Shubshri is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, holding a Bachelor of Musical Theatre.
Having launched her professional career, playing the role of Princess Jasmine in the national tour of Disney’s Aladdin, Shubshri is fast becoming a sought-after performer. Her credits include Brianna in Belvoir’s national tour of Fangirls, Ismene in Antigone with Queensland Theatre and The Pearlfishers with Opera Queensland. In 2020, she was cast in the role of Pritti Pasha in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the production was not staged.
A Brisbane based performer, she has also appeared many times as a featured artist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, most recently in their 2019 NYE Variety Gala, the 2017 Spirit of Christmas at QPAC and An Evening with Liz Callaway, performing a duet with Liz.
As a woman of South Asian heritage, Shubshri is proud and honoured to be taking on the role of Ella.
Ainsley was most recently seen playing the title role in Pippin for John Frost and Suzanne Jones to reopen the Sydney Lyric following Covid-19 theatre shutdowns. Prior to this he appeared in Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2019 season playing the role of Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Ainsley starred in the title role of the Broadway production of Aladdin for Disney Theatrical Productions following his success in the Australian production of Aladdin playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane and Crown Theatre in Perth. He also played the title role in the Aladdin live capture at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End and was due to head back to Broadway in 2020 when theatres closed around the world.
Ainsley has appeared as Sonny Malone in Xanadu for Matthew Management at Hayes Theatre Company and performed in The Stonnington Classics series in Broadway S’Wonderful.
Ainsley was a cast member of Hi-5 from 2013-16, appearing in its Australasian tours, the televised Hi-5 House series and the documentary film Some Kind Of Wonderful. The iconic children’s pop group has been released on Netflix with Ainsley as one of the starring hosts.
Ainsley trained in musical theatre at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduating in 2012.
He was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for the 2017 Helpmann Awards and Male Lead in a Musical for the 2018 and 2020 Green Room Awards.
Ainsley Melham recently co-founded We The Industry Inc. with Callum Francis. The charitable organisation strives for inclusivity across all disciplines in Australian Theatre.
(Melbourne and Sydney)
Celebrated actress Tina Bursill’s outstanding career spans decades, with a substantial body of work which has brought to life some of Australia’s best loved characters on stage and screen.
Commencing her career in revues and political satire, such as Scandals of ’74 and The Son of the Naked Vicar before transitioning to other genres, Tina’s characters are often cool, grounded and self-reliant women tinged with humour, including alcoholic Lenore in Time of Our Lives, single mum Hilary Scheppers in Heartbreak High and Maree the project mum in both A Moody Christmas and The Moodys. For the latter the cast received the Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series in both 2013 and 2015.
In Doctor Doctor, her portrayal of family matriarch and outspoken mayor Meryl Knight has earned Tina two AACTA Award nominations, in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress and in 2018 for Best Actress, with each season of the series being nominated for Best Drama at the TV Week Logie Awards. Her other television credits include Frayed (Series 2), Wentworth (series 8), Neighbours, Jack Irish, Rake, Crownies, Offspring, Farscape, Flying Doctors, Jackeroo, Winner Takes All, Skyways, Prisoner and the animation The Three Musketeers.
Tina starred in the feature film Jilted which earned her an AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her other film credits include Wish You Were Here, Three Blind Mice, The Great McCarthy, Billy’s Holiday, Heroes Mountain and Never Tell Me Never.
Her theatre credits include Top Silk, Beyond Mozambique and Zastrozzi for Nimrod Theatre, Feather in the Web for Griffin Theatre Company, Boys Will Be Boys at the Sydney Theatre Company and Up for Grabs for which Tina received a MO Award nomination for Best Female Actor in a Play.
One of Australia’s most versatile performing artists, Todd McKenney is an award winning and critically acclaimed performer on stage and screen. As an actor and the leading man of song and dance in musical theatre productions, he has entertained Australians for over 30 years from the main stage to intimate venues.
Todd has led the cast on some of the 7 Network’s major productions including The Full Monty, The Real Full Monty, Mates on a Mission, Ladies Night and The All New Monty which aired in 2020, a one night show that was dedicated to men and women’s health awareness. Todd also appeared as a host / choreographer in The Real Dirty Dancing, a four episode spin off of the 1987 classic film Dirty Dancing, which saw eight celebrities revisit the most memorable dancing moments from the original movie. There’s no sign of Todd slowing down in 2021, returning to his role as a judge in the revamped season of Dancing With The Stars – All Stars, which saw all the original cast members back for a two week special, for its 16th season on Channel 7.
It’s not surprising that Todd McKenney is a household name. Todd’s stage credit roll and career highlights include his most notable role of Peter Allen in the Australian hit production The Boy From Oz, in which he performed over 1000 shows nationally and became one of the longest running and most successful musical productions in Australian history.
Todd’s first professional musical role was in 1983 in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. His career followed with lead and headline roles in Cats, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Crazy For You, Born Yesterday, Camelot, Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Strictly Ballroom, La Cage aux Folles, Singin’ In the Rain, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Orpheus In the Underworld for Opera Australia, Annie the Musical, Grease and Anything Goes. In 2018 he stepped into the stilettos and successfully took on the role of Frank N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in Melbourne. In 2019 Todd stepped out on stage as Australia’s Greatest Showman in the title role of Barnum, and most recently played Lord Farquaad in the hit musical Shrek.
Amongst his Australian awards for performance in musical theatre he has two Mo Awards, the Variety Club Heart Award, the Glug Award, the Green Room Award, two Australian Dance Awards and a Helpmann Award. On the small screen Todd has starred in the hit show Winners and Losers on the 7 Network. He has also appeared as a guest judge on Australia’s Got Talent, hosted on a range of morning Television programs and appeared as an entertaining guest across all networks.
On a personal level, Todd had the delight of becoming a father in 2007 and his daughter Charlotte is the light of his life. He is a student of Auslan sign language and has worked within the deaf community all around Australia. Todd is also a keen supporter of The Grace Centre For Newborn Intensive Care at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
2020 saw Todd launch Todd Creates, an online marketplace exclusively for independent, Australian creatives and small businesses who produce and ship their products in Australia.
(Brisbane and Sydney)
Nicholas first appeared on Broadway as the ten-year-old son of Sir Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers in Graham Greene’s The Complaisant Lover, winning enthusiastic praise from the New York critics. From that first footstep onto the stage of the Barrymore Theatre, Nicholas has had a lifelong love of acting, whether on stage, film or television. He has had the good fortune to work all over the world, and with many of the greatest artists of the time. He has been featured in over 40 films, some 250 television shows and countless plays in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Theatre Company, and national tours all over the United States, Great Britain and Australia, performing the works of Graham Greene, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, Alan Ayckbourn, Sean O’Casey and Neil Simon among many others. But, as he and his film “siblings” always say, no matter how many wonderful roles he plays, most people will always think of him as Friedrich Von Trapp in the most successful film musical of all time, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.
Nicholas’ connection with Rodgers and Hammerstein has continued since making that film, and in 2019 he won first prize at the British Television Awards for a BBC documentary he wrote and presented, Climb’d Every Mountain with Nicholas Hammond, comparing the fictional story of the film to the factual story of the real Von Trapps, many of whom are his close friends to this day.
For the Gordon Frost Organization (now Crossroads Live Australia), he toured Australia and New Zealand with Dame Julie Andrews in a hugely successful two-person show, a wonderful reunion 50 years after they made the film.
Despite a global career, with films from Lord of the Flies to Ladies in Black and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring in his own American prime time series The Amazing Spiderman, it is still a thrill to return to the world of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Cinderella. The fact that Julie Andrews played Ella in the first production of the show makes the connection even stronger, and for Nicholas to play Sebastian now is a joy.
Marie, the Fairy Godmother
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers.
Her first theatrical role was Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Misérables at the age of eighteen. She was then invited to perform the same role in the London production. In 1997, Silvie returned to London where she performed the role of Fantine in Les Miserables for a successful two-year season.
Silvie’s Australian credits include the roles of Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in Cats, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, Rita in Sideshow Alley, Clara in Passion and for The Production Company, Lady Thiang in The King And I, Florence in Chess (Green Room and Helpmann Award nominations) and Jerry’s Girls. More recently, Silvie revisited her role of Florence in a concert version of Chess at the Civic Theatre Newcastle.
Silvie has performed at many special events such as the worldwide telecast of the Rugby League Grand Final, the Australian Football League Grand Final, Melbourne Cup, Boxing Day Cricket Test, Roger Federer Foundation at Rod Laver Arena, the President’s Cup Golf tournament and a concert in Beijing, as part of the 2008 Olympics.
Silvie’s concert credits include performances with symphony orchestras throughout Australia, internationally with the Salvation Army Band, a solo concert tour of China and tours with international performers, Patrizio Buanne and Michael Bolton. She has also performed for celebrated theatre composers Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz. Her one-woman shows Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand (Green Room Award nomination) and Silvie Paladino – The Songs of Eva Cassidy havereceived rave reviews.
Apart from her theatrical credits, she is well known to Australian audiences through her regular television appearances including Carols by Candlelight for the Nine Network. Her recordings include Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand, Silvie Paladino – Christmas List, On My Own, When You Believe, I Give You My Heart, O Holy Night and Take My Breath Away – The Songs of Eva Cassidy.
Most recently, Silvie was invited to perform at Government House, Melbourne, as a thank you to Victoria’s essential workers.
Bianca Bruce is beyond excited to be joining the cast of Cinderella. Most recently Bianca has been seen in the role of Pam in the 2020/2021 Australian tour of 50 Shades! The Musical Parody (David Venn Enterprises) and in the critically acclaimed Music of the Night- The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Spears Entertainment). Previously, Bianca has also appeared as Camila in the Australian Premiere cast of In the Heights (StageArt), as CC Di Montez in the immersive musical theatre experience Mad World (David Butler Studios), featured as the Female Cover in Falsettos (StageArt) and as Ethel in Memphis the Musical (StageArt).
Bianca recently made her television debut in Season 3 of How To Stay Married on Channel 10, appearing in the featured role of Heather, and also appears in the limited series Fires for ABC TV. Bianca would like to thank her partner and family for their ongoing support. Bianca is a proud member of Equity and is represented by ICACM.
Matilda graduated from WAAPA in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre, and has since performed in New York as recipient of the Bound for Broadway ASCAP/TDP scholarship as well as touring Australia, Shanghai and Singapore with WB Productions/ Mark Bradley International. In 2020, Matilda was cast in Gordon Frost/ Opera Australia’s The Secret Garden as Alice and Lily/ Rose cover, and featured as Fantine in Les Misérables. She was a semi-finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment and has played Gussie Carnegie in Merrily We Roll Along (Little Triangle), Kate Mullins in Titanic: the Musical (StageArt), and Patty Simcox in The Original Grease (Squabbalogic).
In her downtime, Matilda has enjoyed workshopping and performing in new Australian musicals including Between Worlds, Matthew Lee Robinson’s Atlantis as Lyra, Dot and the Kangaroo and Tim Cuniffe & Brendan Hanson’s Between the Lines. She has also toured Australia as lead singer with the James Morrison trio, and featured in TV commercials for Virgin, LG, NSW Government, Eggs Australia and modelled for many Australian fashion labels.
During her time at WAAPA, Matilda’s roles included Margaret White in Carrie: The Musical, Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde, and Yonah in Children of Eden. She was also awarded the inaugural John Cowdell Music Theatre Award for her performance in West Side Story. Prior to WAAPA, Matilda cruised with MSC as lead production singer (Bor Productions). Raised as a musician from a young age, she gained her LTCL on clarinet and was awarded the title of National Junior Clarinet Champion Matilda would like to thank her family, friends and the team at Helen Pandos Management for their continual love and support.
With a career that has seen him perform in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Daniel Belle has amazed audiences in their thousands throughout the world and is now considered one of the finest voices in the Australian music theatre industry.
Born and raised in Sydney, Daniel holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance), having studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music. After completing his training, Daniel was asked to join the internationally acclaimed vocal group, The Ten Tenors. On the Ten Tenors Double Platinum tour, Daniel performed throughout Australia, Europe and The United States and received critical acclaim. He is featured on The Ten Tenors Christmas album Our Christmas Wish as well as the follow up albums On Broadway, Wish You Were Here and most recently Love Is in The Air.
Daniel commands an enviable list of music theatre credits. In 2009 he joined the cast of Jerry Springer the Opera at the Sydney Opera House before his departure for the European tour of the Ten Tenors. Upon his return, Daniel was cast as Combeferre and understudied the role of Jean Valjean in the Australian production of Les Misérables and then toured Asia with the show, performing in Manila, Singapore and Dubai. After returning, Daniel played the role of Terry in the Australian premiere production of Sideshow at Hayes Theatre Co and later that year joined the cast of My Fair Lady at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, covering the role of Freddy. 2018-19 saw Daniel return to The Ten Tenors, touring Australia, America and New Zealand, as well as filming a concert special in the Netherlands. Later in 2019 he played the role of Jean Valjean for a six-week season of Les Misérables in Christchurch and in 2020 recreated the role for Packemin Productions and received rave reviews.
Daniel has performed at the Sydney Olympic Games, at the arrival ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI, the Rugby Union Bledisloe Cup and International Cricket finals. He has performed as a soloist at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Sydney Opera House, ACER Arena and the Sydney Olympic Stadium. He has sung at both the Carols in the Domain in Sydney and Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne. In 2020 Daniel was invited to perform Nessun Dorma on the steps of the Sydney Opera House for the Australia Day celebrations televised live on ABC. Daniel was a finalist in the Joan Sutherland Opera Scholarship and the Inaugural Rob Guest Endowment at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.
Daniel would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Josh has been busy. Most recently he appeared in the 10th Anniversary tour of Billy Elliot – the Musical, covering and performing the roles of Tony and Big Davey. Other performance credits include Gordon in Rent, including the return season, and the Doctor/Estate Agent in Baby: The Musical at the Hayes Theatre Co. He created the role of Barney in the premiere production of The Dressmaker: A Musical Adaptation, based on the hugely successful novel by Rosalie Ham. Josh also performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in the exciting new work Elevate! The Musical, following its huge success at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Josh is also a proud member of MEAA.
Ensemble / Fox
William studied at Patrick Studios Australia, under the direction of Todd Patrick and Andrew Hallsworth. His first professional credit was with Opera Australia, performing The Nose at the Sydney Opera House. William then made his Australian musical theatre debut with David Venn’s Bring it on the Musical. He has since performed on board Disney Cruise Line’s Dream and Fantasy ships as a dancer and acrobat. He performed with Katy Perry on The Voice Australia and was a featured dancer at the Royal Adelaide Show. William is ecstatic to join the cast of Cinderella and wants to thank his mentors, family and close friends for their continued support.
Swing / Dance Captain
Dani’s creative credits as Associate Choreographer include 2020 Dubai World Expo (Artists in Motion) Aspects of Love (Walk This Way/Hayes Theatre) and Dorian Gray (Popinjay Productions). She was part of the choreography team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony (Jack Morton Worldwide) and 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Michael Cassel Group), Assistant Choreographer for Hair 50th Anniversary Australian Tour (Sydney Opera House/Peace Productions) and Creative Director/Choreographer for the 2019 and 2020 Australian Business Champion Awards (Precedent Productions). Danielle was also the dance captain and choreographers’ assistant for Bindi Irwin’s Live performances 2009-12. Dani’s performance credits include the Australian & International tours of Wicked (GFO), Funny Girl (The Production Company), Carmen and La Traviata (Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour), John Bell’s Carmen and Dr Handa Concerts Tokyo, Featured Dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Kanye West Live Australian Tour, Baku Islamic Solidarity Games Opening Ceremony, X Factor and most recently 9 to 5 The Musical (Crossroads Live).
Luke graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with BA Music Theatre in 2017. Since graduating, Luke’s professional credits include Oklahoma! (The Production Company), West Side Story (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) and, most recently, the national tour of The Wedding Singer (David Venn Enterprises). Luke began his training at Brent Street Studios in Sydney. He made his professional debut at age ten in the original Australian cast of Billy Elliot the Musical. Whilst at WAAPA, Luke played the role of Andy Lee in their production of 42nd Street and was also Dance Captain alongside renowned choreographer Lisa O’Dea. Other WAAPA credits include Chicago, Heathers, Bring It On and Rent. Luke is ecstatic to be a part of the company of Cinderella.
Dominique made her professional debut at the age of ten performing with Barbra Streisand in her Australian concert Timeless. After graduating from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance as a fulltime scholarship student, Dominique went on to play Dora as well as being the show’s Dance Captain in the children’s production Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys all over the world, including Egypt, Ireland, Spain and London’s West End. Through her career she has voiced various characters on children’s CD’s, performed in numerous televised programs including The Logies and It Takes Two,and has recently returned from South Korea and Taiwan where she performed the role of Rumpleteazer in the 40th Anniversary South Korean tour of Cats.
Swing / Assistant Dance Captain
Matthew’s theatrical credits include Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical (Global Creatures), Singin’ in the Rain’ (Dainty Group), Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company), Disney’s Aladdin (Disney Theatrical Australia), Pippin (GFO) and most recently West Side Story (OA/ GWB). Matthew has also appeared as a dancer for X Factor directed by The Squared Division, and the art installation of 13 rooms for Sydney Dance Company.
Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2014, and is proudly represented by Ian White Management. Lauren’s theatre career has taken her all over the world! She has toured to over ten countries including Germany, France, Romania and Hungary as the Associate Choreographer with Paw Patrol Live (Nickelodeon/ Life Like Touring). Some of her favourite theatre experiences as dance captain include Sweeney Todd (Life Like Company) and Bright Star (Pursued by Bear). Lauren also performed in Singin’ in the Rain (Michael Cassel Group/Dainty Group), Gilligan’s Island (Hum Drum Comedy) and has enjoyed various tours with Perform! Education and The National Theatre for Children. In 2020, Lauren and her husband followed their passions and fulfilled their dream of creating successful Children’s Entertainment venture, Story Surprise. Story Surprise comprises a popular YouTube channel, live show, original music and podcast for families which has been recognised nationally by the Australian Podcast Awards. Lauren is absolutely chuffed to be a part of the company for Cinderella!
Last seen in the Australian tours of Aladdin (Disney Theatrical Productions) and RSC’s Matilda the Musical (Louise Withers & Associates), Leah is thrilled to be joining this wonderful production of Cinderella. Leah’s credits include Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon (Louise Withers & Associates), The King & I (GFO/Opera Australia), West Side Story (David Atkins Enterprises), King Kong Live Onstage (Global Creatures) and Kismet (The Production Company).
Career highlight includes performing Connie Wong in A Chorus Line, directed by Baayork Lee, creator of the role. Leah performed both the Australian tour (TML Enterprises) and with a British Company for a Tel Aviv season. Leah wishes to thank Ian and her agents at IWM along with her loving parents and husband for their unwavering support and faith in her.
Kassie’s love for theatre began at her mother’s dance school and she made her professional debut as a child in GFO’s The Sound of Music. She went onto study voice at VCASS and holds a diploma (Musical Theatre) from NIDA. Kassie’s professional credits include Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Dance Captain/Swing), Wicked (Ensemble/Swing), Cats (Electra/Swing), The Sound of Music (understudy Marta/Brigitta), Dora The Explorer (Boots) and Giggle and Hoot and Friends (Stephanie). Kassie wishes to thank her agents Dior and Karen at EAM as well as her friends and family for their endless support. She is thrilled to be joining the company of Cinderella.
Rubin was most recently seen as Peter Pan in the Australian tour of Shrek the Musical (GFO). His other theatre credits include playing Diesel in West Side Story (Handa Opera/Opera Australia), Drew Boley in Rock of Ages (MAT QLD), The Wizard of Oz (GFO), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hello Dolly!, Dusty and Showboat (The Production Company), the world premiere of Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical (Farrelly Productions), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! (TML Enterprises) and Michael Ralph’s Hollywood Honky-Tonk (Giving Productions). Rubin was the recipient of the Playbill Future Prospect Award from the Rob Guest Endowment in 2015. Rubin is thrilled to be joining the company of Cinderella.
Originally from country NSW, Nathan is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Dance. His training spans many disciplines including RAD ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, world dance, tap, pas de deux, ballroom and acrobatics. Nathan made his professional debut as Snowboy in Opera Australia’s production of West Side Story touring Australia, New Zealand and Germany. He then appeared in-Opera Australia’s Ernani as a featured actor before reprising his role in West Side Story in Perth and Brisbane. He is now very excited to be joining this wonderful cast of Cinderella. Nathan wishes to thank his parents, Tanya Mitford and the team at Ian White Management for their guidance and support.
Graduating from ED5 International under the direction of William A Forsythe, Joshua moved straight into Strictly Ballroom (Global Creatures), understudying the roles of Scott Hastings, Wayne Burns and Nathan Starkey. He was thrilled to perform alongside his inspiration Hugh Jackman in his Broadway to Oz Australian Tour. Josh was an original cast member of The Book of Mormon (Watchtower Productions & GFO) as Ensemble/Elder Price understudy, and most recently Ensemble/Tony understudy on the Billy Elliot Australian tour (Louise Withers & Associates). His other musical theatre credits includeWe Will Rock You (GFO), Candyman and John Williamson’s folk musical Quambatook. Represented by T&E Management, Joshua is a member of M.E.A.A.
Originally from Townsville, Greta is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Greta’s professional credits include the 60th Anniversary Production of My Fair Lady directed by Julie Andrews, the arena tour of Broadway to Oz: Hugh Jackman Live in Concert,and the Australian tour of Anything Goes. Greta has toured Australia and Asia with Wicked, appeared in the 2009 national tour of My Fair Lady, and in the Australian premiere of Titanic. At home in Melbourne, Greta has appeared in Ragtime, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, La Cage Aux Folles and The Pirates of Penzance for The Production Company and An Ideal Husband for Melbourne Theatre Company.
Ensemble / Racoon
Originally from Adelaide, Lewis has trained in performing arts since the age of five. He found his passion for the stage at Precizion Dance, then obtained a scholarship at Scotch College. At age 14, Lewis moved to Melbourne to train at Patrick School of the Arts and then moved to the Gold Coast to complete Dance Force’s full-time training program. Since graduating, Lewis has performed for a number or corporate events in Australia and travelled to America to perform in Embodiment the Collective’s show, The Overthinker. He was also selected to be a Top 50 contestant on Season 15 of America’s Got Talent. Lewis is thrilled to be making his professional musical theatre debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Originally from Brisbane, Suzanne has enjoyed an extensive career in the Australian music theatre industry. Most recently she was cast in Pippin as Ensemble and Understudy Fastrada/ Catherine (GFO), and other roles have included The Witch and understudy to Princess Fiona in Shrek (GFO), Lucille in Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company), Nessarose understudy in the original Australian cast of Wicked (GFO), Janet, Magenta & Columbia understudy in The Rocky Horror Show (GFO), and Scarlet in Good Omens (Squabbalogic). Suzanne has also featured in She Loves Me (Hayes Theatre), the World Premiere of Dream Lover the Musical (GFO), Hugh Jackman’s Broadway To Oz Arena Australian Tour (Dainty), Barry Humphries’ Back With A Vengeance Australian Tour (Dainty), Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly and Funny Girl (all for The production Company), and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Tom grew up in Queensland and graduated with a Certificate IV in Performing Arts from Theatre & Dance in Brisbane. He has danced with artists including Will.I.Am, Kylie Minogue and Ricky Martin as well as at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Tom’s vocal talent and tap-dancing skills have taken him around Australia, North America and Scotland in the five-man show The Tap Pack and as an actor he has featured in television campaigns for brands such as Hyundai and Hungry Jacks. Tom made his musical theatre debut in 2019 as Toro in West Side Story (Opera Australia) and in 2020 he joined the cast of Shrek the Musical! in the roles of Pied Piper/Captain.
Daniel Szesiong Todd
Australian-Chinese tenor, Daniel Szesiong Todd holds a Masters of Music (Opera Performance) and Bachelor degrees in Music (Honours) and Law from the University of Melbourne. He was a member of Victoria Opera’s Developing Artist Program before moving to Hamburg State Opera in Germany, where he sang over 30 roles. His repertoire encompasses baroque, opera, new music and crossover, with repertoire including Tamino (The Magic Flute), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Joe (Fanciulla del West), Basilio (Marriage of Figaro), Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld), Albazar (Turco in Italia), Victorin (Die Tote Stadt), Nero (Coronation of Poppea) and George cover (Sunday in the Park with George). Daniel has toured extensively through Asia and Australia, and recently completed Opera Australia’s national tour of Carmen, singing the role of Remendado.
Alexis van Maanen
Alexis made her professional music theatre debut in the 40th anniversary production of Evita as The Mistress, alongside Tina Arena. She has since completed her Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. On screen, Alexis has appeared in the short film The Westbury Faery and performed the Australian national anthem at the State of Origin, Cox Plate, the Melbourne Show and the National Basketball League. Also a live musician and songwriter, Alexis plays guitar, piano, and violin, speaks German and Mandarin and is an avid crocheter. Alexis would like to thank her family, Ian White Management, her teachers at VCA, and pay her respects to the traditional owners of the lands on which we are performing.
Dean graduated from WAAPA with a BA in Musical Theatre. His stage credits include Standby Jafar/Sultan in Aladdin, Wreck in Wonderful Town, Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance, Sondheim on Sondheim, Officer Krupke in West Side Story, The Narrator in Into the Woods, Mr Marks/Scott in The Producers, Mayor of Merano in Chess, Stan in Promises, Promises, Plato/Macavity in Cats, Smokey in Damn Yankees, Fogarty/Judge in Chicago (Green Room Award for Ensemble Performance), Pancrazio in The Venetian Twins, Sheriff Vallon in Show Boat, Ensemble in Evita, Stan in Dirty Dancing, Zekey in King Kong, Ensemble in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Munkustrap in Harvest Rain’s Cats, and Gangle in Love Never Dies (Green Room Award nomination) on stage and screen. Most recently Dean appeared in Billy Elliot the Musical as Mr Braithwaite.
Daniel began training in his youth under the guidance of Leanne Donaldson and then went on to graduate with a Certificate IV in Performing Artists from TNSPA in Sydney. Upon graduating in 2018 he secured a role in the international cast of West Side Story touring Germany and Australia. Next, he joined the cast of Opera Australia’s La Traviata on the iconic stage on Sydney Harbour. Daniel also made his choreographic debut in 2018 with music video Child for Kota Banks and has since been engaged by clients such as 2Day FM, RnbFridays Live, NLV Records and Sony Music.
Erica grew up in Burnie, Tasmania, with a background in classical voice. In 2016, Erica moved to Melbourne to pursue Music Theatre where she trained at Showfit before completing her BFA in Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. At VCA, Erica performed as Flora cover/ensemble in Flora the Red Menace and Hildy in On the Town. In 2020, Erica anticipated making her professional debut in Opera Australia’s The Secret Garden, however COVID-19 had other plans! She feels incredibly lucky to be part of Cinderella. Erica is proudly represented by Ian White Management and would like to thank her family and friends for their immeasurable support throughout her training and the pandemic.
Emily is originally from Adelaide, South Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2020 under the direction of Crispin Taylor. During Emily’s time at WAAPA she performed in a variety of productions including the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line, Ali and Dance Captain in Mamma Mia!, Frank Jr in Merrily We Roll Along and Mary Bryant in Mary Bryant. She also appeared in productions of Strictly Ballroom and Cry-Baby. Emily was the recipient of the 2019 Bill Warnock Award for the most promising second year student. Emily is making her professional musical theatre debut in Cinderella.