JAY LAGA’AIA AND 11 OTHER TALENTED ACTORS HAVE UNFORTUNATELY JOINED THE CAST
The producers of the West End hit comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which stumbles through New Zealand from 31 October to 2 December, have just announced that New Zealand-born star JAY LAGA’AIA has (unfortunately for him!) joined the cast of the Olivier-nominated and critically acclaimed Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Their New Zealand tour, which begins in Auckland before plaguing Wellington and Christchurch, follows hot on the wobbly heels of last year’s Olivier Award-winning comedy hit The Play That Goes Wrong.
Other unfortunates, fresh from having audiences in stitches in The Play That Goes Wrong are DARCY BROWN, FRANCINE CAIN, ADAM DUNN, LUKE JOSLIN, GEORGE KEMP, JORDAN PROSSER and TAMMY WELLER. They have all been silly enough to sign on again with The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society to battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results. Plus, experiencing this theatrical mayhem for the first time will be CONNOR CRAWFORD and TEAGAN WOUTERS along with MATT WHITTY and JESSIE YATES to round out the crew.
Jay Laga’aia as Francis
One of Australia’s favourite entertainers and actors Jay Laga’aia has an array of film, television and theatre credits to his name. Jay’s film credits include Nims Island, Daybreakers, Vincent Ward’s , The Navigator and Star Wars; his television credits include; Home and Away, Bed of Roses, Jay’s Jungle, Street Legal, Water Rats, McLeod’s Daughters, Legend Of The Seekers, Xena: Warrior Princess and Playschool. Jay was very lucky to have started his theatrical career at the famous Mercury Theatre in Auckland in the early 80’s. There, he honed on his craft until he found what worked for him. He has played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, MacHeath in The Threepenny Opera, Mufasa in The Lion King – Musical, The Wizard in WICKED The Musical, Shrek in Shrek the Musical, along with a role in Children of the Sun with Sydney Theatre Company. A gifted musician, Jay has written and recorded 7 children’s albums with ABC for kids (four of which received an ARIA nomination) and has toured his live shows throughout Australia. Jay has been the Ambassador for Queensland Kindergarten for the past 8 years and early education is one of his passions. He lectures at Excelsia College and is a keynote speaker on Early Childhood development. To date Jay has had the pleasure of having his work orchestrated by, and performing with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra and last year working with the Sydney Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. In 2018 Jay will appeared in the new Foxtel drama series Fightin Season. Jay is also a children’s author and has just released a children’s book with NZ Scholastic entitled, We’ve got a boat. It’s a song about the recent America’s cup win and he is very excited to be sharing it with his young audience. Peter Pan goes wrong is a show that Jay is very excited to be a part of and he knows that the audience will love it too. He dedicates his performance to his family and to those who remember their happy thoughts!
Darcy Brown as Jonathan
Darcy is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
His theatre credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Lunchbox Theatrical Productions/Mischief Theatre), the one-person play Peddling (MTC; Green Room Award nomination for Best Male Performer), Henry V (Bell Shakespeare national tour; Green Room Award for Best Ensemble), The Merchant of Venice (Sport for Jove), We Are the Ghosts of the Future (The Rocks Bizarre Festival), the National Play Festival (PWA/Malthouse), The Uncanny Valley (Griffin Theatre Company), Rough Draft #27: Lighten Up (STC), and Fireface (Stories Like These/ATYP).
Television includes Glitch (ABC/Netflix) and Romper Stomper (Stan). His film credits include the shorts Real Estate, Q & T, and From Here to Paternity.
Darcy is a 2016 Mike Walsh Fellow. He received the 2013 BBM Drama Award to undertake further study in the United Kingdom. He is also an accomplished magician.
Francine Cain as Sandra
Francine Cain is a Helpmann Award-nominated musical theatre star. She landed not only her first professional Musical Theatre show soon after graduated from WAAPA but also she won the 2010 Rob Guest Endowment Scholarship, which took her to New York, working with some of Broadway’s greatest performing arts tutors. Francine’s credits include ‘Regina’ in the Tony Award Winner Rock of Ages (Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations), understudying ‘Truly Scrumptious’ in the Australian tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and an 18-month national tour playing ‘Frenchy’ in Grease the Musical for GFO. An excellent character actress, Francine played the legendary Lucille Ball in Everybody Loves Lucy, and to critical acclaim, the role of ‘Calliope’ in Xanadu The Musical. Francine toured Australia with the hit show The Play That Goes Wrong covering and playing the role of Sandra.
Connor Crawford as Chris
Connor Crawford is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.
Connor made his professional music theatre debut, straight out of College, in Jersey Boys touring both nationally and internationally. Other credits include; Dreamsong, Third World Blues, Ned – A New Australian Musical, City of Angels, and The Sound of Music.
Connor played ‘John Hinckley Jnr’ in The Hayes Theatre’s acclaimed production of Assassins. He joined the cast of Green Day’s American Idiot in the role of ‘Tunny’ touring Australia. Connor reprised his role of John Hinckley Jnr’ for the Sydney Opera House season of Assassins.
Connor starred as ‘John Paul Young’ in the Logie and AACTA award winning mini-series Molly. Other credits include: Winners and Losers, The Divorce, Dr Blake’s Murder Mysteries and most recently played ‘Matthew Fitzgerald’ in the highly anticipated second season of Glitch.
Adam Dunn as Trevor
Adam is not only a performer, but also writes and creates short films. His film Drawcard was a Tropfest finalist and also won the audience award at the LA Comedy Film Festival as well as Best Comedy at the Hollyshorts Film Festival. His first film Status Update won the Special Grand Jury prize at the Friars Comedy Film Festival in New York.
Theatre work includes most recently the Australian tour of The Play That Goes Wrong (Lunchbox), The Second Coming of Madrigal Chai Tea (Pukka Productions) and Of Mice and Men (Epicentre Theatre). Screen roles include television series Packed to the Rafters, Home & Away and Wild Boys (Seven Network) as well as Old School (ABC/Matchbox) and the feature film Unindian (Temple Productions). Adam trained at the Stella Adler Studio New York.
Luke Joslin as Robert
A graduate of University of Western Sydney and ACTT, Luke has forged a successful career in both musical and legitimate theatre, as well as being highly sought-after as a director. Most recently Luke appeared as Lord Farquard in Shrek: the Musical at Parramatta Riverside, and prior to this Jeff in Brigadoon for The Production Company in Melbourne. Luke toured Australia in The Play That Goes Wrong, and appeared in Georgy Girl, The Seekers musical, and he was part of the cast of the STC/STC of SA production, Machu Picchu. Luke also toured in the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables. Additional musical theatre credits include: The Threepenny Opera, Annie, Dr Zhivago, Avenue Q, Pinnochio, Assassins, Dirty Dancing, Titanic: The Musical, Sunday in the Park with George, Karaoke: The Musical, Guys and Dolls. Luke won both a Green Room and Helpmann Award for his performance as Nicky/Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q.
Directing credits include Songs for a New World, Annie, Thank You For Being a Friend, and Blue Saints production of In the Heights.
George Kemp as Dennis
George trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and more recently, with Steppenwolf Theatre Company in the USA. He just finished the Melbourne season of Pop-Up Globe appearing in Henry V and As You Like It. Prior to that, he appeared in Mischief Theatre’s national tour of the West End and Broadway smash, The Play That Goes Wrong. Other recent theatre credits include Taming of the Shrew (Sport for Jove), Journey’s End (Cross Pollinate/ATYP) Notes from Underground (SCO), Bull (Old Fitz and Sydney Arts Guide Winner of Best Independent Drama) and Cyrano de Bergerac and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for The Sydney Theatre Company. Whilst in London, theatre credits included Longing (Hampstead Theatre), The Bowl (Young Vic), Othello (Emanate), Three Sisters (RCSSD), The Seagull (RCSSD), All’s Well That Ends Well (RCSSD).
Recent screen credits include Doctor, Doctor and the short film Shot Clock. George trained previously with Cheek By Jowl and Charles Sturt University and has voiced animations (selected for British Shorts Festival in Berlin) as well as appeared in several national and international commercial campaigns.
Jordan Prosser as Max
Jordan Prosser is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, working as an actor, writer, and director across stage and screen.
Jordan has appeared in Jonathan M. Schiff’s The Elephant Princess, as a voice actor in Happy Feet 2, in the short films Shoplifting, Northkids and Body Movie, and in Alice Foulcher and Gregory Erdstein’s 2017 festival favourite That’s Not Me. As a director, Jordan’s short films have screened at numerous festivals both locally and internationally, and he recently co-wrote the screenplay for Justin Dix’s upcoming horror feature Blood Vessel.
Across 2007-2008, Jordan wrote, directed and starred in the award-winning two-man play The Landlords at the W.E.T. Season (Belconnen Arts, Canberra) and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2011-2012, he joined a group of Australian playwrights in adapting Japanese cult novelBattle Royale into an interactive, site-specific performance for Filipino collective Sipat Lawin Ensemble. The controversy surrounding the production led to the creation of the acclaimed documentary theatre piece Kids Killing Kids, performed at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival, the 2014 Next Wave Festival, and touring nationally.
In 2015, Jordan performed in Raya Martin’s How He Died Is Controversialwith a group of international artists at the Asian Arts Theatre Festival in Gwangju, South Korea, and in 2018 he joined long-term collaborator David Finnigan in London for the creation and performance of a new work at Nesta’s FutureFest, the futuristic sci-fi cop drama CrimeForce: LoveTeam.
Jordan was most recently seen on stages across Australia touring with The Play That Goes Wrong.
Tammy Weller as Annie
Tammy Weller has worked extensively as an actor, producer, director, and writer around Australia. This is her second show with Mischief Theatre and she is thrilled to be reprising the role of Annie the stage-manager which she created for the national tour of The Play That Goes Wrong in 2017.
For most of 2018, Tammy has been giving young wizards and witches valuable life-lessons as Leanne in Puffs the Play. Other theatre credits include The Hitmen (Baker’s Dozen Theatre Company), Coriolanus (Heartstring), and Maple and Vine (Bottled Snail Productions).
In 2010, Tammy wrote, produced, and performed Single Admissions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and a sell-out season at Metro Arts, Brisbane. Single Admissions was nominated for six Matilda Awards including Best Independent Production and Best New Australian Work. In 2014, Single Admissions was published by Playlab press. Her latest play, Pocketful of Pebbles, was written in collaboration with Lisa Smith and Victoria Carless and performed at the Gold Coast Arts Centre in early 2018.
Teagan Wouters as Lucy
Teagan graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (Music Theatre) in 2006.
Teagan most recently appeared as Nicola in the Australian premiere production of Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel Group) for which she received a Helpmann Award Nomination. Following this, she starred in the role of Laura in the Hayes Theatre Co production of High Fidelity.
Other credits include Tzeitel in Fiddler On The Roof (TML Enterprises), Lisa Houseman in the Australian Tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage (Gordon Frost Organisation), Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical (Newtheatricals), Francine in the Sydney season of Jersey Boys (Dainty Group/Newtheatricals), Sharpay Evans in Disney’s High School Musical – Live on Stage (Jacobsen/Really Useful), Legally Blonde the Musical (GFO/Ambassador Theatre Group), Woman One in Songs For A New World (Blue Saint Productions), Rosanna in the Australian premiere production of Calvin Berger, Babette in the Melbourne Zoo production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Sonia in They’re Playing Our Song (HIT Productions). For The Production Company she has appeared in Follies and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Matt Whitty Understudy 1
A Melbourne based actor, Matt has performed extensively on stages around Australia. Matt graduated from the VCA in 2012 with a Diploma of Dramatic Art, and was chosen by Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre as the Graduate Ensemble member for 2013. He played four lead roles during his time there. In 2014, Matt co-wrote and starred in a one man show for the Perth Fringe Festival in conjunction with MKA, and starred in ‘Stray’ at La Mama. In 2015 Matt was part of the MTC’s NEON Festival of Independent Theatre in Dirty Pretty Theatre’s production of ‘The Lonely Wolf’ and performed the role in Jonah in the Australian premiere of ‘Bad Jews’, which toured nationally in 2016. Most recently Matt performed in the successful ‘Puffs The Play’, toured as part of the ensemble on the national tour of the Olivier and Tony award winning ‘The Play that Goes Wrong’ and is currently the face of Melbourne Tourism’s International Ad campaign. Matt has also appeared on television in ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Rush’, and various short films.
Jessie Yates Understudy 2
Jessie trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts where she performed in the following productions: Parade (Lucille Frank), The Accrinton Pals (May), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Land Without Words (Artist), Platonov (Sophia), The Double Dealer (Cynthia). Jessie has also appeared in Wicked as Elphaba for Universal Studios Japan, Dirty Dancing – UK Tour as Lisa Houseman for Playful Productions and in Spring Awakening as Wendla Bergmann for Stageart. Jessie is understudying the roles of Sandra, Annie and Lucy in the New Zealand and Australian Tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award nominated production from West Ends Mischief Theatre. This is Jessie’s first production with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.