Kat Stobbs – Elle Woods
Kat is thrilled to be joining Encore Theatre for their exciting production of Legally Blonde. She recently moved to the area from the Lake District and has immensely enjoyed being involved in a production once again, having been away from the stage for a number of years. Kat’s first musical theatre role was as a Royal Child in her local production of The King and I at the age of 9. Her roles in recent years include Maria Rainer in Mount Allison University’s production of The Sound of Music, Charity in Anything Goes and ensemble in productions of Les Misérables, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Mikado. Kat hopes to be involved in more musical theatre productions in the Hillingdon area in the future. Aside from performing she enjoys travelling to distant shores, obsessing over the Great British Bake Off and singing loudly to every Elvis Presley song in existence.
Adrian Wilson – Emmett Forrest
Adrian studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Stratford-upon-Avon College and has been involved in local theatre since moving to Hillingdon in 2011. He is a regular performer with Hillingdon Musical Society, for whom he most recently played Jackson Pennington in The Hired Man. Other HMS appearances include Rooster in Annie, Davey in Newsies and Mingo in Crazy For You. He also appeared as TJ in Ruislip Operatic Society production of Sister Act last year and has performed for the Purple Theatre Company. Adrian is honoured to be making his debut with Encore and thrilled to be playing one of his dream roles. He thanks everyone at Encore for such a productive and fun experience, and he dedicates this performance to all his family and friends for supporting him as he pursues his passion.
Romana Moss – Paulette Buonufonté
Romana is delighted to be playing Paulette in Legally Blonde, in her first production with Encore Theatre Company. Romana has recently preformed in Sedos’s production of Victor Victoria and Geoid’s 42nd Street, both at the Bridewell Theatre on Fleet Street. She has also performed with Mayhem Musical Theatre Company in shows including Much Ado about Nothing, in Annie with Impact Theatre Company, and played Patty Simcox in Kingston Vale Theatre Group’s production of Grease. Romana has run the London Marathon twice and is very tempted to run it one more time… maybe next year! Last year marked her 20th year performing in musicals. By day Romana is an award winning Project Manager working in Education. She has really enjoyed working on Legally Blonde, especially fussing the dogs during rehearsals.
Glenn Brentnall – Professor Callahan
Glenn has been acting with various groups for the last 14 years and has performed various roles such as Curly in Oklahoma!, Sky Masterton in Guys ‘n’ Dolls and Darryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick. He started with Hillingdon Musical Society in 2002 and performs in bands up and down the country and Europe. He says that he is over the moon at playing the lovely Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde and has had a lot of fun along the way.
Dan Geller – Warner Huntington III
Dan is delighted to be playing Warner in his first show with Encore. His past work includes roles as composer/musical director at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and vocal coach for pop bands including Blue. Dan has also been lucky enough to perform his own material at the London Palladium, and has played with bands around the UK, Czech Republic, and in New York venues including the Cutting Room and the Bitter End. His theatre roles have included Leo in The Producers, Carl in Ghost, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Judas in Godspell, Rooster in Annie, Horton in Seussical the Musical, and Danny in Grease, for which he was nominated for a Noda award. He will be performing at London’s Adelphi theatre in a one-night charity performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie in March.
Emma Berge – Vivienne Kensington
Emma last appeared in an Encore production as the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical. She also makes regular appearances at Pinner Players, most recently as Rose in Love, Love, Love, Geraldine in What the Butler Saw, Pea in Jerusalem and not so recently as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. It’s generally known that Emma will take on the role of any cast member that’s dropped out for the price of a bottle of wine (usually served up front and before the question is asked), which is how she ended up playing Lieutenant Gruber in ‘Allo ‘Allo. Emma trained as a dancer too long ago for it to be relevant anymore, but is still surprised when she can’t keep up with all these flexible young people. In the real world, Emma works at a PR agency promoting theatre, comedy and dance.
Mandy Gasson – Enid Hoopes
Omigod you guys!! This is Mandy’s 3rd Encore production, and, once again, she has loved every minute of it! In her daytime life, she is a professional voice over artist, theatrical photographer and creator of novelty cakes! Favourite roles over the years include: Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Gloria in Return to the Forbidden Planet, Grandmother in Roahl Dahl’s The Witches, Marie in Calendar Girls, Sue in A Slice of Saturday Night, Myra in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever and Nanny Ogg in Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters. She is looking forward to playing Elizabeth Perrin in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin in May with Argosy Players. She dedicates her performance this week to the memory of her lovely mum. Enjoy the show!
Emma Jane Barnard – Serena
Emma Jane has been performing for as long as she can remember and is delighted to be playing the part of Serena in Encore’s production of Legally Blonde. Whilst training in Musical Theatre Emma Jane played the role of Sarah in Company, as well as smaller parts in productions of Cabaret and On the Town. Since University she has been lucky enough to perform professionally with various theatre companies, locally she played the role of Doris in The Hollow, performed twice at Camden Fringe Festival and has taken the lead role in the short films Off Duty and Small Town. Emma Jane’s other passion is travelling, after travelling around the USA and Central America last year she is due to fly to Southeast Asia shortly after the show to start her next adventure.
Francesca Paulley – Margot
Francesca is really excited to be playing one of her favourite parts, in one of her favourite musicals! This is her first show with Encore and she has loved every minute of it! With other groups she has played a range of roles including Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Grace in Annie, Tuptim in The King and I and Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick for which she received a NODA nomination for Best Female Character in a Musical. Francesca will be back the Winston Churchill Theatre in 3 weeks playing Julia in The Wedding Singer with Hillingdon Musical Society, so she hopes to see you all there!
Gina Bingham – Pilar
Gina is originally from Halifax and trained with Jackie Gibson School of Dance, where she gained qualifications for teaching freestyle dance. Gina was also a member of the Halifax YMCA Pantomime Society for 10 years, where she was a choreographer and also performed as a dancer and principal actor. Before moving to Uxbridge in 2014 Gina lived in Blackpool and attended the University of Central Lancashire, where she received a first class honours degree in forensic science and criminal investigation. Gina is now employed as a Crime Scene Investigator working for the police. This has been a big career change after having previously worked as a dancer and children’s entertainer at Haven holiday parks across the country. Gina enjoys trips into London to see shows and musicals and is excited to be taking part in her first production with Encore Theatre Company.
Lucy Chamberlain – Kate / Ensemble
Lucy is in year 11 and Legally Blonde will be the last show she performs in before her GCSE’s, so she is determined to make the most of it! Playing Jenny in Aspects of Love with HLOC has been her favourite part to date, along with playing Louisa in The Sound Of Music and Annie in Annie with KLOS. Lucy has also performed as a featured singer and dancer in 7 Summer projects at the Beck Theatre including Flashdance, Beauty and the Beast and Grease. Previously Lucy has appeared on the Disney Channel, and she recorded a voice over for a new children’s TV show in the summer. Script-writing has always been a passion of Lucy’s and this year she wrote, co-directed and performed in her first pantomime! She has had such an enjoyable time rehearsing with the cast and can’t wait for the shows to begin. Lucy hopes you leave the theatre with a smile on your face and an urge to dance your way to the car park!
Emma La-Plain – Brooke Wyndham / Leilani
Emma first took to the stage at the age of 5 by proudly skipping across it as the youngest Snow Child in Carousel. She has just turned 15 and over the past 10 years not much has changed – she’s still skipping! And more importantly, she still has a huge fondness for musical theatre. Emma has performed with many local societies in shows such as Oliver!, The Sound of Music and Half a Sixpence, one of her proudest to date being Sylvia in When The Lights Go On Again. Emma attends the Royal Masonic School where she has taken part in many school productions, favourites being Duffy in Annie and Anne in Anne Frank. She is also studying Performing Arts and Music along with the usual boring subjects, and outside of school enjoys studying dance and piano. Emma is delighted to be playing the parts of Brooke and Leilani and has really enjoyed the fun and upbeat rehearsals. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Ben Lithgow Smith – Kyle / Dewey
Ben is from a musical family and was on stage throughout his childhood, occasionally for an audience. His theatrical debut in Grease has been described as the best Vince Fontaine that Epsom saw in the whole of May 2014. Other reviews included “his jacket was amazing” and “which one was he again?” He advocates method acting and in recent months has been seen wearing skimpy shorts and standing suggestively in doorways across London. He also shadowed a UPS driver for several weeks before receiving a cease and desist letter from his lawyers. He believes this has helped develop the many layers and nuances of his character. Off stage, Ben enjoys cycling, snowboarding and is a qualified skydiver. Unfortunately, this caused him to miss two months of rehearsals after surgery in November. He has since had immense fun working with a wonderful, talented group and looks forward to basking in their reflected glory. Meanwhile, he hopes you enjoy the show and that everyone watching has a “super day”! All Righty then!
Alice Burness – Chutney Wyndham / Ensemble
Alice loves musical theatre and is really looking forward to performing in Legally Blonde with her first named part of Chutney. She has been with Encore for their last two productions Seussical the Musical and Hairspray, where she performed as part of the ensemble. She is also a member of Encore Junior Theatre and played the part of Scuttle in their recent production of The Little Mermaid Jnr. Alice has danced at the Elisabeth school of dance since she was three years old and has recently passed her grade 4 ballet with distinction. She is also a keen musician and is currently studying for her grade 5 exam in saxophone. She loves to be kept busy and in her spare time plays
Netball for Falcons U16’s team and is also a member of her local church choir. In the summer holidays she has taken part in the Beck theatre summer projects and has taken Kayaking courses at HOAC for the last two years.
Sophia Toomey – Judge / Store Manager
Sophia is very excited to be joining Encore again for Legally Blonde. Sophia is a regular band member of Bastedo (itsbastedo.com), who joined the cast of Hairspray, as the Dynamites. Being musically and vocally inspired by her favourite soul divas like Aretha, Whitney, Chaka Khan, Mariah and Anita Baker, Sophia, has been a solo RnB recording artist. During this time she performed live, engaged in studio work, and achieved radio airtime. She was the UK support act for the first annual RnB music showcase from the USA that toured at the Wembley, Manchester and Birmingham arenas. Artists included Snoop Dogg, SWV and Blackstreet. She had an album release as EBONY (album: R.E.S.P.E.C.T –Soultown Records), her biggest musical achievement. Bastedo recently appeared at the Jazz Café in Camden. She is looking forward to an exciting 2016 to continue her passion for singing. She would like to thank her husband Paul and her family for their love and support and wishes the cast a fantastic show. Court reconvenes…on stage OMG!!
Tyler Davis – Grandmaster Chad / Aaron Schultz
Tyler is very excited to be playing the role of Grandmaster Chad and Aaron Schultz in Legally Blonde. He is currently in Year 11 at Elthorne Park High School where he studies French, Drama, History, and Music for his GCSE’s. This is his 2nd production with Encore, performing as Brad in last year’s production of Hairspray. Some of his most recent roles include Goody in Fame and Doody in Grease (Beck Theatre). He also performed as Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka (YES Company), John in Peter Pan (MCPA), and Christopher Robin in The House at Pooh Corner (MPA). Away from the stage, Tyler has also very recently started doing voice-overs on the Disney Channel children’s show The Hive. He is thrilled to be a part of this year’s production…and he LOVES Skippy Peanut Butter!
Aisha McPherson – Whitney / DA Joyce Riley
Aisha has been taking part in local theatre productions from the age of 7, having been in youth ensembles for a variety of shows including Anything Goes, Children of Eden and High School Musical. As she got older, she appeared in roles such as Chip in Beauty & the Beast, Nancy in Oliver! and Grace in Honk! Jnr. Having joined Encore for its first musical, Seussical the Musical (Junior Ensemble), she has been part of Encore’s Junior Voices and Dance classes ever since, and was delighted to be able to play Ursula in their production of The Little Mermaid Jnr last year.
When not performing, she is a hard-working student, having achieved 11 A*s in her GCSEs last year. She is currently studying Performing Arts, English Literature and History in the Sixth Form at Uxbridge High School, and aspires to become a professional performer in the future. Aisha hopes you enjoy watching the show as much as she has enjoyed taking part in it!
Ruman Tarafdar – Nikos / Ensemble
Ruman only discovered his love for performing in musical theatre around three years ago, upon making his debut as badboy Reecey in Hillingdon Musical Society’s production of Our House. Since then he has appeared in numerous productions with both HMS and Hanwell and Ealing Operatic Society. His favourite role being that of a very camp Purser in HEOS’s Anything Goes. Ruman is looking forward to making his return to the camp-side playing Nikos in his first Encore production, although he’s not quite as excited about having to wax his chest for the role. However
he is willing to suffer for his art…Here’s hoping for an Olivier Award nomination… Off-stage, Ruman considers himself quite the cunning linguist, speaking ten languages (albeit with varying degrees of fluency). His most recent acquisitions are Mandarin and Italian. Lui spera che voi godete lo spettacolo!
Alexander Lever – Sandeep Padamadan /Carlos / Ensemble
This is Alex’s first show with Encore. He has however, appeared in many musicals ranging from Oliver! to Fame with other companies, playing ensemble in shows such as My Fair Lady, Annie and Oliver!. He has been lucky enough to play some major roles such as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Bert in Mary Poppins, Gavroche in Les Miserables. And some less major roles like The Baker in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and Assistant Commisar in Miss Saigon. He successfully joined a supporting acting agency last year and have since been selected for twelve different roles.
Eleanor Faulkner – Gaelann / Ensemble
This is Eleanor’s 3rd show with Encore. Her previous show was Hairspray, where she played Brenda. Eleanor has been treading the boards for eight years now. Work includes Annie and Oliver! performing at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. She also starred in the Jack & the Beanstalk pantomime last Christmas at the Beck Theatre. It all started for her at the local Am dram group called Richings Players where some of her earlier performances included Peter Pan, The Railway Children and Alice in Wonderland to name but a few. She has been awarded a scholarship to
attend the Barbara Speake Stage School where she excels in drama, dance and singing. When she is not rehearsing or performing she attends the Susan Handy School of Dance where she has passed her grade 5 ballet with merit. This talented young lady has been involved in many Dance Festivals & competitions. She hopes you all enjoy the show!
Kelly Bennett – Courtney / Ensemble
Kelly has been involved in performing arts for the past 26 years. Having started dancing at the age of 5, she has loved being a part of the amateur circuit. During her childhood she took part in many Summer Youth Projects at the Beck Theatre from such favourites as Annie, Oliver! and Carousel. She continued to dance into her teens gaining grades in ballet, tap and modern dance. She took a break from dancing at the age of 16 to concentrate on acting, gaining a degree in Drama. She returned to dance in her 20’s after 6 months working at Walt Disney World in Florida. She gained her Advanced 1 in RAD ballet at the age of 29 which she considers a massive achievement. In 2014 (on a friend’s advice) she joined an Am dram group (KLOS) and started performing in shows again including Anything Goes and Annie Get Your Gun. She is a massive musical theatre fan and considers Wicked her favourite (she has seen it worldwide over 45 times!). She is delighted be involved in Legally Blonde and can’t wait to “shake her junk”!
Katie Hawkesworth – Salesgirl / Ensemble
Katie loves being part of the Encore family and was part of the junior ensemble in Seussical the Musical and ensemble in Hairspray . Katie is also an active member of Encore Junior Theatre where she takes classes in both singing and dance every week and was Dance Captain in their recent production of The Little Mermaid Jnr. As well as Encore, Katie has performed in a number of pantomimes including Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and has been part of the last three summer projects at The Beck Theatre in Hayes. Katie is just fourteen and has been dancing for the last 12 years at Elisabeth School of Dance and also studies Contemporary dance at the Royal Academy of Dance. Dancing is Katie’s passion and she fills any spare time either progressing in her own grades or assisting in the younger classes at her dance school .
Rob Ewen – Elle’s Dad / Pforzheimer
This is Rob’s second production for Encore, having previously been in the chorus for Seussical the Musical. Aside from Encore, Rob also works with Proscenium, at the Compass Theatre, as actor and director, and is looking forward to appearing in their production of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor this summer.
Kirsten Johnson – Elle’s Mum / Ensemble
Kirsten is excited to be playing Elle’s Mom. She returns to the stage after a 6 year break, for her first show with Encore. She has appeared in Oklahoma!, Me & My Girl, Anything Goes, The Boyfriend and Summer Holiday with Monklands Light Opera in her native Scotland, as well performing as a soloist in concert performances. She trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she gained a B.Ed Music (Hons). She took a break from the stage to focus on her instrumental interests, competing in the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall, also competing at the British Open Championships and qualifying for the European Championships with the latter. She has been musical director for a Choral Society, and musical theatre productions, but is enjoying being on the other side of the baton this time. She is now Head of Music at a Secondary School in West London, and enjoys confusing people with “Guess Who!” with her identical twin, Carolyn.
Pippa Fisher – TV Reporter / Ensemble
Pippa started dancing at the age of 5 and has trained in many styles since. She has been involved in many shows, both dance and musical theatre, most recently Musicality with Hillingdon Musical Society, where she loved being a GaGa girl! During her teens, Pippa found a passion for dance teaching and went to study dance and education at university, before starting her teacher training. She is now Head of Dance at a secondary school in London where she teaches students up to A-level. Pippa also has her IDTA qualifications and teachers in the private sector too. This is
Pippa’s first show with Encore and she is delighted to show that blondes do have more fun! She completed a masters degree last year and one day would like to be a Disney Princess and wedding planner. She has loved working with the cast of Legally Blonde and hopes they give you what you want tonight with a positively, serious performance! Snaps!
Kirsty Hogge – Perfume Girl / Ensemble
This is Kirsty’s first show with Encore and she’s enjoyed working with such a talented group of people. She made her debut on the Am dram stage in 2012 with KLOS Musical Theatre Company in Oliver!. She has performed in every show with them since such as Anything Goes and The Sound Of Music. She helped to start up the KLOSkidz section of the society, who put on their own small scale productions without the assistance of adults. When the current project leader leaves for university in September, she hopes to become responsible for their organisation. This is a
challenge she is looking forward to. Kirsty also enjoys highland dance classes which she has been attending since she was eight. She recently completed the highest level highland exam in which she received an excellent result. She competes in national competitions at the premier level. In between revising for her AS exams and rehearsals, she is a member of the church worship group and sings with themregulariy. She hopes you enjoy the show *snaps!*
Conor Quinn – Stenographer / Ensemble
Conor is very excited to be performing for the fourth time with Encore, having already performed in The Little Mermaid Jnr as Prince Eric, Hairspray as IQ and Seussical the Musical as Jojo. Other Am dram shows that Conor has performed in include Oliver Twist in Oliver!, Kurt in The Sound of Music, Jeremy in South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Calamity Jane, The Cat in the Hat in Seussical Jnr, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast Jnr, Winthrop in The Music Man Jnr and Fame Jnr. He has also performed at the Royal Opera House in Gloriana, Turandot, Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Król Roger and Third boy in Die Zauberflöte. He has also performed at the London Coliseum with
ENO in La Bohème. He can also be heard in the soundtracks of films such as Paddington, Age of Adaline and Transendence. He attends The Cardinal Vaughan memorial school where he is part of the Schola Cantorum; the school’s liturgical choir.
Kevin Quinn – Winthrop / Guard
This is Kevin’s second show with Encore, after taking on the role of Wilbur in Hairspray. Some of Kevin’s previous shows include Fiddler on the Roof, Calamity Jane, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Anything Goes and When The Lights Go On Again. He has really enjoyed working with the cast and crew of Legally Blonde and hopes you will all love the show!
Emily Lewis – Kiki / Ensemble
This is Emily’s first show with Encore and she is ecstatic to join the cast! She has been dancing since the age of 5, studying a range of styles, but has focused on ballet. She has performed in many dancing shows with different dance schools in the local area. Along with her dancing, Emily has also performed in a range of singing shows, showcases and musicals such as We Will Rock You, Hairspray, High School Musical and Footloose. She is currently preparing for her school’s production of Our House. Outside of Theatreland, Emily is studying English Literature,
Mathematics, Drama and Photography at sixth form and is also learning to play the guitar. She has made some great friends through rehearsals is really looking forward to performing in Legally Blonde, to show everyone how hard they have all been working! She hopes to join Encore again in future shows! She hopes that you enjoy the show and remember to bend and snap!
Thomas Lewis – Lowell / Ensemble
This is Tom’s second show with Encore. Tom was a member of 360 Youth Theatre. Shows include Hearts by Luke Norris, Apartment 55 by Neil Simon and Little Shop of Horrors. His main other interests lie in sports, mainly football. Sport is the area into which he would like to move in the future, as a coach. He has been a qualified referee since the age of 14 and is now officiating at semi-professional standard. Tom would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Encore for making him feel part of the cast and hopes you all enjoy the show.
DeeJay Spano – Bruiser Woods
DeeJay is part of a musical theatre family so is very excited to be given his chance on the stage. DeeJay was ready to take on the role of Bruiser for the uk tour of Legally Blonde but had to have an operation weeks before, ruining his chance of stardom. DeeJay has enjoyed theatre roles, playing Toto in The Wizard of Oz and numerous panto
performances. DeeJay would like to thank his family for supporting him; taking him to rehearsals and helping him learn the part to perfection. He would also like to wish his new friend Dylis good luck for the show.
Dylis Lloyd – Rufus
This is Dylis’s first appearance on stage, and she is thrilled to be performing with this amazing cast (not just because of the endless treats, cuddles and tummy rubs they give her!). She has a twin brother, called Denver, who is devastated that he is only the understudy! Dylis has a very loving and kind mum called Jilly who she thanks for giving her this opportunity. In her spare time, Dylis enjoys chewing the furniture and stealing her family’s stuff. She also enjoys long walks and lots of play time. She would gives you all “snaps!” but sadly she does not have opposable thumbs!