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Back to the 80's!

The Concourse, Chatswood  ( Theatre )

8 - 23 January 2016

You are about to go on a journey. A journey back to a time when Michael Jackson and Rick Astley were the Kings of Pop. A journey back to a time when bubble skirts and blue eye shadow were cool and the Atari was cutting edge technology. That's right dudes... you are about to go on a journey.

Following the success of their inaugural sell-out production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Packemin Youth Productions returns in 2016 with the totally awesome musical BACK TO THE 80's. Featuring over 60 of Sydney's most talented young performers and special guest star Mark Simpson (Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show) as Mr Cocker. This awesome musical will include all your favourite hits from the 80's including Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Love Shack, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Material Girl, You Give Love A Bad Name, Man In the Mirror, 500 Miles, Kids In America, Footloose and more!

Join Corey Palmer and the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year. Experience with them all the highs and lows of growing up; the fun, the heartbreak and the teenage angst - think Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Karate Kid and The Wedding Singer!

Set in 1980's USA and against a backdrop of the biggest pop hits of the time, BACK TO THE 80's is the ultimate throwback to the era that brought you the Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. This totally awesome musical will take you on a journey back to a time when bubble skirts and blue eye shadow were cool and Michael Jackson and Rick Astley were the Kings of Pop.

Hashtag(s):  #backtothe80s2016 #PackeminProds

Production Team

Director Jordan Vassallo
Musical Director Rachel Kelly
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell & Craig Nhobbs
Costume Designer Audrey Currie
Lighting Designer Richard Neville
Stage Manager Neil Shotter
Sound Designer Simon Koenig
Assistant Director Courtney Cassar
Assistant Choreographer Jayme-Jo Massoud
Publicist Angelica Scott


Special Guest Mark Simpson as Mr Cocker

Full Cast List

Mr Cocker Special Guest Mark Simpson
Corey Snr David Tucker
Miss Brannigan Jocelyn O'Brien
Corey Jnr Lochie Kent
Tiffany Lana Domeney
Michael Joshua Ridge
Feargal Alex Young
Eileen Rebecca Spicer
Cyndi Lucy Clifton
Alf Jamie Smith
Kirk Patrick Jenkins
Debbie Eleanor Foster
Laura India Morpeth
Billy Cameron Shields
Lionel Eamon Moses
Huey Brandon Koolloos
Mel Megan Walshe
Kim Kira Leiva


Ben Anderson, Cameron Bajraktarevic-Hayward, Christopher Bloom, Bec Campbell, Amy Carmichael, Lauren Carter, Rosie Coppini, Caitlin Dennis, Anisa Dobson, Krystal Docker, Ashlee Edgecombe, Jessica Ellis, Bethany Friend, Chloe Gabila, Zach Goldfinch, Rachel Hertz, Claudia Joller, Hannah Mackay, Lilou Madden, Joel Mallett, Annabel McConnachie, Allegra Monk, Megan Mooney, Lachlan Oldfield, Casey Pike, Ashley Roberts, Mya-Rose San Diego, Brooke Shelley, Matilda Simmons, Kathryn Solomou, Isabella Speranza, Olivia Spiteri, Penelope Tahiri, Tilly Webb, Elisabeth Woodcock, Mirrae Youssef

Junior Ensemble

Sophie Andrews, Maryanna Coppini, Jordyn Elliott, Ruby Hawken, Tanisha Ivanoff, Corben Madden, Jessie Massoud, Zoe Panas, Laura Penn, Morgan Roberts, Emily Simmons, Matthew Simmons, Daniel Timmins, Imogen Van-Stolk, Ella Whelan


"Each lead actor gets a chance to shine with at least one solo performance. A couple of stand out performances for me were Lucy Clifton (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) as Cindy Gibson and Kira Leiva (Annie, Hairspray) as Kim Easton. These two young women are little vocal powerhouses and their onstage presence was palpable. I can also see big things ahead for Josh Ridge, who was very charismatic, despite his character's flaws." - Theatre People 

"Lots of credit must also go to the choreographers, Cameron Mitchell, of So You Think You Can Dance fame, and Craig Nhobbs. The choreography of all these amazing 80's numbers looked very effective, and not one cast member seemed to put a foot wrong with the steps; they all looked like they were having a ball." - Stage Whispers