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'Phoebe's First Christmas' Cast & Creatives
LUCY HUTCHISON - Elf
Lucy is originally from Glasgow. She trained at the Dance School of Scotland on the Musical Theatre Course, and at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, before completing her MA in Musical theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Theatre Credits: THE STEAMIE: The Hydro Glasgow. DRAGON and WARRIORS: Scottish Opera (UK, Hong Kong and Beijing tour) HARRY’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE Christmas for Kids, (UK tour of children’s hospices);
WHITE CHRISTMAS :Pitlochry Festival Theatre, SLEEPING BEAUTY: Perth Concert Hall, A LITTLE BIT OF NORTHERN LIGHT: Scottish Opera, A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTS DREAM : Bard in the Botanics, CINDERELLA and JACKIE AND THE BEANSTALK: MacRobert Theatre, DROP IN THE OCEAN : Oran Mor, Glasgow.
Lucy is delighted to be working with the wonderful Christmas for kids team again, especially after such a tricky time for everyone, she can’t wait to start rehearsals for “Phoebes first Christmas!” and bring some festive joy!
CECILY REDMAN - Benson/Phoebe
Cecily graduated from The Royal Academy of Music with an MA and DipRAM in Musical Theatre with Distinction, and began her training at The Birmingham Conservatoire graduating with a 1st Class BMus (Hons) in Vocal and Operatic Performance.
Cecily is predominantly an actress and singing teacher, most recently performing the roles of Kate/Lucy in the 2019 UK Tour of 'Avenue Q'. Cecily has been working in theatre schools across the country for many years and has recently ventured into giving puppetry workshops with the UK-based company ‘Parker Puppetry’.
Credits include: Adeline in Adeline (Workshop); Tiffany Trump in A Brief History of Trump (Workshop); Kate/Lucy in Avenue Q (2019 UK Tour); Voice Over Opera Singer in Napolina - Mio Tesoro (Commerical); Abby in The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (Above The Stag); Hazel in Free Solo (The Drayton Arms); Chorus in A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals (John Wilson Orchestra Tour).
ELLIOT MACKENZIE - Maurice/Harry
A recent graduate of the Actor-Musicianship course at Rose Bruford College, Elliot is an actor, multi-instrumentalist, composer and musical director. He is also the Assistant Artistic Director of the Bohemians Theatre Company.
Acting credits include: Million Dollar Quartet (UK/India Tour); Zog (Cadogan Hall/UK Tour) and Wondertown (The Bohemians/Ugly Duck). Composition and Music Direction credits include: Boudica (Rose Bruford/Unicorn Theatre) and Wondertown (The Bohemians).
PHOEBE - Performer (puppet)
Phoebe is the newest addition to the C4K puppet family. Lovingly designed and crafted by Joe Peek (see below), she features this year in her very own story about the magic of Christmas. In 'Phoebe's First Christmas', Phoebe learns about festive celebrations and about making new friends, and has a great time in the process!
Phoebe also has a love of music and a beautiful singing voice. She is delighted to join the C4K team and looks forward to going on many more adventures with her puppet friends and our audience members.
CLAIRE SUNDIN - Artistic Director
Claire has worked as a professional actor, singer and drama facilitator for nearly 20 years.
Her journey began with C4K in 2009 and is a founding member of the team. Having performed in numerous hospice shows, she tried her hand at directing and producing them and hasn't looked back. She is very excited to be directing another digital show for C4K and hopes everyone watching will enjoy the silliness and have lots of fun!
SUE APPLEBY - Musical Director
Sue founded Christmas for Kids in 2009 and has appeared in and/or worked as Musical Director for more than ten Christmas shows for the company.
As a Musical Director, Sue has worked on several West End shows, including 'Carrie's War' and 'Little Women for Novel Theatre, and has worked alongside John Godber at Hull Truck.
She is delighted to have worked on another digital show for C4K and has very much enjoyed composing some original songs for the show this year!
KATIE HECHT - Production Manager
Katie has been working with C4K since 2016. As a performer she has been lucky enough to tour with the company, as well as enjoying an extensive career in Theatre, Film, TV and Radio.
Since moving to taking a mainly ‘behind the scenes’ role with C4K, Katie has expanded her repertoire into Stage/Production Manager, helping get the productions up on their feet and out on Tour. This year, she is excited to continue to use her knowledge of the Digital medium and produce another Christmas for Kids show in this new format.
GARETH TEMPEST - Writer
Gareth is an actor and graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has performed in productions across the UK and in London’s West End.
He also works extensively with children with special educational needs, within a school setting, working mainly with children aged between 4 -18.
Gareth credits his love for developing accessible work for young audiences to his time working at the school and incorporates some of the wonderful ways he observes children expressing and communicating within the heart of his Christmas for Kids scripts.
CHRIS THATCHER - Puppetry Consultant
Chris trained at Mountview Theatre School.
Chris’s credits include:
Puppeteer on The Dark Crystal Age Of Resistance - Netflix
Shloppy - Online Puppet Web Series
Muppet Puppeteer on Muppets Most Wanted (Feature Film)
Bertie Beep and his Talking Sheep on Grandpa in my Pocket (CBeebies)
Dolmio, Purple Bricks, Soreen, Good Energy, The New York Bagel Company
Other credits include:
Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q (UK Tour)
Alternate Joe Casey in Our House The Musical, Winner of Olivier Best New Musical (Cambridge Theatre)
LOADED PRODUCTIONS - Videography
Loaded Productions have been established for 15 years and has made over 750 corporate, training and creative films, significantly in the health and social care arenas, for clients including Public Health England, NHS England and numerous NHS Foundation Trusts such as University College London Hospital, The Royal London and The Royal Free.
They have produced films for a number of charities including Barts Health, Age UK, The Teenage Cancer Trust and Camphill Village Trust. In social care, they have made films for the National Autistic Society and, for Learn With Us, they have created ground breaking films and training resources for family carers and services.
SIMON ROWE - Designer/Props Maker
Simon was born and raised in Worcester and trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). As an actor, Simon has worked on national and international tours, regional theatre, London's West End and in television. Art credits: Scenery and props for C4K, props, puppets and poster art for Ripley Theatre Productions; 'The Little Tempest' (Edinburgh festival), 'Rumpelstiltskin', 'Jack and the Beans...talk!' (Brighton festival), set and puppets for Zara Nunn's short film 'Don't Look Behind You' and, most recently, fabrication of Macbeth's head for 'Macbeth' Epstein theatre, Liverpool.
Check out Simon's work on his website here: www.siromakes.com
Bespoke Animation - Scriberia (https://www.scriberia.co.uk)
Puppet Designer & Maker - Joe Peek (https://www.instagram.com/joepeekpuppets/?hl=en)
Music Recording/Editing - Porcupine Studios (http://porcupinestudios.co.uk)
Backing Tracks created by - Eamonn O'Dwyer (https://www.eamonnodwyer.com)
Green Screen Studio - Camberwell Studios (http://www.camberwellstudios.co.uk)
Administration and Distribution - Maria Crawford
Rehearsal Space kindly donated at a reduced rate by HARGRAVE HALL - (https://www.hargravehall.co.uk)