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Behind The Curtain

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Join Aussie blokes Jack Daintith & George Sargent as they discuss theatre with special guests from amateur productions all the way to Broadway. Plus we get to sing your favourite show tunes!
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Zoe Gertz
Zoe is a graduate of WAAPA, graduating with a B.A. (Music Theatre). During her high school years, Zoe was honoured to be a dancer in both the opening and closing ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Immediately after graduating from WAAPA in 2004, she was co-writer and performer in the cabaret show Emotional Baggage at the El Rocco Room in Sydney, which enjoyed a return season. Zoe joined the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Musical as a Swing Diva and understudied the role of Marianne for the Sydney and Melbourne seasons. In 2008, Zoe was made an original Australian cast member of Wicked, a show that she would perform in for the next 4 years. She is the only woman in the world to have understudied and performed both the roles of Madam Morrible, and Elphaba, and achieved this feat in both Australia and Singapore. Upon her return to Australia after the Asian tour of Wicked in 2012, Zoe was cast as the loud-mouthed Enid Hoopes, as well as understudying and performing the role of Vivienne in Legally Blonde the Musical. Zoe was an original Australian cast member of Cameron Mackintosh’s 25thAnniversary production of Les Miserables, appearing as the Factory Girl, as well as understudying and performing the role of Fantine. In 2016, she appeared in the Australian tour of Georgy Girl and in 2017 performed as Liz in High Fidelity (Highway Run/Neil Gooding Productions). Last year Zoe starred as the Widow Douglas in Big River (Neglected Musicals/Hayes Theatre Co) and also featured as Ilona Ritter in the critically acclaimed season of She Loves Me (Hayes Theatre Co, In the Pipeline, Erin James) at the Hayes! Zoe can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Come From Away as Beverly and others.
July 24, 2021
Max Kendrick
Max has loved music from a very young age, starting early childhood lessons at the Mitchell Conservatorium in Bathurst when he was just two years old. Max is no stranger to the stage, having performed in High School Musical (2015), Wicked (2018), and The Addams Family (2019) with the Carillon Theatrical Society in his hometown, and The Little Mermaid (2018) with Orange Theatre Company, as well a various other local events including the Bathurst Eisteddfod and the Mitchell Conservatorium Scholarship Concert. He has studied vocals with Dr. David Hood, and completed Grade 7 in Musical Theatre Voice through the AMEB.
July 17, 2021
Dan Assetta
Daniel began his training at GY Dance, and then graduated from ED5 International with a Diploma in Performing Arts. He is currently appearing in the Australian premiere of Hamilton (Michael Cassel Group) as 'Samuel Seabury' at The Sydney Lyric Theatre. Daniel’s theatre credits also include: 'Tony' alternate in West Side Story (Opera Australia/GWB Entertainment); 'Al' in A Chorus Line (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); ‘Elder Young’ in The Book of Mormon (Gordon Frost Organisation); ‘The Rum Tum Tugger’ in the Australian/New Zealand tour of CATS (The Really Useful Group); the 10th Anniversary Australasian tour of Wicked (Universal/Gordon Frost Organisation); ‘The Ziegfeld Tenor’ in Funny Girl (The Production Company); ‘Luke’ in The Gathering (Vic Theatre Company); Follies in Concert (StoreyBoard Entertainment); and Curtains (The Production Company). Daniel was the recipient of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award in 2015, which gave him the opportunity to perform in New York amongst Broadway stars in the renowned Elsie Fest, and in the Michael Mott & Friends concert. He has also appeared on ABC’s Breakfast, Carols in The Domain, The ARIA Awards and numerous Twisted Broadway concerts. Over the last couple of years, Daniel produced, co-wrote, and performed alongside his sister, Chiara, in Siblingship (winner of 'Best Cabaret' - BroadwayWorld Australia Award 2020), which played to sold-out audiences in Sydney, Canberra, Parramatta and Melbourne. He also premiered his solo cabaret, Songs Unsung in Sole Sessions and the Darlinghurst Theatre Company's Red Carpet Cabaret. Daniel is represented by FWD Management and is a proud member of the MEAA Actors Equity in Australia.
July 10, 2021
Todd Jacobsson
Originally from Ballarat, Victoria, Todd grew up training at BBC Studios under Trudy and Lisa Harris, before venturing off to tour the world at the age of eighteen. He performed on board some of the worlds greatest ships, working for companies such as Royal Caribbean, Princess, Cunard, Oceania, Holland America and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Todd previously performed in the Helpmann Award winning Australian premier production of The Book Of Mormon, understudying the role of ‘Elder Price’. He most recently performed to rave reviews playing the iconic role of ‘Tony’ in Opera Australia/GWB's Australian and International tour of the acclaimed musical West Side Story. Todd made his professional musical theatre debut with The Production Company’s The Pirates Of Penzance at Hamer Hall, followed by Guys And Dolls at The Arts Centre Melbourne. Further theatrical credits include the Australian and International tours of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries and Scooby Doo Live! Level Up as Fred, which took him to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and as a performer/percussionist on Rhonda Burchmore’s Vinyl Viagra tour. Television appearances include the Nine Network's Mornings and Seven Network's The Morning Show. He also performed as a top six finalist for the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award. Todd is currently understudying the role of 'Hans' in Disney's highly anticipated Frozen The Musical. Now playing at Melbournes Her Majesty's Theatre. ​ ABOUT
July 3, 2021
Our FAVE Theatre Couple!
Amelia Bennetts and James Eade! Orange’s Theatre Power Couple! James and Amelia have been involved in many Orange Theatre Company productions as well as in Mudgee and with many dance Schools. They have most recently appeared in Orange Theatre Company’s Beauty and the Beast and we can’t wait to see them in OTC’s Mamma Mia! In October!
June 26, 2021
BTC's Best Bits
5 months. 33 episodes. We love this podcast and the amazing moments that present themselves. Please enjoy SOME of the fun Jack & George get up to in this very special edition of Behind The Curtain!
June 20, 2021
Elise McCann
Elise is most well known for originating the role of Miss Honey in the Australian production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda for which she won the 2016 Helpmann Award and the 2015 Sydney Theatre Award, and was nominated for the 2016 Green Room Award for her portrayal of Miss Honey. After over 650 shows and two years in the role, Elise left Matilda in Perth with her final performance on Sunday March 19th 2017. She is also featured in the Channel Seven miniseries Peter Allen – Not The Boy Next Door, playing Peter’s sister Lynne Woolnough. Not The Boy Next Door won 7 AACTA’s at the 2015 AACTA Awards including Best Miniseries, was nominated for Best Drama at the 2016 Logie Awards and was nominated for Best Television Drama at the 2016 Monte Carlo Television and Film Festival. A graduate of NIDA, Elise’s theatrical credits include: Cathy in The Last Five Years (Ensemble Theatre), Ado Annie in Oklahoma and Meg Brockie in Brigadoon (The Production Company), Lucille Ball in the critically acclaimed one woman show Everybody Loves Lucy (Luckiest Productions) for which she was nominated in the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards. Ali in the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of MAMMA MIA! (Littlestar); Janet McGregor in the Australian tour of South Pacific (Opera Australia/Gordon Frost Organisation); The World Premier/Australian Tour of Doctor Zhivago (Gordon Frost Organisation); Fruma Sarah in the Australian Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (TML Enterprises); Cordelia in Falsettos (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Florinda in Into The Woods (Victorian Arts Opera); Little Women (Kookaburra Australian National Theatre Company); My Fair Lady (Opera Australia); Camelot (The Production Company); Side By Side By Sondheim (Enda Markey Presents). Elise is about to appear as Mary Flynn in a strictly limited season of the Stephen Sondheim classic Merrily We Roll Along at the Hayes Theatre.
June 12, 2021
Euan Doidge
Euan Doidge took centre stage in 2019 playing Tony Manero in GFO’s Saturday Night Fever. This role followed his reprisal as Felicia in the 2018 Australian tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Musical Theatre has been an intrinsic part of Euan’s background starting as a graduate of Patrick Studios Australia under the direction of Andrew Hallsworth. During this year of study, he was cast in his first musical Anything Goes (The Production Company). In 2012 Euan appeared in The Producers (The Production Company), then went on to play Paul San Marco in the Australian cast of A Chorus Line (TML Enterprises) for which he was the youngest ever nominee for the Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical. From 2012 – 2014 Euan appeared as Nikos/Padamadan in the Australian tour of Legally Blonde (ATG/GFO/Farrelly Prods) and Grease (GFO) in which he understudied the roles of Kenickie and Vince Fontaine, as well as understudying and performing the role of Teen Angel. He was then cast in the dream role of Marius in the Australian tour of Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh/Michael Cassel) 2014 – 2016. During that time he also released his debut Album ‘Let It Sing’ and in 2016 Euan had the great pleasure of playing the role of Felicia/Adam in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and was Lead Singer in Burn The Floor (Norwegian Cruise Lines). On returning to Australia he starred in the Australian tour of Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel) as one of the Angels and covered the role of Lola which he performed many times to great acclaim. In early 2021 Euan wrapped up his role as Lewis in the production of ‘Pippen’ The Musical, the first musical theatre production to bring back our industry after the global pandemic.
June 5, 2021
We Have a Winner!
We Have a Winner!
May 29, 2021
Gretel Scarlett
Introducing our next lovely guest……Gretel Scarlett! A familiar face on Australian stages, Gretel Scarlett is best known as starring as Kathy Selden in Australia's Singin' In The Rain (Equity: DAINTY GROUP, MICHAEL CASSEL, DAVID ATKINS, LUNCHBOX PRODUCTIONS) and also as the lead role of Sandy, opposite Rob Mills, in the Australian production of Grease (Equity: David Ian Productions, GFO). ​ Gretel's past credits include the role of Sal in the 2009 Australian production of Breast Wishes (Equity: Bien-Etre), understudying and performing the main juvenile lead roles of Sophie Sheridan, Ali and Lisa in the 2009-2010 10th Anniversary tour of Mamma Mia! (Equity: Littlestar, LWAA). She also appeared as the Witch's Mother as well as understudying and performing the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose in the 2010-2012 Australian and Asian productions of Wicked (Equity: Universal, GFO) in Australia, Singapore and Korea. In 2014, she also starred in the role of Sally in Matthew Lee Robinson's production of Happy People. ​ Having graduated in 2008 from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre). Throughout her career, Gretel has also continued her studies at various institutions such as Screen Acting at Tom McSweeney’s Warehouse, Ben Ratner’s Haven Studios in Vancouver, Canada, Brave Studios Melbourne and was selected as a participant in the 2014 Masterclass with Howard Fine and David Coury at the Howard Fine Acting Studio. ​She has recently returned from the USA, after studying Method Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles under the guidance of Sharon Angela & MJ Karmi, and attending workshops and classes in New York, Utah, Boston and at the renowned Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. Gretel has just finished a season of Pippin at the Sydney Lyric Theatre where she understudied and played the roles of Catherine and Fastrada. She has recently joined the Australian cast of Frozen at Sydney's Capitol Theatre to understudy Jemma Rix as the lead role of Elsa.
May 18, 2021
Noah Mullins
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 marked Noah’s professional theatrical debut.
May 13, 2021
Alex Rathgeber
Alex is one of Australia’s most versatile leading men. At 24 Alex landed the role of Raoul in London’s West End production of The Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh), following which he returned to Australia to play Robert the blindfolded, roller-skating, tap-dancing groom in the acclaimed Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Alex received a Helpmann Award for his performance as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes (John Frost and Opera Australia) in 2015. Other nominations include the Sydney Theatre Awards for the role of Sid in An Officer and a Gentleman (GFO) and a Green Room Award nomination for Older Patrick in Mame (The Production Company). Alex’s stage credits include Simon Stride in Jekyll & Hyde - 25th Anniversary Concert (Concertworks); Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (GFO); Aaron in Curtains (TPC); Carl in Ghost the Musical (Ambassador/GWB/Red Live); Greg in The Boy From Oz (TPC); Brad in The Rocky Horror Show (TML); Joe Kennedy Jr and Jerry in Grey Gardens (TPC); Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in Next To Normal (Doorstep Arts at Hayes Theatre); and Lancelot in Camelot (TPC). On screen Alex has appeared in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (ABC), Rush (Network Ten) and Winners and Losers (Seven Network). Alex’s debut album Easy To Love celebrates Broadway’s favourite composers, featuring duets with Caroline O’Connor, Lucy Maunder and Claire Lyon – available on iTunes and Spotify. ​ Alex is a proud graduate of The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
May 10, 2021
Jarrod Draper
Jarrod Draper! A proud Wiradjuri man, Jarrod is the first Indigenous graduate from the prestigious Music Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Born and raised in Orange, country NSW, Jarrod earned a full scholarship to the Regional Conservatorium to study Music Theatre and Classical Voice, which saw him perform both nationally and internationally for several years. During his time at WAAPA, Jarrod played roles such as ‘Sam’ in Lord of the Flies, ‘Black Fox’ in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, ‘Louise’s Soldier (pas de deux dancer)’ in Carousel and most notably, ‘George’ in Sunday In The Park With George, for which he was voted Male Performer of the Year by Perth Theatre Reviews. Jarrod could most recently be seen on stage in The Hayes Theatre Company’s sold out production of Catch Me If You Can. He also was a member of the ensemble in RENT at the Sydney Opera House and most recently has been announced as a member of the ensemble for the Australian Tour of Moulin Rouge!
May 4, 2021
Eleni Cassimatis
Eleni Cassimatis is no stranger to the stage! Eleni spent the latter half of 2020 on tour with Bell Shakespeare performing as one of their Players, and has returned in 2021 to resume this nationwide tour. Prior to this, most recent credits include playing the role of Helena in Mark Bolotin’s production of Icarus, and Sir Toby Belch/Valentine in Virginia Plain’s Twelfth Night (Heads or Tails). 2019 saw Eleni on tour around Aus, NZ, Hong Kong and the UAE with four shows in rep for Poetry in Action. Previous theatre credits include Irina Arkadina in ‘The Seagull’ (dir. Sarah Carradine), Snout the Tinker/Fairy/Wall in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (dir. Adam Cook), Revolving Days’ production of ‘Everyone I’ve Ever Loved…’, a new work by Australian playwright M. Saint Clair and others.
April 29, 2021
Phillip Lowe
Phillip Lowe studied at WAAPA. Theatre credits include: Crazy For You, Showboat, Cabaret, The Producers, Legends, The Sunshine Club, Eurobeat, Dusty, No Way To Treat A Lady, Mary Poppins, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bloody Brothers and High Society. In 2017, Phillip was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for this portrayal of Edward Bloom in Big Fish. Phillip played Keith Potger in Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical, earned a Green Room Award nomination for playing Harry Bright in Mamma Mia and played Tyler Nelson in the world-first live streamed musical Who’s Your Baghdaddy? Television credits include McLeod’s Daughters, All Saints, Home & Away, Blonde, Crownies, Anzac Girls and Australia: The Story of Us. Film credits include Thank God He Met Lizzie, Black and White and The Honourable Wally Norman. Phillip is currently starring in Come From Away as Nick & Others!
April 22, 2021
Jack Dodds
Jack Dodds has a wealth of experience in comedy and music theatre. Performing in 4 shows with the ‘Orange theatre company’. 2 he was nominated for a ‘CAT’ award. Jack has produced and performed in over 10 productions with cycle productions. Jack has had training in improvisational comedy from the University of Kentucky, College of fine arts. He co founded the group the “Skitty Kitties” in 2017. Still running to this day. He co- wrote “Schapelle Schapelle” the musical. Which is going into its 4th season over 3 years in “Sydney comedy festival”. After touring to Bathurst, Sydney and Adelaide. He works with other emerging artists and comedians around Sydney. And is currently working on a new musical set to premiere at the end of the year. He is the co-founder and lead Producer for Piano room productions.
April 18, 2021
SHAUN THE SHEEP'S CIRCUS SHOW Academy Award®-winning UK animation studio Aardman teams up with Australia’s Circa for a new live production of international hit Shaun The Sheep, coming to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in April. Circa Contemporary Circus, one of the world’s leading performance companies, has joined forces with multi- award-winning and globally renowned animation studio Aardman to create a new circus-theatre production for audiences of all ages, Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show. Commencing at the Regent Theatre on Wednesday 14 April during the school holiday period, and direct from its world premiere season in Brisbane, it promises an inventive and clever live show that the whole family can enjoy on different levels. Aardman’s signature Shaun the Sheep animation is combined with live performance from Circa, simultaneously blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. A visual spectacle, Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show is also packed full of smart wit and outright hilarity. Director Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble capture all the sophisticated and challenging elements of Circa’s extreme physicality while embracing the fun, humour and playfulness found in the world of Shaun the Sheep. Scenic Designer Dan Potra and Costume Designer Libby McDonnell have created a new world for Shaun and his flock to inhabit, seamlessly blending the dimensions of animation, stage, film and live acrobatics.
April 12, 2021
Lucy Maunder
Since graduating from WAAPA in 2006, Lucy has cemented her reputation as one of Australia’s musical theatre leading ladies. When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, she was about to preview at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre QPAC in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (GFO) as Charlie’s mum Mrs Bucket, which had just finished two very successful seasons in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre and Sydney’s iconic Capitol Theatre. She was nominated for a 2019 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the show. Lucy was also about to start rehearsals for MTC’s Australian Premiere of the Tony Award winning Best Musical Fun Home in the role of Alison. Throughout 2018 Lucy starred in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Michael Cassel Group) as sassy Cynthia Weil on its critically acclaimed Australian tour earning a Green Room Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Prior to this, with her newborn baby in tow Lucy played Miss Honey in the Australian/New Zealand tour of Tim Minchin’s Matilda: The Musical (Louise Withers and Associates, RSC), and was nominated for a 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress. Lucy originated the role of Heather Chandler in the smash Australian Première of Heathers: The Musical, she created the role of Patty in Tim Finn’s new musical Ladies in Black (QTC, MTC) and starred in Grease as Rizzo (GFO) earning Helpmann, Glug and Sydney Theatre Award nominations for the show’s Australian and Asian tour.  Lucy also created the role of Lara in the world première of Doctor Zhivago: A New Musical (GFO) opposite Anthony Warlow earning Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical. Other career highlights include Cinderella in Into the Woods (Victorian Opera, Helpmann and Green Room Nominations); Georgia Hendricks in Curtains (The Production Company); Gertrude Lawrence in Noël and Gertie (CDP Theatre Producers, Glug Award for Best Actress in a Musical); Polly in The Threepenny Opera (STC, Malthouse, Victorian Opera); Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (TML Enterprises); Emma in Jekyll & Hyde (TML Enterprises) and Anne in A Little Night Music (Opera Australia). Lucy’s one-woman show Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black toured Australia to rave reviews at venues such as the prestigious Spiegeltent, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Noosa Longweekend Festival, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth and La Salon at Claire’s Kitchen. Her album featuring arrangements and musical direction by Daniel Edmonds is available on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.
April 8, 2021
Sophie Matthews
Sophie Matthews - Sophie has been involved with the theatre since she played one of the King’s children in the king and I, way back in 2006. Since then she has taken on a number of roles including Ado Annie in Oklahoma (2012), Gretchen in Boeing Boeing (2013), Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (2016), Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre (2017) and is currently rehearsing to play Mrs Potts in Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. Sophie has been on stage as well as playing in the orchestra and behind the scenes producing shows. She is very excited to be back in the Orange theatre scene. She also has a past history with one of our hosts....tune into tomorrow’s episode from 6am on podcast providers to find out!!
April 5, 2021
Cameron Boxall
2018 Michael Jackson "The Legacy Tour" Australia and NZ : Featured Dancer 2017 Legendary Pictures: Pacific Rim Two "Upraising" : "Ilya" StandIn Universal Studios Singapore : Singer/Dancer - The Cruisers, A Date With Marilyn, Elmos TV Time, Trollstopia Hug Time Trio, Trick or Treat with Sesame St, Under the Mistletoe with Marilyn Monroe Wenona Private School Mary Poppins : Choreographer 2016 Packemin Productions: "Wicked" : Dance Captain/Performer Packemin Productions Miss Saigon : Assistant Choreographer/Performer Showcase Foxtel - "A Place To Call Home" : Featured Extra AHA Business Awards "Opening Number" : Featured Dancer 2015 Princess Cruises: Coral Princess : Dancer Nine Network: "House of Bond" : Featured Dancer/Extra 2014 Princess Cruises: Pacific Princess : Dancer 2013 Ed5 International : Diploma of Performing Arts
April 1, 2021
Ariana Mazzeo
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 returning to stages in 2021!
March 28, 2021
Leah Griffiths
Leah fell in love with the theatre as a bright-eyed youngster, and while her first acting appearance on the stage wasn't until 2014 in Annie at her high school, it has always been the driving force behind her passionate, full-throttle approach to her work. She has since performed at every opportunity, from leading as Wednesday in The Addams Family (Oxley High School, 2016), ensemble work in Funny Girl (Tamworth Musical Society 2018), and more recently bringing to life the endearing Samireh in Phil and Cath Snitch's original musical The Persian Queen (BMEC Local Stages, 2020). She has also recently debuted her first play in the comedic Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon at Keystone and has justs ecured her dream role of starring as Belle, her first leading role since high school, with Orange Theatre Company. Leah is studying her final year of a Bachelor of Theatre/Media at CSU and is very excited to audition for her hopeful next degree in Musical Theatre Performance in Western Australia at WAAPA. She hopes that we all remember that in a world of uncertainty, we can always find escape in the unparalleled magic of theatre.
March 25, 2021
Joel Granger
Joel Granger has recently been seen as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon (for which he received a Helpmann Award Nomination in 2019 - Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical). Prior to this, he appeared in the Hayes Theatre Company Productions of She Loves Me as Arpad, and Cry-Baby as Baldwin Blandish. His other theatre credits include the roles of Daniel Brady in the 60th Anniversary Gala Concert of Lola Montez for The Follies Company, Harry Beaton in The Production Company’s Brigadoon, Big Fish the Musical as Zacky Price, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd for New Zealand Opera, Warren in Ordinary Days for Pursued by Bear (for which he was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Lead Male in a Musical), Tom in The Gathering for Vic Theatre Company, Harold Bride in Titanic: The Musical for StageArt, and Bernstein in Dogfight for Doorstep Arts. Joel’s television credits include the role of Jack in Channel Nine’s True Story with Hamish and Andy and the role of Mark in Please Like Me for ABC/Pivot. He is a 2015 graduate of the WAAPA Music Theatre course, where he was featured as Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde: The Musical, Japheth in Children of Eden, Glad Hand in West Side Story, and Theo in Matthew Lee Robinson’s Atlantis. Joel has most recently played Understudy Pippin, Charles and Lewis in the Australian Tour of Pippin.
March 21, 2021
Sarah Morrison
Sarah started her career as a member of the Children’s Chorus with Opera Queensland, before gaining her Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre at the Ballarat Arts Academy. She went on to play Tracy in Dust for Queens Theatre/Brisbane’s Powerhouse and toured internationally with a number of children’s musicals for Nickelodeon and Pen2Stage before being cast in the breakthrough lead role of Lisa, in Ladies in Black. This brand new musical from creative masterminds Simon Phillips and Carolyn Burns featured music by Tim Finn and enjoyed sell out seasons at both Queensland and Melbourne Theatre Companies and embarked on a return national tour in 2016-17. Following this Sarah performed the lead role of Sophie Sheridan in the recent 2017-18 production of MAMMA MIA! Sarah’s other theatre credits include, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and David Williamson’s, Third World Blues. In addition to her stage work, Sarah has appeared in television shows such as The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Making Dust for ABC Artscape. Sarah is currently appearing in the Australian premier company of Come From Away in the role of Janice and Others at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne. For more information head to
March 18, 2021
Blake Bowden
Most recently Blake was seen playing Elder Price in the musical "The Book of Mormon" across Australia and New Zealand, a role for which in 2019 he was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. ​ Blake’s other recent leading roles include Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (TML), Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd (Victorian Opera), Edward Lyons in Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), Anthony Pemberton in Beyond Desire (Neil Rutherford Productions) and Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO). ​ In 2018 Blake produced and performed his solo show and released his debut EP “Blake Bowden: Straight From The Hart” featuring the reimagined songs of Rodgers and Hart (Noosa Alive!). ​ Other theatre credits include: Tony in Masterclass (LeftBauer Prods), Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Belvoir). Pat Matthews in Moonshadow (Cat Stevens/Sue Farrelly Productions); Snowboy in West Side Story (ATG); Jekyll and Hyde (TML); The Boy From Oz Arena Spectacular with Hugh Jackman (Gannon/Fox) and original cast of Dirty Dancing (Jacobsen Entertainment). ​ Blake has appeared in concert with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (R.U.G),The Sound of Rodgers (Stuart Maunder) and Musical Melodies in the Park (City of Stonnington). In 2014 and 2016, Blake starred as Mario Lanza, alongside Phil Scott in the hit cabaret MARIO (Adelaide Cabaret Festival/Hayes Theatre/Canberra Theatre/Noosa Long Weekend Festival). ​ Screen roles include Young Jack in the film The Dam, Brusco in Home and Away, Mr & Mrs Murder, The Chaser and as the Young Boy Pirate in The Wiggles Movie. ​ In 2011 Blake was the winner of The Rob Guest Endowment Award and in 2013 Blake received the Gertrude Johnson Fellowship at The Opera Studio Melbourne.
March 14, 2021
Josh Piterman
Established Australian musical theatre performer and classical crossover artist who has worked prolifically since he graduated from Federation University with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) in 2006. Josh kicked off his career performing with the International pop opera group The Ten Tenors and he then made his mark as Tony in the 2010 Australian production of West Side Story. His other musical theatre credits include Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger in the 2016 season of Cats, a role that won him the Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor in A Musical; Edward in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers; Corny Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray; The Caliph in Kismet; Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza; Jamie in The Last Five Years and most recently Gerry Goffin in the Australian tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. In 2018 his debut self titled album went to number 1 on both the Aria and ITunes Charts (Classical Crossover) in Australia.
March 10, 2021
Tony Sheldon
Of his many Musical Theatre appearances across the world, Sheldon has played Roger De Bris in The Producers in which he won a Helpmann Award as well as the Sydney Critics Award, the Mo Award, and the Glugs award. Tony wrote and directed the Time of My Life at the Ensemble Theatre in 2006 as well as the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for his wonderful mother, Toni Lamond. Tony has starred in over 1900 performances as Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Australia, Toronto and Broadway! Throughout this experience, he was nominated for a Tony award as Best Actor in a Musical which is just the peak of anyone’s Musical Theatre Journey. Tony recently also played Grandpa Joe in the recent Australian Professional Production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We can’t wait to chat with Tony and the interview is available on all podcast providers from 6am Tuesday morning!
March 8, 2021
"Travel Song!"
Jack & George have a sing. Enjoy this hit from Shrek the musical!
March 5, 2021
Emily Hayes
Emily Hayes is a central west makeup artist and theatre creative. She has been involved in theatre and performing for most of her life and even performed at the Sydney Opera House during her primary school days. Emily’s love of theatre continued to high school where she studied subjects including Drama and Entertainment Industry. In 2018 Emily graduated from CSU with a Bachelor of communication (Theatre/Media). Emily’s final year major work involved directing a great cast of fire twirlers, dancers, percussionists and large scale puppeteers in an outdoor space for SPRUNG festival of creativity. During her time at university, Emily got the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong and Taipei “World Stage Design Festival” where she became fascinated with special effects makeup and the use of practical effects in theatre. Emily is now an active member of the Bathurst Theatre Company; performing in travelling murder mysteries, dinner theatre, short films and local advertisements. Emily continues to hone her craft in creative and special effects makeup and has used these skills in many projects and events from weddings to music videos and local theatre productions. Insta : @its_emily_xoxox TikTok: @its.em.xoxo FB Artist page: @ehartistpage
March 3, 2021
Eli Cooper
Eli studied at The Victorian College Of The Arts Secondary School, graduating as School Captain, with a Premier’s Award for Excellence in Dance. Upon graduating, he joined Princess Cruises working as a dancer on several of their ships, before returning to study Professional Development of Musical Theatre, under Andrew Hallsworth, at Patrick Studios Australia. After numerous dance credits across many facets of the entertainment industry as well as touring Asia as a swing on the children’s theatre production Thomas and The Hidden Treasure for Smile Live, Eli made his professional musical theatre debut in Grease for GFO, playing the role of Eugene and understudying the role of Doody. He then went on to be in the Original Australian Company of Matilda for RSC/ Louise Withers as Ensemble/ Understudy Rudolpho, and most recently as Ensemble/ Dance Captain for Mad About Theatre’s inaugural production of Chicago. Eli would like to thank his family and friends, the cast, crew and creatives and his agent, Emma Raciti, for their unwavering love and support.
February 28, 2021
Zoe Ioannou
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 and recently performed in The Australian production of West Side Story.
February 28, 2021
Ashleigh Rubenach
Born in Sydney, Ashleigh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from WAAPA in 2014. While training, she played such roles as Mary Lane in Reefer Madness, and received the Warnock Award for Most Promising Student in 2013. Ashleigh graduated from the Talent Development Project in 2011 and in 2015 studied and performed in New York City as a recipient of the TDP/ASCAP Bound for Broadway Scholarship. Ashleigh was a top 3 finalist for the 2015 ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award and made her professional debut in the 2015 national tour of Anything Goes, and toured with GFO’s production of The Sound of Music.
February 24, 2021
Stefanie Jones
Stefanie Jones’ music theatre career began at the age of seven when she appeared as Young Eponine in Cameron Mackintosh’s 10th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables. The following year she was cast in SEL & GFO’s production of The Sound of Music playing Brigitta. In 2011 Jones graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts having completed a Bachelor of Music Theatre, and whilst at the VCA received the Cassidy Bequest Fund Award on behalf of the University of Melbourne Trust. Stefanie Jones has trained extensively in dance, having studied with the Queensland Ballet through their Junior Extension Program, and also holds her Associate Diploma in Music for Violin. Professional theatre credits include Liesl in The Sound of Music (RUG/GFO), Jean MacLaren in Brigadoon (TPC), Dream Laurey in Oklahoma! (TPC), Dream Lover (GFO), Once The Musical (MTC/GFO), South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO), Carmen Live or Dead (Oriel Entertainment Group), Giulietta in Aspects of Love for Walk This Way Productions and in 2016 was a finalist in the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Awards. Her screen credits include Molly (M4Entertainment/Seven Network), The Divorce (Princess Pictures/Opera Australia) and the role of Megan Dennison in Neighbours. Most recently Jones played the role of Muriel’s best friend, Rhonda Epinstall, in Muriel’s Wedding.
February 17, 2021
Nic Collins
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. Nic has Performed under the watchful eye of Matt Lee and Kelley Abbey. Nic was cast as Arab – West-Side Story (2019) which marked his Professional Debut.
February 14, 2021
Barry Conrad
With a multifaceted career spanning music, screen and stage, Barry Conrad possesses an undeniable talent. He’s opened for the likes of Brian McKnight, Craig David and Eric Benet, toured both locally and internationally, and vocally produced and penned songs for an array of artists. No stranger to screen, Conrad landed a role on FOX’s Power Rangers: Ninja Stormand featured in numerous TV commercials, before taking his first leap to feature films in the #1 box office hit, The Sapphires.  Barry made his musical theatre debut in the Australian premiere production of Broadway smash, VIOLET, enjoying award-winning, critically acclaimed seasons in Sydney and Melbourne. Hot on the heels of VIOLET, an unbroken streak of touring stage roles soon followed, including Hairspray Arena Spectacular as Seaweed, Grease: The Arena Experience as Kenickie, five-time Helpmann winning BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical as part of The Drifters and MADIBA the Musical as William Xulu.  In 2019 Barry reached a new career milestone, landing a recurring role as Kane Jones on Australia’s longest-running TV drama series, Neighbours. He recently signed on as an ambassador for Mitsubishi Australia, representing the brand at ARIA Awards 2020.  Away from entertainment, he’s a proud ambassador for suicide-prevention charity R U OK?. Conrad’s rise to public recognition was cemented after being named one of the Final 12 on Channel 7’s The X-Factor, winning over a legion of new fans and solidifying himself as one of Australia’s most exciting talents.
February 7, 2021
Holly Hare #BeyondBathurst 🙌🏽
Holly grew up in Sydney and joined the Australian Girls’ Choir at the age of 10 graduating to their Performing Choir. During her time with the choir, she performed on Channels 7 and 9, Sydney’s Carols in the Domain, media launches for QANTAS and other corporate events as well as the AGC annual concerts at the Sydney Opera House. A recent Year 12 graduate of Scots All Saints College and College Co-Curricular Prefect for 2019/20 Holly studied 3 Unit Music for her HSC and was a member of the Amadeus Academy. Holly made her music theatre debut in 2018 performing the role of Shenshen in the Carillon Theatrical Society’s production of Wicked. Later that year, she performed the role of Lamar in the All Saints College production of Godspell. During 2019, Holly performed the role of Belle in the Scots All Saints College production of Beauty and the Beast. During December 2020, Holly accepted the role of Maria in the Carillon Theatrical Society’s 2021 production of the Sound of Music, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the production was sadly cancelled. This year, Holly will be studying a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney. She cannot wait to see what the future holds for her in either the Music Theatre realm or the world of Classical Voice. Links mentioned:
January 31, 2021
George the perfect! 👌🏽
After completing a week of Year 10 work experience with Bathurst Broadcasters in 2017, George was offered his first Program called the “Weekend Wireless”. Whilst contributing to his radio program, George carried out the duties of Head Prefect at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst. During his time as Head Prefect he was awarded many distinguished awards, most notable being the Australian Defence Force - Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award, the Senior of the Year Award and 2020 Youth Citizen of the Year Nominee. To top off an already successful year, George was nominated as an Australian Commercial Radio Awards Finalist and took out the Best Newcomer on Air category. Towards the end of 2019, George became host of the “Talk of the Town” program on 2BS (weekday drive program from 3pm - 6pm). Currently George produces/ hosts the Australian Podcast Award nominated “The Convo” conversations that Educate, Inspire and Entertain, Executive produces Grant & Chezzi Denyer’s top charting podcast ‘IT’S ALL TRUE?’, Sings in music duo ‘West Of Town’ & is a Journalist/Announcer with the ACE Radio Network.
January 24, 2021
Meet our producer! 🎧
Our wonderful producer, Samantha Pluymers, is no stranger to the stage. She has made her amateur theatre debut starring in the ensemble of James Sheahan Catholic High School’s OKLAHOMA! She has also appeared on stage through a variety of dance concerts with Dance HQ in Orange. On behalf of our hosts Jack and George, we would love to thank Sammy Pluymers or Ploopers? for assisting us in growing our show and we can’t wait to grow Behind The Curtain with her support!
January 21, 2021
Introducing Jack Daintith ⭐️
During his time at High School, Jack played a variety of roles in both School and Amateur productions with James Sheahan Catholic High School and currently Orange Theatre Company. These roles include Ali Hakim (OKLAHOMA!), Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Kenickie (Grease!), The Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz), The UPS Guy/Aaron Schultz (Legally Blonde), Pilot (Little Mermaid), Benjamin Coffin III (RENT) and current Sky (Mamma Mia! coming in 2021). During this time, Jack has been a member of the Orange Theatre Company and has organised a school holiday theatre workshop for students. Jack also appeared on stage at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney for Muriel’s Wedding, which to date has been a career highlight.
January 17, 2021
First show shenanigans 🎭
Welcome to the first episode. Jack & George graciously talk about themselves and what this podcast has in store for you.
January 10, 2021
Opening January 11
Join Aussie blokes Jack Daintith & George Sargent as they discuss theatre with special guests from amateur productions all the way to Broadway. Plus we get to sing your favourite show tunes!
January 3, 2021