Meet The Executive Team

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Phil Dean

President

Director, Lighting Tech, Stage Management, Design, Resource Management

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Claire Clark

Treasurer

Stage Management, Front of House, Publicity, Communications

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Leanne Chapman

Secretary

Front of House, and Social Media

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Nickie Hughes

Youth Theatre Director,

Digital Media/Tech, Social Media Coordinator

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Caelan Thomas

Youth Theatre Director, Music Director, Pianist,

Digital Media/Tech, Personnel Coordinator

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Sophie Ralph

Venue Coordinator, Props & Set Builder, Stage Hand, and Personnel Coordinator

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Courtney Hyde

Youth Theatre, Production Manager, Marketing, Communications, Publicity, Training Coordinator

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Glen Clark

Design - (Stage, Set, Sound, Media), Writer, Props & Set Builder, Stage Hand, Directing

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Carla Weber

Production Manager, Director, Marketing, Social Media, Music Director, Resource Manager

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Phil Dean

Phil has been involved in community and professional theatre companies for longer that he would like to admit. At the age of 15 he discovered the love of the Arts at school and since then, has been involved in all facets of theatre; acting, singing, dancing, back stage, lighting and sound. Over the last few years he has focused on directing (straight plays and musicals) along with production management. In Canterbury, Phil has worked with Kirwee Players, Elmwood Players, Hurunui Theatre group, North Canterbury Music Theatre, MUSOC, and Riccarton Players. Phil lives in Rolleston with his partner Courtney and their kids. He is excited to be directing the debut show for CentreStage Rolleston and to be working alongside a group of amazingly talented, similar-minded people.

Claire Clark

Originally from Scotland, Claire has been involved with Theatre in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom since 1995. She has recently been granted her NZ citizenship so is now officially a Kiwi!

 

Claire has been involved in a number of shows with Riccarton Players over the years, both on and off stage. From acting to stage manager, publicity to committee member and everything in between. More recently she has been seen onstage with Kirwee Players in "Oliver" and "The Full Monty". She also participated in CentreStage's 2020 concert: From the Twenties to the Twenties singing All That Jazz! She has a real passion for singing and sings Soprano with the Christchurch Pops Choir.

 

The prospect of developing a community theatre group in Rolleston was too good to pass up. Theatre is all about family and she loves the way theatre brings people together. She is looking forward to bringing many quality shows to our community.

Leanne Chapman

Leanne's bio here. 

Courtney Hyde

Courtney is the relative newcomer to theatre in the CentreStage team. In her youth she was a highland dancer, sang in choral groups and musicals, only returning to performing when she moved to Kirwee in 2013. Her passion is kids/youth theatre. Courtney was Production Manager for The Little Mermaid Jr and most recently Annie Jr for Kirwee Players. She loves facilitating a platform for kids to develop their skills both onstage and backstage and has really enjoyed bringing these opportunities to children in the area and for young Directors, Musical Directors, Choreographers, Stage Managers, Production Managers, Technical Managers/Assistants to develop under the direction of an experienced team. With a recent move to Rolleston last year, Courtney is looking forward to bringing the first CentreStage kids show to Rolleston in 2019. She is really looking forward to getting to know the local families, performance groups and helping CentreStage Rolleston grow into a well known and regarded platform for local entertainers and audiences.

Glen Clark

Creativity is Glen’s driving force. 

 

He has been involved with countless shows in community theatre since the late 1990’s as part of Riccarton Players, Elmwood Players and Kirwee Players. 

 

Highlights have included winning the best adult play for Elmwood Players at the National One Act Play Festival with “A Galway Girl” in 2012. Having his play “The Joke” performed during the 2013 One Act Play season at Riccarton Players and most recently being cast in the lead role of Darryl Van Horne in “The Witches of Eastwick” musical with Kirwee Players.

 

Acting, singing, dancing, stagehand, prop maker, set designer/builder/painter, sound design, poster and programme design, sound technician, play writing and a little bit of directing have all featured in Glen's theatrical resume over the years. 

 

When not involved in theatre he dabbles as a digital artist, plays guitar and sings with local Christchurch cover band, “Decoy Duck” and has also recently recorded and released a solo album of original music. Glen lives in Rolleston with his wife Claire and their two children. 

 

The opportunity to work with a group of likeminded Theatre people to create CentreStage Rolleston was too good to pass up. “Theatre brings people together and I am proud to work alongside this amazing team who are committed to bringing the best possible theatre to our wonderful community”.

Carla Webber

Carla remembers watching her first show at 5yrs old and was fascinated with the magical world that unfolded in front of her, the passion had been ignited. From the moment she had the opportunity to perform in her first major show, there was no turning back – She was hooked! 

 

Carla was involved with the Gore Operatic Society for numerous years and had the privilege to experience many wonderful shows both onstage or playing lead piano/flute in the orchestra before moving to Christchurch in 2000. In 2007 Carla landed a lead role with the Halswell Drama Group and  in recent years Directed both ‘Nunsense – The Mega Musical’ (2016) and ‘The Wedding Singer' (2017), plus was the Musical Director ‘Who Loves Me?’ (2018) and ‘All Shook Up’ (2019).  She has also played in the orchestra/band for Kirwee Players, and has taught piano/flute in schools around the Selwyn & Christchurch Districts. To add to her list of skills, Carla has also been Production Manager for multiple shows and enjoys Marketing also and has recently completed a certificate in Event Management.  

In total, Carla has been in over 28 shows during her theatre life and  loves being a part of such an amazing dynamic team at CentreStage Rolleston and is looking forward to continuing being a part of future quality shows within the Rolleston Community.

Nickie Hughes

Nickie is a Drama practitioner based in Rolleston, who teaches all over Selwyn. She has always had a passion for performing and acting, ever since a young age! After receiving her degree in Drama and Theatre Studies in 2016 in London, Nickie moved to New Zealand to pursue a teaching career, and began her own company PLAY! Drama Workshops

 

“I am so grateful that I am able to base my career around what I love, “and to raise the next generation of community theatre stars in Selwyn!”. Nickie teaches devised drama to primary aged children in order to boost their confidence and self esteem through theatre. As well as her busy extra-curricular classes, Nickie also has a passion for video editing and website design and focuses on the marketing and social media for Centre Stage, and performing alongside - of course! She has starred in productions of Mamma Mia! (Ali), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey, Diva), Grease (Rizzo) and Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl). 

Caelan Thomas

Caelan was originally trained as a classical pianist and achieved his ATCL in 2015 before moving into musical theatre and choral accompaniment. He played for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and High School Musical through school, then as repetiteur with the Kirwee Players for four years, and has been involved in other musical theatre shows in Halswell, Ashburton, Rangiora, Rolleston, and Riccarton. He has been the Musical Director for four youth musical theatre shows in Selwyn over the last three years and is currently working with the Darfield branch of the Selwyn Community Choir, occasionally with the Mid Canterbury Choir in Ashburton, and most recently as the accompanist for The Vocal Collective.

 

Caelan is very fond of dark chocolate, post-it notes, sleeping in, bacon, feeding his pets too much, waffles, fluffy socks, and Michael Bublé, and is much less fond of running, traffic, being late, capsicum and mopping.

Sophie Ralph

Sophie is a secondary school performing arts teacher with a focus in music and has taught in Canterbury for 14 years 10 of which as Head of Performing Arts and liturgical music at Catholic Cathedral College. In her teaching capacity, she has had the opportunity to be the musical director for many schools shows with some favourites including ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, the unique New Zealand musical ‘For Today’ and the all-time high school favourite ‘Bugsy Malone’. As a member of the Christchurch Samba Band Sophie has played Caixa for 5 years and has been a member of community jazz bands and theatre groups in Canterbury and on the West Coast. She enjoys inspiring and supporting young people in accessing the performing arts within schools and the community. Sophie was a cast member of CentreStage Rolleston’s inaugural performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.