Stephanie is well-known locally from musical theatre productions and improvising at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. Last year she co-wrote, directed and performed in an entry for the Fringe Festival. Steph played Mrs Givings in the 2011 Carving in Ice production of In the Next Room or the vibrator play. In this play about the sexual and emotional emancipation of Mrs Givings, the reviewer noted that "Christian gives an utterly convincing performance of this complex character, with infectious openness and spirit". After years of musicals, improvisation, comedy, drama, Steph is pleased to have the opportunity to work on such a highly stylised, non-naturalistic play.
Will has been an avid thespian since an early age. He has had many roles in performances such as; The Tempest (as Stephano), The Birthday Party (as Petey) and Pygmalion (as Colonel Pickering). He has also performed in several children’s theatre musicals such as; Snow White (as The Huntsman) and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (as Peter). During his time in Wellington, Will performed in two Young and Hungry productions; Oyster by Vivienne Plumb (as Napoleon) and Hearts Encoded by Aaron Alexander (as Chorus). Will is loving his first venture with Carving in Ice.
Natalie is a second year Theatre Hillary Scholar at the University of Waikato undertaking a conjoint degree (LLB/BA majoring in Theatre and Spanish). This is her first production with Carving and Ice and she is enjoying working with a great bunch of new people. She acted in several other productions last year including Flagons and Foxtrots (Fullhouse), Unbearable Things (Urban Vineyard), and Death of a Salesman (Fullhouse).
Michael is involved in theatre. Not all the time, sometimes he showers. But he does dabble in performance art. In fact he has performed with Carving in Ice twice before; the first play was called Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom. Afterwards came Aftershocks. Though he enjoys his time pretending to be human he particularly cherishes the opportunity to blur the certainty of his species. Landing this role in Cow has been like successfully coercing impulse aisle chocolate out of his parents, and John, as the rest of Randerson's incomplete creatures, has proven to be equally as intriguing and complex.
Before moving to Hamilton in 2010 Katey featured in a number of productions both through college and community theatre. Since moving to Hamilton Katey has been involved in three productions directed by Gaye Poole; two Carving in Ice productions W;t and Away, and the Hillary Scholarship production of The Three Sisters. Working with Carving in Ice has given Katey the opportunity to work on many different aspects of theatre from lighting design to costume construction.
Conor is an 18 year old University of Waikato student, studying a conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching degree. Last year he graduated from St. John’s College where he excelled in both scripted and improvised drama, competing in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition Nationals and the Waikato Theatresports Regional Finals in 2011. Conor is still new to theatre, having performed in very few theatrical productions in his young life. Cow and Fold are Conor’s first performances as part of Carving in Ice, and his first outside of high school.
Sad'e has always been either acting or modelling from a young age. Most of her acting work was in Auckland doing on screen roles in Power Rangers, WNTV and various television commercials. At high school she was so involved in drama that she was taken on as a teacher’s assistant for the junior drama classes. Her most memorable on stage role was playing the Maid in Ophelia Thinks Harder. She is currently studying Theatre at the University of Waikato and is enjoying the new experiences the Waikato has to offer. This is her first time working with Carving in Ice.
Michael is a Theatre Hillary Scholar studying Theatre and English. He has performed and directed opera, musical theatre and theatre. Roles include Edmund (King Lear), Creon (Pericles), Fiers (The Cherry Orchard), Aston (The Caretaker), Ernst (Cabaret), Artful Dodger (Oliver!), Tony (West Side Story), tenor (Bizet's Dr Miracle). He has directed Pinter’s The Birthday Party and The Caretaker, and the opera Walls of Troy. Michael has worked with Gaye as Mesrin in The Dispute, Jason Posner in W;t, Solyony in The Three Sisters and Don Gonzallo in The Last Days of Don Juan. This is his third Carving in Ice production.
Tendai Sithole is a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar at the University of Waikato undertaking a conjoint degree (LLB/BA majoring in Theatre Studies). Tendai is also a recipient of the NZQA drama scholarship. Tendai has always enjoyed performing, during high school she was a speech and drama student and was also involved in a few high school productions. Tendai worked with Carving in Ice last year as Elizabeth in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or the vibrator play.
Kendall is a first year student at the University of Waikato studying a BA majoring in both Theatre Studies and Music. She has been involved in the arts from a very young age. Kendall has always enjoyed being on stage, and when drama become available to her in her first year of NCEA she jumped at the chance and fell for drama instantly. Kendall contributed heavily to drama in high school, and was involved in many of her schools productions. This is her first time working with Carving in Ice.
Dave has been involved in Hamilton theatre for the past five years. His recent credits include productions of King Lear, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Jungle Boogie, and the semi-scripted Three Guys Take Half an Hour to Tell a Joke. This year has already seen him in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. COW marks his first show with Carving in Ice. His next role will be lead in Oedipus Rex for the Hamilton Fringe Festival. In his spare time he reads, writes, and bakes.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Brendan is a Theatre Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar at the University of Waikato. He is a recipient of the Arts Waikato Scholarship and the NZQA Scholarship for Drama. Technical/production and stage management aspects of theatre are Brendan's theatrical passions. He has worked with various theatre groups in Hamilton, in a large variety of roles (Production/stage manager, marketing, performer, sound technician, set designer). Brendan has also been a Student and Graduate Ambassador for Auckland Theatre Company. Previous theatre credits include: The Birthday Party, Pygmalion, Animal Farm, The Secret Garden, W;t, Away and In the Next Room or the vibrator play.
Jeremy is a Theatre Hillary Scholar beginning his first year at the University of Waikato, undertaking a conjoint degree (B Teach/BA majoring in Theatre Studies). He has been involved with speech and drama and the Performing Arts for many years, as well as participating in college productions, which in his final year (2011) saw him in the role of Sonny in Grease and Tupper in Foreskin’s Lament. This is Jeremy’s first time working with Carving In Ice.
Currently completing his Masters degree in Theatre at Waikato University, Brendan West also leads the Apocalypse Lounge theatre troupe, encouraging the development of original and niche works including Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Jungle Boogie. A Carving in Ice regular, he has been part of The Laramie Project, Cosi, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Away, generally playing characters that are insane, comical, Australian, or all three. Other theatre pursuits include armouring and fight choreography as co-founder of Haphaestus Armouries.
Eliot is 16 years old and has been lighting for a few years. He has lit theatre in Hamilton, including Unbearable Things (2011). He also lights shows for his school St Peters, Cambridge, and enjoys doing concert lighting with Lighting by Design in Auckland. This is the first time he has worked with Carving in Ice.
Alan is a teacher of intermediate-aged gifted and talented children in Hamilton. An accomplished drummer, dancer, and enthusiastic theatre-goer; his first practical encounter with the stage began as a child, when he was encouraged to assist with the lighting in a school play. These days he encourages his own students to involve themselves in arts-related activities and most particularly drama. His own involvement with school productions continues to be an experience that he finds thoroughly enjoyable. Alan is looking forward very much to expanding his knowledge and gaining further back-stage experience through being a part of the Carving in Ice theatre group.
Ngaia has been in the performing realm from an early age beginning with dance but soon finding her true passion of theatre. A current Hillary Scholar at Waikato University, Ngaia is combining her two passions through studying Theatre Studies and Primary Education. She has had a number of roles on stage in shows such as A Midsummer’s Nights Dream (Helena), Grease (Frenchy), Three Sisters (Irina) and Unbearable Things (Maddie). Although she loves being out front and onstage Ngaia wishes to develop her skills in the Stage Management side of Cow/Fold. This is her first production under the Carving in Ice banner.
Adam , a Sir Edmund Hillary Music scholar, is currently doing a Postgraduate Grad Diploma of Music (Conducting & Performance - Viola). He is Principal Viola for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra National Youth Orchestra and Principal Viola for OPUS Chamber Orchestra. As well, he is the assistant conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra. Adam also involves himself in theatre, having been Musical Director for Oliver (2010) and Assistant MD for Chicago (2008). Adam is helping us rehearse the musical sequences of this double bill.
Gaye spent years as a professional actor with the Queensland Theatre Company (Brisbane), the Hole in the Wall Theatre (Perth), The Old Tote Theatre Company and Marian St Theatre (Sydney). Roles she recalls with particular affection: Eurydice in Jean Anouilh’s Point of Departure and Lady Teazle in Sheridan’s The School for Scandal. She also had huge fun doing pub theatre in Newtown, Sydney. Since moving to New Zealand Gaye has directed Carving in Ice shows Cosi, Half Life, Marmalade: 3 short New Zealand plays, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, The Dispute, W;t, Away, Aftershocks, and In the Next Room or the vibrator play. Read More