Kimberley has been a member of Pantseat Performing Arts since 2011. She has been a part of many productions, both as a performer in productions including Xanadu, "On My Way"( Student Devised Production), Little Shop of Horrors as “Ronette”, Rent, and Mixtape: The Last 10 Years. She has extensive backstage experience, working with hair and makeup, stage and production management. She was awarded the CONDA Youth Grant in 2014 for her achievements in performing arts in the Newcastle/Hunter area.
2015 saw Kim’s directorial debut with The Formal by Sue Murray, and in 2017, directed Legally Blonde Jr both for Pantseat. She has recently completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre through WEA Hunter, where she was awarded the Liz Caplan Most Improved Award for 2017. As part of her Diploma studies, Kim performed in WEA’s production of Heathers the Musical.
Kimberley is excited to share her passion for the performing with the students of Pantseat, and assist and support them in developing their performance skills.
The Pantseat team believe that our students come first - we are here to work with our students in a supportive environment and encourage them to develop their own individual talents. We believe in the individual contribution of our students and recognise their value and worth. We aim to make Pantseat a place where everyone is welcome and challenged to be the best they can possibly be.
Bonnie has been performing since she was 2 years old. She has performed such roles as Lumiere in Beauty & the Beast Jr (Hunter School of the Performing Arts), Ariel in Little Mermaid Jr (Hunter Drama), Iris Kelly in Fame Jr (Hunter Drama), Taylor McKessie in both High School Musical and High School Musical 2, Maggie in A Chorus Line and Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde Jr all for Pantseat Performing Arts. She was most recently seen as Molly in the original play Take Me to Neverland for Bearfoot Productions.
Bonnie has been invited to New York with iTheatrics to perform as Sheila in the Chorus Line High School Edition Workshop, Cassie for the Chorus Line High School Edition choreography DVD recording as well as the West Side Story High School Edition Choreography DVD.
Bonnie has had the privilege of choreographing Pantseat Productions Legally Blonde Jr as well as assistant choreographing Hunter Drama's Fame Jr and Shrek Jr. Bonnie is very excited and grateful to begin working at Pantseat as a part of their fantastic team.
Involved in Music performance and Newcastle Theatre for the past 25 years, Lia is a respected performer and vocal coach with a wealth of practical experience and knowledge. She is a versatile performer and teacher, with experience in a variety of Musical Theatre productions, Operas, Cabarets and concerts. Lia has enjoyed playing various roles, including “Ronette” in Little Shop of Horrors, “Joanne” in RENT, “Vern” in Bingo! The Winning Musical, “Gary Coleman” in Avenue Q and “and received CONDA nominations for her portrayal of “Woman 2” in Songs for A New World and “Rita La Porta” In Lucky Stiff. She has extensive cabaret experience: “A Woman’s Worth”, the "Mix Tape" series and “Duets” for Pantseat and performed a sold-out season of “Someone Else’s Story” in aid of Mum’s Cottage.
Lia has been engaged in the technical side of theatre, producing over 30 productions at Pantseat, including, the “Mix Tape” series, Snoopy!”, “UBU” , “Cluedo”, “Avenue Q”, “Into the Woods”, “Xanadu”, "Title of Show", "Little Shop of Horrors", “RENT” and “Legally Blonde Jr” for Pantseat. She has gained CONDA nominations for Costumes (Lucky Stiff & The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors), Set Design (Snoopy!!) and Directing (Avenue Q and Heathers), winning a CONDA award for her work on costumes for “Into the Woods” in 2012.
Lia holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice) and Bachelor of Arts (Drama) from the University of Newcastle and graduated with a Masters of Teaching (Drama/Music) from Sydney University. She holds a Certificate in Music Teaching (Vocal Pedagogy) from University of Southern Queensland and completed an Associate Diploma in Music Theatre from Trinity Guildhall London with Distinction. As well as performing in local Newcastle bands (Melodica and Groove Trio) for over 8 years, Lia established Aria Music Academy in 1997, teaching singing and drama privately until the end of 2007 when Pantseat commenced. Lia spent 2001-2002, 2003-2004 and 2011 studying with respected Broadway vocal coach Liz Caplan in New York.
Lia is a much sought after vocal coach and teacher, with extensive experience preparing students for HSC exams, recitals and entrance exams into tertiary courses, including those at WAAPA, NIDA, VCA and AIM. Her passion is working with students to develop a safe belt technique and introduce them to an extensive musical theatre repertoire.
Theo's first time on the big stage was 2009 in Metropolitan Players' production of South Pacific, where he played 'Jerome' beside his older sister, and ever since he's never looked back. Since joining Pantseat Performing Arts in 2011 for 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', Theo has been in many Pantseat shows such as 'Xanadu', 'Little Shop of Horrors' (Audrey II), 'A Chorus Line’ (Richie) and Legally Blonde Jr' (Emmett) to name a few. In 2017 he was awarded an Encore Nomination for his HSC Music performances and has been a soloist in Starstruck.
Now finished high school, Theo is thrilled to be working with Pantseat in 2018.
Eden has been performing since the age of 4. Growing up, she took every performance opportunity given to her including being a featured vocalist in Starstruck. Eden is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Voice & Creative Production) at The University of Newcastle. She is also a member of the award winning Marching Koalas, joining them on their tour of the USA in Jan 2018.
Eden has recently completed her Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events (Musical Theatre) at WEA Hunter Academy of Creative Arts. Part of this certificate was performing in a production of Heathers the Musical. Eden made her Pantseat debut in April 2017 as a part of their production of Rent, and is very excited to be joining the wonderful team at Pantseat in 2018, where she will act as Musical Director for Carrie the Musical.
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