Casting for the EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour is complete!
Director Kerryn Palmer says “We had a great time at auditions in Wellington and Auckland. It was really challenging to choose four people from such a strong group of auditionees.”
The team start rehearsals in April with the tour beginning 8th May. There are still a few school performance times available. See our booking page for more details about the tour or email Clare Kerrison.
Gisborne born Simon Paenga began pursuing his passion for performing at Lytton High School. His array of accolades in singing, acting and dancing, led him to study at NASDA in Christchurch, where he graduated with a degree in Performing Arts, majoring in Musical Theatre. Since then he has appeared in Musicals both here and in Australia, and recently completed his third year of the National Tour with Duffy Theatre.
Hannah went to Wanganui High School, has a BA (Hons) majoring in Theatre & Film from Victoria University and attended The John Bolton Theatre School in Melbourne. She is a regular performer with Wellington’s Patacake Productions and won Best Actress in the 2015 Short + Sweet Festival for the play Last Meals. Hannah plans to take her solo clown show to Melbourne Fringe later this year!
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Of Samoan, Chinese and German descent, Lee went to Mangere College in Auckland and studied acting in Australia with AAA Sydney acting school. He’s spent most of his acting life since 2011 on camera. He most recently studied with “Kacie Stetson Studio- Acting from the core” (Auckland). Lee plays drums and is also a martial artist.
Hilary attended Sacred Heart Girls’ College in New Plymouth and has her honours degree majoring in theatre at Victoria University. She is now an actor and director in Wellington and a member of the multi-award winning theatre company, The Bacchanals. In 2015, she participated in the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s Emerging Theatre Practitioner Programme at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.