Cast
Zanna    Mike Shearer
Steve    Michael Cotton
Kate    Kate Malyon
Mike    Michael Stacey
Roberta    Bonnie Hurst
Tank    Nadeem Crowe
Candi    Lyndsey Orr
Loretta/Ensemble    Justine Marie Mead
Karla/Ensemble    Gemma Nichols
Arvin/Bronco/Ensemble    William J. Cassidy
Principal Cooper/Ensemble    Larissa Webb
Tex/Ensemble    Josh Bellil

Mike Shearer

Mike Shearer (Zanna)
Mike graduated from Mountview in 2007, during his training he played roles including Sonny in Serving It Up, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Sam in Personals at the Jermyn street Theatre. Other experience includes Freckles in Peter Pan (Weymouth Pavilion), creating the role of Jamie in the premiere of The Diary Of Me (Harlow Playhouse) and vocalist for performances of both West End Rocks with Kerry Ellis (Hexagon, Reading) and Perfect Pitchís recent showcases in Maidstone and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Mike played JB Watson in Departure Lounge (George Square Theatres), which was nominated in every category of the Musical Theatre Matters Awards 2008. Most recently Mike featured as a principal singer for The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Mike is thrilled to be a part of the London Premiere of Zanna Don't.

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Michael Cotton

Michael Cotton (Steve)
Michael made his West End debut in Martin Guerre (Prince Edward) and went on to perform in many musicals: Les Miserables Concert as Feuilly (Fort Regent, Jersey), My Fair Lady - covering and playing Freddy (Drury Lane), Oliver! - covering and playing Noah (Tour), West Side story - covering and playing Tony (Tour), Hey, Mr Producer (Lyceum), Wild, Wild Women as Robert (Orange Tree), In The Red as Bert (Her Majestyís), Over My Shoulder as Felipe (Mill at Sonning), and A Girl Called Jo as Laurie (Covent Garden).

Michael's experience in plays includes: Julius Caesar as Plebeian (Barbican), Durrang Durrang as Scuzzy (Udder Belly), All Talk as Guy (Tristan Bates), I Am Star Trek as Shatner (Edinburgh, Pleasance Dome), and Royal Bloodbath (RSC, Other Place).

TV includes: Safe as Carl (BBC), Agony as Dom (Live), Showtime At The Stadium (BBC) and Think Positive as David (Artec).

Michael has been involved in many workshops most recently playing Charlie Chaplin in Little Tramp.

Recordings include: original cast recording of Hey, Mr Producer, Death & Plenty/Emerald as Oliver, and his duet album Out Of This World.


Kate Malyon

Kate Malyon (Kate)
Kate trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated in 2008. Her roles whilst training included Margery/Mrs Betteredge in A Warwickshire Testimony, Carla in Nine, Bobbie in No Shoulder, and Dulcie in The Boyfriend.

Theatre credits: Corinna - The City Wives' Confederacy (Greenwich Playhouse), Celia WW - Me And My Girl (London Palladium), Chloe - Sex And The Village (George Square, Edinburgh), Fiona - Happyland (C Venue, Edinburgh), Marlene - Apocalypse (C Venue, Edinburgh), The Girl - Normal (Cockpit Theatre), Backing for Rod Stewart in Concert For Diana (Wembley Stadium).

Film credits: Maria - Garden Of Eden (Dir: Sebastian Abel), Jess - Prick (Dir: Ryan Vernava), Robyn - The Four Last Things (Dir: Andy Walker).

Kate is more than excited to be a part of the London Premiere of Zanna Don't.


Michael Stacey

Michael Stacey (Mike)
Originally from Blackpool, Michael trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama graduating with a Masters Degree in Performance in Musical Theatre. Prior to this he had studied Cell Biology and Pathology at the University of St Andrews.

Last year he appeared as Charles Darnay in the London Premiere of the musical A Tale Of Two Cities directed by Paul Nicholas. Other theatre credits include Guilt (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), The Confessions Of Julian Po and Iron Curtain (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Wild Honey (RSAMD), The Fabulist, Like You Like It and About Face (Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre), The Tempest (Prague Fringe Festival and Byre Theatre, St Andrews), Such Sweet Thunder (NYMT, Newcastle Theatre Royal).

Michael has also performed his self-devised cabaret entitled Degree Dilemma at The Arches, Glasgow.


Bonnie Hurst

Bonnie Hurst (Roberta)
Bonnie trained at Mountview Academy and was the recipient of the Sir John Mills Scholarship. Roles whilst training included Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Miss Byrd in Closer Than Ever, Louise in Gypsy, Dorothy in The Wiz and Maggie in Dancing At Lughnasa. Zanna, Donít is Bonnie's professional debut.


Nadeem Crowe

Nadeem Crowe (Tank)
Nadeem is hugely excited to be part of this fantastic project. Due to qualify as a doctor next year, Nadeem took some time out of his degree to train at LAMDA. Credits at LAMDA include 4.48 Psychosis, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Uncle Vanya. Musical theatre credits include Tony in West Side Story (Clear Channel Entertainment), Bobby in Company (UCL Garage), Cable in South Pacific (Bloomsbury Theatre) as well as many others.

Nadeem is thrilled to be working with such a talented team and hopes to go on to combine his passions for theatre and medicine for as long as humanly possible! Many thanks go to his medical school (UCL) for allowing him the time out to train at LAMDA, his parents for being supportive of whatever decisions he makes and his agent for believing in him.


Lyndsey Orr

Lyndsey Orr (Candi)
Lyndsey began her training at the Novelli Stage School Duet in Sutton Coldfield, going on to achieve an upper 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Drama with English from Loughborough University. She furthered her training at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Credits include: Ensemble in Great Expectations (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham), Sandy in Grease (Cope Auditorium, Leicestershire), Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Cope Auditorium, Leicestershire), Narrator in Tribute To Amrita Pritam (Nehru Centre, London), Ensemble in Legends (New Wimbledon Theatre), Ensemble in First Impressions (Landor Theatre), Snag/Dance Captain and understudy Tabaqui/Kaa/Messua in The Jungle Book (Bloomsbury Theatre and No. 1 UK Tour), Dancer at The Brit Awards 2008 (Earls Court), Choreographer/Dancer for Schwarzkopf in Salon International 2005/06 (ExCel, London).

Lyndsey is very excited to be part of the London premiere of Zanna Donít, and would like to thank her family and friends very much for their continued support.


Justine Marie Mead

Justine Marie Mead (Loretta/Ensemble)
Justine Marie is from South Wales and currently in her final year at the Guildford School of Acting.

Whilst training she has appeared in many productions playing different roles including Kate Rushton in Working, Katisha in Hot Mikado and Aldonza in Man Of La Mancha.

She has also appeared in workshop productions during her time at GSA appearing as Dionyza in Pericles and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd.

Justine Marie has performed two premiere musicals at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is delighted to be involved in the London premiere of Zanna, Donít.


Gemma Nichols

Gemma Nichols (Karla/Ensemble)
Originally from Newcastle, Gemma graduated from Italia Conti in 2008 with a BA Hons in Acting. Roles whilst training include Edith Piaf in Piaf, Ella in After Mrs Rochester, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jenny in Men Should Weep.

Since leaving drama school Gemma was excited to play a showgirl in the BBC1 period drama of Little Dorrit.

Gemma is over the moon to be joining such a talented cast.


William J Cassidy

William J. Cassidy (Arvin/Bronco/Ensemble)
William is originally from Glasgow where he started his musical theatre training, he then went on to train at the Macdonald College of Performing Arts (Sydney, Australia) on an award, and then to Italia Conti performing arts on a Scholarship, where he graduated 2 years ago. In his graduating year Will was honoured to be able to perform in the famous London Coliseum in the production of Death In Venice directed by Deborah Warner and the English National Opera. Since then William has performed in Snow White at Millfield Theatre and then again in Basildon Theatre the year after. William's television debut was Barry in Rivercity and he has recently returned from Belgium where he reprised the role previously performed in Death In Venice. William would like to thank everyone who has helped him become the person and performer he is today.


Larissa Webb

Larissa Webb (Principal Cooper/Ensemble)
Theatre credits include: I Love You, Youíre Perfect, Now Change (Woman 1), The Matchgirls (Kate), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount), Peter Pan & Aladdin (Fairfield Halls, Croydon).

Film & TV credits include: Shakespeare In Love, Coming Home, Merlin, and Whatís On TV Magazine commercial.

As Director & Choreographer, Larissaís credits include Seussical, The Wizard Of Oz, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Crazy For You and The Hot Mikado. Larissa has also devised and produced her own highly successful musical theatre revues - Something Old, Something New.

Larissa would like to thank her family & friends for all their support & faith in her over the years!


Josh Bellil

Josh Bellil (Tex/Ensemble)
Josh graduated from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 2008. He straight away moved to Spain for 6 months to perform in 3 touring productions as lead singer, singing the songs from some of the most well known musicals and operas.

Other credits include: Ugly in Honk, Marcellus in The Music Man, Enjolras in Les Miserables student edition, Pit Dancer at the Brit Awards, Caliban in The Tempest, and Bert Barry in 42nd Street. Josh has also worked as a session singer and has performed many classical concerts throughout England with the Portsmouth youth chamber choir.

One of Joshís proudest moments was performing Faureís Requiem in Caen for the D-Day 60 celebrations in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen with the London Mozart Players conducted by Andrew Parrot.

Josh is delighted to be appearing in Zanna Donít! and would like to thank his Mum for her constant love.


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