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Light Up Productions Team

Kate Thumwood - Producer, Director and musical director

As a Producer, Director, Actress, Musician, Qualified Teacher and Life Coach, I am confident in my qualifications to work with people of all ages and abilities to ensure that I maximise every opportunity to develop every performers unique skills while creating a safe and nurturing environment. I have over 17 years of experience teaching for the Education Department, and I love I working with young adults and producing musicals is one of my favourite things to do! Inspiring students to have pride in their performance standard and building their confidence is very important to me. I do not accept any form of negativity in my performance space, and I always make sure that students leave my productions feeling enriched and ensure that they leave as a better performer. All you have to do is read my testimonials to see that is true. I love to perform myself as it is the most exhilarating feeling in the world and feeds my soul, so I love to spread that love of performance to my students. Studying,acting and Music at WAAPA it was an incredible experience that gave me the necessary skills that I could use to transfer to my teaching however my learning did not stop there as I continued to grow and get my Certificate IV Teacher and Assessor qualification and A Master in Life Coaching to continue in my learning process. I have directed too many musicals to list and have now decided to start my own production company so that I can teach outside community theatre and give youth more opportunities to perform as there are limited opportunities out there.

My Team

My team are equally passionate and have some amazing qualifications themselves. I am honoured to work with each and everyone of these wonderful humans who are passionate, reliable, and highly successful in the industry. 


So why choose Light-Up Productions? Your child will not only get small classes of 20 with guaranteed roles on stage! Every cast member will learn skills and techniques in acting, singing, and dancing from qualified teachers at exceptional prices in a safe learning environment! You will perform PROFESSIONAL performances with PROFESSIONAL costumes, props and set on a PROFESSIONAL stage! You will have experience in professional settings! You will have access to work with professional actors and musicians! You will have amazing performance and network opportunities! Finally, and most important, you will be part of a wonderful community of performers who love being on stage and put everything into their performance as there are only 20 places per cast and only 2 casts! It is elite and places are limited so we only take the BEST OF THE BEST, so you are guaranteed excellence in every show!


It has been a long-term dream to create my own production company, so 'Light-Up Productions' is a very exciting venture which will give youth theatre a very exciting opportunity to perform in the community, which is where one of my passions lie. I will also be Producing more children’s productions throughout the year as well as a larger scale production in 2023 – so watch this space! Adult productions will be on the horizon, so parents I hope you would like to be part of our family too!

Izzi is 18 years old and has been performing her whole life. She has performed in too many shows to mention however her most recent roles include Little Mermaid at Crown Theatre with HAMA Productions and Legally Blonde at Regal Theatre. Izzi has just completed her Certificate IV in Musical Theatre at APAN and and incredible triple threat! Watch this space to see her up on lights is all I can say! She is an incredible choreographer and her diligence and professionalism is to be thoroughly recommended.


Cindy Veza - Administration, Costume Designer, Props and Set Designer and Backstage crew

Cindy loves working with children and worked at a local primary school for years organising the schools canteen, P & C, events and volunteering her time endlessly. Cindys organisational skills in her position at the school has ensured the schools events were highly successful and linked with her skills of management, finance and fine fashion sense and creativity she will make an excellent Costume Designer and Administrative officer. Cindy also has a Certificate IV in Floristry and a flair for creativity. She sews, paints and makes so many amazing projects that we are completely blessed to have her on board to make our set AMAZING!!! What a gem we have!

Nyree Scott - Administration, Costume Designer, Props and Set Designer and Backstage crew

Nyree has been an absolute blessing assisting across the boarding in ensuring that all the children had beautiful costumes and sourcing magnificent attire from external locations. Not only did she help tirelessly in Little Mermaid but also in Kate’s production of Annie being and integral part of the Back Stage crew. She is an absolute asset to any production, and we are so lucky to have her.

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