The Last Time:
A Story of Love, Lust and Desperation

A classic fairy tale where boy meets girl, girl meets girl, they all fall in love, and one night on tequila may destroy the happy ending... 

SEASON: 28-31 JANUARY 2016 | BELCONNEN ARTS CENTRE | 8PM & 2PM

 
 
 

THE STORY

Caroline (Kat Bramston) can’t seem to get her life together. Every weekend she finds herself hung over, in a stranger’s bed. Each time, she says it will be the last time, yet she can’t seem to kick her love of booze and men. Charming womanizer Christopher (Hayden Crosweller) is determined to win her heart. The only problem is, his love of expensive scotch and blonde women makes it hard for Caroline to trust him.

Caroline’s best friend Ellie (France McNair) just wants love. She finds the lesbian dating pool in Canberra to be small and doesn’t understand why she can’t make a healthy relationship work. Lucky for her, she runs into a charismatic guitar player Valerie (Katherine Berry), who might be just who she is looking for. Yet Valerie has a secret that she will not share, and it may destroy their budding relationship before it even begins.

One night out will either make or break the romances to come. With tequila, song and dance, it all seems to be going well for the two couples, yet their self-destructive egos leaves them wondering where their clothes, and their dignity went.

Performed at the Belconnen Art Centre from the 28 - 31 January 2016, this is a musical not to be missed! All profits will be donated to YouthCARE an organisation in the ACT that aids youth homelessness.

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THE CAST

ACTORS

“Caroline” – played by Kat Bramston.

Kat has been acting in Canberra since 2011.  She studied full time at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Arts between 2013 - 2015, obtaining her Certificate Three and Advanced Diploma in Performance.  Prior to this, she studied opera full time between 2008 - 2013 under David Reedy and Canberra Opera, obtaining her First Concert Certificate and Advanced Certificate with Trinity College, London. Kat also attained her black belt in Haidong Gumdo in 2013 and has been using her training in the Korean sword art and stage combat to choreograph fight scenes for stage and screen within the Canberra arts community. Kat has performed in television commercials, music video's, short films and feature’s. These titles include, Kristine in “Theatre of the Dead” (Sanguineti Media - Feature, 2013), 70’s Pool Party Girl in “Semantic Depression” (Local Horror - Music Video, 2014), Papagana in “The Magic Flute” and Cho Cho-san in “Madam Butterfly” (Canberra Opera - Theatre, 2012), Morgana & Fight Choreographer in “Game of Foams” (Lights Canberra Action film festival finalist and winner of Best Art Direction - Short, 2015) and Lady M in Shakespeare’s “The Scottish Play” (CADA Studio - Theatre, 2014). She plans to continue expanding her acting adventures into new areas and travelling to different locations; finding new personalities and characters to bring to life and into homes around Australia and the world. Kat has loved the journey that she has travelled with Caroline and hopes that you love “The Last Time” as much as she and her fellow cast members do. 


“Christopher” – played by Hayden Crosweller

Hayden is a young, talented and passionate musical theatre performer. He has started building himself a reputation in the Canberra musical theatre scene over the last 2 years with his first pro-amateur production being philo's “Cabaret”. Other shows Hayden has appeared in include “Sunset Boulevard”, “Evita”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Pirates of Penzance” and one his most recent performance in The Q's production of “Grease” that revered his portrayal of Eugene as "a jewel of gawkish comedy which recalls the gaucheness of the legendary Jerry Lewis". Hayden's passion for the stage is continuing to see him rise to newer and bigger stage art roles. Hayden is incredibly excited to be involved in "The Last Time" as Christopher, it is certainly a new and great opportunity for him to explore his talents and passion for theatre. But performing in 2016 doesn't end here for Hayden. From here Hayden is continuing on to perform as Franz, one of the lead roles in Canberra philharmonics upcoming production of "Rock of Ages" in March, performing at Erindale theatre.


“Ellie” - played by Frances McNair 

Frances is a Canberra based actress and model who has always enjoyed music and the arts. Her first debut was at the age of five in the lounge room lip-syncing ABBA and she has never looked back. She has explored a range of theatre styles and endeavours to never stop exploring. “Grease” - 2013, “Evita” - 2014, and “Looking For Alibrandi” – 2008, are just a few of the stage productions that Frances has had the opportunity to be a part of and learn from. These opportunities have led Frances to working with Acoustic Theatre, an incredible and exciting opportunity! Frances believes Acoustic Theatre allows the expression of raw emotion and original ideas and is thrilled to be a part of its first collaboration.         

 

“Valerie” – played by Katherine Berry

Katherine Berry has had a passion for the performing arts from a very young age. She started taking dance lessons at age 3 years and has continued these lessons every year since. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Pointe. She was successful in many RAD and FATD exams. Katherine started learning the alto saxophone at age 8 years and continued to play alto and baritone sax in school bands until year 12. In high school, at Bethany College in Sydney, Katherine studied Music and Drama and took lead and chorus roles in many school productions. She also took part in the Artes Christi Company production of Fiddler on the Roof, 2012. Katherine moved to Canberra in 2013 and began her dance education at Capital Dance Studios. She continued to take part in many musical and dramatic performances and competitions for school and independently. At the end of 2014 Katherine was chosen to take part in the ACT Music Educators Network, ACTcent Concert showcasing the best of the year’s Year 12 music students and was awarded the ACT Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, Certificate of Excellence for Visual and Performing Arts 2014. In 2015, Katherine has been studying for a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Canberra Academy of Dramatic Arts and Dance at CDS.

 

"The Music Man" - played by Samuel Gordon Bruce

Sam is an actor, writer and singer-songwriter currently based in Canberra. Recently relocating from Central West NSW, Sam is pursuing a career in acting with the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art. Within the Academy, he has performed in scenes from contemporary Australian plays and classical roles from scenes such as ‘Hamlet’, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Streetcar named Desire’. Sam’s latest role was as 12 year old boy Tomas in ‘Stories in the Dark’ by Australian Playwright Debra Oswald. Sam writes and performs his own acoustic songs, which funnily enough, are often about love, lust and desperation. “The Last Time: A Story of Love, Lust and Desperation” is the first musical he has been involved with and he’s excited to be working with such an inspirational and energetic team. Sam has a passion for Australian theatre and hopes to continue to refine his skills within the local industry.


BAND

Brodie Heidtmann – Guitar   

Brodie Heidtmann has been playing music since he was 13 years old. Since then he has been a part of a number of bands and performances, developing his skills in blues, jazz, funk, soul, rock and more. He is also a longstanding member of local Canberra band Signs & Symbols and has been playing bass with the band for 6 years, releasing their debut album in August 2015. Outside of Signs & Symbols, Brodie has been a part of a number of other bands and performances, including a blues duo called The Inmates, who played at the Canberra Convention centre as part of an Environmental Conference in 2009, part of a folk group called Playing Pilgrims and jammed on stage with folk musician Brett Hunt and guitar player Terry Murray. He was also part of the one off, highly acclaimed musical duo performance The Sweater Vest Serenade and has played a number of solo acoustic shows at the Belconnen Arts Centre, Chandler Street Church, the Pot Belly and has played in numerous venues around Canberra, Sydney and Tasmania. This is Brodie’s first time playing as part of musical and hopes to help develop something fun, interesting and enticing.   


Brent Brosnan - Drums

Brent has always had a passion for things. Throughout his life he has always lived every day. He has performed both on stage and been an audience member during a performance. The National Convention Centre, Parliament House and The Sydney Opera House are all places Brent has never performed. One of the things Brent has a real passion for is music. This has allowed him to listen to music, talk about music and make music. Through the various things Brent has and hasn’t done he has somehow ended up right where he is. 

 

Reid Workman - Bass   

Reid is a bass player, improviser and photographer. Any style of music you can name Reid has played at least once. He owns, at the last count, 4 basses and has bought a different one to each rehearsal.  He is also a founding member of the band Trick Winter (currently on hiatus) who supported the Black Sorrows in Canberra in 2014. He has just completed the second season of "Crescendo", Impro ACT’s showcase musical show, where the audience witnesses a bands dysfunctional rehearsal and then, during the interval, they choose the band name and compiles a set list. After interval the audience returns to witness the gig and a 10 piece band improvises each song. It is an absolutely full on experience that has to be seen to be believed. Reid is excited to be part of "The Last Time: A Story of Love Lust and Desperation" and is probably the oldest person involved in the production and so needs to get home early, he has to work in the morning. A budding photographer, Reid has also been involved in photography for Acoustic Theatre’s first production. For further information on his business go to www.workmanlikeimages.com or see his best images on Instagram (workmanlike_images). 

 

Luke Tompsett – Piano

The Last Time marks Luke’s triumphant return to the Canberra music scene following an extended hiatus filled with chocolate and regret.  He has previously played in productions of Godspell, Oklahoma and Bugsy Malone. His other current musical project is forming a covers group, which aims to render all other cover bands unnecessary.  If he were an emoticon, it would likely be a wry grin. His hobbies include cuticle care and Netflix, and he is currently working on two unfinished novels. He recommends that if you have difficulties with insomnia, you ask him about his progress. His influences include John Kennedy Toole, Dave Brubeck, Kurt Vonnegut, and Franz Liszt, because one can’t disappoint the dead. 

 

Photography provided by
Ella Wilkes Photography
and Workman Images