Nicholas Kong - Course Director

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Nicholas has had a passion for theatre ever since he was in a primary school production as Woody - The King of Trees. It was in the theatre that Nicholas overcame his shyness and found confidence and a devotion for the Arts that still exists to this day. He was cast in his first professional production 10 years ago, when he was one of 14 people selected out of thousands to be part of the first Australian Production of ‘Spring Awakening’ with Sydney Theatre Company. Since then, Nicholas has appeared in Kismet and Pirates of Penzance at The Production Company, Jamie in Mary Bryant with Magnormos, John in Anything Goes with Opera Australia and more recently Merrily We Roll Along with Watch this at the Melbourne Theatre Company. He has also been part of national advertising campaigns for Coles, Sportsbet and TCL Electronics. 

Nicholas has directed many productions for companies around Melbourne, these include: Next to Normal, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Into the Woods and Sideshow. 

Nicholas has a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) from Melbourne University. When not performing he is also a primary school teacher, responsible for the Performing Arts Program at Roberts McCubbin Primary School in Box Hill South. At Roberts McCubbin he has been responsible for mounting productions of Seussical Jr, Shrek Jr and The Little Mermaid Jr. He is extremely excited to be combining his two passions of teaching and performing with the creation of King Kong Theatrics and hopes he can can pass some of that enthusiasm to today’s youth! 

Tom Fitzgerald - Director: High School Musical Jr

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Tom is an avid performer and loves being in the spotlight. He has been heavily involved in the performing arts since his primary school days, with his debut role being The Lion in the SFX Circus Spectacular! More recently his credits include Whiffle #1 in Cry Baby the Musical (Pep Productions), Dwayne in 9-5 the Musical (FabNobs Theatre) and Tiny Tom in Urinetown! The Musical (Faux Pas Productions). Tom also has a black belt in Karate and shares this passion through teaching students of all ages. Tom can not wait to work with and develop the next generation of young theatre nuts.

Katelyn Anitema - Musical Director: HSM & Peter Pan Jr

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Katelyn grew up in rural eastern Victoria with a love for musical theatre that has grown from live-streaming the Tony Awards under the covers during high school, to realising life long dreams around the Melbourne theatre scene.

Katelyn's obsession with musical theatre has spanned from the pit (Violin -'Christmas on the Line', Mount White 2014), to stage and production management (Violet, Fab Nobs 2018), sound production, and Musical Direction ('Shrek Jnr', 2017 and '9 to 5' (assistant), Fab Nobs 2017). Katelyn occasionally takes to the stage, most recently in as Pepper in 'Cry Baby' (PEP, 2018), and Ronnette in 'Little Shop of Horrors' (SLAMS, 2017).

Katelyn has loved the music behind the theatre since her first time staring into the pit at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne. She has a long history in music, both training and teaching in voice, violin, and piano. She completed her Victorian Certificate of Education in Classical Voice in 2010, and is currently a music and drama teacher at Action Drama Studio, teaching 'Act, Dance, Sing' classes to enthusiastic primary and secondary aged students.

In addition to her passionate love for theatre, Katelyn is currently also studying a double Bachelor of Nursing & Business Administration, and enjoys weaving her dramatic side into clinical role-plays.

Katie White - Choreographer: High School Musical Jr

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Katie is a passionate performer and choreographer who is never far from a stage or studio. She enjoys teaching people of all ages and abilities to dance and has choreographed high school musicals including Anything Goes, Hairspray, and Seussical the Musical. Recently Katie produced the summer pantomime performance of Little Red Riding Hood at Fab Nobs Theatre.  Katie played both June in Chicago and Goldilocks in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Fab Nobs in 2017. She was thrilled to received a commendation for the Tony McShanagh Award (Dancers Award) from the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria for her role of Cassie in A Chorus Line at Beaumaris Theatre Company.

Owen James - Director, Peter Pan Jr

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Owen James is a passionate Melbourne-based theatre maker and composer, working as a pianist and accompanist for schools, recording studios and corporate events around Melbourne. Most recently he was Vocal Director for Luther College’s production of Seussical, having previously also vocally directed Hairspray for Luther in 2016. In 2017, Owen composed the score for ‘Rainbow Man’ (45 Downstairs / Goodnight Darlings), and directed Chicago for Fab Nobs Theatre, which was nominated for nine Lyrebird Awards. Owen has also directed productions of Urinetown and Spring Awakening, and has appeared onstage as Jack in Into The Woods, Angel in RENT and Gabe in Next to Normal. Owen writes and performs as part of Melbourne-based rock band Robot Child, and studies Public Relations in his spare time. 

Natasha Harvey - Choreographer, Peter Pan Jr

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Natasha is an accomplished choreographer working on shows such as ‘Toxic Avenger’ (FabNobs), ‘Grease’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (Panorama),  ‘A New Brain’ (Phill Scanlon Productions) ‘Honk’ Pep Productions and ‘13’ (Mornington Players) which she won the MTGV award for Best Choreography of a Junior Production. Natasha has worked for schools like Warrandyte Secondary and Caulfield Grammar on productions like ‘High School Musical’, ‘Aladdin Jr’ and ‘The Addams Family’.

Lauren McCormack - Choreographer, Seussical Jr

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Lauren’s love for theatre started at a young age when she sat on the edge of her seat when watching a production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. After that the passion grew and eventually lead to her performing in many productions around Melbourne. Most recently, Lauren performed in Les Misérables with CLOC Musical Theatre. Previous roles include Carrie Pipperidge in Babirra Music Theatre’s production of ‘Carousel’, Grace Farrell in Babirra’s production of ‘Annie’, Rosa Budd in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’, Sarah Brown in ‘Guys & Dolls’, Dainty June in ‘Gypsy’, Anne in ‘A Little Night Music’, Hodel in CLOC’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and Laurey in ‘Oklahoma!’ In 2005 she completed her Bachelor of Music, majoring in voice at the Melba Conservatorium. Lauren also has a great love for dance, beginning Calisthenics at the age of 5. She was a competitor and eventually a coach of the sport for over 20 years. Lauren is also trained in multiple dance styles including ballet, contemporary, tap and jazz. A primary school teacher by day, she has directed and choreographed many Broadway Junior shows at Templestowe Valley Primary School, often with casts of over 400 students. The joy and excitement of seeing students perform – especially those who discover their hidden talents in the process, is what makes her passion for theatre and the Performing Arts continue to grow!

Naomi Elias - Musical Director, Seussical Jr

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Naomi has grown up surrounded by the wonderful world of musical theatre. Her mother, a past president and performer with the Players Theatre Company, used to take a young Naomi along to production rehearsals and performances. It was through this that Naomi caught the Broadway bug and her love for the stage was born.

Naomi has performed in many local productions, including Waterdale’s Little Shop of Horrors (as Crystal the Urchin), SLAMS RENT (as a soloist/ensemble), Rodgers & Hammerstein Revue (soloist) and Les Misérables (as Eponine), PEP Productions Songs For A New World (soloist) and City of Angels (as Oolie/Donna), As You Wish Production’s Back to Broadway (soloist/ensemble), Whitefriars Theatre Company’s Showstoppers (soloist/ensemble), Whitehorse Musical Theatre Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar (ensemble) and school productions of 42nd Street (as Dorothy Brock), Guys and Dolls (as Sarah Brown) and Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (as the Narrator). 

Naomi, a classically trained singer, has directed school productions of Seussical Jr. and Honk Jr. and worked as a vocal coach both here and overseas. For the past ten years she has worked as a primary school Music teacher. She currently keeps herself busy teaching and running the Music program at Laburnum Primary School in Blackburn. She enjoys incorporating singing, movement and playing instruments into her classes and directs the two school choirs, percussion ensemble and Vic State Schools Spectacular dance group.