SIX the Musical Deep Dive with Vidya Makan and Kala Gare

The Theatre Thoughts Podcast

Jun 13 2022 • 29 mins

We have a Royal Episode of the Theatre Thoughts Podcast for you!

Justin sits down with two of the Queens of SIX the Musical, Vidya Makan and Kala Gare to talk all things SIX. We discuss the score written by TONY AWARD WINNERS Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, as well as the real HERstory behind the Queens portrayed on stage.

Vidya and Kala regail us with some hilarious on stage mishaps, inspire us with what makes SIX so special and so loved, and educate us about how women and performers in the entertainment industry can find their voice and inspiration through performing.

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Vidya Makan (she/her) is a critically acclaimed actor, singer and composer/lyricist and is extremely excited to be back performing as Catherine Parr in SIX.

Through 2021, Vidya played KT/Meg in Merrily We Roll Along (Hayes Theatre) and Papa Ge in Once On This Island (Altitude Theatre). Vidya is currently working in collaboration with Sonya Suares on her original musical The Lucky Country, in conjunction with Hayes Theatre.

Vidya is also the inaugural recipient of the NSW Musical Theatre Fellowship with Tasnim Hossain and Jonathan Ware, through which they are writing a new musical about South Asian families in suburban Australia. In 2020, Vidya directed, produced and wrote the Green Room award nominated song “I Need You To See Me”; a call to the entertainment industry for visibility and inclusion of minority voices.

Vidya was nominated for Best Performance in a Leading role for her portrayal of Dot/Marie in Sunday In The Park With George (Watch This). Her other credits include Romeo and Juliet (Australian Shakespeare Company), American Idiot (shake and stir), Air Race (Arena Theatre Company), Merrily We Roll Along (Watch This) and Memphis (StageArt).

Vidya is a proud graduate of Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium’s Bachelor of Musical Theatre and is proudly represented by Ian White Management.

Kala Gare (she/her) is a talented up-and-coming performer whose work encompasses the music, musical theatre and screen industries. Kala was cast as Anne Boleyn in the Australian Premiere of SIX the Musical and is overjoyed to be reprising her role!

Kala obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts where she was awarded the Lionel Gell Scholarship for Music Theatre.

Her theatre credits include: Sophie De Palma in Terrence McNally’s Masterclass; Maureen in Rent; Olivia in Twelfth Night; Anastasia Steele in 50 Shades!; Alice/Ensemble in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Alice in the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical Bright Star.

Kala is also a classically trained musician with a Diploma in Classical Piano. Her Musical Director credits include: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! and Legally Blonde Junior and she has performed her original music to sell-out audiences in Melbourne.

Most recently, Kala was involved in the creative developments of two new Australian works: Orlando the Musical and WAGs.

Kala is represented by the team at Mark Gogoll Enterprises and is a proud member of MEAA.