CAST

PHIL JAMIESON
ST JIMMY

As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson fronted one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades.

An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson’s generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies first became etched into rock fans’ DNA in 1995, when the Lismore-born quartet rode a new wave of alternative music to become the first act Unearthed by national youth radio station triple j with its debut single – Sickfest. So began a love affair that maintained its heat and passion for over one thousand live shows, six consecutive Top 10 debuts and multi-platinum album sales. That initial romance with triple j’s listeners blossomed into full-bloom infatuation: an incredible 17 Grinspoon songs have polled in Hottest 100 countdowns over the years, led by the much-loved ‘Chemical Heart’(#2 in 2002; #63 in 2013’s Hottest 100 of All Time). With the release of seventh album Black Rabbits came the news in late 2013 that Grinspoon were entering hibernation indefinitely, yet Phil Jamieson remained as focused and passionate about music as ever pursuing a solo career in the meantime.

Earlier this year Grinspoon announced the celebration of 20 years since their first album Guide to Better Living, this saw them back on the road playing to adoring sold-out crowds across the country over 4 months.

Outside of studios and music venues, Jamieson co-founded the Rock N Ride tour for headspace, the National Youth and Mental Health Foundation, in 2013. The initiative is aimed at engaging local communities to raise awareness about mental health issues faced by young people. This passion project has allowed Jamieson to draw on an extensive network of musicians, friends and media personalities who have ridden over 5000km together while visiting dozens of headspace centres along the way.

      

ADALITA
ST JIMMY

Modern Australian rock icon Adalita is best known as front woman for the multi-ARIA Award nominated Aussie rock band Magic Dirt, who have cemented their status as one of Australia’s best loved and highly respected bands.

Since 1989, Adalita, principal songwriter and one of the founding members of Magic Dirt, has been writing and producing records, touring the world and is an integral part of the Australian music scene, garnering a passionate and loyal following and countless accolades. Magic Dirt received nine ARIA Award nominations and secured 4 x Top 40 releases on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Since 2011 Adalita has forged a successful solo recording career and her second album All Day Venus blitzed the music scene, landing her a 2014 ARIA Award nomination for Best Female Artist and the Age/Music Victoria award for Best Female.

Adalita is currently working on her highly-anticipated third studio album.

     

SARAH MCLEOD
ST JIMMY

As the lead singer/guitarist and primary songwriter for 3x ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod’s successful career began in the late 90s. The Superjesus achieved Platinum album sales and multiple Top 40 singles including “Gravity”, “Down Again” and “Secret Agent Man” which are still rock radio staples nationally.

When The Superjesus hiatus began in the early 2000s, Sarah’s solo career soared. She released a number of EP’s and collaborations with The Living End’s Chris Cheney, The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin, and the Baby Animals’ Mick Skelton, and a side project band called ‘Screaming Bikini’ that solidified her musical ability across a range of genre’s including hard rock, singer/songwriter, 50s & 60s barber shop and electronica.

Sarah’s collaborations with DJ’s from all over the globe resulted in her single “He Doesn’t Love You” topping the dance charts at #1 in Eastern Europe for 16 weeks.

Living in London and New York before returning to Australia to reform The Superjesus to an overwhelming response, Sarah continues to uphold her reputation as a musical force, nominated for “Frontman/woman Of The Year” in Triple M’s 2015 Rockies Awards amidst heavyweights Dave Grohl and Jimmy Barnes.

Following a series of sold out “She Who Rocks” tour dates, a new EP ‘Love and Violence’ from The Superjesus imminent and a new solo record in the works, Sarah McLeod has proven to be one of Australia’s most talented and versatile artists.

Sarah released Rocky’s Diner in 2017 which debuted in the ARIA Top 20 albums chart.

     

CONNOR CRAWFORD
TUNNY

Connor Crawford is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts: Bachelor of Music Theatre. Connor made his professional music theatre debut in 2011 in Jersey Boys and performed both nationally and internationally on its highly successful tour. Other stage roles include; ‘Chris T’ in Dreamsong at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, ‘Dennis’ in David Williamson’s Third World Blues and Joseph Byrne in Ned – A New Australian Musical. Connor performed in the Green Room nominated production of City of Angels and toured nationally with The Sound of Music. Most recently, Connor played ‘John Hinckley Jnr’ in The Hayes Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins directed by Dean Bryant.

Connor starred as ‘John Paul Young’ in the Logie and AACTA award winning mini-series Molly and ‘Ash Reynolds’ in Winners and Losers. He also featured in ABC and Opera Australia’s The Divorce, as ‘Trent Bowman’ in Dr Blake’s Murder Mysteries and most recently played ‘Matthew Fitzgerald’ the highly anticipated second season of Glitch.

LINDEN FURNELL
JOHNNY

Linden sold his stuff and left a corporate job in 2009 to pursue a musical theatre degree in Singapore, graduating with first class honours from Lasalle College of the Arts in 2012.  He’s performed as an actor, singer and dancer in Australia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and NYC. After 6 years based in South East Asia, Linden returned to Australia in 2015 to get a foot in the (stage) door and managed to win the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment.

Linden’s Australian credits include the roles of Harry and Charlie cover in the Australian tour of Kinky Boots, Roger in both sell-out Hayes Theatre Co seasons of Rent, for which he was awarded a Glug Award for Best Performance by a Newcomer, Fiyero in Wicked (Packemin Productions) , The Australian premiere of Violet, Songs for a New World.

Theatre credits in Singapore include La Cage Aux FolliesThe Cat in the HatEdgesHowie the RookieNext To NormalA French KissThe Last Five YearsLa Vie en Rose2 HousesGreat World Cabaret, and The Effect.

He has composed original music for productions and has also released an original EP which can be found on all music platforms under the name Linden Charles. Linden is currently working on an upcoming album.

FAV GD ALBUM: Dookie
FAV GD SONG: Longview, purely for nostalgic reasons. everyone in year 8 could play the bassline.

        

ALEX JEANS
WILL

Alex Jeans is back on the couch playing Will in the national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot (shake & stir theatre company and QPAC), following the successful season in Brisbane. Alex’s musical career began with aspirations of being a rock star but somewhere along the way he found himself in music theatre. After performing in a string of shows in high school and with his local community theatre company (Blue Mountains Musical Society), Alex went on to study Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music where he played the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in their production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. After his time at AIM, Alex performed as part of the four-man Motown act Soul Mates onboard Princess Cruises as well as starring as Jason McConnell in Supply Evolution’s Bare The Musical. Most recently, Alex played the role of Bruce Springsteen in Highway Run’s production of High Fidelity at the Hayes Theatre.

FAV GD ALBUM:  21st Century Breakdown
FAV GD SONG: Longview 

KAYLAH ATTARD
EXTRAORDINARY GIRL

Kaylah began dance training at the age of two at the May Downs School of Dance. She also trained in ballroom and Latin at Danceworx. At the age of six she started her musical theatre career in The Magic Faraway Tree (GGA) which then led to The Wizard of Ox (SEL/GFO), Oliver (IMG), and Turandot (OA). At the age of 18, Kaylah landed a lead vocalist/performer role for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines where she completed four contracts travelling all over the world.

Kaylah was then cast in the world premiere of Baz Lurhmann’s “Strictly Ballroom” where she was a featured singer/dancer and covered two main roles. Kaylah has spent the first ten months of this year touring Australia/New Zealand as a Vocalist/Dancer with the show “Velvet” alongside the Marcia Hines. She is now on tour as a Backing Vocalist with Dannii Minogue as they are the support act for the Australian tour of “Take That”. Kaylah is thrilled to be cast as “Extraordinary Girl” in Green Day’s American Idiot.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: When It’s Time

     

PHOEBE PANARETOS
WHATSERNAME

Phoebe reprises her Helpmann Award nominated performance as Whatsername in Green Day’s American Idiot, following unanimous praise for the show’s Australian premiere Brisbane run. Phoebe made her professional debut in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! when she was just 11, Phoebe went on to become a Musical Theatre graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Phoebe made international headlines after being handpicked by Baz Lurhman to play the lead role of Fran in the world premiere musical adaptation Strictly Ballroom The Musical for which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female In A Musical for her portrayal of Fran. Her most recent theatre credits include The Production Company’s Singing in the Rain and the world premiere of Dream Lover- The Bobby Darin Musical directed by Simon Philips for the Gordon Frost Organisation.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: Wake Me Up When September Ends – I loved this song when it was first released and I still love it now. The film clip was also very memorable and moving

ASHLEIGH TAYLOR
HEATHER

Ashleigh Taylor is thrilled to be returning to the cast of Green Day’s American Idiot as Heather. Ashleigh has just returned from New Zealand after starring as Lilith in the world premiere of Pleasuredome the Musical directed by Michael Hurst. She also recently featured in the heartbreaking Miss Saigon as Ellen and has previously starred in Packemin Productions Wicked in the role of Elphaba, earning her a GLUG award nomination for “Most Outstanding Performance from a Newcomer”. Since 2015 Ashleigh has been a member of the all-female group The Diamonds helping to bring down the house performing some of the biggest hits from the greatest divas of all time. Ashleigh is a graduate of Brent Street and holds her Diploma of Musical Theatre.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: Wake Me Up When September Ends 

   

ERIN CLARE
ENSEMBLE

Erin was awarded a full scholarship to attend LASALLE College of the Arts where she graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours in Musical Theatre. During her time in Singapore, Erin had leading roles in The Spitfire Grill and Gypsy and toured South East Asia and Dubai. Since returning to Australia, Erin has played the title role in Snow White Winter Family Musical alongside Magda Szubanski, directed by Bonnie Lythgoe at the State Theatre. In 2015 she performed the leading role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera directed by Neil Gooding, and Heather McNamara in the Australian premiere of Heathers the Musical and subsequent tour, presented by Showqueen Productions and directed by Trevor Ashley.

Erin starred as the leading role of Scaramouche in GFO’s production of We Will Rock You to critical acclaim, touring nationally with the production directed by Ben Elton. Erin was given the opportunity to sing the National anthem at the 2016 Golden Slipper and State of Origin at ANZ stadium, reaching millions of viewers in Australia and internationally. Most recently Erin appeared in High Fidelity as Marie Lasalle at the Hayes Theatre. She is an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and performs regularly in Sydney venues, alongside vocal and performance coaching across the state.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: Wake Me Up When September Ends 

NICHOLAS KYRIACOU
ENSEMBLE

NICHOLAS KYRIACOU is a 2015 graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at Victorian College of the Arts where he was the grateful recipient of the Cassidy Bequest and Lionel Gell scholarships. Since that time, he has featured as the Rock and Roll Boyfriend in the original season of American Idiot (shake & stir theatre company and QPAC), Mike Hurst in Dusty (The Production Company) and Ensemble in Follies in Concert (Storeyboard Entertainment). Most recently, Nicholas appeared in Kinky Boots Australia for the Sydney and Brisbane seasons. His television credits include Bakatur in Seven Types of Ambiguity (ABC TV). Nicholas is represented by Ian White Management and is a Proud Member of Equity. He is thrilled to be returning to American Idiot in 2018.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot!
FAV GD SONG:  I’ve always loved Basket Case, but my new favourite is Last Night on Earth.

   

CHRISTOPHER SCALZO
ENSEMBLE

Originally from Melbourne, Chris moved to Sydney to train at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).  Chris is thrilled to re-join the stellar company of AMERICAN IDIOT after being part of the Original Australian Cast in 2017. Audiences know Chris best from his extraordinary portrayal of Angel in The Hayes Theatre’s triumphant and game-changing production of RENT (Highway Run).  RENT played two critically acclaimed, sell-out seasons and saw Chris earn a BroadwayWorld Nomination for his performance. Before RENT, Chris toured Australia, New Zealand and Asia as part of the record-breaking National and International Touring Companies of WICKED (Universal/GFO) – covering/performing the role of Boq and as part of the remarkable ensemble. Other major theatre credits include: the Original Cast of the Des McAnuff-directed Doctor Zhivago (GFO), a BroadwayWorld nominated performance as Man 1 in Songs For A New World (Hayes Theatre/BlueSaint), creating the role of Aloysius in the Darren Gilshenan-directed The Chaos Fairy (Monkey Baa), The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Australia), The Newsboy in the International Tour of Jekyll and Hyde (TML), Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins (Meredith Shaw) and the USA tour of The Silver Donkey (Echelon).

Chris’s also holds a number of diverse TV/TVC credits and his voice can be heard on several cast recordings.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG:  Whatsername

    

KYLA BARTHOLEMEUSZ
ENSEMBLE

Originally from Geelong Kyla graduated as a scholarship student from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of

Dance Full Time Course in 2012. Kyla made her professional debut in the Australian tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML). Most recently Kyla was seen in the Australian tour of We Will Rock You (GFO) as well as being featured as Cathy in Dirty Dancing The Musical (GFO). In 2014 Kyla won an Australia wide scholarship from JOIP on Broadway where she got the chance to train in New York City.

She has worked with Australia’s leading choreographers such as Jason Coleman, Squared Division, Jason Gilkison, Steven Tannos, Simon Lind, Yvette Lee, and Marko Panzic.

Kyla’s credits include Australia’s Got Talent, TV Week Logie Awards, We Are Savages SS16 Campaign, and the AFL Grand Final. She has also performed alongside Australian and international artist such as Flo Rida, Olly Murs, Samantha Jade, Zoe Badwi, Prinnie Stevens, Bobby Fox, Ricki Lee and Baz Luhrmann.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG:  21 Guns

    

VIDYA MAKAN
ENSEMBLE

In not wanting to be an Australian Idiot, Vidya would first and foremost like to acknowledge the traditional owners of our wonderful land, and pay respects to elders past, present and future; acknowledging that sovereignty has never ceded. With a background as an instrumentalist and football player, Vidya graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2015. Vidya made her professional debut as Little Inez in Hairspray: The Arena Spectacular (Harvest Rain) and since then, has performed in Nine: In Concert (Manila St Productions), Let It Be: The Songs of Lennon and McCartney (Flourish Productions), KT/Minister in Merrily We Roll Along (Watch This), Felicia Standby in Memphis (StageArt). Vidya also plays the lead role of Maria Krish in the feature film The Colour Of Darkness which has seen an international release. As a composer, her debut musical work received a reading with HomeGrown’s Grassroot’s initiative last year. Vidya would like to thank her teachers, the team at Ian White Management, her parents and her bud for their ongoing support.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG:  Jesus of Suburbia

 

PHOENIX MENDOZA
ENSEMBLE

From a very young age Phoenix spent a lot of time in theatres watching her mother perform in various musicals. Growing up surrounded by performers, her love for the theatre and performing felt instinctual. Phoenix is thrilled to be making her professional debut in Green Day’s American Idiot.

She has spent the past year studying at the Victorian college of the Arts where she feels the experience was invaluable.

She would like to thank all of her teachers/mentors and dedicate her performance to her mother Rebecca and the rest of the Mendoza family who continue to inspire her.

FAV GD ALBUM:  21st Century Breakdown
FAV GD SONG:  21 Guns

    

MAXWELL SIMON
ENSEMBLE

Maxwell Simon is a recent graduate of the Music Theatre programme at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). While at VCA, Maxwell performed in the musicals Spring Awakening as ‘Moritz Steifel’, The Hatpin and 42nd Street as Ensemble cast.

Last year, Maxwell made his professional theatre debut in Company 16’s production of How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found in the roles of ‘Charlie/Adam’.  Fresh from participating in a workshop for the new Australian musical Between Worlds, he joined the highly talented ensemble cast of Assassins at the Hayes Theatre as ‘The Balladeer / Lee Harvey Oswald’, receiving generous critical acclaim.  Maxwell is thrilled to join the team of performers for Shake and Stir Theatre Company’s American Idiot. 

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG:  Letter Bomb

    

KUKI TIPOKI
ENSEMBLE

Kuki is a passionate and creative artist who specialises in creating live music experiences.

He is an accomplished musician, dancer and vocalist playing cello, guitar and bass. Kuki has worked in many Australian and International musical theatre productions as well as TV production houses including Freemantle media and Shine.

Kuki’s recent credits include performing for Taylor Swift, Craig David, Nathaniel, Stan Walker, Timomatic and Jessica Mauboy.

Kuki’s musical theatre credits include Mack and Mabel, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet CharityThe Tap PackSongs For a New WorldMamma Mia, SHOUT!, the 2006/2007 Japan tour of We Will Rock You, and the Australian tour of the Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. Other stage credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Grease – The Arena Spectacular, The Man From Snowy River, The King and I, and South Pacific.

The beginning of 2010 marked the launch of Leviathan Productions, a self started production company running projects from a Sydney Recording studio location. Kuki is also a founding member and band leader of Australia’s premier music avengers Sexy Sunday Jam.

FAV GD ALBUM: Dookie
FAV GD SONG: When I Come Around

     

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PHIL JAMIESON
ST JIMMY

As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson fronted one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades.

An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson’s generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies first became etched into rock fans’ DNA in 1995, when the Lismore-born quartet rode a new wave of alternative music to become the first act Unearthed by national youth radio station triple j with its debut single – Sickfest. So began a love affair that maintained its heat and passion for over one thousand live shows, six consecutive Top 10 debuts and multi-platinum album sales. That initial romance with triple j’s listeners blossomed into full-bloom infatuation: an incredible 17 Grinspoon songs have polled in Hottest 100 countdowns over the years, led by the much-loved ‘Chemical Heart’(#2 in 2002; #63 in 2013’s Hottest 100 of All Time). With the release of seventh album Black Rabbits came the news in late 2013 that Grinspoon were entering hibernation indefinitely, yet Phil Jamieson remained as focused and passionate about music as ever pursuing a solo career in the meantime.

Earlier this year Grinspoon announced the celebration of 20 years since their first album Guide to Better Living, this saw them back on the road playing to adoring sold-out crowds across the country over 4 months.

Outside of studios and music venues, Jamieson co-founded the Rock N Ride tour for headspace, the National Youth and Mental Health Foundation, in 2013. The initiative is aimed at engaging local communities to raise awareness about mental health issues faced by young people. This passion project has allowed Jamieson to draw on an extensive network of musicians, friends and media personalities who have ridden over 5000km together while visiting dozens of headspace centres along the way.

      

ADALITA
ST JIMMY

Modern Australian rock icon Adalita is best known as front woman for the multi-ARIA Award nominated Aussie rock band Magic Dirt, who have cemented their status as one of Australia’s best loved and highly respected bands.

Since 1989, Adalita, principal songwriter and one of the founding members of Magic Dirt, has been writing and producing records, touring the world and is an integral part of the Australian music scene, garnering a passionate and loyal following and countless accolades. Magic Dirt received nine ARIA Award nominations and secured 4 x Top 40 releases on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Since 2011 Adalita has forged a successful solo recording career and her second album All Day Venus blitzed the music scene, landing her a 2014 ARIA Award nomination for Best Female Artist and the Age/Music Victoria award for Best Female.

Adalita is currently working on her highly-anticipated third studio album.

     

SARAH MCLEOD
ST JIMMY

As the lead singer/guitarist and primary songwriter for 3x ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod’s successful career began in the late 90s. The Superjesus achieved Platinum album sales and multiple Top 40 singles including “Gravity”, “Down Again” and “Secret Agent Man” which are still rock radio staples nationally.

When The Superjesus hiatus began in the early 2000s, Sarah’s solo career soared. She released a number of EP’s and collaborations with The Living End’s Chris Cheney, The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin, and the Baby Animals’ Mick Skelton, and a side project band called ‘Screaming Bikini’ that solidified her musical ability across a range of genre’s including hard rock, singer/songwriter, 50s & 60s barber shop and electronica.

Sarah’s collaborations with DJ’s from all over the globe resulted in her single “He Doesn’t Love You” topping the dance charts at #1 in Eastern Europe for 16 weeks.

Living in London and New York before returning to Australia to reform The Superjesus to an overwhelming response, Sarah continues to uphold her reputation as a musical force, nominated for “Frontman/woman Of The Year” in Triple M’s 2015 Rockies Awards amidst heavyweights Dave Grohl and Jimmy Barnes.

Following a series of sold out “She Who Rocks” tour dates, a new EP ‘Love and Violence’ from The Superjesus imminent and a new solo record in the works, Sarah McLeod has proven to be one of Australia’s most talented and versatile artists.

Sarah released Rocky’s Diner in 2017 which debuted in the ARIA Top 20 albums chart.

     

CONNOR CRAWFORD
TUNNY

Connor Crawford is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts: Bachelor of Music Theatre. Connor made his professional music theatre debut in 2011 in Jersey Boys and performed both nationally and internationally on its highly successful tour. Other stage roles include; ‘Chris T’ in Dreamsong at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, ‘Dennis’ in David Williamson’s Third World Blues and Joseph Byrne in Ned – A New Australian Musical. Connor performed in the Green Room nominated production of City of Angels and toured nationally with The Sound of Music. Most recently, Connor played ‘John Hinckley Jnr’ in The Hayes Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins directed by Dean Bryant.

Connor starred as ‘John Paul Young’ in the Logie and AACTA award winning mini-series Molly and ‘Ash Reynolds’ in Winners and Losers. He also featured in ABC and Opera Australia’s The Divorce, as ‘Trent Bowman’ in Dr Blake’s Murder Mysteries and most recently played ‘Matthew Fitzgerald’ the highly anticipated second season of Glitch.

LINDEN FURNELL
JOHNNY

Linden sold his stuff and left a corporate job in 2009 to pursue a musical theatre degree in Singapore, graduating with first class honours from Lasalle College of the Arts in 2012.  He’s performed as an actor, singer and dancer in Australia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and NYC. After 6 years based in South East Asia, Linden returned to Australia in 2015 to get a foot in the (stage) door and managed to win the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment.

Linden’s Australian credits include the roles of Harry and Charlie cover in the Australian tour of Kinky Boots, Roger in both sell-out Hayes Theatre Co seasons of Rent, for which he was awarded a Glug Award for Best Performance by a Newcomer, Fiyero in Wicked (Packemin Productions) , The Australian premiere of Violet, Songs for a New World.

Theatre credits in Singapore include La Cage Aux FolliesThe Cat in the HatEdgesHowie the RookieNext To NormalA French KissThe Last Five YearsLa Vie en Rose2 HousesGreat World Cabaret, and The Effect.

He has composed original music for productions and has also released an original EP which can be found on all music platforms under the name Linden Charles. Linden is currently working on an upcoming album.

FAV GD ALBUM: Dookie
FAV GD SONG: Longview, purely for nostalgic reasons. everyone in year 8 could play the bassline.

        

ALEX JEANS
WILL

Alex Jeans is back on the couch playing Will in the national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot (shake & stir theatre company and QPAC), following the successful season in Brisbane. Alex’s musical career began with aspirations of being a rock star but somewhere along the way he found himself in music theatre. After performing in a string of shows in high school and with his local community theatre company (Blue Mountains Musical Society), Alex went on to study Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music where he played the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in their production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. After his time at AIM, Alex performed as part of the four-man Motown act Soul Mates onboard Princess Cruises as well as starring as Jason McConnell in Supply Evolution’s Bare The Musical. Most recently, Alex played the role of Bruce Springsteen in Highway Run’s production of High Fidelity at the Hayes Theatre.

FAV GD ALBUM:  21st Century Breakdown
FAV GD SONG: Longview 

KAYLAH ATTARD
EXTRAORDINARY GIRL

Kaylah began dance training at the age of two at the May Downs School of Dance. She also trained in ballroom and Latin at Danceworx. At the age of six she started her musical theatre career in The Magic Faraway Tree (GGA) which then led to The Wizard of Ox (SEL/GFO), Oliver (IMG), and Turandot (OA). At the age of 18, Kaylah landed a lead vocalist/performer role for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines where she completed four contracts travelling all over the world.

Kaylah was then cast in the world premiere of Baz Lurhmann’s “Strictly Ballroom” where she was a featured singer/dancer and covered two main roles. Kaylah has spent the first ten months of this year touring Australia/New Zealand as a Vocalist/Dancer with the show “Velvet” alongside the Marcia Hines. She is now on tour as a Backing Vocalist with Dannii Minogue as they are the support act for the Australian tour of “Take That”. Kaylah is thrilled to be cast as “Extraordinary Girl” in Green Day’s American Idiot.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: When It’s Time

     

PHOEBE PANARETOS
WHATSERNAME

Phoebe reprises her Helpmann Award nominated performance as Whatsername in Green Day’s American Idiot, following unanimous praise for the show’s Australian premiere Brisbane run. Phoebe made her professional debut in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! when she was just 11, Phoebe went on to become a Musical Theatre graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Phoebe made international headlines after being handpicked by Baz Lurhman to play the lead role of Fran in the world premiere musical adaptation Strictly Ballroom The Musical for which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female In A Musical for her portrayal of Fran. Her most recent theatre credits include The Production Company’s Singing in the Rain and the world premiere of Dream Lover- The Bobby Darin Musical directed by Simon Philips for the Gordon Frost Organisation.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: Wake Me Up When September Ends – I loved this song when it was first released and I still love it now. The film clip was also very memorable and moving

ASHLEIGH TAYLOR
HEATHER

Ashleigh Taylor is thrilled to be returning to the cast of Green Day’s American Idiot as Heather. Ashleigh has just returned from New Zealand after starring as Lilith in the world premiere of Pleasuredome the Musical directed by Michael Hurst. She also recently featured in the heartbreaking Miss Saigon as Ellen and has previously starred in Packemin Productions Wicked in the role of Elphaba, earning her a GLUG award nomination for “Most Outstanding Performance from a Newcomer”. Since 2015 Ashleigh has been a member of the all-female group The Diamonds helping to bring down the house performing some of the biggest hits from the greatest divas of all time. Ashleigh is a graduate of Brent Street and holds her Diploma of Musical Theatre.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: Wake Me Up When September Ends 

   

ERIN CLARE
ENSEMBLE

Erin was awarded a full scholarship to attend LASALLE College of the Arts where she graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours in Musical Theatre. During her time in Singapore, Erin had leading roles in The Spitfire Grill and Gypsy and toured South East Asia and Dubai. Since returning to Australia, Erin has played the title role in Snow White Winter Family Musical alongside Magda Szubanski, directed by Bonnie Lythgoe at the State Theatre. In 2015 she performed the leading role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera directed by Neil Gooding, and Heather McNamara in the Australian premiere of Heathers the Musical and subsequent tour, presented by Showqueen Productions and directed by Trevor Ashley.

Erin starred as the leading role of Scaramouche in GFO’s production of We Will Rock You to critical acclaim, touring nationally with the production directed by Ben Elton. Erin was given the opportunity to sing the National anthem at the 2016 Golden Slipper and State of Origin at ANZ stadium, reaching millions of viewers in Australia and internationally. Most recently Erin appeared in High Fidelity as Marie Lasalle at the Hayes Theatre. She is an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and performs regularly in Sydney venues, alongside vocal and performance coaching across the state.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: Wake Me Up When September Ends 

NICHOLAS KYRIACOU
ENSEMBLE

NICHOLAS KYRIACOU is a 2015 graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at Victorian College of the Arts where he was the grateful recipient of the Cassidy Bequest and Lionel Gell scholarships. Since that time, he has featured as the Rock and Roll Boyfriend in the original season of American Idiot (shake & stir theatre company and QPAC), Mike Hurst in Dusty (The Production Company) and Ensemble in Follies in Concert (Storeyboard Entertainment). Most recently, Nicholas appeared in Kinky Boots Australia for the Sydney and Brisbane seasons. His television credits include Bakatur in Seven Types of Ambiguity (ABC TV). Nicholas is represented by Ian White Management and is a Proud Member of Equity. He is thrilled to be returning to American Idiot in 2018.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot!
FAV GD SONG:  I’ve always loved Basket Case, but my new favourite is Last Night on Earth.

   

CHRISTOPHER SCALZO
ENSEMBLE

Originally from Melbourne, Chris moved to Sydney to train at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).  Chris is thrilled to re-join the stellar company of AMERICAN IDIOT after being part of the Original Australian Cast in 2017. Audiences know Chris best from his extraordinary portrayal of Angel in The Hayes Theatre’s triumphant and game-changing production of RENT (Highway Run).  RENT played two critically acclaimed, sell-out seasons and saw Chris earn a BroadwayWorld Nomination for his performance. Before RENT, Chris toured Australia, New Zealand and Asia as part of the record-breaking National and International Touring Companies of WICKED (Universal/GFO) – covering/performing the role of Boq and as part of the remarkable ensemble. Other major theatre credits include: the Original Cast of the Des McAnuff-directed Doctor Zhivago (GFO), a BroadwayWorld nominated performance as Man 1 in Songs For A New World (Hayes Theatre/BlueSaint), creating the role of Aloysius in the Darren Gilshenan-directed The Chaos Fairy (Monkey Baa), The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Australia), The Newsboy in the International Tour of Jekyll and Hyde (TML), Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins (Meredith Shaw) and the USA tour of The Silver Donkey (Echelon).

Chris’s also holds a number of diverse TV/TVC credits and his voice can be heard on several cast recordings.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG:  Whatsername

    

KYLA BARTHOLEMEUSZ
ENSEMBLE

Originally from Geelong Kyla graduated as a scholarship student from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of

Dance Full Time Course in 2012. Kyla made her professional debut in the Australian tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML). Most recently Kyla was seen in the Australian tour of We Will Rock You (GFO) as well as being featured as Cathy in Dirty Dancing The Musical (GFO). In 2014 Kyla won an Australia wide scholarship from JOIP on Broadway where she got the chance to train in New York City.

She has worked with Australia’s leading choreographers such as Jason Coleman, Squared Division, Jason Gilkison, Steven Tannos, Simon Lind, Yvette Lee, and Marko Panzic.

Kyla’s credits include Australia’s Got Talent, TV Week Logie Awards, We Are Savages SS16 Campaign, and the AFL Grand Final. She has also performed alongside Australian and international artist such as Flo Rida, Olly Murs, Samantha Jade, Zoe Badwi, Prinnie Stevens, Bobby Fox, Ricki Lee and Baz Luhrmann.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG:  21 Guns

    

VIDYA MAKAN
ENSEMBLE

In not wanting to be an Australian Idiot, Vidya would first and foremost like to acknowledge the traditional owners of our wonderful land, and pay respects to elders past, present and future; acknowledging that sovereignty has never ceded. With a background as an instrumentalist and football player, Vidya graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2015. Vidya made her professional debut as Little Inez in Hairspray: The Arena Spectacular (Harvest Rain) and since then, has performed in Nine: In Concert (Manila St Productions), Let It Be: The Songs of Lennon and McCartney (Flourish Productions), KT/Minister in Merrily We Roll Along (Watch This), Felicia Standby in Memphis (StageArt). Vidya also plays the lead role of Maria Krish in the feature film The Colour Of Darkness which has seen an international release. As a composer, her debut musical work received a reading with HomeGrown’s Grassroot’s initiative last year. Vidya would like to thank her teachers, the team at Ian White Management, her parents and her bud for their ongoing support.

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG:  Jesus of Suburbia

 

PHOENIX MENDOZA
ENSEMBLE

From a very young age Phoenix spent a lot of time in theatres watching her mother perform in various musicals. Growing up surrounded by performers, her love for the theatre and performing felt instinctual. Phoenix is thrilled to be making her professional debut in Green Day’s American Idiot.

She has spent the past year studying at the Victorian college of the Arts where she feels the experience was invaluable.

She would like to thank all of her teachers/mentors and dedicate her performance to her mother Rebecca and the rest of the Mendoza family who continue to inspire her.

FAV GD ALBUM:  21st Century Breakdown
FAV GD SONG:  21 Guns

    

MAXWELL SIMON
ENSEMBLE

Maxwell Simon is a recent graduate of the Music Theatre programme at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). While at VCA, Maxwell performed in the musicals Spring Awakening as ‘Moritz Steifel’, The Hatpin and 42nd Street as Ensemble cast.

Last year, Maxwell made his professional theatre debut in Company 16’s production of How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found in the roles of ‘Charlie/Adam’.  Fresh from participating in a workshop for the new Australian musical Between Worlds, he joined the highly talented ensemble cast of Assassins at the Hayes Theatre as ‘The Balladeer / Lee Harvey Oswald’, receiving generous critical acclaim.  Maxwell is thrilled to join the team of performers for Shake and Stir Theatre Company’s American Idiot. 

FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG:  Letter Bomb

    

KUKI TIPOKI
ENSEMBLE

Kuki is a passionate and creative artist who specialises in creating live music experiences.

He is an accomplished musician, dancer and vocalist playing cello, guitar and bass. Kuki has worked in many Australian and International musical theatre productions as well as TV production houses including Freemantle media and Shine.

Kuki’s recent credits include performing for Taylor Swift, Craig David, Nathaniel, Stan Walker, Timomatic and Jessica Mauboy.

Kuki’s musical theatre credits include Mack and Mabel, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet CharityThe Tap PackSongs For a New WorldMamma Mia, SHOUT!, the 2006/2007 Japan tour of We Will Rock You, and the Australian tour of the Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. Other stage credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Grease – The Arena Spectacular, The Man From Snowy River, The King and I, and South Pacific.

The beginning of 2010 marked the launch of Leviathan Productions, a self started production company running projects from a Sydney Recording studio location. Kuki is also a founding member and band leader of Australia’s premier music avengers Sexy Sunday Jam.

FAV GD ALBUM: Dookie
FAV GD SONG: When I Come Around

     

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