Alena Titterton has loved musical theatre all her life. From early roles in Man of Steel and as Madame Berzurka in Wolfstock, she was hooked. She completed her studies with the Queensland Conservatorium of Music’s Young Conservatorium vocal program and, with various vocal ensembles, performed for the Queensland Conservatorium and Opera Queensland community programs, and events such as the Goodwill Games Opening Ceremony and Tri-Nations Rugby and.
During the day, Alena is a Partner in an international law-firm, specialising in occupational health, safety and security. After hours, however, Alena transforms to write and perform as her piano-powered pop princess alter-ego, Alanka. She has recorded in studios both Sydneyside and abroad, including the famous Village Studios in LA. Her debut EP, ‘Pieces’ was released in 2014, along with a music video for the single from the EP, ‘Just Looking’.
LockOut! The Musical! is the first musical she has penned. While she’s loving the process (and the opportunity to wear a Bernadette Peters wig – she’s the director, and can do what she wants!), she’s still not 100% sure about the occupational health and safety ramifications of letting Michael loose behind the bar…
Michael Dowling reluctantly appeared alongside his sister in a gold sequinned “Crazy For You” dance number when he was fifteen, but didn’t come to musical theatre until after a marathon 10 hour forced listening to Rent while road tripping with Tim and Mark Hill. While completing a dual degree in business and economics at the University of Queensland, he appeared in numerous amateur productions, including Avenue Q, Chicago, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. After moving to Sydney with his wife Tiffany, Mike joined the Genesians to appear as The Man Who Dies in 2011’s The Fantasticks and Giles Ralston in 2012’s The Mousetrap.
Theatre will always be an infatuation, but Mike is known being obsessed with many things for short periods of time – surfing, obstacle course racing, mixed martial arts, kung-fu, programming, short film making, cooking, website design being top of the list.
Despite having a CA and an MBA under his belt, Mike has no classical theatre training – which doesn’t stop him from having an opinion on everything theatre. He’s far too quick to point out it was his idea to see Dr Zhivago with Alena and Tiffany, his fault they were late, his fault they got locked out, and his badgering of “Alena – when are you going to write a musical of that night!?” which prompted Alena to write the show. He loves working with Alena, and tormenting her with his totally awesome bar skills (*cough cough*).
David Hov has a passion for the performing arts, and loves finding ways to combine his acting, ballet, vocal and cello talents in his performances. After completing a double degree in law and arts at the University of Sydney, David went on to train at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sedgwick-Russell Acting School (NYC) and most recently at The Actors Studio Drama School (also in NYC). David has appeared in numerous film, tv and video productions, including promos for MTV VMA’s, Carefree and Samsung, music videos for Cary Nokey’s No 1 Can No, Thirst Merc’s Tommy & Krista and Jessica Mauboy’s Been Waiting and a featured cellist role in Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer.
David’s Sydney stage production experience includes West Side Story, A Mid-Summer Opera, The Magic Flute and Rebels With A Cause, and he has recently returned from New York, where he performed in Season of Seasons, Memories of You, and the off-Broadway premiere of The Pig, or Václav Havel’s Hunt for a Pig.
David was hoping someone would contact him with a musical for Short+Sweet. We were hoping to find someone exactly like David for the role of Theo in LockOut! The Musical. In our book, that’s a perfect match.
After completing her double degree in Finance and International Business at Bond University, Elly Hiraani Clapin concluded that investment banking wasn’t really her scene, and promptly decided to pursue her longtime dream of a career in acting instead. She has been appearing in Australian and international stage and screen productions ever since, with roles ranging from a vampire to a Mormon to Shakespeare’s Juliet.
In 2011, Ray Liotta told her she had beautiful teeth when they worked together on feature film Bad Karma, and that same year she was awarded a scholarship to study acting at New York Film Academy. She has trained at NIDA and The Actors Centre London, performed in feature films including Twelve Litres, Five Ways to the Centre and My Best Guess, short films including Deceit, Dead Gone Beginners, On How We Connect and Limits, and on stage in Trapped in Mykonos and most recently in More Sex, Death and Chocolate.
Elly loves anchovies, donuts and Jimmy Fallon, enjoys learning about computer programming in her spare time, can cook 90-second-rice in under a minute, and always cries during the Oscars. She had some doubts about auditioning for LockOut! The Musical – but there’s no doubt that she’s a perfect fit for the role of Jemima. No diggity. No doubt.
Graham Stoney is an actor, writer and singer, and loves writing and performing comedy either via stand-up, in video or on stage. He has studied the Meisner acting technique, performed in musicals, done heaps of Improv, stage work and YouTube videos, and his first feature-length blockbuster movie, My Big Toe is about to go viral on YouTube any day now.
Graham’s Sydney musical theatre work includes appearances in Grease, West Side Story, Cats and Les Miserables, and he has also appeared in a tonne of Milk Crate Theatre productions, including The Things That Are Left Behind, This House Is Mine, and You Are Here. Graham also has presence on pretty much every social media channel ever invented
While a natural comedic actor, Graham enjoys the challenge of playing angry, bad-guy roles to extend his acting skill base – and has taken to the role of Tom in LockOut! The Musical like a fish to water: “I love the idea of playing a cranky guy who hates musicals. There’s definitely a part of me that relates”. We love having you hating on musicals in our musical Graham!
She was in the 2014 Short and Sweet Top 20 Cabaret selection with solo cabaret Alien, performed in Who Knows at King Street Theatre, featured in Listen Out Festival of Dance clip and short film Unbecoming. She has worked for Atmostheatre in Peter Pan, was lead in Dancing at Xmas with NSW Touring Performance Group ‘Free Radical’ and has performed in many pop pantos including Alice in Wonderland, The Wiz and Pinnochio. Carmen’s musical theatre experience includes roles in Something Between Them at Parramatta Riverside Theatre and The Barber of Seville, Wozzeck and Manon Lescaut with The Australian Opera, and she has taken her solo cabaret Shrieking Violet to The Adelaide Fringe Festival and venues throughout Sydney. She has also performed in Eat Cake for E123 at The Performance Space and Sidetrack Theatre and The Echo Design Conference at The Powerhouse Museum.
Working widely as a freelance Voice and Dialect Coach in Australia and overseas, and currently for New York Film Academy in Sydney, Carmen is very excited to be part of the premiere of LockOut! The Musical. We’re very excited to have Carmen on board.
In his youth in Brisbane, Raphael Hudson was a Cantor at St Stephen’s Cathedral and a member of the Opera Queensland Chorus. As a baritone, he has had principal roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen, Iolanthe, L’occasione fa il ladro, Gustav Holst’s The Wandering Scholar, and La scala di seta for companies including Rockdale Opera, Sydney Theatre, Sydney Independent Opera and the National Youth Opera. Raphael has studied in Australia with Max Speed, Megan Evans OAM, James Christiansen OAM, and John Bolton Wood AM, and is presently studying with Gioacchino Li Vigni.. In April 2013, Raphael performed with Sydney Lyric Opera as a headline act at Sydney’s World Musician Day, having received the highest number of recommendations from local and international members of live music site Musomap.
Raphael’s oratorio and art song repertoire includes Bach’s Easter Oratorio, Fauré’s Requiem, Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, not including his baritone solo in Brahms’ Eine Deutsche Requiem, which was lauded as “a rich, expressive baritone” where “Hudson’s interpretation of the solos evoked the joyous piety that throbs within the gravity of the lyrics” (Canberra Times, 2012)
In 2013, at the behest of maestro Gioacchino Li Vigni, Raphael began the transition from baritone to tenor. Raphael has since performed solo excerpts from Wagner’s Die Walküre, Tannhäuser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the TOPS Orchestra in Sydney Town Hall and the Macquarie Theatre. In December 2013, and June-July 2014 Raphael received scholarships to participate in the Mediterranean Opera Studio in New York and Sicily based intensives. Suffice to say there’s certainly a lot hiding behind the usher’s box in LockOut! The Muscial, and we’re excited to see what else Raph is hiding back there…