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Blake Erickson

Commander James Cook

Blake has worked throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States as writer, actor, and singer having studied drama and music theatre at the University of Sydney & The Actor’s Connection, New York. He spent 2016 on tour with the international production of Cameron Mackintosh's Les Misérables. In 2015 he appeared in nine music theatre productions alone, including his New York debut leading the cast of Stalker: The Musical at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. In 2014 Blake appeared in the sell-out season of his new cabaret Hold Me Closer Logies Dancer (Neil Gooding Prod.) at Sydney's Hayes Theatre Co. A finalist at the Sydney Cabaret Showcase, Blake is also proud to have participated in the workshop process and staged productions of seven new Australian musicals. 

 

For his performance in the title role of the one-man show Pearls Before Swine: An Evening With Orson Welles (Neil Gooding Prod.), he won Best Actor at the inaugural Sydney Fringe Festival Awards before embarking on a national tour. 

Other credits include: Triassic Parq, Bye Bye Birdie, Thrill Me, [title of show], Atomic, A New Brain, Forbidden Broadway, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Hollywood Ending (Griffin Ind.), Floyd Collins, Spring Awakening, Just So, Blood Brothers, & Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Blake has also appeared in five Neglected Musicals productions: My Favourite Year, Nick & Nora, On The 20th Century, She Loves Me, and Dear World. 

 

Blake has also lent his voice to numerous commercials and theatrical productions for clients as diverse as Telstra, Coles Supermarkets, and Coca-Cola. Proud member of Actor’s Equity. 

Pippa Grandison

Elizabeth Cook

Born and raised in Perth, Pippa moved to Sydney in her late teens to pursue acting.

Her career has spanned nearly three decades and has seen her performing extensively in film, television, theatre and musical theatre throughout Australia and overseas. Pippa currently resides on NSW’s beautiful Central Coast.

Pippa’s recent career highlights include the role of Barbara in Michael Gow’s Europe at the Seymour Centre, Mrs Braddock in The Graduate alongside Jerry Hall, the role of Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins for Disney/Cameron Mackintosh (Australia/NZ tour), Small Time Gangster for Boiler Maker Burburry Entertainment and the role of Elphaba for the Sydney season of the Broadway smash hit Wicked for the Gordon Frost Organisation.

In musical theatre Pippa has also starred in Kookaburra’s production of Company, Michael Coppel’s We Will Rock You, The Production Company’s The Pajama Game, Jacobsen Entertainment’s The Witches of Eastwick, The Ensemble’s production of Mary Bryant and the Sydney Theatre Company’s Into the Woods and A Little Night Music. 

Other theatre credits include: Bell Shakespeare’s Just Macbeth, which played at Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010, Sydney Theatre Company’s Waikiki Hip and Black Rock, Company B’s The Threepenny Opera, Company B and Hair of the Dog’s production of The Misanthrope and The Vagina Monologues by BCHM.

Her television credits include: Home and Away; Mr & Mrs Murder; Underbelly: Razor; Magical Tales; All Saints; Balmain Boys; South Pacific; Twisted Tales; Water Rats; E Street; GP; Brides of Christ; Golden Fiddles; A Country Practice; Come in Spinner and soon to appear in Channel 9’s Here Come the Habibs.

Pippa has also appeared in feature films such as Mr Accident, A Change of Heart, Hotel de Love, Dating the Enemy, Muriel’s Wedding, and Over the Hill. 

Phillip Lowe

Admiral Isaac Smith (retired)

Phillip studied music from an early age and at 19 he accepted a place to study music theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

 

In 1996 Phillip moved to Sydney to join the original Australian cast of the musical Crazy for You for the Gordon Frost Organisation and over the next 19 years has since gone on to appear in numerous musicals and plays including: Showboat, Cabaret, The Producers and Legends -all for GFO, The Sunshine Club for Sydney Theatre Company, Eurobeat for Glynn Nicholas Productions, the Australian tour of Dusty for Dusty Productions, No Way to Treat a Lady for Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Mary Poppins for Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for James Anthony Productions, Sondheim on Sondheim for Squabbalogic, and Beyond Desire, Blood Brothers and High Society for the Hayes Theatre Company. Most recently, Phillip played Keith Potger in the Australian tour of Georgy Girl- the Seekers musical.

 

In addition to appearing in numerous TV commercials, Phillip’s television credits include guest roles on McLeod’s Daughter’s, All Saints, Home and Away, the CBS mini-series Blonde, Crownies, Anzac Girls and the documentary Australia: The Story of Us. On the big screen Phillip’s film credits include Thank God He Met Lizzie, Black and White and The Honorable Wally Norman.

Stephen Mahy

Master William Bligh

Stephen Mahy is a fine young Australian actor who trained at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Upon graduation, Stephen was immediately cast in the Australian tour of MISS SAIGON, which toured around the country to great reviews as did his on-screen guest appearance in Southern Star’s OUT OF THE BLUE. 2008 saw Stephen create roles in several musicals, Young Ben in FOLLIES for the Production Company Melbourne, Laurie Laurence in Kookaburra Theatre Company’s production of LITTLE WOMEN, followed by the role of Jack in a new production titled KARAOKE – THE MUSICAL. The demand for Stephen intensified leading to him being cast as one of the Four Season’s crooners, Bob Gaudio, in JERSEY BOYS for the inaugural Australian sell out tour.

 

Shortly after Stephen starred in SPANK! THE 50 SHADES PARODY, as the hot male lead Hugh Hanson, a character based on mega-hunk Christian Grey in the worldwide, top selling book ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Then played bad boy Kenickie in Australia’s No.1 party musical GREASE. You may also recognise Stephen from his television credits, with roles on CITY HOMICIDE, MR and MRS MURDER , as a finalist on Channel’s Ten’s reality series I WILL SURVIVE, the search for Australia’s next triple threat. Stephen was seen donning the heels once more as the adorable Brad Majors in Richard O’briens THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, he played Rick in the world premier of CROSSxROADS the musical at Chapel off Chapel and most recently as the face of HUNGRY JACKS, because lets face it, The burgers are better at Hungry jacks. 

Chloe Zuel

Princess Mahealani

Chloé most recently played the leading role of Reno in The Production Company's Dusty The Musical and in late 2016 she was fortunate to sing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in their staged version of Porgy and Bess directed by Mitchell Butel. 

 

After graduating in 2007 from ED5 International, Chloé spent two years performing in numerous shows at Universal Studios Japan. As a lead singer in international bands and shows, Chloé has had the opportunity to travel to India, Dubai and Macao. 

 

Chloé's music theatre credits include: Dynamite in Hairspray The Musical Australia, Pilar in Legally Blonde the Musical Australia, Maid in The Mikado New Zealand, Éponine understudy in Les Misérables Australia, Joanne in Rent for The Hayes Theatre and Ronette in the Australian tour of Little Shop of Horrors.

Maxwell Simon

Lt. James King

Maxwell Simon is a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)

 

While at VCA Maxwell performed in the musicals Spring Awakening (Moritz Steifel); The Hatpin (Ensemble) and 42nd Street, (Ensemble)

 

On the stage, Maxwell performed the role of Charlie/Adam in How To Disappear And Never Be Completely Found.

David Hooley

Watman

David is a graduate of both the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Credits include Spamalot (Ozalot Pty. Ltd.), Fiddler on the Roof (TML Enterprises), King Of The Air (Australian Symphony), Noli Me Tangere (Redland Events), Summer Rain (New Theatre), Richard III (BITB Glasgow), and The Bends (Playwright Studio Scotland).

 

David also co-runs BNW Theatre Co., a company dedicated to the development and performance of new Australian works. David is committed to supporting, developing and performing new Australian pieces and feels privileged to be involved in his third workshop of Between Worlds.

Imraan Daniels

Isaac Jr.

Imraan Daniels holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music where his credits include Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Shane in Neil Gooding and Nicholas Christo's Popstars; and Vernon in Vernon God Little. He most recently graduated from NIDA's Diploma of Music Theatre in 2015, following which he spent a year in Japan as a Gryffindor Student as part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

 

Other credits include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Packemin Youth Productions); Billy in The Goat (Kaigandori Lounge Readings), as well as various corporate performances around Sydney. In this clip, Imraan performs ‘Pure Imagination.’

Riley Sutton

Lt John Williamson

Originally from Adelaide, Riley did his training at WAAPA. Riley has been involved in two previous workshops of Between Worlds, and is thrilled to be back again. Since graduating, he has performed as u/s Bobby Darin and ensemble in Dream Lover (Gordon Frost), as Rapunzel’s Prince and the Steward in Into The Woods (Harvest Rain), as u/s Princeton/Rod and ensemble/swing in Avenue Q (Enmore Theatre), and he toured Sydney and Perth as Edward in Worlds Apart (Echelon Productions).

 

While in training Riley performed as ensemble in A Chorus Line, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He also played both Melchior's father and Moritz' father in Spring Awakening, Antipholus of Syracuse in A Comedy of Errors, Tonton Julian in Once On This Island, and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins (WAAPA).

Kuki Tipoki

Koa'a

Kuki is a creative artist who specialises in creating live music experiences as an accomplished vocalist, dancer and musician playing over 6 instruments. 

Kuki's most recent musical theatre credits include Little shop of horrors and Sweet Charity. Both productions were a part of the Hayes Theatre in Sydney where he combined his love of music theatre and his love of music by being both an onstage actor and pitt musician simultaneously.

Other stage credits include The Tap Pack, Songs For a New World, Mamma Mia, SHOUT!, the 2006/2007 Japan tour of We Will Rock You, and the Australian tour of the Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease - The Arena Spectacular, The Man From Snowy River, The King and I, and South Pacific.

He has also been involved in many TV productions including talent show X Factor, Mornings with Kerrie Anne and Sunrise.

His musicianship and theatre background combined have afforded him the opportunity to work with Warner Music and Sony artists including Taylor Swift, Aston Merrygold,  Nathaniel, Stan Walker and Timomatic.

Nicholas Starte

King Kalani'ōpu'u

Nicholas Starte, University of Sydney Bachelor of Arts and WAAPA Acting graduate, winner of the Sally burton award for performance in Shakespeare, started his theatre career performing and directing amateur theatre, musical theatre and circus performance through various university theatre groups. His notable performances at WAAPA include: David (Love and Money, Dir. Matthew Dunster); Horatio (Hamlet, Dir. John Sheedy); Kenneth Lay (Enron, Dir. Michael McCall); Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar, Dir. Sean O’Shea) and Cole Porter (The Swell Party, Written and Directed by the WAAPA class of 2013 and Christopher Edmund).

 

He has also appeared in a number of WASA short films, including Dam Babies, Juliet and SLAA. Nicholas made his professional debut as Masoud in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s 2014 production of “Dust” by Suzie Miller and has since performed various independent productions in Sydney, at the Opera house in Squabbalogic’s production of “Wonderful Town”, as a recurring character on the ABC’s “The Ex PM” and will be appearing as the lead character Ryan in the independent feature film “Broken”.

Marissa Saroca

Queen Kanekapolei

Marissa Saroca started her career in the industry as a professional musician/singer whilst training at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. She won Best Female Vocals at both the 2005 and 2006 ABC Newcastle Music Awards and was a finalist in the Pop category of the 2012 MusicOz Awards.

 

Marissa is an in demand session singer, having worked for the Austereo Network, countless independent and signed artists, and commercial giants such as Maybelline. As an independent artist she has released two albums, Cheaper Than Therapy (2008) and Boys Write Love Songs Too (2012).

 

Marissa’s training in music theatre began in independent/pro-am theatre in her home town of Newcastle, Australia, with lead roles as ‘Maureen’ in Rent, ‘Gabriella’ in High School Musical, and the Hawaiian goddess ‘Hina’ in the rock opera Shining Isle, the first collaboration of Between Worlds writers Nick Higginbotham and Gareth Hudson.

 

In 2013, Marissa moved to the Philippines when she was chosen to participate in the blind auditions for ABS-CBN’s The Voice of the Philippines. Chosen by industry legend Lea Salonga for Team Lea, Marissa made an unforgettable impact on the show. She then had her debut in professional theatre with featured ensemble roles in Ghost and Shrek for Atlantis Productions in Manila. 

 

Marissa is currently working as a full-time professional musician, is in pre-production for her third original album, and will be reprising the role of ‘Maureen’ in Rent (Hunter Drama) later this year. 

Julian Kuo

Mano

Julian began singing professionally at the age of 11 when he appeared for Opera Australia (OA) in Cavalier Rusticana / Pagliacci. He continued with OA until 2005 performing with the Children’s Chorus and as a principal artist in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in Musical Theatre from The Australian Institute of Music, Sydney.

Julian took his show, Interpretations: The Music of Cole Porter to the Butterfly Club in Melbourne in 2011 and has since had a considerably career in Cabaret, performing and producing Melvyn Morrow’s Broadway Bard as part of Sydney Fringe 2011 and, most recently, at Glen Street Theatre in August, 2015. He has also co-written He Said. She Said and He Said. She Said: At It Again with Holly Summers-Clarke, playing two seasons as part of Sydney Fringe 2012 and 2013.

Other credits include Showtrain for New Musicals Australia, Spring Awakening for ATYP, and Glory Days (Skip) and In The Heights (Benny) for Exclaim Theatre Company. Julian has also produced three shows for Exclaim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2014, and Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, The Fantasticks, 2015. Other credits for OA include Orpheus in the Underworld, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Der Rosenkavalier.

Nana Matapule

Tupaia/Keli'ikea

Nana is a graduate of the NIDA Musical Theatre course. He began his performing career with Carnival Cruise Lines and as a guest entertainer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. His other credits include the role of Collins in The Hayes Theatres sell-out season of Rent (Highway Run Productions) original cast member of Boys in The Band and Swoon the Mad Men of Swing (SMA Productions). Other credits include Light the Night, Grand Prix Singapore and commercials for Telstra, ING and Foxtel.

Brendan Xavier

Prince Keoua

Brendan is a 20 year old Sydney born Musical Theatre performer with a fresh career spanning over the last 3 years.

Over a 2 year period, Brendan studied a Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute Of Music working with some of the industries best directors and creatives such as Max Lambert, Darren Yap, and his mentor Jennifer Murphy.

Through AIM he's been involved in three of their productions, Witches Of Eastwick (Ensemble) directed by Tony Cogin, Urinetown (Bobby Strong), and their recent production of Into The Woods (Jack) directed by Tyran Parke. Brendan also joined the 2016 production of The Original Grease at the Seymour Centre, directed by Jay James Moody, Playing the role of Danny Zuko.

Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream playing the role of Lysander, Fame in the role of Nick Piazza and a Youth Production Of Les Miserables playing the role of Jean Valjean.

Ensemble

Kayla is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Music (Bachelor of Music – Music Theatre). Since graduating, Kayla has had many opportunities to further her craft by working along side some of the best this industry has to offer. Her most recent productions include, SYMT’s Legally Blonde – The Musical (Paulette), Squabbalogic’s Kiss Me Kate (Wardrobe Lady), Hello Dolly (Ernestina Money) and Bye Bye Birdie (Nancy).

 

Some of her other credits include AIMs How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Miss Jones), Hats Off – to the Hits (Artist), Mathew Lee Robinson’s New Voices Sydney Showcase (Featured Artist), John Bucchino - In Concert (Featured Artist), Neil Gooding and Nicholas Christo’s Pop Stars (Steffi and Chef Joey), New Musicals Australia’s Presentation of Between Worlds (Ensemble) & Supply Evolutions Bring It On (BV).

 

Kayla is thrilled to be back with the Between Worlds team and is proud to be a part of such a significant new Australian musical.

Matilda Moran

Ensemble

Matilda graduated WAAPA in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre, and has since featured in Nine: The Musical (Manilla Street Productions), as Kate Mullins in StageArt’s Titanic: The Musical, Patty Simcox in Squabbalogic’s The Original Grease and Ruby Rae in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  Previously to her life in Perth, she performed in the Sydney School’s Spectacular as a featured artist from 2008-11 where she was awarded the UWS Scholarship for Performance. 

 

After graduating the Talent Development Project, she went on to complete an 8-month contract as headline singer with MSC Cruises/ Bor Productions. During her time at WAAPA, Matilda featured as Margaret White in Carrie: The Musical, Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde: The Musical, Yonah in Children of Eden, and Mrs Millenium/ Vocal Captain in Urinetown: The Musical. She also performed in Matthew Lee Robinson’s Draft 6 of Atlantis as Lyra, and in Tim Cuniffe and Brendan Hanson’s workshop of Between the Lines.

 

In her 2nd year at WAAPA, Matilda was awarded the inaugural John Cowdell Music Theatre Award for her performance in West Side Story and was a finalist in the Julie Michael Cabaret Competition. Raised as a musician from a young age, Matilda gained her LTCL on clarinet and has also enjoyed singing Jazz with James Morrison at many festivals.

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