Stage Acting | Characterisation | Directorial Consultation Production Assistance | Musical Direction
Kris, originally travelled from the cane-paddocks of Home Hill, just south of Townsville, to study at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music. 10 years on, he has made Mackay home. Growing up a Burdekin boy he has always held a passion for performing and a skill to light up when on stage. Starting when he was aged 11, his first on-stage role as a cockney boy in the Home Hill Choral Society’s production of My Fair Lady. From there he ventured across the river with the Burdekin Singers & Theatre Company, where his credits include roles in Hans Christian Andersen, Cinderella, Oklahoma!, and his personal favourite, Les Miserables. During his school years he also participated in various eisteddfods both in the Burdekin and North Queensland with school and community choirs as well as orchestras. Whilst studying his senior certificate, he also participated in and won both District and Regional finals for the Lions Youth of the Year Quest and was awarded the Australia Day Cultural Award for the Burdekin Shire.
Upon his relocation to ‘the big smoke,’ he swiftly took on various roles within The Conservatorium’s productions of Chess, Kiss Me, Kate, Aspects of Love, Footloose, The Sentimental Bloke, Chicago, The Threepenny Opera and Copacabana, and most recently, Sweet Charity. It was during the performances of the JC Williamson operetta, Djin, Djin, where he found his voice in performing the title role, and really enjoyed the passion and the excitement from utilising his instrument to its full capacity.
Working with nationally and internationally accredited artists, has certainly cemented Kris’s eye for detail. From the legend that is Nancye Hayes, to Keith Hawley, as well as the bubbly personality of Chloe Dallimore, Jack Webster and Peter Ross to name a few.
Kris has always enjoyed learning and creating something magical with each of his cast mates and has fond memories of each performance. Until recently he was also a member of Mackay’s own ‘popera’ boy band, Formidable singing alongside mentor and CQCM lecturer, Kim Kirkman. Touring to the northern and southern areas of Queensland and interstate, certainly opened up his eyes to the different aspects of performance and not just the glitz and glamour of the stage. Locally, Kris has been an avid performer, re-joining with the Burdekin Singers and Theatre Co., for their 2014 production of Jesus Christ Superstar as Caiaphas The High Priest, and a constant member of the Mackay Choral Society participating in numerous regional and state eistessfod's and concerts and also the Mackay Musical Comedy Players in various productions most recently in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat [as Naphtali], The Sound of Music [as Uncle Max], Grease [as Johnny Casino], Spamalot [Prince Herbert / Not Dead Fred] and The Secret Garden, but will always treasure his leading role as Enjolras in their 2009 production of Les Miserables. With the Player’s he also directed the Theatre Restaurant, The World Bra Unclipping Championships at Garimba, as well as a few scenes in various concerts and revues. He has also been an invited guest artist to various concerts and private events both locally and in northern districts and attends various master-classes and workshops for theatre and music where available.
Kris currently holds a Bachelor of Theatre (Music Theatre) degree from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, CQUniversity Australia, with specialisations in voice and drama [including stage performance and some formal dance training]. He is presently enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) where he aims to graduate as a Music and Drama Specialist. From there he anticipates commencing further post-graduate studies into music and vocal performance, as well as assisting to develop the natural talents of younger Australians and the young-at-heart. Presently he is the founder, Musical Director and conductor for the newest youth choir, A-Choir’d Pitch, a junior choir with a difference of the Mackay Choral Society. Kris is regularly sought after as a vocal coach, vocal warm-up guide and performance consultant for a variety of productions from local musical productions, to vocal ensembles, large choral and soloist performances.