Who are we?
The Mornington Peninsula Performing Arts Centre (MPPAC) is the new home of Billy Lids Theatre Company and is located in Hastings, on the Mornington Peninsula.. Billy Lids gives children an opportunity to learn the necessary skills to perform in a musical production. Our main focus is to give performance experience to children with a keen interest in the performing arts. At Billy Lids, not only do we learn about dance, drama and singing, we also learn about theatre etiquette and terminology.
Artistic Director Annette Precht strongly believes that Billy Lids is a place where children can make new friends and have fun while singing, dancing and learning valuable life and performance skills that will help them greatly in all aspects of their lives. We hope to encourage and inspire young people to pursue their dreams of working in the theatre industry as well as to provide many opportunities for personal growth.
Music and dance are a fantastic way for young people to build confidence, gain self esteem and express themselves and we at Billy Lids seek to promote this through our fantastic programs.
Billy Lids Theatre Company opened in 2011 as an extension to the popular Musical Theatre classes taught by Billy-Jo Royle on the Mornington Peninsula. The students of Billy Lids have been involved in many productions within the school and many of our pupils have gone on to perform in amateur musicals, TV commercials and films.
In 2015, Billy-Jo handed the reigns to Annette Precht who aims to continue to foster an environment where children can grow and learn and be free to use their imagination.
• The Lion King Junior - 2019
• The Little Mermaid Junior - 2018
• Shrek the Musical Junior - 2017
• Thoroughly Modern Millie - 2016
• Madagascar Meets Australia Zoo - 2015
• A Tribute to Musical Films - 2015
• The Nutcracker - 2014
• Cats - 2014
• Broadway Through The Years - 2014
• Alice in Wonderland - 2013
• Cinderella - 2013
• Seussical - 2012
• Sleeping Beauty - 2012
• Alice in Wonderland - 2011
Kayla holds a Cert IV in Dance Management and Teaching, which was undertaken with Karen Malek at Transit Dance. Kayla's past dance teaching experience includes working at Dwan a Dance, Destination Dance (2017-2018). Kayla has completed the Cecchetti Classical Exam - Intermediate Teacher with a Highly Comended result as well as completing Advanced 1 in Cecchetti Classical exam. Kayla is in her 3rd year of a Bachelor of Education (P-10), she is dedicated to the education of children, both in the classroom and the dance studio. Kayla is an enthustiastic teacher, with a passion and dedication for developing young dancers and musical performers.
"I am 23 years old and am currently studying nursing at university and would love to go into Pediatrics where I can work with kids. I have been singing since I was a little girl, and have always loved music. The first time I performed was when I was 5 years old for my church and I loved it so much I knew I just had to do more. When I started school at Flinders Christian Community College, I joined the choir as soon as I could. I loved singing in a group with other kids. In grade 4 I began formal singing lessons at the school and in grade 6 I was asked to be the choir captain.
When I moved up to the senior school I continued choir in voices of Flinders, the Chamber choir and Southern Harmony, also making the choir captain in my final year. We sung all over the Peninsula, made CD recordings yearly, and I went on music tour in grade 9 for three weeks up the East Coast. In year 7 I changed singing teachers to Martiene Pavey whom I was with for three years, where I learnt jazz, classical, musical theater and modern repertoire.
In year 9 I decided classical and musical theatre were more suited to my voice and I continued my studies with Margaret Brown, where I also continued my AMEB exams, completing up to level 7, with high distinctions. I was also involved with Mrs Brown's female choir Bel Canto for two years.
In 2014-2015 I took a break from singing lessons, but at the end of last year resumed my studies. I am currently learning with John Carlo Belotti, who was trained at the London Symposium of Music, and who is a professional opera and classical performer. I am currently focusing on my classical singing. I still continue to regularly perform at church and am involved with the church choir.
I love singing and learning different techniques, performing, choral singing, and I love singing in different languages (Italian is my favourite!) I am looking forward to meeting you all and can't wait to sing with you!"
Matthew is a 3rd year full time Ballet student at Ballet Theatre Australia, based in South Melbourne, Victoria. Matthew is a student of Leeanne Rutherford and Oleg Timursin, these wonderful teachers support Matthew in his 2nd year of teaching and with their guidance they have enabled Matthew to offer a Full rounded program.
Leeanne Rutherford-Leeanne has had a long and distinguished career in both Australia and abroad. As an internationally acclaimed ballerina
Oleg was born in Bashkirien, Russia and attended the famous Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg We are very excited to welcome Matthew Precht to the teaching staff at Billy Lids we know he will bring a wonderful collection of strong ballet technique and contemporary.
Recently Matthew has been offered a tuition Scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet in New York. Matthew will be leaving Australia in June to further his career.
We will miss him, however we will look forward to his future return and future class programs
Lexie is a passionate singer and has been singing ever since the age of 5. She has performed in many choirs, rock bands, and at various restaurants around the Mornington Peninsula. She has had professional vocal training for the past 5 years. Lexie has always loved to dance and has had 10 years of dance training in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Classical, along with completing Cecchetti Classical Exams and ATOD Tap Exams. Lexie loves performing on stage, she has been apart of many theatre productions during her schooling years including ‘The Laramie Project’. In 2018, Lexie completed her VCE studies and is now studying a Bachelor of Arts full time at Deakin University, majoring in Drama. Lexie intends to pass on her love and enjoyment of singing and performing to young blossoming performers, and she is extremely excited to be apart of the great team at Billy Lids Theatre Company!
Piano & Voice Teacher
Suzi Yaghmoor is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from the Mornington Peninsula. First performing at primary school talent shows, Suzi has since played at multiple iconic Melbourne venues such as The Tote, Hotel Esplanade and The Workers club to name a few. She focusses on strongly on her vocal techniques and uses piano and guitar to assist in her songwriting processes. Suzi is currently enrolled in a Bachelors Degree in Music Business, giving her an upper hand in the current thriving music scene. She has a passion for storytelling which is displayed in her confrontational and honest music. Suzi is in the process of recording her first EP which is due for release in early 2020, However you can get a taste of her music online here: www.facebook.com/suziyagmusic
Celina is a 22 year old performance artist currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at Monash University. Celina has been performing since the age of 5 when she first began vocal and drama classes. Since then Celina has continued training and developing her performance experience playing live gigs (accompanying herself on guitar) at local events and restaurants and performing in many musical theatre productions with various companies across victoria, including playing Lady Macbeth in the European tour of ‘Macbeth The Rock Opera’. Celina has attained her Certificate III in Music Performance, completed the Music Theatre Studio course at the Victorian College of the Arts and in 2016 completed The Professional Performers Program - full time acting training with Meisner Melbourne. After completing her acting training, Celina spent two years working as an actor in short films and plays across Melbourne before deciding to return to university to complete further studies, where she is now focussing on theatre writing and directing and enjoys performing in shows with Monash Uni Student Theatre. Celina hopes to complete future studies in creative arts therapies, where she can use her passions for creative arts to help those struggling through trauma and mental health issues. In terms of music, Celina follows the Melbourne and Australian music scene very closely and can usually be found at multiple live music events every week. Celina loves contemporary and alternative music and performing songs inspired by folk, indie pop and electronic sounds. Celina hopes she will be seeing you in one of her group or private vocal classes soon!
Swift, agile, canny and caring a meaning I hold dear to me but honestly I'm here to have fun, Sing and of course learn everyday. I've been singing for over 5 years now and been acting and performing just as the same. As a past student of Annette's I must admit its impressive just how much a little hard work can make a huge difference and if have learnt anything from those years its always to walk in with a smile on your dial.
Kyle Tricarico is a passionate guitarist who is now newly teaching guitar to all ages. Now 18 years of age, Kyle has been playing the guitar for over a decade and has extensive knowledge across many genres of music. Although he specialises in Classic rock, he can teach anything from calm acoustic songs, all the way to heavy metal music.
Kyle has played in the Mornington Battle of the bands competition, successfully winning the domestic final wth his band Monumental Amnesty. He has recorded and released music on Spotify and Apple Music. His main sources of inspiration include AC/DC, Foo Fighters, and Green Day, by which has shaped his playing style and taste in music.
By teaching guitar, Kyle aims to guide his students on their own musical journey, as well as increasing their confidence and opening avenues for them to develop and improve from their current guitar skills. He can adapt to any skill level, and design his lessons based around the student’s interests and goals.
Jane has been singing for a very long time performing in choirs, small vocal groups, rock bands and musicals. She has been teaching vocal performance at Billy Lids for the past 3 years. Jane believes that everyone should enjoy learning to sing and have the opportunity to learn skills and technique which will maximise their own individual unique voice. She particularly loves working with children and is a fully qualified early childhood educator as such she has many years experience in teaching children. Jane is also fully qualified in first aid. She is the mother of 4 beautiful children who also love to perform. Jane’s favourite part of teaching children to sing is seeing them grow in ability and confidence and watching them radiate joy as they perform.
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