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Glynn Nicholas

Director – Producer – with a shiny face. Bet he’s wearing make up in that photo. Mr Nicholas has created, performed in and produced several stage shows which have played in Australia and several other countries.
In 1989 – 1991 he shot to national fame appearing on the ABC’s “The Big Gig” although Humphrey Bear was always his first love.
In 2006 he Produced, Directed and co-wrote “Eurobeat – almost Eurovision” which toured Australia, was the top-selling show at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, toured nationally for 20 weeks in the UK in 2008 and ran 3 months in London’s West End.
Song Contest is set to keep him busy for a few years. He also works as a keynote speaker and with key-note speakers, bossing them around. Check out the website

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Jason Coleman (Ministry of Dance)

Associate Director – Jason Coleman is a leading creative director who spawned his career at just 17. Since his beginning, Coleman has worked all over the world generating large and diverse credits working with artists including Tina Arena, Chaka Khan, John Farnham, Bee Gees and choreographed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games which was seen by 3.8 billion people across the world. His talent has been demonstrated and acquired through television, dance, film and theatre. After nearly two decades, Jason Coleman is in demand now more than ever.

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Dare Music

Writers – Music Producers – Founders and owners of award-winning music production and publishing company Dare Music, Daniel & Gideon Frankel compose hit songs, produce and write music for films, theatre, television and major recording artists in Australia and overseas. Their work reaches the who’s who in Hollywood, including Jennifer Anniston when the Brothers co-wrote and produced the closing song for her film, “Call me Crazy”.

Their latest hot project is to craft the musical scores, lyrics and sound-tracks for “Song Contest – the Almost Eurovision Experience” – a major musical comedy directed by Glynn Nicholas.   “We are excited to be collaborating with Glynn and we are passionate about working with the complete smorgasboard of musical styles that Song Contest demands from dance, electronica, folk, acoustic and classical”, says Daniel Frankel.

Last year Dare won New York Festivals International Film and Television Award for Shanghai Tourism ”City of Inspiration” for which they composed and produced the epic orchestral soundtrack.

The Awards list is long and the diversity of their work reaches millions. Dare Music has created television and internet viral campaigns (50m hits), they have produced music for hi-end international advertising campaigns, composed themes The Australian Open, and The Fina World Swimming Championships and tourism organisations in Australia and around the globe; They continue to collaborate with rock stars, actors and world-class musicians – releasing new sound-tracks each year.

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Bev Killick

Bev is from the bold and brassy school of stand up, delivering a non-stop energetic set every time. As soon as she blasts her way on stage, you know you’re in for a treat. Bev is likeable, bawdy and real. Bev started making people laugh from the age of ten, at family gatherings. Invariably these gatherings would end up with her putting on a show.  Bev’s ability to remember a joke (handed down from her Dad at the meatworks) and tell it well, saw her doing Stand Up Comedy in the school quadrangle long before she knew that it would be her calling.

Participating in numerous performance workshops from clowning to improvisation, she perfected her Stand Up routine touring it around Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane comedy circuits performing in top comedy spots such as The Espy, The Comedy Club, The Comic’s Lounge, The Comedy Store and the Sit Down Comedy Club. (She loved the Espy so much she married the Lighting Guy, who would give her extra special lighting during her sets.)
Her comic abilities came to the attention of the Producer’s of the worldwide sensation Puppetry of the Penis. They offered Bev the opportunity to travel with the show as their opening act. For a while Bev’s life became all about boobs after she landed a role in the much-aired Berlei Ad for the Uplifting Tour of Australia. A result of this was that she was asked to perform as a Bosom Buddy in the hit show “Busting Out!” making audiences across the globe laugh their tits off as she got her tits out.

Bev has appeared in many ad’s and has also voiced radio ads and characters most notably in the feature film “Little Johnny: The Movie” released in 2011. Bev has worked with Weird Al Yankovic, Wayne Brady, Gina Riley and Jane Turner as a guest cameo on Kath and Kim.
She was a panel member on Beauty and the Beast, featured comic on Stand Up Australia, a special guest on the hit show Pizza,  beat the blokes on Joker Poker, performed three solo shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Sic Women earned her a Green Room Award Nomination), was selected to perform in the prestigious female only “Up Front” gala and this year makes her Melbourne Comedy Festival Road Show debut.

Bev plays Bettina Bitjakokov in Song Contest – a match made in heaven.

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Djon Alexander

DJON ALEXANDER trained at Centrestage Performing Arts School before attending The Victorian College of the Arts.

His studies then took him back to Centrestage where he completed the Music Theatre course SHOWFIT. Other performing highlights include playing Pixel in the children’s stage show Lazytown Live! and working at Universal Studios Singapore.

Most recently he appeared in the Australian Premiere of Dreamgirls with Stageart as C.C. White and will soon appear as Rajib in the Feature Film ‘What If It Works?’.

Djon is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production and would like to thank his family, friends and IWM for their love and support.

 

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Elise Brennan

ELISE BRENNAN is a graduate of the University of Ballaret Arts Academy. Since graduating she has appeared in the Donmar Warehouse/ Ambassador production of Guys and Dolls as Mirni, and cover for Miss Adelaide. She also spent time singing backup and touring with James Reyne for his latest album, TCB. She has starred in Jersey Boys as Mary Delgado (Frankie Valli’s wife) and understudied and performed the lead role of Paula Pokrifki in An Officer and a Gentleman.

Other highlights include performing alongside Geoffrey Rush in A Funy Thing happened on the Way to the Forum, Catherine in Pippin and most recently the workshop production of Georgy Girl (The Seekers). Television appearences include It takes Two, The Morning Show, Hey Hey it Saturday, the Footy Show, Mr & Mrs Murder and Channel V Music Session.

Elise also works extensively as a vocalist and corportate performer, as a solo artist and in conjunction with The Dream Divas – directed by Debra Bryne, The Jingle Bells – a Christmas inspired trio. At The Hop – a 50’s Tribute Group and finally The Pacific Belles – an Andrew Sisters vocal act.

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Julia Grenda

Perth born and bred, Julia was accepted into the BA of Musical Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at age seventeen. Whilst at WAAPA, she played Anytime Annie in “42nd St” directed by Terence O’Connell, Georgine Skeene in Loving Repeating directed by Jason Langley, Lizzy Phagan/Dance Captain in Parade,  Thisbe in Tales from Ovid as well as being featured ensemble in Rent, Oklahoma and Jayne Eyre.

Since graduating, Julia has hosted Looney Tunes and Sesame St all over Australia and Asia for Warner Bros as well as filming a pilot with Jon English called In the Groove and sharing the stage with Hollywood legend, Debbie Reynolds in the musical Irene. In 2012, she was accepted into the Full Time Acting Course at 16th Street Actors Studio.

She was a participant in the 2012 Larry Moss Master Class as well as playing the role of Susan in the film When Stained Glass Breaks directed by Natalie Elzin, Amy in Love in the Time of MRSA directed by Peter Blackburn for Melbourne Fringe, Joan in the Australian Premier of The Essence of Passion directed by Melanie Hillman and Dorothy in the film Tin Man directed by James Lee which has also has won a Gold Remy Award at the 2015 Worldfest-Houston and was also announced in the official selection of the 2015 Sci-Fi-London Film Festival.

Julia participated in the Carl Ford Master Class at 16th St Actors Studio and trained with Penelope Chater in a 3 month Master Class on Character Creation. As well as teaching all over Melbourne, she also is the Managing Director of Dance Network Victoria. Most recently she has been continuing training with Jason Raftopoulous at 16th Street Actors Studio as well as performing the role of Alana in the Australian Premier of Relate written by Chantelle Fava and directed by Benji Leeks.

She is currently working on the feature film, Blue Grace directed by Dan Andrusiak which will be released 2016. Julia is thrilled to be apart of Song Contest – The Almost Eurovision Experience and would like to thank her friends and family for all their support over the years.

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Kimberley Hodgson

KIMBERLEY HODGSON graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2013 since then Kimberley has been cast as the lead in the national premiere tour of Rolling Thunder Vietnam, Little Red Riding Hood in Harvest Rain’s production of Into the Woods, Isabel in their production of The Pirates of Penzance, Demeter in their arena production of Cats and she was swing/ensemble in the recent Sydney production of Avenue Q. Kimberley’s concert appearances have included Surf and Seafood Festival (Surfers Paradise), The Spirit of Christmas (QPAC), Queensland Tourism Awards and The Con2Cabaret.

Roles at the Conservatorium, where she was awarded the Bachelor’s Excellence Medal, included Kim in Miss Saigon, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Judith in Elergies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens and Dulcie in Summer of the Aliens. Kimberley would like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering support and encouragement through all of her endeavours. She is a proud member of Equity as at 16 September 2015.

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Vincent Hooper

VINCENT HOOPER Most recently performed in the critically acclaimed Heathers- The Musical at the Hayes theatre, playing the role of Ram Sweeny and Rams Dad. Previously he played John in Vic Theatre Company’s Loving Repeating. Vincent toured Australia in the GFO production of The Rocky Horror Show,  where he played a Phantom and was understudy to Riff Raff, Rocky, Frank N Furter, Brad, Eddie and Dr Scott
Vincent was the Freddie understudy in Sydney’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels directed by Roger Hodgman, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to go on as the Steve Martin role.
He graduated with a BA in Music Theatre from WAAPA, where he was lucky to play the title role in Bat Boy- The Musical.

Other professional credits include The Tempest as a rock star Ariel, the Soldier in LaChiusa’s Hello Again, the romantic lead in Sondheim’s Putting it Together, Michael in William Finn’s Elegies, Blowing Whistles and Bison for Focus Theatre Company and the flamboyant Joey in the Australian premiere of Postnuptials.

Vincent recently filmed a small role for Neighbours,  and has toured Australia with Monkey Baa’s Milli Jack and the Dancing Cat and The Twink and the Showgirl with Phil Scott as well as performing as a lead singer on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines and a member of the Augmented chorus in the WA Opera Company.

Vincent performed his one man show Stolen Treasures at His Majesty’s theatre in Perth, to coincide with the release of his album In Flight.

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Jessica Lindon

JESSICA LINDON originated from Central NSW where she started dance at the ripe old age of four. At fourteen she was offered a scholarship at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she graduated receiving the Principles award, as well as a perfect score in VCE VET dance. Jess continued her studies and became a graduate of the inaugural year of Patrick Studio Australia’s musical theatre course under the direction of Andrew Hallsworth.

Most recently, Jess was apart of the Australian Premier of Nice Work If You Can Get It (Production Company). Prior to this Jess toured nationally and internationally with Grease the Musical (GFO) understudying the role of Cha Cha & Patty Simcox. Other theatre credits include Le Grande Cirque (TML), Shout! The Mod Musical, We Will Rock You and Encore (NLC).

Jess is thrilled to be joining the cast and would like to thank her agent Emma Raciti, family & friends for their unwavering love and support.

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