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Todd Jacobsson

TONY

Originally from Ballarat, Todd trained at BBC studios before venturing off to tour the world at the age of eighteen. He performed as a guest entertainer with The Aussie Boys (Barry Ball Artists – USA), on board various cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Princess, Cunard, Oceania, Celebrity and Holland America.

For the past two years, Todd has been performing in the award-winning Australian premiere of The Book Of Mormon, playing Elder White and understudying the role of Elder Price.

Further credits include The Pirates Of Penzance and Guys And Dolls (The Production Company), the international tour of Scooby Doo Live!, Rhonda Burchmore’s Vinyl Viagra tour, and television appearances on the Nine Network’s Mornings and Seven Network’s The Morning Show.

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Sophie Salvesani

MARIA

Hailing from regional Queensland, Sophie has performed numerous leading roles with community theatre companies over the past ten years, including Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and Cosette in Les Misérables for the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company. Other highlights include Opera Queensland’s Project Puccini La Boheme production in 2014 and most recently she played the role of Mabel in the Toowoomba Empire Theatre’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.

A graduate of Pacific Opera’s 2018 Young Artist Program, Sophie made her Sydney Opera House debut with Pacific Opera earlier in the year. She also relished the opportunity to perform solo in Pacific Opera’s A Mother’s Day Concert at the Independent Theatre.

Sophie made her stage debut as Consuelo and understudying the role of Maria in a community production of West Side Story in 2008, so it is only fitting she will make her professional theatre debut in the leading role of Maria.

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Chloé Zuel

ANITA

A graduate of ED5 International, Chloé most recently appeared in the Australian premier production of Beautiful; The Carol King musical and prior to that she starred as Reno in “Dusty” for the Production Company.

Chloé has worked as a lead singer across Australia and Internationally including two years at Universal Studios Japan.

Chloé’s other theatre credits include: Dynamite in Hairspray The Musical Australia, Pilar in Legally Blonde the Musical Australia, Maid in The Mikado New Zealand, Éponine understudy in Les Misérables Australia, Joanne in Rent for The Hayes Theatre, Ronette in the Australian tour of Little Shop of Horrors and Annie in Porgy and Bess for Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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Lyndon Watts

BERNADO

Lyndon is a 2011 graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

After graduating from WAAPA, he was cast in the national Australian tour of Sweet Charity, originally staged at the Hayes Theatre.

In 2015 Lyndon toured Australia in Anything Goes before going on to perform the role of Beautiful Girl Production Tenor in the Australian national tour and the international Tokyo production of Singin’ in the Rain.

Most recently Lyndon performed throughout Australia in the ensemble of Disney’s Aladdin where he also covered and performed the role of Jafar.

Having performed West Side Story twice during his training, Lyndon is thrilled to be a part of this iconic show professionally in the role of Bernardo.

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Noah Mullins

RIFF

At just 12-years-old, Noah performed alongside Todd McKenney in Songs and Stories of Peter Allen at the State Theatre in the role of Young Peter. He has since appeared in more than 15 musical productions.

Theatre credits include the role of Munkustrap in CATS with Packemin Productions, Gavroche in Les Misérables with A.C.T San Diego and Evan Goldman in 13 the Musical with Birdie Productions.

He has had the opportunity to perform around the world and in Australia, and most recently a lead singer at Luna Park Sydney. Noah has danced at A-live Performing Arts Centre for the past five years where he was invited to perform in an all-male dance show Machismo as a NXTGEN member.

West Side Story is Noah’s professional theatrical debut.

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Ritchie Singer

DOC

Since graduating from NIDA in 1983, Ritchie has worked extensively in all mediums. There are not many nationalities he hasn’t played, even the odd Aussie once in a while!

Stage highlights: Playing Dodge in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child at NIDA directed by Kevin Jackson, Hans in David Williamson’s The Department directed by Rodney Fisher.  Australian tour of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (female version) and Laughter on the 23rd Floor for Ensemble Theatre in 1998 and fond memories of a national tour that starred Lauren Bacall in Sweet Bird of Youth back in 1988. Film favourites include Con in Crocodile Dundee, the Rev Rick for Lionsgate’s Rapturepalooza and Dr Symonds in Charlie’s Country for Rolf De Heer.

On television, Terry (so bad he’s good) Madigan in Water Rats, Richard Shapiro in Dynasty: The Making Of A Guilty Pleasure for Hallmark Films USA and Justice Rosenberg for ABC’s Crownies 2011. Ritchie appears in The Reckoning for Sony Pictures/ Playmaker Films in 2019.

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Paul Dawber

LT. SCHRANK

Based in Melbourne, Paul is a veteran of stage and screen. His stage credits include Count Dracula for the Queensland Theatre Co, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor and in Twelfth Night for the Los Angeles Shakespeare Co, as well as touring for several years with The Sound of Music for GFO.

On screen, Paul has appeared in more than a dozen feature films including Erskineville Kings, Paper PlanesUnderground: The Julian Assange Story and the title role in The Novelist. He’s also appeared in numerous Australian TV shows including over 80 episodes of Neighbours.

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Dean Vince

OFFICER KRUPKE

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Paul Hanlon

GLAD HAND

A graduate of the Ensemble Acting Studios in Sydney, Paul toured NSW with Shakespeare Where You Like It performing in Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and Henry IV.

Other stage credits include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat (RUG), Elvis The Musical (GFO), the original Australian production of The Boy From Oz (Robert Fox/Ben Gannon), the  10th Anniversary Production of Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh) and he most recently toured Australia playing Uncle Henry in The Wizard Of Oz (GFO/Suzanne Jones).

Paul was also Assistant Director for The Deal (Ensemble Theatre) and Resident Director for The Boy  From Oz (The Production Company).

He has also appeared in numerous TV show and commercials.

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Joshua Taylor

JETS | ACTION

Originally from Adelaide, Josh trained at the Australian Company of Performing Arts and is a graduate of ED5International. Under the guidance of William A Forsythe, he has worked with artists such as Marcia Hines and Aaron Farley. Josh has extensive experience as a commercial dancer at corporate events. West Side Story is his professional stage debut.

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Nicholas Collins

JETS | A-RAB

Nicholas hails from Orange in NSW and began his training aged eight. A graduate of Brent Street performing arts centre, Nicholas’ amateur theatre credits include Mame, Wizard of Oz, Suessical the Musical, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Grease, Hairspray and Mary Poppins.  Other credits include national TV advertising campaigns.

West Side Story is his professional stage debut.

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Christian Ambesi

JETS | BABY JOHN

Christian is from Melbourne and began his dance training aged four under the direction of Natalie  Pryor. He attended Patrick Studios Australia and worked closely with director Todd Patrick.  Throughout his training, Christian worked alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber in Love Never Dies for  the Melbourne season.  He also worked with UK superstar Robbie Williams in The Swing in 2014.

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Nathan Pavey

JETS | SNOW BOY

Originally from country NSW, Nathan graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in dance. While studying, Nathan performed in several lead roles including Ren in Footloose, Romeo in Timothy Harbour’s version of Romeo + Juliet and Waltz Man in Balanchine’s Serenade.

Nathan is ecstatic to be making his professional debut with this production of West Side Story.

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Blake Tuke

JETS | BIG DEAL

Originally from New Zealand, Blake grew up dancing under the tutelage of Corinne Yee and performed with the National Youth Theatre Company.

In 2017, he moved to Sydney to study at Brent Street performing arts centre, where he attained a Diploma of Performing Arts. He has worked in a number of performances including The Voice Australia and Oh What a Night Premier Gala Concert. West Side Story marks Blake’s professional theatre debut.

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Sebastien Golenko

JETS | DIESEL

Sebastien began his dance training at the Conroy Dance Centre in Brisbane before joining ED5International in Sydney under the guidance of William A. Forsythe.

He has performed alongside Minnie Cooper and Marcia Hines and film credits include Swinging Safari and Bullets for the Dead. Sebastien is overjoyed to begin his musical theatre career in West  Side Story.

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Molly Bugeja

JETS | ANYBODYS

Molly began her training as a toddler and worked her way through the A-Live Performing Arts  Centre and Penrith Conservatorium of Music in western Sydney.

She was cast in A-Live Entertainment’s Music In Motion and Loud Theatre Company’s production of  Footloose. On screen, Molly has appeared in a number of national advertising campaigns. West Side Story is Molly’s professional musical theatre debut.

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Natasha O’Hehir

JETS | GRAZIELLA

From Sydney, Tash has trained since she was three in all dance styles, singing and acting at the Australian Performing Arts College (APAC).

Tash has performed in Peter Combes’ production Bellyflop on a Pizza and played the role of Stephanie in a two-man version of Lazy Town. Natasha is ecstatic to be making her musical theatre  debut in this production of West Side Story.

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Angelica Di Clemente

JETS | VELMA

Angelica Di Clemente trained at the Steps Dance Centre in Brisbane. Performing since the age of three, she gave her professional debut aged 11 in the Brisbane cast of Gordon Frost’s production of Annie the Musical.

She has also performed in a variety of lead rolls in student and community productions.

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Taylah Small

JETS | MINNIE

Taylah hails from Perth and trained as a classical ballet dancer since the age of two. She studied at the West Australian School of Dance and won the Pre-professional award at the Royal Academy of Dance Festival of Dance in May 2018.

Soon after a secondment with the Australian Ballet Company, Taylah accepted the offer to join the cast for the 2019 Australian West Side Story production.

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Sarah Dimas

JETS | CLARICE

Sarah is originally from Adelaide and is a graduate of the Brent Street performing arts centre in Sydney. She’s performed in a number of productions in Australia and Europe and performed in Hong Kong, Paris and London with the Australian Youth Classical Ballet Company.

Sarah is thrilled to be joining the cast of West Side Story which is her professional debut in Australia.

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Anthony Garcia

SHARKS | CHINO

A high school graduate of performing arts school The McDonald College, Anthony has been a  professional musical theatre performer since childhood. Aged 11, he performed the role of Jeremy  Potts in the Australian production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He was also cast Pugsley Addams in the Broadway musical The Addams Family.

Other credits include the role of Jason in the musical Falsettos and a member of the children’s ensemble in the opera Tosca at the Sydney Opera House. Anthony’s thrilled to now be part of West  Side Story.

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Keanu Gonzalez

SHARKS | PEPE

Keanu trained at the Brent Street performing arts centre and made his musical theatre debut in 2013 as the youngest ensemble member of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical. He also covered the lead role of Scott Hastings.

Other credits include Walt Disney’s Aladdin the Musical in which he was part of the ensemble and understudied the role of Kassim. He also played the role of Alonzo in the Australia and New Zealand Tour of CATS The Musical, while understudying Rum Tum Tugger.

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Daniel Assetta

SHARKS | MOOSE/TONY ALTERNATE

Daniel began his training at GY Dance in Sydney before graduating from ED5International with a Diploma of Performing Arts. Recent credits include the Australian premiere of Book of Mormon (GFO), in which he played the role of Elder Young.

Further theatre credits include the role of Rum Tum Tugger in the Australian/New Zealand tour of CATS (RUG), 10th Anniversary Australasian tour of Wicked (Universal/GFO), Funny Girl (The Production Company); The Gathering (Vic Theatre Company); Follies in Concert (Storyboard Entertainment); and Curtains (The Production Company).

In 2015, Daniel received the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award, which allowed him to perform in New York among Broadway stars. Daniel is thrilled to be joining the cast of West Side Story.

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Matthew Antonucci

SHARKS | LUIS

Raised in Sydney, which is also where he trained, Matt has worked on both on stage and screen. He has performed in several Opera Australia productions including AIDA, The Magic Flute and Madame  Butterfly. He was also part of The Australian Ballet’s The Nutcracker and played several roles in the Asian tour of CATS – The Musical (RUG).

Other credits include Disney’s The Lion King – Antelope Tour, which toured Australia. On screen, Matt was also featured in TV series Dance Academy and the follow-up film Dance Academy – The Comeback.

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Jason Yang Westland

SHARKS | ANXIOUS

Jason was born in New Zealand and trained at the Philippa Campbell School of Ballet as well as under Sarah Boocock.  His first professional musical theatre debut was in the role of Neleus, in the original New Zealand cast of Mary Poppins. Other credits include the role of Slave Master in The Phantom of the Opera (Amici  Productions) and the role of Eugene in the New Zealand National Tour of Grease (Ben McDonald Productions).

Jason has also performed with Melbourne City Ballet and is thrilled to be joining the cast of West Side Story.

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Brady Kitchingham

SHARKS | NIBBLES/DANCE CAPTAIN

Brady hails from Western Sydney as founder of contemporary/krump dance company; The Blackguard and has choreographed shows such as Passion May Yet Be Fatal (2016) and Still Breathing (2018). He has performed across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and the US and in 2012, toured with Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon: Live Spectacular.

West Side Story is Brady’s musical theatre debut.

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Zoe Ioannou

SHARKS | ROSALIA/MARIA ALTERNATE

Zoe graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art and most recently appeared in the Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz (Gordon Frost Organisation) as Dorothy cover.

She made her professional debut in the role of Pepper in Annie (Gordon Frost Organisation).  Her TV debut was on Disney Playhouse and she also played the ongoing guest role of Paige in the ABC TV series Dance Academy.

Zoe is thrilled to be a part of the cast of West Side Story.

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Olivia Carniato

SHARKS | CONSUELO

Olivia is a graduate of Brent Street Performing Arts and has worked with esteemed choreographers including Kelley Abbey, Cameron Mitchell and Alana Scanlon.

Olivia was cast in Opera Australia’s Carmen in 2016 and made her musical theatre debut in the 2017 production The Bodyguard. She was also part of the ensemble for the 2018 Australian tout of Evita. On-screen credits include Dancing with the Stars Australia, The Voice AU and Australia’s Got Talent.

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Nikki Croker

SHARKS | TERESITA/DANCE CAPTAIN

Nikki Croker hails from Victoria and is a graduate of the VCASS in Melbourne. She also studied at the Jane Moore Academy of Dance and Australian Ballet School.

Having lived in New York for the past nine years, Nikki‘s professional performing and musical theatre credits include West Side Story Centennial World Tour and principle dancer on Amazon Prime’s Marvelous Mrs Maisel. She has also performed in Mamma Mia, Kiss Me Kate and has taken part in  Broadway Dance Lab’s Spring 2018 cycle as a swing. She is thrilled to be back home to perform in the Australian production of West Side Story.

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Amba Fewster

SHARKS | FRANCISCA

Amba Fewster hails from Perth and graduated from Patrick Studios Australia in Melbourne. During her studies, Amba performed in the Perth and Melbourne seasons of Michael Boyd’s Cabaret De Paris as well as The Vegas Show at Crown Casino, Melbourne.

Amba is excited to make her first professional musical debut in West Side Story.

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Ariana Mazzeo

SHARKS | MARGARITA

Ariana is a graduate of Sydney’s ED5International, which she attended since the age of three. Here she completed her Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts under the guidance of industry legend William A. Forsythe.

West Side Story marks Ariana’s musical theatre debut.

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Joe Donovan

SWING

A graduate of Brent Street Performing Arts, Joe made his musical theatre debut in A Boy From Oz (The Production Company) in 2018. Previously he performed with Marko Panzic’s The Dream Dance Company on the Genesis tour; was awarded a scholarship to train at New York City’s Broadway Dance Centre and has performed on TV shows XFactor AU and Dance Boss.

Other credits include Opera Australia’s Turandot and The Nose. Joe is overjoyed to be a part of this West Side Story cast.

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Daniel Wijngaarden

SWING

Daniel has studied dance since he was a child, learning ballet, tap and jazz as well as acting and singing. This led him to study at The Next Step Performing Arts dance studio in Sydney. Daniel is excited to be joining the cast of West Side Story which will be his professional stage debut.

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Jade Coutts

Swing