Josh Piterman is perfectly fit for the stage and screen. He has forged a professional career as both an award winning performing artist in theatre and a successful fitness entrepreneur.
Growing up with a passion for sport he played AFL and Tennis with the desire of becoming a Physiotherapist, but instead his passion for entertaining and singing took him to The University of Ballarat Arts Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) in 2006. His musical theatre credits include playing 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; Corney Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray; Ramon Gutierrez in An Officer And A Gentleman; Michael in Grease 2; and the Caliph in Kismet for The Production Company. Josh kicked off his career performing with the International group; The Ten Tenors and then made his mark as Tony in the 2010 Tour of West Side Story. An early career highlight was when he understudied/played George in the Drowsy Chaperone for Melbourne Theatre Company alongside Geoffrey Rush. Josh has just appeared as "Giuseppe" in The Light in the Piazza at The Arts Centre and is currently playing lead role "Jamie" in The Last Five Years for the Victorian Theatre Company.
Two time Helpmann Award winning Verity Hunt-Ballard has fast become one of Australia’s most versatile leading ladies. Graduating from WAAPA in 2003, Verity is best known for her performance as Mary Poppins in Cameron Mackintosh’s smash hit musical of the same name for which she received a Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Musical, a Green Room Award for Best Female Artist in a Leading Role in Music Theatre, and nominations for the Sydney Theatre Award, Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical and a Glug Award nomination, Best Female Actor in Music Theatre – Mary Poppins.
Verity received her second Helpmann Award and Green Room Award for her portrayal of Charity Hope Valentine in Luckiest Productions sell out season of Sweet Charity. Her other stage credits include: The Last Five years, Guy and Dolls (The Production Company), Shane Warne The Musical Concert, Jersey Boys, The Rocky Horror Show, Eureka, Virgins with the Malthouse Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival, After the Beep for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Metro Street at the State Theatre Company of SA, for which she won a Theatre Critics Award for Best Female Performance.
Verity is featured on the Shane Warne the Musical Concert Cast Recording, Eddie Perfect’s recording- Drink Pepsi Bitch, Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank’s- Virgins Cast Recording and the Mary Poppins Australian Cast Recording which is sold world wide.
Verity has appeared in ABC’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries, on Vision Australia’s Carols By Candlelight, Good Morning Australia, The Today Show, Sunrise, The Circle, The Kerrie- Anne Show, Saturday Disney, The Footy Show, The AFL Grand Final, The Australian Open Grand Final and Mornings on Channel 9.
Verity was included in the inaugural edition of the Who’s Who of Australian Women 2011 and is dedicated to sharing her broad industry experience teaching at ‘Showfit’.
A true Zwischenfach singer of exceptional versatility, with a professional international career spanning 20 years - Andrea Creighton’s performance experience encompasses opera, operetta, music theatre and cabaret.
As a principal artist, Andrea has sung with many international companies including: L’Opéra National de Paris; New Zealand Opera; Opéra de Bordeaux; Opéra de Tours; Opéra de Nantes; Iford Arts Festival UK; Festival d’Aix en Provence; Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing and the NZ International Festival of the Arts - under the batons of major conductors such as James Conlon; Marc Minkowski; Bertrand de Billy; Pinchas Steinburg; Jean-Claude Malgloire; and Armin Jordan.
Andrea was awarded the prestigious Prix d’A.R.O.P - for an outstanding debut performance at the Paris Opera.
Her concert work has seen engagements with the Vector Wellington Orchestra; the Auckland Philharmonia; the Auckland Chamber Orchestra; the Orchestre National de Lyon; Orchestre Pas de Loups; Orchestre des Jeunes Français; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Orchestre National de l’ Opéra de Paris, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Andrea has sung recitals in many countries around the world - including the United States; France; the United Kingdom; Italy; Belgium; New Zealand and Egypt.
A highly successful cross-over performer - from 2012-2016 Andrea performed the role of Carlotta Guidicelli in the Really Useful Group’s World Tour of The Phantom of the Opera - encompassing 7 countries. She was Sister Berthe in the recent 2016 GFO Australian tour of The Sound of Music; had tremendous fun touring Australia as Dubbo Housewife in Menopause the Musical for 2 years and performed Carlotta Guidicelli in the most recent RUG/GFO Australasian tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
Andrea is an established singing teacher - specialising in Opera, Classical Voice and Music Theatre and a sought-after “French Language for Singers” Coach.
David Rogers-Smith is a regular on the opera, musical theatre, concert, oratorio and cabaret stages. He has performed with all major orchestras in Australia (SSO, MSO, APO), including appearing with the MSO duetting with Ben Folds.
Career credits include over 2,500 performances as Ubaldo Piangi for the International and Australasian tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Brujon/Jean Valjean cover for the International tour of Les Miserables, the Ziegfeld Tenor in Funny Girl, Mary Sunshine cover in Chicago, Forbidden Broadway 2000, Brian in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Buddy Plummer in Follies in Concert, Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little; General Kromov in The Merry Widow with Marina Prior; Zaza in La Cage aux Folles opposite John O’May.
Operatic credits include Degas in Gaugin – A Synthetic Life, Ein sklave in Salome (Kirov Opera), Michele in The Saint of Bleecker Street, The Impresario in Mozart’s The Impresario and for Canberra’s Street Theatre he originated the role of David in the premiere of From A Black Sky. With Melbourne Opera he has played Lt BF Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the title roles in both Pagliacci and Faust, Danilo in The Merry Widow and Don Jose in Carmen.
With Victorian Opera: Jules/Greenberg in Sunday In The Park With George, Into The Woods, originated the role of Alex in the new opera The Riders and Pirrelli in Sweeney Todd. This year David originated another role, Drew, in Paul Grabowsky and Steve Vizard’s Banquet of Secrets and played Roscoe in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies in Concert.
David’s debut CD A Little Bit In Love was released in 2012.
2017 Support Acts and Rising Stars
Lucy has toured the East Coast of Australia in Cafe Rebetika, including a sold out season at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne. She has a BA degree in Drama and Literature and is a graduate of 16th Street Acting Studio.
For years she enjoyed solo gigs around the Mornington Peninsula and the Bass Valley but has since changed style accompanied by wonderful guitarist Mark Finsterer.
Tom Green, a 21 year old Wonthaggi resident, now based primarily in Melbourne has had quite a success in early years of his career.
Tom successfully negotiated 5th. grade music theory as part of his A.mus.A (Associate Diploma in Classical Voice) as he progresses towards his Diploma exams.
During 2014 Tom studied vocals under world renowned Classical Tenor Peter Mander whilst also commencing a music teaching cadetship at Newhaven College.
At the same time Tom was establishing a private music teaching practice under the name of ‘Green Room Concept Studios’.
In May/June 2014 Tom performed in the title role of ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.
JCSS was awarded ‘Production of the Year’ at the 2014 Music Theatre Guild of Victoria’s ‘Bruce Awards’ in December.
Tom was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Leading Male’ and also received the ‘Gladys Moncrieff Award’ for first time performance in a featured role. This is a rare double and more remarkable as it was Tom’s first appearance in a musical production. In 2014 Tom was also given the opportunity to sing the Australian national anthem at the World Super Bikes grand final on Phillip Island which was an event televised internationally to an audience of millions.
Tom recently played the lead role of Chris Scott in PLOS’s July production of Miss Saigon for which he received a MTGV commendation. Tom then went onto play the role of Boq in PLOS’s January production of Wicked which played to sold out audiences.
Tom is now completing his Bachelor of Music degree at Monash University as well as preparing for his Licentiate Diploma in Musical Theatre.
Maria Rosa Gatto
Maria Rosa is seventeen years old and is currently in year twelve at Newhaven College. She has been singing for six years under the tuition of Kirk Skinner. She recently finished her VCE music performance exams and has performed at many events in the community, including two previous Serenade at Sunset concerts, the Wonthaggi Carols by Candlelight and concerts at the Wonthaggi Baptist Church, as well as various Newhaven College and Wonthaggi Theatrical Group productions. At this point in time she is unsure whether she will study music at university but would like to join a choir on campus at the very least.
Emma and Jake
Duo “Emma and Jake” currently reside in South Yarra, but not long ago did they live in the Bass Coast region, often performing with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and in other community events. They have headlined well-known venues such as the Paris Cat Jazz Bar in the CBD, and The Westernport Hotel, and also supported acts such as The Pierce Brothers and The Vanns. Along with saxophonist, Daniel Fenby, the trio come with a mature view on music, and will present a selection of modern works, originals, covers. Their music mixes styles of jazz, blues, soul and pop.
Newhaven Boys Vocal Group
The Newhaven Boys Vocal Group (Newhaven BVG) was formed in 2012 and has become the flagship choral ensembles of Newhaven College . It is an auditioned invitation ensemble of ten boys with changed voices. Each year they share their music with a wide audience, performing at a range of community and school events. Including numerous community Carols and Naturalisation Ceremonies for the Bass Coast Shire Council. In 2015 the group performed in front of 5000 people for the Anzac Centenary celebrations on Phillip Island.
The BVG are delighted to be chosen to represent Victoria as a featured ensemble for the Pemulwuy National Male Vocal Festival in Brisbane in June and are looking forward to joining other National and International groups to share the passion and collegiality of group singing.
Newhaven College is on Phillip Island and has a philosophy which prioritises strengthening self-esteem and the students’ sense of community; thereby equipping each individual with the qualities required for good citizenship and the confidence to contribute.
Corey Green & Alliza Miel
Corey Green is a 20 year old Wonthaggi resident. Corey discovered the intoxicating joys of music & performance in 2014 when he played an Apostle in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group's "Jesus Christ Superstar". Such is Corey's natural talent he has since played the Title Role in "Pippin" and the demanding and coveted role of Che in "Evita", both with WTG.
Corey's meteoric rise sees him currently rehearsing the role of Chris in WTG's "Miss Saigon" which opens in May this year.
Corey started singing 4 Years ago under the tuition of Kirk Skinner and whilst now also taking lessons in Melbourne, he still relies on Kirk's guidance and advice.
To quote Corey "I have gotten more out of musical theatre and singing in the last 4 years than anything else in my life and I look to the future with high hopes"
Alliza Miel completed year twelve last year at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College. A former member of the Australian Youth Choir, Alliza has been singing for 13 years and is currently continuing private voice lessons. Having entered many competitions and eisteddfods during her younger years, Alliza who has previously performed lead roles for Mary Mackillop's school productions has landed the coveted role of 'Kim' in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group's 2017 production of Miss Saigon.