P.T. BarnumRead More
One of Australia’s most versatile performing artists, Todd McKenney is an award winning and critically acclaimed performer on stage and screen. As an actor and the leading man of song and dance in musical theatre productions, he has entertained Australia for over 30 years from main stage to intimate venues. As a radio and television host, and the sometimes outspoken judge, he has shared his personality, humour and passions with us. It’s not surprising that Todd is a household name.
Todd’s stage credit roll and career highlights include his most notable role of Peter Allen in the Australian hit production The Boy From Oz in which he performed over 1000 shows nationally and became one of the longest running and most successful musical productions in Australian history. But his first professional musical role was in 1983 in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. Todd’s career followed with lead and headline roles in Cats, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Crazy For You, Born Yesterday, Camelot, Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Strictly Ballroom, La Cage aux Folles, Singin’ In the Rain, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Orpheus In the Underworld for Opera Australia, Annie the Musical, Grease and Anything Goes. In 2018 he stepped into the stilettos and successfully took on the role of Frank N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in Melbourne.
As a dancer his journey started at the age of three age of three at his mother’s dancing school in Perth, training in jazz, tap, acrobatics and ballroom dancing. He represented Australia in ballroom and Latin American dancing, winning many international dance titles. Amongst his Australian awards for performance in musical theatre he has two ‘Mo Awards’, the ‘Variety Club Heart Award’, the ‘Glug Award’, the ‘Green Room Award’, two ‘Australian Dance Awards’ and a ‘Helpmann Award’.
On Television he has shared his wisdom and honesty as the colourful and often controversial judge on the Channel 7 hit series ‘Dancing With the Stars’. Todd has also appeared as a guest judge on ‘Australia’s got Talent’, hosted on a range of morning Television programs and appeared as an entertaining guest across all networks. He recently starred with Shane Jacobson as the choreographer in the hit Seven Network special ’The Real Full Monty’
On radio Todd co-hosted Sydney’s MIX106.5FM breakfast radio program with Sonia Kruger for 2 years and is a regular guest on the airwaves.
On a personal level Todd is a student of ‘Auslan’ sign language and has worked within the deaf community all around Australia. He also works with The Children’s Tumour Foundation.
Todd had the delight of becoming a father in 2007 and his daughter Charlotte is the light of his life.
Charity BarnumRead More
One of Australia’s leading performers, Rachael Beck can currently be seen on stage in The Wharf Revue for Sydney Theatre Company and will next be seen on screen in the soon to be released feature film A Long Night. She also recently opened The Long and the Short of It with Rhonda Burchmore at the Thebaton Theatre.
Rachael won acclaim for her recent performance of ‘Diana’ in Black Swans production of Next to Normal, she also played ‘The Bakers Wife’ in Harvest Rain’ s Into The Woods at QPAC in 2015 and in 2016 returned to the stage with the Queensland Ballet’s production of Strictly Gershwin.
Rachael’s further theatre credits include ‘Truly Scrumptious’ in TML Enterprises national production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; ‘Sally Bowles’ in IMG’s Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes; ‘Kathy Selden’ in Singin’ in the Rain directed by David Atkins, earning her a Mo Award nomination; ‘Maria’ in The Gordon/Frost Organization/SEL production of The Sound of Music; Me and My Girl – which toured Australia and New Zealand for the Adelaide Festival; for The Production Company, The Pajama Game, and Call Me Madam and for QTC, Mother and Son.
Rachael is widely remembered for her award-winning role as ‘Belle’ opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, which won the 1996 ARIA Award for the Best Australian Soundtrack/Cast/Show Release. Her outstanding credits include her Green Award nominated performance as ‘Fantine’ in Les Miserables and ‘Rumpleteaser’ in Cats, both produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Rachael’s theatre credits for the STC include Summer Rain; A Little Night Music; Henry IV and for Malthouse Theatre Secret Bridesmaid’s Business. Rachael performed the role of the Narrator in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat for the Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, Directed by Darren Yap with Musical Direction by Max Lambert.
A highly skilled concert performer, Rachael appeared with Todd McKenney and Tommy Tycho in Broadway to Hollywood with the National Symphony Orchestras’ in Australia. Her other credits include the tour of War Of The Worlds, Promac Productions’ Morning Melodies Concerts, Broadway Hits for Queensland Pops Orchestra, Goodnight Hamer Hall for The Arts Centre, Victoria and QPAC’s Christmas in Concert and Spirit of Christmas. She toured with The One Night Only Australia with acclaimed New York composer Jason Robert Brown and performed at QPAC’s Twelve Acts of Cabaret and Cradle Songs, and More Than Words at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Rachael’s screen credits include Home & Away, It Takes Two, City Homicide, Stingers, Mercury, The Feds, This Man This Woman, GP, Flying Doctors, and Hey Dad!.
Rachael is director of ‘Lionhearted’ an arts based mental Health programme for middle high schools across Australia.
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Born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised in Perth, Australia, Suzie received a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Theatre credits include: Original cast of ‘I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical’ (Live at Zédel, London), ‘Kathy’ in Company (AAC,UK) ‘Glinda’ in the 10th Anniversary cast of Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre, London) ‘Cinderella’ in Cinderella (Cambridge Arts Theatre, UK), ‘Glinda’ in Wicked (Australasian tour), ‘Sophie’ in Mamma Mia! (Australian tour), ‘Edith Faulkner’ in The Good Fight (NY Music Theatre Festival, NYC)
Appearances include: Suzie Mathers – Live at Zédel (Live at Zédel, London), West End Live (Trafalgar Square, London), The Musical Marathon (The Other Palace, London), ’Minnie Fay/Mabel Normand’ in Hello Jerry! (RTE Orchestra, Dublin) An Afternoon with Stephen Sondheim (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne)
Awards: 2017 Australian Young Achiever of the Year in the UK
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Born and raised in New Zealand, Akina graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) in Christchurch in 2008 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts via Music Theatre.
In her graduating year, Akina was cast in the Australian tour of Buddy Holly the Musical.
For the following ten years Akina continued her work in the Australian Music Theatre industry and went on to join the casts of major musical productions including Avenue Q, Hairspray, An Officer and a Gentleman, a co-op of Children of Eden, two and a half year Australian tour with Disney’s The Lion King, Australasian premiere of Sister Act the Musical, where not only did she get to play the starring role of Deloris van Cartier but more honourably – her first project on home soil. She is now chilling in post show awesomeness after having the pleasure to work for Michael Cassel on his production of Beautiful; The Carole King Musical, where she played a Shirelle and Janelle Woods.
Akina is pretty chuffed to be running away from home and joining the circus!!!!
Kirby Burgess is the true definition of a triple threat. Spanning stage and screen, Kirby has made her mark as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, stylist and Art Director. Some of her career highlights include Jenny in Network 10’s Wonderland, Heather Chandler inHeathers the Musical, herself in Jerry’s Girls, Sweet Charity, Jenny Hill in Big Fish the Musical, Rizzo in Grease the Musical, Anna inHere come the Habibs, featured dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Hairspray The Musical, An Officer and A Gentleman, Stylist and Art Direction for Mess Maker’s Life Lessons and the list goes on.Kirby is a proud graduate of the Talent Development Project and a finalist of the Rob Guest Endowment winning the ‘Production Company Award’. Most notably, Kirby played the role of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in the 10yr anniversary Australian tour of Dirty Dancing the Classic Story on Stage.
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Born and raised in Western Sydney, Joshua graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts: Music Theatre.
Josh has always loved the performing arts. He discovered dance when he was quite young, taking up Jazz and Hip hop lessons at local dance studios. At the age of 12, Josh was introduced to the amateur Music Theatre community and never stopped performing. 16 amateur shows and a few small screen engagements later, Joshua graduated high school and dropped everything to fly across the country to begin his training at WAAPA.
During his studies, Josh played roles such as Usnavi in In The Heights [dir. Crispin Taylor], Dennis in Sunday in the Park with George [dir Tyran Parke], Captain Watson & Ensemble in Carousel [dir. Jason Langley], Bandleader and Andrew Jackson understudy in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson [dir. Shaun Rennie], and Ralph in Lord of the Flies [dir. Crispin Taylor].
Tom Thumb is Josh’s professional debut and he is extremely excited to be working on this production with such an experienced group of artists and creatives.
Growing up in London in a Swedish speaking home, Embla’s first professional appearance was in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium UK). She went on to feature in two operas, La Boheme and The Magic Flute (Farrer Theatre, Eton) before moving to Sydney in 2009.
During her time at WAAPA, Embla appeared in The World Goes Round (dir. Nancye Hayes), Legally Blonde (dir. Jason Langley). Bring it On! (dir. Jay James Moody) The
Drowsy Chaperone (dir.Crispin Taylor) and Christine Warner in The Beautiful Game (dir. Meryl Tankard). In her second year Embla also received recognition for her ABBA cabaret “IKEA” from the Jackman Furness Foundation.
Embla graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2016 and since then her professional credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Brigadoon (The Production Company), Mrs Spencer in Merrily We Roll Along (Little Triangle),Oklahoma! (The Production Company), Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (Ozpanto/Bonnie Lythgoe), and A Little Cabaret (Little Triangle). Embla’s film credits includeSALLY (Thundamentals) and Maddison in Three Summers (dir. Ben Elton) 2016.
Embla is thrilled to be joining the cast of Barnum, and would like to thank her family and agents at AMM for their continuous support.
Robbie is an Australian actor dancer/choreographer and acrobat who has performed nationally and internationally.
Robbie was a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, majoring in contemporary dance. After graduating he went on to work for Footnote Dance company, Legs on the Wall, Shaun Parker Co, Australian Ballet in their contemporary season Infinity, Circa (touring and making work with them for 5 years), Circus Oz, and Cirque Du Soleil. Robbie performed hoop diving in Cirque Du Soleil’s show VOLTA as well as general acrobatics. Robbie is an emerging choreographer and has choreographed work on Ev and Bow and Transit Dance, as well as making a full length show Warm Skin for the Bondi Feast Festival.
Robbie was most recently in Theatre of Image’a production of Brett and Wendy at Sydney Festival.
Robbie has a rich understanding of interdisciplinary physicality and loves creative physical exploration, discovering new ways of moving.
Perth born Sarah Gray, began her career in a small rural town after her parents were encouraged to send her to the local dance school. She had a natural fondness of being upside down. During the years 2002-2013 she developed skills across a broad range of dance genres including Jazz, Classical Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary and Tap, however her favourite was always Acrobatics.
In 2013 Sarah successfully auditioned for the National Institute of Circus Arts and spent the next three years honing her skills in Fixed Trapeze, Handstands, Contortion and Group Acrobatics. In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor of Circus Arts and was awarded the top achieving NICA graduate for 2016, through Swinburne University.
During her studies, Sarah performed at Melbourne’s White Night as part of the Circus Circus Spectacular in 2016. Since graduating, she has been involved in several corporate events and performances including Circalicious Cabaret in Melbourne Fringe 2017 and the launch of B.Lucky & Sons Arcade Bar, Melbourne.
2018 saw Sarah be cast as an ensemble member in two separate contemporary circus companies. The first being Tons of Sensein their site-specific, premiere performance work titled Stand Here. She was also part of By A Threadby One Fell Swoop Circus performing in the Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, New Zealand and will be returning to the company for other performances throughout 2019.
Matthew Hamilton is delighted to be joining the cast of ‘Barnum.’
Born and raised in the Midwest of the U.S. Matt started his career as a dancer/singer at the age of 18 working for such companies as Disney Tokyo Resort, Disney Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Paramount Parks. His aspirations took him to training both in New York and Los Angeles.
His theatre credits include the Australian premier of ‘Wicked’ coving the role of Fiyero, Father and Dr.Dillamond, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ , ‘Georgy Girl the Seekers Musical’ ,
‘Once’ ,’Mamma Mia’, ’ Into the Woods’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Damn Yankees’, ‘Dream Lover’ and most recently in School of Rock.
His TV credits include the shows ‘All My Children’, ‘One Life To Live’ and ‘Rescue Me’.
Matt can currently be seen in the short film ‘The Drowning Pool’ and the feature film ‘The Spirit of the Game’ channel 7’s Olivia Newton Johns – Hopelessly Devoted to You, and the feature “I’m not Dead Yet”
Matt is represented by Emma Raciti Management and a proud member of MEAA.
“To my amazing family…Summer, Beau, and gorgeous wife Jacquie. Thank you so much for your love and support!”
Bouncing around with unbridled energy as a youngster naturally led to the charismatic Will Meager running away with the circus and making a career out of it!
Since then Will has developed into a powerhouse performer. From partner work to power tumbling, with Teeterboard and Roue Cyr added to the mix it creates a powerful concoction that has taken him to all corners of the world.
Will has spent his career working around the world, from performing in the Nan Jing project in the Melbourne festival, to working with Cavalia in Nan Jing and across china. Will has also performed across Europe and the world with CIRCA, Casus, Club Swizzle and Circus Oz.
Stephen is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts.
Stephen recently covered and performed the role of Riff Raff in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (GFO). Other credits include Annas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (The Production Company), Ralph Wiley in REEFER MADNESS(Chapel Off Chapel), Mr Sawyer in HEATHERS (Showwork/Hayes Theatre & National Tour), MARY POPPINS(Australian/NZ Tour), THE NEW HAMMER HALL OPENING (Big Finish Productions) and I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT COUNTDOWN (Fur Group/Crown)
Stephen’s TV credits include NEIGHBOURS, THE KING – THE GRAHAM KENNEDY STORY, CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT and THE GOOD FRIDAY VARIETY GALA.
Children’s Theatre credits include PEPPA PIG LIVE (Lifelike Touring) BLUE’S PARTY SURPRISE(Nickelodeon/X Systems) & DOROTHY’S DANCE PARTY (Entertainment Store Group).
Born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland Vanessa trained in dance, acrobatics & singing at the Julie-ann Lucas School of Dance. In 2009 she moved to Melbourne to further her training and studies at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Circus Arts majoring in duo swinging trapeze.
Vanessa is a versatile performer who brings an impressive range and depth of skills to stage performances. Such skills have been developed and polished over many years via formal training, professional mentoring and performance experience.
Career highlights include performances with: Circa Contemporary Circus (Carnival of the Animals, Australia, Sydney Opera House & New Zealand; Beyond, Edinburgh, Scotland); Opera Australia (Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg); Circus Oz (Strong Women’s Project); and P&O Cruises. Another venture that Vanessa took on in 2018 was opening and running her own performing arts school in Epping with her partner Sam Aldham. The school is called Creative Arts Dance Studios and is now in its second year of business. Vanessa is enthusiastic about teaching the artists of tomorrow whilst keeping herself active in the industry. Barnum represents a culmination of Vanessa’s skills in, and love of dance, theatre and circus.
Originally from Sydney, Karlee is a proud Maori/Niuean performer with over 12 years’ experience spanning Theatre, film, television, and more. Karlee trained at The McDonald College of Performing Arts and went on to graduate from Brent Street with a Certificate IV in Performing Arts. She was honoured to portray the lead role of Diana Morales in the touring company of ‘A Chorus Line’ (TML), and prior to the kick line, toured with ‘Hairspray the Musical’ (Dainty), covering the roles of Little Inez and The Three Dynamites. Karlee dedicates her performances in Barnum to her Mum, Carol Condran, and thanks her for all her love and support.