Casey is an established actress, musician and television presenter with over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry. She has been nominated for numerous ARIA & TV Week Logie Awards for her work with the internationally successful children’s group, Hi-5. Casey regularly hosts Wakakirri’s shows across NSW, but her first turn on the Wakakirri stage was as a student!
“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
Erikka Meredith MacPherson
Erikka is a showgirl and cabaret performer first and foremost. She has worked with Wakakirri as an in-school facilitator since 2015 and stepped up as NSW Rep for the 2019 show season, however her first Wakakirri experience was in her childhood.
“My first experience with Wakakirri was way back in 2006. I was in year 7 at Jinibara State School in North Brisbane and I remember hanging out for rehearsal time every week. We used ‘Love Generation’ by Bob Sinclair for a ‘Playground’ scene and I got to figure out choreography using skipping ropes & hula hoops. I’ve always loved creating movement! I absolutely adore all that Waka teaches and offers our young performers here in Oz. I am super passionate about life both on and off the stage and I love growing and learning alongside all of the wonderful young talent I get to work with through this brilliant performing arts program.” – Erikka
Rebecca first fell in love with Wakakirri when she performed with her school. Now more than 15 years later she is working with Wakakirri again as part of the team at Muffin Break, a major sponsor of Wakakirri.
“Performing arts was always a passion of mine from a young age, so when Wakakirri was introduced to my primary school in 2002, it was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass on. Having participated in it at Arncliffe Primary School for two years, it was a fun and challenging experience. Dressing up in amazing outfits and being able to perform alongside my friends was certainly the highlight and was an experience like no other. It introduced me to the world of drama, and I continued performing right up until my HSC. I loved participating and through our joint venture [with Muffin Break] hope I can encourage many more students to participate as well.” – Rebecca
Cyrus participated in the Wakakirri Primary School Challenge with Dapto Public School in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Check out the videos on Daptio’s website HERE. 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). 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 which debuted in September 2016.
“Wakakirri really had a huge impact on my life as it allowed me to find a passion for choreography.” – Alex
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).