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Justin Freind - Artistic Director

Justin Freind began his career at the age of 7 in a production with the Bridgetown Repertory Club. He has been performing ever since and is now considered one of Western Australia’s leading performers.

In 1992, he commenced his training at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, where he gained a Certificate in Classical Music, a Diploma of Performing Arts and a Bachelor of Music (Performance).  Whilst at the Conservatorium he was involved in productions of The Marriage of Figaro, The Rakes Progress, La Clemenza di Tito and took lead roles in Sweeney Todd, La Finta Giardinera and A Midsummer Nights Dream.

As a soloist he has performed with numerous groups including; Conservatorium Chorale, The Geraldton Choral Society, The Malcolm Sargent Choir, The Savoy Singers, The Julian Singers, The Madrigal Singers, St George’s Cathedral Choir, I Voci Choir, P.L.C Choir, Aquinas College Choir, Trinity College Choir, The Lieder Society of W.A, Collegium Choirs, Perth Undergraduate Choral Society, U.W.A Choral Society and Perth Oratorio Choir.

He has performed leading roles with the Midnite Youth Theatre Co. (Wind in the Willows, The Mikado) Regal Opera (Scrooge) Music Theatre Co. of W.A. (Evita, My Fair Lady), Gilbert & Sullivan Society of W.A. (Cox & Box, Trial by Jury, The Sorcerer, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Mikado, Ruddigore, Yeomen of the Guard, Gondoliers, Utopia Ltd, Grand Duke) Music Spectrum (Les Miserables) M.S. Society of W.A. (King & I)  Old Mill Theatre (The Habit of Art) Melville Theatre (The Secret Garden) Harbour Theatre  (The Sunshine Boys) and sung with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Amberley on Swan) Perth Pops Orchestra (Hits of Love & War, K.G.B. Hit List, Best of British 93-96,02-12, Vienna Pops 04-11) West Australian Opera (Opera in the Park 97,04, 30th Anniversary Gala, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Barber of Seville, Gala 98,99, Patience, Nostradamus, Merry Widow, Don Giovanni, Madam Butterfly - role Goro, Orpheus in the Underworld - role Orpheus) and West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Guest artist Classic Pops Series 98-00 ).

As a Musical Director/Conductor he has conducted the Savoy Singers, The Real Sing, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA (Cox & Box, Sorcerer, Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore, Messmates Ahoy, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, The Magic of G & S) Midnite Youth Theatre Co(Aspects of Love, Ruddigore) On Stage Productions (My Fair Lady, Wizard of OZ) J&G Musical Productions (Oklahoma), Melville Theatre (Looking Back, The Secret Garden)  Old Mill Theatre (South Pacific, Aladdin, Fiddler on the Roof, Scrooge), Koorliny Arts Centre (Annie, Beauty and the Beast)

In 2001 Justin performed the lead role of Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables at the Regal Theatre, to much acclaim, and was also the conducting intern for West Australian Youth Orchestra.

Justin is one of Australia’s leading G & S performers having been involved in over 30 productions and was the President of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA from 2001-2009.   He performed in the UK in 2004 and 2005 at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, performing lead roles in Patience, The Zoo, The Pirates of Penzance & HMS Pinafore.  2008 saw him perform as guest artist in a production of Ruddigore for R.A.G.S.T in New Zealand, and he return to the company in 2012 to perform in the company’s final production of The Grand Duke.

2007 saw him perform the title role in Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera in the Park with West Australian Opera and 2008 he sang the role of Goro again with WA Opera for Opera in the Park.  2009 saw the beginning of a successful concert series that Justin organises and promotes at the Old Mill Theatre called ‘Sunday Serenades'.  In 2016 he created the role of Henry/Britten in the WA Premiere of The Habit of Art, and at the 2017 Independent Theatre Association's Robert Finley Awards won Best Actor in a Musical (The Secret Garden) and Best Musical Director (The Secret Garden) which he co musically directed with Ross Burford.

In 2007 he was included in the Inaugural Edition of Who’s Who of Western Australia for his service in the Arts and in 2017 was inducted into the Independent Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame for his contribution to community theatre.

Katherine Freind

My Musical Theatre experience began at the age of 7 and I have been very fortunate to perform in both community theatre, pro am productions and professionally since that time. Highlights have been Evita at His Majesty’s Theatre in 1994, Oliver at the Regal Theatre in 1998, The King & I at the Regal Theatre in 2004, The Mikado at the Regal Theatre in 2006 and Cruisin’ The Musical with Glenn Shorrock and JCM Productions at the Regal Theatre in 2007.

I began dance classes at the age of 3 and have been trained in Classical, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary dance.  Currently, I own and run in partnership with Sue Cunnell, The Stage Key Company which provides dance and vocal training for children and adults.

Vocally, I have been training with Ruth Young/Atkinson since 1995 and in 1996 was accepted into the WA Academy of Performing Arts, Music Theatre Certificate Course.  I have also been trained with the Trinity College of London in Speech & Drama with June Percival.

Other experience includes 5 years spent singing in an original Acoustic Duo called ‘MUSE’ with Natalie Ripepi around Perth & WA.  During this period we supported many local, interstate and international acts and also recorded and released a CD.  I also spent 2 years with The Real Sing (Choir) under the direction of Martin Meader.

Katherine has also Directed production of The Wizard of Oz and Disney's Aladdin Jr with The Stage Key Company and Annie and Beauty and the Beast for Koorliny Arts Centre.

Currently I perform as a solo/duet artist for both private and corporate functions and my repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary.  I am also still actively involved in many musical theatre productions throughout Perth.

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