CAST ANNOUNCEMENT #2 | 24 HOUR THEATRE ILLAWARRA 2019

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After announcing our first seventeen actors taking part in Black Box’s 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra 2019 – we are proud to announce the rest of our cast! Scroll down to meet the remaining twenty brave thespians who will be learning their plays in one day!

Need a refresher of our first round of announced actors? Click here
Want to know who is writing for 24 Hour Theatre? We announced our writers in two rounds: Round 1 Writers and Round 2 Writers.

Tickets are selling quickly so avoid disappointment and book your tickets now! This show only comes around one night a year and is one of the most exhilarating theatrical challenges in the Illawarra.

24 HOUR THEATRE ILLAWARRA
7:30pm Saturday 11th May (One Night Only)
at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston
Tickets: $22 Adult | $17 Concession | $12 Pension / Carer

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24 Hour Theatre is a Black Box Theatre Production
Produced by Luke Berman | luke@blackboxtheatre.org
Plays may contain coarse language and adult themes
and may not be suitable for children under the age of 14.

 

CAST: (Wave 2)

BRADLEY WARD

Bradley Ward CRBradley Ward graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2013 with a Bachelor of Performance (Acting). Since then he has travelled across the Illawarra and Greater Sydney areas, performing in whatever plays and musicals he can get his hands on. With a strong background in improvisational comedy and a passion for writing and directing, Bradley has taken to the stage in almost 40 productions ranging from Elizabethan Comedy to New Wave Australian, from Naturalism to Absurdism. He is currently one of the Artistic Directors of Rising Arts Productions, and their improv troupe Room for Improvment.

LISA OMODEI

Lisa OmodeiLisa Omodei has been a part of Illawarra’s amateur theatre scene for a few years, mostly appearing in improvisational comedy theatre with The Improverts and Room For Improvment. Earlier this year Lisa played Romeo in an all-female production of Romeo & Juliet. She is also a regular performer in Black Box Theatre’s Playmates Illawarra, and this year marks her 4th consecutive year performing in 24 Hour Theatre.

ANDY MURPHY

Anna MurphyAndy has been acting since high school, participating in school plays and after-school classes. Since leaving secondary education, Andy has been involved in a handful of productions around the region including Verdict, The Death of Nightstick, Bonnie and Clyde and Finn McCool.  Andy is a new-comer to 24 Hour Theatre and eager to try a new style of theatre.

JULIAN LEVANIC

Julian LevanicJulian’s creative background has reached as far back as primary school with his pursuit of music. Since his departure from High School, he had sought to keep finding sources to continue practicing his musical based interests. In his pursuit, Julian was led to contacting the Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble where he then performed in the Australian Romantic-Comedy Daylight Savings as Jason Strutt: the ill-tempered, homeopathic, young and famous tennis star from Wollongong. Since then Julian has performed in both Illawarra and Sydney’s Short and Sweet festivals in the short comedic dualogue For Hire written by 24 Hour Theatre writer Alexander Cuff.
Though young in acting experience, Julian continues to develop his craft and passion for drama by working with Black box productions and Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble by aiming to play more diverse and challenging roles.

FREYA JARRETT

Freya JarrettFreya’s been into acting from a very young age, being a part of various drama groups through her life and finally getting onto the community theatre stage with the Roo Theatre’s production of 1984. Since then she’s stuck around, performing in the Roo’s production of original works, Short and Sweet Illawarra and most recently; in the Phoenix Theatre’s production of Finn McCool.

GABRIELA GONZALEZ

Gabriela GonzalezGabriela Gonzalez is currently in her second year of university at the University of Wollongong, studying Creative Arts (theatre) as well as Communication and Media. She has worked on projects through the university in a variety of theatrical roles such as acting, lighting, singing, directing and stage management. She is experienced with working on musical variety shows, and has been a part of the Cumberland Gang Show for seven years, from 2011 till 2018. She has also been an Ensemble cast member for Woods-Ray Theatricals’ musical production of Be More Chill, and is currently in the same company’s musical production of Anything Goes, where she plays Evangeline Harcourt.

ANDREW GOBRAN

Andrew GobranAndrew completed his acting study at Actors Center Australia and instantly grew his passion with Theatre. Performing in musicals such as Adams Family, Hair the Musical and Jekyll and Hyde with Arcadians Theatre Group he also has worked with Wollongong Workshop Theatre including playing the role of Musa in the acclaimed Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, The Chief in Get Smart, and a minor role in Sweeney Todd. Recently Andrew performed in Short + Sweet Illawarra and Short + Sweet Sydney and is excited to be doing Black Box’s 24 Hour Theatre for the first time. When not on stage you may see Andrew on the small screen advertising Cadbury Favourites as The Shaker or pushing people around as an orderly at Summer Bay Hospital in Home and Away.

MICHELLE DANIC

Michelle Danic (1)Michelle Danic loves the art of embodying different characters and integrating them with her own personality. She has performed at the Point Artist run community theatre in Canada as a solo actress, studied at the Screenwise School of TV and film as well as several NIDA short courses. She has been an extra for short films, commercials and TV shows and her next upcoming theatre performance is Anvil, at Wollongong Workshop Theatre. She can dance, perform aerial silks and has a love of photography.

“I love spontaneous activity and an exciting atmosphere, that enhances the character within and brings out something fantastic to show and create new emotions with each character and audience.”

RORY HOLLOWAY

RorySince hitting the Wollongong scene, Rory has been a part of many works, ranging from student produced, up and coming works to fully fledged musical productions. He was a part of the Arcadians Theatre Group 2017 production of Wicked, as well as taking part for multiple years of the annual show Bridgeworks at Phoenix Theatre. More recently Rory played the role of Cobra in Magnum Opus in 2018 in between taking on the role of technical operator for more Phoenix shows such as Mac the Knife and Lysistrata. Rory has been involved in many aspects of theatre in the last year, however has recently taken a break from acting to focus on the technical side of productions. In this performance, Rory will be returning to the stage and go back to his roots.

JARROD SLEIMAN

Jarrod SleimanJarrod Sleiman is an actor/writer/director. His first production was Peter Pan at the Roo Theatre in 2015 and since then he has been in shows with just about every theatre company in the area. His first time directing was Tales from the Wasteland at the Phoenix Theatre in 2017. His next big production is Tales from the Metropolis, a “sort-of sequel” to Wasteland. On top of theatre you can also find Jarrod contributing the world of film with Ghost Hunters – a web series that he is an actor/writer for. Jarrod is  currently preparing to direct his first feature film, Classified, written by Alexander Cuff. This is Jarrod’s 4th time acting in 24 Hour Theatre and hopes that you enjoy it, and that he remembers his lines.

 ANDY EAST

Andy EastAndy East is a film maker and screen and stage actor local to the Jervis Bay Area. Beginning his acting journey in 2015, Andy worked with several media productions groups in the Shoalhaven area working on several short film projects. In 2018 Andy had his first taste of the stage, performing in the 2018 Bridgeworks show. Since then Andy has continued acting and film production in and around the local Shoalhaven area.

BRYSON GRENFELL

Bryson Grenfell FBOn the 16th of December 1996: a strange event occurred. A large foreboding rainbow appeared on the horizon, which was then split asunder by a lightning bolt. That lightning bolt struck gold and gave birth to Bryson. The Blunderific Bryson-Man.

 

ANDREW COURTNEY

Andrew CourtneyAndrew is a highly eager and enthusiastic emerging actor residing from Campbelltown. He has appeared in local theatre in the past, his roles including ensemble for Jesus Christ Superstar, and a marine in Godzilla: The Musical, both in the WOFTAM theatre company. In addition, he appeared in 24 Hour Theatre in 2018 in The Rhythm of the Night.

STEPHANIE MCAULAY

Stephanie McAulayStephanie McAulay is a third-year Creative Arts student (Music Major, Theatre minor) at University of Wollongong. After participating in many musicals in high school, Steph began to broaden her horizons in the community theatre scene. In 2018, she acted in Bridgeworks 2018 (Date with a Doctor) and 24 Hour Theatre 2018 (Paper Dolls).

 

ROB BRUCE

Rob Bruce FBRobert has been in theatre for over 20 years and has enjoyed numerous experiences in his time shared. He has been involved with community theatre through Roo Theatre Company, Black Box Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre Co. He has had formal singing training in opera and musical theatre. Performances he is most proud of are Godspell, Snow white and The Seven Dwarves and Cinderella where he got to be the most beautiful ugly stepsister ever.

 

SHAYAN MURRAY

Shayan MurrayShayan has been performing with Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) group for 11 years where he has undertaken a variety of roles ranging from lead roles to chorus work. Some of Shayan’s notable roles were as Hugh ‘Bullshot’ Crummond in the spy comedy Bullshot Crummond in 2016; playboy Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest in 2017; and Demetrius in Midsummer Nights Dream in 2018. Performing every year in SPAT’s Christmas pantomime, Shayan has experienced a wide variety of roles including lead boy, a henchman, an anti-hero and chorus work. Shayan has recently become a member of the SPAT Singers making his debut performance at their 2018 Love and Other Frustrations Dinner Show. Shayan participated in Black Box’s improvisation event Playmates in 2018 and this is his first experience at their 24 Hour Theatre.

BYRON FAULKNER

Byron FaulknerByron was a part of 24 Hour Theatre last year in the play All Locked Up, the rest of his experience has been with school drama classes, Black Box’s Playmates (2018) and he made his directorial debut in Timesavers for Short+Sweet Illawarra 2018.

“24 Hour Theatre is a nice mixture of fun and stress which is what I enjoy in Life, the balance of it all is just a rush.”

 

JOSHUA CHICHARO

Joshua ChicharoJoshua has studied Theatre & Music at university of Wollongong and has since performed in a variety of theatrical shows within the Illawarra. Some of these performances include; The Tempest (Phoenix Theatre), Jekyll and Hyde – The Musical (Arcadians Theatre Company) & Miss Saigon (Roo Theatre company). Joshua has participated in 24 Hour Theatre in the past and enjoyed the challenge of learning and performing a play in only a day.

“24 Hour Theatre really pushes you as an actor to pull out every trick up your sleeve to not just help learn your lines and give a great performance but to also help your team to succeed.”

TAYLOR COBB

Taylor CobbTaylor made his acting debut with Miranda Musical Society’s The King and I in 2004 at the age of 12. Since then, Taylor performed in several more musicals with Miranda, and then Engadine Musical Society, with highlights including High School Musical and Beauty and the Beast. In 2013, Taylor started performing with Stanwell Park Arts Theatre, and has been dancing, singing and acting his way through various pantomimes, plays and musicals each year. His most recent and probably proudest performance with SPAT was Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“Having moved to Sydney, it makes it hard to be involved in the Illawarra theatre scene but I love the acting vibe in the area. 24 Hour Theatre is the perfect way for me to stay connected with the region, and having seen several productions of it, I thought it looks too fun to resist!”

SAM BRUCE

Sam BruceSam has been involved in theatre for five years. She has performed in eleven productions with The Gullibles drama group through Shellharbour Youth Services including Alice in Wonderland, Stories in the Dark, and The Twits. Sam also performed in Grimm Tales and Lysistrata with the Phoenix Theatre. She also participated in 24 Hour Theatre Illawarra last year and is looking forward to another epic challenge.

 

24 HOUR THEATRE ILLAWARRA | Black Box Productions
7:30pm Saturday 11th May | One Night Only
at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston | Home of the Phoenix Theatre Company
Produced by Luke Berman, Black Box Productions | luke@blackboxtheatre.org

Tickets: Adult $22 | Concession $17 | Pensioners / Carers $12
Book Tickets Here

Plays in 24 Hour Theatre may contain strong adult content.

24 Hour Theatre: Full Cast List (Alphabetical Order)

Kaylee Ashton
Michaela Barnett
Sophie Bentley
Sam Bruce
Robert Bruce
Grace Callaghan
Joshua Chicharo
Taylor Cobb
Andrew Courtney
Tyler Cox
Jordan Cunningham
Michelle Danic
Andy East
Brandon Fairley
Byron Faulkner
Arthur Gallagher
Molly Garry
Teihana Gardener-Greentree
Andrew Gobran
Gabriela Gonzalez
Bryson K. Grenfell
Rory Holloway
Maddison Huisman
Freya Jarrett
Ihaka Jones
Julian Levanic
Nick Lewis
Stephanie McAulay
Florence Moss
Andy Murphy
Shayan Murra
Lisa Omodei
Georgina Rose Reed
Kiah Sassall
Jarrod Sleiman
Bradley Ward
Amy Wearing

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