Priscilla Queen of the Desert


20 June – 6 July 2019


TSB Showplace

Show Credits
About Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Get ready for the ride of your life Taranaki, because, finally, New Plymouth Operatic has announced that the international smash hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be staged at the TSB Showplace in June 2019.


A divalicious musical comedy, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is an uplifting story, based on the 1994 Oscar-winning hit movie, of three Sydney drag artists who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla, on a journey of self-discovery which takes them on a road trip to the heartland of Australia searching for love, friendship and family.

With a dazzling array of over 500 outrageous costumes, 200 magnificent headdresses, a spectacular bus and a parade of dance floor classics including Don’t Leave Me This Way, I Will Survive, I Love the Nightlife, Go West, Hot Stuff, Colour My World and Shake Your Groove Thing, Priscilla will be a just-wanna-have-fun spectacular. Make sure you don’t miss the bus!


Stephen Robertson

Musical Director

Phillip Malcolm


Stephen Robertson

Lead Roles

Adam/Felicia:  Josh Clarke
Bernadette:  Cameron Douglas
Tick/Mitzi:  Isaac Pawson
Bob:  John Ainsworth
Marion:  Krystal Leuthard
Diva 1:  Anna Rowe
Diva 2:  Jess Old
Diva 3:  Melissa Peters
Miss Understanding:  Daniel Lockett
Shirley:  Ann Stewart
Farrah Fawcett:  Kellan Bartlett
Young Bernadette:  Hamish Phillips
Cynthia:  Melinda Joe
Benji:  George Stephens & Charlie Betts


Kellan Bartlett, James Boviard, Zach Caskey, Sonny Deacle, Hozayah Hohapata, David Liggett, Daniel Lockett, John Manu, Hamish Phillips, Cohin Thomason, Krystal Leuthard, Nicole Heaysman, Alexandra Spurdle, Alannah Matthews (Dance Captain)

Backing Vocals

John Bannister, Jasmine Butler, Joe Deegan, Sean Grieve, Elicia-May Hitchcock, Tim Hobson, Vikki Johnson, Stephen Leeks, Tyler Stewart, Nikki Truman

Gold Sponsors

Alpha Customs Services
Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
Brain Candy
Budget Car and Truck Rental
Care First
Central Audiology Taranaki
Forklift Specialty Hire
Lisa Keen Audiology
MJF Lighting
More FM
Muskoka Ridge
Plymouth Hotel
Speedy Signs


Cast Sponsors

Chris Hill Photographer
Dalgleish Diamond Jewellers
Full Circle
Pak n Save New Plymouth
RJ Eagar
Screen Art Screen Printers
Transit Coachlines
Waitara Pharmacy

By Arrangement with Nullarbor Productions in association with MGM On Stage. Exclusively licensed by Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd.


Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical

Written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy
Developed for the Stage and Original Direction by Simon Phillips

The original motion picture was written and directed by Stephan Elliott, produced by Al Clark and Michael Hamlyn, executive producer Rebel Penfold-Russell and was financed with the assistance of the Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited and the New South Wales Film and Television Office.

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