Madiba the Musical

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Madiba the Musical
Sydney Opera House

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Bennelong Point Sydney NSW 2000

Featured Cast

David Denis

David Denis

The Narrator

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David Denis

The Narrator


David Denis began dance training at fifteen years of age under the guidance of the Howard sisters at Sydney’s Brent Street studios where he later completed the certificate IV in Performing Arts. David went on a national tour with The Ambassador Group production Ghost: The Musical. David appeared for Disney in The Lion King for four years in Australia and on The West End, London. For GFO he has played Boom-Boom Johnson in Legends! and the role of Tyrone in Kelley Abbey’s Fame – The Musical. For Opera Australia, David featured as Seabee in South Pacific. On screen David has played Jean-Michel Basquiat in Jim Sharman’s film Andy X, and he worked with Peter Jackson on King Kong in the role of Taps. In recent years, David has had success as a contemporary dancer working alongside Kylie Minogue, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Taylor Swift and Guy Sebastian. David is also a rapper, singer and songwriter under the name Davey.

Perci Moeketsi

Perci Moeketsi

Nelson Mandela

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Perci Moeketsi

Nelson Mandela


Perci Moeketsi is a 29 year old musical theatre performer and graduate from Hammanskraal – North of the City of Tshwane (Pretoria). Perci was fortunate enough to gain extensive performance experience prior to completing his studies. His biggest television success has to be his appearance as a contestant in Top Actor South Africa, which helped him gain television clout and experience. Further experience includes Africa’s first dance film, the international award-nominated Hear Me Move. However, theatre has always been his true passion. His first noticeable role was for a community theatre musical called Rorisang and Julie, a township adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, where he played lead Rorisang (Romeo). This drew the attention of the Tshwane University of Technology and assisted in his acceptance and enrolment in the Musical Theatre program at the age of 26. His biggest theatre show was Gospel Spectacular as Choir Lead and Ensemble at the Joburg Theatre. He has also performed in the South African State Theatre in shows such Fire: A dance show and Fok-Fok The Musical as lead antagonist. He also performed for two years for the pantomime company Pretoria Youth Theatre in Centurion, playing lead roles in shows such as Pied Piper, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and 3 Little Pigs. Other appearances in TV include South Africa’s Got Talent with his dance group Forefront Dance Crew and appearing with the choir he was conducting, Dumisa (Praise).

Ruva Ngwenya

Ruva Ngwenya

Winnie Mandela

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Ruva Ngwenya

Winnie Mandela


Ruva is an Australian based singer/actor of Zimbabwean decent. At age five she showed signs of exceptional musicianship and went on to study at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. In 2013 she went on to the top 6 Girls Category of Australia’s XFactor Series. Ruva’s professional stage career began when she was cast as Shenzi in the celebrated Disney musical The Lion King. She then continued her musical theater journey understudying Killer Queen in the Australian 2016 national tour of We Will Rock You, followed by The Production Company’s Dusty the Musical. Most recently, Ruva was seen in the original Australian cast of Beautiful: the Carole King Musical. In 2017, Ruva was a top 24 finalist for season 6 of The Voice. Since then, she has released an original EP Humble Brag available on Spotify and iTunes. She is thrilled to be telling this powerful story and wishes to thank her family and Ian White Management for all their support.

Blake Erickson

Blake Erickson

Peter Van Lenden

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Blake Erickson

Peter Van Lenden


Blake has worked throughout Australia, Asia, Britain and the United States as writer, actor, and singer. He studied drama and music theatre at the University of Sydney and The Actor’s Connection New York. Recently he toured with the international production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables. Prior to this he made his New York debut leading the cast of Stalker: The Musical at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. Recent credits include Cry Baby, High Fidelity, Melba, and his acclaimed cabaret Hold Me Closer Logies Dancer, all at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre. For his performance in the title role of the one-man show Pearls Before Swine: An Evening With Orson Welles (Neil Gooding Productions), he won Best Actor at the inaugural Sydney Fringe Festival Awards before embarking on a national tour. Other credits include Of Thee I Sing at the Sydney Opera House, Grey Gardens, and Sondheim on Sondheim. Blake is thrilled to be a part of this bold new production.

Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji

Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji

Sam Onotou

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Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji

Sam Onotou


The multi-platinum entertainer Timomatic, has conquered many milestones through his multi-faceted career. From dancer to recording artist to attaining a Logie nomination as a TV personality, Timomatic has become a staple in the Australian entertainment industry, however it’s clear that this new chapter, which sees Timomatic step into his true role of singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur is where he is most comfortable. Captivating audiences on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, Timomatic quickly became a household name and secured a leading role in Fame – The Musical. It was due to a serious injury that he channelled his passion to create music. This led to Timomatic becoming a top 3 finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and releasing his 4 x platinum, ARIA nominated single, Set It Off which peaked at #2 on the ARIA music charts. His live shows would attract special guest invites to perform alongside global acts such as Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Jessie J, Flo Rida, Salt N Pepa, Jason Derulo and David Guetta. Within the same year, Timomatic launched his self-titled album taking the #3 spot on the ARIA Charts, featuring hits If Looks Could Kill and Can You Feel It. Timomatic was a featured performer at one of the Australia’s biggest sporting events, State Of Origin (2013). This led him to international performances such as Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, which broadcasted to millions globally, and Mexico’s biggest radio concert El Evento 40 to a live audience of over 100,000 people. Timomatic has put all his focus into creating his best musical works yet. Collaborating, producing and writing with music powerhouses such as Pusha-T and Glass John and has brought Timomatic to this point, Mash Up is Timomatic’s latest music offering and was premiered by live performance on the brand new Ch 7 hit show DANCE BOSS hosted by Dannii Minogue. Timomatic is also part of the shows judging panel alongside Adam Garcia and Sharni Vinson. “My vision has always been to create music that moves people. I really want people to feel the essence of my African roots through the new music I make.”

Tarisai Vushe

Tarisai Vushe

Sandy Xulu

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Tarisai Vushe

Sandy Xulu


Tarisai has been singing since the age of 3, however made her commitment to a career in music when she was only eight years old. She moved from Zimbabwe to Australia as a teenager and was determined to perfect her skills as a performer, whilst studying hard at school and university where she completed a degree majoring in psychology. In 2007 Tarisai became a household name through Network Ten’s Australian Idol where she made the Top 5. Tarisai released her single Head Over Heels in 2010 under Tommirock Records and received two AAMA awards for Single of the Year and Best Female Artist. Her album Redemption was released in 2017. Upon completing her studies in Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, Tarisai’s musical theatre career began when she was cast in Disney’s The Lion King, understudying the roles of Rafiki and Shenzi. Tarisai is represented by T&E Management.

Barry Conrad

Barry Conrad

William Xulu

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Barry Conrad

William Xulu


With a multifaceted career spanning music, screen and stage, Barry Conrad possesses an undeniable talent. He’s opened for the likes of Brian McKnight, Craig David and Eric Benet, toured globally with world-renowned Darlene Zschech and Grammy-winning Israel Houghton, and has vocally produced and penned songs for an array of artists. Screenwork includes FOX’s Power Rangers: Ninja Storm, numerous TV commercials and the #1 box office hit, The Sapphires. His musical theatre debut was in the Australian premiere of award-winning, critically acclaimed seasons of the Broadway smash, Violet. He toured in Hairspray: Arena Spectacular, Grease: The Arena Experience as Kenickie and recently, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The tipping point of Conrad’s rise to public recognition was cemented when he was named as one of the Final 12 on Channel 7’s The X-Factor, winning over a legion of new fans and truly solidifying himself as one of Australia’s most exciting talents.

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Madeline Perrone

Madeline Perrone

Helena Van Leden

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Madeline Perrone

Helena Van Leden


Madeline’s involvement in the industry began at a young age, placing 3rd in Australia’s Got Talent at just 12 years old. Madeline’s training includes Film and TV at NYCDA and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Her first role out of college was Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde, winning a Broadway World Award of Best Actress in a Musical (regional, national and touring). Madeline toured Fiddler on the Roof (TML Enterprises) as Shprintze (Hodel Cover) after returning from shows in the USA as Wendy in Disney’s Peter Pan and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Other credits include Curtains (The Production Co.), Peppa Pig’s Big Splash (Life Like Company), Disneyland, Universal Studios, Rock Rhapsody (Good Egg Creative) aboard cruise lines and was a semi-finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment award (2016). Madeline is elated to be portraying Helena Van Leden in Madiba The Musical.

Ensemble Cast

Courtney Bell

Courtney Bell

Ensemble

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Courtney Bell

Ensemble


Courtney made her professional debut at a young age as Gretl in the Gordon Frost Organisation’s The Sound of Music. Over the following two years, she appeared in GFO’s productions of Annie as Molly and The Wizard of Oz. Courtney went on to graduate with a Social Sciences Degree majoring in Psychology and Counselling, before deciding to return to the stage and screen. Most recently, Courtney portrayed Kangaroo in the original musical Dot and the Kangaroo at NIDA, Celia in SheShakespeare’s debut production of As You Like It and Nina in Interrobang Films’ short film Occupied. Courtney is a graduate of Actors Centre Australia, where she appeared as Catherine in Suddenly, Last Summer and Shelly in Buried Child, both directed by Gale Edwards. Courtney is grateful to her loved ones and industry peers and mentors for being a part of her journey so far, and is thrilled to be joining Madiba the Musical.

Tiana Canterbury

Tiana Canterbury

Ensemble

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Tiana Canterbury

Ensemble


Tiana Canterbury is undoubtedly one of the most active and respected choreographers on the Australian scene. Her credentials are endless and include choreography on hit show’s So You Think You Can Dance, XFactor, The Voice and more recently Dance Boss. She is also a World of Dance judge. Tiana has worked alongside Janet Jackson and director Jake Nava (Beyoncé, Kanye West, Britney Spears and Alicia Keys), as well as choreographing music videos and stage shows for Jessica Mauboy, Timomatic, Stan Walker and Marvin Priest. In 2013, Tiana featured in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. She also choreographed the closing ceremony for The Dalai Lama’s Australian visit. She is the head choreographer for Hip Hop at the nationally broadcasted School Spectacular and also a proud dance studio owner (YOURHIPHOPCLASS). She has undeniably become one of the most sought after Afro, Dancehall and Hip Hop choreographers on the Australian dance scene to date.

Maxine Champion

Maxine Champion

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Maxine Champion

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Maxine Champion a talented dancer, singer and songwriter set to take the world by storm, already wowing audiences with her many talents. Dancing and singing from a very early age, Maxine is no stranger to the stage and has performed at many events around Australia over the past 12 years. Maxine was also a part of the very successful former dance group SAEA Banyana. In August of 2012, SAEA featured in the Australian dance competition Everybody Dance Now, where they were mentored by international superstar Kelly Rowland. Currently working on her debut album, Maxine’s latest release is Defined. Her flow is warm and intimate, truly mastering the craft of merging thought-provoking lyricism with unforgettable hooks, personal ideas, and strong storytelling.

Migisha Jean Chritz

Migisha Jean Chritz

Ensemble

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Migisha Jean Chritz

Ensemble


Born in Rwanda, Jean Migisha grew up training in Afro and Hip Hop where he palates his unique Afro flavour. He later migrated to Queensland Australia, where he revolutionised dance with the infamous ZBOYZ, who are critically acclaimed for becoming 1st runner-up in the international Hip Hop tournament in Las Vegas (2014). Now living in Sydney, he is a seasoned and well-established professional dancer, choreographer and entrepreneur. Migisha is also re-igniting Afro Beats Vibe in his self-initiated Afro Future project. His accolades stem from national television appearances on The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent, as well as choreography for many independent theatre productions such as Love Is Love. Migisha is a frequent guest choreographer at the industry accredited Australian Dance Festival and is also one of the head choreographers for School Spectacular. He is socially famous for his charismatic “NO DAYS OFF” approach to life.

Sophia Laryea

Sophia Laryea

Ensemble

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Sophia Laryea

Ensemble


Sophia is a stand out Artist who is in constant demand as an actress, dancer, model and musical theatre performer. Sophia’s journey began with training in all styles of dance and performance at Patrick Studios in Melbourne, followed by a summer intensive course in New York City at the renowned Alvin Ailey. After graduating at the age of 18, Sophia made her musical theatre debut touring Australia in Disney’s The Lion King. She has also performed as a dancer with Cabaret de Paris in Sydney and on the Gold Coast; worked with recording Artists including PNAU, Client Liaison and Jessica Mauboy and danced on screen on Channel 7’s Australia’s Got Talent. A gifted actor, Sophia has appeared in television and cinema campaigns for Bonds, TKMaxx, Westpac, Virgin Mobile and Kmart, with a lead speaking role in the 2017 L’Oreal True Match TVC. In 2017 Sophia shot her first feature film playing one of the Sakaarian Girlfriends in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok.

Sello Molefi

Sello Molefi

Ensemble

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Sello Molefi

Ensemble


Sello Molefi is a singer-songwriter, music composer and arts leader from Kroonstad, South Africa. Sello studied at FUBA Academy in Johannesburg and Wits University Music School. His career as a vocalist landed him a role in Disney’s The Lion King, which originally brought him to Australia in 2003. Sello then toured with the production to Shanghai, Johannesburg then onto the West End in London. In 2016 after finishing the contract, Sello went home to South Africa to fulfill a life long dream and open an arts centre, and so Bokamoso Arts Centre was born. He is an accomplished composer, working in both stage and screen and most significantly co-wrote the theme song for the movie Elephant Tales. Sello composed, directed and performed his original show Mantswe at the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival and his first EP Mamelang was released in 2016. Sello is now living in Melbourne and working on his new EP.

Thuba Ndibali

Thuba Ndibali

Ensemble

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Thuba Ndibali

Ensemble


Thuba Ndibali is a dancer, choreographer, award-winning film director. Thuba grew up in Zimbabwe, where he found his love for dance. He came to Australia in 2008 and began street dance battles to establish himself. In 2016, He graduated at AMPA, undertaking a two year dance degree. Later in the year his university assignment for Dance and Film, UPHAWU won the Film it and Show it Festival, which in turn has gone on to be screened internationally. Thuba has also completed short courses with prominent choreographers Tiana Canterbury and Alvin De Castro. He has continued to work in the industry, recently as part of Shaun Parker & Company. Dance credits include Telstra, NIKE, FitBitau, Myer, Jeans for Genes, Spring Courtau, Shaun Parker’s TUT, THUBALETHU Short Film by Suzanne Kim, the Jarule and Ashanti concert, Netball Word Cup Opening and the Hair Expo Australia Opening.

Riley Sutton

Riley Sutton

Ensemble

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Riley Sutton

Ensemble


Originally from Adelaide, Riley trained in Music Theatre at WAAPA. Since graduating, he has performed as u/s Bobby Darin and ensemble in both the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of Dream Lover (Gordon Frost), as Rapunzel’s Prince and the Steward in Into The Woods (Harvest Rain), as u/s Princeton/Rod and ensemble/swing in Avenue Q (Enmore Theatre), and he toured Sydney and Perth as Edward in Worlds Apart (Echelon Productions). While in training he performed as ensemble in A Chorus Line, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He also played both Melchior’s father and Moritz’ father in Spring Awakening, Antipholus of Syracuse in A Comedy of Errors, Tonton Julian in Once On This Island, and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins (WAAPA).

Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson

Ensemble

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Alex Thompson

Ensemble


Originally from Tasmania, Alex graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre in 2015. Since graduating, Alex’s theatre credits include Titanic (StageArt) Reefer Madness (RL Productions) Fair Dinkum and Super Duper! (Echelon Productions) Spring Awakening (StageArt) and most recently, Alex toured New Zealand with LifeLike Touring in Scooby Doo Musical Mysteries (Theresa Borg). While at WAAPA Alex performed in West Side Story (Dir. Crispin Taylor), Urinetown (Dir. James Miller), Legally Blonde (Dir. Jason Langley) and Carrie (Dir. Crispin Taylor). Alex would like to thank his loved ones for their support and he is thrilled to be joining the cast of Madiba the Musical.

Tarik Frimpong

Tarik Frimpong

Understudy

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Tarik Frimpong

Understudy


Narrator, Sam Onotou & William Xulu

Tarik Frimpong is a Melbourne born, multi-faceted performing artist. Some of his professional credits include Twig in the Australian premiere of Bring It On The Musical, Disney’s The Lion King, The Graham Norton Show – performing with the cast of The Greatest Showman, Bat Out Of Hell The Musical (West End choreographic development workshop) and ZUP; a Hip-Hop/ Contemporary theatre show that premiered in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2017, Tarik wrapped filming on his feature film debut. He plays the role of Angus in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns (2018) directed by Rob Marshall. Tarik has danced for Pop artists Justin Bieber, FKA Twigs, Aston Merrygold, ZHU, and Missy Higgins, as well as featuring in television commercials for Pringles and Kmart. Tarik is thrilled to be a part of the Australian/ New Zealand Premiere of Madiba the Musical, understudying the roles of Narrator, Sam Onotou and William Xulu. Tarik is extremely grateful to be involved in the telling of such a powerful and important story, and he would like to extend his gratitude to his family, friends, teachers and mentors for their on going support. Social media: @tarikfrimpong www.tarikfrimpong.com