My love of musical theatre began nearly 25 years ago at the tender age of 5; I remember the moment vividly… dragging my Mum on stage, then the realization that “I can do this” followed by me pushing her off as I continued to sing my little heart out… there’s been no stopping me ever since. Since then I have performed in over 10 musicals including playing Annie in Annie, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Pandora in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, a soloist in The Gleevent, Oliver, Joseph and his Technicolor dream coat and many more.
I spent my childhood performing at every moment possible; recording voice over’s for radio, winning talent quests and taking home the award for “most valued” dancer in open jazz three years in a row. At the age of 15 and 17 I competed in a televised talent quest called “Wannabes” hosted by Jason Gunn (once filming a solo video clip and the other, a duet with my singing partner Ben Hazlewood).
In recent years I became a finalist to be the next “What Now” presenter. Chosen from hundreds of contestants I co-presented the two hour show live, I sang, danced, had a blast and made it into the top 5! When I finished school I decided to continue my love for the arts by taking up study at UCOL, completing a 6 month training course in performing arts. I cannot wait to instill the love I have for singing, drama and dance in my students… So parents rest assured, knowing your children are in very capable hands.
Andy Skelly Has been around Performing arts her whole life, as her Mother wrote, directed and performed on stage and screen. Andrea’s first show was Peter Pan when she was 5. She has been in dance classes since the age of 4, competed in many acting competitions as well as taking drama classes since she was 12. Choreographed for stage challenge 2014 and 2015 and dance festival 2010-2015. She has been involved in many performances, the most recent shows being ‘Addams family’ A Napier operatic Production ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ Whitireia Musical Theatre Grad show and’ The Fairy Tail Cookbook’ Kapitall Kids Theatre. Andy Is currently studying in a two year course, diploma in Performing (Musical Theatre) at Whitireia Performance Centre.
I am very excited for my second year on the Starz on Stage team. I love working with the kids and can’t wait to watch them grow even more into confident little performers. I can offer the Starz on Stage Kids my passion for performance and my love to create new and different dances and I really look forward to the kids input and adding personality to my choreography. 2017 is going to be great :)
Eliza is from Wellington where she first studied Commercial Dance before moving to Australia to further her training. Eliza has spent the last 5 years dancing on cruise ships with Carnival Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises. Eliza's career has taken her on overseas contracts in Egypt, Singapore and India, as well as performing Flying Silks and Adagio for a UK circus tour. Eliza is happy to be back home and loves teaching and sharing her love of performing with kids.