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MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM OF JERSEY BOYS

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DIRECTOR

NIcholas Christo

Nicholas is the writer/director/producer of Picking Up which premiered at the Toronto LGBT Festival in 2017. It screened at the FRAMELINE 41 Festival in San Francisco and nine other international film festivals. 

 

He directed Cabaret and is the librettist of Melba which both sold out at The Hayes in 2017. Nicholas co-authored POPSTARS the 90s Musical! released through www.davidspicer.com.au and MTI in the UK. He directed Away and Jasper Jones at the Bondi Pavilion. The latter winning a Glug Award for Best Independent Production. He also helmed the world premiere of BANJO at the Eternity Theatre with accompanying sell-out regional tour.

 

He was the winner of the Sydney Cabaret Showcase Competition for 2005 and was nominated for the 2008 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Cabaret for The Fabulous Frances Faye in Australia. Nicholas subsequently toured this show to New York, The Adelaide Cabaret and FEAST Festivals, Mardi Gras Festival, His Majesty’s Theatre (WA), Belvoir St for B Sharp and QPAC for their 12 Acts of Cabaret Festival. 

 

Nicholas has taught and directed at AIM, WAAPA, ACTT and ATYP. At present he is developing Carnival of the Animals with Got Ya Back Productions and Jack of Clubs for Q Theatre.

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MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Dan Wilson

With a Bachelor of Music Education, Dan is currently the Head Teacher of Creative & Performing Arts at Lambton High School and has received an award in the National Excellence In Teaching Award Scheme.

He has performed the roles of Jack in “Into The Woods”, Tobias Ragg in “Sweeney Todd”, Dickon in “The Secret Garden”, Billy Crocker in “Anything Goes”, Bobby Strong in “Urinetown”, Cain in “Children Of Eden”, Tony and Action “West Side Story”, “Abelard and Heloise”, “Songs For A New World” and has also appeared on three separate occasions as Jamie in "The Last Five Years" and Mark Cohen in “Rent”.

Dan has served as Musical Director for “The Witches Of Eastwick”, “Disney’s High School Musical”, “Grease”, “Annie”, “Wuthering Heights”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “You Oughta Know: The Songs of Alanis Morrisette”.  He has also had the awesome privilege to play in the orchestra for Original Australian productions of “Beauty And The Beast”, "The Phantom Of The Opera", "Wicked", “The Lion King” and "Side By Side By Sondheim" with Ruthie Henshall in Sydney.  In 2013 he was the Music Producer and Assistant to John Foreman for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony.  As an arranger he regularly works with the “Schools Spectacular” and has also written arrangements for the Hunter Singers, Silvie Paladino, Erin James, Tyran Parke, Avagail Herman, Lucy Durack, Marina Prior, Debra Byrne and the casts of “Wicked” and “Love Never Dies”.  He is most well known around the Hunter as the Musical Director and Conductor of “Star Struck” at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, a role he has held since 2008.

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CHOREOGRAPHER

Rachel Wilson

Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Education and is currently the Assistant Principal at the Hunter School of the Performing Arts. She currently leads a team of talented choreographers in her role as Dance Director for the NSW Department of Education’s STARSTRUCK and is a valued member of the SCHOOLS SPECTACULAR choreography team. As a respected professional in both education and theatre circles, Rachel has enriched the development of gifted and talented dancers across NSW through her work as an instructor and tutor at Creative Arts Camp and State Dance Camp, and as a director for Junior Theatre Celebration Australia. Rachel has directed and choreographed segments for the Opening Ceremonies of The Tasman Games, World Skills Australia, and the Australian Youth Olympics. As choreographer, Rachel’s theatrical credits include ROCK OF AGES, SEUSSICAL, URINETOWN, DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR, THE WIZARD OF OZ, DISNEY’S THE LION KING JR and DISNEY’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. Rachel won a City of Newcastle Drama Award for her choreography on MAMMA MIA! with The Very Popular Theatre Company. 

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Jacob Harwood

Jacob is Newcastle's favourite lighting designer. He does all the big stuff like MAMMA MIA!, ROCK OF AGES (Hunter Drama), PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Metropolitan Players), STRICTLY BALLROOM (St Philip’s Christian College), HAIRSPRAY (Metropolitan Players), MARY POPPINS (Metropolitan Players), WICKED (Metropolitan Players), SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. (Hunter Drama), DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR, (Hunter Drama), RENT (Hunter Drama) and DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Metropolitan Players). He is a versatile designer, also having designed for small scale plays at the Civic Playhouse, most recently for The Very Popular Theatre Company’s ENDGAME. Jacob is a multi-CONDA award winning lighting designer. He has many other areas of expertise in the technical arena and has also spent time filling the role of Technical Manager at the Civic Theatre. He is currently working on his biggest project yet...becoming a new Dad!

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