Cast

Ruth Betteridge Valentine
Greg Castiglioni Baalthazar
John Guerrasio Armitage
George Knapper Puck
Jonny Purchase Presley
Joanna Sawyer Veronica
Anna Stolli Vera
Rafe Watts Parker
Ryan Willis Pewcey

Ruth Betteridge

Valentine Macaw

Ruth Trained at The Royal Northern College of Music achieving a first class honours degree. She most recently played Kitty Eckerley in The Business As Usual at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Ruth’s Musical Theatre credits include: Molly in Free As Air at The Finborough Theatre, Peep-Bo in The Mikado, Celia in Iolanthe and Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance for the 2014 Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company UK Tour, Cinderella in Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal. Crystal in The Little Shop of Horrors and Dorothy in The Wiz both at RNCM and Joanna in Sweeney Todd at The Zion Arts

Ruth’s voice is not only stunning but also versatile, her Operetta includes, Margo in The Merry Widow, Lucy in Paradise Moscow, Emmie in Albert Herring and Mrs. Ham in Noyes Fludde. Other credits include, Guest Soloist at The Bridgewater Hall Carol Concert for BBC Radio and an ensemble member opposite Andrea Bocelli for a BBC’s Children In Need at The MEN, Manchester.

Follow Ruth on Twitter @BetteridgeRuth.

Greg Castiglioni

Baalthazar Macaw

Greg Castiglioni trained at the Mountview Theatre School before his theatrical debut in the UK tour of Les Misérables.  He played Thomas Andrews in ‘Titanic’ both in Toronto and in the UK premier in London; Magaldi in Michael Grandage’s revival of ‘Evita’ and the Phantom (u/s) in the 25th Anniversary UK tour of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.

Other notable roles include: Gus & Bustopher Jones in ‘Cats'; Algernon Moncrieff in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest'; Paul in ‘Company'; alternate Rusty in ‘Starlight Express’;  u/s Thenardier in ‘Les Miserables’;

Greg is an experienced concert, cabaret and recording artist. In 2014 he was in the staged concert version of ‘Kiss Me Kate’ at the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall); was part of the original quartet of singers for ‘A Spoonful of Sherman’ which celebrated the acclaimed music of the Sherman brothers and in Germany organised concerts for UNICEF and for the José Carreras leukaemia fund, singing with Sister Sledge for President Gorbachev. He can be heard as Arab in the ‘West Side Story’ 50th Anniversary recording (Decca) and in the film soundtrack of ‘Mamma Mia!’.

Greg was born and raised in Italy, speaks 4 languages and is a Law graduate from the University of Westminster.

For more info see: www.gregcastiglioni.com

JOHN GUERRASIO

Armitage Shanks

John Guerrasio began his career in New York with the acclaimed Roundabout Theatre. He then became a founder/director of the award-winning Lion Theatre Company. West End: Betrayal (Comedy), Conversations With My Father (Old Vic), Arsenic and Old Lace (Strand) and Burn This (Lyric). Other UK theatre includes: From The Hart (New End), Prescription: Murder (UK tour), Aunt Dan and Lemon (Almeida) and Small Craft Warnings (Arcola). His musical work includes: Pal Joey (Chichester) and South Pacific and Anything Goes (Grange Park Opera). TV writing & presenting includes: A Practical Guide To Europe (Travel Channel), In Search of Tuscany (PBS), Sprockets and The Western (Sky). TV acting credits include: Casualty (BBC), Asylum (BBC), Nixon’s The One (Sky) plus As Time Goes By, Brass Eye, The Armando Iannucci Show, Cambridge Spies and Hoover Dam. Film includes: the cult “classics” Operation Shadowchaser and Siamese Cop and the Merchant-Ivory flop Jane Austen In Manhattan. He recently completed filming  Florence with Meryl Streep. John has starred in award-winning commercials worldwide and played ants, animals and aliens in cartoons and computer games. He teaches acting in US and UK prisons, drug-rehabs, colleges and drama schools and he is often heard on BBC radio.


George Knapper

Puck

George trained professionally in musical theatre at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford. His theatre credits include: Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe Qdos), Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Qdos).

Theatre Credits whilst training; Meshak Gardner in Coram Boy (Holy Trinity Church, PPA), The Fix (Electric Theatre, PPA), Curtis Hallerbread in Witches of Eastwick (Electric Theatre, PPA), Laurie in Little Women (Electric Theatre, PPA).

Follow George on Twitter @GeorgeKnapper.

JONNY PURCHASE

Presley

Jonny trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Credits include:  STUDENT in LES MISERABLES the film for Tom Hooper, Joly understudy and played Marius in Les Miserables Queens Theatre London ,  CANTABILE CHRISTMAS CONCERT (Ensemble Singer), DORA – A GALA CONCERT (Ensemble Singer) and BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION CONCERT (Soloist), Prince in Cinderella –  Octagon Theatre Yeovil, Ensemble in Sleeping Beauty – Hall for Cornwall.

Whilst training, Jonny performed in many productions including: PARADE, THE LIFE, 110 IN THE SHADE, CARNIVAL, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE ORESTIA and ROBERT AND ELIZABETH.

Follow Jonny on Twitter @jonnypurchase

JOANNA SAWYER

Veronica Macaw

Joanna is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting gaining a distinction in Musical Theatre and winning the graduate musical theatre prize. She has just finished appearing in The Sound of Music touring Cairo and Beirut, directed by Julian Woolford.

Credits include: Our Girl, (BBC One, David Drury), Jack Trott, Jack and the Beanstalk (Key Theatre), Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest (English Theatre Hamburg), Beauty in Beauty and The Beast (Corn Exchange) and Anita in West Side Story (Belgrade Theatre).

She is also the co-founder of 1940s close harmony trio, The Femmes, and is also their choreographer, performing all over the UK.

She is very excited to perform for the first time at Edinburgh Fringe and to be cast in a new piece of musical theatre in Love Birds.

Follow Joanna on Twitter @JoSawyer04.

Anna Stolli

Vera

Theatre includes: Mamma Mia! (International tour), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Irish Wings (European Tour), Rue Magique (Kings Head), White Christmas, (Cardiff Millennium and Edinburgh Playhouse), Frank, (For Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Beautiful Thing (BAC, London), Do I Hear a Waltz? (Landor), Fame (No 1 Tour), Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens (London) Polly in Crazy for You & Mrs. Anna in The King and I (Both Aberyswyth), A Slice of Saturday Night (No 1 Tour), South Pacific (No 1 Tour), The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour), and the much put upon wife in Ray Cooney’s farces Run for your Wife, It Runs in the Family and Funny Money (All UK Tours).

Other work Includes: Commercials for Douwe Egberts and DFS, Workshops of new musicals and plays, Short films, Concerts, Recordings and numerous Pantomimes being Wicked.

Anna has performed her solo show with an 8-piece band all over the high seas and her debut solo Album, Happy Here was released in 2012.

Anna is delighted to be returning to the Edinburgh festival after appearing here with Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens (1999), The Life and Crimes of President Ubu (2006) and Faith Browns Boys in The Buff (2007).

Follow Anna on Twitter @AnnaStolli.

Rafe Watts

Parker

Rafe trained at Arts Ed, London. Credits include Ensemble/Cover Skip in Copacabana UK Tour, Adam in The Apple Tree, Ted Hinton. Whilst in training roles included Ted Hinton in Bonnie & Clyde, Ensemble, Evita.

Film includes Dash in Almost Super, (Short Film). Workshop roles include  Degsy in Floatin’ the Blue.

Follow Rafe on Twitter @RafeWatts.

RYAN WILLIS

Pewcey

Originally from Southampton, Ryan moved to Guildford to study musical theatre at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA). He was lucky enough to receive the Bonnie Langford bursary. This is Ryan’s first professional job since graduating. Whist in training he played the roles of Cinderella’s Prince in Into The Woods, La Cienega in Bring It On The Musical, Featured Soloist in The World Goes Round and Ensemble in Carousel. he has also been lucky to be involved in several other productions, including Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (Qdos, Theatre Royal Nottingham) and Cinderella (Yvonne Arnaud).

Follow Ryan on Twitter @Ry_Willis.