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Jayden is proud and ecstatic to be reprising the role of Frankie Valli. His debut performance as the Jersey Boys lead character was with Wollongong based production company So Popera. "It is incredibly flattering to be asked to join The Very Popular Theatre Company team and I cannot wait to play Frankie Valli again". Working as a full time musician and performer Jayden's most recent work sees him performing at weddings, restaurants/ bars and functions in and around Sydney as a singer/ guitarist.
Jayden's background in music and theatre started when he was a boy studying classical music and musical theatre at the age of 8. This training brought him to various eisteddfods where he would be the only boy, promptly receiving awards and distinctions due to his diversity among the competition. Jayden also appeared in the children's chorus for two seasons with Opera Australia as well as performing in local and community theatre productions.
In 2008 Jayden started down a path of contemporary music training at Vocalise Academy. This brought him a love of pop, rock, rnb and soul music with the likes of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Tenacious D, The Script and Ed Sheeran. With this new found love for music he tried his luck on Channel 7's The X-Factor, to which he placed 3rd in 2012 with band The Collective. This saw him to an artist record contract with Sony Music Australia where the band would release singles and albums into the Australian music market.
In 2019 Jayden was selected to play the title character of Cirque du Soleil's original show AXEL. This sent him to North America where he would train, and tour The U.S and Canada. The show was unfortunately put to a halt in 2020 with the outbreak of Covid-19. He will return to the show in the near future.
Jarrod Sansom has been on a brief hiatus from the stage. Previously, he has received City of Newcastle Drama Award nominations for each of his three lead roles in THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR (Newcastle Theatre Company), CHICAGO (Theatre on Brunker), and KID STAKES (Newcastle Theatre Company). As a current PhD student at The University of Newcastle, his research explores the relationship between Facebook use and division in society. Off the stage, Jarrod has enjoyed a diverse range of careers working as a sessional academic at The University of Newcastle, a community liaison officer at The Australian National University, and an electorate officer at Parliament of NSW. He is a Ma and Morley scholar, a JB Fairfax Award winner, a Heywire winner, and was a finalist for the 2021 Fulbright Scholarship, the 2020 Rhodes Scholarship, the 2019 and 2020 Young Achiever Awards NSW/ACT, and the 2018 Mid-Year Walkley Awards. JERSEY BOYS will mark Jarrod's return to the stage and will be his debut performance for The Very Popular heatre Company.
A multi-disciplinary artist, Mitchell has been performing across stage and screen from a young age. Previous musical theatre credits include Kenickie in GREASE, Gaston in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Radames in AIDA, Rum Tum Tugger in CATS!, Michael in THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, and Peter in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. As a multi City of Newcastle Drama Award nominee, his theatre credits include John Proctor in THE CRUCIBLE, Brick Pollitt in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Steve in THE RETURN, Actor 2 in A CHECKLIST FOR AN ARMED ROBBER, and Col in S-27. Mitchell won a City of Newcastle Drama Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mortimer Brewster in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. Mitchell featured on the 2016 season of Channel 9’s THE VOICE and more recently has starred in various award-winning short films that have appeared across the International Short Film Festival circuit, including Best Supporting Actor nominations and Honourable Mentions. Mitchell holds a BA in Drama and Creative Writing, as well as a Masters of Teaching from The University of Newcastle. When he is not performing, Mitchell relishes the opportunity to teach Drama at Hunter School of the Performing Arts. JERSEY BOYS will see Mitchell return to the Newcastle stage and will mark his debut performance for The Very Popular Theatre Company.
A Multi-talented, instrumentalist, actor and singer, Thomas James was exposed to the arts from a young age through his very musical family. Having recently graduated from Hunter School of Performing Arts in Broadmeadow and the Talent Development Project (TDP) in Sydney, Thomas has already credits to his name with performances including Audrey II in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Opera Hunter) and Arpad in SHE LOVES ME (Opera Hunter). Thomas was also a featured artist in the arena spectacular STAR STRUCK from 2013 to 2019. More recently, Thomas has been performing as a solo singer-guitarist performing in venues around Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, and the Central Coast. He also spends his time writing songs, and tutoring music students in piano, guitar and singing. JERSEY BOYS will be Thomas' debut performance for The Very Popular Theatre Company.