DOGFIGHT Cast & Creatives
 

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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), Garfield The Musical (Melbourne International Comedy Fest), The Wild Party (Little Triangle), the Australian premiere of Razorhurst (Hayes Theatre Co), the Australian premier of Ghost Quartet (Antipodes Theatre Co), the Sydney production of Nine the Musical (Little Triangle), Le Miserables (Packemin Productions), DreamSong (EbbFlow Productions), the 25th Anniversary Concert of Jekyll & Hyde with Anthony Warlow (Concertworks), Hi5 (Hi5 World), Stepping Out (Nineteen98 Productions), the Australian Premiere of Half Time (Hayes Theatre Co), Les Miserables (Lynch and Patterson), Jersey Girls (Lollypocket Productions), Love Today New Australian Musical (in conjunction with Queensland Conservatorium).

 

Madison was nominated for Best Choreography (The Wild Party) at the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards and is currently working on Anarchy; A New Australian Musical. Her creative screen credits include multiples TVC's and Music Videos for Triple J artists and the Australian Feature Film; Too Much Fun. Madi is incredibly excited to be directing and choreographing this re-imagined production of Dogfight with The Mitchell Old Company and this beautiful ensemble of performers.

 
 
 
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Madison Lee

Director / Choreographer

Bursting into the scene with a sold out 27 performance season of HEATHERS: The Musical in February 2022, Mitchell Old (he/him) 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 dived into the hilariously dark production of HEATHERS: The Musical which withstood months of postponements to finally reach Sydney audiences in February 2022. Mitchell is ready to once again challenge the expectations of Sydney audiences and to once again re-ignite the fire of innovation within the Sydney Theatre Scene. With this re-imagination of Dogfight, Mitchell hopes audiences enjoy this confronting retelling of a beautiful story.

Creative Producer

Mitchell Old

 
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Ali Calder

Vocal Director

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Maia Hopf

Music Director

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, appeared in Spring Awakening (Sydney Theatre Company), Legally Blonde the Musical (GFO), Wicked, (GFO), Friends! The Musical Parody (SK Entertainment) and Lizzie (Hayes Theatre Co). This is her first time stepping into a role on the creative team and is excited to collaborate with all the artists on Dogfight and help guide the vocal sound for the show.

 

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 fortunate to study piano with Australian pianist, Simon Tedeschi. Most recently, Maia was the repetiteur and keyboard player in “Heathers” with The Mitchell Old Company (2022). She has also worked on numerous school and community productions as both a keyboard and reeds player, including “Legally Blonde” and “Wicked”. Maia is also a dedicated accompanist and music educator, and conducts school ensembles on Sydney’s northern beaches. She is thrilled to be making her debut as musical director in Dogfight, and is honoured to be returning to The Mitchell Old Company. 

 
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Riley Tapp

Production Designer

Riley (he/him) is a graduate of the production design course from WAAPA. Upon completion of the course, he was a joint recipient of the 2019 David Hough Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design.

Riley's theatrical design credits include; The Boy From Oz at the Crown Theatre (Platinum Entertainment, dir. Drew Anthony), Every Second (WIT Inc, dir. Emma Drysdale), Made in Dagenham (Federation Uni, dir. Anthony Crowley), The Little Mermaid (Perth Festival by Freeze Frame Opera, assistant to Robbie Harold, dir. Rachel Macdonald), Measure of a Moment (La Mama). 

Riley's film design credits include; SKIP production design (Dmitri Cherkasski), Frère Jacques art direction & associate production design (Continuance Pictures). Riley has designed multiple shows for Shore School (Sydney) and Carey Grammar School (Melbourne), including Chitty Chitty Bang Band, The Middle-Class Aristocrat, The 39 Steps, Animal Farm, The Music Man, and Strictly Ballroom The Musical. 

 
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Tim Bonser

Lighting Designer

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),  Common Dissonance for Na Djinang Circus at Theatre Works (2021) and Adelaide Fringe (2022), Voyagers: A New Musical for Mackenzie-Spencer & Strano at La Mama (2021), Made in Dagenham for the Federation University Arts Academy (2021), Alibi or Someplace Else for artist WILLING at Theatre Works and the Old Fitz (2021), and Genesis for the West Australian Ballet (2019). 

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Sascha Wykes

Rose

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, before touring with Shrek the Musical, as Baby Bear from 2019-2021. Sascha has also been a dancer in 'ASAP' Live in Sydney, Candance for a Cure, The Voice and the Premiers Gala Concert. More recently she sang alongside Todd McKenney at the Australia Day concert in 2020. 

Sascha is extremely excited to be taking on the role of Rose in The Mitchell Old Company's production of Dogfight.

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 in the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Michael Cassel Group) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (X Roads LIVE), Chess The Musical (StoreyBoard Entertainment) and The Who's Tommy (Victorian Opera), where they played the title role for the majority of the show's 2022 run. 

Adam is the co-author, co-producer, and lead actor in the Australian feature film Spencer, (Directed by Martyn Park), which made its world premiere as the Opening Night Feature Film in the 'PRIDE Queer Film Festival' 2020, winning 'Best Picture - People's Choice Award". Spencer went on to play the 2020 My True Colours Festival in New York City, and was also considered for the 2020 AACTA Awards. Later in 2022, Adam will play 'The Cabaret Queen' in Brittany Shipway's new play SENSER (Theatreworks). 2022 will also see the release of Adam's debut EP, with the first single, Heretic, and its accompanying music video now available to stream on all major streaming platforms. Heretic climbed to #1 on the iTunes Dance Chart, #2 on the iTunes Top songs chart, #5 on the Australian Independent Record Labels Association Chart, with the song's music video sitting at well over 40,000 views.

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Adam Noviello

Marcy

 
 
 
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Daniel Raso

Lounge Singer / Others

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 (GFO). He also assisted Tony nominated choreographer, Kelly Devine, on the world premiere production of Doctor Zhivago (GFO). 

 

Daniel has appeared in Australian television series’ Puberty Blues, A Place To Call Home and Comedy Inc., as well as making the ‘Top 24’ in the 2009 season of Australian Idol. He also made an appearance with Tim Minchin for the opening number of the 2020 British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards show.

 

Most recently, he toured Australia sharing the role of ‘Frankie Valli’ in Jersey Boys. He then continued on with the show on board the Norwegian Bliss, as Frankie, as well as being the dance captain.

 

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 Origin The Musical creative development (QPAC), and The Book Of Mormon AUS/NZ National Tour (Gordon Frost Organisation). TV credits include 'Hoges' The Paul Hogan Story (Fremantle Media / Network 7)

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Tom Davis

Birdlace

 
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Samuel Welsh

Boland

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 production of Bring It On: The Musical, as well as Ginger in the Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game, directed by Meryl Tankard. Upon graduating, Samuel made his professional stage debut playing Andy in The 78-Storey Treehouse (CDP Theatre Producers), touring nationally from 2017, followed by the national tour of The 91-Storey Treehouse (CDP Theatre Producers) finishing as recently as 2021.

 

Since then, Samuel has been a part of productions such as The One-Armed Bandit (CherryCar Productions), Three Winters Green (Lambert House Enterprises) and Relative Merits (Lambert-House Enterprises) where he won The Glug Award for most outstanding performance my a male performer in a supporting role. Samuel’s most recent production was Heathers: the Musical (The Mitchell Old Company) playing the role of Ram Sweeney. Samuel is very excited to take on the role of Boland in Dogfight.

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), ‘Wicked’ (Fiyero Understudy – Packemin Prods), ‘Tarzan’ (Tarzan), and most recently ‘Pepper’ (Mamma Mia – Packemin Prods). On screen he has appeared in Myer and McDonald’s Advertisements as well as the short film ‘The Other Loss’ selected for the ‘Lift Off Global Network’ Film Festival in 2021. Sam has also performed as ‘The Prince’ in ‘The Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience’ and in 2016 toured in a host of shows as ‘Justin Bieber’ in ‘Bieber Fever Tribute show’. Sam is overjoyed to be stepping into the role of Bernstein and can’t wait to bring to life the incredible story, Dogfight!

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Sam Harmon

Bernstein

 
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Jake Vollbon

Stevens

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 Musical, toured Queensland with Echelon Productions and was a soloist in the Lord Mayor's Christmas show at City Hall. Most recently, Jake played Kurt Kelly / Ram's Dad in The Mitchell Old Company's sellout season of HEATHERS: The Musical at ARA Darling Quarter Theatre. Jake is thrilled to be back working with TMOC on this incredible show.

 

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 moment this was what I wanted to do with my life."

Sezgin Aygun's musical theatre journey began in 2014 when he got accepted into the Australian Institute of Music, in 2015 he moved to Melbourne to study at Patrick Studios where he obtained a certificate III in dance. In 2016 he journeyed further west to Perth where he studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre in 2018. Show credits include; 2015 Hot Shoe Shuffle (Birdie Productions) and most recently Opera Australia's production of Faust (2020) and Attila (2021). 

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Sezgin Aygun

Gibbs

 
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Fector

Josh Reckless

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 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts: Music Theatre. During his studies, Josh played Dennis in Sunday in the Park with George (dir. Tyran Parke), Captain Watson & Ensemble in Carousel (dir. Jason Langley), Bandleader and Andrew Jackson understudy in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (dir. Shaun Rennie), and Ralph in Lord of the Flies (dir. Crispin Taylor). 

Josh's professional credits include; General Tom Thumb in Storeyboard Productions' Barnum (dir. Tyran Parke), Tobias Ragg in West Australian Opera's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (dir. Stuart Maunder), Warren in Flight Path Theatre's Ordinary Days (dir. John Emmet), and the title role in Australian Chamber Orchestra's Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge at the Opera House (dir. Sandie Eldridge) which won Best Production for Children at this year's Sydney Theatre Awards.

 
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Kira Leiva

Librarian / Suzette / Chippy

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 ABC7.

Musical theatre credits in Australia include TMOC's HEATHERS: The Musical (Heather Duke, U/S Veronica), and Mamma Mia! (Lia, U/S Sophie) for Neil Gooding's Packemin Productions. Whilst studying under the tutelage of Tony-Award Winner Lindsay Mendez, Kira made her debut at Feinstein's / 54 Below, NYC. Subsequently, Kira was honoured to perform as a finalist in Broadway's Got Talent at the same venue. Kira was awarded a scholarship to continue her training at the Atlantic Acting School where she studied the Practical Aesthetics technique. Kira would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.

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 National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Diploma of Musical Theatre and during her studies performed in Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Chimerica’ (dir. Kip Williams) and ‘The Changeling’ (dir. John Bashford). In 2018, Tiegan moved to Melbourne to study the BFA (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) where she performed as a featured soloist in ‘Morning Melodies 2019’ (dir. Jayde Kirchert) and in ‘On The Town’ (dir. Adam Mitchell). Tiegan was awarded the 2019 Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship and in her final year of VCA was Dance Captain for ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ (dir. Jason Langley) and starred as Sarah in ‘Our House’ (dir. Tyran Parke). 

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Ruth / Peggy

Tiegan Denina

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Demi Jenkins

Dance Captain / Swing

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 TVC for Bega. Live Performance credits include; Oscar Production Company's "Razzle Dazzle Riot", Hugh Sheridan's "Hughman" and "Wicked" with Matt Ward Productions.

Recently, Demi has found herself with a substantial following as a Roller Skating personality on Instagram and Tik Tok under the persona "Peachy Skaterr". She is now working with brands such as Sony, Logitech, Modi Bodi and Mentos! Demi is very excited for her Sydney debut in Dogfight.

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Swing

DonAlex Vilitama

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 as "Pepper" at the Star Casino, Gold Coast. DonAlex is stoked to be working with an amazing cast and creative team. He is incredibly excited to make his Sydney debut in Dogfight.