Rachael Findlay, cast as Keira in Ace of Hearts, is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, majoring in Classical Voice Performance. Rachael works closely with Melbourne Based Opera Company - Emotionworks Cut Opera - with her most recent credits including Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and a soul siren in Tosca.
Rachael’s theatrical credits include Lilli Vanessi/Katherine in Kiss Me, Kate, Florence Vassy in Chess and as Little Cosette in Les Miserables with Adamson Theatre Company. Rachael was the recipient of a Judges Choice Award at the Victorian Theatre Guilds for her portrayal as Mayzie La Bird in Seussical The Musical. Professionally Rachael works as a singer in an acoustic duo gigging in various venues around Melbourne.
This is Rachael’s first appearance at the Midsumma Festival and she has thoroughly enjoyed working with such a talented group of cast and creatives.
Cast as Michael in Ace of Hearts, Luke's love of musicals began in 2011 after seeing Next to Normal at the MTC. Since then, he has performed in various shows across Melbourne, including Wicked, Young Frankenstein, Little Shop of Horrors, First Date, Be More Chill, Next to Normal, and most recently, Spring Awakening.
Luke is also an avid screen actor and has appeared in many short films, and performed an original cabaret We Don't Hate Each Other at the MC Showroom in 2017. This is Luke's second foray into Midsumma and he hopes you enjoy the show and its thought-provoking themes.
Tina Korovinis, cast as Danielle in Ace of Hearts, is majoring in Theatre for her Arts and Education (Honours) double degree at Monash University. Tina has taken singing lessons at both ‘David Jaanz School of Singing’ and ‘Karen Knowles Singing School’. She’s been involved in various choirs and vocal groups, and received the ‘Bursary Music Scholarship’ at her secondary school.
Tina cherishes her memories performing in various school productions. A favourite was Little Shop of Horrors. Notable plays were adaptations of Sophocles Antigone, and The House of Bernarda Alba. Tina was cast in the 2017 and 2018 O-Show’s, a ‘Monash Uni Student Theatre’ (MUST) annual musical. Additionally, Tina enjoys regularly taking Ballroom, New Vogue, and Latin dancing classes at ‘Monash DanceSport’.
Victoria Mantynen is cast as Sophie in Ace of Hearts. With a B. Musical Theatre, Victoria has been privileged to be involved in Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tempest; Cabaret (Directed by Dale Pengelly); Anything Goes (Directed by Thern Reynolds); Glengarry Glen Ross (Directed by Rob Forza); and Sweet Charity (Directed by Chloe Dallimore). She has been previously cast as multiple characters in The Living Museum of Erotic Women (Directed by Willow J Conway); Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, The Musical (produced by Make Believe Theatre); Muriel Eubanks in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Directed by Dale Pengelly); and Florence Vassey in Chess (Directed by John Wregg).
Prior, she has appeared in numerous musicals such as Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Guys And Dolls, Godspell and featured in Beauty And The Beast as Belle. Victoria has also been very fortunate whilst being a member of the Australian Girls Choir, performing in The Boy From Oz (starring Hugh Jackman), QANTAS commercials, MCG Grand Finals, FINA World Championship, Bledisloe Cup, and G’day U.S.A just to name a few.
Starting performing at the age of 4 as a tiny ballet dancer, the stage has been a second home for Bella Portillo for many years. In that time, she has enjoyed many ensemble and supporting roles in musicals and plays alike, including Lambchops in StageMaster’s Fame: The Musical, Flapper Ancestor in Addams Family.
Since late 2017, Bella has worked predominantly with Misfit Theatre, performing as Cissy Franks in Punk Rock and various other pieces. When she isn’t on stage, Bella can be found crying over dogs, or at her favourite job in the world, with The Misfit Project. Playing the role of Brittany, Bella is thrilled to be a part Ace of Hearts, and would like to thank you for supporting this important and wonderful new musical. Enjoy the show!
Josh Richardson, cast as Scott, joins the Ace of Hearts cast all the way from the UK. Josh has worked in many different types of performance roles from children's theatre and Cruise Ship concerts to short films and commercials. His most notable performance took place in the Canal Cafe Theatre in London where he performed in a Comedy Scene selected from the coveted BBC's writers room.
Josh is excited to take part in this new show, and hopes the heat of this hemisphere doesn't kill him in the process. Even he knows the Brits can't stand the heat.
Callum Beale is cast as several characters in Ace of Hearts, including Ryan. Ace of Hearts is Callum’s first musical performance for Midsumma and he has really enjoyed working with everyone involved in this show.
Callum has worked with a number of theatre companies over the past few years, appearing in; The Little Mermaid, Curtains and Shrek with SLAMS MTC., Wicked, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls with NOVA MTC as Harry The Horse, and most recently Cry Baby with PEP Productions. He has also performed in plays with Malvern TC, Adelphi Players and Sherbrooke TC. Callum really hopes that you enjoy this production of Ace of Hearts.
Musical theatre is one of Naomi’s greatest loves and passions. She started taking singing lessons at the age of 11, and has taken various acting and dancing classes over the years, including masterclasses at the National Theatre St Kilda, Victorian College of the Arts, the Australian Institute of Music and The Space Dance and Arts Centre. She has been cast in a number of roles over the years, including the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Claire in Shakespearean Jeans’s Speaking in Tongues, and Clara in Pygmalion with Malvern Theatre Company.
When she is not singing, acting or dancing, Naomi is busy doing a Masters of Primary and Secondary Teaching at Monash University - she will be moving to Buckinghamshire, England later this year, hopefully to become an English teacher in the gaps between musical theatre rehearsals! Having been part of the original scripted workshop cast at Monash University in April 2018, Naomi is very excited to make a return to musical theatre as part of the cast for this new Australian musical. Look carefully and you may find that Naomi is playing not just one or two different characters, but six - a challenge that she is excited to take on!