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Little Violet & The Angel
Played 9th - 30th December, 2004 at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
Directed by Richard Harding Gardner
Music & Lyrics by Patrick Jonathan
Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Harding Gardner
 
CAST
SYED ZALIHAFESYED ZALIHAFE as Gabriel
Syed was last seen onstage in The Actors Studio’s production of Rashomon at Istana Budaya earlier this year. A familiar face in the local theatre scene, Syed has worked in various aspects of production and stage management, including the recent Gardner & Wife productions of Pluck, Menopause the Musical, and Stones in His Pockets.

Onscreen, Syed played “The Café Guy” in Talk About Love and appeared in Afdlin Shauki’s blockbuster movie Buli.
 
PATRICK JONATHANPATRICK JONATHAN as Vlad
Patrick studied at the famed Corona Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London. As a child performer, he clog-danced with Tommy Steele in a televised tribute to Charlie Chaplin, and appeared as a boy with cascading ringlets in the Oscar winning film, Fiddler On the Roof. He made his first attempt at composing a musical, The Cockney Kid, at the age of 10, then spent most of his teen years “giving up the funk” with a number of bands in the south-east of England.

Patrick studied composition with Stanley Glasser and Edward Gregson at London University, but his true mentor is the great English symphonist, Richard Arnell, for whom he worked as an amanuensis. After a six-year stint as Contemporary Music Editor and Orchestral Librarian for the publisher Schott & Co., Patrick trained as a teacher and has subsequently written and composed more than a dozen musicals for children.

Since arriving in KL, Patrick has composed music for 3 adult productions by The Players and written 2 musicals for students at UiTM. In 2003, he produced a large-scale violin concerto, and is currently at work on his second symphony.
 
SANDRA SODHYSANDRA SODHY as Ana-Marie
A founding member of the Instant Café Theatre Company, Sandra’s eclectic performing career has spanned theatre, film, television, video, music, and the advertising and recording industries.
Her most recent stage appearance was in ICT’s Road Trip tour. Past credits include Those Four Sisters Fernandez (Beatrice), Hip-Hopera (Doris), The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), The Killing of Sister George (Madame Xenia), and Caught in the Middle II (Mrs Chandran).

Sandra is also a familiar face on Malaysian television, with current and past appearances in Spanar Jaya, Teng Teng, Show Me The Money, Kopitiam, Phua Chu Kang, All Mixed Up, and Life’s A Pitch!
 
MANOMANIAMMANOMANIAM as Archangel
Mano’s latest international appearance was in Kannan Menon’s At a Plank Bridge in New York in 2001. His most recent appearances on the Malaysian stage however, were in Gardner & Wife’s Charley’s Auntie! and Instant Café Theatre’s Island In Between.

In the past four decades, Mano has played a variety of roles including leads in The King & I (Mongkut), Long Day’s Journey into Night (James Tyrone), Shakuntala, Camelot (Arthur), Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Empire of the Senses, Caught in the Middle (Chandran) and Ramli Ibrahim’s Adorations (Guru). His screen credits include Kopitiam, Anna & the King (with Jodie Foster), and Warner Brothers’ The Sleeping Dictionary (with Jessica Alba).
 
JOANNA BESSEYJOANNA BESSEY as The Girl
For her starring role in the hit sitcom Kopitiam, Joanna was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Role at the 2003 Asian Television Awards. Other screen credits have included leading and supporting roles in All Mixed Up, A-HA, Now Boarding, Buddies, Mimpi Moon (dir. Shuhaimi Baba), Lips to Lips (dir. Amir Muhammad), and Buli (dir. Adflin Shauki).

Her theatre credits include Instant Café Theatre’s Baltimore Waltz, Millenium Jump, The Actors Studio’s Vagina Monologues, Dangerous Liaisons, Charley’s Auntie!, The Tiger, Honour, Remain Standing, Five Arts Centre’s Who's Looney Man? and Rep 21’s No Exit.

Joanna became the Malaysian celebrity spokesperson for Lux in 2001 after winning the most public votes in the “LUX Star Search” that year. Currently, she is the Malaysian slimming ambassador for Philip Wain.
 
NELL NGNELL NG as The Girl
Nell just completed a nationwide tour of Instant Café Theatre’s Road Trip. One of KL’s most comic chameleons, her theatre credits include Instant Café Theatre’s The 2nd First Annual Bolehwood Awards, Raise The Roof: Musical Chairs, Flies and Foreigners, Millenium Jump, The Merchant of Venice, Mass Hysteria, Dramalab’s A Flight Delayed (KL & Singapore), Music Theatre’s A Slice of Saturday Night, The Actors Studio’s Remain Standing, and Kakiseni’s Riuh: A Celebration of Malaysian Arts by Lancome.

Screen credits include Lips to Lips, The Big Durian, House of Chow (Singapore), Ah Lok Kafé The Movie, Celebrity Squares (Malaysia & Singapore), Show Me The Money, On Call, Kopikau, Ngam, A-HA, PCK Limited (Singapore), Aha Ahem Alright OK, and Who Will Win: LG Home Challenge.
 
INESSA IRDAYANTYINESSA IRDAYANTY as Puppeteer
Awarded best performer at the 2003 & 2004 Inter-School English Drama Competition, Ines recently performed in Japan at the Asia-Pacific Children’s Theatre Festival 2004. She has extensive television credits, including Antara Dua Darjat (dir. Tony Francis Gatom), Wan Mas, Kerana Terpaksa, Sayang Anakku Sayang, and Sayang Tapi... Film credits include Layar Lara (dir. Shuhaimi Baba) and Anaknya Sazali.
 
CHERYL TANCHERYL TAN as Puppeteer
A member of the Young KL Singers, Cheryl’s credits include Simply Andrew Lloyd Webber, Through the Barricades, and The Young KL Singers Sing Rodgers and Hammerstein. She also trained as a dancer under the tutelage of Datin Azanin Ahmed and will be taking her Grade 8 piano examination next year.
 
Jordan RiversSinger & Guitarist  Jordan Rivers
A well-known bassist and jazz musician, Jordan is widely recognized as the "George Benson" of Malaysia. His career has seen him play back up for The Platters, Dave Coz, Randy Crawford, Sheila Majid, Fairus Hussein and Siti Nurhaliza. He has also performed with Randy Bernsen, Abraham Laboriel, David Gomes, Boy Katindig, Asiabeat and Waveband. Jordan's previous appearance was as a band-member for Gardner & Wife's MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL.
 
Steve JordanKeyboardist  Steve Jordan
Despite his young age of 17, Steve is already an accomplished drummer and heads up his own band, High Wired. Last year, he won the Best Asian Drummer Award and his band won the Best Asian Band Award at the Yamaha Asian Beat Competition. He has also played with David Gomes, Jordan Rivers, Farid Ali, Maria Angela and Zailan. Steve makes his theatrical debut in this production of Gardner & Wife's LITTLE VIOLET AND THE ANGEL.