SK Entertainment presents
FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY
The hilarious New York and Las Vegas hit Friends! The Musical Parody is pivoting its way to Australia!
Join your six favourite friends at your favourite café for a night of unstoppable laughs with the new musical that lovingly lampoons the beloved NBC sitcom!
Follow Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as they navigate love, life, friendship and true unagi, all while reliving your favourite moments from the smash hit TV show.
“Friends! The Musical Parody will make you laugh so hard your face will hurt, your eyes will tear, and you’ll be ready to come back and see it over and over again.” – TheatreLife.com
“Made our day, our month, and even our year!” – E! News
Recommended for ages 12+
FYI may contain adult content, smoke haze and strobe lighting
Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
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BELINDA JENKIN (PHOEBE)
Belinda is an actor, singer and writer/composer. She is a graduate of NIDA 2015 (DMT) and Musical Theatre CAP21, New York. Belinda’s screen credits include Jade in the television comedy Metro Sexual (Nine Network), Eleanor in Summer Heights High (ABC), feature films and multiple short films including Human Touch and Enid.
Belinda’s stage credits include 50 Shades! The Musical Parody Australian Tour (DVE), Top Gun the Musical, People Suck, Gilligan’s Island the Musical, Motor Mouth Loves Suck Face, Anyone Can Whistle, Until Tomorrow, Chronic and most recently The Musical of Musicals the Musical.
Her writing credits includes the cabarets Practically Perfect and Kid, as well as musical collaborations with William Hannagan such as the Apocalyptic Song Cycle Until Tomorrow and HouseWarming the Musical. In 2014 HouseWarming was presented at The New York Musical Theatre Festival, then under the new name The Gathering had its professional Melbourne season at fortyfivedownstairs with the support of The City of Melbourne.
Belinda is a performer for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a proud MEAA member and represented by Expression! Arts Management. She is very excited to be returning to the stage in 2021 for the Australian tour of Friends! The Musical Parody.
STEFANIE JONES (MONICA)
Stefanie is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts having completed a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Whilst at the VCA, she received the Cassidy Bequest Fund Award on behalf of the University of Melbourne Trust. Stefanie has trained extensively in dance, having studied with the Queensland Ballet through their Junior Extension Program, and also holds her Associate Diploma in Music for Violin.
Her professional theatre credits include Rhonda Epinstall in the Australian national tour of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical (Global Creatures) for which she won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Giulietta in Aspects of Love (Walk This Way Productions), Jean MacLaren in Brigadoon (TPC), Liesl in The Sound of Music (RUG/GFO), Dream Ballet Laurey in Oklahoma! (TPC), Once The Musical (MTC/GFO), Dream Lover (GFO/Gilbert Theatrical), South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO) and Carmen Live or Dead (Oriel Entertainment Group)). Stefanie was also a 2016 finalist in the ANZ Trustees prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award.
Stefanie’s screen credits include Molly (M4Entertainment/Seven Network), The Divorce (Princess Pictures/Opera Australia) and the role of Megan Dennison in Neighbours. Stefanie is a proud member of Actors Equity.
SARAH KRNDIJA (RACHEL)
Sarah’s formal training took place at Screen Actors Australia (2003-2009), before graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College Of The Arts (VCA). During her time at the VCA, Sarah played the coveted roles of the Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, Sheila in A Chorus Line and Abigail Williams in The Crucible.
For screen, Sarah has featured in the comedy-horror short film, Paper Cut (TROPFEST Short Film Finalist) and played the lead role of Olesya in the ADG and ADW nominated short film Something Has Died In The Forest, for which she learnt Ukrainian.
Sarah’s theatre credits include Vivid White (Melbourne Theatre Company), Phebe in As You Like It, Lucentio in The Taming Of The Shrew (both for Melbourne Shakespeare Company), Celeste #1/Elaine in Sunday In The Park With George (Watch This), Assistant Director to Tyran Parke on Pursued by Bear’s production of Ordinary Days (Green Room Award for Best Direction) and recently starred as Margo Crawford in Bright Star (Pursued by Bear).
Sarah will soon play the role of Mole/Violinist in The Australian Shakespeare Company’s The Wind in the Willows.
JOSEPH SPANTI (JOEY)
Joseph graduated from Victorian College of the Arts (Music Theatre) in 2018. Prior to studying at VCA, Joseph played the role of Double J in Saturday Night Fever with Melbourne Independent Theatre Company StageArt. Whilst at VCA, Joseph was selected by Broadway composer Matthew Lee Robinson as a soloist in Matt’s New Voices workshop in 2017. He was also a part of the ensemble of Eddie Perfect’s Vivid White at the Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as playing the role of Evan in the workshop of the new Australian musical Tinder Tales presented at MC showroom.
In his graduating year, Joseph had the opportunity to play Alan Deluca in the mid-year production of A Chorus Line, as well as playing the role of Cinderella’s Prince in Into The Woods.
Since graduating from VCA, Joseph played the role of Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening at Chapel off Chapel. In 2020, Joseph played the role of Leo Rays in the new Australian musical Jack Frost: The Musical, as well as playing the lead role of Sebastian in the short film Coffee Lover. Joseph was also cast in a recurring role on the Netflix television series, Dive Club, filmed in Far North Queensland.
TYRAN STIG (ROSS)
Tyran made a significant “pivot” in 2020 when he decided to take “a break” from his position of Executive Producer for a breakfast radio show on the Southern Cross Austereo network to pursue his acting career fulltime.
An experienced vocalist and actor, having trained privately with Rachelle Schmidt at The Voice Studio, Renae Perry of Tap Dogs, and most memorably Kristin Chenoweth.
Tyran’s most recent theatre credits include Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Lumière in Beauty and the Beast, James in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Rick in Away.
Tryan is so excited to be making his professional debut in a musical version of his favourite television show of all time.
ROWAN WITT (CHANDLER)
Rowan Witt is one of Australia’s most versatile young actors with a career spanning both screen and stage. Recent credits include Dean in Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria (Outhouse Productions) for which he was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award, and Elder McKinley in the original Australian cast of The Book of Mormon (GFO/Anne Garefino & Scott Rudin), the role earning him a Helpmann Award nomination and a Sydney Theatre Award. He also starred as Georg in She Loves Me (Hayes Theatre Co), Jack in Into The Woods (Victorian Opera), Professor in The Lincoln Centre’s production of South Pacific (GFO/Opera Australia), Bernstein in the Australian premiere of Pasek & Paul’s Dogfight (Neil Gooding Prod/Hayes Theatre Co), Young Buddy in the recent star-studded production of Follies (StoreyBoard Entertainment), John Hinckley in the Melbourne tour of Assassins (Watch This), Danny in Baby (Hayes Theatre Co), and he originated the role of Newton Pulsifer in the recent development of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s epic, Good Omens (Squabbalogic).
Rowan’s other credits include Cameron Mackintosh’s latest Australian tour of Les Misérables, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Squabbalogic’s Mystery Musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Kiss Me, Kate, the twin concerts A Night On The West End and The Best Of Broadway as well as various recitals, operas and concert appearances across Australia.
Some film and television credits include Underbelly, Home & Away, The Matrix, The Escape Of The Artful Dodger, Somewhere In The Darkness, Adoration, X: Night of Vengeance, The Gruen Transfer and the multi award-winning Little Blue (Peter Carstairs) and Trunk (Jack Cox).
Rowan is a graduate of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in Classical Voice. As an award-winning voice actor, Rowan can be heard on film, television and radio, as the voice of animated characters, as well as numerous ad campaigns and film soundtracks.
CHRIS HUNTLY-TURNER (GUNTHER)
Chris Huntly-Turner is an Australian-born, British-trained actor, writer and theatre maker. With a specialisation in Shakespeare, Chris is an Artistic Director of Bar’d Work and Fledgling Theatre Company. Chris is a Graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London.
His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Merchant of Venice (Pop-up Globe Sydney), Henry V and As You Like It (Pop-up Globe Auckland/ Melbourne), Nectar of the Gods (Mongrel Mouth), The Frontier Trilogy (Jethro Compton Productions), Sonnet Walks (Shakespeare’s Globe), Hamlet (Park Theatre) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes/The Jungle Book (Chapterhouse Theatre Company).
His screen credits include The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Channel 5), Underbelly: Badness (Screentime Australia), Short Honeymoon (Papa-G Productions), Help! I’m Trapped In A Movie (Capiche Productions), The Day Hollywood Died (Rising Pictures) and Billy Balfoor (Grant Wilson Productions).
Chris was awarded the Best Supporting Actor in the Broadway World Awards for his portrayal of Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.