Zoe is entering the final stages of her Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood Education (Birth-12) at Macquarie University.
Zoe has been performing non-stop since 2008 in a large variety of roles in local schools and amateur theatre companies.
In 2013, Zoe was hired by Camp Wise in the US as the drama specialist for two years to both teach drama classes,
and put on a full length musical production in just 4 weeks.
It was here Zoe noticed the incredible effect that the camp drama experience had on the children she worked with.
She later returned as a supervisor in 2015. Upon her return to Australia and after gaining more experience teaching singing and drama at Kids Up Front,
the North Shore Temple Emanuel and producing The Wiz with the Jazz Factory in 2014, as well as working at a number of preschools across the North Shore,
Zoe continued building on this idea of the performing arts as a tool for communication, confidence and self esteem.
Madi is a Sydney-based singer and actor with a passion for teaching.
Madi has been involved with many musicals both as a performer and on the production team as Music Director, and most recently, Writer, Composer and Director.
Madi's 8-year piano and singing teaching career has been based on instilling a lifelong love of music in her students whether they are learning for leisure or competing in exams and eisteddfods.
Throughout her studies in the Bachelor of Arts (Music)/ Education (Primary) at Macquarie University, Madi has witnessed first-hand how being involved with the Creative Arts can lead to transformational benefits in the social, cognitive and affective domains.
She is incredibly excited and honoured to be part of a program that places such a high emphasis on learning and personal development through a love of the arts.
Chelsea Taylor is your classic theatre nerd. Her love of musicals started in high school and continued throughout university.
She graduated from the Australian Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Music Theatre and went on to take short courses in film.
Chelsea then spent three months teaching drama and musically directing junior shows at Camp Wicosuta in America, where she discovered her love of sharing theatre with the next generation of performers.
She has continued to share her passion for all things musical and theatrical through filming for a kids curriculum, creating immersive theatre experiences for primary students and as a tutor with the Australian Girls Choir.
Chelsea is so excited to be part of the Rascal family.
Oli is a composer, conductor, violist and music director based in Sydney, having completed a Bachelor of Music Composition with Honours, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015.
As a composer, Oli has had pieces performed in New York and Rio de Janeiro and was recently commissioned by Shore School and appointed the 2015 Shore Composer.
While at university, Oli music directed the 2013 and 2014 Commerce Revues, as well as the 2014 and 2015 Sydney Uni Revues.
Onstage with the Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE) he has MD’d productions of Spelling Bee, the Australian premiere of 110 in the Shade and will be co-MDing MUSE’s Legally Blonde at the Seymour Centre in 2016.
He also teaches violin and piano at Stellar Music School in Lindfield. The opportunity to work with young people and help them develop their performance skills through the fun
of a musical is wonderful and exciting, and he can’t wait to get started with the RASCALS team!
Tess has been passionately involved in both theatre productions and dressmaking her whole life.
She completed her Trinity Guildhall ATCL teaching diploma for Drama and Speech in 2013, is now teaching for Speech and Drama Specialists,
and Creative Arts Studio and is currently completing a BA in Modern History at Macquarie University.
Tess learned to sew from her mother and exceled at textiles in high school, doing her first costume work as costume assistant in her high school MLC’s production of AIDA,
a musical with over 1000 costumes. She has since been a producer with DRAMAC, including costuming this years’ Comedy Revue,
as well as helping costume her students every year for exams and productions.
Having worked backstage at both High School Musical Jr and Shrek Jr, Tess is really excited to now be more involved in helping bring the kids characters to life onstage as costume designer.