CAST

 
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DELIA HANNAH

- SHARON

Delia is New Zealand’s most highly acclaimed music theatre performer with an amazing list of international credits. 

She was cast by Andrew Lloyd Webber to star in the UK tour of Aspects of Love and has also toured extensively through Australia and Asia, including China.


Along with this Delia has starred in Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Westside Story, Beach Blanket Tempest, The Buddy Holly Story, Chess, Blood Brothers, Cats, Into the Woods, The Wizard of Oz, Three Penny Opera, Mary Poppins, the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Songs for a new World. Nowadays, as well as performing, Delia works as a vocal coach passing on her philosophy and experience.

Delia played Sharon in the successful 2016 professional tour of State Highway 48 and is looking forward to bringing it to life in her home town.

 



CREATIVE TEAM

 

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CHRIS WILLIAMS

- WRITER/COMPOSER

In his day job, Chris runs Hamilton-based advertising and design agency, King St. He has worked in the creative field all his career. He was a columnist for the Waikato Times for 10 years and has written creative copy for all media. Over this time he has also developed his skills in song writing, performance and composition. He has written many songs over the last 6-7 years and has produced two albums - “Looking for a Song” and "Feel free to sing along" under his performing name, MIDDLEMAN. A self taught musician, he plays piano and guitar and does a bit of singing.

State Highway 48 is his first full musical, a project he has been working on for seven years. After two development seasons, the show was successfully toured through the North Island in 2016. Chris ran a development season for his second musical, The Quest, in 2018 and is now working on the next stage. The Quest is a parody of reality talent shows; it received excellent reviews. Another show is now in development and will be ready for launch early in 2020. 


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GEOFF TURKINGTON

- DIRECTOR

Geoff’s theatre life started at the age of 16 as a skinny white Indian brave in a small town amateur production of Annie Get your Gun. Having caught the bug, he went on to study dance and throw himself into learning more about the industry.

His first professional directing job was offered at 24 which was the beginning of a journey that resulted in his directing over 30 productions of various scale throughout Australasia.

With a passion for venues of historic significance, he was a significant contributor to the saving of both Palmerston North’s Regent Theatre on Broadway and The Hawkes Bay Opera House.

This passion eventuated into managing and programming numerous theatres including Australia’s magnificent Newcastle Civic Theatre.

More recently, Geoff has pursued a career in tourism management which included stints managing both Auckland’s Skytower and The Sydney Tower.

State Highway 48 inspired Geoff to return to directing as a result of seeing the 2016 touring production. The combination of the show’s highly relevant subject nature with the opportunity to work with Chris Williams to re-imagine and bring to life this stunning original piece of work proved just too irresistible.


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MARK DENNISON

- MUSIC DIRECTOR

Professional Theatre:  Annie, Anything Goes, Blood Brothers, Cabaret, Cats, Chicago, Company, 42nd Street, Into the Woods, Jersey Boys, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Singing in the Rain, Song and Dance, The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music, West Side Story.

Theatre (composer): ‘Pete The Barefoot Postman’ (2001). For Intermediate school kids.  Regularly performed in NZ schools.

‘Kevin, the Musical’ (2014) : commissioned by the Comedy Festival in conjunction with comedian Steve Wrigley. Performances in Auckland Wellington and New York comedy festivals. Freda Stark the musical : currently in development.

Television:  NZ Idol (arranger), Showstoppers (Musical Director), TV2 Celebrity Christmas (Musical Director), Stars in their Eyes (Musical Director), Elaine Paige World Tour DVD, TV3 Telethon (Musical Director), To Sir With Love – a tribute to Sir Howard Morrison (Musical Director), New Zealand’s Got Talent (Musical Director). New Zealand Variety Show (Musical Director).


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RACHAEL PENMAN

- CREATIVE PRODUCER

Trained as a dancer and also as a director in film and television, Rachael Penman has been a producer of theatre and dance for 27 years, working with many of NZ’s leading Dance and Theatre companies. Her career to date has seen her working in a multitude of different genres including, Rock n Roll, Motor Sports, TV, Film, Theatre, Festivals, International Outdoor Spectaculars and the education sector.

Rachael spent 5 years in London as a producer for West end Musical theatre and theatre with Bill Kenwright Ltd and her own theatre in the West End- The Villiers. She also advised for theatre companies around Europe and continues to do so.

Rachael worked for  Okareka Dance Company as General Manager and Producer for 7 years and brought a wealth of international theatre touring and business and audience development experience to the company.

Rachael has been involved with Old Rockers Inc since she saw the 2017 Tour of State Highway 48 and saw the international potential in the book. In additional Rachael also consults on Marketing and PR strategy’s and analysis in the arts and is currently the Marketing and Communications Manager for Tim Bray Theatre Company.


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KATHERINE KUDO

- GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Kath is the passionate designer behind the State Highway 48 brand. She developed the original logo in 2016 when the show first hit the stage, and has created and overseen all brand elements of the show since.

Kath has a background in Graphic and Typographic Design. She completed her training at the renowned Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, the Netherlands. With 17 years of creative experience, Kath currently works as both a senior designer for KingSt Advertising and Marketing, and for her own design business, Kudo Design.

As a designer, she is a meticulous creative, able to combine various styles and methods, and beautifully translates the musical into effective visual information.

A melting pot of culture and creativity, Kath has a Latin, Japanese and European background, and is now a proud Kiwi too.