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CAST & CREATIVES



DON BRIDGES
Mr Butler


Don joined Actor's Equity in 1973. Theatre includes HIT, La Mama, Essential Theatre, Unicorn (London), Columbia University (New York), Magnormos, and over twenty-five productions for Melbourne Theatre Company. Don directed Every Grain of Sand and Groucho. Films include Ballad of Des and Mo, Tender Hook, Romper Stomper, Evil Angels, Quigley Down Under, Malcolm , Rikki & Pete, Road to Nhill, The Hard Word, The Oyster Farmer, Charlotte's Web, Gettin' Square and Cohen the Barbarian in Troll Bridge. Television includes regular roles in Blue Heelers, Man From Snowy River, Neighbours, Stingers, Something In The Air and The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. Don is also a talented musician, playing guitar, mandolin, ukelele and bodhran (Irish Drum).



JACQY PHILLIPS
Mrs Zimmerman


Jacqy's career has spanned 37 years as an actor. She is well known for her role as the original Irene on Home & Away as well as playing the horrible Mrs Cribbage in the award-winning Australian movie Red Dog. She also starred in the original workshop production of Matthew Robinson's musical Metro Street for the 2006 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Her most memorable theatre years were in Jim Sharman's flagship company Lighthouse. After working for Patch Theatre Company for the national and international tour of Pigs, Bears, Billy Goats Gruff, Jacqy returned to the State Theatre Company of SA in Patrick White's and Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid for Brink Productions. She workshopped and performed with Nicki Bloom's play Land And Sea and played Macbeth in an all-female version for Foul Play Inc. She performed Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for the State Theatre Company of SA which toured to Sydney. Her most recent production is The Young King for Slingsby which has toured Australia and internationally.




CAITLIN MATHIESON
Narelle Sims


Caitlin is a graduate of the part-time program at 16th Street Actors Studio. Recent theatre credits including Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband with Boutique Theatre Company, The Narrator in Night Terrors with The X Gene for Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Elizabeth Bennet in Second Impressions of Pride and Prejudice with 24 Carrot Productions. Caitlin has appeared in many short films including The Darkness which was an official selection as part of The Other Film Festival 2016. Most recently she appeared as Nicola Sellers in Real Melbourne which was an official selection of Melbourne WebFest 2019. Musical theatre credits include the Australian Premiere of High Fidelity with Pursued By Bear (2014), and as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Vic Theatre Company (2016).




NELSON CLEMENTE
David Fisher


With roots in the theatre scene in Perth, Nelson has a varied background through music and song-writing, film, TV and commercial work; credited with studying at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and LaSalle, Singapore. His career took a footing in South East Asia where he appeared regularly in the professional theatre circuit and on TV as a host and entertainer, playing Westaway in the acclaimed HBO Asia series Serangoon Road, starring in the Cannes Film Festival accepted El Gris Perfecto and voiceover projects for ESPN, Channel News Asia and CNN. A recent return to Perth landed him a role in the opera, The Pearl Fishers, at His Majesty’s Theatre, before relocating to Melbourne. Price Check! The Musical is his first toe-dip into the Melbourne scene.




MUDIT DHAMI
Zayeeb Dash


Mudit currently studies Theatre and Law at Monash University. His previous performance credits include: The Laramie Project, Heathers the Musical, Much Ado About Nothing, Shrek the Musical, Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Addams Family, The Audition, and West Side Story. Mudit was awarded a Lyrebird Youth Performing Arts Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play (2016). When he is not performing or studying, Mudit can be found eating avocado on toast. He would like to thank the cast, crew, production team, and orchestra for making this experience so memorable.




PETER BURGESS
Bass Guitar/Tuba


Peter is a Victorian College Of The Arts music graduate. Peter was an instrumental and classroom music teacher for 14 years and plays the tuba, guitar, bass, piano and sings. He has owned and run Hydra Rehearsal Studios in Burwood for 13 years. Peter has played in 10 bands over his lifetime and was a founding member of the highly successful, Martin Martini & The Bone Palace Orchestra; a group which played gigs with Paul Kelly, Tripod and performed with regular high-profile guests including Tim Minchin, Harry Angus and Eddie Perfect. The group had strong support from Triple J and performed at The Sydney Opera House Studio, Soho Theatre (London), multiple seasons at The Spiegeltent and performed at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Woodford Festival. Peter played guitar with SSPecker, an 8-piece live hip-hop group playing festivals and the major Melbourne venues for some 5 years. Peter is an experienced composer whose theatre works have been presented by The National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square, The Victorian Arts Centre and he most recently developed a new work at The Malthouse Theatre. During the late 90’s/early 2000’s, Peter was active as a conductor and musical director of musicals and operas (full cast and orchestra productions) at The Whitehorse Centre and Banyule Theatre. He also conducted and music directed professional and semi-professional productions at Chapel Off Chapel, Federation Square and The Arts Centre, including the Australian premiere of Sondheim’s, Saturday Night.




ALEX WAITE
Piano


Alex is a passionate chamber musician, and has collaborated with such artists as Silvia Carredu, Peter Hill and Steve Davislim. He is interested in contemporary music, and is the pianist of the ELISION ensemble. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on ABC Classic and the MBS network, and has performed in Europe, Asia, the USA and around Australia. Festivals include Shanghai New Music Week, the Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, BIFEM, a performance at the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, and a residency at the Center for 21st Century Music in Buffalo, New York. He has worked with composers Liza Lim and Unsuk Chin, as well as Aaron Cassidy, who is currently working on a piano concerto for Alex. Alex completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium. In 2016, he relocated to Melbourne to study with Timothy Young at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), where he completed three years of the Professional Performance Program. Aside from Timothy, mentors include Dr Paul Rickard-Ford and Judy Hall OAM.



NICHAUD MUNDAY
Flute


Nichaud Munday is a Melbourne based flutist originally from Regional Victoria where she began playing the flute at age 8. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Australian National University under the tutelage of Virginia Taylor and Vernon Hill. In 2016 she was accepted into the Artist Diploma course at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in the Netherlands, studying with Thies Roorda (flute) and Dorine Schade (piccolo). Following her return to Australia she studied with Andrew Macleod (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), and has enjoyed performing in many Melbourne based orchestras, including the Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra, the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Orchestra and the Melbourne Bach Choir Orchestra. Alongside Nichaud’s passion for performing, she enjoys teaching the flute in many schools across Melbourne.



HAMISH UPTON
Percussion


Hamish Upton is a percussionist in demand as a collaborator, champion of contemporary music, and educator. As an artist he is passionate about the intersection between musician and machine, with a Masters of Music research from Griffith University focusing on the use of laptop-based sound technology as an enhancement to solo percussion performance. He studied at ANAM where he won multiple awards for his curation and performance of contemporary art music, and was supported with full tuition and board to study at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore between 2009 and 2013. Hamish was a performer in Kate Neal’s APRA award winning interdisciplinary work Semaphore. He has has worked with leading contemporary music groups including: Ensemble Offspring, Speak Percussion, the BOLT ensemble, and Elision, and was a performer at BIFEM in 2016 and 2017. Hamish is a co-founder of Ossicle Duo, with trombonist Benjamin Anderson, and ROTOR ASSEMBLY, a percussion, electronics and voice duo with James Hullick. He performs and co-directs musical engagement and collaborative projects with Ad Lib Collective, and teaches percussion at Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne.




TONY FRANTZ
Trumpet


Tony Frantz grew up in Melbourne and studied at the Victorian College of the Arts before joining the Royal Australian Navy Band as a trumpet player in 2009. After spending 5 years performing locally and internationally Tony had the opportunity to study under the tutelage of David Elton and Tristram Williams at the Australian National Academy of Music. Currently Tony resides in Melbourne enjoying a busy teaching and performing schedule.



STUART BYRNE
Clarinet



Stuart Byrne is an extremely versatile musician, playing a large variety of woodwind instruments – from piccolo to contrabass clarinet, in a broad range of styles – from jazz saxophone to classical bassoon. He has played live with artists such as Ray Charles, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Neil Sedaka, Jerry Lewis, Gene Pitney, Michael Buble, Sierra Boggess, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Tina Arena, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Barnes, and Jessica Mouboy. He has recorded for others such as John Farnham, David Campbell and Marcia Hines; and for feature films, short films, commercials and video games. Stuart has played for the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras, the Royal Australian Air Force Band, Victorian Opera, Australian Opera, Dancing With The Stars, It Takes Two, and the TV Week Logies. He has performed in over 50 professional musical theatre productions in Melbourne and Asia. Stuart is a guest musician with many Melbourne bands, and a permanent member of others, including the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra, the Jack Earle Big Band, the JW Swing Orchestra, Red Sand Shuffle, The Grand Wazoo, Andrea Marr and the Funky Hitmen, and Steve and Stuart Jazz Duo. Always keen to support and participate in new musical ventures, Stuart is excited to be playing for Price Check! The Musical.




SEAN WEATHERLY
Director/Producer
Music/Lyrics


Sean graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre in 2002 with a BA (Honours). He produced and performed in the sell-out season of Tomfoolery for the 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festival at La Boheme. He also produced Tomfoolery for the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival at Gasworks. In Melbourne he has performed at La Mama in the world premieres of The Cherry Umbrella, The Evolution Of Incompetence and Friday Night In Town . He composed for A Narrow Time For Angels - The Musical for the 2011 Midsumma Festival. He currently owns and operates a successful Children's Entertainment business in Melbourne and performs regularly as Noodles The Clown. He has performed in many short films and had a guest role on Underbelly Squizzy and also worked on the HBO series The Pacific. Other musical productions Sean has performed in include the Australian premiere of Saturday Night with Magnormos and the world premiere of McCubbin at BMW Edge Federation Square. He has also performed Sing Your Own Musical for several Adelaide Cabaret Festivals. He composed and was co-lyricist for Price Check! The Musical which he produced in 2015 at Theatre Works in St Kilda and at the Bakehouse Theatre and was one of Murray Bramwell's top 5 cabaret shows for 2016 in Adelaide. Sean would like to pay tribute to the late Michael Fuller who Directed the Adelaide Cabaret Festival reading of Price Check with Loaded Productions.




CERISE DE GELDER
Book/Lyrics


Cerise has had plays performed all around Australia, in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, India, Malaysia, Dubai and the UK, on stage, film, radio and TV. Since 2004 she has been a regular participant in Melbourne Writers' Theatre seasons, Williamstown Little Theatre Play Six, Walking Into Bars Productions, Baggage Productions Madwomen Monologues, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Flinders University Drama Centre, and Broken Mirror Productions. Full-length productions have included A Narrow Time For Angels (The Storeroom), Searching For Comets and A Narrow Time For Angels - The Musical (Midsumma Festival), The Umbrella Plays (Adelaide Fringe) and Just Douglas (Accidental Productions, Adelaide Fringe), a Melbourne Writers' Theatre season at La Mama First George and Then Sally and The Cherry Umbrella and Beyond Sky There Be Dragons in the Melbourne Fringe at Revolt.




JOHN THORN
Musical Arranger


John Thorn is an Australian composer/pianist/songwrighter/performer and musical director to the stars. He has written 5 musicals, scored many Cabaret/Theatre shows and has an international reputation as an accompanist for Cabaret performers and Impro Theatre, including the shows Spontaneous Broadway and Random Musical which he also produces. John received the 2015 ‘Outstanding Contribution To Cabaret’ Melbourne Green Room award and has another 15 Green Room nominations (winning twice). His recent projects include an original one man show Background Boy, music for the movie Ali’s Wedding and an album of musical settings of Henry Lawson poems called Looking For Lawson described by Barry Humphries as ‘Miraculous’. His original jazz combo John Thorn and The Roses plays regularly around Melbourne often featuring his daughter Bonnie on vocals.

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