Here you can find this year's cast of our production "West Side Story".
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Valerie Luksch was born in Vienna and completed her studies in singing, dance and acting at the August Everding Theater Academy in Munich. As a child she took ballet lessons at the Vienna State Opera and began her piano training. As a member of the children's choir of the Volksoper Wien, she gained stage experience at an early age and took part in many productions there. During her apprenticeship she was already seen in the musical INTO THE WOODS as Little Red Riding Hood at the Deutsches Theater in Munich. Valerie Luksch was regularly on stage as a soloist at musical galas and was one of the finalists at the “National Singing Competition” in Berlin and the “Heinrich Strecker Singing Competition” at the Baden City Theater. Afterwards Valerie Luksch made several guest appearances at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, as well as the Theater St.Gallen, where she could be seen in the musicals MY FAIR LADY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and ON THE TOWN. Other engagements included, among others roles like Chava in ANATEVKA at the Kufstein Operetta Summer, Magnolia in SHOWBOAT, Tuptim in THE KING AND I and Irene Molloy in HELLO DOLLY at the Stadttheater Baden, as well as Kathy Selden in SINGIN'I N THE RAIN at the Eggenfelden Theater.
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Andreja Zidaric is a young, award-winning Slovenian soprano who works in the genres of opera, operetta and musical. The young singer has already collaborated with numerous renowned personalities from the world of music and theatre, including Franz Welser-Möst, Stephen Schwartz, Sir Trevor Nunn and Harry Kupfer. Andreja Zidaric was the first Slovenian soprano to sing at the 2014 Salzburg Festival as part of the Young Singers Project. At the 7th International Heinrich Strecker Singing Competition in Baden near Vienna, the aspiring singer won the 1st Prize of the Jury, the Audience Prize and the Special Prize - her participation in the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival. Andreja Zidaric attaches great importance to precision and attention to detail as well as to a passionate embodiment of her roles. Important roles of the singer have been: Rosina in "The Barber of Seville", Gretel in "Hansel und Gretel", Ottilie in "Im weißen Rössl", Blonde in "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", Maria Anna in "Schikaneder", Amber in "Hairspray" and Kondja Gül in "Die Rose von Stambul". Trained at the Music and Art University of Vienna, formerly the Conservatory of the City of Vienna, she completed the Department of Solo Singing in the class of Uta Schwabe and previously the Department of Musical Entertainment Theatre, where she was taught by Michèle Friedman. She also received coaching from Patricia Nessy, soloist at the Vienna Volksoper.
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Paul Schweinester was born in Innsbruck and became soprano soloist of the Wiltener Sängerknaben. In 2009 he graduated from the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna with distinction and continued his studies at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome. As a member of the Young Singers Project at Salzburg Festival 2012 he had opportunity to work with conductors such as Daniele Gatti and Ingo Metzmacher. From 2009/10 to 2012/13 he was member of the ensemble at Wiener Volksoper. Paul Schweinester had a big success in the Role of Adam (Vogelhändler) at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch in summer 2017. Before that he returned to Theater an der Wien to sing for the first time a major role at this theatre in a new production – Toni Reischmann in Henze’s Elegie für junge Liebende.
Mark Roy Luykx
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Mark Roy Luykx is a Dutch actor and singer, born in Leiden, The Netherlands. Mark studied Music Theatre at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, with singing teachers Edward Hoepelman and Ingrid Zeegers. During his last year he was part of the choir in the opera Carmen and played multiple parts in the music theatre show Wie is Loesje, both produced by Opera Zuid. After recieving his Bachelor of Music in 2014 he started his Master of Music at the same school. During this year he was part of the Young Talent Group of The M-lab, the show Carousel, and played Tamino in The Electric Flute by Opera Spanga. Mark ended up freezing his Master after the first year because he got cast in The Phantom of the Opera in Germany, as cover Monsieur André, Reyer and Passarino. He decided to finish his Master of Music in Tilburg. During this year he also studied at The Meisner Acting Studio from Paul Dekker in Den Bosch and replaced Addo Kruizinga as Parsson Nathaniel at the end of the dutch tour of The War of the Worlds. Just after finishing his Master in 2018 he moved to Stuttgart to play in the German adaptation of the Broadway show Anastasia. Where he covered the two male leads, Dimtri and Gleb. After Anastasia he returned to the Metronom Theatre in Oberhausen to be part of the cult musical Tanz der Vampire, as a swing and cover Herbert.
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Fin Holzwart was born in Schleswig-Holstein and completed his musical studies at the Institute of Music at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in 2015. He was, among others. CATS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, KISS ME KATE, HAIR (Claude), WEST SIDE STORY (BigDeal / BabyJohn), ICH NOCH NIEMALS IN NEW YORK (CV Fred), THRILL ME (Nathan Leopold), ARTUS-EXCALIBUR (Kay), DRACULA (Arthur Holmwood), SHREK (Peter Pan), REBECCA (Robert), LES MISERABLES (Babet), FOOTLOOSE (Ren McCormack), COMPANY (Bobby), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and SPAMALOT. Fin has appeared on stage at the Theater Dortmund, Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Alten Schauspielhaus Stuttgart, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater Osnabrück, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Theater für Niedersachsen, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Bonn Opera, Freilichtspiele Tecklenburg and Thunerseespielen.
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Tamara studied Musical Theater at the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich. During her studies she was already part of the Cast of HAIR at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. She also participated in Show like BIG FISH, as Glinda in THE WIZARD OF OZ and as Isabella Andreini in THE GLORIOUS ONES. At the galaconcert HAPPY BIRTHDAY LENNY BERNSTEIN she sang the role of Anita in West Side Story. In Rogers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA she appeared as Cinderella at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. In Stuttgart she was part of the cast of STREET SCENE as Mae Jones. During the summer season Tamara appeared in the musical HAIR at the Bad Hersfeld Festspiele. She was part of the DAS IST WAHNSINN-Das Musical mit den Hits von Wolfgang Petry Tour as Gianna.
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Paul Csitkovics studied Musical Theatre at the „Performing Aacademy“ in Vienna and dance at „Tanzwerksta? Fux“ in Oberpullendorf, Austria. He won countless awards while compeHng at the internaHonal ASDU Championships in musical and show dance. Furthermore he made it to the TOP 6 at „Got To Dance“ (German TV-channel Pro7) and won 3rd place at „Austria’s Next Male Model“ He was nominated „Best Actor“ at the Austrian „Papageno Award“ for his portrayal of CINDERELLA’S PRINCE/WOLF in Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS at Vienna’s English Theatre. His further work includes shows like EUROVISION SONG CONTEST (ORF, Vienna), AQUARIA (Bournemouth, UK), HAPPY BIRTHDAY UWE KRÖGER (Vienna), ESTELLE (Ronacher Theatre Vienna), ARTUS - EXCALIBUR (Austria), MESSIAH ROCKS (Raimund Theatre Vienna), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Ronacher Theatre Vienna), DERNIERE (Akzent Theatre Vienna), GRAND HOTEL (Theatre Baden, Austria), JOAQUIN in ZORRO - THE MUSICAL (Musical Summer Winzendorf), FELIX MOSER and Ensemble in I AM FROM AUSTRIA (Raimund Theatre Vienna), KISS ME KATE (Opera of Graz), FOOTLOOSE (Theatre Darmstadt, Germany).
- Action (Jet): Bart Aerts
- Anybodys (Jet): Hannah Stanton
- A-Rab (Jet): Alexander Findewirth
- Baby John (Jet): Diego Federico
- Big Deal (Jet): Sario Solomon
- Clarice (Jet): Marianna Hidemi
- Diesel (Jet): Didier Borel
- Graziella (Jet): Ulrike Ahrens
- Guitar (Jet): Rico Salathe
- Mouthpiece (Jet): Cristian Catto
- Pauline (Jet): Melissa Laurenzia Peters
- Snowboy (Jet): Helge Mark Lodder
- Tiger (Jet): Adriano Sanzo
- Velma (Jet): Michelle Härle
- Chino (Shark): David Rodriguez-Yanez
- Consuelo (Shark): Karen Danger
- Estella (Shark): Livia Wrede
- Francisca (Shark): Margherita Toso
- Indio (Shark): Wie-Ken Liao
- Luis (Shark Tänzer): Roger Mejias
- Margarita (Shark): Silvana Schollmeyer
- Pepe (Shark): Pablo Martinez Garcia
- Rosalia (Shark): Natalie Rossetti
- Shark Girl 1: Rosanne Rebergen
- Shark Girl 2: Nina Tatzber
- Shark Girl 3: Merle Tap
- Shark Girl 4: Kizzy Garcia Vale
- Teresita (Shark): Luisa Ofelia Montero de la Rosa
- Doc: Martin Rudolph Berger
- Officer Krupke: Heinz-Arthur Boltuch
- Schrank, Gladhand: Peter Edelmann