CONDA AWARD WINNER
Ken Longworth NH 14-10-02
"The wait has been worth it..."
"Fiddes music is a remarkable mixture of styles..."
"Kavanagh's lyrics have wit and bite..."
"Carson (sic) and Weller make beautiful music
together in their declaration of love..."
The Chorus work is superb..."
"So is there a happy ending.....?"
and Heloise received its world premiere
staging in Newcastle, Australia, during October 2002
as a Shakespeare
et al production .
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A cast of 38 and an orchestra of 25.
Performances were held in
Christchurch Cathedral Newcastle
on 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 19 October 2002.
Weller as Abelard.
Stephen was born in Surrey UK, and received his theatrical training
the Mountview Theatre School. His career since has been varied and
interesting, with a penchant for new works, or so it would seem.
the lead in the 1999 Cameron MacIntosh English production of Martin
Guerre, a new musical by the creators of Les Miserables and Miss
As well as
starring as Martin Guerre, Mr Weller has appeared in a number
of musicals on the English stage, including as Enjolras in Les
Miserables in the West End, Raoul in Phantom of the Opera,
roles in new shows such as Pride and Prejudice (as Darcy),
Merrick (as John Merrick the elephant man), Crusade
and Blude Red. He has
recently appeared for Disney in Japan and in concert in Oslo.
in which Mr Weller appears include the Martin Guerre 1999 Cast
Recording (as Martin Guerre) and Merrick (as John Merrick).
He has been
the musical director of 6 productions.
is a rising star of the English stage.
has appeared in concerts at the Barbican,
Albert Hall, Royal
Festival Hall, Putra
Stadium Kuala Lumpur and the Cardiff
Carson as Heloise.
Sues astonishing vocal range has amazed audiences over
her 12 years as a professional musician, with her ability
to capture any genre of music from opera to contemporary pop,
country, folk, and musical theatre.
a coloratura soprano, Sues versatility has allowed
her to play roles from Mozarts Queen of the Night
in The Magic Flute to Rodgers and Hammersteins Carrie
in Carousel and Rosalinde in Strausss Die Fledermaus.
She won a major overseas scholarship from the Newcastle
Conservatorium and was nominated for a CONDA for her performance
Hunter Valley Theatre Companys production of The Venetian
is probably best known around Newcastle for her band work
having fronted several quality outfits such as National
Bush Band Champions Sligo Maid (Tamworth Festival 95
and 96), pop trio Love That Hat and
current outfit Kilkenny in contemporary styles ranging from
pop to Celtic over the past decade.
is an award winning multi-instrumentalist (violin, guitar
and mandolin) which makes her all the more in demand in
is very much looking forward to this premiere production
of Abelard and Heloise in which she will play the lead of
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Kedmenec as Alberic.
Charlie Kedmenec was born and raised in country Victoria where he
performed regularly with various amateur productions. Last year
completed his Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) at the Victorian
College of the Arts. Whilst at the V.C.A. Charlie received the
Sleath-Lowrey Vocal scholarship and was runner up in the Athenaeum
Vocal Award. Throughout the past 3 years Charlie has regularly performed
in VCA and external recitals and has been invited to participate
in a series of concert this year as an alumnus of the College.
performed the role of Osmin in Eastern Metropolitan Opera's The
Abduction from the Seraglio and Lepidus for Mandragora Theatre
Co in Antony and Cleopatra. This year Charlie makes his Debut
for Opera Australia in Der Rosenkavalier. Charlie has a passion
for new music and has been involved in projects by various up and
coming and established composers including Craig Christie, Anthony
Crowley. and Mark Pollard and he is looking forward to working with
Ross Fiddes and the team on what is a very exciting undertaking.
Aside from his performance commitments, Charlie is also a founding:
member and Musical Director of As You Wish Productions, a company
that aims to teach young people the necessary skills involved in
Susan Hawkins Hart Soprano
Susan Hart has performed widely in the fields of opera and oratorio
a diverse range of professional companies. Her Mozart operatic roles
include Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro, Papagena The
Blonde The Abduction from the Seraglio) and MIle Herz (The
Susan's Menotti operatic roles include Laetitia (The Old Maid
Thief.), Monica (The Medium) and Lucy (The Telephone).
Miscellaneous roles performed by Susan include Rosalinde (Die
Fledermaus), Frasquita (Carmen), Belinda (Dido and
Aeneas), Drusilla (The Coronation of Poppaea) and Madame
Popova (The Bear). Susan's extensive oratorio repertoire
embraces all styles from the Baroque works of Bach (St John Passion
and Mass in B Minor) and Handel (Messiah, Samson, Dixit Dominus
and Ode to St Cecilia) through the classical works of Mozart
(Requiem and Mass in C) and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
to the modern works of Poulenc's Gloria, Vaughan Williams'
Mass in G minor and Fanshawe's African Sanctus.
In 1991, 1993
and 2000 Susan sang with the Australian Opera Chorus,
notably in the Baz Luhrmann production of La Boheme. During
Susan performed in the Cameron Macintosh Sydney production of
Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera as Carlotta, Mlne Firman
career Susan has appeared in concert with operatic stars
Anson Austin, Ghillian Sullivan, Christa Lehmann, Geoffrey Chard,
Jamie Allen, Irene Waugh and Denis Olsen as well as with music
theatre stars Michael Crawford, Marina Pryor, Judi Connelli, Peter
Cousens, Geraldine Turner and the renowned flautist, Jane Rutter.
A Fellow of Trinity College London (FTCL), in 1997 Susan graduated
from the University of Newcastle with a postgraduate degree, Master
of Music. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Education. In 1998/99
Susan was invited to adjudicate and present the award for the
prestigious Doris Smith Scholarship for University of Newcastle
Conservatorium. For several years she has been a part-time lecturer
in voice for University of NSW Faculty of Music and Avondale College,
and is regularly in demand as an adjudicator for Eisteddfodau.
Rzechowicz as Maria
Anne studied music at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music graduating
with a B.Mus.Ed. in 1982.
She taught in local high schools for 10 years before deciding to
take the plunge to become a professional musician and actor.
ensemble dAmore plays throughout the region at weddings
and functions. She has her own studio, teaching singing, piano
and flute. Two of her students are now performing on Londons
credits include Mama Morton in Chicago, Miss Mona in The
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Mrs Pearce in My Fair
Lady and countless
other roles. She has also been the Musical Director for several
local productions including A Chorus Line, A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum, Follies and The Wiz. Her screen
credits include Alice in Final Exit, short film Please
Blow Into This and appearances in All Saints, Home and
Away and Head Start.
Heloise marks Annes return to the stage after a six year
THOMAS as Fulbert
Richard was born and educated in London, forming an interest
in theatre and music whilst at school and winning a London Festival
of Arts Prize in 1960. He migrated to Perth in 1967, over the
following 4 years performing in some 20 professional and amateur
productions with a number of companies including Patch Theatre,
The Hole in the Wall Theatre, Transit Theatre, UBU, W.A. University
Theatre and National Theatre of W.A. He appeared in plays by Shakespeare,
Pinter, Stoppard among others and with actors such as Abigail,
Joe Hasham, John Orcsik, Allan Cassell, Helen Neeme and Arthur
to Newcastle in 1977 he established a hotel broking business and
has interests in the hospitality industry. He has been involved
with Young Peoples Theatre as a tutor and performer, but
has been seduced back to the stage by Ross Fiddes after an absence
of 32 years.
Benson as Drogo
As a trained actor, Andrew has performed on stage in A Chorus
Line, The Exception and the Rule, The Beaux Stratagem,
Crazy for You and Re: MacBeth. His television and
film credits include Moulin Rouge and Going Home.
Andrew also produces small films with his film production company
Poppett Productions, producing Shock Therapy and Le Chauser
for The Shoot Out Film Festival.
in classical singing with The Trinity College London being awarded
the Australian Exhibition Award in Musical Theatre. He has subsequently
run acting and musical theatre workshops for the College in Sydney,
Adelaide and Melbourne. Recently he performed as backing singer
for Vanessa Amorosi and at the 2001 Australian Night at the
Proms and the New York Recovery Concert. This year
he sang the National Anthem in Parliament House Canberra for the
2002 Young Australian of the Year, Australia Day Celebrations.
In 2000 Andrew
was awarded an Emerging Artist Scholarship from the Australia
Council and Performing Arts Newcastle to produce his satirical
character cabaret show Aunty Mavis: Tea and Timeless Advice
which he wrote, produced and directed to much critical and audience
acclaim. Through the scholarship Andrew developed his skills as
a director and last year he directed a feminist play Just Equal,
and Evil Will Strike, a post-modern re-working of Arthur
Millers The Crucible for the Newtown High School
of the Performing Arts. Earlier this year Andrew was the Assistant
Director on The Westie Monologues at the Sydney Fringe
Festival and Belvoir Street Seasons for Push Up Theatre. He has
recently completed a season in Spunks for Push Up Theatre.
currently working towards directing his new film Leave It To
Lorn, writing a new cabaret show and the assistant directorship
of Solitude in Blue for Glass Theatre/Griffin, a new play
about the murder of Molly Dean.
Director - Christiane O'Sullivan
Musical Director - Ross Fiddes (Composer)
Designer - Melissa Hankinson.
in this stage work is held by
Paul Kavanagh & Ross
Fiddes (lyrics, music & book)
Matthew Lazarus-Hall (staging).
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