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Directed by Daniel Cooper

Featuring music by Shelley Dunlop

All the world’s a stage and aren’t we better for it?

In a shift change from our last production, As You Like It is celebrated as Waterdale’s first Shakespeare

play in over five years. This hilarious comedy has been years in the making for our Director -

Waterdale Alumni Daniel Cooper which has been paired perfectly with original music from Shelley

Dunlop. What was first envisioned as only including a handful of songs has blossomed into a full set,

showing off the talent and versatility of our cast. The infectious joy this production has encompassed

has been an absolute pleasure to watch come together.

The production team have excelled in their creativity, care and commitment to the cast and to each

other. From the vision boards of the costuming to the creation of individualised practise tracks; the

production team have woven a stunning adaptation of this Shakespeare classic. We’re proud to

showcase strong female protagonists and diversity in our cast and production team.

It's rewarding to see great friendships begin, strengthen and blossom. The cast 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, returning and seasoned Waterdale performers to build and showoff

their skills and enjoy great experiences.

Thank you 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 As You Like It

Fiona Boyle and Matilda O'Riley


As You Like It was not a show I was expecting to direct this year. Shakespeare is rarely done in

amateur theatre and if it is, it’s one of the other (excellent) comedies. Your Twelfth Nights, your

Much Ados or, most likely of all, your Midsummer Night’s Dreams. However, I’ve always wanted to

take a crack at As You Like It. There’s just something special about this comedy of love, foolery and


For example, it has one of, if not the greatest, female characters in a Shakespeare play in Rosalind.

She is one of the cleverest, wittiest and (definitely for the time) subversive characters. Her

transformation into the male disguise of Ganymede is a freeing experience, allowing her to unleash

her true self without having to worry about the rules of a patriarchal society. It is noticeable that

Rosalind not only pursues her own love interest, but also tests to see if he will accept her as the

clever and brilliant woman she is. She is also the only character to both see the ridiculousness of

falling in love and still embrace the joy of doing so. As such, she is the heart and soul of the play.

To highlight these transformative and transgressional themes, our setting for this production is

inspired by 1960’s Australia (although other eras are referenced), a period associated with change,

subversion and progress in civil liberties. We’ve also taken great pride in including original music by

the amazingly talented Shelley Dunlop, which mostly takes inspiration from the folk-rock musicians of

the time, such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. It’s always been my belief that Shakespeare’s plays are

incomplete without music and dance.

Lastly, I would like to thank the rest of the incredible team who have worked on this production.

From the hidden but essential hard, behind the scenes work of Waterdale and the crew, to the

wonderful cast and prod team who have had to put up with my eclectic brain. I hope that our As You

Like It is to your liking, and brings you joy in these strange times.

Daniel Cooper



Directed by Daniel Cooper

Featuring music by Shelley Dunlop

Daniel Cooper


Daniel has been involved in the Melbourne amateur theatre scene for over a

decade. He has helmed productions of Urinetown, Avenue Q (Waterdale), High

Fidelity (SLAMS) as director and as assistant director for Popcorn (Powderkeg

Players). As a performer he has notably appeared as William Barfée in The 25th

Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Cactus Musicals), Big Jule in Guys and Dolls

(NOVA), Franz Liebkind in The Producers (Waterdale/MLOC), Bottom in A

Midsummer Night’s Dream, and General Schmitz in Seussical (Waterdale). Other

shows include: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (ACT), Godspell,

Into the Woods (ACUPA), The Witches of Eastwick (Fab Nobs), A Gentleman’s

Guide to Love and Murder (Lilydale Atheneum/Malvern Theatre Companies)

Spamalot (MLOC), Dust (Riverlinks/Hubcap Productions), and The Pirates of

Penzance (Waterdale).

Meg Farrough

Musical Director & Assis. Director

Meg is delighted to be making their production team debut after diving

into theatre after the realisation of their passion for storytelling through

music. They started singing at primary school and performed through

their childhood. Their involvement in theatre at age 14 while volunteering

with tech crew for the Melbourne Gang Show and was a recurring face at

Gang Show, both on- and off-stage for several years. They recently

completed their Vocal Performance Diploma with Con Brio Examinations

with a focus on musical theatre repertoire, and enjoyed their professional

debut onstage with Dear Mama earlier this year. When not passionately

performing full length musicals to their dog or the traffic light crowd, Meg

schemes about character creation over their sparkling dice hoard.

Xi Gui Griffin

Assistant Director

Xi Gui Griffin, She Gway, Gui to most, has been performing since 2006

beginning in dance and then continuing into theatre and musical theatre.

She currently studies musical theatre full time at Associated Studios

Australia where she is currently in her second and final year of her course.

Gui has performed in various roles in the past including Nautica in Bring It

On, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Patty Simcox in Grease, Carol

Strong in Catch Me If You Can, and most notably, the store mannequin in

Waterdale’s previous production, Be More Chill, where she was also

choreographer and dance captain. As You Like It is Gui’s second show with

Waterdale and her first foray into directing.

Morgan Andrews


Morgan is a very recent addition to the community theatre scene, fresh

out of high school music and performing arts programs (give or take a few

pandemic years) but has had the absolute honour to choreograph for As

You Like It. Prior to the brutal shift from school to university, Morgan was

dancing several hours a week with STARZ performing arts, heavily involved

with school theatre productions (Chicago, Aida, Chess, A Midsummer

Night’s Dream, Our Country’s Good, Miss Nelson is Missing) and a member

of school choirs and bands. Choreographing for Waterdale’s production of

‘As You Like It’ has filled a performing shaped hole in her heart and she is

delighted to have been involved.

Fiona Boyle


Matilda O'Riley


Dylan McBurney

Stage Manager

Toby Vasilic

Assistant Stage Manager

Monique Moran

Wellbeing Officer

Karen Spencer

Costume Designer

Dee Bellen


This production will be Dee’s 9th production with Waterdale, and she’s

excited to be playing the role of Silvia. Dee began working with Waterdale in

2008 in Jesus Christ Superstar (Featured Dancer) and then the ensembles of

Witches of Eastwick (2013), Urinetown (2015) and Seussical (2017), and again

as a featured dancer in Producers (2016). Dee’s talents are not just confined

to the stage, she has also taken on production roles such as Props Master for

Little Shop of Horrors and Costume Designer for Pirates of Penzance, Avenue

Q and Producers. Dee hopes you enjoy our rendition of As You Like It.

Sara Burnham


Sara loves acting and has a degree in Performing Arts from Victoria

University. She’s played various roles in several plays, short films and TV

Commercials. Some of her favourite roles include The White Queen in Alice in

Wonderland, Richard Roma in Glengarry Glenn Ross and Sabiz Vampire

Queen in TV Mini Series; Sheigala: Vampire Business Women.

Sara is thrilled to be back on stage in As You Like It after a long applause-less

two year hiatus from the theatre.

Tobiah Elliott


This is Tobiah’s fifth show with Waterdale having performed in Seussical

(2017), The Wizard of Oz (2019), the Digital Extravaganza (2020) and Third

Wheel (2021). Performing in As You Like It has brought the challenge of

delivering Shakespearean dialogue through the lens of the Aussie twang and

it is a challenge that Tobiah has thoroughly enjoyed accepting. With the

fortuitous advantage of having grown up in the country, Tobiah hopes she

has you cleverly-fooled as the curt courtier, Touchstone.

Nam is sheepish to be back at Waterdale Theatre after performing in Be

More Chill (2022). Nam is currently studying at Associated Studios Australia

after dropping out of a Classical Saxophone degree at the Melbourne

Conservatorium. He is thrilled to showcase the fruits of his training and also

be able to work alongside an incredible cast.

Nam Hoang

Le Beau / Corin

David Bruce Johnson

Adam / Sir Martext

David has always loved singing and acting but life led him on a journey of

family and fatherhood until his late 30’s, when David won a singing contest

that led to doing tribute acts (Meatloaf & Gene Pitney). Then came acting,

with lead roles in ‘Full Monty: The Musical', ‘Puss In Boots’ and many musical

roles with The Roleystone Theatre Company. Then, with Melville theatre,

David did his first Shakespeare play ‘The Twelfth Night’.

Now David is proud to have been given the opportunity with this wonderful

cast in Waterdale’s presentation of ‘As You Like It’.

Demetrius Kiriakidis


Demetrius is thrilled to be participating in his second Waterdale show, playing

the cheerful songster Amiens. Previous Waterdale involvement includes

playing the SQUIP in 'Be More Chill' (2022). Other credits include featured roles

with UMMTA ('The Drowsy Chaperone', 'Witches of Eastwick', 'Parade') and lead

roles with VBC Productions ('The Addams Family', 'All Shook Up'). 'As You Like

It' will be Demetrius' second involvement in a production band since playing

electric bass for UMMTA's 'You're A Good Man Charlie Brown'. He is

exceptionally grateful for the unique opportunity to share a stage with a

wonderful cast whilst playing with wonderful musicians.

Eloise Lohrey


It has been a while since Eloise has graced the stage. With such roles as

‘Bernstein/Ensemble’ in RMIT’s Little Shop of Horrors or ‘Sam’ in UMMTA’s It

Was Never a Phase Kid being cancelled due to the pandemic, Eloise has been

denied her love of playing a fool for too long. Having recently completed her

Bachelors and nothing else stopping her, It is now time for Eloise to get back

up on that stage!

Benjamin Moore

Duke Senior/Dk. Frederick

Ben first appeared on stage at age five in Offenbach's ‘Orpheus in the

Underworld’ when his folks realised sticking him on stage was cheaper than

childcare. He appeared in many shows in his hometown of Bendigo over the

years – including playing Corin in ‘As You Like It’ in Rosalind Park. However,

his last performance was ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in 2006; Waterdale's 'As You

Like It' is his first production in 16 years!

Thomas Myszka


Thomas Myszka has been a strong member of the musical theatre

community for the past several years! He has performed in multiple shows

spanning from small theatres to televised events at Arenas and Voice Acting.

Thomas is also a recent graduate of a Two Year Diploma of Musical Theatre

at Associated Studios Australia.

He’s excited to perform alongside a spectacular cast in this production of As

You Like It!

Katie Possingham


After hanging up Titania's very uncomfortable fairy wings from Waterdale's 'A

Midsummer Night's Dream' (2017), Katie is absolutely thrilled to be on stage

again as the phenomenal Phebe. You may also remember her from such

musical theatre productions as Waterdale's 'Ragtime' (2015), UMMTA's

'Curtains' (2011), and Trinity College's 'The Producers' (2008). When not

running away from Sylvia, Katie hones her make believe skills at The Improv

Conspiracy and sings sea shanties at her greyhound Antonio.

Rizzie Rotunno


In her first ever Shakespeare play, Rizzie is absolutely geeked to be playing

Celia! Previously, Rizzie has taken part in many musicals including Annie, Our

House, Honk Jr. and Waterdale’s Third Wheel. Rizzie also has an extensive

background in music, studying piano and singing from a young age and

recently has endeavoured to fumble around with the guitar. Outside of theatre,

she spends most of her time watching movies and shamefully reviewing them

on letterboxd. She hopes that from this reimagining of 'As You Like It', audience

members will see Shakespeare's comedic side and writing genius!

Natalie Torcaso


Natalie is a secondary school teacher in Dance and Drama, specialising in VCE

Dance. She has completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts; Dance/Drama and has a

Master’s in Teaching (Deakin). A highlight for Natalie has been teaching at a

prestigious Performing Arts Camp, Frenchwoods, in the New York Catskills.

Natalie was seen last on stage 5 years ago, playing Betty in Purely Pensive

Productions of ‘The Crucible.’ In between she has been nominated for a Guild

Award for choreographing Loyola’s 2019 ‘The Addams Family’. Natalie recently

co-directed ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Salesian College, Sunbury. She is

thrilled to have been cast with the challenging role of Olivia!

Kristopher Wardhana

Charles / William / Hymen

Kris always had an interest in performing and for some reason, the movie

“Spy Kids” is what started it all when he first saw it as a child. Waterdale holds

a special place in Kris’ heart as it was his first theatre company he was a part

of, playing the role of “Newt Lee” in the musical ‘Parade’. Since then, he has

been involved in many Waterdale productions including ‘Ragtime’, ‘The

Producers’ and ‘Third Wheel’.

Katherine Williams


Katherine has loved performing since she was 3 years old, and is overjoyed to

be joining Waterdale for her first show with the company.

She graduated from 16th Street Actor‘s Studio in 2019, where she gave

special focus to working on Shakespeare’s texts. She has previously led

Croydon Parish Player’s production of Stories in the Dark as Anna, and has

appeared in multiple short films. She loves to sing, dance, play piano (well)

and guitar (badly).

A pastoral comedy featuring one of Shakespeare’s greatest female

protagonists and the legendary “All the World’s a Stage” speech. After her

father, Duke Senior, is usurped and banished by her uncle, Duke Frederick,

Rosalind is kept at court as a companion for her cousin Celia. When

Rosalind is put under suspicion for being a traitor due to showing favour to

the son of one of Frederick’s old enemies, Orlando, she is banished. She

disguises herself as a man and flees with Celia and the Duke’s fool

Touchstone to the forest of Arden where her father resides. Complications

arise when she discovers that Orlando has also fled to Arden to escape his

jealous and murderous sister, and is openly pining for Rosalind. Disguised

as a man, she tests Orlando by teaching him in the ways of love and wooing.

Matters are complicated further when she attempts to advocate for the

lovesick Silvia to her cold-hearted love Phebe, who instead falls in love with

the disguised Rosalind.

Romance, reconciliation, fantastical escapades ending in a quadruple

wedding ensue!


Demetrius Kiriakidis


Harry Collecutt


Alexander Meagher


Scarlett Osborne

Original Music and Lyrics

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Set Design

Set Building

Costume Designer

Stage Combat Consultant

Headshots and Videography

Promo Photography

Shelley Dunlop

Dylan McBurney

Toby Vasilic

Daniel Cooper

Rhi Edwards and Russel Edwards

Karen Spencer

Ashley Weidner

Kristopher Wardhana

Evangeline Kepler Studios

Program Design

Sound Technician

Front of House Manager

Front of House

Matilda O'Riley

Giles Adams

Jayden Faul

Matilda O'Riley

Fiona Boyle

Joshua Lowe

Sarah Dunn

Special Thanks

Oxygen Youth Space ~ GSL Techs ~ Origin Theatrical ~ Paint With Me Northcote ~

The Earring Patch ~ SLAMS MTC ~ Clara Adams ~ Sophie Lyons ~ Brent Denison

commissioned community based and issues based performances.




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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,

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