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Meet the Cast of THE GRUFFALO, Plays RCBC Theatre 1/27-31

Manila, Philippines--KidsFest 2016 in Manila, which features the acclaimed stage adaptation of THE GRUFFALO, based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's beloved picture book, plays Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, in Makati City from tomorrow, January 27, to Sunday, January 31. Tickets can be purchased at TicketWorld.com.ph.

Since its 2001 premiere, the long-running show has been performed in the UK and all over the world, from Poland to Germany, from Alaska to Hong Kong, from Malaysia to Paris, from Dubai to Chile, and from Off-Broadway to the Sydney Opera House.

Brought to Manila by Concertus Manila, in partnership with ABA Productions and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, THE GRUFFALO follows a tiny brown mouse with a huge appetite for hazelnuts and intrigues. The mouse enters a deep dark wood to find something delicious to eat. Along the way, the mouse meets a slick fox, a militant owl, and a maraca-shaking snake, all of whom want nothing than to make the mouse their next meal. To escape the clutches of these forest foes, the mouse invents a tall tale about a ferocious new friend and protector, the Gruffalo!

Directed by Olivia Jacobs, the production has Toby Mitchell, creative producer; Luanna Priestman, associate director; Benjamin Luke, company stage manager; Isla Shaw, designer; Yvonne Stone, puppet designer; Lisa Aitken; costume supervisor; Christine Atkinson, Calum Harvey, and Aislinn Luton, costume makers; Natalie Lewis, Leanne James, and Jessica Houghton, costume assistants; James Whiteside, lighting designer; Nick May, production manager; Morag Cross, choreographer; Jon Fiber, Olivia Jacobs, Robin Price, and Andy Shaw, composers and lyricists, and Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for JollyGoodTunes, music producers.

The Cast:

OWEN GUERIN - The Gruffalo

Owen graduated from Hertfordshire Theatre School in 2009. He has recently finished touring with "One Man, Two Guvnors" (National Theatre) as an understudy for Francis Henshall and part of the ensemble "Brown Coats." Traveling from 1960's Brighton to the Deep Dark Wood of today, Owen is looking forward to being back in touch with his best mate and partner in crime the Gruffalo! ROAR!

ELLIE BELL - Mouse

Ellie graduated from Hertfordshire Theatre School in 2009. Theatre credits include Marsha in "Roary The Racing Car Live on Stage" and Kat in "The Little Big Club." Her most recent adventure has taken her on the UK and international tour in "The Gruffalo's Child." Ellie is looking forward to returning to the wood, although this time she has a few tricks up her sleeve to help along the way.

TIMOTHY RICHEY - Predators

Tim trained at Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire. His credits include "This Land: The Story of Woody Guthrie" (Interplay/West Yorkshire Playhouse), "Hansel and Gretel" (Theatre Royal Wakefield), "Pay Day" (New Perspectives), "Precious Bane" (Interplay Theatre), "Liber Mundi" (Harrogate Theatre), and "The Way Back Home" (Big Wooden Horse). Tim is delighted to be stepping into the Deep Dark Wood!

PAUL MATANIA - Understudy/ASM

Paul's credits include: "Larry the Illogical Lumberjack" and a Scottish Fox in an original version of "Hansel and Gretel" (Simply Theatre Productions - Switzerland); King Candlestick Camelot in "Sleeping Beauty" (Rock 'n' Roll Pantomime); Trevor in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and Tony Curtis in "Some Like it Hotter" (The Watermill Theatre).


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