cast & creatives
Music Julian Langdon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff
Lyrics Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff
Orchestration Julian Langdon
Concept by Ali McGregor
Musical Director Phoebe Briggs
Director Sarah Giles
Set and Costume Design Marg Horwell
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Lorelei A Dimity Shepherd
Lorelei B Ali McGregor
Lorelei C Antoinette Halloran
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Music & Orchestration
Julian graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with an honours degree in practical composition and was awarded the first Melbourne Prize for Music Development Award. This led to a series of orchestral commissions and orchestration opportunities for major performing arts companies as well as recordings sessions for feature film, television, and video games. Julian combines his love for traditional compositional processes using a pencil and paper with the latest digital music making practices to produce work across a spectrum of interdisciplinary projects and events. He is currently working on an opera for children called Melisma’s Little Book
Music & Lyrics
Casey Bennetto is best known for writing the musical KEATING! and worst known for blathering on at length about things everyone else in the room had worked out years ago. Over the past three months he’s also been writing a new musical with Sisters Grimm, scoring the second season of Get Krack!n and preparing for his role as Musical Director in the Circus Oz/Die Roten Punkte collaboration Rock Bang!
Music & Lyrics
Gillian graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Theatre credits: Vivid White (Melbourne Theatre Company), Company (Watch This); Loving Repeating (Vic Theatre Company); and The Pirates of Penzance (The Production Company). Television credits: Offspring, House Husbands, Fat Tony & Co., Ricketts Lane and Get Krack!n. She has toured extensively with her solo shows as a comedian and cabaret performer. Awards: Best Cabaret (Melbourne Fringe), Green Room Awards for Writing, Original Songs, and Artiste (Cabaret). She has recently been cast in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, playing at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne from January 2019.
Sarah Giles is an award-winning opera and theatre director. Opera works include O Mensch! by Pascal Dusapin, libretto by Friedrich Nietzsche, Pas à Pas – Nulle Part by György Kurtág, libretto by Samuel Beckett and Into the Little Hill by George Benjamin, libretto by Martin Crimp all for Sydney Chamber Opera and Sydney Festival.
As a theatre director Sarah has worked with Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre and State Theatre of South Australia.
Sarah was the Richard Wherrett Fellow at Sydney Theatre Company in 2011 and was Co-Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company in 2013.
Costume and Set Designer
Marg is a multi-award-winning Designer, she has received seven Greenroom Awards, two Sydney Theatre Awards and multiple nominations for her work in Theatre, Dance, Film and Opera.
Most recently she designed Set and Costumes for Salome
(English National Opera), Blasted, Melancholia, The Testament of Mary, The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man (Malthouse Theatre), The House of Bernarda Alba (Melbourne Theatre Company), Common Ground (Chunky Move), Production Design for the short film Mrs McCutcheon, and costumes for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Sydney Theatre Company).
Paul has designed lighting for most of Australia’s leading performing arts companies and has lectured in design at the University of Melbourne, RMIT University and the Victorian College of the Arts. His work has featured in festivals and programmes in the United States, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Paul was listed in The Bulletin’s Smart 100 for 2004, was the Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellow for
2007 and was an Artistic Associate at Malthouse Theatre from 2007-2013. He has received a Helpmann Award, six Green Room Awards, a Sydney Theatre Award and two APDG awards. Paul was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship (Theatre) for 2017-2019.
Appearances for Victorian Opera include Cherubino in Marriage of Figaro, Orphée in Orphée et Eurydice, Alice in Through The Looking Glass, Arsamene in Xerxes, Nireno in Julius Caesar, Flora in Traviata, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Helpmann Award nominated Lucy in Threepenny Opera and Clara in Midnight Son, roles in Banquet of Secrets, The Riders, Nixon In China and Sunday In The Park With George.
Also Cherubino, Carmen and Rosina in The Barber of Seville for Opera Australia, roles for Opera Queensland and Chamber Made Opera, Katchen in Black Rider for VO/Malthouse and the title role in The Ghost Wife at the Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and London’s BITE02 festivals.
Concept / Lorelei B
Ali McGregor started her career as a principal soprano with Opera Australia performing over 25 roles and winning a Green Room Award in 2004. She then ran away with the circus in the form of hit show La Clique and has since performed everywhere from Glastonbury to Carnegie Hall. She was nominated for an ARIA award in 2014 & in 2015 was awarded a special Green Room Award for her contribution to cabaret.
Artistic Director for Adelaide Cabaret Festival from 2016 to 2018, she has recently debuted a critically acclaimed show about the iconic Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac. In 2019, Ali returns to Victorian Opera to star in A Little Night Music.
Helpmann Award-nominated in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Antoinette Halloran ‘s most recent engagements include the title role in Tosca for West Australian Opera, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd for Victorian Opera and New Zealand Opera, associate artist for José Carreras’ National Tour and concerts with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australian and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras. For Opera Australia, Antoinette has sung the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Rusalka, Mimi (La bohème) and Stella (A Streetcar Named Desire).Future engagements include Lady Macbeth and Mrs Lovett in Perth and the title role in The Merry Widow in Adelaide.