Meet the Creatives – Adam Fresco

Meet the Creatives – Adam Fresco

What is your role in the team?

As Producer, my role is to bring Custard’s World, its characters and stories, to life on screen and live on stage. To this end I produce, write, direct and act in shows for both live and recorded performances.

How did you get involved in your role?

I’ve been writing and performing, directing and creating short films and live shows since I was knee-high-to-Kea. After many years working professionally in theatre and television, joining the team at Whoa! was a great way to combine all my past experience in creating a show for stage and screen.

What do you enjoy most about working at Whoa Studios?

No day is the same! Variety being the spice of life, it’s fun to direct one day, write the next, produce and act the next. It never gets dull or predictable and, with so much to do, it never gets boring.

Who is your favourite character at Whoa?

Whoever is Barista in The Grounds that day. I love my coffee! Or did you mean who’s my favourite Custard’s World character? I guess I’d have to say Colin, as I play and created him, but I have a big soft spot for another character I created, Mr Tibbles. He’s a cat character I created and has been wonderfully brought to life as a puppet by Paul Lewis, who made and operates him. I still get a kick out of imagining characters like Colin and Tibbles, writing for them and then seeing them brought to life on stage and screen. 

What is your favourite dish at The Grounds?

The coffee. By far! Do they serve coffee in a dish? Because they should!

If you could spend the rest of your life doing anything in the world, what would you do?

I love writing and directing, so as long as I’m doing those and being creative, I’m happy.

If Custard and the Gang asked for your help to set up a booby-trap for Gloom, what would you build?

A Splat-O-Matic-Octo-Tangling-Boom-Cracker… I’ve no idea what that is, I only just made it up, but I’d bet we’d have some fun figuring out what it looks like and how it works to trash poor old Dr. Gloom!

Meet our Creative Team – COMING SOON

Meet our Creative Team – COMING SOON

The wonderful Creative Team here at Whoa! Studios would like to introduce themselves. Find out more about how the magic happens from Whoa to go!

COMING SOON

A new entry from one of our team will be posted each week. Check back in regularly to see the latest news. For more relevant content, visit our page on Facebook, WhoaStudios & subscribe to our Youtube Channel.

If you have any questions you would like to ask the team, please feel free to post your query in the comment section.

Meet our Creative Team – COMING SOON

Meet our Creative Team – COMING SOON

The wonderful Creative Team here at Whoa! Studios would like to introduce themselves. Find out more about how the magic happens from Whoa to go!

COMING SOON

A new entry from one of our team will be posted each week. Check back in regularly to see the latest news. For more relevant content, visit our page on Facebook, WhoaStudios & subscribe to our Youtube Channel.

If you have any questions you would like to ask the team, please feel free to post your query in the comment section.

Performer’s Diary – Steph Sharp

Performer’s Diary – Steph Sharp

Your Name:

Stephanie Sharp

A Little Bit About Me:

I’m 23 years old and was born and raised in Auckland. I have been acting since a young age and am trained for both screen and musical theatre with experience in both. I am also a qualified makeup artist & hairstylist, specialising in wigs and makeup for theatre.

The Character I Play and Why I Love Playing Them:

I play ‘Tam the Elf’ in ‘A Very Gloomy Holiday’. I’ve always loved Christmas – it’s my favorite time of year – so obviously, playing a Christmas elf is a lot of fun. I love that Tam is bubbly, carefree & enthusiastic. She acts upon impulse rather than strategy or logic, so she is a lot like me in many ways.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals are a lot of fun. It’s great being able to work with a group of such talented, wonderful friends and in such a collaborative environment. New ideas or ways of approaching certain things are always welcomed and encouraged. It’s also been awesome for me to watch the puppeteers at work as that’s something I have no previous experience in. ”

Performer’s Diary – Adam Fresco

Performer’s Diary – Adam Fresco

Your Name:

Why do you have to start with the difficult questions? Hang on while I check my driving license… Ah, here we are, my name is “NZ Driving License”… Oh no, wrong bit, sorry… It’s “Adam Fresco”…

A Little Bit About Me:

I was born in London, UK. My father was a famous sports photographer (Monte Fresco MBE). After working in professional British Theatres directing, producing, writing and acting, I wound up working for ITV Television, where for ten years I directed, wrote and produced everything from kids shows, to short films and documentaries. Ten years ago, I came to New Zealand, where I was Director of  South Seas Film and Television School, and became a movie critic for New Zealand’s number one online film site, Flicks.co.nz, and writer for The Ugly Shakespeare Company – both of which I still do, even today as Producer for Whoa! Studios live and recorded productions. I even found time recently to gain a Masters in Creative Writing from The University of Auckland, and working as part of the wonderful team at Whoa! Studios gives me the opportunity to write, direct, perform and produce for stage and screen. Every day is a new adventure, with fresh things to learn, new people to meet and unique challenges to get excited about!

The Characters I Play and What I Love About Playing Them:

COLIN: As he’s a character I created, Colin was a great chance to play myself – only exaggerated. At least I think he’s a magnified version of me – other people just think he is me! Which is odd, because Colin is bald, overweight, wears glasses, is a bit dim and loves to keep things clean and tidy! And I certainly don’t keep my desk or bedroom tidy… Anyway, Colin was lots of fun to write, and loads of fun to play. He’s very silly, often in trouble with his Boss, Dr. Gloom, but always eager to please and happy to help. Even though Dr Gloom thinks of him more as a hindrance!

DOODLE TV ANNOUNCER: Playing the TV Announcer was a pure joy as he’s very, very over the top, like the kind of guys they used to get to voice Hollywood movie trailers. It’s a great chance to over-act, over-enunciate, and generally overdo it. We had a lot of fun creating the opening titles of Buzz’s favorite TV show – ‘Space Aliens From Outer-Space!’ – for the show, and it was a blast being able to pretend I was voicing a real old-fashioned Hollywood B-movie trailer.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals have been a joy. That’s largely because we have such a wonderful cast, crew and supportive colleagues here at Whoa! Studios. Everyone mucks in, and there’s a real collaborative sense of working together to produce something special. In my role I get to wear many hats (often quite literally!), not just as an actor, but as the writer of the script, based on the ideas and input of the whole team, as Director of the show, as Producer, and as the person in charge of making sure there’s milk in the office fridge! That’s part of what makes Whoa! Studios such a magical place to work – everyone has a hand in every aspect of production, and every idea is listened to. So, whilst I’d love to tell you how hard it is, how tough, demanding and grueling – I can’t. Because, more often than not, the sound coming out of rehearsals for our first CUSTARD’S WORLD show has been laughter. Oh, and singing. And then laughing again!

Kick Arts Interview

Kick Arts Interview

“On Sunday 8th January, Whoa! Studios actors Rebekah Head, who plays Jazz, and Paul Lewis, who plays Custard, in A VERY GLOOMY HOLIDAYS! were interviewed live on Kick Arts, Planet FM.

Listen to the whole show here!

You can hear highlights from the interview below!

You can book tickets for the show at https://whoastudios.co.nz/studio/

Live shows run every Wednesday and Thursday at 11am, and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm throughout January! All seats just $25 including same-day park access for kids (special limited time offer, as seats are usually $39 / $29)”

CUSTARD (played by Paul Lewis)

JAZZ (played by Rebekah Head)

Performer’s Diary

Performer’s Diary

The incredible performers of Whoa! Studios – Terry, Adam, Rebekah, Paul, Jon and Steph will be regularly sharing their diaries with us. Keeping us up to date with all the fun they are having while preparing for our first Custard’s World show – A Very Gloomy Holiday.

A new diary entry from one performer will be posted each week. If you have any questions you would like to ask them, please feel free to post your query in the comment section.