Erik Madsen Rum Tum Tugger
Jan Erik har sin teaterutdanning fra The Arts Education School, Drama
Department, i London. Han debuterte i 1997 i rollen som Benvolio i
"Romeo og Julie" ved Teatret Vårt i Molde. Deretter gikk ferden til
Trøndelag Teater hvor han i løpet av sesongene 1998 og 1999 spilte
roller som Luc i "Balkongen"/(regi Line Rosvoll) og William i "Hver
Sin Lyst"(regi Stein Winge).
Ved dette teatret fikk han også sin musikaldebut som rebellen Perchik
i "Spelemann på Taket"(regi Morten Cranner), raskt etterfulgt av rollen
som Roger i Den skandinaviske premiéren på "RENT". Ønsket om flere
utfordringer innen musikaler brakte Jan Erik videre til Hamburg, hvor
han spilte Rum Tum Tugger i den tyske produksjonen av "Cats" (2000).
Samme år hadde han en kort gjesteopptreden i NGM/Nordic Artists produksjon
av "Hair" i Oslo Spektrum (regi Anthony van Laast).
Etter en sesong i "Cats" fikk Jan Erik tilbud om rollen som den sleipe
DJ¹en Monty i den tyske oppsetningen av "Saturday Night Fever". Etter
en hektisk periode med disco-dans var han en periode også med i den
østerrikske produksjonen av "Hair 2002". I sesongen 20022003 var
han igjen å se som Rum Tum Tugger i "Cats", denne gang i den danske
premiéren ved Det Ny Teater i København.
For tiden er Jan Erik tilknyttet Colloseum Theater Essen, hvor han
spiller rollen som Zoser i Tysklandspremiéren på Elton John og Disneys
musikal "AIDA". Han gleder seg til å gjøre en gjesteopptreden her
hjemme i Norge, og vi har gleden av å se ham i den rollen han har
høstet så mye heder og ære for nedover i Europa.
he began dancing at the age of six, Duane has always shown a keen
interest and love for musicals and the stage. After performing in
productions of The King And I, Grease and Aladdin in his hometown
of Pietermaritzburg, he ventured to Caper Town to being training at
the Waterfront Theatre School. While studying, he featured in many
musical productions of the Theatre School, including, I Had A Dream,
Scrooge and most recently, It¹s Not Where You Start. Still completely
stage struck and in love with the world of musical theatre, Duane
is proud and excited to be making his professional debut with this
production of Cats.
Belinda's musical theatre career has been challenging and inspiring.
Dancing since the age of three, under the guidance of the 'Vivienne
Academy of Dance', and singing since she can remember, she hope's
to return to the Victorian College of the Arts to complete her singing
degree. She has performed in musicals including The Sound of Music,
Crusade, H.M.S. Pinafore, Mack & Mabel, the Australian tour of Cats,
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and more recently A New Brain (by
William Finn Blackbird Productions, Melbourne). Her singing experience
is currently evolving with the production of a demo of original compositions
and performing live with the Australian Radio Rhythm Orchestra.
Grant was born in Port Elizabeth, where he started his drama career
at the age of 11 with the Rother/Swain Drama Studio. After matriculating,
he completed a 1 year musical theatre course with Marlene Pieterse.
During school he performed with a small amateur society, The Gilbert
and Sullivan Society. His first professional job was Aaron MaCillroy's
Abbamaniacs. He then went on to further his studies at Pretoria Technikon
and has recently completed the national diploma in musical theatre
course. He was very excited when he heard the jellical call!
Just for the record, she¹s allergic to cats! She is no stranger to
Andrew Lloyd Webber, having played a Soul Girl in Jesus Christ Superstar
and more recently, the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat. Put through her paces at the Performing Arts Workshop (PAW),
she studied violin, ballet, tap, singing and acting. After dancing
her way through the National Theatre Ballet School in Australia, she
returned home to joining PACT Ballet and Free Flight. Musicals include
Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Vita Award), Roll Over Beethoven,
Let¹s Rock, Summer Holiday, Nunsense (Vita Award) and Oklahoma! You
can catch Fen singing and playing her electric violin (sponsored by
Yamaha) in smokey jazz clubs or with Frank Opperman. In cinemas this
summer, you¹ll see Fem making her film debut in Leon Schuster¹s new
movie, Mr Bones. A saucer of crème and this feline Femwill work her
Sophie commenced her training in Ballet at the tender age of five,
and ultimately achieved her Diploma in Dance at the Australian Ballet
School in 1995, after which she went on to Graduated from the National
Theatre Drama School where she successfully completed the Music Theatre
course. Her professional experience includes, three years with the
West Australian Ballet Company where she performed seasonally and
toured nationally. She also performed with the Opera Australia company
in production s such as: Capriccio, Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Princess
and Faust. In 1999 Sophie performed in her musical theatre debut with
the Australian premier production of Happy Days the Arena Mega Musical.
Followed by the GFO/SEL production of Wizard of Oz in which she played
numerous roles. Later in 2002 Sophie joined the international tour
of Nickelodeons Blues Clues. Most recently Sophie performed in Sydney
Dance Company¹s Tivoli where she played the role of Iris. Sophie is
thrilled to now be joining the European Tour of Cats.
Born in Melbourne Australia, Luke commenced his dance training at
the age of eight. At fifteen years of age Luke began his full time
classical training at Dance World 301 under the guidance of Mr Brian
Nolan. He then transferred to performing arts and graduated in 2001.
Luke¹s performance experience has included the Melbourne Premier of
Bootmen, BHP Production-Choreographer Chris Horsey staged at the Melbourne
Convention Centre. The City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, DW301
Gala Performance-Brisbane, and the Robert Stoitz Society 1999-2000.
Most recently Luke has returned from the USA after completing two
P&O Cruise contracts 2002-2003. Luke is thrill to be joining to musical
production of Cats and would like to dedicate his performance to his
mum and dad for helping him to get to where he is now.
Began dancing at an early age, excelling at Highland Dancing and winning
numerous competitions. After starting ballet, she appeared with the
Durban Junior Dance Theatre Company, and also won various ballet awards,
before relocating to Cape Town to further her training in musical
theatre, at the Waterfront Theatre School. Whilst completing her training,
she performed and featured in several productions and also won the
award for Best Dancer at the 1999 FNB Vita Dance Indaba. Her professional
experience includes various cabaret contracts and corporate functions.
Catherine is ecstatic to make her theatrical debut with Cats!
Helen Burger matriculated in 1998 with Gr. 8 in classical piano and
Gr. 7 in percussion (UNISA). In 1999 she obtained her Teacher¹s Diploma
in Classical Ballet from the International Cecchetti Society of Dance.
She choreographed several high school musicals from 1999 - 2001. During
20012002 she toured as member of SAAPA (SA Academy of the Performing
Arts) to Australia, America and London¹s West End. There she performed
in Carmen (chorus) and The Mysteries (Isaac, Martha). In 2002 she
received Honours with Distinction from the A.I.D.T for her advanced
exam in Modern Dancing. Previous productions include: The Little Shop
Of Horrors (Audrey), Westside Story (Anybody`s), The Beggar¹s Opera
James was born in Tasmania Australia and studied classical, jazz,
acrobatics, Latin and contemporary. He has been dancing for ten years,
focusing his ability toward competitive dance nationally. Whilst in
Tasmania James performed the title role in Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dream Coat. He also performed in numerous pantomimes.
In 2003 James was accepted into the Victoria College of the Arts.
Whilst studying there James was happy to postpone his studies to experience
the Cats experience.
Anthony's early training consisted of classical piano and vocals.
He combines these skills with song writing to produce his own Cabaret,
Musical Theatre and Pop repertoire, which have won him awards Nationally.
Most recently Anthony worked in collaboration to write his first musical
"John & Sarah" which was a national finalist in the prestigious "Pratt
Prize" for new musical theatre works. He is currently under commission
to compose music and lyrics for the Australian Production of the Lion
The Witch and Wardrobe.
Graduating with one of the three perfect scores for Music in Victoria,
Anthony began his theatrical training at Monash University majoring
in Music and Drama. During this time he played leading roles in such
musicals as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ
Superstar, Working and Once on This Island. He further developed his
skills at DanceWorld301, where he is currently the Vocal Coach. Anthony's
professional career began in 1998 playing Danny Zuko in the Melbourne
Moomba Production of Greace, followed by a six month Cabaret in Asia.
Upon his return, Anthony worked as a lead Vocalist for Disney Special
Events, and then went on to create the very naughty, but lovable role
of Armand in Carnival of Freaks, for Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant.
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Mack and Mable
marked his debut with The Production Company in 2001.
Later that year, Anthony had the privilege of touring Beijing and
Shanghai, appearing in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Elaine
Paige. In 2002, Anthony played the title role of the Pinocchio in
Gary Ginnivan's Pinocchio, and was later featured in The Production
Company's Concert production of Hair, Directed and Choreographed by
David Atkins. After which he went on to play the role of Toby Bergman¹
and cover to the lead role Michael¹ in the Australian Premiere Cast
of The Witches of Eastwick. Anthony's live television credits include;
1998 Melbourne Cup, NBL Basketball, Good Friday Appeal (2000-2002)
and the Sydney Carols in the Domain. Most recently Anthony has been
working abroad as the Male Lead and Resident Vocal Director for the
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in the USA.
Catherine has a Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Pretoria Technikon.
Over the past five years she has performed in various musicals, pantomimes
and extravaganzas including La Cage au Folles, Oklahoma! and the Elvis
Las Vegas Extravaganza. Her first love however is acting. Recently
she featured in Things You Shouldn¹t Say Past Midnight and Funny About
Emma began her dance training at the age of five studying various
dance styles and drama with Barbara Lynch Dance Studio in Victoria
and later pursued her training at the Victorian College of the Arts
Secondary School. Emma has performed in Operas, Faust and Lohengrin
with the Victoria State Opera and in 1992 and 1994 she performed with
the Australian Ballet Company in their production of Nutcracker. In
1997 and 1998, Emma was awarded the Sir Robert Helpmann Ballet Scholarship
in South Australia. She has also appeared in various television productions
and also in a number of television films and commercials. From 1999
to 2000 Emma played Victoria the white cat in a touring production
of Cats, which played in over 44 regional centres of Australia, in
a Big Top. After finishing in Cats, Emma appeared in The Production
Company's Mack and Mabel at the Victorian Arts Centre and has also
been appearing in Children's theatrical productions. Since 2002 Emma
has been touring with the international production of Cats and in
July 2003 appeared in The Production Company¹s Bye Bye Birdie.
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Marcus was born in Mamelodi, Pretoria, into a very musical family.
He started singing at the age of 13 and joined the PACT Chorus as
an ad hoc member in 1987. Four years later he joined PACTS¹s permanent
chorus and sang with them until March 1994 when he became a member
of the Cape Opera Studio. He had been a soloist in oratorio, including
the Passion of Christ and the Coronation Mass. Opera productions for
PACT as a soloist include Tholiwe and the Crocodile, Batsumi, The
Hunters and Ntjilo, Ntjilo Bird of Peace. For Cape Town Opera he sang
in Fidelio, The Consul, Tosca, La Boheme and Enoch, Prophet of God.
He sang Mingo and Sporting Life at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown,
In 1997 he sang the role of Borsa in Rigoletto, followed by Normanno
in Lucia di Lammermoor. Performed the roles of Whitey and Lulu in
Hal Shaper¹s La Boheme Noir. In 1998 he toured Europe singing Sporting
Life in Porgy and Bess for New York Harlem Productions. Since his
return he has sung in Salome, Il Seraglio, Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama
Butterfly, Il Matrimonio. He was appointed assistant director for
Cape Town Opera, assisting in Aida, Hansel and Gretel, L¹Elisir d¹Amore
and The Merry Widow. He was instrumental in the creation of the new
folk opera, By the River.
Darryl has performed on the stages of most of the major entertainment
venues in South Africa. Starting in extravaganzas at the Wild Coast
Sun and Sun City, he then moved on to Musical Theatre, the real love
of his life. He has appeared in shows like The King and I, Oklahoma,
The Wizard of Oz and Fiddler on the Roof, and national tours of Crazy
For You, West Side Story, Queen at the Opera and Summer Holiday. He
is now very proud and excited to be performing on the stages of the
world as a cat!
Fayle Noilly Prat
Having studied Creative arts majoring in Voice at the University Of
Southern Queensland, Samantha Fayle has had a varied career in all
areas of performance, in particular as a singer, pursuing many different
styles of music including music theatre, pop, folk and jazz. Sam started
as a member of the QLD Cabaret group Vocal Point¹ performing at corporate
events and concerts both in Australia and overseas. Sam went on to
work for the Walt Disney Company touring throughout Australia and
Asia performing as lead vocalist in various stage shows. Sam¹s Theatre
credits include Chess (Macshows), The Sound Of Music (SEL/Gordon Frost),
and The Boy From Oz (Gannon/Fox). On television Sam has appeared on
Good Morning Australia¹ and Denise¹. Sam¹s live performances include
Carols In The Domain, The Mo Awards, Hats Off¹ Charity Concert and
The Sydney Cabaret Convention. Sam has performed as lead singer for
the Melbourne Swing/Jazz band Ch¹Boogie and was also part of the acclaimed
vocal trio The Funky Divas¹. Sam has recently returned from the P
& O Fair Princess as the leading Female Entertainer.
Has been on stage since the theatrical twinkle was spotted in her
eye in Grade 1. She was trained at the Robin Williams Drama School
in Port Elizabeth (she was one of the first Annies¹ in the musical,
Annie) and then went on to the Waterfront Theatre School. Wherever
she has studied, she has excelled on stage, in musical and plays as
well as dance. Favourite adult roles have been Tuptim in The King
and I, and Faith in Kindertransport. After working for the Story Spinning
Theatre in Cape Town, as well as playing in several of David Matheson¹s
productions at Artscape, Chireen returned to he hometown to take up
a drama and dance teaching post. She was busy putting the final touches
to her choreography for Grease, when she had the Cats call.
Hewitt Williams Mungojerrie
Although Cats is Gareth's professional debut, he has been preparing
for it from birth! Gareth first crawled down the aisle of a theatre
and appeared onstage at the age of 2! He has sung and danced his way
through Oliver! Noyes Fludde, The Sound of Music, The King and I,
Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Greace
(Showtime Award - Best Actor) as well as many revues. He also counts
the playing of Shakespeare's Romeo to his credit as well as performing
his own cabaret. Being cast as Mungojerrie in the original South African
cast of Cats - and traveling the world with the International Touring
Company for 2 years has been a dream come true! Gareth was nominated
for 2 FNB VITA awards (Best Musical Performance by a New Actor) in
Cape Town and Johannesburg - South Africa, for his portrayal of Mungojerrie
in Pieter Toerien's production of Cats! Gareth dedicates his performance
to his late grandmother.
Born in Southampton, UK, Barnaby began dancing at a young age and
completed his formal training at the Doreen Bird College Of Performing
Arts in London, where he graduated with a BA (honours) in Dance and
Theatre Performance. After performing in productions of both Time
and Tabaluga & Lilli on London's West End, Barnaby landed the part
of Plato / Macavity in Cats in Germany and is now thrilled to be able
to recreate the role he loves as part of this production of Cats.
He has worked extensively in theatre and television throughout Europe,
America and Australia.
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Ria¹s musical theatre credits include: Eva Peron in Evita, Grizabella
in Cats, Fantine in Les Miserables, The Narrator in Joseph, Svetlana/Florence
in Chess, Carla/Necrophorus in Nine, Ida in Honk, Josephine/Monica
in Romance Romance, Kim in Personals, Petra in A Little Night Music,
Robin in Godspell, Emma West in A Twist Of Fate and Anita in West
Side Story. She created a role of Norma Desmond in the original workshop
of Sunset Boulevard at Sydmonton. Worked closely with Stephen Sondheim
in his new musicals master classes at St Catherine¹s collage Oxford.
And was proud to be chosen to perform at the Voices Of A Nation concert
to celebrate the opening of the Welsh Assembly. Concert work has taken
Ria all over the world. She regularly guests with orchestras in Singapore,
France, South Africa and Denmark, as well as appearing in the U.K.
Recent concerts include: A Night Under The Stars with Bryn Tyrfel,
Fantine in Les Miserables, Cardiff Castle, The Wonderful World of
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Birmingham and Glasgow, Soloist in Black
Goes With Everything, celebrating the lyrics of Don Black and Miss
Leading Ladies, which she co-devised with her brother Ceri Dupree.
She has recorded her own television show "For One Night Only With
Ria Jones" for BBC Wales. Has appeared on three Royal Variety shows
for the BBC, as well as guesting on many chat shows on Welsh television.
Recordings include: Les Miserables, (Manchester cast recording), Personals,
A Twist Of Fate, A Tribute To Hal Prince (live cast recordings) and
most recently as a guest soloist on the C.D. "My Way" with trumpeter
Pier Nielsen, which has now gone platinum.
Was bitten by the theatre bug when she was just six years old. She
went on to study drama in Cape Town where she obtained her London
Trinity Performers Diploma. Since then she has played some of the
most coveted female roles in musical theatre. Favourite roles include:
Eva Peron in Evita (VITA Award), Anna in The King and I (Showtime
Award), Maria in The Sound of Music (Fleur du Cap Award), Cinderella
in Into the Woods (Fleur du Cap Award), Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn
Live (VITA Award). Other shows include: Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the
Roof, Mame and Peter Pan. When not performing on stage, she presents
for various channels on national television. She feels extremely honoured
to be a cat¹.
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Warren was born in South Africa in 1970. He attended Cape Town University
where he gained a Business Science degree before being offered a place
at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Warren first appeared
as The Man in Henry Goodman¹s 1996 production of Laughing Wild, which
toured to the Bristol Old Vic and London Riverside theatres. His other
roles include Frederick in Chris Monks¹ production of Pirates of Penzance
for the New Victoria theatre in Stoke on Trent. Lieutenant Joe Cable
in the Apollo Leisure national tour of South Pacific. John Parker
in Animal Crackers directed by Emil Wolk and Greg Hersov at the Barbican
Theatre London and the Manchester Royal Exchange, Danny in Grease
at the Nico Theatre, Cape Town, Burrs in Julia Smith¹s adaptation
of The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March for the MousePeople. The
Mousepeople company was founded by Warren and Julia and in this their
first production, Warren was nominated for a Stage and Television
Today award for acting excellence and The Wild Party toured to Edinburgh,
London, Scotland, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Grahamstown. Warren
was also instrumental in mounting the English premiere of Reza de
Wet¹s Crossing at the Riverside Studios in London where he took the
role of the Maestro. Warren has just completed a run of Private Lives
(Elyot) in Cape Town and Johannesburg and Aspects of Love in Vancouver
playing Alex Dillingham and will be returning to appear in Jacques
Brel is in Vancouver in the New Year. Warren is delighted to be returning
to the best company of Cats ever!!
In 2001, Talia completed her National Diploma in Musical Theatre at
the Pretoria Technikon, South Africa, where she performed in productions
such as Jerry¹s Girls, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) and Into The Woods
(Cinderella). Moving on into the professional world, she worked in
Children¹s Theatre (VAPA Productions- The Golden Rule) and enjoyed
a run in Janice Honeyman¹s Pantomime (Sleeping Beauty). Talia has
also delved into the world of film and television (Egoli; Uncle Paul¹s
Untold Tales) and entered the corporate and commercial world (Mia¹s
Summer Tour; Santam & Phillips Commercials). She ventured into directing
and enjoyed being on the other side of the lights with her choreography
of the Mr & Miss JHB Youth Pageant 2002. Talia is proud to be in Cats
and hopes to pursue her dreams with integrity, determination and conviction.
Was trained and educated in Cape Town, after which she began an interesting
journey of three years at the UCT (University of Cape Town) School
of Dance, from which she graduated in 1998, majoring in classical
ballet. Throughout her three years at University and for a short while
thereafter, Katherine worked with the Cape Town City Ballet. In 1999
she joined forces with Juanita Yazbek and entered the corporate world
continuing to do some musical theatre, cabaret work and a few operas.
Her previous venture was Grease the Stadium Spectacular: Katherine
is thrilled to be in Cats.
Craig started his performing career in 1992 in South Africa. With
his training in ballet, jazz and tap, as well as singing and drama,
he has been able to perform in musicals like Crazy For You, Me and
My Girl and The Rocky Horror Show to name a few. For the last three
years he has been working for Carnival Cruise Lines in the USA, appearing
in their "Las Vegas" style reviews, and also featured in special on-board
Studied at the University of Stellenbosch where he graduated in 1998
with a B. Drama (Hons) Cum Laude degree in drama. While studying he
began his professional career performing in Mike McCullagh¹s hit show,
Fiftysomething and Legends of Rock n Roll. He played the role of
Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show Picture Show, and as Kenickie
in David Matheson¹s production of Grease. Anton won several awards
at university including Best Final Year Acting Student, and the Mark
Graham Award for Best Student Director for Womanize, which appeared
at the Theatre on the Bay. He was then nominated for a Fleur du Cap
Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Anton has musically directed, composed songs for, and performed in
numerous cabarets, which include SiMan and GIRLfunkel, 3D on Broadway,
Blue Moves A tribute to Elton John, Love Me-Thrill Me-Kiss Me and
Mercury the Music of Queen. He has most recently been seen in Bedside
Manners (with Rex Graner) and the critically acclaimed, Offbeat Broadway,
which has toured extensively. Television appearances include Skotteljons,
alongside Nataniel, and Gwen¹s aerobic instructor in Penguin Films¹,
Madam and Eve!
Was born in Botswana and started dancing at the age of eleven, doing
ballroom and Latin American dance. He won the South African Youth
Latin title and went overseas to further his studies in dance. He
studied at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and was introduced
to contemporary and ballet. He turned down a full scholarship to NY
University to see if he had a chance in the dance industry so far
he has no regrets. One of his most exciting moments was when he was
introduced to Nina Simone at Sun City.
Grew up in Natal, learning ballet and Spanish dance in private studios
from a young age. After school he attended the UCT (University of
Cape Town) School of Dance from 1994-1996, graduating with a Teacher¹s
Diploma in Ballet. Clinton then joined Cape Town City Ballet dancing
various roles and then began moving into musicals and cabaret. He
moved to Johannesburg in 2001, and then moved straight back to Cape
Town to answer the Cats call.
Kerryn graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996 with
a Bachelor of Music. Having studied all aspects of musical theatre,
Kerryn has performed The Magic Flute for Opera Australia, She Loves
Me, Mame & Music Man - playing Mrs Squires for The Production Company,
and A Portrait of Love for Leonardo Productions. In 1998 & 99 Kerryn
understudied and performed the role of Magnolia in Showboat for Livent.
In 2000 Kerryn joined the touring company of Cats appearing as Jemima
and on occasion as Jellyoram & Jennyanydots. Kerryn has also released
her solo CD "What More Do I Need?" which is available at www.middle8.com
Kerryn¹s other passion is swing dancing.
van Heerden Bill Bailey
Born and bred in Capetonian, Pierré started singing at the age of
three, when he appeared in various touring shows. In his teens, he
competed in both local and national singing competitions. After school
he started working in the family business, but left after five years
to pursue a stage career. He is completing his training in jazz and
tap dancing, as well as drama and musical theatre at the Waterfront
Theatre College. Cats are his first professional engagement.
van Wyk Mr Mistoffelees
Was born in Pieterrmaritzburg. He received tertiary ballet training
at the UCT (University of Cape Town) School of Dance. He joined NAPAC
Dance Company in 1990, moving to PACT Ballet in 1991. He joined Cape
Town City Ballet in 1997, where he is presently a principal dancer.
Most recent roles danced include: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Immortal
One in Christipher Kindo¹s Firebird, Franz in Jean-Paul Comelin¹s,
Coppélia, Robin was awarded the Cape Town FNB Vita Award for Most
Promising Choreographer. He is currently studying Checchetti Teaching
Method. He has also been the recipient of awards from Nederburg, FNB
Warwick Griffin Rum Tum Tugger (except in Norway)
Has an extensive list of theatre credits to his name, not only as
an actor, but also as a director and a producer. His most recent musical
theatre highlights include national tours of the record breaking Queen
at the Opera, and The Rocky Horror Show, in which he won widespread
critical acclaim, as well as a Vita nomination, for his performance
as Frank N Furter. Others include both the original and return seasons
of Hair, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof and Evita his performance
as Che Guevara winning him a Vita Award. His memorable performance
as both Jesus and Judas in two seasons of the highly acclaimed Jesus
Christ Superstar for Artscape, garnered him another Vita Award in
1998. Paul recently completed a tour of All This I Know the Music
of Brel and Piaf. Performances on the drama stage include A Midsummer
Night¹s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Tis Pity She¹s a Whore, The
Madness of George III, The Visit and Macbeth. Paul has also performed
with Jazzart Dance Theatre and his recording work includes the original
cast recordings of Follies Panache, queen at the Opera and The Rocky
Horror Show Silver Jubilee Album.
Nastassia Zealand completed her studies at the Pretoria Technicon
in 2002, while there she danced at Klein Karoo National Festival,
the Aids Benefit 2000, Oppikoppie 2001 and had the opportunity to
perform with the State Theatre Ballet Company in productions La Sylphide
and Sleeping Beauty. Nastassia has danced in two music videos for
the group Eden and for South African singer, Elle. Other credits include
the 2002 Miss South Africa awards with Bianca Lira Melanie and Nicole
and the role of Annie in the musical Annie. Nastassia is excited to
join the International Touring Company of Cats.
Lloyd Webber Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber is composer of theatre works Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jeeves (later reworked
as By Jeeves), Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday (later combined
as Song & Dance), Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera,
Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, and The
Beautiful Game. He has composed music for the films Gumshoe and The
Odessa File, additional music for the film of Evita, and a Requiem
(a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass.) His other theatre productions
include Daisy Pulls It Off and La Bete, both Olivier Award winners,
and he produced the musical Bombay dreams in London on 2002. He is
sole owner of the Really Useful Group whose management, in addition
to producing his own work, is active in developing and producing the
works of other writers. The Really Useful Group is co-owner of Really
Useful Theatres, London¹s largest proprietor of West End theatres,
including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the London Palladium and The
Palace. His Awards include six Broadway Tony Awards, three British
Grammy Awards, five British Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, an Oscar,
the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in
Music Theatre and the Critics¹ Circle award for Best Musical 2000.
He was knighted in 1992 and created a life peer in 1997, becoming
The Lord Lloyd Webber of Sydmonton.
Thomas Sterns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, on September 26,
1888. He was educated at Harvard, at the Sorbonne in Paris and at
Merton College, Oxford. Eliot¹s book of poems, Old Possum¹s Book of
Practical Cats appeared in October 1939. Possum¹ was Eliot¹s alias
among his friends. His ther works include; Sweeney Agonistes, The
Rock, Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion and Four Quartets.
Eliot received the Order of Merit in January 1948 and in the autumn
of the same year was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Among
many other honours and distinctions he was an Officier de la Legion
d¹Honneur. T.S Eliot died in London in January 1965. There is a memorial
to him in Poet¹s Corner, Westminister Abbey, beside Tennyson and Browning.