Ready for the School Holidays…
Cast of Garfield Musical Announced
StageArt is excited to announce the cast for the first ever Australian production of Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude, which will play at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne from 3 – 13 April 2018.
This ‘claw-some’ show is anticipated to be a school holiday must-see, and with adults tickets at kids prices it’s purr-fect for everyone!
In alignment with StageArt’s mission to create greater diversity in theatre, the performance of Garfield on Monday 9 April will be both relaxed and Auslan interpreted, opening up access for kids and families with special needs to have the wonderful and sometimes life changing experience of going to the theatre.
Starring as Garfield, the lazy cat noted for his love of lasagne, snoozing his days away and his hatred of Mondays, is Lachlan Graham. Originally hailing from Bendigo, Lachie graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). He played Young Ben in the star-studded production of Follies In Concert (StoreyBoard Entertainment) and originated the role of Luke in It’s Done as part of the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Most recently he was the male swing for StageArt’s Falsettos.
Garfield’s nemesis, Nermel, will be played by Laura Greenhalgh. In 2015, Laura secured a contract at Universal Studios Singapore, where over the course of 13 months she performed and covered multiple roles in The Mel’s Dinettes, Sesame Street Saves Christmas and The Hollywood Dreams Parade. In 2017, Laura toured to Dubai and Singapore with the children’s entertainment group Hi-5 and the Chatterbox Playtime! Show. Upon returning to Melbourne, Laura appeared as Meg and a member of the ensemble in Merrily We Roll Along with Watch This and as a member of the ensemble in the Australasian premiere of Memphis with StageArt. Most recently, Laura returned from a tour of Manila with Pen2Stage Productions, where she played the role of Princess Aleah in Aladdin’s Adventure.
Garfield’s three friends – Odie, Jon and Arlene – will be played by Callum Warrender, Alec Steedman and Grace Browne respectively.
As previously announced, Luigi Lucente will be directing the show, fresh from performing in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical for Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures. Luigi has appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company), Guys & Dolls (Donmar/ATG), Jersey Boys (Newtheatricals/Dodgers), Wicked (GFO) and The Rocky Horror Show (ATG/GFO).
It’s a musical fit for the whole family, a fast-paced comedy that spotlights coming of age and the unwavering strength of true friendship.
This is StageArt first foray into youth producing theatre for young er audiences.
“Garfield: The Musical With Cattitude is a fast-paced musical comedy that is vastly entertaining and perfect for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.” – DC Metro Theater Arts