Hairspray Cast

Tim Gough from Denby Dale plays the part of Link Larkin

Tim Gough

Timothy first appeared onstage aged 5 in an amateur production of Carousel.  Originally from the Midlands, he has taken part in theatre around that area for many years with Brownhills MTC, appearing in Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, City of Angels, Mack & Mabel and many others.  Principal roles include Armand in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Tom Thumb in Barnum and Billy in Billy Liar, all at the Lichfield Garrick.  Other credits include Gym & Tonic, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Songs for a New World at Walsall's Grange Playhouse.

Timothy graduated in Film and Theatre at Derby University in 2012 and began working in television and film, appearing in Doctors, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Cucumber, No Offence and Arthur & George.  Film work includes Testament of YouthGenius, and Hunter's Prayer.

Timothy first joined LAOS for 42nd Street here at the Grand Theatre last March.

Ben Walton from Leeds plays the part of Corney Collins

Ben Walton

Ben first joined LAOS in 2006 for West Side Story, followed by Ragtime (2007), and The Producers (2009). He then played some of his favourite roles - Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (2010), Walter De Courcey in Chess (2012) and most recently Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street (2013), all at Leeds Grand Theatre. Ben has been performing from a young age, first appearing in Carousel at the Nottingham Playhouse aged 9. He performed in many shows in that area before coming to study at Leeds University in 1995 where he played roles such as Claude in Hair, Freddy in My Fair Lady and Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar.  

Since leaving university, other favourite roles have included Curly in Oklahoma! (Kings Hall, Ilkley), Benny in Guys and Dolls (Bradford Alhambra), Billy in Anything Goes and Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose (both Harrogate Theatre), and Jerry in The Full Monty (Wakefield Theatre Royal).

Lizzie Nunn from Tadcaster plays the part of Amber von Tussle

Lizzie Nunn

A newcomer to LAOS, Lizzie is 18 years old and is currently studying for a Diploma in Musical Theatre at York College.

She has been involved in many productions both amateur and professional, including playing the title role in Annie (Carriageworks, Leeds), professional pantomimes Jack and the Beanstalk and Beauty and the Beast (Wakefield Theatre Royal), and five shows over the past six years at the Grand Opera House, York (Bugsy Malone, Fame, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, and Our House in which she played the lead role of Sarah).  She also recently appeared in the BBC TV drama Happy Valley.

Lizzie dances with the Doreen Ladley School of Theatre Arts, attends Scala School of Performing Arts in Horsforth, and has singing lessons with Helen Leaf.  She is planning to go to drama school in London this coming September, to pursue her love for Musical Theatre.

Richard Billings from Hemsworth plays the part of Edna Turnblad

Richard Billings

Richard is from Morley in Leeds and completed his acting training at Bretton Hall in 2007. From there, he discovered a passion for teaching Drama to young people, and is now Head of Drama at Airedale Academy in Castleford. Richard also runs his own Saturday drama school called Act About Academy. 

This will be Richard's fifth show with LAOS, making his debut playing Bernardo in West Side Story at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2006. He appeared in the ensemble of Jazz It Up at the Carriageworks, played Lefou in Beauty and the Beast, and more recently Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls in 2012. 

Further afield, Richard appeared as The Lion in The Wizard of Oz with Harrogate St Andrew's Players, and Britney Spears in We Will Rock You, a role he has played three times - with HSAP at Harrogate Theatre, with Locked Out Productions at Wakefield Theatre Royal and with Stage 84 at Bradford Alhambra.


Susan Wilcock from Leeds plays the part of Velma von Tussle

Susan Wilcock

Susan trained at the London School of Musical Theatre, and went on to play roles including Yum Yum (Hot Mikado) and Marta (Company) - both at the Bridewell Theatre, Bridget (A Slice of Saturday Night - Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Bonny (Beauty and the Beast Panto – Horsham), Sukie (Witches of Eastwick), Sally (Me & My Girl), and Sarah (Guys and Dolls) – all at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

She also has a Jazz Quintet (SW5) with her husband and they have played in many venues in and around London.

As a teenager, Susan performed with various companies in and around Leeds: Shoppette (Little Shop of Horrors), Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Ruby (Dames at Sea), Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), Jeannie (Hair), Polly (The Boyfriend), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Florence (Chess), and Mariette (Darling Buds of May).

Susan moved back to Leeds with her husband and two girls last year and is performing for the first time with LAOS.

Megan Elsegood from Bradford plays the part of Tracy Turnblad

Megan Elsegood

This is Megan’s second appearance with LAOS, having played Jenny Dillingham in our November production of Aspects of Love at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  Megan is also a member of a number of other amateur dramatic groups around Yorkshire.  A keen student, she has a Grade 8 Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre Award and is working towards her Diploma in Performing Arts this Spring. She also has Grade 5 in ABRSM Classical Singing and is studying for Grade 6.

 Megan’s most recent performances have been Widow Corney in Oliver! with Wakefield  Youth Theatre, Billy in Our House at York Grand Opera House, Gigi in Wakefield Youth Theatre’s Miss Saigon show, and Jane in Witches of Eastwick with Bradford Youth Players.

She has also sung in many concerts as soloist and chorus. 


Katie Melia from York plays the part of Penny Pingleton

Katie Melia

This is Katie's second appearance with LAOS, having played Phyllis in 42nd Street last year.

Further afield, she has played a number of principal roles with groups from York, including Liesl in The Sound of Music, Charlotte in Oliver!, and Patsy in Crazy for You. She also choreographed and took the leading role of Mavis in Stepping Out.

Katie’s passion for the theatre started at a young age and she soon found herself performing in the professional tours of The Demon Head Master and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the York Grand Opera House. Thereafter, she studied her art both locally (York St John University and Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre) and abroad, where she trained with the world famous visual theatre company ‘Dog Troep’. She has also had the privilege of performing and working with the British playwright Howard Barker.


Peter Whitley from Baildon plays the part of Wilbur Turnblad

Peter Whitley

No stranger to treading the boards, Peter has played numerous leading roles in musicals, plays and pantos throughout the region for many years.  On the musical stage in Keighley, Bingley, Guiseley and Bradford, these include Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Bill Snibson (Me & My Girl), Fagin (Oliver!), The King of Siam (The King and I), Mack Sennett (Mack & Mabel), the title role in Barnum, Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Luther Billis (South Pacific), Mr Snow (Carousel) and Scrooge (A Christmas Carol).  Notable parts in plays have been Gordon (Neville’s Island), Clown (The Thirty-Nine Steps), and René (‘Allo ‘Allo), with Keighley Playhouse and Bingley Little Theatre.

TV credits include Coronation Street, Emmerdale, The Royal Today and Lost in Austen, and he also appeared in the film Fairytale: A True Story.

Peter last appeared with LAOS in 2009, when he played Max Bialystock in The Producers – a role he will be reprising with Keighley AODS in October this year.


Chris Knight from Harrogate plays the part of Seaweed J Stubbs

Chris Knight

Chris recently graduated in Music at Huddersfield University, specialising in music in video games and singing with movement. Here, whilst playing roles such as the Emcee in Cabaret in his final year, he also ran and taught the University Salsa Dancing Society. Since returning to Harrogate in 2013, he has played Kenickie in Grease with Harrogate St Andrew’s Players, Horse in The Full Monty with the Wetherby Musical Theatre Group, and has sung solo as part of the Headingley Literature Festival in 2014.

Chris has also performed in a great variety of ensembles, from the Huddersfield Choral Society and Community Gospel Choir to chamber groups such as the barbershop quartet '4D' and French choir 'Le Petit Couer Français'.
This is Chris’s first performance with LAOS, and he is still pursuing his tango and salsa dancing in Harrogate!


Pat Bell from Bradford plays the part of Motormouth Maybelle

Pat Bell

Pat joined LAOS for our 2007 production of Ragtime in which she played the role of Sarah’s Friend.  She also appeared in the company of Oliver! in 2008, and returned in 2011 to play Bloody Mary in South Pacific.

Pat is a member of Ilkley Playhouse where she has played a variety of parts, one of her favourites being Tituba in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, performed at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.  She has also played many roles with other local musical societies, including Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, Joyce Heath in Barnum, Rose in Stepping Out, and Miss Sherman in Fame (in both Harrogate and Wakefield).

Professional credits include Carnival Messiah and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, both at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and she has appeared on TV in Coronation Street.

In her spare time, Pat writes her own material which she has performed on local radio, for charity functions and at Ilkley Festival.


Georgie Gladwyn from Harrogate plays the part of Penny Pingleton

Georgie Gladwin

Georgie grew up in Truro, Cornwall and began treading the boards at a young age with Truro AODS appearing as Louise in Carousel, Marie-Louise in My Three Angels and as a dancer in Kiss Me Kate, Half A Sixpence, Love From Judy, The King and I and Oklahoma!.

After a long absence she ventured back on stage with Springrove Fringe Theatre, Kingston in several plays and musical reviews and played Cinderella in Cinderella and Constance Bonacieux in The Three Musketeers.

Other theatre includes EastEnders Gala Night with John Altman, Barbara Windsor, June Brown et al (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and masterclasses with Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Chicago (Adelphi Theatre).  With BROS Theatre Company, London she performed in Evita at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall and played Tess in Crazy For You (Richmond Theatre, London).

Since moving to Yorkshire and joining LAOS Georgie has performed in Chess, The Sound of Music and 42nd Street.


Chris Cowling from Harrogate plays Spritzer

Chris Cowling


Zaccaia Newman-Richards shares the role of Little Inez

Zaccaia Newman-Richards

Zaccaia is 15 years old, and has been singing and dancing since the age of 3.  She was the youngest cast member in her first production, Carnival Messiah at Harewood House, aged 6.  From then on she has enjoyed performing in several LAOS productions, including Oliver! (2008), The King and I (2009) – both here at the Grand Theatre, and she played the principal role of Ngana in South Pacific at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2011.

She appeared in Wakefield Theatre Royal’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty in 2010/11, and is very proud to have been a cast member in the professional Christmas production of Annie at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2011/12.

Zaccaia is currently a member of Armley Dance Studios.


Erin Chapman shares the role of Little Inez

Erin Chapman

This will be Erin’s fourth show with LAOS;  she previously appeared as a Royal Daughter in The King and I (2009), in the company of Fiddler on the Roof (2010), and as Ngana in South Pacific (2011).

Erin has also performed in professional productions of Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Great Expectations (Rose Theatre, London), the Never Forget UK Tour (Bradford Alhambra), and in the pantomime at Wakefield Theatre Royal from 2008 to 2010.  Her TV credits include Emmerdale, Spooks, Hollyoaks, and commercials for Iceland and Smyths Toys Superstore.

Erin is currently training at Lara Academy of Dance and Urban Kids, Leeds