Following on from our sold out season of HEATHERS: The Musical, The Mitchell Old Company presents DOGFIGHT! From the creators of Dear Evan Hansen, comes DOGFIGHT - a powerful and deeply affecting musical experience, exclusive to Sydney audiences for a strictly limited season.
In 1967, Eddie Birdlace returns to San Francisco after serving in the Vietnam War and almost instantly, his memories of his last night there come flooding back. We find ourselves in 1963. Eddie and his best friends Boland and Bernstein (The Three Bees) decide to spend their last night before deployment in a “dogfight”: a misogynistic and awful game to bring the "ugliest" date to a party. While the Marine's jump into the cruel contest, Eddie finds Rose Fenny, a shy waitress who has never been on a date and has a change of heart. She learns about the dogfight, but is determined to not let it define her as an ugly and pathetic girl, and her optimism has a profound effect on Eddie’s worldview. Dogfight is a statement about the military culture of the 1960s and the inevitable realisation that no one is invincible. But even with this knowledge, it is possible for each person to have a profound and positive impact on the world around them.
This readapted production of Dog Fight will have these Marine's being played at their own game, giving the power back to these women and showing that strength and being true to yourself outweighs any man's petty view on a woman.
Director / Choreographer Madison Lee (she/they)
Creative Producer Mitchell Old (he/him)
Vocal Director Ali Calder (she/her)
Music Director Maia Hopf (she/her)
Production Design Riley Tapp (he/him)
Lighting Design Tim Bonser (he/him)
Sound Design Chloe Langdon (she/her)
Intimacy Director Shondelle Pratt (she/her)
Publicist Amanda Buckworth (she/her)
Stage Manager Hannah Ribbons (she/her)
Run Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes (Including Interval)
Performance Dates: 19 April - 14 May 2022
Theatre: ARA Darling Quarter Theatre
As a Choreographer and Director, Madison (she/they) has been fortunate enough to work Australian wide with many talented artists, creatives and performers. Her recent creative credits include 2017 - 2019 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, Falsettos (Stage Art), the Brisbane production of Bare the Musical (Understudy Productions), Mad World; The Immersive Experience (David Butler Studios)...
Director / Choreographer
Bursting into the scene with a sold out 27 performance season of HEATHERS: The Musical in February 2022, Mitchell Old is already making a solid mark on the Sydney Theatre Scene. Starting TMOC (The Mitchell Old Company) at the end of 2020, Mitchell produced his first production of The Last Five Years which was met with rave reviews at the Castle Hill Pioneer Theatre. From there, Mitchell...
Ali Calder (she/her) is a singer, songwriter, vocal coach and accomplished musical theatre performer. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, her recent focus has been on releasing her solo music and various original writing projects. She has been studying voice and contemporary music for over 10 years during which time she also guest headlined the Newcastle Jazz Festival...
Maia (she/her) is a passionate musical director, conductor, accompanist and multi-instrumentalist based in Sydney. She was awarded a scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she is currently studying a Bachelor of Performance (Jazz, Saxophone major), and she has her A.Mus.A diploma in both saxophone and piano. As part of her musical training, she has also been...
Tim Bonser (he/him) is an emerging lighting designer, whose work encompasses theatre, music theatre, dance and live events. He is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Recent lighting design credits include Tom Gleeson’s national tour of Hard Quiz Live (2022), The Fairy Queen for the Victorian College of the Arts (2022), Half Time for the Hayes Theatre Co directed by Helen Dallimore (2021)...
Rose Sascha Wykes (she/her)
Marcy Adam Noviello (they/them/he)
Birdlace Tom Davis (he/him)
Boland Samuel Welsh (he/him)
Bernstein Sam Harmon (he/him)
Stevens Jake Vollbon (he/they)
Gibbs Sezgin Aygun (he/him)
Fector Josh Reckless (he/him)
Librarian / Suzette / Chippy Kira Leiva (she/her)
Ruth / Peggy Tiegan Denina (she/her)
Dance Captain / Swing Demi Jenkins (she/her)
Swing DonAlex Vilitama (he/him)
...and Featuring Daniel Raso (he/him) as Lounge Singer & Others
Sascha (she/her) moved from Dubbo to Sydney in early 2019 to chase her dreams of performing. As an active member of Dubbo's theatre and dance scene, she starred in The Little Mermaid as Ariel, as well as, Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She also performed in Godspell, Encore, The Mystery at Shady Acres, to name but a few. She studied a Diploma of Performing Arts at Brent Street in 2019...
Adam made their professional theatre debut with The Production Company as Hanna from Hamburg in La Cage Aux Folles, and has quickly become known for their multi-faceted and versatile career. Theatre credits include Derek Bell in The Girlie Show (La Mama), Funny Girl (The Production Company), Matilda The Musical (RSC / Louise Withers & Associates), Farrah & Young Bernadette...
Samuel was born and raised in the coastal town of Port Macquarie on the New South Wales mid north coast. From an early age, he had always had a love for performing, predominately through music. Samuel studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), graduating from the three year bachelor course in 2016. Whilst there, he played the roles of Twig in Jay-James Moody’s...
Tom Davis (he/him) is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University (Bachelor of Musical Theatre). Tom's theatre credits include: Carrie The Musical (Brisbane Powerhouse), Hell & High Water creative development (Ian Hanger Recital Hall), 35MM The Musical (Harvest Rain Theatre Co.), FiZZ! (Opera QLD / Shake & Stir Theatre Co.), Alice In Wonderland (Broadway Haus, Inc.), State of...
Throughout his career, Sam has had the honour of training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) to hone his performance skills and learn from a host of incredible industry professionals, finishing with a Diploma of Musical Theatre in 2019. Sam’s journey in theatre has led him to appear in many roles. The Highlighted few being ‘Les Miserables’ (Feuilly & Marius Understudy – Packemin Prods)...
Jake is a Brisbane born performer and a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium's Bachelor of Musical Theatre program. During their time at the Con, Jake featured in the roles of Billy Biggelow in Carousel, Gibbs in Dogfight, Larry in Personals and Granatire in Les Misérables. Since graduating, they performed in the Australian Premier of Bring Them Home: The State of Origin...
Sezgin Aygun (he/him), a Sydney based Australian Actor, Signer and Dancer with Turkish Heritage; grew up in Sydney's west. As a teen, Sezgin had the aspirations of becoming an Olympic swimmer, however that ran short when he got to play the role of Danny in his 2006 school musical. "The second I brushed my hair back with a comb in slow motion, it sent out a laughter from the audience, I knew at the...
Josh was born and raised in North Western Sydney and has been singing and dancing since he was able to walk to the TV and boogie with the Wiggles. He spent all of his teen years jumping from show to show in the community theatre circuit until graduating from high school and travelling interstate to study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he graduated in...
Kira (she/her) is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at AMDA in NYC, where she held an International Scholarship. Upon graduating she was cast in the role of Shoshana in Carner & Gregor's Island Song, at the Off-Broadway Theatre, The Davenport. Other US credits include: In The Heights, Into The Woods, The Little Mermaid, and featured singer/dance in the NYC Columbus Day Parade 2019 on...
Librarian / Suzette / Chippy
Tiegan is a versatile performer from Sydney’s Northern Beaches and is extremely thrilled to be back with TMOC after starring as Veronica in their sold out production of ‘Heathers - The Musical’ earlier this year. Throughout her childhood, Tiegan grew up singing with the Australian Girls Choir culminating in being awarded the 2016 June Bronhill Encouragement Scholarship. In 2017, Tiegan completed the...
Ruth / Peggy
Brisbane born, Demi (she/her) trained at Dance World Studios and Raw Dance company and has since diversified her performing skill set from dancer to include; Musical Theatre, rollerskating, hula hooping and fire twirling. Demi's film and TV credits include; Lord Mayors Christmas Carols, Baz Luhrmann's Elvis (Village Roadshow), Gold Coast Designation TVC. Choreography credits include; Dairy Milk Classic...
Dance Captain / Swing
DonAlex is a man of many talents. He was honoured to represent his country Niue for boxing in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He currently plays semi professional rugby league in Ipswich QLD. In 2015 he completed a full time course at Ikin Dance and has since worked as a dancer / host in a variety of corporate gigs and Gold Coast Theme Parks. He recently made his theatrical debut in Matt Ward Production's Mamma Mia...
Hailing from Sydney, Daniel attended The McDonald College of Performing Arts. His theatrical credits include ‘Michael Wormwood’ in Matilda The Musical (Louise Withers and Associates), ‘David Van Patten’ in American Psycho (BB Arts), ‘Sonny’ in Grease (GFO), ‘Cash’ in The Tap Pack (Tap Pack Productions), ‘Paul’ in Kiss Me Kate (Hebei Salang Productions), and ‘Ripper’ in High School Musical: Live On Stage...
Lounge Singer / Others
Music and Lyrics by BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL. Book by PETER DUCHAN. Based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort. Produced by Second Stage Theatre, New York, 2012. Carole Rothman, Artistic Director. Orchestrations by Michael Starobin. Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).