BY BENJAMIN WEINER
Lightning never strikes twice… right?
Roy Sullivan, known as the ‘Human Lightning Conductor,’ was struck by lightning, not once, not twice, but seven times in his life.
This quirky, folk-style musical cabaret documents his life and all of its striking moments. As we watch Roy grow up and fall in love, he struggles to come to terms with destiny, often wondering if he is cursed, immortal or just straight up out of luck.
Bringing an eclectic mix of actor/musicians telling this unbelievable and yet completely true story together, expect a night full of folk music, bears, tips for not getting struck by lightning and a whole bucket of fun.
Alex Gonzalez is a Sydney based performer, singer, and reviewer. In 2019, Alex graduated from Brent Street with a Diploma in Music Theatre, and this year has started a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Media (PR and Advertising) at UNSW. Most recently, Alex performed in 1984! The Musical! at the New Theatre as Ensemble/Telescreen and will be performing the role of Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Seymour Centre in early April. Previous credits include Inner West Side: The Musical, Damn Yankees, The Drowsy Chaperone, Popstars: The 90s Musical. Alex is incredibly excited to join this amazing cast, and to share the insane yet true story of Roy Sullivan: Lightning Man!
Jessica is a singer and performer from the North Shore of Sydney. With both mother and father in classical music she grew up to deeply value the role of art and music. Developing a particular passion for musical theatre and storytelling through song she learned to sing at Sister2Sister School of Singing and discovered a love of acting through studies of the Meisner and Susan Batson Techniques. She has featured in productions such as Spring Awakening (MACMS), Grease (BTC), Mary Poppins (Packemin Productions) and Voices for a Better World (Theatre Train UK). She also sings and performs around Sydney as a children’s entertainer for her business ‘Magic Hollow Parties’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Jessica plays the guitar and is particularly drawn to folk and bluegrass stylings. She is delighted to be making her Theatre Travels debut in a show that melds the artistic elements she passionately resonates with. ⠀⠀
Eoin O'Sullivan is a young Australian-Irish student studying Computer Sciences at Sydney Uni and an active member of their drama society! He's played guitar for the last eight years with some vocal lessons in between. Most of his stage work has been in high school and in SUDS, portraying 'Henry' in the original work 'Jim Got Shot' written by Declan Coyle. Eoin has also taken up production roles within SUDS, assistant producing 'The Bleeding Tree' and co-AV directing 'Orlando', both with SUDS. When he heard that he would be picking up the bass for the first time for this show he was ecstatic and can't wait to play some quirky tunes and funky riffs. He also writes in his spare time for scripts and lyrics alike and hopes to one day combine these passions. Eoin is on the edge of his seat in anticipation for this show and knows you will be too.
It's been a year and a half since John discovered his passion for Musical Theatre and stage-performance. Since then, he's been performing in University Musical Theatre Society productions with UNSW, The University of Sydney and Macquarie University, in a total of 6 productions to date. He also began doing some back-stage work with the same societies, gaining exposure to behind the scenes operations relating to lighting, sound and stage management. His theatre credits in performance include UNSW MTS' Bonnie & Clyde (role of Clyde Barrow, 2018), UNSW MTS' Dogfight (role of Stevens, 2018), UNSW MTS' Tick, Tick... Boom! (Roles of David, Counter Guy, Jon's Dad, 2019), MUSE's Tuck Everlasting (Dance ensemble, 2019), MACMS' Calvin Berger (role of Calvin Berger, 2019), and MUSE's Reefer Madness (role of Jesus, as well as ensemble, 2019). While his back-stage experience has involved MACMS' 2019 Variety Show (Lighting operator, 2019), MUSE's Little Shop of Horrors (Tech member, microphone operator, 2019), and NUTS' 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (stage-hand, 2019). He's grown to love every aspect of developing a show with groups of creatively inspired and invested people, and is very excited to work on 'Roy Sullivan: Lightning Man' for N:I 2020
Jacqui is a Sydney-based actor and singer with credits across theatre and screen. Selected theatre credits include Company (Sarah),The Cat in the Hat (Thing One), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Charlotte), Ned (Mrs Kennedy), City of Angels (Donna/Oolie), Budgie Smugglers of the Murrumbidgee (Carrie), Batboy (Maggie), Grease (Frenchy), Assassins (Housewife), Speaking in Tongues (Jane), The Princess Cabaret (Princess Jasmine), Songs for a New World (Woman) and the pantomimes Rapunzel (Rapunzel), Mother Goose and Mother Goose in the Woods. On screen Jacqui appears in Australian feature film Liebe, award-winning short Did I tell you about Jasper and the documentary feature, The Connection. Jacqui has also performed with Mind Blank in theatre shows promoting mental health awareness among young people across Australia.
Kyra has a strong passion for the arts with an extensive background in Dance, Acting, Singing and Music . Currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Kyra majored in Classical Piano and received her AmusA in Piano Performance in 2016. She also has a strong passion for Musical Theatre after playing Elle in "Legally Blonde" and Maria in "West Side Story" in her High School productions, her love for Musical Theatre continued into her University life where she has undertaken several productions with Opera Carnivale, MUSE and MTS. She looks forward to continuing her creative journey.
Lincoln is a 2017 NIDA Musical Theatre graduate and multi-instrumentalist, and is proudly of Indigenous Australian descent. Upcoming shows include a staged reading of new Australian play Billy Creek with Joining the Dots Theatre, and La Traviata with Opera Australia.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Last Year, Lincoln originated the role of Private John Simpson in 3 Weeks in Spring (State Theatre, Endymion Productions), and joined development workshops for new musicals Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Andrew Freeborn) as the Mad Hatter and Bakery Hill (Yellow Line Theatre) as Captain
Thomas. Lincoln is attached to play the leading role of Jye in an upcoming web series, Flat (Flat Productions), and recently worked with Opera Australia in Il Viaggio a Remis. Other theatre credits include Jason in Ordinary Days (Alter Ego), Lorenzo Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (Starkeeper Productions), Billy Trengrove in Miracle City (NIDA), Aaron Sherritt in Ned (Plush Duck Productions), David in Company (Limelight on Oxford), Tom Keeney in Funny Girl (Theatre & Company), Old Man in an immersive adaption of The Chairs (Matt Taylor, SFF), Freddy in Carrie: The Musical (Louis Ellis Productions), and an ensemble member in Inner West Side: The Musical (Ultra Cult, SFF). During his studies, Lincoln performed in Chimerica (STC), The Changeling (NIDA) and Irving Berlin (NIDA). After graduating he independently produced a cabaret show, The After Party, with all proceeds donated to the Actors Benevolent Fund.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lincoln is looking forward to being involved in yet another new musical. Apparently it’s his thing.
BENJAMIN WEINER: PLAYWRIGHT
Benjamin is a composer and playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He was a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Commission in partnership with Ensemble Studio Theatre, and presented a workshop performance of a new musical, Nobel, at EST. He has been selected for a Core Apprentice fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, the National Winters Playwrights Retreat from the HBMG Foundation, and developed original theater with the Onassis Foundation. His plays and musicals have been seen at Dixon Place, Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Jalopy Theatre. He has composed music for others' plays at the Brick Theatre, the Corkscrew Theatre Festival, and at Are Nova. He has scored short films starring Rashida Jones, James Franco, and Ben Stiller, and a few of the ads that you skip at the beginning of YouTube videos. His music for children with his magical talking backpack is at PrincessBackpack.com. He has never been struck by lightning.
ABBY GALLOWAY: CO-DIRECTOR
Abby is the director, producer and co-writer of Schapelle, Schapelle. This original comedy musical and about the Corby saga has sold out seasons in Bathurst and Sydney and is currently touring to Adelaide Fringe Festival. Abby is a professional stage manager and has worked on Ensemble theatre's Taking Steps (2018), Folk (2019), The Last Wife (2019) and Squabbalogic's The Dismissal. ⠀
JACK DODDS: CO-DIRECTOR
Jack is originally from Cumnock NSW, A small town of 300. Jack is the writer/Composer/Choreographer/Performer for the new musical “Schapelle Schappelle” which is going to the Adelaide fringe in March and is in its third toured season. Jack has a wealth of experience in comedy and music theatre. Performing in 4 main stage shows with the ‘Orange theatre company’ 2 he was nominated for ‘CAT’ award. Jack has directed, produced and performed in over 10 productions with cycle productions. In 2017 Jack trained in improvisational comedy at the University of Kentucky (USA) College of fine arts where he co-founded the university’s first improv group which is still running to this day. He has Music training from the Mitchell conservatorium and a Bachelor of communications (Theatre/Media) CSU. In 2018 co founded his production company ‘Piano room productions’.
JESSICA SNELLEMAN: MUSIC DIRECTOR
Jessica is an Sydney-based musician, composer, theatre-maker and actor currently studying music and composition through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in a degree of marketing and media at USYD. She has composed for Sydney University Dramatic Society's ' Jim Got Shot' and it's upcoming major production of Macbeth, and has recently performed in Spring Awakening (Macms), Orlando (SUDS), SUDS 24 play in a day, but has previously worked in plays, musicals, concerts, and operas since age 9. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Jessica is highly passionate about music, being a high-level multi-instrumentalist specialising in strings and piano, and she is always keen to try new things and always pushes herself to learn more, and has been writing and composing music since before she can remember.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Jessica is passionate about all aspects of theatre having sound designed, light designed, produced, and directed in SUDS based performances since her university commencement in 2019, but is very excited to take her passion beyond university productions, and is thrilled to be working with theatre travels to bring this wacky musical to life.