“When I was in year one our school took part in Wakakirri and this was my first time on stage – and it’s probably the moment I decided I couldn’t live without being on stage. It opened up a world of creativity, teamwork and most of all was the starting point for my future as a performer! Now being a host at Wakakirri all these years later is just so special and I love watching the schools come together and create magic!” – Casey
‘It Girl’ Casey Burgess, is an established actress, musician and television presenter with over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry. Casey has also been nominated for numerous ARIA & TV Week Logie Awards for her work with the internationally successful children’s group, Hi-5. Her presence within the entertainment industry is growing rapidly with now over seventy thousand followers across her social media channels.
Cyrus participated in the Wakakirri Primary School Challenge with Dapto Public School in 2006, 2007 and 2008. http://www.daptops.nsw.edu.au/cyrus.html In 2015, Cyrus won the seventh season of The X Factor Australia and received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. His debut studio album Cyrus was released on 9 December 2015. Aside from singing, he also plays the guitar and piano.
Alex co-choreographed two Wakakirri Secondary Story Dance items while she was a student at Rosebud Secondary College (2014 & 2015). She said of Wakakirri experience, “Wakakirri really had a huge impact on my life as it allowed me to find a passion for choreography.” Alex is now juggling university study (Bachelor of Creative Arts in Dance at Deakin University) and dance teaching with being the founder, President and Artistic Director of Spark Youth Dance Company Inc. in Victoria. Spark Youth Dance Company’s first production was an original take on The Nutcracker, set during WW1 which debuted in September 2016.
Originally hailing from Mackay, Queensland, Teale Howie participated in Wakakirri as a student at Beaconsfield State School in QLD. Teale says, “I remember playing the only wombat in my school’s ‘Possum Magic’ and feeling pretty special about it. Wakakirri brought me closer to my peers and played a large part in igniting my passion for performing, so it’s pretty cool that I get to be a part of that process again.” Teale Howie graduated from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Theatre (Music Theatre). Since then, he has made the move to Sydney and immersed himself in the theatre scene. In 2016, he treaded the boards as Gabriel in Cristina in the Cupboard (The Depot Theatre) and as General Schmitz/Wickersham Brother in Seussical (Birdie Productions). He later appeared as Lucas Carter in Supply Evolution’s Bare the Musical, which returned early this year for a second season. Teale is currently an Artist in Residence for Wakakirri, sharing his love of Wakakirri and performing with a whole new generation of students.
Zoee Marsh is a trailblazer for young Australians in Choreography and has performed, choreographed and been a movement coach for Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine, So You Think You Can Dance, Australia’s Got Talent, KPMG, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NBL, The Australian Open and Big Day Out Music Festival. She has been the recipient of the ‘Cultural Arts’ Impetus Youth Awards, finalist for ‘Emerging Choreographer’ Dance London 2015 and recently received ‘Most Outstanding Choreography’ at Melbourne’s ‘Grounded’ Showcase. “Wakakirri…opened my eyes completely and I believe is the pinnacle reason why I am now working in Choreography & Creative Direction.” Marsh performed with her school, Kardinia International School Geelong as a year 9 and 10 student.
Christopher trained at Patrick Studios Australia and upon completing his Full time Course was offered several international contracts and spent years dancing, singing and teaching in over 30 countries. After returning to Australia he was offered a position to further his training with Robert Sturrock. Since graduating he has become one of Melbourne’s most sought after male dancers, performing in corporate events, TVC’S, film clips, promotions and major theatre productions. Most notably, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Opera Australia), ‘Le Grand Cirque (Sydney Opera House), ‘Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular’ (BBC UK), Norwegian Cruise Lines, ‘Kismet’ (The Production company) and featured as Prince charming in ‘Snow White the Musical Show’ (Provalliant group- Indonesia).