Senior Moments is a theatrical revue with a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic senior moments, sketches and songs performed by a seriously funny cast who are old enough to know better. Light-hearted, fun and a little bit naughty whilst always remaining nice, Senior Moments features sketches such as ‘Senior Mastermind’ and ‘Old School’ (like Romper Room meets Play School for the neglected over-65 age group), and musical highlights like ‘I Am the Very Model of a Modern Age Retiree’. At last audiences young and old can have some Senior Moments they’ll want to remember!

Please meet our Cast

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Benita is an actress whose career has spanned over 40 years in theatre, radio, television and film. Well known and loved for her presenting on ABC TVʼs Play School for 30 years, Benita also worked on the majority of television series, recent credits being Talkinʼ ʻbout Your Generation, Sleek Geeks and The Living Room.

Over the years, Benita has worked in many movies, Sleeping Beauty, Knowing with Nicolas Cage, The Eye of the Storm and The Tree being the most recent.

Benita has made nine albums and CDʼs mainly for Play School and The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Education Chamber Orchestra, narrating and singing.  She has also been the narrator with the Sydney, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and The Sydney Youth Orchestra.

She is now a senior tutor at NIDA, teaching Presentation and Communication Skills in the corporate sector as well as TV Presenting in their Open Program.

Benita is past President of the National Speakers Association of Australia, NSW Chapter; past Chair of the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW Inc.; a supporter and now Ambassador of Youth Insearch for 20 years, and she also trains the young leaders in presentation and communication skills. Benita has been an Australia Day Ambassador for the past nine years.

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John began his professional career in 1963, acting in theatre, radio and television. He has now acted, directed and produced for theatre companies throughout Australia and for television for over half a century.

John’s theatre roles include Kostya in The Seagull (Adelaide Festival 1970), Peer Gynt (Sydney Opera House 1975), Mr Mantelini and others in Nicholas Nickelby (STC 1983-85), Reverend Parris in The Crucible (Sydney Theatre Company 1991-93) and numerous revues, musicals and variety performances.

On television, his appearances include Episode 1 of Homicide in 1964 to roles in G.P. and Mother and Son in the 1990s. He played B.A.Santamaria in True Believers (1987) and Francis James in The Gadfly (1990). He was in the final edition of the legendary The Mavis Bramston Show (1975) and a number of comedy and revue series including The Thursday Creek Mob (1969-70), The True Blue Show (1975), Doctors Down Under (1979), The Aunty Jack Show (1971-72) and Ratbags (1982).

John hosted more than 200 editions of the national quiz The Oz Game For ABC television and more than 50 episodes of the Australian music and folklore program That’s Australia. John has performed his tribute to C.J Dennis, More Than A Sentimental Bloke, more than 500 times around Australia. John was Artistic Director of the Canberra Company ‘Theatre ACT’ in 1985-86 and was awarded a Literary Fellowship at the Australian Defence Force Academy (University of NSW) in 1990. Between 1996 and 1999 John was the General Manager of the Independent Theatre in North Sydney, charged with overseeing the completion of the restoration and the successful re-opening of that historic theatre.

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Geoff Harvey was the Music Director of Channel 9 for 38 years, composing many of the network’s theme songs and responsible for most of its live music on shows such as The Don Lane Show, the Midday Show and Bob Roger’s Tonight Show on TCN-9 which was his first job in 1961. He was then Musical Director for Dave Allen, and went on to work on most of Australia’s live entertainment shows, including Bandstand, The Sound of Music and The Don Lane Show. One of his most successful appointments was as the Musical Director of The Midday Show, a position he held for 22 years. While at Channel 9, he was also responsible for many of the networks theme songs, such as those for The Sullivans, A Current Affair, Today and Sunday. After The Midday Show he worked with orchestras across Australia and was the Musical Director of Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve in Melbourne for 19 years. Geoff teaches music from his studio and still performs regularly.

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Christian has been working as a professional actor in theatre, film, television and as a voiceover artist for the past 15 years. He has appeared in Packed to the Rafters and All Saints and two seasons of the television comedy series The Jesters. He is highly skilled at character voices and accents and is an accomplished singer/musician. He has performed in countless ad campaigns and also played lead character voices for both Australian and International animated film and TV such as The Magic Pudding, Gloria’s House and various Cartoon Network cartoons.

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Lex Marinos OAM, was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW into a family of Greek cafe owners. Lex attended University of NSW, receiving a BA with Honours in Drama, and also studied with renowned American acting teacher, Stella Adler. Since then he has worked in all areas of the entertainment industry as an actor, director, writer, broadcaster and teacher.

Best known for his television performances in Kingswood Country and ABC’s production of The Slap, as well as other series, dozens of films and TV episodes, and countless stage productions. His work has taken him all over Australia, from remote Indigenous communities to the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. Lex has also worked extensively on ABC radio since the riotous inception of 2JJ.

Lex has also held many advisory and governance positions with arts and cultural organizations including SOCOG, The Australia Council, and Community Broadcasting Foundation. His book Blood and Circuses: an irresponsible memoir was recently published by Allen & Unwin. Lex has been a proud member of Actors Equity since 1970.

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Russell Newman has had an illustrious career as a stage, television and film actor in Australia and overseas. He has worked extensively with QTC, Marian Street Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and the Ensemble Theatre. Plays include Peter Pan, Heartbreak House (with Donald Pleasance), The Boys Next Door and The King and Di.

His television credits include: 1915, A Country Practice, Shout – The Story of Johnny O’Keefe, Wreck of the Stinson, G.P., Brides of Christ, Water Rats, Backberner, White Collar Blue, Home and Away and Paper Giants. Film credits include Killer Force, Breaking Loose, Airtight and Lucy, in which he starred as Bill Frawley in the Lucille Ball story.

Russell played the ongoing role of Jeff Burke in the critically acclaimed series Fireflies for the ABC. He also played the role of Max Kellerman in the hugely successful stage production of Dirty Dancing (Jacobsen Entertainment). Most recently Russell was seen as Major Bouvier in Grey Gardens (Squabbologic) at The Seymour Centre.

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Nicola is best known to Australian audiences as a lead cast member in all four series of the award-winning Thank God You’re Here, as well as ABC Television’s AFI and Logie winning The Hollowmen. In 2015 she starred as part of the core cast in the new ABC/Screentime comedy How Not to Behave, and in 2016 will appear in series 4 of Rake on ABC Television. Nicola also devised, wrote and appeared in the BBC /UKTV/Freehand production of Some Say Love.

On stage Nicola has starred in the sell-out production 160 Characters, which toured nationally and internationally. Her other stage credits include the Cracker Comedy Festival’s This is Your Laugh as well as Tabloid Musical, Twelfth Night, As You Like It and many improv theatre seasons at Sydney’s Belvoir Street and Enmore Theatres. Nicola has also won the Australian National Improv championships as part of the NSW team.

Kim Lewis has enjoyed an extensive and successful career as a television, film and stage actress. She had a recurring role in the popular TV drama ‘The Restless Years’ before her well known regular role in ‘Sons and Daughters’. Other television appearances include ‘A Country Practice’, ‘Home and Away’, ‘All Saints’, ‘The Jesters’ and ‘Packed to the Rafters’. Her theatre work includes ‘The Heidi Chronicles.’

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