Ivy – Millicent Sarre
Millicent is studying Law and French at the University of Adelaide. She graduated from Pembroke School in 2012 with Colours in Drama and Music and the award for Outstanding Service to the Arts. For the 2013-2014 academic year she was awarded music and dance scholarships to attend Graceland University, Iowa, USA. There she was heavily involved in the arts program, most notably performing as Audrey in the homecoming musical Little Shop of Horrors (2013, Graceland University). Since 2008 Millicent has been a vocal student of Kim Spargo. Some of her favourite past roles include Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (2015, Hills Musical Company), Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical (2014, Hills Musical Company), Beth in Little Women (2013, Therry Dramatic Society), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2011, Swell Productions) and Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2010, Pembroke School). When she is not onstage, Millicent is a teacher at Theatre Bugs and loves cooking, running, riding her bike and her puppy, Mr Douglas.
Bean – Briony Kent
A NIDA graduate, Briony’s most recent role was Michelle on Season 2 of Danger 5. Film roles include Mel in Expect Respect, Tamara in Beautiful Kate, and Steph in the AFI award winning film The Kiss. TVCs include Government anti-binge drinking, Subway, Bodyshop, Morrisons and 7/11 (London). She has toured Singapore with a children’s production, and performed for numerous corporate events, including the Countdown Arena Spectacular, and with Ding Productions. Roles onstage include Carmen in Carmen, Dainty June in Gypsy, Bet in Oliver, Louisa Von Trapp in SEl’s and GFO’s Sound of Music, and ensemble in Joseph, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, and One Night Only (London). For two years Briony played Rhapsody for national tours and appearances with The Fairies, and most recently danced for Hans (Matt Gilbertson) shows for Fringe, Feast, and Cabaret Festivals.
Nancy/ Zuzu – Jemma Allen
Jemma Allen is a singing teacher, dance student and avid snacker. In 2016 Jemma was a dancer in Big Fish (Therry), a soloist in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (HMC), and presented the self-devised cabaret show BeMused with her 4 co-creators in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. This year Jemma was a dancer and featured as Go-To-Hell Kitty in Emma Knights Productions’ Chicago, where she thoroughly enjoyed releasing her inner angst via slow motion on-stage rage. After studying jazz voice at the Elder Conservatorium in 2016 she completed her full time Certificate IV in Dance at the Australian Company of Performing Arts, and can’t wait to see what performance and training opportunities arise in the coming years!
Leo – Zak Vasiliou
Zak has been passionate about theatre for as long as he can remember, undertaking both on and offstage roles for a variety of productions. Having been dancing for over eleven years, he has completed a Certificate IV in Commercial Dance at Gravity Dance, specialising in tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballroom and ballet.
Zak made his professional debut with State Opera of South Australia’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Since then, he has played many memorable roles such as Boq in Wicked the Musical (2016, Matt Byrne Media), Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2017, Emma Knights Productions), The Tinman in The Wiz (2013, GIHS), Danny in Grease (2014, GIHS), Bert in Mary Poppins (2014, GIHS) and also appeared as a featured dancer in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016, G&S Society of SA). An avid performer, he has entertained at many events around Adelaide, such as the Fringe Festival, the Royal Adelaide Show and Clipsal 500 as well as at private functions, weddings and parties. Zak also works as an entertainer for Nickelodeon and Showtime Attractions and has performed in many children’s shows with them. Zak’s choreography credits include Singin’ in the Rain JR (2017, TB Arts, Fringe Festival), A Peter Combe Extravaganza! (2017, Something on Saturday) and A Night on Broadway (2014, Glenunga High School). Zak has had the privilege of working with industry professionals including Rob Mills, leaders of NIDA and Belvoir Theatre, and the vocal coach of the Australian touring production of Wicked. Currently, Zak also works as a teacher at Theatre Bugs and loves sharing his theatrical knowledge with his students.
Dad/ Eric – Thomas Brodie Phillips
Thomas grew up in Adelaide and had his foundation training at TIDC Performing Arts Studio under the direction of Kerreane Sarti. Thomas later moved to Melbourne where he went through extensive training in Musical Theatre, HipHop, Contemporary, and Jazz at Patrick Studios Australia. During his time in Melbourne, Thomas performed at the Logies with Delta Goodrem and appears in her video clip for ‘Sitting on top of the World’. He performed alongside Tim Campbell at Twisted Broadway and worked very closely with the choreographer of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Andrew Hallsworth. From Melbourne, Thomas travelled to Tokyo where he performed at Tokyo Disneyland for 15 months. On his return home to Adelaide, Thomas has performed at many corporate and sporting events and has created IMPACT Entertainment alongside Shenayde Wilkinson-Sarti, an up and coming entertainment company here in Adelaide. He has also worked on a numerous shows – choreographing Beauty and the Beast for Adelaide Youth Theatre, directing The Little Mermaid for AYT, choreographing NLTC’s Cinderella, dance captain for Matt Byrne Media’s Wicked, choreographing Hills Musical Company’s AIDA and Spring Awakening and directed the South Australian premiere of Shrek The Musical for AYT in January 2018.
Bean’s Mum/ Ivy’s Mum/ Sophie – Nadine Wood
Nadine has enjoyed many years performing in musicals around Adelaide, as well as making props, sets, hats and costumes. Her favourite role to date was Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016, Gilbert and Sullivan). Her greatest achievement yet was directing Annie for Adelaide Youth Theatre in 2012. Some of Nadine’s favourite shows include Xanadu (Davine Interventionz), Addams Family (2014, MBM), Mary Poppins (2015 MBM), Wicked (2016, MBM) and Ruby in Alfie (2016, MBM). She also enjoys acting on screen and her film credits include Hey, Hey its Esther Blueberger, Siam Sunset, Broken Hill, Suburban Samurai and A Tortured Mind. Nadine was also recently in the projection of Violet Verses with Illuminart and Channel 9.