top of page
EHI1082953-55b5640b0c694c19b859710d42993fe3.png

Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to acknowledge that we create and perform on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We are privileged and honoured to be able to continue the long history of storytelling on this land.

Our Story

Lucky Stiff is the heartwarming tale of a man, a corpse, and a whole lot of money. Harry Witherspoon, a down-on-his-luck shoe salesman, inherits a fortune from his dead uncle, but there's a catch: he has to drag the old man's embalmed body to Monte Carlo for one last hurrah. Along the way, Harry finds love, adventure, and the true meaning of family (even if it's with a deceased relative).

 

This show is quirky and fun, with poignant moments - audiences are invited to lean into the contrasting aspects of the show, whilst enjoying themselves. Our talented cast don’t shy away from the truth of their characters, and the heightened nature of the story, as after all… the truth is funny! 

 

Lucky Stiff was first produced Off-Broadway in 1988, with Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Music by Stephen Flaherty (also known for their work on Seussical the Musical, Anastasia, Ragtime, and Once on This Island). It is based on "The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo" by Michael Butterworth. 

 

First produced by Playwrights Horizons, Inc. Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).

Content Warning: Use of Fake Firearms & Partial Nudity

Our Cast & Associates

Chelsea Hyde

(she/her)

Annabel Glick

Chelsea’s recent theatre credits include Lucy Grant (Bright Star - FabNobs), Pickles (The Great American Trailer Park Musical - PEP Productions), and Lucy (Helene Dunlop’s ‘Mrs Bin’ - Cracked Actors Theatre Summer Reading 2022). When not onstage, Chelsea is teaching dance and drama at her local dance school (Aspect Motion School of Dance), and works as a freelance admin assistant supporting creatives and arts associations.
Chelsea completed her Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) at the Australian Institute of Music, and is represented by Ian Nisbet Talent Management.
She is forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Australia’s rich history of storytelling in this colourful, chaotic tale.

Daniel Cook

(he/him)

Harry Witherspoon

Daniel is a passionate creative/actor/singer/dancer/anything else they’ll let him do.
Daniel studied Musical Theatre and Dance at Theatre Blacks, and is now out in the real world, stumbling about on wobbly baby giraffe legs.
In 2023 Daniel has been exploring contemporary dance and choreography with Lion Heart Dance Company as part of the Company Training Program.
Daniel was Assistant Director for ‘Rain Falling On The Abattoir’ and ‘Billy Loves Cha Cha, Forever’ (Cracked Actors Theatre), and a performer in ‘High Fidelity’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Bookends’ (SLAMS), ‘Mary Contrary’ (FabNobs). When not performing, Daniel can be found buying craft supplies for yet another hobby.
Daniel is represented by Ian Nisbet Talent Management.

Drew Holmes

(he/him)

Vinnie Di Ruzzio

After a short stint in Sydney studying acting, Drew relocated to Newcastle to study with RIPA where he acquired his certificate 4 in Musical theatre and a Diploma of Arts ‘Acting’. He has now relocated to Melbourne to continue his creative career.
Drew has been lucky enough to work as an Actor, writer, set designer, Director & teacher. Over his long career in the arts he has performed in many productions, such as ‘Into the Woods’, ‘I am my own wife’, ‘Grease the musical’, ‘The last days of Judas Iscariot’, ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’, ‘Bat Boy the musical’, ‘The Book of Everything’, ‘Charlies Aunt’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Company’, ‘Dogfight’, ‘The Addams Family’, ‘Title of Show’, ‘Beauty & the Beast’, ‘She loves me’, ‘Priscilla queen of the desert’, ‘Oliver’ & ‘A gentleman’s guide to love and murder’ just to name a few.Drew co-wrote “Unforgettable”, chosen in the top 10 for the 2015 Sydney Short and Sweet festival for which he won best Male Actor & Best Male Newcomer for 2014. Drew has Received CONDA’s for his performance of Amos Heart ‘Chicago’ (SNAP) 2013 & excellence in set & prop design ‘she loves me’ (Opera Hunter) 2021
Drew is currently seeking representation

Elle Sejean-Allen

(she/her)

Rita La Porta

Elle was most recently seen on stage in the role of Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Melbourne Shakespeare Company).
Elle is in demand as a touring vocalist for headlining artists across the Pop, Jazz, and Classical-Crossover genres, and keeps a full teaching schedule of lessons and workshops across the city and in regional areas working mainly on the lands of the Kulin Nation. Elle proudly continues to work as a mentor for upcoming IBPOC artists for several organisations (including Be You Inc.) A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Institute of Music, other credits include the role of Gwendolen Fairfax (The Importance of Being Earnest), Working! The Musical, and on-screen in Rush (Network 10, S 4) along with a list of TVC's

Kristina Lang

(she/her)

Spinster, Miss Thorsby, Southern Lady, Nun, Texan

Kristina is an emerging artist, passionate about storytelling through a range of different art forms. Kristina has completed a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a Diploma in Music Theatre from Associated Studios Australia. Kristina has experience performing in operas, musicals, concerts, weddings, funerals and singing in professional choirs. Since moving to Melbourne from Perth in 2021, Kristina has played Belle in a production of Beauty and the Beast, performed with Victorian Opera in Il Mago di Oz (The Wizard of Oz), written and performed an original cabaret All Growed Up and most recently, was in Williamstown Musical Theatre Company’s The Boy from Oz as Valerie/Ensemble. She has also performed with Broadway Unplugged as a soloist and backing vocalist. She currently sings at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne and with the Australian Chamber Choir. She is also passionate about teaching singing and conducting choirs. Kristina is very excited to be performing with Be You Productions as lots of different quirky characters!

Liliana Braumberger

(she/her)

Vicious Punk, Nurse, Waiter, Croupier, Leper, Bellhop

Liliana is an actor and photographer based in Naarm/Melbourne. She made her musical debut as Elinor in 2022's Sense and Sensibility: The Musical and has since performed as an artist in residence in Be You's program for developing new Australian works, Be New. Liliana has musical training in voice, oboe and piano and trained at the VCA Actors Studio. Other roles include the singing Princess Alexandra of Bavaria The Regina Monologues, another stint at the MC Showroom demonstrating her improv skills among musical chaos in Hear Me Out and a successful musical theatre fundraiser Extremely Loud and Incredibly Queer for LGBTIQA+ support organisation Switchboard earlier this year. Further credits include a variety of stints behind the camera and backstage, including video artist on Bruce Beresford’s opera Othello.

Nathan Fernandez

(he/they)

Luigi Gaudi

Nathan is a Naarm (Melbourne) based creative who moved from Ngambri (Canberra) to study a Diploma of Musical Theatre, and an Advanced Diploma of Dance at APO Arts Academy/DanceWorld and completed their studies in 2015. Their most recent stage credits include a swing for Lockstock and Cladwell, as well as learning an ensemble track during the run, in Urinetown (Soundworks), Kevin in In The Heights (OCPAC) and Stanford/Ensemble in Bright Star (Pursued By Bear) Prior to that, their theatre credits include Mark in Altar Boyz (PEP Productions) and a member of the Ensemble in Rent (James Terry Presents.)
Nathan is also a director, most recently directing Death Pretzel at the Butterfly Club in 2023, for “Play In A Day” for Antipodes Theatre Company’s Festival of the Unseen (2023) and Scary Goats Tour at the Butterfly Club for MICF (2021)
Nathan is most passionate about telling stories, supporting new and innovative ways of presenting theatre and delivering stories with honesty and integrity.

Rayhan Amadeus Maskun

(he/him)

Lorry Driver, Solicitor, Mr Loomis, Waiter, Bellhop, Emcee

Rayhan graduated from The Australian Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre). Born and raised in Indonesia, he moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in the performing arts industry. Since then, he has performed in numerous shows, a highlight being Miss Saigon (Osmad), Maybe This Time (Be You Group), Broken Records (five by five theatre), and I Need You to See Me which was written and produced by Vidya Makan. In his spare time, Rayhan also writes a variety of shows that he hopes to put on someday. Rayhan dedicates his performance to his family in Indonesia, and to every person who hasn’t felt seen.

Ruby Stewart

(she/they)

Landlady, Secretary, Southern Lady, Maid

Ruby graduated from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance with a Diploma in Musical Theatre in 2021. They are currently performing as a Resident Artist with Broadway Unplugged (Be You Group) and are soon to be seen as Betty in SEARCHING FOR BETTY by Keyanna Burgher in this upcoming Melbourne Fringe Festival. Ruby has starred in many other original works such as Marigold in ON THE RISE by Julian Smith-Gard and Oscar Jenkin in Melbourne Fringe Festival 2022, and more recently performed as Peggy/Maree in Be New’s presentation of 18/23 by Hamish Pickering. Lucky Stiff will be Ruby’s first official Musical performance.

Zoë Harlen

(she/they)

Dominique du Monaco

When Zoë saw the musical Cats at age 8, she knew she wanted to be a performer - or a cat. Failing the second option, Zoë studied a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium, graduating 2017, and has since played everything from Lady Macbeth to a French cabaret chair. She's performed Australia-wide and internationally with multiple theatre companies, including Shake & Stir, Jally Entertainment, Brisbane Immersive Ensemble, and the musical improvisation troupe Impromptunes, most recently at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Enya Cai

(she/her)

Producer

Enya is a freelancer who has had wide-ranging career across public policy, workplace inclusion, business, consulting and the arts.
Enya works across the Arts and Corporate sectors. In the creative world, she is a producer and project manager for arts projects, and teaches for the Australian Girls Choir. Across Corporate clients she provides specialised advice on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and facilitates leadership training.
Enya previously worked in Government and Corporates across social policy areas, including at the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector, and EY.
Enya holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting. As a longtime lover of the arts, she is thrilled to be building her repertoire of theatre production work through Lucky Stiff with Be You Productions.

Alysha Jane

(they/she)

Associate Music Director

Alysha Jane Kitchingman is a performer, creative, and educator hailing from Wadawurrung Country in Geelong. They studied their Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, graduating in 2022. At university Alysha had the privilege of being Co-President of the Student Society, and campus representative on the board committee for Safety, Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing; after being recognised for their commitment to arts accessibility.
Previously Alysha has worked as a writing and directing intern on ROARING (Libby Brockman, Geelong Arts Centre), script development, sound and design on WORLDS WHERE LIFE MIGHT EXIST (Skin of Our Teeth), and writer, sound and design on THE SUBMARINE ADVENTURE (Theatre 3triple2).
After discovering a passion for cabaret, Alysha has written and performed in TEENAGE DREAM (The Cabaret Showcases), WISH YOU WERE GAY (Riley Davey, The MC Showroom), WORKING TITLE (Aus. Inst. of Music), and is currently developing their new show WITCH, PLEASE! for Melbourne Fringe Festival at The Butterfly Club.
Alysha has previously trained with Be You Productions as part of "Maybe This Time" and is thrilled to take on a creative role in LUCKY STIFF.

About Be You Productions

Lucky Stiff is the fourth show by Be You Productions, the 'main stage' arm of Be You Group. Be You Productions seeks to shake up the industry by embodying a 'people first' mantra in all we do. We volunteer our time to create these shows, and our actors and associates are engaged under our Ethical Profit Share model. We keep expenses low, which means cheaper tickets and more take-home money for our actors and associates.

We believe theatre should be people focussed as, without people, there would be no live theatre. We believe many minds make for a better product. We believe money does not equal better, rather personal attachment to your work creates a better product. 

We hope you can feel the love on our stage.

The love for the work, for theatre, and for each other.

Credits

Producers: Enya Cai and John Mondelo

Director: Bradley Dylan

Music Director: Daniele Buatti

Associate Music Director: Alysha Jane

Production Support/Hype Woman: Weng Yi Wong

Choreography: Nathan Fernandez, Chelsea Hyde, Ruby Stewart

Annabel Covers: Zoë Harlen & Ruby Stewart

Rita Covers: Zoë Harlen & Liliana Braumberger

Vinnie Cover: Rayhan Maskun

The Body: Jacqui Martin & Georg Gleeson

Lighting Design: Katie Williams

Lighting Operation: Rebecca Price

Sound Design: Bradley Dylan

Sound Operation: Bradley Dylan & Enya Cai

Graphic Design: Daniele Buatti

Backstage Crew: Alysha Jane, Enya Cai, Weng Yi Wong, Bradley Dylan

Front of House: Adele Hirst, Weng Yi Wong, John Mondelo, Alysha Jane, Laura de Iongh

 

Marketing Coordination: Enya Cai

Marketing: Alysha Jane, Liliana Braumberger

Animation: Liliana Braumberger

Catering: Weng Yi Wong

Casting: Brendan Jelley

Special thanks to Skin of Our Teeth Productions for the use of their wheelchair.

bottom of page