Marguerite studied voice and piano and has broad experience in opera, operetta, musical theatre, recital and choral works.
She has had many principal roles including Violetta in “La Traviata”, Valenciene in “Merry Widow”, Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte”, Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus”, Marsinah in “Kismet”, Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance”, Eurydice in “Orpheus in the Underworld”.
With her eclectic taste and wide experience Marguerite continues her goal of bringing opera, musicals and variety concerts to our South West audiences and at the same time providing opportunities for our local talent.
Mary-Ellen has been dancing since the age of three, specialising in Jazz, Tap and acrobatics.
She is currently working at Geographe Primary School, running the school’s dance program as well as teaching her own Year Four class. Mary-Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts in primary education, specialising in human movement, and has a separate Theatrical Dancing Teacher’s Diploma with the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing. Her first association with SWOC was as a can can dancer in their 1999 production of Orpheus in the Underworld.
Mary-Ellen has also choreographed The Man from Muckinupin for Stark Raven Theatre (1999), and the SWOC productions of The Gondoliers (2000), Broadway Blitz (2003), Carousel (2004), Oliver (2009), The Wizard of Oz (2011), Beauty and the Beast (2014), Frozen in Time (2014), Patience (2016) and was a senior teacher at Jazz Attack Dance studio for ten years (2000 – 2010). In 2015 Mary-Ellen made her directorial debut with the SWOC production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and is delighted to have the honour of choreographing and directing SWOC’s 2017 production of Fiddler on the Roof.