Originally hailing from Tasmania, Cassandra Beckitt studied classical voice at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart. She has worked with many theatre companies, both in Tasmania and in Victoria, and performed such roles as Jane in The Witches of Eastwick, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Marrianne in the Victorian amateur premier of Shout! In 2006 Cassandra advanced to the top 100 singers in the ABC production of Operatunity Oz. She has performed with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria, having leads in their productions of The Sorcerer and The Gondoliers. Cassandra has performed the roles of Linda Porter in Red, Hot and Cole with WMTC, and of Lily in The Secret Garden with PLOS. Last year she was cast in the coveted role of Carlotta in Windmill’s The Phantom of the Opera, for which she received a Guild nomination, a Lyrebird nomination, and received the Theatrepeople’s Choice award for best supporting actress. Cassandra has performed with the Opera Studio of Melbourne in their Opera in the Park, toured rural Victoria with Opera Supresto, and tours regularly to Tasmania to perform with comedy theatre group, The Three Sisters.
Cassandra has been a vocal teacher in the area for 15 years, working at studios and many different schools as well as taking after hours school care dance and drama workshops in primary schools in the Wyndham community. She has musically directed pantomimes in Altona and directed productions with St Andrews Theatre Company.
Cassandra has 35 years of dance training under her belt in many different styles including Jazz, Tap, and Highland dancing. She has choreographed many school productions with Westbourne Grammar School and Brimbank Secondary College.
Carolyn’s foray into the entertainment industry began with dance lessons at the age of 3 and she has been classically trained in voice for 10 years.
Her early aptitude for performing led to roles in musicals such as Annie, The Music Man, 42nd Street and The Sound of Music but her skills as a vocal coach were always in demand. This prompted Carolyn to move into the production side of theatre.
Shows such as Joseph and The Wiz followed and when approached by an interstate theatre company to be on their production team for Chicago, distance proved no barrier. With coaching via skype and flying in as required for master classes Carolyn was able to live up to her motto….”Find A Way”.
Carolyn teaches voice privately and is one of the founding members and lead vocal coaches at Dynamic Performers Australia.
Joseph Beckitt is a highly accomplished and versatile Melbourne-based musician who has studied and performed at the highest level. Born in Hobart Tasmania, he completed a degree at the Conservatorium of Tasmania, double majoring in piano with Victoria Burley and composition under Don Kay. Moving to Melbourne in 1997, he completed a Masters of Music Performance degree at the Victorian College of the Arts studying composition with Mark Pollard, and piano with Dr. Donna Coleman.
As a pianist he has performed several concertos with orchestra including: Ravel Piano Concerto in G, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Shostakovitch Piano Concerto No 2, and his own Piano Concerto No 1. In recital, he maintains an interest in promoting piano repertoire of the twentieth century. He has premiered all his own piano works, as well as works of many other composers. He is a sought-after accompanist, having worked with the Australian Boys choir, Opera Scholars Australia, and as an associate artist with many musicians. He is equally comfortable within improvised forms. He has performed in many other ensembles, currently being the keyboard player for Australia’s premier soul and rhythm and blues revue “Briefcase Full of Blues”.
Joseph is also an experienced piano teacher, having started over 25 years ago with some private pupils. Since moving to Melbourne, he has taught at Scotch college, Parade College, Westbourne Grammar School and The Geelong College. He has had much success as a teacher, with students completing Diploma examinations, and some continuing through to study music at University.
Joseph has worked in various theatre music forms around Melbourne and in Hobart over the last 25 years in multiple capacities. In classical forms, he was worked as a repetiteur, associate artist, and orchestral pianist member. In contemporary forms, he has worked as a rehearsal pianist, band member, and also as a Musical Director. His most recent hightlight is being chosen by Australian Music royalty Judi Conelli and Suzanne Johnston to be musical director for the Concert for the Animals (2015), working with household names including: Debra Byrne, John O’May, Bernadette Robinson and Jonathon Welch. He is currently employed at Federation University’s Arts Academy (Ballarat), working with undergraduate Musical Theatre students as a pianist for second and third year repertoire classes.
Being a professional pianist, it is no surprise that Joseph’s compositions heavily feature writing for the piano. His influences are wide and varied including: Igor Stravinsky, Gerald Finzi, Bela Bartok, Carl Vine, Alberto Ginastera, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Adam Guettel and Maurice Ravel. His harmonic language uses extensions found from jazz and popular music, structures loosely based in minimalism and throughcomposed forms, and uses melodies often in a sincerly romantic style. Although none of his works have been published, other major works of Joseph’s are: Piano Concerto (1994), music for theatre work – “A Pregnant Pause” (1993), several art songs including settings of poems by David Malouf and W B Yeats (1999), as well as several pieces written for local Tasmanian television documentaries.
A relative latecomer to theatre, Michael had already turned 18 when literally dragged in to audition for “Brigadoon” with Williamstown Light Opera Company, (now WMTC). Bitten hard by the performing bug, various roles with numerous companies followed in quick succession; South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Pippin, Annie, Carousel, Pirates of Penzance, My Fair Lady, Calamity Jane, Chess and the Sound of Music to name but few. Performances in non- musical theatre bought new skills and Assistant Directing with talented artists like Brad Smith and Brian Crossley gave insight into working in production. Minor roles and walk-ons in movies, mini series and series bought another dimension to Michael’s performance repertoire and a five year run at The Titanic Theatre Restaurant in Williamstown provided a fantastic environment to hone his skills. Now, as a member of DPA, Michael’s greatest satisfaction is in seeing people grow in confidence and self esteem through the performing arts.
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