2nd Workshop Cast
Eva was spotted by New York casting director, Tara Rubin, during a performance at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (also known as the Jimmy Awards) at the Minskoff Theatre in 2013. Rubin was so moved by Eva’s talent that she set up an audition with Cameron Mackintosh, who was preparing his 2014 London revival of Miss Saigon. Several callbacks later with Mackintosh and the creative team, Eva was chosen to star as Kim, making her professional and West End debut in the show. She garnered unanimous critical acclaim for her performance and received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Actress in A Musical. Eva recently finished playing the role of Eponine in Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables at London’s Queen’s Theatre. She is nominated for the 2017 Tony Award” as Best Leading Actress.
Chris Cowley was born in Bury, Greater Manchester, and graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Glasgow in 2013. His theatre credits include: Enjolras – Les Miserables (Queens Theatre London), Jamie – The Last 5 Years (New Wolsey, Ipswich), U/S Fiyero – Wicked (Apollo Victoria London), Tony Manero – Saturday Night Fever (English Theatre Frankfurt)
Carly Mercedes Dyer
Carly Mercedes Dyer is a British actress best known for portraying the role of Michelle and Lorrell in the West End Original Cast of Dreamgirls. Other musical theatre credits include The Lorax, Dance ‘Til Dawn, Memphis, Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing, Chicago, and High School Musical
Laura is a London-based actress graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts whose musical theatre credits include Madagascar The Musical, Sheila in HAIR, Rizzo in Grease, Americana, and Facehunters
Jonathan Andrew Hume
Jonathan is a skilled and versatile singer actor and performer whose most prominent role is playing Simba in the West End production of the Lion King. He also excelled in the role of Judas in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Previous works include appearing in shows such as: Hope & Glory, Eastenders and Crimewatch
Samantha Mercer studied at Cambridge University and The Royal Academy of Music. Theatre credits include Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Jerry Springer the Opera (Royal National Theatre & Cambridge Theatre), A Homage Behind (The Criterion), Merrily We Roll Along and Forbidden Broadway (The Menier Chocolate Factory), Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert (O2 Arena), Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Tour), The Witches of Eastwick (National Tour), Girl in the Frame (The Bridewell Theatre), Aspects of Love (Theatre Royal, Lincoln) and Henry VI part III at HMP Pentonville.
TV credits include Casualty and Doctors (BBC Television). Samantha has toured the UK and abroad as the singer in a 20 piece jazz band. She also has a one-woman show which she performs internationally.
Daniel Boys is an award winning actor and musical theatre performer whose career encompasses TV, West End musicals, national tours, as well as numerous concerts and recordings. His musical theatre credits include Nativity! The Musical, A Spoonful of Sherman, Miss Atomic Bomb, Little Shop of Horrors, Ordinary Days, Spamalot, Sweeney Todd, High Society, Wolfboy, Love Story, Tommy, Peter Pan The Musical, Avenue Q, The War of the Worlds, Grease, West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard and Rent.
Eleanor was a member of YMT:UK performing at the Lyric in Belfast and later moved to NYMT for their production of Fiddler on the Roof (Bridewell Theatre). She then went on to train at East 15 acting school.
Eleanor’s credits include lead vocalist onboard Seabourn Sojourn (Belinda King Creative Productions), Pepper in I Sing (Drayton Arms), Dance Captain and cover Jennifer, Maeve & Leanne in Godspell (UK Tour), Robin Hood in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (The Grove, Dunstable), Harriet Piper in The Hatpin (UK Premier Blue Elephant Theatre), Madison in Lady Luck (Joseph Round Tree Theatre, York), From Stage and Screen and Back Again (Leicester Square Theatre), An Evening of Tim Rice (The Pheasantry) and Suzanne in The Tale of Beauty and The Tail of The Beast (Dugdale Centre).
Ross William Wild
Ross William Wild is a singer and actor. Following his studies in Musical Theatre at the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts, he became the new Spandau Ballet’s frontman and worked with many critically acclaimed and well-loved creatives such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Brian May. Recent roles include: ‘Elvis Presley’ in the Million Dollar Quartet UK Tour, ‘Brody’ in Bruno and Earlene Go To Vegas (2013), ‘Jason’ in the European Premiere of Bare: The Rock Musical at the Union Theatre and Greenwich Theatre in London, ‘Michael’ in The Witches of Eastwick directed by Craig Revel Horwood, ‘Prince Charming’ in Cinderella for Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre and ‘Lead Singer’ with Celtic Nights for its international tour.
Chris graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2012 having also spent time studying at Purchase College in New York, USA, he then went on to complete his MA through LDCS in 2014. After graduating Chris went to National Dance Company Wales and continued to tour nationally and internationally with the company for three years, working with choreographers such as; Christopher Bruce, Alexander Ekman, Angelin Perljocaj, Stephen Petronio and Johan Inger. Since returning to London Chris has toured three original works with Corey Baker Dance, including performances at The Roundhouse, London. He has also danced for Ben Wright and Otto Pilcher appearing in two operas at The Royal Opera House. Last year Chris worked with KneeHigh Theatre, under the direction of Tom Greaves. Chris has worked on two separate musical theatre workshops for Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, including the workshops for Groundhog Day the musical. Chris has recently finished filming for Mary Poppins Returns, appearing as a dancer in two musical numbers within the film under the direction of Rob Marshall, as well as recently appearing at Wembley Stadium with Adele.
Alana, originally from Australia, recently moved to London to continue her work in the dance industry.
She graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in Sydney and completed a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary dance at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. She has performed with the Stephanie Lake Company for Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Arts Festival, APAM in Brisbane, and toured to Glasgow, performing in the Youth Olympics Opening Ceremony Festival. Alana has also been part of TasDance Company, working with Graeme Murphy, Leisel Zink, Gabrielle Nankivell and Stephanie Lake. Recently, Alana has completed a contract with Sydney Showboats, a Channel 4 production with the IT Girls, and has featured as a dancer in Alt J’s new video ‘DeadCrush’.
Alicia Mencia is a London-based actress, dancer and singers whose musical theatre credit include a role in Cabaret, directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Javier de Frutos
Jordan is a Contemporary dancer. After graduating from Rambert school of ballet he has have been in ballet boys and McQueen the play. His experience ranges between choreography, film, music video, teaching dance and TV
Joseph Poulton is a British actor. He played Mister Mistoffelees in the original London Palladium revival of Cats
Sebastian is a ballet dancer & choreographer. His past experience include being part of the Norwegian National Ballet and Dance Captain in An American in Paris
Zoe Arshamian is a London-based dancer whose musical theatre credits include An American in Paris and The Phantom of the Opera. Zoe has also danced with the Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Ireland and the New English Ballet Theatre
Luke is a London-based dancer who played ‘Older Billy’ on the UK and Ireland tour of ‘Billy Elliot’ the Musical. He additionally performed with The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and La Valse. After graduating he joined the Netherlands Dance Theatre 2, before joining the cast of Cats (West End & Blackpool Opera House)