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All-Star Child Cast Confirmed for A Doll’s House

All-Star Child Cast Confirmed for A Doll’s House

Director Katherine McRae has lined up an all-star cast of children to work alongside her adult cast in the Circa season of A Doll’s House, re-imagined from Ibsen’s original by Emily Perkins. The characters of twins Billy and Bee will be shared by two sets of children, playing alternate nights.

The role of Billy will be shared by Levi Alexander and Miko Peszynski. This production will be a professional stage debut for Levi, who played young Pete in the Disney production of Pete’s Dragon, last year. No stranger to the screen, Levi has worked with Katherine McRae once before on her short film Abandon Ship when he was three years old. In the same film Sophie Hambleton played his on-screen Mum, and will play his mother once again as Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House.

Miko was also in Abandon Ship and most recently worked on the much anticipated new YouTube series Happy Playland by The Candle Wasters, which will air later this year. Bee will be played by Sophie Fulton and Jessica Southey. Sophie has recently finished filming a feature role in the Universal Studios feature film Mortal Engines, due to be released in December 2018. She had her first role acting in the Legendary Pictures feature film Krampus in 2015 at 5 years old and has a wealth of stage experience, including singing solo in Broadway Studio Next Generation at BATS theatre earlier this year. She is the youngest member in the Wellington Young Voices choir ever to be chosen as a soloist for their Manawatu concert.

Jessica is an active member of the Junior Musical Theatre group, has participated in group trinity drama productions and enjoys performing in the Con Brio choir. Of working with the children, Katherine says, “I feel lucky to have four such talented young actors. It’s fascinating to see that some children know how to act – they just get it. They understand make-believe and have a lot of empathy and they bring that to their work. Luckily they also have very supportive parents who are happy for them to go on this journey.”

The children will join the cast of Sophie Hambleton (TV’s Westside), Arthur Meek, Kali Kopae, Francis Biggs and Peter McCauley.

The Chapman Tripp season of A Doll’s House is presented by arrangement with Playmarket and shows at Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington from 5 August to 2 September (preview 4 August).

Performance times: Tuesday – Thursday 6.30pm, Friday – Saturday, 8pm, Sunday 4pTickets: $25 - 52 from www.circa.co.nz or by calling 04 801 7992

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