been part of Les Misérables in 2009 and he has enjoyed all the new challenges that Chicago has given him.
From Glasgow via Sydney, Jen has been in Queenstown nearly 7 years. She’s danced since the age of 3, and performed regularly in her native Scotland. All Shook Up was her Queenstown debut, and she says she’s very like the flirty, sexy, powerful woman she’s portraying! “A big thank you to my amazing fiancé for putting up with seeing very little of me, and also our beautiful wee kiwi man – I can’t wait for you both to see me on stage!”
“What woman doesn’t want to secretly dance around in her underwear?” asks Tatler Restaurant manager, Jodie. She started dancing and acrobatics at aged 3 and has performed regularly since the age of 5. She has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and character, and in Circus Arts with SPC on the Gold Coast, performing Trapeze, Lyra and Aerial Web. Jodie performs regularly with Flame Productions as an acrobat, fire dancer and stilt walker and loves entertaining. Chicago is her first Showbiz show – and her favourite musical of all time!
Lisa made her Showbiz debut last year as Maria in The Sound of Music, and was attracted to Chicago by the music, the quirkiness and the Vaudeville genre. From Invercargill, Lisa has been on stage since she was 6, and is a teacher at Remarkables Primary School. She also teaches speech and drama. She loves being in shows for the friendships, and the challenges of performing in differing styles and taking on different characters.
Amanda hails from Liverpool, England. She went on to study performance art at Northumbria University. Since moving to New Zealand she has appeared in several productions including Daughters of Heaven and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in Wellington. Amanda feels that Chicago has encouraged her to embrace her inner psycho.
Kyle grew up in Tauranga and was highly involved in theatre technical production work through high school and Baycourt Theatre. Through these experiences he developed a passion for the stage, combined with a new love for dance and he has now ventured into performing. Kyle is looking forward to featuring in Showbiz Queenstown’s La Cage aux Folles later this year.
Graham Williams has been in Annie. Graham Williams has been in Cabaret. Graham Williams has been in The Sound of Music. In fact you could say he is the biggest “has been” in Showbiz Queenstown.
Haley, from Auckland, has been in Queenstown 9 years and is Senior Market Manager for Orbitz Worldwide. She’s been dancing since age 7, and loves to be part of the amazing dance numbers in Chicago. “Singing and dancing together is quite a challenge, and it’s been fantastic to see it all come together.” Children; Harrison (9) and Sophia (8) are Haley’s biggest fans for her first Showbiz Queenstown show.
Huffer (Rafael) came from São Paulo Brazil in 2008. Based in Wellington, he couldn’t believe his luck that his return to Queenstown for a brief stint as Starbucks store manager coincided with Chicago, his favourite musical ever. His previous Showbiz productions were Oliver! and All Shook Up. Huffer sings in church, pubs and with friends, and has also done some TV advertising and recorded two CDs with a gospel black choir.
Originally from Dunedin, Jacqui trained in modern dance from the age of seven. She was moved to Queenstown with her family at the age of 10 and ever since dance has taken a back seat. With her mother, Maggie on the Showbiz Queenstown committee she has been dragged into the theatre world. She helped out back stage with Les Misérables and is now making her stage debut. She says the era of Chicago and the dancing and costumes drew her to audition.
Singer/Dancer (Go-To-Hell Kitty)
Singer/Dancer (Fred Casely)
Paul grew up in the small town of Clinton and then ventured out to the big cities of Wellington and Christchurch where he has spent most of his adult life. He now lives in Wanaka where he works as an artist. Paul was involved in musical theatre at high school and after a six year break he decided to return to the stage. Chicago is Paul’s first Showbiz show and his first time on stage in Queenstown. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Pete has lived in Queenstown 15 years and is a Building Manager at Lakes Environmental – he also has a second job being Queenstown’s ‘Mayoress’! A Showbiz virgin, his only stage performance was at age 40 when he was in Starry Eyed in 2007. Being in Chicago has been a challenging opportunity for Pete, particularly getting the rehearsal dates into his diary! He’s loved the team spirit, and having lots of talented people around to learn from.
Michelle, from West Otago, went to High School in Dunedin and now lives in Wanaka. She has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from NASDA. She’s been performing since she was 8 (Gretl, The Sound of Music) and since then highlights include roles in Winnie The Pooh, Oliver!, Cats and Rush! Michelle loves the music (and the movie!) of Chicago, and enjoys the challenge of portraying somebody completely different truthfully.
Originally from Brazil, Paty has lived in Queenstown for 8 years where she works as a Pilates teacher at Vital Pilates Studio, Millbrook Resort, Nadi Wellness Centre. Although this is her first Showbiz show she has danced most of her life including being part of a dance company for 10 years, travelling around to festivals, competitions and dance shows. She is thankful for the opportunity to get back on stage and describes Chicago as being simply “amazing”.
Terence (Fitz) Fitzgerald
Sam hails from Timaru and in his 5 years in Queenstown he has been involved in 12 shows, including performance in Showbiz Queenstown’s Oliver! and All Shook Up and in the crew of The Sound of Music. Before moving to Queenstown Sam was in productions at high schools in Rangiora and Timaru, and with the South Canterbury Drama League. He’s been on the Showbiz Committee for three terms and “loves being able to help bring amazing shows to the local community.”
From Invercargill, Tania has been in Queenstown 4 years and runs fashion boutique d t carter here, and another store in Invercargill. From a school talent quest at 11 to numerous shows with Invercargill Musical Theatre, her highlight is Electra in Cats. Tania was in All Shook Up, and of Chicago says “I love the music and energy, and the amazing friendships which come from being part of the Showbiz family.” And of Merry Murderess Annie? “I’m lovin’ the chance to be a bad ass!”
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From Surrey UK, Tiffany has been performing since a very young age, and Chicago has been a favourite since she was a young teen. A seasoned performer, she has been involved in 16 shows in her 5 years in Queenstown, the highlight until now being Les Miserables. When not performing, Tiffany is Operations Manager at Shipleys Audiovisual, and a volunteer firefighter. Like her character, she does what has to be done to get results – bar kill anybody!
Tiffany is making her debut for Showbiz Queenstown. She is normally looking after her wonderful family by day and rocking the stage by night in NZ’s most fun band, LA Social Club. Chicago drew Tiffany to audition because her three favourite things are involved; singing, dancing and acting. Tiffany has graced Queenstown stages before in Starry Eyed, in 2001 as Toni Childs and again in 2010 as Anastasia. She has enjoyed being involved with Chicago, but is looking forward to being able to eat again!
Yukin was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He moved to Queenstown four years ago where he started exploring his musical abilities beginning with singing at church. Chicago is his first ever time on stage where he sings and dances as one of ‘Roxie’s Boys.
Zelia hails from Riversdale in Southland and came to Queenstown via Oregon 2 years ago. She’s Marketing Coordinator at AJ Hackett Bungy NZ and has loved performing since she was 10. While she’s stoked to have been selected for her first Showbiz role, she’s been in several Remarkables Theatre productions. Her favourite role was as a Kit Kat girl in Cabaret in Oregon – a show with many similar theatrical qualities to Chicago – punchy songs, great choreography, fun costuming, a little scandal and some laughs!
Originally from Christchurch, Fitz made the move to Queenstown after the earthquakes. On arrival he studied singing with Margaret O’Hanlon and joined Emma Wilson’s Queenstown Community Choir. He is an intermediate Ceroc dancer and has performed several small parts in shows at school level and backing vocals in more recent productions.
Fiona Bracken Helen Bird
Kathleen Brentwood Backing Vocalist
James Stephenson Jared Anderson
Hilary was asked to help with publicity for Godspell in 1990, and has been involved in nearly every show since. Chicago is her 6th show as Production Manager. She feels privileged to have worked alongside an exceptionally talented cast, a very hard working and dedicated crew, and the incredibly talented creative team. “Sit back and enjoy the spectacular production you’re about to see.”
Greg has been looking after Showbiz finances for the past six years and has this year taken on the additional role of Technical Manager arranging all things ‘teckie’ to do with the production. After working in the Memorial Hall for the past 30 years and always having to ‘make do’ he is ecstatic about the new modifications to the stage. “It’s almost like a ‘real’ theatre now and it just makes the teckies life so much easier” he says. He regrets that Showbiz stalwart Scooter Reid did not live to see the changes that he dreamed about too.
This is the fifth show Jim has been backstage, and the second as Head Mechanist. A lot less challenging than last year as there is less set to be moved during the show, and more room to move! There is a great crew backstage, and Jim is very appreciative of the many helpers with the set build and set up in the Memorial Centre. The shows become more technical each year so there are always new challenges for the stage crew thrown up by the Director. Sit back and enjoy a fantastic interpretation of Chicago.
Dave is a professional lighting and video designer with 15 years of experience in the industry. He has designed for shows and corporate events all over the country including Showbiz Christchurch and recently the NZ consortium tour of Hairspray. This is his fourth show as lighting designer with Showbiz Queenstown, previously designing for Grease in 2008, All Shook Up in 2011 and last year’s The Sound of Music.
Being born into an exceptional musical Arrowtown family, it’s logical that Tom would follow a career in performance. His gift for creating ‘the perfect sound’ was discovered when he was sound assistant for the Showbiz production of Chess in 2005; he has been on the technical team for most local theatrical productions ever since. Credits include Les Misérables, All Shook Up, The Sound of Music and more recently the Memorial Centre Opening Concert.
Jan has been involved with Showbiz Queenstown since 2007 and during that time has worked on cowardly lions, pink ladies and the odd orphan or ten. She says “Chicago is a show I have always wanted to work on; it has feathers, sequins, glitz and glamour! I have enjoyed working with the very talented cast. What an amazing group of actors and dancers, well done everyone. Let us ‘Razzle Dazzle’ you tonight!”
Chicago will be Marty’s 18th year involved with Showbiz Queenstown. Having spent a few years on stage, this will be Marty’s second time taking on the Stage Manager’s role, a role which he says has its challenges but they are by far outweighed by the satisfaction of seeing a production like Chicago come together. “Love and a big thank you to Em, Jakob, Maddox and Bella and All – That – JAZZZZZ!”
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