Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.


Book by
Douglas Carter Beane

Music and Lyrics by
John Farrar & Jeff Lynne

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.


February 2 – February 24, 2018

February 2 – February 24, 2018


creative team

Justin Tubb-Hearne


Queenslander Justin Hearne studied Technical Production at QUT specializing in costuming and set design. A milliner by trade, Justin has used his creativity in Queensland and further afield, costuming and dressing both in Sydney at the Opera House as well as in New York. Previous productions include Gypsy, Dogfight (North American Amateur Première), Twisted (World Première), Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha to name but a few. Closer to home, Justin has designed costumes for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels & The Little Mermaid, for which he was nominated for a Gold Coast Theatre Award. He is excited to continue his journey with the Phoenix Ensemble and can’t wait to see what he creativity inspires.

Trenton Dunstan

Musical Director.

Trenton is a multi-instrumentalist, performing in many musicals around South-East Queensland on keyboards as well as percussion and drum kit. After learning piano as a child, his attention turned to percussion through high school where he currently performs freelance in musical theatre and orchestral work. He has performed in productions of Wicked (RMT), La Cage Aux Folles (Phoenix Ensemble) and The Little Mermaid (Phoenix Ensemble) as a keyboardist as well as The Addams Family (Ipswich Grammar), Jesus Christ Superstar (GTP) and Fame (Ipswich Grammar) for percussion. Xanadu is his first production as Music Director and has enjoyed every stage of the rehearsal process and working with everyone in the cast, as well as collaborating with Justin, Amy and the rest of the creative team. He is looking forward to an exciting and enjoyable interpretation of the cult classic Xanadu, and hopes everyone in the audience enjoys the show!

Amy-Rose Swindells


Amy-Rose is an energetic and passionate Dance Teacher with years of experience. She is fully qualified holding her CSTD (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing) Teaching Diploma and is currently studying for her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Business Management. Her professional career has seen her tour QLD with Raw Dance Company’s ‘ Urban Wonderland’ and Full Metal Racket’ shows and perform with Troupes ‘CandyApple Cabaret’, ‘The Met’ and ‘Raw Suga’. Gaining her training here in Brisbane at local quality dance school Julie-Ann Lucas, Amy-Rose can cater for all students, those just having fun and those wanting to create a career out of dance. Choreography comes naturally to her as she created her first large group dance at the age of 12 and has continued this now through her life. She has performed in and choreographed many musicals including Sweet Charity (Lead Role and Choreographer), Chorus Line (Lead Role), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Choreographer) and Alice in Wonderland (Choreographer). This is her first production with ‘Phoenix Ensemble’ and what better way to start it then with the fun loving show ‘Xanadu’. Come along and check it out, Amy- Rose guarantees that you’ll be dancing along in your seats.


cast & crew

Sonny Malone  – Anthony Jacobsen
Clio / Kira / Kitty – Bonnie Fawcett
Danny Maguire – Ian Moore
Melpomene – Shelley Scott
Calliope – Laura Baker
Erato – Molly Campbell
Terpsichore – Beau Wharton
Euterpe – Bethany Warnes-Jones
Thalia – Michael McNish
Greek Chorus: Robyn Holland, Serena Mak, Tammy Richards & Georgia Waters

Director Justin Tubb-Hearne
Musical Director Trenton Dunstan
Choreographer Amy-Rose Swindells
Stage Manager Jacque Clark
Assistant Director Darcy Morris
Lighting Design Chloe Dunn
Set Design Justin Tubb-Hearne
Set Construction Justin Tubb-Hearne, Bruce Hearne, Jimmy & Olivia Baker, Imogen Saxton-Heine, Rose Windley & Cast
Costumes Kirsten Mclean & Justin Tubb-Hearne
Programme Design Benjamin Tubb-Hearne
Photography Benjamin Tubb-Hearne