Acting has always been a part of Genevieve’s life. Last year was a busy year with five comedies: Farndale Macbeth, An Italian Straw Hat, The Merry Wives of Windsor Avenue, The Witches of Prestwick (Norfolk Island) and, most recently, a panto called Cinders: The True Story. Singing is another passion for Genevieve who currently sings with the Waikato Modern Choir, after five years with the Waikato Rivertones, and loves harmony in any music genre. She is forever trying to improve her guitar playing and would love to have been in a rock band. Away will be her first involvement with Carving in Ice.
Mike has been a regular performer in a range of productions over the past 15 or so years, including the University’s Staff Revue, Out of Order by Ray Cooney, Touch and Go by Derek Benfield, Curtain Call by Bettine Manktelow, The Merry Wives of Windsor Avenue by Geraldine Brophy, and classics such as Darling Buds of May and The Sound of Music. He lives in Hamilton with a wife, two dogs and a cat. Three of his children are also well known Hamilton performers. In real life he manages professional development of staff at the University of Waikato.
Emily is about to begin her fourth year of part-time study at the University of Waikato studying theatre and music. To complement her studies in theatre, she also participates in numerous workshops with notable tutors such as Rena Owen, Sylvia Rands and casting director, Terri de’Ath. This is her first performance with Carving in Ice. Recent theatre credits include Jayna in the devised show 100% Mortality, Maggie in Overtones and a monologue in The Vagina Monologues. In 2010 Emily also played Hannah in the short film Andy under the guidance of acting coach Miranda Harcourt.
Adrienne decided it was time to come out from behind the scenes and give acting another go. With babies growing into toddlers, and the support of family members, she approached Gaye to see if she might have a part for her in the next Carving in Ice summer production. Adrienne’s first appearance in a Gardens Festival production was in 2000 playing the role of the Abbess in Comedy of Errors. She has gone on to work onstage and behind-stage in various Hamilton productions and is particularly happy to be acting again with her husband Nick in this production of Away.
Nick started on his Thespic road with a rave-inducing season as Widow Twanky when he was nine. Every show since has been an attempt to repeat that feeling. Hopefully this one will get him there. In his spare time, Nick teaches Drama and English. One of the reasons that Nick has taken on the role of Jim is to remind himself how it feels to do the things that he is constantly banging on about in class to his long suffering students. Nick believes in theatre. It’s a healthy way to spend a couple of hours and makes parts of one’s brain bigger.
Kate is a fourth year Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar at the University of Waikato undertaking a conjoint degree (BTeach/BA majoring in English and Theatre Studies). Away is her second production with Carving in Ice. Previous credits include: Natalya in The Three Sisters (Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar production), Student/technician in W;t (Carving in Ice), Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Cambridge Gaslight Theatre) and Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Last year she also stage managed A Streetcar Named Desire and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Fairfield College.
Stuart has been doing theatre since the age of 13. At Whangarei Boys High School he played in Oliver and was also a part of the Northland Youth Theatre group. Stuart has worked with Carving in Ice many times before including Louis Nowra's Cosi, John Mighton's Half Life, Jeffrey Hatcher's Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Alma de Groen's The Joss Adams Show, Jennifer Haley's Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom and Margaret Edson's W;t.
Mandy studied and taught Drama in England and spent a large part of her life at the Retford Little Theatre, Nottinghamshire. She was involved in plays and musicals such as - The Three Sisters, Educating Rita, The Killing of Sister George, Woman in Mind, Hans Christian Andersonand Toad of ToadHall. She has loved being involved with numerous productions at Hamilton’s Fraser High School, including roles in High School Musical and Grease. She recently relished being in the Carving in Ice production of Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom and Hamilton Operatic’s production of The Secret Garden.
Lydia hails from sunny Qld where she completed an Advanced Diploma in Screen & Stage Acting. She moved to Hamilton in 2009 and has participated in: University of Waikato productions of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life, the devised Virus 308, & Chekhov's The Three Sisters. For Carving in Ice Lydia has been a part of Attempts on Her Life & The Dispute. As well as, Maungatautari Theatre Ensemble’s Love Puke. She has also starred in Wintec Film Productions - The Couch, and The Swimmer. She is now a Theatre Studies graduate and plans to focus her career around festivals and events that celebrate the performing arts.
Before moving to Hamilton in 2010 Katey featured in a number of productions both through college and community theatre; included in these were The Sound of Music, Jungle Fever and The Adventures of Puss In Boots. Her favourite roles include the wise and insightful Mother Abbess, and the voluptuous, Latin villain Lola Canolli. Since moving to Hamilton Katey has been involved in two productions directed by Gaye Poole; the most recent Carving in Ice production W;t, and the Hillary Scholarship production of The Three Sisters. Katey enjoys Jazz music, playing trumpet, and singing in the shower.
Richard is an experienced street theatre performer. In 2006 Richard won Best Street Act at the Dunedin Fringe Festival. He has made flutes, and created and performed with masks and puppets (Swamp Treasures). He has appeared in Endgame and The Imaginary Invalid. Richard has worked with Gaye many times: The Laramie Project, Cosi, Half Life, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Pride and Prejudice, The Dispute, W;t, and as Edward Kynaston in Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Vershinin in The Three Sisters.
Clive has dabbled in theatre for many years, performing in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest, The Crucible and Merry Wives of Windsor for Playbox Theatre. Since enrolling as a mature student in Theatre papers at the University of Waikato a few years ago, he has indulged on a more regular basis. He has appeared in Cosi, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Joss Adams Show, Attempts on her Life, The Dispute, W;t and The Three Sisters all directed by Gaye Poole, as well as John Davies’ The Blue Shawl. Clive’s other passion is music and he conducts two Hamilton choirs.
Over 30 years Mike has been involved in NZ theatre as a singer, dancer, actor, writer and director. Highlights include touring professionally with the NZ company of Evita, in Hawaii and NZ, winning the award for Best Actor at the Lakes District 3-act play festival, and being a finalist in the National 1-act play festival. Film & TV work includes An Angel at My Table, Close To Home and Inside Straight. He has sung with The Glory Four A cappella Quartet for 14 years, and more recently performed in The Italian Straw Hat at the 2010 Summer festival, Miss Saigon for Hamilton Musical Theatre, and Buttons in the pantomime Cinders, The Real Story in Cambridge.
Ari Nuttall-Parton has followed a passion for performance throughout his seventeen short years of life. Acting is one of the professions Ari wishes to pursue and this combined with an interest in Shakespeare has led to him competing in and consistently winning best male actor in both interschool junior and the Sheila Winn Shakespeare festivals throughout his time at high school. Ari is also featuring in upcoming Short film Violet Night. Away offers Ari the chance to draw on his past experience with Shakespeare, as well as giving him the opportunity to pursue his love for modern theatre.
Melinda Warner is in her third year at the University of Waikato, double majoring in Theatre Studies and English. She has lived in many parts of New Zealand, north and south, more as a wanderer. She is greatly surprised that she has been in Hamilton for five years now, and almost finished a degree! Melinda is very grateful for the experiences that university offers her. She finds these experiences challenging, revealing, and exciting. This will be her first time working with Carving In Ice, and the first time in fifteen years being involved in a public play.
One of the original members of Carving in Ice, Brendan is back from a sojourn to perform with the group once more. From early work as a Shakespearian actor, travelling with the 2005 Young Shakespeare Company to The Globe in London, Brendan has since performed as a character actor in several Hamilton plays, including a pyromaniac in Cosi, King Charles II in Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Phil in The Shape of Things. More recently, he has been writing & directing, leading the local group ‘Apocalypse Lounge’ in their production of original Gothic plays for the show Tales of Mystery & Imagination. Brendan is also a Theatre Studies Sir Edmund Hillary scholar.