Introducing: the cast and creatives of FIDEL: The Musical!

Coming to St Paul’s in just under a week, Fidel! is the newest musical to join our Workin Process initiative for two performances this Thursday 16th November. Read on for more about the team on and off-stage, and get your tickets now!

The Cast

Guido_8x10_headshot_3000_colour-2 (1)Guido Garcia Lueches
Fidel

Guido trained at the Montevideo Institute of Acting in Uruguay, which is where he’s from. Before coming to London in 2014, he worked as an actor in Uruguay and all around South America, specializing in improvisation and physical theatre. Once in the UK he trained at Associated Studios.

UK credits include Into the Woods (Chelsea Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oxford Shakespeare Co); Julius Caesar (Brighton Fringe); and the new musicals The Curse of Love (Bread & Roses); Illegals: The Game Show (Waterloo East); and A Brand New Start (Tristan Bates).

Fidel Castro is the second historical Latin American character Guido has played in London, after Carlos Gardel in The Day You’ll Love Me (Theatro Technis).

He is passionate about developing new work and also writes for the stage.

Gabriela Garcia-Headshot
Gabriela Garcia
Celia

Gabriela recently finished playing the lead role of Nina in the Olivier Award winning In the Heights (London’s Kings Cross Theatre).

Previous theatre credits include Ghost for David Ian’s UK Tour; Sweet Charity (ETF Theatre); Hot Stuff (Queen’s Theatre) and RENT (Greenwich Theatre).

Pablo Raya HEADSHOTPablo Raya
Che

Pablo, born in Córdoba (Andalusia, Spain), studied at The Actors Temple (London) and Corazza’s Studio (Madrid).

Theatre credits include Mamma Mia (Coliseum, Madrid); Ay Carmela! (Reina Victoria, Madrid); High School Musical (Lope de Vega, Madrid); and 4onTheFloor (UK Tour).

Film credits include And Then I Was French (dir. Claire L Apps); Ozoner (dir. John Waterfall); and The Finca (dir. James Smith).

Television credits include La Gira (Disney Channel); Yo Quisiera (Mediaset Group); and Casi Angeles (Cris Morena, Argentina).

R HannouchRobert Hannouch
Camillo

Robert Hannouch trained at The Royal Academy of Music, London and The Musical Theatre Academy, Sweden.

Theatre Credits include: Godspell (UK Tour); Children of Eden (Sweden); Miracle on 34th Street (UK Tour & Dubai); Twelfth Night (Gulf Tour); Assassins (RAM); Ruddigore (Tabard); The Cat in the Hat (Tour & The Pleasance); RENT (Sweden); Whodunnit, See How They Run, Ghost Train, Privates on Parade, One Man, Two Guvnors and The Odd Couple (Windsor & Sidmouth Rep).

Television credits include: Le Hold Up (Swedish National Television); Mattemorden (Swedish National Television).

Film credits include: April; Letter to Obama; and Weevils.

Radio includes: The White Cameleon (BBC Radio).

Concerts include: Sir Elton (The Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and The Palladium).

Jean-ToussaintJean-Toussaint Torre
Nico

Jean-Toussaint is originally from Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. He moved to London four years ago to study at the American Musical Theatre Academy Of London where he graduated in 2015. He is so honored to be part of such a special project and be working with an incredible cast & creative team.

Theatre credits include: Godspell (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Godspell UK Tour (Hackney Empire); Into The Woods (LOST Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jurkowitz Theatre).

AlvaroAlvaro Flores
Raul

Originally from Mexico, Alvaro trained in Acting at Italia Conti and Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. He then trained in corporeal mime at Theatre de l’Ange Fou.

His work has seen him perform in 13 countries and three languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese. Credits include: Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote in Algiers (White Bear Theatre); Guido Contini in Nine (Ye Olde Rose and Crown); Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Shawford Mill Theatre); Melman in Madagascar Live, Wig Out (Royal Court Theatre); Chess in Concert (Royal Albert Hall); Fair Trade (Pleasance Theatre); Acis and Galatea (Wilton’s Music Hall).

2016 saw Alvaro perform the play Qaddafi’s Cook at the San Diego, Hollywood and New York International Fringe Festivals, which will be staged in London in 2018.

NiccoloNiccolò Curradi
Batista

Born in Florence, Italy, Niccolò graduated in cello and chamber music at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He started his career as a musician and later moved into acting and singing, graduating from A.G.Garrone (Bologna,Italy) and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

His theatre credits include: La Strada (UK tour / The Other Palace) Hotel for Criminals (New Wimbledon Theatre); Poppies – A New Musical (The Space); How Will I Know (Brighton Fringe Festival); What You Will (Actor’s Church, Covent Garden); The Cherry Orchard (New Wimbledon Theatre); Up From Paradise (New Wimbledon Theatre); The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith (Jermyn Street); Celebrating Silvermann (Hippodrome Casino); Dr Selavy’s Magic Theatre (New Wimbledon); Nymph Errant (Bernie Grant Arts Centre); The Love of the Three Oranges (Teatro Comunale di Firenze); Jack, or The Submission (Teatro Metastasio, Prato, Italy); Edward Scissorhands (Teatro Politeama Pratese, Italy).

Gabriela-Harris-PRINT-(no-border)-03Gabriela Harris
Haydee

Gabriela trained at The Urdang Academy graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre and Dance. Gabriela is thrilled to be making her professional debut In Fidel the Musical.

Credits whilst training include: Nine (Finsbury Town Hall); RENT (Pleasance); Link Live (Finsbury Town Hall); The Dating Cycle (Shaw Theatre).

Gabriela would like to thank her family for all their continuous support and she dedicates this performance to her wonderful mum. Gabriela is also thankful and beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of Fidel.

JoanneJoanne Maroun
Melba

Joanne Maroun studied Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts. Whilst training she played lead roles in Urinetown and Lockart ​The ​Musical. Since graduating earlier this year her credits include lead vocalist in Summertime Special Brick Lane Music Hall and Titania in A Little Midsummer (The Deck/NT – dir. Josh Seymour).

She is thrilled to be part of this exciting new production, Fidel! The Musical.


Creative Team

Tania Azevedo
Director

Tania Azevedo is the co-founder of award-winning Play Pen Productions, which produced LaChiusa’s Hello Again (Hope Theatre) and associate director for Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.

She received an Offie award nomination for Best Director for Paper Hearts.
Recent directing credits include Tenderly (New Wimbledon); XY (From Page to Stage at The Other Palace); Plots (TRSE and Citizens Theatre); Paper Heats (Upstairs at the Gatehouse and International Tour); Piece of Silk (Hope Theatre); The Signalman (VAULT Festival); Hello Again (Hope).

Denise Baden
Book, Concept

Dr Denise Baden is an Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and her research has included interviews with Cubans on Fidel’s leadership style. Her fascination with Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution led her to develop this innovative musical project which crowdsourced and crowdfunded the musical ‘Fidel’.

Maria Haïk Escudero
Music and Lyrics Supervisor

Maria trained at Goldsmith’s, receiving her MA in Musical Theatre Composition in 2009.

In 2010 she joined Theatre6 as Resident Composer. With Theatre6, credits include: The Double (White Bear); Beyond Therapy (Hen & Chickens); Mr Happiness & The Water Engine which won The Off-West End Award for Best Actor and was TimeOut Critic’s Choice and more recently their UK National tour of Gabriel (Richmond Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Devonshire Park Theatre, Theatre Clwyd, Theatre Royal Windsor, Greenwich Theatre and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre)starring Paul McGann and Belinda Lang.

Other credits include: Mary Rose (Jack Studio Theatre and Riverside Studios); The Cherry Orchard (Jack Studio Theatre); Nina (Spanish Theatre Company); and Antigone (The Hope Theatre).

Musicals include: Zipporah (George Wood Theatre); A Time to Pull (Theatre Breaks Festival); and Moments (musical-in-development with concert readings so far at Wimbledon Studio Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre).

As lyricist, Maria collaborated with musician Omar Puente on musical Mi Cubita Bella.  Maria also composed the jingle for Jessie Cave’s The Waiting Room series and scored student horror film Katara for students at Roehampton University.  Maria is currently composing for Theatre6’s production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, adapted for the stage by Stephanie Dale, directed by Kate McGregor and featuring live music.

Adam Hope
Musical Director

Adam Hope is a conductor, organist and academic based in Southwest London. His experience as a musician spans a range of genres and styles from musical theatre to choral music, and he is known for a dynamic and inspired approach as a conductor.

Adam is currently carrying out research as a PhD scholar at Kingston University, where he was the recipient of Kingston University’s Music Prize. He now balances work as an examiner for the London College of Music with a freelance portfolio that includes roles as Organist at Dartford Parish Church, Conductor of the South London Military Wives and Assistant Conductor of the Canbury Singers. He also has a keen interest in improvisation performing regularly as a liturgical improviser and jazz pianist.

Adam has studied conducting with Neil Ferris, John Dickson, Peter Hanke and Patrick Russill. Since 2012, as an MD he has worked on a wide range of musicals including Spring Awakening (2012); La Cage aux Folles (2013); Whistle Down the Wind (2014); Grease (2014); Into the Woods (2014); Anything Goes (2016): RENT (2016); and Titanic: The Musical (2016).

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