Musical Theatre Dunedin

Cast

Frankie Valli - Max Beal

Frankie Valli - Max Beal

Max owes everything to his whanau, special thanks to Kymberley, June and Ben. Max is supported by Kelly Hocking at The Voice Lab NZ, thanks team!

Max has performed with the Young Shakespeare Company in London as well as in many local productions. Max holds a BA in English and Philosophy. 

Credits:

Patsy, Spamalot (2016); Northbrooke/Ensemble, Mary Poppins (2017); Leontes, A Winter’s Tale (2018); Ensemble, Wicked (2019); Mickey, Blood Brothers (2019); Featured, The Highlights (2020); Tenor/Narrator, Bach’s Coffee Cantata (2021); Bishop/Ensemble, Les Miserables (2021);  Richard ‘King Dick’ Seddon, That Bloody Woman (2021); The Rock Tenors (2022) and Billy Flynn, Chicago (2022).

Bob Gaudio - Ben Thomas

Bob Gaudio - Ben Thomas

Ben is thrilled to be performing with Musical Theatre Dunedin again in Jersey Boys. Never far from a stage, his performance highlights include The Rocky Horror Show (Brad Majors), Grease: The Arena Spectacular (Doody), Mary Poppins (Bert), Les Miserables (Marius) and with DKCM’s The Midtown Boys. Ben is also keenly involved behind the scenes of theatre, currently as President of Taieri Musical and also as the Next Gen representative on the executive of Musical Theatre New Zealand. In his spare time Ben enjoys designing multimedia for projection and screens in theatre, with productions including That Bloody Woman, The Highlights, The Little Mermaid, and Grease. During the day Ben works in marketing and communications in the primary sector.

Nick Massi - Justin Wilson

Nick Massi - Justin Wilson

As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with 30 years of performing under his belt, Justin is no stranger to an audience. His band, local metal stalwarts "Freakshow 57", released their latest album, Trial by Swarm, in 2022.

In 2021 Justin performed in his first musical since high school, joining the ensemble of the acclaimed MTD production of Les Misérables. He then returned to the stage in 2022 as one of the Rock Tenors, who enjoyed a very successful season at Dunedin's Mayfair Theatre.

Justin is excited to be joining the extremely talented cast of MTD's 2023 production of Jersey Boys. Favorite song from the musical: December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)!

Tommy DeVito - Greg Macleod

Tommy DeVito - Greg Macleod

Greg trained at Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School (2004) and since has been involved with numerous theatre companies throughout New Zealand. 

Performance highlights include:

Independent: Jerry, The Full Monty (2008); and ensemble, Rock Tenors. With Taieri Musical: Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar (2001); Mr Banks, Mary Poppins (2017); and The Narrator, Blood Brothers (2019). With Musical Theatre Dunedin: Beast, Beauty and the Beast (2006); Engineer, Miss Saigon (2010); Joseph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2012); Edna, Hairspray (2013); Tick, Priscilla (2018); The Wizard, Wicked (2019); Javert, Les Misérables (2021), and Rock Tenors (2022)

Bob Crewe - Peter Hocking

Bob Crewe - Peter Hocking

Peter is now a venerable character actor, which is a comforting euphemism for middle age and an acute lack of physical flexibility.  Recent stage credits include Walter/Kate’s Uncle/Gang in That Bloody Woman, Husband in Brecht’s A Respectable Wedding, Mr Lyons in Blood Brothers, Geoff in Finding Murdoch and Paul Marshall in The Devil and Mr Mulcahy.  Other favourites from a thirty-year career in musical theatre in the UK and New Zealand include Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Leo Bloom in The Producers, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Harold in The Full Monty and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls.

Gyp DeCarlo - Stephen Jones

Gyp DeCarlo - Stephen Jones

Having reignited his passion for musical theatre in the ensemble for MTD’s production of Les Misérables (2021), Steve feels very privileged to be cast alongside Dunedins finest performers in Jersey Boys. Despite Covid putting a damper on what would have been a banger of a production We Will Rock You, Steve found himself back in front of the crowds in the highly acclaimed Rock Tenors (2022). Singing and performing has always been a part of Steve's life, taking part in a number of school productions and regional choirs as a youngster. He currently trains under Ben Johnson from The Voice Lab NZ and can’t wait to perform with this amazingly talented cast and production team!

Joe Pesci - Ben Johnson

Joe Pesci - Ben Johnson

 

Ben’s introduction to singing began when he was convinced to join his primary school choir after a substitute teacher heard him humming what was likely a Disney song during arts and crafts. By day, Ben is a singing teacher at the Voice Lab nz where he works with clients of all ages on genre-specific technique and vocal health.

Jersey Boys is Ben’s third major production for MTD after appearing in Wicked and Les Miserables. His other stage credits include Chicago (Taieri Musical Society) and Jeff in Now. Here. This. (Arcade Theatre Co.)

Norm Waxman  - Tim Lindsay

Norm Waxman - Tim Lindsay

By day, Tim is a commercial lawyer. At night, he sleeps (usually). Although trained from a young age as a classical violinist, he has since appeared more often on stage than in the pit. A regular to Invercargill audiences, where highlights included Kenickie in Grease: The Arena Spectacular and Jamie in the off-Broadway The Last Five Years. Tim has an ATCL in Speech & Drama (Distinction) from Trinity College London. This is Tim’s second appearance with MTD, after ensemble performances in 2021’s Les Misérables.

Francine Valli - Sophie Whibley

Francine Valli - Sophie Whibley

Jersey Boys is Sophie’s third major production for MTD, after performing in the ensembles of The Highlights and Les Misérables in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Sophie has been trained in musical theatre and classical singing since the age of 10, and is currently training in tap dancing with Denise Henderson. Musical theatre highlights include “Hunyak” in Chicago, “Louisa” in The Sound of Music, “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz, “Blousey Brown” in Bugsy Malone and “Wednesday Addams” in The Addams Family. Sophie is absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Jersey Boys, and thanks her family and friends for their ongoing support.

Lorraine - Hayley Lyndom

Lorraine - Hayley Lyndom

Hayley is from Dunedin and trained at Otago University in Classical Performance Voice with Judy Bellingham.

She spent seven years in Melbourne performing in musicals (both locally and touring), corporate events, and on cruise ships.

Melbourne highlights include: Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Rosie/Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret.

NZ Highlights include: Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, understudy to Belle in Auckland’s Beauty and the Beast, The Highlights (2020) and Christine Daáe in The Phantom of the Opera, for which she won an Otago Southland Theatre Award for Best Leading Female in a Musical.

Hayley enjoys being a mum to her 3 year old, Beau, and is a Singing Teacher and Vocal Coach.

Mary Delgado - Charlotte Mckay

Mary Delgado - Charlotte Mckay

Charlotte has studied and worked professionally in the performance industry around Australasia for many years. She has diverse experience with musicals, opera, choirs, and vocal ensembles, including work for NZ Opera and Chamber Music New Zealand. Charlotte’s Dunedin credits include Priscilla - Queen of the Desert (Marion) and Grease: The Arena Spectacular (Rizzo), and Vocal Coaching credits for Wicked (MTD) and Moana Jr. (Taieri Musical). Charlotte and her partner in crime Harriet Moir have created two cabaret shows for the Dunedin Fringe which they toured to Hamilton. Charlotte can often be seen creating mayhem with Murder for Hire and other fun adventures with Trickster Ltd.. Charlotte has a BMus (Performance Voice) from Victoria University.

Nick DeVito - Ben Hayward

Nick DeVito - Ben Hayward

Ben is excited to be involved in Jersey Boys. Ben is studying Music and Psychology at Otago University. Previous musical theatre credits include: Galileo in Invercargill Musical Theatre’s “We Will Rock You” (2022), Edward Lyons in Taieri Musical Society’s “Blood Brothers” (2019), Sky in Musical Theatre Oamaru’s “Mamma Mia” (2018), ensemble in Musical Theatre Dunedin’s “Les Mis” (2021), “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” (2018), “Wicked” (2019), ensemble in Taieri Musical’s “Ovation” (2018).

Jack Archibald

Jack Archibald

A Wellingtonian through and through, Jack is currently working towards his Bachelor of Commerce at Otago University. Having trained in classical singing with Mark Bobb and musical theatre with Arlie McCormick has allowed Jack to develop himself as a musical theatre performer and is incredibly grateful for their support. Jersey Boys will be Jack's first show for MTD with past performances including Taieri Musical’s production of Chicago (Billy Flynn understudy and ensemble), the 127th Capping Show, Addams Family (Gomez), and Into the Woods (Baker). Jack is ecstatic to join this exceptional company and would like to thank his family for all their support and guidance over the years!

Will Larkins

Will Larkins

Will is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Performing Arts at the University of Otago. He attended Bayfield High School where he performed in a variety of school shows, some of his favourite roles included Nick in 'Fame', and Eugene in 'Grease'. Will has experience performing with community musical theatre societies including Theatre Restaurants for Musical Theatre Dunedin and most recently Will has directed 'Close to Croydon" with the Globe Theatre and Performed as an ensemble member in Taieri Musicals 'Chicago' Will is thrilled to be involved in Jersey boys and thanks everyone for their ongoing support

Zara Anthony - Whigham

Zara Anthony - Whigham

Jersey Boys is Zara’s fourth major production with Musical Theatre Dunedin, most recently performing in the female ensemble in Priscilla (2018), Wicked (2019)and The Highlights (2020). Zara has been dancing all her life, competing locally and nationally in multiple different dance styles. Other memorable theatre performances include My Fair Lady, Les Misérables (Young Cosette), Chicago (Roxie Understudy/Dance Captain) and numerous MTD theatre restaurants. During the day, Zara is a primary school teacher in Dunedin. Zara is very much looking forward to being involved in such an entertaining show, with a talented cast and creative team. 

Lexie Tomlinson

Lexie Tomlinson

Lexie has always had a huge passion for theatre. She loves the hard work and love that goes into the craft. Currently Lexie is in her second year of university studying… exactly that! Since her first role as Mrs Potts in her school show, she has taken every opportunity she could to get back on the stage, whether that be musicals, choirs, or playing saxophone in her old school jazz band. Lexie is absolutely thrilled to have her first experience as a performer in the Regent Theatre. 

She also wants to thank all her friends and family for the love and support.

Makensie Waddell

Makensie Waddell

Makensie is from Invercargill but currently is studying towards a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Otago University in Dunedin. Makensie is heavily involved with the student lead Otago Dance Association where she has been in the Performance Troupe for two years, and in 2023 she will take on the role as Vice President. Makensie has done many shows for Invercargill Musical Theatre, a highlight being Shen Shen in Wicked. Makensie is delighted to be involved in her first major MTD production and can not wait to share the stage with so many talented cast members.

BUY TICKETS!