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Sweet Charity follows the romantic trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine, a girl who wanted to be loved. Charity is a taxi dancer, a dance partner-for-hire at a seedy dance hall in New York City. Though the job may be decidedly undesirable, Charity’s hopeful romanticism and unfailing optimism lift her out of her circumstances and help her reach for a life beyond. In the past, she’s been strung along and hung out to dry by a series of bad relationships and lousier men. When she meets Oscar, a neurotic, shy actuary seemingly from another world, will she finally find true love at last?
One of the most famous shows by legendary director/choreographer Bob Fosse and with a laugh-a-minute script by the incomparable Neil Simon, every audience is destined to fall in love with Charity’s limitless spirit, as she lives life hopefully ever after.
Charity’s adventurous journey towards love is marked by some of the best-loved songs (If My Friends Could See Me Now, There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This, I’m a Brass Band) and most iconic dance numbers (Big Spender, Rich Man’s Frug, Rhythm of Life) in Broadway history.
Kira Josephson – Charity Hope Valentine
Kira is originally from the USA, where she attended the Orange County School of the Arts and went on to receive her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Stephens College. Since graduating, she worked and toured regionally around the United States before moving to New Zealand in 2015. She has had the pleasure of performing with Tony award winner Alice Ripley, and Tony award nominee Susan Egan. She has spent several summers performing with Festival Theatre USC-USA at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and performed in Paris for the opening season of the French-American Cultural Centre.
New Zealand Credits: The Court Theatre (Legally Blonde, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar); Showbiz Christchurch (Les Misérables, Wicked, Broadway Hitmen, An Evening with Rodgers &; Hammerstein); Blackboard Theatre Collective (Catch Me If You Can)
U.S. Regional Credits: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Legally Blonde); Prather Entertainment Group (White Christmas, 9 to 5, Sugar, Annie Get Your Gun); Little Theatre on the Square (Singin' in the Rain, The Wedding Singer, High School Musical, Funny Girl, Best Little Whorehouse); Gallimaufry Performing Arts (Damn Yankees, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Seussical).
Scot Hall – Oscar Lindquist
Scot is delighted to be sharing the stage with the talented cast of Sweet Charity. Waikato audiences have seen him perform in Hamilton Operatic Society productions of Mary Poppins (Mr Banks), Les Misérables (Javert), The Phantom of the Opera (Mssr. Andre), The Secret Garden (Dr Craven) and numerous concert performances.
He is proud to have created roles in the original musicals Tales of Nikolai Gogol (David Sidwell) and I Wish I Learned (Vicki Miller). Other performance credits include Rigoletto (NZ Opera Chorus) and the national tours of The Rosie Show (Dairy NZ) and The Operatunity Daytime Concert Series. Scot maintains a thriving voice teaching studio at his home in Cambridge, and also at St Peter’s School where he is the Lead Teacher for the Musical Theatre Academy Programme.
Courteney Mayall – Nickie
Courteney has been performing on Hamilton stages for 11 years since moving from Australia. Her passion for performance, particularly focussed on singing, has seen her relish every opportunity to get on stage. She recently co-wrote and performed in Hood Street: The Musical at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. Other particular on-stage highlights include: Sally in The Cat In The Hat (NZ tour); Mary Patrick in Sister Act; Cathy in The Last Five Years; Woman 1 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray; and Nancy in Oliver! She has also performed in Hamilton Operatic productions of Les Misérables and Mary Poppins. Outside of the theatre, Courteney is involved in doing numerous character voices for various audio recordings and film, utilised by a range of international projects. Courteney is absolutely thrilled to be part of Sweet Charity
Michaela Gilling – Helene
Michaela is really excited to back on the stage playing Helene in Sweet Charity. She has been dancing for over 23 years & has been involved with Hamilton Operatic from a young age performing in many shows including Hairspray, Mamma Mia & Mary Poppins – a real highlight was playing Columbia in the 2015 Rocky Horror Show. Michaela is thrilled to be back performing & working with all the HOS Family.
Alex Pelham-Waerea – Vittorio Vidal
Alex loves performing. When given the opportunity to participate in musical theatre in Hamilton, he leapt at the chance. His theatre credits include: Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show, Legally Blonde: the Musical, Mary Poppins: the Musical and Sister Act: the Musical. Last year, he participated in Broadway Hitmen.
Alex cannot wait to take on the role of Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity and is looking forward to working with the talented creative team, cast and crew.
Tim Pollock – Herman
Tim is no stranger to Hamilton theatre goers, having involved in over 50 various productions across the Waikato since 1998. Particular highlights have been The Full Monty, Chicago, Oliver! Les Misérables, Hair, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change and The Addams Family. Sweet Charity is particularly special as it is Tim’s return to his theatre family at Hamilton Operatic, his last show being Avenue Q in 2014.
K-M Adams – Ursula March
K-M is thrilled to be performing in her third major theatre production in Hamilton, after appearing in Hamilton Operatic’s ‘Sister Act’ (Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours) and Bold Theatre’s ‘Urinetown’ (Officer Lockstock) last year. She cut her teeth in musical theatre on stage in Wanganui, Tokoroa and Tauranga but theatre has taken a backseat for many years due to early starts in radio and small children!
As a busy funeral and wedding celebrant, MC and freelance voice talent, K-M has loved being closely involved in people’s lives for the last nine years.
Kyle Chuen – Daddy Brubeck
Kyle liked coming to perform in Hamilton so much he just up and moved here (among other reasons). Having performed in theatre all around the country for over a decade in national tours, for several major operatic societies and professional theatre companies, his list of credits is long and will probably bore you. Since moving to the Tron, Kyle has directed Broadway Hitmen, Hood St. The Musical (which he also co-wrote) and has taken the position of Acting and Singing tutor in the new performing arts degree at Wintec. One day he would like to host his own fishing show.
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