DISNEY'S "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST"
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" was performed at the Aotea Centre in June 2021. Our first full production post COVID lockdowns, it was a very welcome return to the stage, and one of our best attended with over 11,000 audience coming through across our season.
Performance Dates, Aotea Centre
Friday June 18th, 7pm
Saturday June 19th, 1:30pm & 7pm
Sunday June 20th, 1:30pm
Jonathan Alver is a multi-skilled director and producer of both stage and screen with international experience in the UK, Europe, US and New Zealand. Trained as a singer at the Royal Northern College of Music, his major directing debut came at the age of 25 when he remounted the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Showboat at the London Palladium.
Jonathan has since gone on to direct numerous theatre and opera productions around the world including Aida, La Boheme, Falstaff, Lucia di Lammermoor, Macbeth and Tosca, as well as more than 100 broadcast television hours of Shortland Street and Go Girls.
Jonathan began his long association with New Zealand in 1996, taking up the role of Artistic Director and then General Director of New Zealand Opera. Amongst his many achievements during that time he is particularly proud of establishing and delivering a ground-breaking opera outreach programme for New Zealand schools and an Emerging Artists’ Programme.
In the last ten years Jonathan has toured theatrical productions and delivered major events, co-produced Jailhouse Rock - The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End, directed television and developed his own screen and theatre projects.
James Doy (B.Mus L.T.C.L.) was one of the founding members of the National Youth Theatre Company, and has been the Musical Director since its inception in 2005. In 2012 James was appointed Chief Executive by the NYT Board.
Outside of NYT James has a resume including Christmas and Opera in the Park, Rob Guest, Max Bygraves and Shirley Bassey. In the world of musical theatre, James has played for many international touring productions including Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Porgy and Bess, Cats, Matilda and Wicked.
In 2014 James received the prestigious 'NZ Musician of the Year' award from the Variety Artists Club. James was the Musical Director of the NZ Opening Ceremony for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, composing, arranging, and working with artists from Sole Mio to Hayley Westernra as well as putting together a huge showcase for the music from each of the 14 participating nations. He composed the theme for Peta Matthias’s Taste series, which have been screened all over the world, and composed the full length musical Peter Pan for NYT in 2017.
Cole is one of our longest serving National Youth Theatre alumnus. He began performing in shows in 2007 and has been involved to some capacity with every production since. Joining staff in 2019, Cole has been a wonderful addition to our team. Alongside his work as the Programme Director with National Youth Theatre he works as a Vocal Coach, the owner of Auckland Artists Network, a resident performer with Ryman Healthcare and a very in demand Musical Theatre performer.
Tyler is an National Youth Theatre alumni having joined us as a performer back in 2006. In 2009 she was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance and during her time there she was selected to work with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company for their season of Swan Lake. She then continued to study dance in Sydney until moving to Vienna in 2015 where she taught and choreographed numerous performances.
Tyler returned to New Zealand to complete the Royal Academy of Dance teaching qualification.
She then re-joined NYT as a Choreographic Intern in 2018 and worked on our AllStars holiday programmes, the Junior Theatre Celebration and Auckland Live’s Pick and Mix. Tyler became Assistant Choreographer for "Annie", and then Choreographer for "The Wizard of Oz".
Ben can usually be found behind a piano, working as a répétiteur and orchestral pianist on productions for New Zealand Opera and G&T/Amici Productions, and as a pianist and vocal coach at the University of Auckland and the New Zealand Opera School. His work as a musical director, besides his shows with NYT, includes productions with Auckland Music Theatre and the Junior Theatre Festival of New Zealand. He also performs as a singer, having performed roles on stages from Christchurch to Auckland. In his copious free time he also lectures at the University of Auckland, where he recently completed his PhD in musicology
Brie started with NYT when she was 6 years old and spent many years with the company. NYT is where Brie’s passion for the performing arts grew. After her final show in 2015, she went to the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts in Christchurch where she graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. Brie loves working with young people and helping them find their confidence through performing, and she is soon studying to get a Diploma in Secondary Teaching.
Nieve began dancing at the age of 3 and has since gained experience in a variety of styles. She has always loved the idea of passing on her knowledge and enjoyment of dance; she spent years assisting her ballet teacher with the younger students' classes before she started teaching herself in 2019. Additionally she had the opportunity to lead dance troupes at Rangitoto College, where she received the Devotion to Dance award in 2018. Nieve is currently in her second year of a Bachelors of Dance Studies at the University of Auckland.
She started working with the National Youth Theatre in 2021 as a Dance Intern and has since taken on the role of choreographer for their production of Disney's Frozen Junior and the role of Assistant Choreographer for OLIVER!
Just some of the huge team that makes the show happen!
Deb Thearle, originally from England, graduated in Costume Interpretation from the Wimbledon College of Arts in 1995. She has worked on TV, film, and theatre costumes for Angels Costumes in London. She spent four years in Melbourne designing and making costumes for J.C. Westend Costume Hire before heading back to the UK. She was a pattern-cutter and maker at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester. Previous costume design work includes Last Legs, and Winding Up for Auckland Theatre Company. She has designed Shrek, Annie and Wizard of Oz for National Youth Theatre. Deb was also the Costume Manager for The Audience Auckland Theatre Company, and runs her own dressmaking business.
In 2021, Deb returned to University to do her Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) whilst also designing and sewing costumes for Disney's Beauty and the Beast. She is now a Technology teacher at Orewa College, where she has already costumed her first show: The Addams Family.