Actor · Singer · dancer

Caryl is a musical theatre performer based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Since her surprise first performance at the age of three during a screening of Pocahontas, Caryl has performed in musicals onstage at Walt Disney World, at the TSB Bank Festival of Lights in New Plymouth, and in her home of Wellington. She has also performed in Christchurch and Napier as a student at the Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School and the New Zealand Singing School, where she worked with top international tutors, directors, and choreographers. Recently she has begun performing online in livestreamed plays, working with both her fellow Kiwis and international actors.

Caryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Film, and Second Language Education from Victoria University of Wellington. Being Filipina, she was born with a karaoke mic in her hand, and has refined her performance skills with classical training as a mezzo soprano specialising in musical theatre, pop/rock, and rap, and dance training in a number of styles.

credits

Musical theatre

YearShowRoleDirectorCompany
2019Between the LinesSleeping BeautyAlexander GarsideDrama Christi
2017DinoRock: A Musical for Kids at TSB Bank Festival of LightsSnarlAaron BlackledgeKapitall Kids' Theatre
2016DinoRock: A Musical for Kids original productionSnarlAaron BlackledgeKapitall Kids' Theatre
2015The Sword in the StoneMerlinAaron BlackledgeKapitall Kids' Theatre
2014The Marvellous Adventure of Jack and DaisyDaisyAaron BlackledgeKapitall Kids' Theatre
2010Alpha Male the MusicalJill understudy, waitressDaniel KaplanS.T.A.G.E.

theatre

YearShowRoleDirectorCompany
2021A Study of Bad Accents in New Zealand Fringe FestivalGabriel, Sarah, ReskiNatania McLeod Roberts and Saffron QuinnSouth Road Directing
2020Sara in rEMOTION Online Play Festival (video)AlexDaniel MooreAsian Creative Network
2020After Death in rEMOTION Online Play Festival (video)JackieSharon ParkAsian Creative Network
2020Cheap and Perfect Does Another One in New Zealand Fringe FestivalcollaboratorJoanna Divett, Pája Neuhöferová, Susan WilliamsCheap and Perfect
2019The Big Blue Planet Earth ShowLiana, Lt. Scott, BonitaChris FisherDrama Christi
2018Potted Austen: Sense and SensibilityMarianne Dashwood, Lucy SteeleAlexander GarsideDrama Christi
2018Potted Austen: Pride and PrejudiceLydia Bennet, Charlotte Lucas, Caroline BingleyAlexander GarsideDrama Christi
2018Sticky Fingers in New Zealand Fringe FestivalcollaboratorEunji ParkPalette Theatre

staged readings

YearShowRoleDirectorCompany
2020Head Space in rEMOTION Online Play Festival (video)Faith BoltonJohn Primavera, Irinola MėgrėłishviłiAsian Creative Network
2020Strawberry Milk (video)MelRyan ThornhillThornhill Theatre Space
2016The Roaring GirlMoll CutpurseAnia UpstillThe Lord Lackbeards
2016The Queen, or the Excellency of Her SexAlmada, groomMatt PowellThe Lord Lackbeards

Singing

YearEventPerformance
2020Vegan Vaultmarket musician
2020GGWP - Great Games With Pals4K Cabaret (videos)
2019Cosplay Stage Festival"Speechless" from Aladdin 2019 (video)
2018Fluster Cluck; A Chaotic Curation of Cabaret and other such entertainments in New Zealand Fringe FestivalThe Mezzo Mixtape EP (video)

Dance

YearEventPerformanceChoreographerCompany
2019New Zealand men's vs. Barbarians handball exhibition matchDisco jazz opening entertainmentLorna RosevearSpiritus Dance Company

training

  • Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School 2020: James Madison in Hamilton's "The Room Where it Happens" music dir. Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer and chor. Leslie Garcia Bowman. Florinda in Into the Woods' "Prologue: Into the Woods" dir. Peter Flynn and music dir. Geoffrey Castles. Ensemble in Edwin Drood's "There You Are" chor. Leslie Bell. Vocal masterclass with Geoffrey Castles. Dance classes with Leslie Bell and Michael Ralph.

  • New Zealand Singing School 2019 musical theatre stream: Masterclasses with Irene Bartlett, Pat Wilson, Nick Hollamby, Laine Loxlea-Danaan, and Jane Keller. Music dir. Mark Dorrell and Karen Grylls. Group and ensemble performances dir. Sara Brodie.

  • The VoxBox: Nine years private vocal tuition with Megan Corby.

  • Victoria University of Wellington: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Film, and Second Language Education. 300 level shows dir. David O'Donnell, Rachel Lenart, and Kerryn Palmer.

dance

  • Intermediate tap (ongoing): Spiritus Dance Company (formerly LL Dance)

  • Three years jazz (ongoing): Spiritus Dance Company, Jennifer Evans Dance Academy

  • Five years ballet (ongoing): Spiritus Dance Company, various

  • One year hiphop: Jennifer Evans Dance Academy

  • One year Latin and ballroom: The Studio

instruments

  • Trinity College Grade 3 piano

  • Basic guitar

  • Basic orchestral percussion

skills

  • Cartwheels

  • Rollerblading

  • Mute fur-suited mascot characters

  • Kapa haka

  • Swimming

Workshops

  • Make Soup from a Stone: Devising with Paula Van Beek at the Annual BATS Summit

  • Performing the World: Community theatre with Nicola Pauling at the Annual BATS Summit

  • Sandpit Workshops 2017 blocks 3 and 5 at BATS Theatre

  • Nil By Mouth: Physical theatre, communication, and language with Saran Goldie-Smith and Jen McArthur at Barbarian Productions

  • Characterization through improvisation with Jamie Irvine at Hutt Repertory Theatre

media

0:00: "Don't Wanna Be Here" - Ordinary Days (Adam Gwon)
1:37: "Angels, Punks and Raging Queens" - Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Bill Russell)
3:23: Helen of Troy - The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood)

Faith Bolton - Head Space (John Primavera) staged reading in rEMOTION Online Play Festival

photoshoots

Contact

If you would like to collaborate with Caryl on a show, book her for your event, or have any other enquiries, please get in touch.