Australian premiere of Australian musical

Stalker: The Musical is a dark, satirical musical, set in a dystopian world where love is taboo, and men and women are free to leer and lust to their heart’s content. Jay Cloudstreet finds himself drawn to one particular girl, Ava Derwent.

We follow this awkward couple through a story of self-discovery as they explore what love is and the pleasure and heart-break it brings. The story is complicated further by a mysterious stranger who throws this world, and its rules, into chaos.

The show has been presented at the New York fringe festival, the Chicago Music Theatre festival and a workshop production at the Hayes Theatre.

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Running time: 150 minutes including interval
Producer: Keith Muir, David Russell, Alex Giles

Director: Kaleigh Wilkie-Smith
Musical Director: Andy Peterson
Choreographer: Zoe Ioannou
Assistant Musical Director: Anthony Cutrupi Lighting: James Wallis
Sound: Tony Lorenz
Set Design: Simon Greer
Costumes: Elle Cantor

Emma Taviani - AVA DERWENT
Peter Meredith - THE STRANGER
Steph Edmonds - ROXIE
Harrison Riley - PERCY
Haji Myrteza - MONTY
Luke Lamond - MALE PLAYER
Andy Peterson – Composer
Andy is currently a New York based composer, musical director, arranger and orchestrator.  Born and raised in Australia, Andy began his training in music at the late age of 15, taking quickly to the piano and composition. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he as studied under great Australian composers and musicians such as Anne Boyd, Judy Bailey, Neil McEwan, Rowena Crowley, Michael Smetanin and Damien Ricketson.
Andy has had the pleasure of playing in some of Australia’s finest venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Angel Place Recital Hall, Australian Parliament House and has worked with some of Australia’s best musical theatre talents such as Michael Falzon, Amanda Harrison, Bobby Fox, Bronwyn Mulcahy, David Whitney, James Miller, Rodney Dobson and David Harris.
Andy has worked internationally in four countries. He was the musical director and conductor for the Chinese Tour of Kiss Me, Kate. He was the orchestrator, arranger and musical supervisor on the Malaysian Tour of Sinbad: The Musical. In 2013, Andy joined the creative team for the Australian musical Atomic as the musical director, arranger and orchestrator, working alongside composer Philip Foxman (Supernaut) to develop the original score for the show. After a showcase season in Sydney, the show then transferred to New York City where it played a successful Off-Broadway season over the summer of 2014.
Now presently living in New York City, Andy is involved as the musical director, arranger and orchestrator on three new musicals currently in development. Since the move, he as worked with Broadway performers such as Alice Ripley, Jeremy Kushnier, Sara Gettlefinger, Euan Morton, David Abeles, Natasha Williams, Brian Ogilvie and Thos Shipley and has been mentored by Broadway orchestrator Christopher Janhke (Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, Memphis, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess).
Stalker: The Musical is Andy’s first full score for a musical theatre show.
David Russell – Original Concept, Book and Lyrics
Dave has been involved in music, drama and musical theatre for as long as he can remember, the passion kicking in from a young age when he was given opportunities to appear in school plays and musicals, as well as working with many different community theatre organisations.
Dave is a musician by trade and training, so stepping away from the music side and writing a story was a new and exciting place for him to be. But it has also been incredibly rewarding to come at something new and creative from an entirely different side and to share the journey with two other incredibly talented and passionate writers.
As a musician/guitarist, Dave has been involved in many theatrical productions in Sydney, and internationally, including the Sydney productions of the Last 5 Years (Stories Like These), Atomic (Dreamingful Productions), and the international tour of Kiss Me, Kate (Brave Touch). Dave also works as a contract guitarist for NIDA and has worked extensively for Packemin Productions in Sydney. Dave has notably worked with artists such as Rob Mills, Marika Aubrey, Tyran Parke, Michael Falzon, Chloe Dallimore and Amanda Harrison.
Dave has also directed a dozen or more shows, including Into the Woods, Urinetown, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone to name just a few. He is a regular performer on Sydney stages with several local theatre companies.
Dave is a passionate music educator, who is currently completing his PhD studies, looking at the topic of contemporary music education and training teachers to understand the differences in the way that classical and contemporary musicians learn.

Alex Giles – Book and Lyrics
Writing for musicals is something Alex has been building towards for a number of years. Applying the knowledge and experience he has gained from his past creative endeavors, he is thrilled to be finally taking it to the next level, and it seems like the perfect fit.

Originally studying film and television in Perth, Alex graduated to create (As writer/director) some high-impact short films of 2011/2012/2013 which have screened across Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Miami, and at a broad range of festivals across Australia and the world. While to pay the bills he works as a freelancer in the production department on shows such as Redfern Now, Love Child, and A Place To Call Home.

Meanwhile, in what little down time he has left, he has eagerly been experiencing the musical theater realm as closely as possible, performing in Manly Musical Society’s ‘Company’ as HARRY, and Stagetek’s ‘Spring Awakening’ as MORITZ – Both in 2014. Prior to that, he played MARK in the HILLS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY’S ‘Rent’ and ROBBIE HART in their ‘Wedding Singer’ – both in 2013.
Whilst still developing a self-education in writing for theatre, very recently Alex’s first short play ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ was just accepted and per

Additionally, his songwriting accreditation has equally been escalating. He is scheduled to play in the Semi-Finals of the 2014 Live and Local: Singer-Songwriter Competition in late November, and has performed as a singer-songwriting solo and duo in a number of venues throughout 2014.

Although a focus across the creative arts, writing for musicals has been Alex’s true burning desire, combining all his interests and talents into the one project, and now that he feels that he has a strong understanding for the process, for story structure, and most importantly – the perfect material for a story to tell, he is thrilled to have the opportunity to put forward this application so that others might see the same wonderful potential that he can see for these stories.
  formed as part of Newcastle’s HISSYFEST for emerging artists, and has been shortlisted for 2015’s Sydney SHORT AND SWEET short play festival.