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BE MORE

CH LL

Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis

Book by Joe Tracz

Based on the Novel by Ned Vizzini

Be More Chill is presented through special arrangement with

ORiGiN Theatrical on behalf of R&H Theatricals www.rnh.com


PRESIDENT'S WELCOME

Be More Chill marks Waterdale's first major production since 2019. After the last few turbulent

years and a few false starts we are immensely proud to be able to perform this show. The

production team have outdone themselves with their creativeness and dedication to the cast.

Their love for the show is evident in the small details - the custom badges on costumes, nuances

in choreography and matching of vocals.

It's rewarding to see great friendships begin, strengthen and blossom. The cast, past and

present, have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to the next time they call

Waterdale home. We're excited to be able to provide a platform for first time and seasoned

Waterdale performers to come to the stage, build and show-off their skills and have great

experiences.

Thankyou to all our volunteers and the Waterdale committee. The amount of work that goes

behind the scenes to make this possible is incredible. You are all superstars. For anyone

interested in helping out - please get in touch, we are a warm, welcoming bunch and would love

some extra woman and man power to put on bigger and more shows!

Thank you and enjoy Be More Chill!

Fiona Boyle

President

Waterdale Theatre Inc.

DIRECTOR'S WELCOME

The production you are about to watch is one showcasing the utmost resilience and dedication

of so many creative, wonderful individuals. Ever since early 2020, when Waterdale first

announced the plans to produce Be More Chill, to it finally seeing the stage in April 2022, this

production, like many others, has encountered numerous hurdles. Through the many obstacles

that Covid has given the arts over the last few years, it has ultimately brought us to here and

now; with our final cast, prod team and venue.

We consider this third time lucky for Be More Chill as production halted just prior to our first set

of auditions in 2020, then postponed again in 2021 after 8 weeks of in person and zoom

rehearsals, to finally kicking things off again and remaining strong in 2022.

Every character is so unique, yet so relatable. We manage to find a little bit of ourselves in all of

these characters and experiences as we watch them evolve. The message of this show has

certainly evolved to all of us here at Waterdale as we must all learn to understand what it means

to ‘be more chill’. For myself, I consider this message one not of individuality, but of community.

As any production requires a massive effort by so many people, we come together to create

something purely for a shared love of it. To ‘be more chill’ means to trust in yourself, find your

community and truly see and appreciate those around you for their best selves.

We have all grown and learned so much in this time and are so proud to bring you this show.

Rhi Edwards

Director


BE MORE CH LL

Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis

Book by Joe Tracz

Based on the Novel by Ned Vizzini

Be More Chill is presented through special arrangement with

ORiGiN Theatrical on behalf of R&H Theatricals www.rnh.com

The world premiere production of Be More Chill was commissioned and originally

produced by Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ

John Dias, Artistic Director / Michael Hurst, Managing Director

This work was supported by a Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative

grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Orchestrations and Arrangements by Charlie Rosen

Rehearsal Photography by Helsen Ryder


PRODUCTION TEAM

Rhi is thrilled to be presenting her directorial debut after several covid setbacks.

She has been involved in theatre, and creative production from a young age.

During school years, she strived to learn the inner workings of all elements of

backstage and how to bring a show to life, which she continued to use in her

volunteer theatre work after graduation. Alongside this, she spent the next few

years in the film and games industry, but has returned back to theatre to rekindle

her love for live performance. Rhi discovered Waterdale through the 2019

production of Wizard of Oz, and is happy to be back as Director and committee

member. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Rhi Edwards

Director

Gui Griffin

Choreographer & Dance Capt.

Xi Gui Griffin, or just Gui to most, has been dancing since 2006 in many styles

primarily focussing on jazz. She began her foray into musicals in year 7 when her

sister made her audition for the annual production and it has continued to be her

passion as she is currently in her second and last year of studying music theatre

at Associated Studios Australia. She has performed in various roles, even landing

a few supporting roles such as Nautica from Bring It On and Nicely-Nicely

Johnson from Guys and Dolls in high school along with Patty Simcox from Grease

and Carol Strong from Catch Me If You Can in community theatre. She has

previously co-choregraphed a junior production of The Jungle Book and this is

her first time choreographing a full length show on her own.

Olivia completed her Bachelor of Music in Composition at VCA in 2020. She is an

accomplished pianist and trumpeter. Aside from her love of all things music,

Olivia loves theatre! She recently played the Foreman in Windmill Theatre

Company’s 12 Angry Men to rave reviews, as well as participating in various

shows such as The Witches of Eastwick (Felicia Gabriel) with UMMTA and Catch

me if you Can with OCPAC. She was thrilled at the opportunity to combine her

love of music and theatre when she played in the orchestra of UMMTA’s Parade.

She has also played in theatre orchestra’s for Crazy for You, 42nd Street and Mary

Poppins. Her first experience Musical Directing has been wildly fun and engaging,

and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Olivia Sweeny

Musical Director

Fiona Boyle

Producer

Jayden Faul

Producer

Erica Moffatt

Stage Manager

Charlie Sweeney

Costumes

Tara Di Marco

Props


THE CAST

Shaun has been performing since he was 17, having the opportunity to play roles such

as: Danny in Grease, Dennis in Rock of Ages, and most recently Chad in All Shook Up

He is thrilled to be back on stage again in his first production with Waterdale!

Shaun first listened to Be More Chill in 2018 and it quickly became a favourite, having the

opportunity to play Jeremy is a dream come true.

Shaun Edrupt

Jeremy

Nabs is an accounting student by day, and a performer by night. His performing credits

include Bad Idea Bear 2 in Avenue Q (Monday Show School of Musical Theatre),

ensemble in Heathers: The Musical (UMMTA), Georg in Spring Awakening (RMIT Creative),

and ensemble in SUDDENLY: A Short New Musical (DHB Theatrical). Currently, Nabs is a

Resident Artist with Broadway Unplugged and preparing for OCPAC's production of In

The Heights as Sonny which will be playing in September.

Nabs Adnan

Michael

Kianna Bartolo

Christine

Kianna has been involved in theatre for 10 years, performing in numerous productions.

Her most notable roles being Tracy in “Hairspray Jr” (Western Arts), The Cat in the Hat in

“Seussical” (ELT), and Michaela in “House on Fire” (Loyola College). Kianna has spent 16

years training at Encore Dance Studios, as well studying advanced drama at Centrestage

since 2019. Kianna attends singing lessons Melbourne Talent Company, where she also

teaches. Christine has been a dream role of Kianna’s for some time now and she is

beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to perform the role with such an incredible cast.

So c-c-c-c’mon and enjoy the show!

Demetrius Kiriakidis

Squip

After a three-year cold streak, Demetrius is ecstatic to be returning to amateur theatre

with the unique, versatile and rewarding role of the SQUIP. Previous credits include

leading roles in VBC productions (Addams Family, Uncle Fester and All Shook Up, Chad)

as well as various featured and ensemble parts with UMMTA productions (Drowsy

Chaperone, Witches of Eastwick, Parade, Sitzprobe 2021). He would like to commend the

Be More Chill cast on their impeccable talents and hard work and especially for the

creative team's unrelenting guidance, support and for lending him a hand when he

needed it most.

Steven is ecstatic to be playing Rich in Waterdale's Be More Chill. He has loved working

alongside this spectacular cast & crew, even if it's as a morally questionable,

overconfident high-school bully. Steven would have liked to tell you all about his past

theatre experience, but Rich said it's much cooler if we just keep people guessing. They

both hope you enjoy the show and remember to be kind to one another!

Steven Pythas

Rich

Since starting theatre almost 10 years ago, Helsen has had a strong passion for the

performing arts. Juggling a double degree in music performance and entertainment

management at Collarts, Helsen passes his time doing what he loves.

Helsen's extensive list of works include modelling, screen acting and live shows. But all

his career highlights come from his experiences in theatre.

Helsen is proudly represented by Hunter Talent.

Helsen Ryder

Jake


THE CAST

After being out of action due to injury, Cedar is very excited to be doing her first show

back after many years! Growing up as a performer, Cedar has 15 years of Dance training

and extensive performance experience on her belt.

Cedar made her musical debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast (GSC), with other

performing credits as Sandy in Grease (NYT), Dance Captain (NYT) and Sharpay in High

School Musical on Stage (NYT).

Cedar Boyd

Chloe

Maddy is so delighted to be playing the role of Brooke in Waterdale’s ‘Be More Chill’. Also

currently portraying the role of Bartley in ADS Industry’s ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’,

Maddy loves performing and craves attention from the stage. If she were writing this, she

would want to say how proud she is of everyone involved and she can’t wait for you to

see the show! :))

Maddy Crowe

Brooke

Gen is unbelievably excited to be playing Jenna in Waterdale’s Be More Chill. Not only do

they share a similar name… Jenna and Gen both love the colour purple and have a flair

for the dramatics. If Jenna was writing this bio, she would make sure you are well aware

of her past theatre experience, however Gen just wants you to know that she is super

grateful to be in this show, and she hopes you enjoy watching it!

Gen Underhill

Jenna

Ryan is an enthusiastic theatre-maker, director, and educator, having helmed several

productions: The Theatre Collective Project (GSODA), The Play of Herod (CONC), Parade

(UMMTA), The Book of Everything (GR), Green Room (UMMTA), Godspell (NTC), and

Company (ICAC). Ryan was commended by the MTGV for his role as George in Sunday in

the Park with George, and won Best Actor (UHT) for his performance as Bobby Strong in

Urinetown. He mostly enjoys wearing pants, making this role his most challenging yet.

Ryan Bentley

Jeremy's Dad

Thomas Myszka has been a strong member of the musical theatre community for the

past several years! He has done many shows spanning from small theatres to televised

events at Arenas and Voice Acting for YouTube. He is also a recent graduate of a Two

Year Diploma of Musical Theatre at Associated Studios Australia. He’s excited to perform

alongside an incredible cast in the production of Be More Chill!

Thomas Myszka

Mr Reyes/Stockboy

This is Ciara’s second show with Waterdale after The Wizard of Oz. She plays the violin

and has been a part of several shows through the Scout’s gangshow. She has wanted to

be a part of Be More Chill since seeing the show and meeting the original Off-Broadway

cast in 2018. After taking a break to focus on her studies, she is glad to be back doing

theatre, performing alongside a wonderful cast and crew.

Ciara Wilson

Ensemble


THE CAST

Em is very excited to be in Be More Chill. Em has been in theatre for almost 4 years and,

she can’t possibly be more chill about how much she loves theatre. She has had many

opportunities on the stage, including the cheshire cat in wonder in Aliceland (Eltham

Little Theatre), Miranda in Puss n Boots (Fab Nobs Theatre), and is excited to be back at

Waterdale after being an ensemble member in their production of The Wizard of Oz.

Emily Whelan

Ensemble

Originally from Tasmania, Georgia has always loved participating in musical theatre.

Georgia has been a part of many productions including Beauty and the Beast, Jesus

Christ Superstar, SPAMalot and Oklahoma!. Taking a break from the theatre scene after

moving to Melbourne in 2015, she was set to take the stage in DIY Collectives "Heathers"

as Martha in 2020, but COVID had other plans. Georgia hopes you enjoy Be More Chill as

much as she has!

Georgia Templeton

Ensemble

Be More Chill is Isabel’s musical theatre debut, although she has always been a musical

fan. Isabel did Speech & Drama as an extracurricular activity in high school, and later

joined Ring of Choir, a pop a cappella group at the University of Melbourne. She

competed with Ring of Choir at the Australian A Cappella Awards in 2018 and 2019 and is

also a member of two other Unimelb choirs - Acapollo and UMMTA Chorus.

Isabel Byrne

Ensemble

Nam was first introduced to theatre in 2018 where he played as Commander Khashoggi

in his high school production of We Will Rock You. Since then, he put aside theatre to

study Classical Saxophone at the Melbourne Conservatorium. Recently performing in

Footloose (Out of The Wings Theatre), Nam has discovered a newfound love for theatre

and he is incredibly grateful to be working with such a talented cast and crew.

Nam Hoang

Ensemble

Sarah has been a theatre aficionado for many years, but it was only recently that she

decided to take to the stage. Sarah's first production was in The Pirates of Penzance

(Therry Dramatic Society, Adelaide) in 2019. Since moving to Melbourne in 2020 she has

been searching for a musical theatre company and was delighted to discover the

Waterdale community! Like Christine in Be More Chill, Sarah too loves play rehearsal.

Sarah Dunn

Ensemble

After deferring from her Bachelor of Science at UniMelb, honoring her love for

storytelling, Zoe has taken a different direction, now studying full-time musical theatre at

Showfit. Zoe has completed various acting, singing, and dancing training through her

youth and has just finished up her time as a Triple Threat at Stage School Australia. She

has played various roles such as Grace in Annie and Munkustrap in Cats and will soon be

playing Babe in UMMTA's Sitzprobe 'Merry Christmas Babe' production.

Zoe Anastasiou

Ensemble


THE SHOW

Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about "The

Squip" -- a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires

most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to

survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular

guy in school worth the risk?

ACT ONE

More Than Survive - Jeremy, Michael, Ensemble

I Love Play Rehearsal - Christine

More Than Survive (Reprise) - Jeremy, Ensemble

The Squip Song - Rich, Ensemble

Two-Player Game - Jeremy, Michael

Be More Chill (Pt. 1) - The Squip, Jeremy, Ensemble

Do You Wanna Ride? - Brooke, Chloe

Be More Chill (Pt. 2) - The Squip, Jeremy, Ensemble

A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into - Christine, Ensemble

Upgrade - Ensemble

ACT TWO

Halloween - Ensemble

Do You Wanna Hang? - Chloe

Michael In The Bathroom - Michael

The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set a Fire) - Jenna, Brooke, Chloe, Ensemble

The Pitiful Children - The Squip, Ensemble

The Pants Song - Jeremy's Dad, Michael

The Play - Jeremy, Michael, Ensemble

Voices In My Head - Jeremy, Christine, Ensemble


THE BAND

Keys 1

Jessica Sun

Keys 2

Riccardo Estate

Trumpet

Jenny Bylund

Guitar

Kieran McNair

Bass

Maddi Si

Drums

Jayden Galbraith


THANK YOU

Stage Manager

Erica Moffat

Assistant Stage Manager

Maree Paliouras & Sophie Lyons

Set Build

Erica Moffat, Tobiah Elliott and Russel Edwards

Props

Tara Di Marco & Rhi Edwards

Costumes

Charlie Sweeney, Ellen Cherry, Matilda O'Riley, Gen Underhill

Headshots and Promo Photography

Kristopher Wardhana

Program Design

Jayden Faul

Projection Design

Rhi Edwards & Liam H Ditty

Lighting Operator

Mario Laughlin

Sound Operator

Matt Figliola

Stage Crew

Percy Jones

Toby Vasilic

Gaelan Pettit

Ryan Wilson

Followspot Operator

Sophia Kiriakidis

Fiona Boyle

Front of House Manager

Jayden Faul

Front of House

Samantha Jones

Hair & Make Up/Dresser

Hayley Hart

Matilda O'Riley

Special Thanks

Barb Scott ~ GSL Techs ~ Oxygen Youth Centre ~ Josh Bridges ~ Giles Adams ~ Clara Adams ~ Jess Barker

ocpac ~ Brent Denison ~ Matthew Tzivakis ~ Origin Theatrical


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Waterdale is a not for profit, volunteer based organisation that provides

opportunities for youth and young adults to develop skills through all aspects of

theatre and production in a supportive and accessible environment. Waterdale’s

performance based projects have included full-scale music theatre works, original

short plays, concert performances, showcase events, in school performances and

Waterdale is recognised and respected in the community for its youth involvement

programs and is continually looking to increase its capacity to offer opportunities

for young people. If Waterdale could do something to help your community,

Waterdale is a not-for-profit incorporated association with tax deductible gift

recipient status and is run by a committee of voluntary members.

waterdale.org.au


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