Teachers

Chris McLeod

Musical Director – Showtime

Christopher McLeod is a highly skilled music professional. His extensive teaching and performance experience demonstrates his devotion to high quality results and pedagogy. He is a Teacher of Brass with a Bachelor of Music from Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, and is working towards his Masters of Teaching Secondary at Monash University. Chris is a musician by trade and a large portion of his workload involves either teaching or performance work, and he has worked with children as young as five years of age up to year twelve students. He studied Trumpet and Piano (Second study) before diversifying into French Horn and Voice.

Chris’ first theatrical production was Annie in 2000 when he was in Year Eleven in which he was involved in the pit orchestra.This began a slow but steady growth and immersion into the theatrical world. Chris has spent a lot of time in orchestra pits performing many different shows including: Young Frankenstein, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Honk, and Sweeney Todd. He has also been on stage in a performance of La Rondine by Puccini with Melbourne City Opera. In 2012 he also conducted a youth production of West Side Story for AdLib Children’s Theatre.

The passion that Chris derives from performing in shows is a key motivator for why he continues to seek new opportunities and train the next generation of Music Theatre performers. His vision as a Musical Director is to make the music literately pop off the page and engage the audience in a way that is both heart-warming and entertaining. Chris is committed to ensuring that children are engaged and learning in a fun and supporting environment within their learning environment.

Alarni Morgan

Choreographer – Showtime

Alarni has been teaching for 5 years and dancing since before she can remember. After discovering a love of dance at just three years old, Alarni set out to devote a life to dance. Having trained at some of Melbourne’s top dance schools including Tony Bartuccio Dance Centre, Patrick Studios Australia (PSA) and Kelly Aykers Full-time Dance; Alarni has the technical and teaching skills to cater to all levels of dance. Alarni commenced her professional dance career at age 18, performing in various commercial gigs with some of Melbourne’s top choreographers including Alannah Scanlan and Jason Gilkison (Everybody Dance Now – Channel 10 reality dance show).

Alarni made her theatrical debut in the English National Theatre/AKA Australia national touring production of The Cat In The Hat, touring Australia before commencing a full-time teaching and management degree with Kelly Aykers to combine her passion for performing and children’s entertainment.

Alarni believes that one dance class can uplift and inspire, and hopes to continue being a role model for kids by helping them to realise any dream is achievable with courage and self-belief! When she’s not dancing, teaching or choreographing, she loves being out chasing the sunshine, reading books, taking yoga and pilates classes and experimenting with healthy foods in the kitchen. Alarni is thrilled to be a part of the WSP crew.


Tutors

Kat Giannaris

Vocal Tutor – Glee Club, Allegro & Forte
Assistant Vocal Coach – Showtime

Kat is a vocal director/singing coach at Wendy Samantha Productions. She is 19 years old and she has been singing for over 16 years. Growing up, Kat always knew that singing and music was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Kat is currently hoping to be accepted into a Bachelor of Educational Studies to become a secondary school music and drama teacher.

Some of her vocal achievements and accomplishments are Deepdene Primary Schools Festival Choir captain, vocal lessons at Balwyn High School through years 7 to 12, being a member of the Balwyn High School Europe Tour Choir, performing and placing with Balwyn Highs Senior Jazz Choir at Mt Gambier’s Generations in Jazz Festival, numerous performances and competitions with Balwyn High Schools choirs, an A+ in her Year 12 Music Investigations exam, vocally directing WSP’s Annie the Musical, playing Mother Abbess in WSP’s The Sound of Music, a member of the

Australian Girls Choir for 10 years and competing in vocal sections at the Manningham Eisteddfod and Eisteddfod By The Bay.

Kat wants nothing more than to show people how much fun and fulfilling singing and appreciating music can be. She hopes to inspire those around her to become as passionate about singing as she is. Kat’s goal for 2017 is to make sure everyone she has the privilege to teach has the opportunity to excel and grow as singers and gain skills that help them become well-rounded, confident performers.

Amelia Campitelli

Dance Tutor – Glee Club & Illusion
Assistant Choreographer – Showtime

Amelia Campitelli has been involved in movement since the age of five, commencing with gymnastics which saw her progress to the international stream for a number of years. Whilst involved in the gymnastics program, Amelia was taught ballet. She then moved into participating in cheer leading for 3 years and then transitioned to dance; specifically, in jazz, lyrical and contemporary, competing nationally for a number of years.

Amelia has a passion for dance and choreographing and loves sharing her knowledge and skills in this field.

George Evangelakos

Dance Tutor – Hip Hop
Assistant Choreographer – Showtime

George is an aspiring performer who has been involved in the Performing Arts from a young age. He’s passion for dance started in primary school when he joined the Victorian Ballet School, and in 2009 he won the yearly scholarship award for excellence in dance. During his high school years, George developed his vocal abilities by participating in vocal soirées, choir competitions and was even a part of the first Balwyn High School Europe tour in 2013. He also gained performance experience by being cast in a few amateur theatre productions such as Honk! Jr, Fame and The Sound of Music.

In hopes of training in dance on a serious level, George joined the Australian Boys Dance Academy where he fell in love with Street Dancing, he later moved on to study VET dance at Gay Whiteman School of Ballet focusing on such styles as Jazz and Hip Hop and is now happily training at Street Dance Studios, who’s talented crew Superhoodz are known for placing in the semi-finals on Australia’s Got Talent in 2012.

George expects to bring the students of WSP fun and exciting ways to experience street dancing in his classes this year.

James Worboyes

Class Tutor – WSP Leaders Program
Stage Manager – Showtime

James has a strong love of performing arts and has been at WSP since it first officially opened. He has completed VCE Theatre Studies and Grade 7 Trinity Speech and Drama, obtaining countless theatrical awards over the years. As School Captain at Marcellin College, he held various leadership positions throughout his time there and was awarded with Academic Excellence Endeavours and High Achievement Certificates in Mathematics, English and Science. He is part of the management team at the Hawthorn Basketball Association and enjoys umpiring, playing indoor soccer, singing and dancing during his spare time.

In the future, James hopes to follow a path in either acting or teaching, working to help children build and reach their full potential.


Leaders

Chee-Rae Loi

Leader
Assistant Director – Showtime

Chee-Rae is a dedicated and consistently high achieving student who has a full scholarship at Fintona Girls College. She loves languages, studying both French and Japanese and has been accepted into the Almost French exchange program and will head to Paris in 2018. Chee-Rae has used her love of acting in the Alliance Francais Poetry Competition and has been a state finalist in the past two years. She has received multiple academic awards across her schooling years, placing in the top 10% in the Australian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads over the past 4 years. She loves working alongside others in various House competitions and taking on leadership roles, including being a part of Middle School Consul in 2015.

Chee-Rae has had an immense passion for performing, starting 11 years ago with hip-hop/funk. She then found another passion when Wendy introduced her to acting when she was in year two. Chee-Rae has been a part of Wendy Samantha Productions for 9 years now and has developed into a strong and confident leader who absolutely adores working with younger children and finds great joy in watching and helping them grow.

Laura Wilcox

Leader
Assistant Producer – Showtime

Laura has always been a high achiever, performing consistently well throughout her school years. School captain at Deepdene Primary School, she graduated from Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College in 2016 where she took on many leadership roles in the environmental team, Student Representative Council and Peer Support Program. Laura has received a number of awards, including Academic Achievement, School Service and The Arts. She has received distinctions in the Australian Mathematics and Science competitions. In 2017 she will commence a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University in order to pursue her passion for creative writing and language and cultural studies.

Laura has been with WSP for 7 years and during that time has taken on many lead roles on stage in productions both within and outside of the company, including Annie, City of Angels and Seussical the Musical. She has also achieved countless awards at various speech and drama eisteddfods, and completed VCE Drama whilst at Canterbury Girls’. Laura loves singing and acting, and spends her spare time reading, writing and listening to Kpop.

Mia Zelesco

Leader

Mia is 15 years old and attends Balwyn High School. During her time at Balwyn High, she has received many awards for her academic achievements and leadership, and will be Year 10 Captain this year.

Mia loves performing and has been part of Wendy Samantha Productions for nearly 9 years. She has performed in all of the productions Wendy Samantha Productions has put on, including the Sound of Music and Annie. She has also participated in many Eisteddfods and speech and drama exams. Mia was awarded the Gladys Benson Memorial Trophy as the overall winner of the Manningham Eisteddfod in 2014 and recently received a distinction for her Year 8 Speech and Drama Exam with Trinity College London.

Mia also loves singing and dancing. She toured Europe with the Balwyn High School Choir in 2015 and will tour USA with the school in March this year. A highlight of the 2017 tour will be performing in Carnegie Hall.

Mia aspires to work with children and to that end will commence VCE studies in Psychology and Theatre Studies this year. She has a warm personality and a natural rapport with children, and looks forward to this exciting new experience.