Creator, Producer, Writer
Plays the roles of Shaz Dicker & Annasthesia Waterbomb
Coming from a large family of performers, with 6 brothers, taught Anna from a young age how to stand out in a crowd and she has been doing it ever since. The ultimate triple threat, Anna sings, acts and does interpretive dance (no one is ever quite sure what she interprets, but it’s a sight to behold). After failing at her dream to be on Young Talent Time, Anna studied hard, got a Drama degree, sang her way round pubs and eventually had a couple of triple threat kids herself. Actually, you’d call them quadruple threats as they look shit hot too. Anna’s sense of humour and love of people watching, usually from a café with coffee in hand, have led her to create a variety of characters through her voice over work and acting. Clearly, bringing up her own super talented children and teaching kids Performing Arts, has led to a ridiculously believable portrayal of Shaz in Stage Mums.
Plays the roles of Jase Dicker & Stove Masterpipe
Stephen never wanted to have anything to do with this project, but unfortunately being married to Anna, he had no choice. This muso (well drummer really…) turned filmmaker is actually a bit of a smarty pants when it comes to being creative. He says he hates performing, but those who witnessed his manic versions of YMCA and Love Shack in pub bands and the way he threw himself into effeminate characters in Cabaret know the truth. Like his wife, Stephen (Soy) came from a family of performers so there was little hope really that he would be content in a 9 to 5 desk job. While most of Soy’s work is behind the camera in Stage Mums, he is the not so reluctant actor of a few cameo roles which have become audience favourites.
Plays the role of Shenaya Dicker
Cleo got roped into Stage Mums by default. Her parents Anna and Stephen turned the house into a film set, so the quickest way to get her home back to normal was to help them direct the action and speed the filming process up. Cleo's extensive acting experience started at the age of 5 when she was a ragged urchin on Beastmaster. Once it became apparent that she could get lolly money for dressing up and having fun, there was no stopping her. Cleo's four year role on H2O Just add Water and various other projects gave her all the experience she needed to boss her parents around on the set of Stage Mums. Needless to say, she has taken on the role of Director with a little too much glee!
Season 3 sees Cleo step in front of the camera to take on the role of Shenaya Dicker. It was a no brainer really to have her play daughter to her real life mother's character, Shaz.
Plays the role of Trace Grogan
Tara has been doing her very best not to take life seriously for the past 30-something years. She has been indulging in her passion – herself/acting since she can remember. Her first performances involved lip synching to Marcia Hines tunes and producing large scale productions (10c admission to witness Tara barreling around the living room parroting the latest pop song in an ungainly fashion in an attempt to entertain) for friends and family as a young child. Tara has graduated from the living room to the small screen with a degree in acting, and many forays into the theatre, from Shakespeare to a touring comedy production. There are few places she’ll not go to for the sake of a laugh, eschewing all dignity and pride in the name of entertaining others, and loving every minute of it. Tara is relishing the experience to be involved with Stage Mums, and slips into the role of Trace Grogan with just a tad too much ease. There may be more similarities between Trace and Tara than she is willing to admit.
Plays the role of Abcde Grogan
After searching extensively for someone who physically matched Tara (Trace) and could mimic her personality and facial expressions, Sam joined the cast to play the role of Abcde. It's amazing how easily she embraced her inner bogan to bring Abcde to life. Sam has been acting since the age of four when she forced her parents to watch her and her siblings shockingly bad Christmas shows every year. Being extremely resourceful she soon learnt that being on set combined her two great loves: creativity and food. Sam has propelled her way through many acting projects including features, shorts and TVCs, flexing her creative muscles and scoring the catering in her little black book. FYI Stage Mums catering rated a full 5 stars! Having a diploma in makeup has ensured that if there are no acting roles suitable, she can always eat her way onto another project by making people look pretty.
Director Louise Alston with the lead cast
Stage Mums Special Guests
Penelope Elizabeth Kingsford- Smythe
Stage Mums Supporting Cast
Madison Haley - Amy
Mikey Wulff - Billy Nash
Daran Thomson - Marco Poolio
Deborah Coulls - Jennifer Randall
Jessica Green - Casting Assistant
Korey Williams - Security Guard Bill
Dawn China - Showcase Official
Damion Hunter - Stage Dad
Brady Mayer - The Captain
Tom Cramsie - Casting Director Ben
Renarta Azzopardi - Amy's Mum
Carolyn Dante - Stage Mother
Charlotte Hoffman - 3rd AD
Michael Elliss - Concerned Parent
Kaylea Caulfield - Young Trace Grogan
Noah Schlagecke - Young Amanda Kingsford-Smythe
Luke Dempsey-Ceh - Liam
Shaz and Trace Supporting Cast
Dean Mayer - Charles M Tosser
Deborah Coulls - Jennifer Randall
Tracie Filmer - Tamara
Libby Bancroft - Lisa
Cheree Palmisano - Marie
Becki Bradley - Jackie
Tristan Behenna - Eddy Shyster