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Shakespeare in the Park
Directed by Andrew CP

The Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens
22nd-25th of July, 2021

 

Shakespeare’s most loved romantic comedy is reawakened in this soaring new open air production. Taking flight in July 2021 and exploding with magic, mayhem and romance under the stars.

Love is love is love. Destined to be together, Hermia and Lysander meet in the dead of night with plans to escape into the shadows of the forest. In pursuit of them is one vengeful Demetrius (completing the love triangle) and a lovesick Helenus (creating the love square?!), but the young lovers are not alone in the woods. The local community theatre troupe are beginning rehearsals by moonlight for their next amateur production whilst, in the dead of night, the king and queen of the magical realm are at war... What could possibly go wrong? The three worlds collide in this fast, funny and family-friendly reimagining by Gold Coast Technicolour Theatre Company.

Following their 2020 sell-out season of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Technicolour Theatre are proud to announce the cast of the company’s inaugural Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’, performing under the stars at the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens, 22nd - 25th of July. 

 

The cast of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is led by internationally renowned actress and recording artist AJ in the newly revived role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies. Moving back to Australia in 2019, AJ has rekindled her romance with acting and the theatre. Recently wrapping on a Bazmark Films production, AJ is excited to engage with projects that challenge social and cultural norms and promote diversity and inclusivity. Stage and screen veteran, Katy Charles Otto (Les Miserables, Hair); returns to the stage, stepping into the coveted role of Robin Goodfellow (Puck) alongside Alex Kaan (Richard III, Three Sisters), a recent graduate of QUT’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting in his postgraduate debut as Oberon.

 

The gender-flipped role of Helenus will be performed by Sam Hocking (Importance of Being Earnest, Away) opposite Trent Owers (Draculas, RENT), last seen starring as Fiyero in the smash hit musical ‘Wicked’; who will be recreating the role of Demetrius. Company Actor with Shake and Stir Theatre Company; Sophie Kleinschmidt (The Crucible, La Boite Assembly) and actor-comedian Sam Howlett (The Crucible, The Boyos Shindig) take on the lovers Hermia and Lysander, respectively.

 

TTC is thrilled to welcome Egan Sun-Bin (Three Sisters, Incognito), direct from his performance in Queensland Theatre’s ‘Our Town’ as Peter Quince, accompanied by Gold Coast favourite, comedian and physical theatre artist; Rory Schiele (39 Steps, The Government Inspector) as he steps into the transformative role (and ears) of Nick Bottom. Accomplished Indian classical dancer Prem Sagar Krishnan (MUD: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia’s longest running musical, Ola Bola: The Musical) will perform the roles of Duke Theseus and Robin Starveling alongside fellow New York Film Academy alumni Brightholly Nininahazwe (NYFAA) in the roles of Duchess Hippolyta and Tom Snout. Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble apprentice and recent graduate of USQ, Grace Lofting (The Crucible, The Wolves) plays the role of Snug in this production. Technicolour Theatre is proud to introduce Toby Marias (The Jungle Book, Peter Pan) and, returning to Technicolour; Flynn Nowlan (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory GFO 2020, Priscilla, Les Miserables) as both sharing the role of Flute on alternating performances.

CAST

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AJ
Titania

AJ (She/Her) is a bi-racial Papua New Guinean / Australian Artivist with conscious creation on her mind. Having travelled the world performing with many incredible musicians, AJ has shifted her focus to creating music and art with a message. Establishing 'Conscious Collaboration' in late 2019, AJ aims to bring Pacific artists of all mediums together to create and produce art that reflects and brings awareness to important social issues affecting the Pacific regions. Moving back to Australia (2019), AJ has rekindled her romance with acting and the theatre. Recently wrapping on a Bazmark Films production, AJ is excited to engage with projects that challenge social and cultural norms and promote diversity and inclusivity.

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Katy Charles Otto
Robin Goodfellow (Puck)

Katy (She/Her) has over thirty years experience in the entertainment industry as a vocalist, actor, ADR/loop voice actor, public speaking coach and educator. She has trained as a performer and Secondary school educator through QUT, Charles Sturt University, SCU and the University of New England, where she is currently undertaking her Master of Theatre and Performance, with a research focus on Shakespeare and youth. Theatre/concert credits include Les Miserables, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (SEQTours). IMDB credits include Pacific Drive (Seasons 1 &2 /Village Roadshow), Roar (Universal/Sean Cassidy). Katy is a lecturer of Acting at New York Film Academy Australia.

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Alex Kaan
Oberon

Alex Kaan (He/him), a Turkish-Australian actor, had a colourful childhood, living between Istanbul, Dubai and Dublin, before finishing his schooling in Brisbane. Alex’s love for acting was always present, from forcing his Mum to rent-out Ghostbusters every Friday night as a child, to being cut from the rugby team so he could attend rehearsals, to then finally auditioning for QUT Acting at the end of high school and graduating the course with distinction.   Alex is represented by CBM Management.    Richmond - Richard III - Directed by Travis Dowling Craig - The Dark Room - Directed by Matt Scholten Fedotik  - Three Sisters - Directed by Daniel Evans

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Sam Hocking
Helenus

Sam Hocking (He/Him) is an Australian actor and theatre maker. As a progressive professional within acting, having garnered an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) from QLD TAFE and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) from QUT, Sam contributes an active, engaged, playful and supportive attitude to his projects. His most notable roles are Jack from ‘The Importance of Bring Earnest (Growl Theatre), ’Fire from ‘Broken’ (Milne Productions, 2021), ‘Love React’ (SEQ One Act Fest., 2019), Tom from ‘Away’ (Elsewhere Theatre Co., 2019), Randall from The Colour Green (SEQ One Act Fest., 2017), Harrow (Hoodlum Entertainment, 2017), Swinging Safari (West End Films, 2016), Man from ‘Chicago, Chicago’ (TAFE QLD, 2015) and Ernst Robel from ‘Spring Awakening’ (TAFE QLD, 2014). Sam loves delving into characters that allow him to play without apology.

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Trent Owers
Demetrius

Trent Owers (He/Him), most recently appeared as Fiyero Tigelaar in the smash hit musical Wicked and is currently performing as Sterling in Newman Entertainments Draculas here on the Gold Coast. Originally from Toowoomba, Trent fell in-love with theatre after being cast in his first production in High School. In 2012 after graduating Trent moved to London where he studied at the Drama Centre London and went on to work with screen directors such as Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Lasse Hallstrom. Other Theatre credits include: La Cage Aux Folles UK Tour (Jean- Michel), Spring Awakening (Moritz Stiefel), The Unreal (REAL) Housewives of the Gold Coast (Tyrell Bloom), Blue Murder (Blue), RENT (Angel Dumott Schunard), BARE: A Pop Opera (Lucas). Screen Credits Include, Disneys: Nutcracker and the Four Realms, All Stars 3D, Spiritual Phantoma, Terra Nova & Rush.

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Sophie Kleinschmidt
Hermia

Sophie (She/Her) has recently graduated with distinction from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Creative Arts Theatre: Acting. As a passionate emerging artist with a wide range of professional and amateur performative experience, Sophie has also undertaken a range of creative roles including assistant producing, assistant stage management, choreography and event management. In pursuit of such avenues and with the determination to continue to learn and develop her artistry, she has engaged with a range of companies and productions throughout the year, broadening her CV and developing her skills. Recent credits include; ‘Company Actor’ for Shake and Stir Theatre Company, “Bluey Live Show!’ for HVK Productions, ‘Abigail Williams’ in The Crucible, ‘Actor’ in La Boite Theatre Companies Assembly, ‘Nicola’ in Kinky Boots and ‘#25’ in The Wolves.

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Sam Howlett
Lysander

Sam Howlett (He/Him) is a brand new actor on the scene. Having just freshly graduated from the University of Southern Queensland’s theatre degree at the beginning of this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream marks Sam’s first post-grad production. Outside of acting, Sam forms one quarter of the sketch comedy group ‘The Boyos Shindig’, a collaboration that has seen successful live performances and spawned a plethora of online content.

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Egan Sun-Bin
Peter Quince

Egan (He/Him) is an Asian-Australian storyteller based in Meanjin (Brisbane). He currently holds Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Acting at the Queensland University of Technology was a part of the Queensland Theatre’s Young Artist Ensemble from 2015-2017. His theatre credits include working with Queensland based companies like Debase, Shock Therapy Productions and has recently made his mainstage debut in Queensland Theatre's production of Our Town.

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Prem Sagar Krishnan
Duke Theseus & Robin Starveling

Prem Sagar Krishnan (He/Him) is a graduate of The Temple of Fine Arts. He has been involved in its various small scale and large scale productions for the past 26 years as a performer, choreographer, teacher and backstage as crew, stage manager and lighting designer. He was then involved with Enfiniti Vision Media from 2014 to 2019. Namely playing the role of Muthiah in MUD The Musical, Malaysia's longest running musical, where he was also the Assistant Director, B.S Rajhans in P. Ramlee The Musical Tour and Sanjeet in Ola Bola The Musical season 1 and 2. Prem has worked with a multitude of directors, performing artists and companies over the years. Prem’s passion for the arts is obvious to all who know him and his extensive resume alone is a testament to his commitment to the craft. Prem is currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma at The New York Film Academy and hopes to attain a Bachelor of Acting in the future and make a name for himself in the industry that he has fallen in love with. On his off days you may find Prem munching on a bowl of crushed Weet-Bix and honey, watching Rick and Morty or as an Alliance Warlock fighting in the open fields of Azeroth.

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Rory Schiele
Nick Bottom
 

Rory (He/Him) loves the arts and gets his performance kicks anyway he can. In the past he has performed as Jeter in ‘Footloose’ (Spotlight Theatre Company), a Clown in ‘The 39 Steps’ (Brisbane Arts Theatre), 'The Government Inspector' (Technicolour Theatre Company/Javeenbah), Tyson in ‘All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane’ (Elsewhere Theatre Company), a Strongman/Juggler in ‘Carnival of Dreams’ (Zen Zen Zo), the Lion/Wizard Understudy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (Spotlight Theatre Company), as Ensemble/Assistant Director in ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ (Spotlight Theatre Company), and as the Village Idiot in ‘Young Frankenstein’ (Spotlight Theatre Company). Recently he has also travelled to Malaysia to direct 300 actors for Sudden Impact Entertainment Company’s Halloween events in 2018 and 2019. When he’s not running between theatres he works in Entertainment at Dreamworld and is an acrobatics teacher and circus performer.

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Toby Marias
Francis Flute (On Alternating Performances)

Toby Marais (He/Him) is a 15 year old amateur actor making his debut semi-professional stage performance in Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has recently performed as the lead cast (Mowgli) in The Jungle Book, adapted by Vera Morris and presented by King’s Christian College. Toby loves everything theatre, he lives for the thrill of entertaining and acting in front of any audience. He has been involved in theatre and drama for the last 2 years and is currently a student at Technicolour Youth Ensemble advancing his acting career. Toby is passionate about performing when and wherever he can and further understanding the characters he portrays to truly bring them to life. When not performing or working in the theatre, Toby can be found enjoying the outdoor lifestyle of the Gold Coast through surfing and skateboarding.

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Flynn Nowlan
Francis Flute (On Alternating Performances)

Flynn (He/Him) is no stranger to the stage and his love of performing is evident. At 13 years of age Flynn is grateful to have been involved in two professional productions; Charlie Bucket in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (GFO 2020) and in 2018 as Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical (Michael Cassel Group) both at QPAC Brisbane.  When COVID-19 hit he was invited to work with a group of young professionals in his first online musical The Big One-Oh! ‘Swampy’ (Stage Light Productions). He has also featured in:  Les Misérables ‘Gavroche’ (Qld Conservatorium of Music); Romeo and Juliet ‘Benvolio’ and  Peter Pan ‘Michael’ (Technicolour Theatre Company); The Government Inspector 'Osip' (Javeenbah Theatre Company); The King & I ‘Louis’ (Gold Coast Little Theatre); Tarzan the Musical ‘Young Tarzan’ (NAPA Ensemble); Oliver! The Musical ‘Oliver’ (Spotlight Theatrical Company). Flynn has also appeared as the lead boy in ‘Heartbeat’ Ziggy Alberts music video (Hype Republic) and the Short Film titled Danny ‘Charlie’ (Nash Lawrence) which was shortlisted as a finalist in the Gold Coast Film Festival EMERGE! Program.

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Grace Lofting
Snug

Grace (She/Her) has graduated with a distiction from the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre) at USQ in 2021. After exploring Shakespeare within her studies at USQ and training with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble she is now looking forward to putting her knowledge into practice. Grace is also passionate about visual art as she produced numerous art works to form her first exhibition, named MINE in 2020. Due to the exhibition’s success Grace has chosen to further her studies, undertaking her Honours where she will continue to specialize in femininity and sexuality. Her credits include #7 in The Wolves and Giles Corey in The Crucible. She will also be assistant creative for the senior IMPACT ensemble later this year.

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Brightholly Nininahazwe
Duchess Hippolyta & Tom Snout

My name is Brightholly Nininahazwe (She/Her) and I’m 21 years old. I believe storytelling holds a great importance in the craft of acting; it is the key component that, as an actor, I hope to convey in the projects I’m a part of. Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a beautifully compelling story that I am excited to explore. Although I hold little experience being on stage; with dedication and hard work, I look forward to delving deep into the world of theatre, and collaborating with the director and fellow cast members, to breathe life into the renowned work of Shakespeare.

CREATIVE TEAM

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Andrew (He/Him) is a director, producer, actor, theatre maker and the Founder/Artistic Director of Technicolour Theatre Company. His directing credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (Players Theatre Company – at 17, the youngest director of a mainstage musical in the 50 year history of the company; Youth Australia Day Award Nom for achievements in performing arts), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (University of New England. Albert Bussell Cultural Award), Woyzeck (UNE), Wizard of Oz (PTC), The Popular Mechanicals (UNE), Comedy of Errors (Centre Stage Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Spotlight Youth Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Spotlight Theatrical Company), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (STC, 3 GPTA Noms inc Best Director), Oliver! (STC, under the patronage of Shelia Bradley; Australia’s original ‘Nancy’), Curtains (BTG, 11 GPTA Noms inc Best Director), Kiss Me, Kate! (GCLT, 14 GPTA Noms inc Best Director and winner of 4 Dolphin Awards), Fifth Wall (GCLT, Creative Development), GeSS Education TVC (Channel 10), The Government Inspector (Javeenbah Theatre Co.), Peter Pan (Technicolour Theatre Company) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (TTC - the inaugural Shakespeare in the Park production at the GC Botanic Gardens)

 

His acting highlights include: ‘Khilestacov’ in The Government Inspector (PTC), ‘Dromio’ in The Comedy of Errors (UNE), ‘Peter Quince’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UNE), ‘Borachio’ in Much Ado About Nothing (Popinjay’n’Uncle), ‘Hortensio’ in Taming of the Shrew (Shepherds Purse Theatre), ‘Cecil Graham’ in Lady Windermere’s Fan (GCLT. DA Nom), ‘Anthony Hope’ in Sweeney Todd (PTC), ‘Jack’ in Into the Woods (EPC), ‘Lewis’ in Pippin (STC), ‘Geek/Dad/Cop’ in Heathers (STC), ‘Barnaby Tucker’ in Hello Dolly (GCLT. GPTA Nom) and ‘Michael Minetti’ in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Javeenbah). For children’s theatre and pantomime: ‘Mrs Twit’ in Roald Dahl’s: The Twits and ‘Grandpa’ in Dr Seuss’s: Butter Battles (UNE), ‘Mother Gothal’ in Rapunzel (STC), ‘Muddles’ in Little Red Riding Hood (PTC), ‘Prince Pekoe’ in Aladdin (PTC), ‘Jingles’ in King Arthur (PTC), ‘Badger’ in Wind in the Willows (Hastings Theatre) and ‘Lord Vermin’ in Utter Garbage (HT).

 

CP has cultivated an impressive list of teaching credits, each a source of great pride. At the University of New England’s Earle Page College, he filled the role of Theatre Academic Mentor, securing a Resident Fellowship and Cultural Bursary for achievements in Performing Arts. He has worked as resident senior drama teacher for Spotlight Theatrical Company (2016-18), resident head tutor for Technicolour Theatre Company (2019-present) and senior drama tutor for 'Raise Your Voice Workshops' (2017-present).

 

Under Andrew’s curation, Technicolour Theatre Company facilitates opportunities for engagement between young/emerging performance artists and various industry professionals, empowering ensemble members with the practical skills and technical knowledge to develop their craft.

 

Regarded as “dedicated, creative, innovative and pioneering… [and] undoubtedly already leading the way in bringing youth and adults back to the heart and soul of theatre." (Dr Elizabeth Celi). Andrew is also an award-winning lighting designer and choreographer, winning two Dolphin Awards for his work on Lady Windermere’s Fan in 2017 and various Gold Palm Theatre Award nominations for set and lighting design adjacent to his direction. In 2019 he accepted a Special President's Award for services to Gold Coast Theatre. He also convened and curated the Gold Coast Festival of One Act Plays, facilitating the creative development and premiere of three new Australian Plays.

 

www.technicolourtheatre.com.au @andrewcp

 Andrew CP
Director/Designer

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Brady is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, completing a Bachelor of Music Technology in 2015.

 

Since graduating, she has worked consistently in the Brisbane theatre scene as a sound designer/composer, sound operator and sound consultant. The Neighbourhood marking Brady’s professional mainstage design debut.

 

Brady’s other credits include: As Sound Designer/Composer – The Revisionist (Refraction Theatre), The Trial (Queensland Theatre), Reagan Kelly (Rocket Boy Ensemble). As Associate/Assistant Sound Designer – Sweet Charity (Understudy Productions), Spring Awakening (Underground Broadway), Carrie: The Musical (Wax Lyrical Productions). As Sound Consultant/Operator – Triple X, Antigone (Queensland Theatre), Neon Tiger (La Boite), Sweet Charity, Edges: A Song Cycle (Understudy Productions), Spring Awakening, Don’t Call Me Ishmael (Underground Broadway).

Brady Watkins
Composer/Sound Designer

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Jason Mckell
Fight Director

 

Jason is an actor and functional movement specialist, who focuses on training athletic theatre performers, such as Circus Performers, Dancers and Physical Theatre Artists. Jason has over 10 years’ experience as a physical theatre artist and teaches movement and combat as part of the Griffith Conservatory’s Acting BA.

 

Jason holds a Bachelor in Theatre Arts (Acting) in 2009 and was an inaugural member of the Actors International Corporate Networking Tour to England in 2010. Jason was awarded a full scholarship for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Apprenticeship Program in 2012 and furthered this interest by training and performing with the Oxford Shakespeare Company for several productions in New York and London. Jason made his professional theatre debut in the critically acclaimed production ‘The Truth About Kookaburras’ in 2012. Jason became a qualified Commedia dell’arte instructor at Antonio Fava’s Scuola Internazionale Dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia Italy 2015, a Clown Master at Bont’s international school in Menorca Spain 2018, and a Fight Director with the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc 2019. Jason holds a cert IV Master Trainer from the Australian Institute of Fitness, is a certified Pilates instructor with Studio Pilates and is a mixed martial arts instructor under Progressive Martial Arts and Guro Dan Inosanto of the Inosanto Academy in California.

 

Jason’s recent theatrical work includes: Fledgling Theatre’s Modern Jesus 2017, Pipí Cucú’s The Lonely Box 2017, Brisbane Arts theatre’s A Clockwork Orange 2017, Understudy Production’s Bare the musical 2018, Griffith Conservatory’s Dry River Run 2018, 4MBS’s Much Ado About Nothing 2018, Vena Cava’s BAAL 2018, Ad Astra’s Kelly 2019, Share House’s Jane and Kel go to hell 2019, Brisbane Immersive’s Cluedo 2019, That Production Company’s Kill Climate Deniers 2019, QPAC’s School 2 Stage 2019, Underground Production’s Gut Girls 2019, Anywhere Theatre Festival’s Flood 2019 and 4MBS’s Hamlet 2019.

 

Jason’s film work includes: Chloe, Dir Julien Rendina, Midday Run, Dir Sheri Van Geest, Vivian, Dir Zaitoon Salman.

Wardrobe Director | Sophie Kleinshmidt & Grace Lofting

Lighting Operation | Luke Alan

Sound Operation | Toby Marias & Flynn Nowlan

Set Construction | The Company