SIBLINGSHIP

A ‘how-to’ guide for surviving life, parents,

and sharing the limelight.

Siblingship follows the childhood journey of Daniel Assetta and Chiara Assetta, two real-life, all-singing, all-dancing, Italian-Australian siblings. Through classic show tunes and a splash of pop music, this dynamic cabaret explores the ‘rules’ that make the world’s most unique relationship work. Siblingship is a show for everyone who ever fought with, told secrets to, stood up for, laughed and cried with, absolutely couldn’t stand—but always loved and could never live without—their siblings.

"a superbly crafted cabaret,

honed to PERFECTION"

Australian Arts Review

"ENTERTAINING, high energy, action-packed hour"

Theatre Travels

"LAUGH-OUT-LOUD moments"

Theatre People

"SLICK choreography,

IMPRESSIVE vocals"

Broadway World

"a standing ovation for

a humorous celebration"

Canberra Critics Circle

 

TOUR DATES

17th - 19th December 2020

Lennox Theatre

 Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

 

CAST

DANIEL ASSETTA

Daniel began his training at GY Dance, and then graduated from ED5 International with a Diploma in Performing Arts. He will soon be appearing in the Australian premiere of Hamilton as 'Samuel Seabury'. Daniel’s theatre credits also include: 'Tony' alternate in West Side Story (Opera Australia/GWB); 'Al' in A Chorus Line (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); ‘Elder Young’ in The Book of Mormon (Gordon Frost Organisation); ‘The Rum Tum Tugger’ in the Australian/New Zealand tour of CATS (The Really Useful Group); the 10th Anniversary Australasian tour of Wicked (Universal/Gordon Frost Organisation); ‘The Ziegfeld Tenor’ in Funny Girl (The Production Company); ‘Luke’ in The Gathering (VTC); Follies in Concert (StoreyBoard Ent.); and Curtains (The Production Company). Daniel was the recipient of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award in 2015, which gave him the opportunity to perform in New York amongst Broadway stars in the renowned Elsie Fest, and in the Michael Mott & Friends concert. He has also appeared on ABC’s Breakfast, Carols in The Domain, The ARIA Awards and numerous Twisted Broadway concerts.  Daniel is represented by FWD Management and is a proud member of the MEAA Actors Equity in Australia.

CHIARA ASSETTA

Chiara began her training at GY Dance in Sydney before graduating from ED5International in 2016 with a Diploma of Performing Arts under the direction of William A Forsythe. Recent credits include Handa Opera Australia’s West Side Story on Sydney Harbour, in which she played the role of Teresita and the Choreographer for The Dismissal: A New Australian Musical. Further theatre credits include, the role of Brian in the musical adaption of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, the role of Bride of Frankenstein, Hip and Hop in the iconic Universal Monsters Live and Frog choir vocalist in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Her film and television credits include Lynx TVC, Dance Academy and So You Think You Can Dance with Kelly Rowland. As a vocalist, she has just recently sung the national anthem for the opening of the Bankwest Stadium, heard as a backing vocalist for P&O Cruises Twice Upon a Time and also provided backing vocals for Delta Goodrem on The Voice and The Footy Show.

CREATIVE TEAM

TOBIAS MADDEN

 

(Writer)

Originally from Ballarat, Tobias began his theatrical training at the Ballarat Ballet Centre. He then studied at Brent Street in Sydney, and completed a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Shortly after graduating, he sailed around the world as the Dance Captain aboard the Pacific Princess, returning home to perform as ‘Valentine’ in the Aus/NZ tour of Mary Poppins, understudying and performing the role of ‘Bert’. Since then, he has appeared in CATS, The Light in the Piazza, Guys and Dolls, Singin’ in the Rain, Pippin, Loving Repeating, Oklahoma!, Hollywood Honkytonk, The Aussie Boys, and various workshops in Melbourne and Sydney. Tobias now works in publishing, and recently edited, published, and contributed to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories, the first Australian young adult fiction anthology for previously unpublished writers. He will also have his first Young Adult novel, Anything But Fine, published next year with Penguin/Random House Australia. He is so thrilled to be a part of the Siblingship team, and has loved working with his husband, Daniel, on a piece that is very close to his heart.

NICHOLAS GRIFFIN

 

(Musical Director/Orchestrator)

Born and raised in Canberra, Nicholas started his musical training as a pianist at the age of four. He has actively worked as a Musical Director on shows in Canberra since 2009 including Wicked, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde: The Musical, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Forbidden Broadway. Nicholas made his Sydney Musical Director debut in The View UpStairs (Sugary Rum Productions) at the Hayes Theatre. He was an assistant to Kellie Dickerson on Lola Montez, The Follies Company (2018) at Riverside Theatre. He was then appointed the Vocal Coach/Choirmaster for the Patti LuPone: Don’t Monkey with Broadway concert in Canberra. He has since been the Musical Director of Cry-Baby (LPD Productions), earning him a Sydney Theatre Award Nomination for Best Musical Director, and the Assistant Musical Director to Geoffrey Castles on Aspects of Love (Walk This Way Productions). He was most recently Musical Director for Kinky Boots (Free-Rain Theatre Company) and The Life of Us (Hayes Theatre Co).

SCOTT IRWIN

(Co-Director)

Over his twenty-plus year career Scott has established himself as one of Australia’s leading men, collecting an outstanding list of credits along the way including Gaston in Beauty and the Beast for which he won a Mo Award nomination, Enjolras in the 10th anniversary tour of Les Misérables, King Arthur in Camelot, Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate.   Other theatre credits include Grease, The New Rocky Horror Show, The Full Monty, Company, High School Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sign of the Seahorse, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Every Single Saturday, Truth Beauty and a Picture of you, Wonderful Town, High Society and Mack and Mabel.   He is proud to have workshopped several new Australian musicals including Eureka, Nostradamus and the hugely successful Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. In 2011 Scott starred as Corny Collins in Hairspray for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role. More recently Scott was seen in the world premiere of the one-man show, A Sign of the Times.  He toured the country with HIT Productions’ They’re Playing Our Song in the role of Vernon.  Scott played the lead, Lieutenant Pinkerton in Playking Productions’ Cho Cho in Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney. Scott has appeared on The Midday Show, Good Morning Australia, The Today Show, Sunrise, Mornings with Kerrie-Anne, IMT, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and many more.  He has also appeared in the TV dramas Blue Heelers, Police Rescue and Home and Away. Film credits include:  My Pet Dinosaur, Passion and Razzle Dazzle! Scott has performed in countless concerts and corporate events, most recently with Kings of Croon and The Leading Men

In a career spanning 25 years and now including eight home grown musical theatre productions, Danielle’s versatility has allowed her to work across a huge range of material from 70’s disco to classical, from comedy to straight theatre. Most recently Danielle appeared in Dream Lover, the Bobby Darren Musical. Prior to this, she performed in the ‘Hayes Theatre Company’s production of Dogfight as ‘Mama’ and the national tour of They’re Playing Our Song,  playing ‘Sonia Walsk’ opposite her husband Scott Irwin. Just prior to that she travelled to Beijing to create and perform in the bilingual Cho Cho with the National Theatre of China. Highlights from the last decade include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert The Musical  as a ‘Diva’ and then ‘Marion’, ‘Mila Kuntz’ in Fat Swan, ‘Julie Jordan’ in Carousel opposite David Campbell, ‘Nikki Burns’ in Oh! What A Night! opposite Martin Crewes and ‘Maria-Elena Holly’ in Buddy!. Danielle’s other professional credits include The Boy from Oz, The Full Monty, Sweet Charity, Beauty & the Beast, The Sign of The Seahorse, The Voyage of Mary Bryant, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hello Dolly, Me and My Girl, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Chair in the Landscape.

DANIELLE BARNES

(Co-Director)

 

JAMES WALLIS

(Lighting Design)

James is a freelance lighting designer who has worked with multiple independent and pro-am theatre companies. Most recently, James designed Squabbalogic’s new Australian musical THE DISMISSAL & was the Associate Lighting Designer on the critically acclaimed production of AMERICAN PSYCHO at the Hayes Theatre. James was the lighting assistant on the Hayes Theatre productions of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, GYPSY & SHE LOVES ME. James also designed the Sydney premiers of ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE at the Kings Cross Theatre, STALKER THE MUSICAL at the Depot Theatre. Other credits include BEST LITTLE WHORE HOUSE IN TEXAS and KISS ME KATE for Squabbalogic, CATS for Packemin Productions; WICKED, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR & CHICAGO for Willoughby Theatre Company. In 2018, James attended the part-time Advanced Lighting Design course at NIDA.

BAND

CHARLIE KURTHI

(Drums)

Playing drums and percussion from the age of 8, Charles developed a love for all types of music from as early as he can remember. Graduating from the Australian Institute of Music in 2018 (BMus), Charles has worked in various productions with AIM and Meriden School including Hairspray The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Pyjama Game and Lucky Stiff; more recently, with Free-Rain Theatre Co’s production of Kinky Boots. When not in the pit, Charles can be seen playing in original band ‘Lilley’ and various corporate functions.

AMANDA JENKINS

(Bass Guitar)

Amanda is a well-known session musician, contemporary performer and bassist. Having completed a Bachelor degree at the Australian Institute of Music and Masters in Secondary Education, she is a full time performer and educator. She has performed in countless musical theatre shows including Catch me if you can at The Hayes, Starstruck at NIDA and Bring it On at State Theatre. Her professional musical experience and strong desire for collaborations and exciting career opportunities, has led her to a multitude of experiences including the Telstra Business Women's Awards at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra, and involvement in the Lancer Band Army Reserves performing at NRL games, prestigious events and ceremonies.

Michael is a Sydney based Musician. He graduated from the Australian Institute Of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Contemporary Performance, majoring in guitar. Michael has played guitar for various shows including In The Heights (Opera House 19, Joshua Robson Productions), Cry Baby (LPD Productions), Catch Me If You Can (LPD Productions) and Caroline, Or Change ('19). Michael is excited to be working and performing with the team at Siblingship! ANDIAMO!

MICHAEL NAPOLI

(Electric/Acoustic Guitar)

GALLERY

SPECIAL THANKS

After success with the Siblingship tour in 2019, we are grateful in a year of challenges to be able to perform this show once more. The Siblingship team is a very special one and we are so lucky to have been able to assemble an incredible bunch of creatives and musicians.

 

We owe everything to our incredibly supportive partners, Tobias & Matt, and our loving parents, Gabriella & Aldo. We would also not be here without the years and years of love from our extended family of aunties, uncles, grandparents and cousins cheering us on in every lounge room performance. Thank you to our dance mentors, Glenda Yee and William Forsythe, for encouraging us to dream big and train hard, and to our wonderful friends who have all played a huge part in our journeys. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Parramatta Riverside Theatres and the team, for having us close 2020 with Siblingship in the Lennox Theatre. 

Thank YOU for supporting Siblingship and we hope you leave tonight with a smile on your face, reminiscing childhood, and with multiple 90s songs in your head (you're welcome). Wishing you and your families Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Daniel & Chiara x

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