After premiering in Sydney, Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will open its doors in Melbourne from August and is on sale in Brisbane. It’s a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, alongside a brand new, toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score.
Johanna is building a career as one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, working within musical theatre, theatre, opera, film, television and cabaret, whilst also gaining credits as director, writer and creative producer across theatre, television and festivals. She has a B.Mus.Perf (hons) and BA (Performance and Direction), with further training from Daniel Ferro Classical Voice Juilliard School and Actors Studio New York.
Johanna’s recent credits include Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (GFO), Euromash in Melbourne Recital Centre Concert series, Charlotte in A Little Night Music (Watch This Melbourne), Showboat (The Production Company), Ode to Nonsense (Slingsby/State Opera of SA), The Threepenny Opera (Sydney Theatre Company/Malthouse), Into the Woods (Rob Guest Endowment), Wicked and Dr Zhivago (GFO), The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Australia and DVD release), The Mikado (Opera Australia), An Evening with Jeremy Sams (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Dead Man Walking (State Theatre Sydney), The Phantom of the Opera (Packemin Productions) and Dogfight (Hayes Theatre Co/ Neil Gooding Productions).
As writer and performer, Johanna’s credits include the sell-out national tour of The Songs That Got Away – The Music of Harold Arlen. Her television and film credits include roles in The Divorce (ABC), McLeod’s Daughters (Nine Network) and Travelling Light (Toi Toi Features). In 2017 she made her debut with ABC radio as presenter/producer nationally across Australia. Johanna is an Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame recipient and most recently premiering her new show Cake at the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Melbourne born, Sheridan studied at Isolation Performing Arts Studio where she completed full time professional training in Performing Arts. After working as a dancer and aerialist for Royal Caribbean International she continued her training in New York at Broadway Dance Center, studying with some of Broadway’s finest directors and choreographers.
Sheridan has appeared in The Wizard of Oz (Gordon Frost Organisation), We Will Rock You (Gordon Frost Organisation), Dusty (The Production Company), as Graziella in West Side Story (The Production Company), as Stephanie in Saturday Night Fever (StageArt), also in Michael Ralph’s premiere show Now and Then and his most recent show SELF. Sheridan is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing cast and creative team and would like to thank her family, teachers, her partner Adrian and her agent Emma Raciti for their continuous love, guidance and support.
Hayden Baum began his training at the Canberra Dance Development Centre at the age of ten. He graduated in 2016 from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) and a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). Whilst at WAAPA, Hayden performed in The Beautiful Game, The Drowsy Chaperone, Bring It On: The Musical, Legally Blonde and was dance captain and assistant to director Nancye Hayes in And the World Goes ‘Round. Hayden made his professional debut as Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat in the 2017-18 tour of Cats, performing across South Korea and Taiwan. He performed with Patti LuPone in her Australian tour Patti LuPone: Don’t Monkey with Broadway, before working at the Hayes Theatre in Cry Baby and most recently toured with CDP’s The Gruffalo. Hayden is absolutely elated to be performing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Kanen Breen is a triple Helpmann award winning entertainer, equally at home on the operatic, music theatre, festival and cabaret stages. His music theatre credits include Anthony Hope, Beadle and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Wilhelm in The Black Rider, The Mirror in Snow White, Kate Miller-Heidke’s The Rabbits, Candide and many leading tenor roles across the Gilbert and Sullivan cannon with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and New Zealand Opera. Kanen’s opera credits span the repertoire from Wagner to Monteverdi, with lead roles in Cinderella, The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow, Das Rheingold and the title role in Albert Herring. He sang the role of Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme on Broadway and received Green Room awards for his work in Otello, Arabella, Partenope and The Tales of Hoffmann. Kanen appears alongside Jacqui Dark and Daryl Wallis in the cabaret sensation The Strange Bedfellows, selling out performances across Australia.
Trained in all aspects of the arts, Bayley completed his Certificate IV in Performing Arts at the prestigious Brent Street Studios in Sydney in 2015. Since graduating, Bayley has worked in many areas of the industry including corporate events for brands such as Mazda, Toyota and Optus and performed with recording artists including Samantha Jade and Elk Road. He has also taken to the seas as a dancer in shows for Norwegian Cruise Lines. On screen Bayley has appeared in the films Pacific Rim and Dance Academy – The Comeback as well as Channel Nine’s The Voice. Bayley is thrilled to be making his musical theatre debut in this production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and would like to thank his family, close friends and mentors for all of their support throughout in his career so far!
Bronte is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts (BFA Music Theatre), where she studied under a creative scholarship. Her theatre credits include Swing/Lauren and Nicola understudy in Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel Group), Pepper in Cry Baby (LPD Productions), Jackie in High Fidelity (Highway Run Productions), Lizzie Fields in Baby (Neglected Musicals), April in Company (Watch This Productions), and the World Premiere of the Australian Musical CROSSxROADS (RL Productions). Recently, Bronte joined Good Egg Creative’s Rock Rhapsody, an international touring headline act celebrating the music of Queen.
She has been featured as a guest artist at Home Grown, Broadway Unplugged, TheatrePeople Sings, Carols By Cabaret and Underground Broadway. During her time at VCA, she was a soloist for masterclasses with New York composers Adam Guettel and John Bucchino, was selected as the soloist for the opening of the Green Room Awards 2014, and starred as Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown. Bronte is proudly represented by Hansen Creative Management.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies) degree from the University of Sydney and has appeared in many theatre productions including Falsettos and Assassins (New Theatre), The Wind in the Willows (Australian Shakespeare Company) and Romance/Romance. His television credits include Murder Call, Facing Evil, Home & Away and various commercial campaigns. He originated the role of Brian Perkins, one of the Delltones, in the Australian tour of Shout!, and its ARIA Award-winning recording for Sony.
Todd continued his association with new Australian musicals in the original workshop and national tour of Dusty. He has appeared as Officer Lightoller in the Australian premiere of Titanic, Monsieur Reyer in the Australian/NZ/Taiwanese tour of The Phantom of the Opera, Poole in the Korean/Taiwanese tour of Jekyll & Hyde, The Light in the Piazza in Concert, Annie and its Australian cast recording, and the pre-Broadway premiere of Lucy Simon’s Doctor Zhivago. Todd especially enjoyed playing the villainous, but inept, Vulgarian spy, Boris, in the Australian national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and recently added another new Australian musical to his credit playing Judith Durham’s father in Georgy Girl. Todd’s most recent work has seen him perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the concert version of Funny Girl.
Madison has performed around Australia and the world as a singer, actor, dancer and musician. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre), Madison made her professional debut in the original cast of Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical (Georgy Girl Productions), understudying and performing the lead role of Judith Durham throughout the production’s Sydney, Melbourne and Perth seasons. Her other credits include Alysha in the original Australian cast of Green Day’s American Idiot at QPAC (shake&stir theatre co) and Franca in The Light in the Piazza at Arts Centre Melbourne (Life Like Company), the latter earning her a Green Room Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Most recently, Madison has returned from performing as Jennyanydots in Cats which toured South Korea and Taiwan in 2017-8 (RUG/GWB Entertainment). Madison is thrilled to be back in Australia with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and sends lots of love and gratitude (as always) to Mum, Dad and Ian White Management.
David began dancing at the Miranda Kalgovas Ballet School. At the age of twelve he commenced dance study at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. After graduating he moved to London to further his training at both the Central School of Ballet and the London Studio Centre (Performing Arts), made possible by being awarded a full scholarship from the HSBC Educational Trust. Currently residing in Melbourne, David continues to advance his vocal and dancing skills under the mentorship of some of Melbourne’s musical theatre masters. His professional performing and musical theatre credits include Royal Caribbean Intl Productions, Universal Studios in Singapore and Japan as both a singer and dancer, Mikado (Opera Australia), Dog/Lion The Grumpiest Boy In The World (Victorian Opera), Nice Work If You Can Get It and Curtains (The Production Company), Fiddler On The Roof (TML Enterprises) and Adele Live ‘17 (String Source/ Philharmonia Australia). David is thrilled to be working with GFO and the creative team and cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He is represented by Active Artists Management and would like to thank his mum and dad, family, friends and mentors for their unconditional love and support.
Sasha’s passion for the arts began at age three with her first lesson at the Janice Breen Performance Studio in Sydney. In 2015 Sasha attained her Certificate IV in performing arts at Brent Street Studios. Upon completing her training, she explored many avenues of show business including performing at sea for Norwegian Cruise Lines, corporate events for Toyota, Mazda and Optus and appearing on Channel 7’s Carols by Candlelight. Sasha has also represented Australia at the World Championships of Performing Arts in LA and is a rhythmic gymnastics national champion, representing Australia in New Zealand and the USA. She also has her own active wear label called Sashed. In 2017 Sasha made her musical theatre debut in the Australian Premiere of The Bodyguard and is excited to be back on stage this year in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Aaron was born and raised in rural North Central Victoria, where he started his dance training at the age of five. He went on to study dance and musical theatre at Triple Threat Performing Arts under the direction of Michelle Slater-Coyne and Kevin Coyne. His professional musical theatre debut was in 2014 playing the role of George in Cats (South Korean tour, RUG). Aaron most recently played Coricopat in Cats (2017-2018 Asian tour, RUG), a role he reprised from his 2015 Singapore, Macau and return South Korean tour of the same production. In 2013 he appeared in Pippin as part of the Stephen Schwartz Triptych (Magnormos) and in Garry Young’s Thomas and the Hidden Treasure (Smile Live Entertainment). In 2012 Aaron was a backing dancer and vocalist for Caroline O’Connor at the New Hamer Hall Opening Concert. Other credits include the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, On The Rocks (Vertical Shadows Dance Company), Jubilation Showcase for HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Michael Ralph’s Now & Then, and So You Think You Can Dance Australia (Network Ten). Aaron has been a model for Energetiks Dancewear Australia, and has also appeared in numerous television commercials for Coles. He would like to extend special thanks to Michelle and Kevin for their years of mentorship, and would also like to thank his family, particularly his mother for her unwavering love and support. Aaron is delighted to be a part of the Australian production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Jordan is a Brisbane based performer who commenced training in classical voice prior to graduating from the Bachelor of Musical Theatre course at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University in 2017. Her credits whilst at the Queensland Conservatorium include Charity in Sweet Charity, Frenchie in The Life and in her final year, she was dance captain in QCGU’s production of West Side Story, working closely alongside Australian choreographer Christopher Horsey. Before graduation, Jordan was featured in Opera Queensland’s Kiss Me Kate, and was a featured soloist in Rhonda Burchmore and Teddy Tahu Rhode’s concerts with the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Following university, Jordan played the role of Ivy in Queensland’s premiere production of Bare: A Musical as part of the Brisbane Powerhouse’s annual Melt Festival. Jordan is delighted to be making her professional debut in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Kassie holds a diploma of Musical Theatre from NIDA, under the direction of Avigail Herman. From an early age, Kassie trained at her mother’s dance school and as her love for theatre grew, she went on to study difference facets with Jane Moore, Sharon Lawrence and Paul Davis. She studied voice at The Victorian College of the Arts and continues to learn with Will Conyers. Kassie’s professional music theatre credits start from age ten when she understudied Marta and Brigitta in The Sound of Music (GFO). Her other credits include Boots The Monkey in the Australian tour of Dora The Explorer, Electra and Female Swing in Cats (Really Useful Group), Russian Swing in The Great Moscow Circus and Stephanie in Giggle & Hoot and Friends. Most recently Kassie toured Australia and Asia with the award winning GFO production of Wicked. Kassie would like to extend a thank you to her family for their ongoing support and is thrilled to be once again working with The Gordon Frost Organisation on their production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
From a very young age Phoenix spent a lot of time in theatres watching her mother perform in various musicals. Growing up surrounded by performers, her love for the theatre and performing felt instinctual. Phoenix recently made her professional debut in the Australian production of American Idiot, followed by Stage Masters’ Bring it On the Musical and is thrilled to be joining the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She has spent the past year studying at the Victorian College of the Arts where she feels her experience was invaluable. Phoenix would like to thank all of her teachers and mentors, and dedicate her performance to the Mendoza family who continue to inspire her.
From his humble beginnings in a school play production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the age of eight, Joseph has always been a musical being. Born and raised in Melbourne to Egyptian parents, it was clear from the start that music was to be his path. By the time he hit his teens, Joseph joined a live band and to this day, fronts numerous pop/soul/rock bands. His formal vocal training began at the age of 20 with the Ciccone Academy of Performing Arts. Such natural talent also garnered him a scholarship at APO Arts Academy and graduated in the Music Theatre Course in 2009. His professional musical theatre debut experience was as an ensemble member in Kismet for The Production Company, followed by roles in shows including Pippin, Children of Eden, Hello Dolly and Anyone Can Whistle. Fast forward to 2014, Joseph joined The Ten Tenors, which took him all over Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and parts of Asia, including a guest performance in NBC’s Today Show in New York. His other musical theatre credits include The Lion King as ensemble and cover for the role of Banzai, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as one of The Drifters. His screen credits include Australian feature films Eliminated and Saved. Joseph’s most recent credit was Jersey Boys as swing and understudy for Frankie Valli. Joseph is pleased to be making his debut with a new production family, GFO, for their production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Adam completed music theatre studies at both The Victorian College of the Arts and Patrick Studios Australia, making his professional theatre debut before his graduation in 2014, as Hanna From Hamburg in La Cage Aux Folles with The Production Company. His theatre credits have since included Host and Dance Captain in Barney LIVE! World Tour (Life Like Touring international tour), Derek Bell in The Girlie Show (La Mama Theatre/Tunks Productions), Funny Girl (The Production Company), Understudy Rudolpho in Matilda The Musical (RSC/Louise Withers & Associates, Australian and New Zealand tours) and most recently playing Farrah/Young Bernadette in the 10th Anniversary tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Michael Cassel Group). An avid writer, Adam’s cabaret credits include successful seasons of The Last Five Queers (The Butterfly Club/Midwinta Festival), plus original one-man shows There Was A Boy… and Songs For Girls (Chapel Off Chapel). Adam is also the proud co-author and producer of new Australian feature film Spencer, directed by Martyn Park and sees Adam in the title role. Adam is a proud member of MEAA.
Born in Melbourne, Glen is a graduate of the Victorian College Of The Arts Secondary School. He also trained in musical theatre and dance at Centrestage Performing Arts School with Leanne and Ian White. Glen’s credits include the Australian and Australasian tours of Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, Anything Goes, Grease (Kenickie u/s) and recently Singin’ In The Rain (Don Lockwood u/s) in the Australasian tour. His other credits include King Kong (World Premiere), Bye, Bye, Birdie and 42nd Street (The Production Company), the role of Alonzo in Cats (China, Philippines, Taiwan and Australian tour), Leader Of The Pack (Melbourne), Encore (Tokyo DisneySea) and the World first adaption of Wicked for Universal Studios Japan. Glen’s television credits include Blue Heelers, Short Cuts and Carols By Candlelight, as well as the Bindi KidFitness DVD (Platinum ARIA award). Glen is thrilled to be part of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. He dedicates his performance to his family and agents at IWM. Proud Equity Member since 2002.
Danielle graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre. Her musical theatre credits include South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO), Cabaret (Singapore Esplanade Theatre), Wind in the Willows and The Reluctant Dragon (Singapore Lyric Opera), First Date (Pursued by Bear) and Skye in Antarctica (Tasmanian Theatre Company). Danielle’s cabaret credits include Regards to Broadway (His Majesty’s Theatre), national tours of her one woman shows You’re My World – The Cilla Black Story and Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice and several national seasons with the Greenroom Award-winning group Ginger and Tonic. Selected film and television credits include The Carrot Cake Conversations (Cannes Film Festival), How it Ends (Milan Film Festival), One in a Million (Tropfest finalist), Give me a Sign (MIFF winner), So This Is It Then (winner California Film Awards) and appearances on The Helpmann Awards and The Morning Show. Danielle would like to thank her wonderful agents, friends and family for their unwavering love and support.
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Jackson trained in both dance and singing from a young age. He performed in many local productions whilst growing up as well as annual dance concerts at his beloved studio, Dance3D, which is where he found his love for the stage. After graduating from high school he travelled to New York to begin his training in the performing arts. Jackson returned to Australia to finish his tertiary training at Patrick Studios Australia, studying Musical Theatre under the guidance of Andrew Hallsworth. Jackson is thrilled to join the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cast, which marks his professional musical theatre debut. Jackson would like to thank his family, friends and mentors for their unconditional support and guidance over the years.
Melbourne born, Emma studied ballet extensively at The Australian Ballet School and Ballet Theatre Australia. In 2011, she graduated from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance where she completed full time professional training in performing arts. Since then, Emma furthered her study at NIDA and continues to study at The Film Space with Aleksi Vellis. Emma’s musical theatre credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML Enterprises) Saturday Night Fever (Stage Art), Curtains (The Production Company) and most recently The Wizard of Oz (GFO). Her other performance credits include Tokyo Disneyland, the Melbourne Ballet Company, Chuggington (Life Like Touring) and national comedy festival tours with comedian Dave Callan. Emma is thrilled to be joining the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and extends her gratitude to her agent Emma Raciti and her beautiful family and friends for their continuous love and support.
Taylor started his career as a gymnast, offered to compete in our national team, then redirected his passion to combine his love for dance with his acrobatics training. He has trained in all styles of dance, singing and acting for six years at Patrick Studios Australia. In 2015, Taylor made his musical theatre debut in La Cage Aux Folles for The Production Company. He was then cast as Bill Bailey/Mr Mistoffelees cover in Cats’ 2015-16 Australian and New Zealand tour. Taylor then ventured overseas again to perform in Viva La Broadway in Macau before joining the cast of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies in his hometown of Melbourne. He most recently had the pleasure of becoming dance captain for Cats’ 2017-18 Asia tour. Taylor is thrilled to be joining the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and would like to thank Patrick Management for supporting his career, Todd Patrick for his incredible training and belief in him and of course, his loving family.
Hailing from Dubbo, Thalia began training in dance at a very early age then went on to complete the prestigious musical theatre course at the Victorian College of the Arts. In her graduating year Thalia played the lead role of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Her other VCA credits include Principal Dancer for the Masters of Choreography students in their piece, Unknown Forms, Mrs Millennium in Urinetown, and dance captain for Lil Abner. She was also one of a few students selected to travel to New York as a part of the Global Atelier scholarship program. Thalia made her professional debut in We Will Rock You (GFO) as ensemble/cover Scaramouche. She then took on the role of Cha Cha in Harvest Rain’s Grease and was thrilled to perform in The Production Company’s Hello Dolly. Thalia has just returned from the Australian tour of Mamma Mia (Louise Withers and Associates) and is excited to be joining the wonderful cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.