This year has been an exciting and busy one for Stephanie, with many and varied theatrical experiences including musicals, comedy, dramas and even trying her hand at writing. The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and Fringe Festival have offered some wonderful opportunities and it’s appropriate that the year ends on such a high note with In the Next Room, the pinnacle of a great year. This is Stephanie’s first time working with Carving in Ice.
Lydia hails from sunny Queensland where she began her professional theatre training at the Australian Actors Conservatory before coming to Hamilton to continue her studies at Waikato University. She has since been involved in many different productions for Theatre Studies, Mangatautari Theatre Ensemble, WINTEC, Urban Vineyard and, of course, Carving in Ice. In the Next Room is a special production for Lydia as she plans to leave the Waikato shortly to try and make her mark in the UK and this production will be the last time she graces a local stage for a couple of years.
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.
Natalie is a fourth year Dance Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar at the University of Waikato, undertaking a conjoint degree (BTeach/BA majoring in Theatre Studies). Natalie runs her own business and when it comes to performances she is usually dancing, cheerleading or running fashion shows. This is her first Carving in Ice production and she is enjoying playing Mrs Daldry. Other local shows Natalie has been involved in are: Chicago (Musikmakers), West Side story (Musikmakers), The Last Days of Don Juan (Theatre Studies) as well as local short films and dance productions.
Tendai is a Theatre Studies 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. This is her first time working with Carving in Ice.
Jason is currently finishing his BA in Theatre and English. His many years of being involved in theatre lead him to decide that studying and furthering his academic knowledge of the passion in which he immerses himself was the inevitable next step. Working on a play with such rich textures and that is steeped in sound historical reference, such as Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or the vibrator play, for him is the ultimate culmination of both academia and the poetic story telling of theatre. Coupling this with the thoughtful and generous direction of Gaye has made the experience that of a drifting snow flake, sublime.
Nick has produced, written, directed, MC’d or performed in over 60 plays, musicals and concerts in his time and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to tackle this masterfully written play. Notable performances include; The Engineer in Miss Saigon, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Danny in Grease, Jerry in The Full Monty, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Munkistrap in Cats, Claude in Hair and Edmund in King Lear. Other shows to his credit are Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar, Forbidden Broadway, Les Miserables and Blood Brothers.
Rachel has been involved with theatre since the age of 12. Most of her work in the drama world has been through her high school, acting in plays such as A Woman of No Importance, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This year she attended the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand, Young Shakespeare Company course in London, to widen her skills in theatre and in particular in Shakespeare. She looks forward to acting in the Fringe Festival this year.
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Abbie has just recently moved to Hamilton from Brisbane and this is her first time working with Carving in Ice. She participated in many school productions during High school and was part of a small theatre group back in Brisbane, consequently she has a great appreciation for all things theatrical. She is currently studying at Waikato Institute of Technology where she is undertaking a Bachelor in Visual Art and hopes one day to become a textile designer.
Shaye moved to Hamilton from Nelson at the start of 2010, and is in the first year of an Arts degree at the University of Waikato. In Nelson Shaye was a cast member in an amateur production of John Breen’s Alone it Stands in 2009, and since then she has been interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes, and becoming more involved with theatre.
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, and Aftershocks. Read More
Born and raised in Melbourne, Brendan is a Theatre Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar at the University of Waikato. He is a recipient of the NZQA Scholarship for Drama, and received an Arts Waikato Scholarship for 2011. Technical/ production and stage management aspects 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, and Away.