THE DEVELOPMENT – 2021
About the Show
Legacies is an original stage play by Rachel Pengilly, with original music composition by Shannon Parnell. Based on the true story of the Arran Stowaways, Legacies follows the journey of six young boys stowed away on a ship from Scotland to Canada. It’s a classic adventure tale – with a deadly, icy twist.
This development assisted in the final creative stages of Legacies. It brought together professional actors, directors, and writers to critically analyse Legacies as a production and question where it needed further developing… and what needed to be cut. The development culminated in a private showing to industry professionals and key stakeholders, including representatives from theatres around Canberra and surrounds. This project was proudly supported by Belco Arts.
Cast & Creatives
Craig Alexander is an award-winning actor, writer, film and theatre maker with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Acting from CSU. He has an extensive history touring throughout regional centres with Riverina based Gearstick Theatre; the company which he co-founded and led as Artistic Director for almost ten years.
As a performer his recent stage credits include: St Nicholas; Exclusion; Venus in Fur; Cold Light; War of the Worlds, Tourmaline; Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (The Street Theatre); Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (Pigeonhole Theatre); and Wolf Lullaby (Echo Theatre). Recent Screen credits include: Dead Heart (Channel 7/Beyond) Total Control (Blackfella Films), Dirt (Next In Line Films – Best Actor, Fleurieue Film Festival 2018), The Photographer (thehorse.media – Best Actor Canberra Short Film Festival 2018), Life (Short Poppy Productions), Victimas (O’Hallmhurain Films), several national TVC campaigns, and comedy series Trainee Bomb Squad.
Craig is currently developing a comedy-thriller feature with Nick Stannard and is attempting to adapt several classic horror tales for the stage. He’s also a father of four, a motorcycle enthusiast, gamer, somewhat-regular meditator, progressive callisthenics practitioner, Wing Chun Kung Fu student, not very successful organic vegetable grower, often house-husband, Connoisseur vanilla ice-cream addict and occasionally finds time to sleep…
Katerina Smalley is a singer, actor, dancer with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Theatre from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM). She started her career as a Disney princess at Tokyo Disneyland and has since toured Australia performing in a variety of Theatre in Education plays with Starrs Productions and Class Act Theatre. Katerina has been a singer at Dirty Dick’s Theatre Restaurant and also for the children’s group Captain Bandanna, and in many pantomimes for Australian Global Entertainment.
Since moving to Canberra in 2019 she has joined the Lakespeare company and has appeared as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stanley in Rockspeare: Richard III and as a lead vocalist in the ensemble production of Songs and Sonnets.
Her other stage credits include Cinderella in Into the Woods (Hornsby Musical Society), Adelle in Shakers (AIM), Viola in Twelfth Night (AIM), Luisa in The Fantasticks (Genesian Theatre), Eliza in My Fair Lady (Cameo Theatre Company), and Maggie in A Chorus Line (Bankstown Theatre Company).
Tom Cullen originally hails from the seaside city of Cairns in Far North Queensland. He is a graduate from the University of Queensland with degrees in law and arts, majoring in drama and English literature. Having lived in Canberra for a little over two years, Tom has appeared in Dramatic Productions’ 2019 production of The Producers and Lakespeare & Co’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An ardent lover of all things connected to theatre and the spoken word, Tom has also previously performed as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Cassius in Julius Caesar, and Katurian in The Pillowman. This is his first project with Ribix Productions and he is positively thrilled to be working with such a talented and dedicated team on this inspired and original work.
Natasha Vickery is an actor and musical theatre performer. In Sydney Natasha worked with Pinchgut Opera Company in their production of Dioclesian and with Bob Ellis in The Word Before Shakespeare. She was one of ten to win a place in the Young Playwrights’ Residency in 2009.
She completed her acting training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 2017. At WAAPA her credits included Twelfth Night, Present Laughter and The Threepenny Opera. She travelled to Glasgow to film the WA Screen Academy’s coproduction with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Longlost. She was also the recipient of the Whiddon International Artist Scholarship.
In 2018 she completed the MEAA/Media Super graduate internship on the set of ABC’s Back in Very Small Business. She played Emma Goldman in Sondheim’s Assassins for Black Swan State Theatre Company and Sonya in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. In 2019 she went on to teach for Sport For Jove in their Shakespeare education program.
Since being in Canberra Natasha has performed in multiple productions including the tour of Playhouse Creatures (Pigeonhole Theatre), Belfast Girls (Echo Theatre & The Q) and Wolf Lullaby (Echo Theatre & The Q). She is a Workshop Artist at Canberra Youth Theatre. Natasha is a proud MEAA member.
Kara Taylor has had a huge love for theatre for as long as she can remember. While watching shows is a passion of hers, she absolutely adores being on stage. She has been in many school musicals, was a part of the Legacies Workshop with Ribix in 2019, and enjoys performing for children’s events around Canberra. Kara is so thrilled to be a part of this development and looks forward to seeing this wonderful story unfold.
Rowan Muellner-Wong is an actor, director, screenwriter & content producer based in the Australian Capital Territory. He currently holds a Certificate IV in acting for Stage and Screen and is studying a Bachelor of Arts in Film production at the University of Canberra. He has been involved in the acting community since 2008 starting out in the CADA kids’ program. His most recent Directed short film, ‘Bullying is a Crime’ came in the top 20 in the Fiverr film festival and achieved an honourable mention in the Peter Mckinnon short film challenge. His acting screen credits include Bullying is a Crime (2020), The Melody (2019), After Liverpool (2018) & Allemande (2018) He has been seen in local theatre productions, his most recent stage credits include Perception (2018), Ubu Roi (2017) and Les Misérables (2016).
Angela Parnell has been involved in theatre for over 8 years. Her last role was Jeffrey Lu in Budding Theatre’s Jasper Jones (2019), which earned her a 2019 CAT Award nomination for Best Supporting Youth Actress in a Play. She’s also been involved in several original works, including Dakota in Ribix Productions’ Foxes: The Musical (2018). She has played flute in the orchestra for various musicals, including The Little Mermaid (2019) and Alice: Through the Looking Glass (2017). Angela is thrilled to be a part of the Legacies development.
As a passionate actor and creative artist, Jack Morton has been involved with the Canberra performing arts community for many years. Past theatre experience includes a plethora of roles in the Wild West comedy The Trail to Oregon, Ovid Thornthwaite in the recent musical The Thornthwaite Inheritance, Simon in the dark comedy The Beast, Scuttle in the magical adventure The Little Mermaid, The Jester in the comedy fairy-tale Once Upon a Mattress, and Link Larkin in the iconic Hairspray. Jack has graduated from Perform Australia and is now studying at university. When not performing, Jack enjoys playing the piano and guitar, tap dancing, unicycling and juggling.
Kit Berry is an actor, improviser and singer. They have been involved in many local theatre productions, singing gigs and film projects within the Canberra community. Some of Kit’s credits include Danny Champion of the World (2020), The Woman in Black (2019), Opera by Candlelight (2020), Legally Blonde (2019) and Script Tease (2019). They are an active member of Lightbulb Improv, a troupe that performs monthly shows and specials. This will be Kit’s second project with Ribix after playing Sierra in Foxes: The Musical. They are extremely excited to be working on the Legacies Development.