The Highlights Dunedin

Regent Theatre Dunedin - October 2020




With 20 years in the performance and entertainment industry Dunedin-based Douglas is one of the busiest producers, directors and entertainers in the country having amassed an impressive array of drama, television, concert and musical theatre credits.

As a producer and director he has been responsible for over 60 national and international musical theatre productions including The Rocky Horror Show, Les Miserables, The Producers, The Addams Family, The Buddy Holly Story, JC Superstar, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Cabaret, Chess, Me & My Girl, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. He toured New Zealand & Asia in the international casts of Chicago & Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Television credits include regular guest appearances on Xena Warrior Princess, Street Legal, Shortland Street, The Pretender and Passion in Paradise. As a television host he fronted the high profile weekly draw of Lotto for 2 ½ years as well as The Lounge, 3 seasons of Destination New Zealand, the award winning reality game show - The Vodafone V24 Challenge and the Living Channels travel show ‘Hit the Road’.

In 2014 he joined forces with Taieri Musical to co-produce and direct Dunedin’s sellout season of Mamma Mia.

He again produced and directed Grease: The Arena Spectacular Live with Taieri Musical in 2016 and Mary Poppins in 2017 at the Regent Theatre, for both of these shows Doug was awarded Best Direction at the Otago Southland Theatre Awards.

In 2018 Doug directed the hugely popular production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The Regent Theatre for Musical Theatre Dunedin and Grease: The Arena Spectacular Live for Invercargill Musical Theatre while 2019 saw him direct two productions of Wicked for Musical Theatre Dunedin and Invercargill Musical Theatre.

2021 will see him direct Les Miserables (Musical Theatre Dunedin) for the third time and he will co-produce and direct Mamma Mia – An Arena Experience with Taieri Musical in October 2021. 



Musical Director

Stuart has been musical director and musician for many shows, including The Big Night In concert which marked the opening of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium. 

He has been involved with the musical direction for a number of musical theatre productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot, Westend to Broadway, The Producers, Dusty, Hooray for Hollywood, Lights on Broadway, 'Allo 'Allo, Jerry's Girls, An Evening with the Stars, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, Hairspray and Music of the Knight, a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Regent Theatre as well as Queenstown's Les Misérables, Reach Out concert and The Rocky Horror Show.

Stuart's Fortune Theatre credits include I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Mum's Choir, Roger Hall's Cinderella, Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk and DKCM’s The Rat Pack Returns Live and Vebka's Windowblown concert.

In 2018 Stuart was musical director for Musical Theatre Dunedin’s show Priscilla Queen of the Desert, he returned to The Regent Theatre in 2019 with Wicked.




Sydney born dancer, Emma trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance from a young age. Her performance career took her around Australia, India and Taiwan on numerous corporate and theme park contracts. She moved to Dunedin in 2008 and began teaching at Bennett School of Ballet and Jazz where she now teaches classes in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet and Tap. Her teaching expertise also stretches to the Dunedin Ice Skating Club where she coaches students in presentation, choreography and performance. Since being in New Zealand, she has danced with DKCM Ltd, Brophy Aerials, the Boom Boom Room and the Otago Dancers, performing and choreographing pieces for various shows and sporting and corporate events such as the Big Night In, Dunedin’s Mid-Winter Carnival, Fringe Festival, Santa Parade, All Blacks and NZ Breakers games.

Emma made her Musical Theatre debut in 2014 with DKCM and Taieri Musical's Mamma Mia! Since then she has choreographed musicals around the Otago region including: Oklahoma, The Addams Family, Gourmet Broadway, Grease – The Arena Spectacular Dunedin and Invercargill, Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Westend to Broadway, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Wicked in Dunedin and Invercargill. She has won Best Choreography at the Otago Southland Theatre Awards in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Emma has won Best Choreography at the Otago Southland Theatre Awards in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.



Vocal Director

Born in England and raised in Christchurch, Beth Waite has always been passionate about music. She began voice lessons at aged eight and things never stopped from there.

Beth is passionate about many different types of music but musical theatre and choral work will always hold a special place in her heart.

This year saw her graduating with a Masters with Distinction in Theatre Studies from the University of Otago.

In 2019, she made her directorial debut with the play Women Like Us by Helen Varley Jamieson and produced by Little Scorpion Production company.

Her performance credits include Ovation with Taieri Musical Society, The First Time with Arcade Theatre company, The Sound of Music with The Court Theatre, and various productions throughout her time at the University of Otago.

A woman of many jobs, she spends her days as an administrator and her weekends as a Senior Teacher and Group Coach at The Voice Lab NZ.