Justin’s musical theatre career started in 2003 when he landed the role of Stitch’em in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver. He later continued his training at Dance Factory where he went on to become a scholarship student.
Justin’s most recent credits include Original and Touring Cast of Mary Poppins (Disney/Cameron Mackintosh), Hot Shoe Shuffle (DAE), touring cast of Wicked (GFO), Shout! The Legend of the Wild One (TML Productions), Little Me (Production Company) and High School Musical Live On Stage (Really Useful/ Jacobsen/Disney). He has performed at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, The Grand Final Footy Show, Just Jeans International Tour, and various corporate and television events in which he performed with such artists as Vanessa Amorossi, Tim Campbell, Rogue Traders, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and Ruby Rose.
Justin is thrilled to be joining Wicked again, and would like to extend his gratitude to family and friends for their love and support.
Daniel is one of Australia’s most exciting up-and-coming performers. At 19 years of age, Daniel is a true “triple threat” who developed a passion for singing, dancing and acting at a very early age. He trained at The Glenda Yee School of Dance and recently graduated from ED5 International with a Diploma of Performing Arts.
Over the years Daniel has worked with Opera Australia performing in numerous productions including Carmen, Tosca, Turandot, Billy Budd, Carmina Burana and featured in a lead role in the 2009 production of The Magic Flute.
Daniel has performed as a Dancer on television shows such as X Factor, Young Talent Time, So You Think You Can Dance and for The ARIA Awards. He has also worked alongside artists such as Guy Sebastian, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kelly Rowland and Wendy Matthews.
Daniel is also a talented Singer/Songwriter who has recently released two original songs on iTunes, as well as being featured on various tracks for other music producers.
Daniel is thrilled to be making his musical theatre debut in Wicked and would like to thank his family, friends and teachers for their constant love and support.
Dion has been involved in stage and performance since the age of four, training in all aspects of performing arts. His early stage credits include the roles of Gavroche in Les Miserables, Sammy in Jolson and Captain in Oliver.
In 2008, Dion toured with the Australian production of Altar Boys performing the role of Mark and then went on to be part of the original cast in the award winning Australian production of Mary Poppins. Most recently, Dion starred as Frankie Valli in the Australian/New Zealand production of Jersey Boys.
Dion has featured in numerous television commercials and series including his role as “Bud” in the AFI Award winning film Soft Fruit. He has worked with many of Australia’s finest choreographers including Kelley Abbey, Matt Lee, Leah Howard, Cameron Mitchell, William A Forsythe and The Squared Division.
Rachel has loved to sing for as long as she can remember. After years of classical piano tuition, she decided to audition for the school musical at age 17, and there was no turning back! She began her professional career much later after graduating from two years of full time dance at ED5 International in 2011, aged 26.
Since graduating, Rachel has worked for such luminaries as Gale Edwards, Bruce Beresford and Benedict Andrews at Opera Australia in La Boheme, The Love of the Nightingale, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Tote Stadt and La Forza del Destino. In 2012, she made her musical theatre debut in Chess and Promises Promises for The Production Company in Melbourne and is absolutely thrilled to now be appearing in Wicked.
Rachel also holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from The University of Sydney. Whilst at University, she regularly played in bands and worked as a session/bar singer, during which time she performed backing vocals for Grinspoon at Homebake Sydney and James Morrison at the Sydney Jazz Festival. More recently, she was a grand finalist in the Australian Annual Cabaret Showcase and a semi-finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment.
Rachel owes heartfelt thanks to William Forsythe for teaching her discipline and performance skills, to her friends and family for support and to God for her life, gifts and opportunities.
Danielle has been involved in stage and performance since the age of five, training in all aspects of performing arts. She studied at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence graduating with a Diploma in Classical Ballet and continued to grow as a young performer finishing ED5 International Full Time Performing Arts Course in 2006.
Since beginning her professional career, Danielle has worked with some of Australia’s finest choreographers including Kelley Abbey, The Squared Division, William Forsythe, Jason Gilkison, Dein Perry, Marko Panzic, Leah Howard and Matt Lee. Musical Theatre credits include Fame the Musical and the original Australian tour of Wicked.
Danielle has also worked with music artists including Ricky Martin, Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift (2012 Aria Awards), DJ Havana Brown, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Tina Arena, Ricki Lee, Olivia Newton John, Marcia Hines, Sam Sparro, Macy Gray and Jessica Mauboy. She has toured with the internationally acclaimed Le Grande Cirque and the X Factor Live Concert Tour 2013 and featured in numerous television commercials including Franklins, McDonalds, Artline, Flip HD Camera, So You Think You Can Dance 2010 and Bonds.
Daniel is thrilled to be returning to the cast of Wicked after touring Singapore and South Korea with them in 2011 and 2012.
Daniel trained at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music studying with Karen Cummings and Greg Shand. He also trained in all styles of dance from a young age at The Linda Shaw Dance Centre. After graduating from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts in 2009, Daniel moved straight on to complete the Music Theatre Diploma at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) under the direction of Avigail Herman, graduating in 2010 at the age of 19.
Since graduating, Daniel has been taught by the industry’s best, whilst also being chosen to perform at Master classes for some of Broadway’s most influential composers such as John Bucchino, Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown.
Daniel has done numerous corporate events, shows and recordings with SMA Productions’ The Boys in the Band, and recorded their first album in 2011. He was also lucky enough to work with Baz Luhrmann on the remake of The Great Gatsby with Bazmark Films.
Following the Asian tour of Wicked, Daniel went straight into a one-man show at the Sydney Opera House as part of the prestigious Babies Proms under the direction of Jane Miskovic and CDP Productions. Just before leaving Australia, Daniel debuted his one-man Cabaret show, The Universal Individual in Sydney.
Daniel would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support, particularly his parents who remain as his sole inspiration.
Dani began her training at the Maria Shanks Dance Centre on the Sunshine Coast and then in 2010 graduated her fulltime training at the Conroy Performing Arts College in Queensland. After graduating, Dani secured a role as a featured dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s feature film The Great Gatsby, working alongside Choreographer John O’Connell and also performing at the film’s Australian premiere, choreographed by Caitlyn Gray. Her other credits include performing with recording artists Kanye West, Jay Sean, Sneaky Sound System, Short stack and on television shows such as The X Factor, Australia’s Next Top Model, Celebrity Splash and Celebrity Apprentice. Dani is also the Dance Captain for Bindi Irwin’s live performance shows Bindi ant the Jungle Girls. Dani is thrilled to be joining the cast of Wicked, and would like to dedicate her performance to her family and friends for their amazing support.
Mitch is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and the Ministry of Dance.
Most recently, he performed as Neleus in the original cast of the Australian/New Zealand premiere of Mary Poppins (Disney & Cameron Mackintosh). Mitch’s other musical theatre credits include Oliver! (Cameron Mackintosh) and the Australian premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Production Company). Further performance credits include Carols By Candlelight, The TV Week Logie Awards, Australia’s Got Talent, Australian Dance Awards and various corporate and commercial events. He has had extensive experience appearing alongside recording artists Jessica Mauboy, Vanessa Amorosi, The Veronicas, The Black Eyed Peas and other prominent Australian and international artists.
Mitch is thrilled to be joining the Wicked company and would like to thank Peta Webb and his Mum and Dad for their ongoing love and support and more importantly, their patience.
Tom has worked as an actor, singer and dancer from an early age and has since graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Immediately after graduating, Tom commenced performing in Gordon Frost Organisation’s Asian tour of Wicked as part of the Ensemble and the understudy for Fiyero. His previous theatre credits include Bobby Child in Crazy for You, Hans in Cabaret, Bobby in A Chorus Line (WAAPA), Jay in Lost in Yonkers (Newcastle Theatre Company), Ryan Evans in High School Musical (Pentastic Productions) and he originated the role of Tom in A Little Touch of Chaos, written and directed by James Millar. On television, Tom appeared in Network Seven’s Home and Away as Trent. In 2010 Tom was the recipient of the Warnock Award for the Most Promising Student at WAAPA.
Since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Musical Theatre, Emma has become a seasoned performer in musical theatre, cabaret, film and television and is a professional yoga instructor and choreographer. Her musical credits include the Australian tour of Annie (GFO), Dr Zhivago (GFO), West Side Story (West Side Story Australasia), Fiddler on the Roof (TML Productions), Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical (Three Amigos Productions), Kiss Me Kate (The Production Company), Hats Off and Godspell: Prepare Ye. Her cabaret credits include self devised Catch a Falling Star, Emotional Baggage, Mini Cabs, and corporate work with Carousel Entertainment. Emma’s other theatre credits include various Short and Sweet Festivals, Brainstorm Productions, and The Taming of the Shrew and Alice in Wonderland (Greencyc Productions). Her children’s entertainment credits include various Bilby Productions and host for the Wild Aussies (Promotechnics), while her film credits include the MTV pilot Sick, short film Absence (SFS) and Optus campaign “The in-betweeners”. Emma’s first musical at age seven was The Wizard of Oz and Emma is happy to be returning to the land of Oz.
Matt has had a blessed and extensive career across a broad spectrum of musical theatre and is thrilled to have the chance to play Chistery in this wonderful production of Wicked.
In 2010 Matt made his professional debut as Gee-tar/Swing in the Australian production of West Side Story where he also performed the roles of Snow Boy, Big Deal, Diesel and Baby-John.
After that, Matt was cast in Australia’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (Really Useful Group) and was proud to have the show immortalized by the subsequent Universal Pictures film release. During the Sydney season of Love Never Dies, Matt was lucky enough to play the title role of Vernon in the play adaptation workshop of Pulitzer Prize winning novel Vernon God Little.
In 2012 Matt was given the chance to be part of World Premiere musical, Cat Steven’s Moonshadow. Later that year Matt was honoured to be cast in the Australian revival of Broadway classic A Chorus Line (TML Enterprises) playing the role of Mike.
In 2013 Matt was approached to be a part of Sondheim’s Assassins (Watch This) where he received tremendous reviews for his portrayal of John Hinckley. Most recently, Matt made his Production Company debut, performing in Gypsy.
Matt is represented by Liz Ellis management and is a proud member of Equity. Matt would like to thank his partner Ash, agent Liz, family and friends. He is extremely proud to be helping bring Wicked to life.
Angela trained in classical singing at the Melba Conservatorium.
Angela’s musical theatre credits include Act a Lady at La Mamma, Theatre in Education shows Meraviglia with More than Opera and Claudia with Spectacular Spettacolo, Ozmade (Magnormos 10th Anniversary Concert at the Comedy Theatre) and her performance as Scotty in Merrily We Roll Along at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Other theatre credits include the Melbourne Premiere of Macbeth: the Contemporary Rock Opera as Lady Macbeth, Flora the Red Menace with Magnormous, readings of Archy and Mehitabel, Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night at the BMW Edge, A New Brain (Octave Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Devanesen Productions), Working (Magnormos) and Little Shop of Horrors (ACT).
Angela’s classical appearances include Sylviane in The Merry Widow, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci with Melbourne Opera, Merrie England with Lyric Opera and An introduction to Italian Opera with More than Opera. Angela performed the title role in Madame Butterfly with the Mornington Peninsula Theatre Company, also Postcard from Carlton with More than Opera, the opening of the Superdome for the 2000 Sydney Olympics with the Melbourne Chorale and appeared with the Australian Ballet in Carmina Burana and Faure’s Requiem.
Angela appears regularly in cabaret, writing and producing a number of shows. Her cabaret shows include We’ve Only Just Begun, The Music of The Carpenters, Solitaire, reWorks and The Casting Couch.
Angela is thrilled to be joining Wicked, and would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support.
Originally hailing from Brisbane, Katie found her passion for performing at a young age. She relished in the dramatic, playing crazy old women, witches, drunken whores and evil queens.
In 2008 she graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre). Her WAAPA highlights included Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, the Young Wife in Hello Again, West Side Story, Blood Brothers and Oklahoma! with Jill Perryman.
Since graduating, Katie has performed in numerous productions including My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), the Australian premiere of Floyd Collins (Meredith Shaw Productions) and Transport (New Musicals Australia), written by Thomas Keneally and Larry Kirwan. She was most recently seen playing the role of Nancy in Oliver! (Packemin Productions).
Katie was selected as a finalist in the 7th Annual Cabaret Showcase which led her to write, produce and perform her own cabaret, Identity Crisis. In 2010, Katie was excited to have Identity Crisis play as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.
In 2012 she performed a sold-out season of Swing Time with the Andrews Sisters at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The show was such a success that it went on to play in both Sydney and Perth.
As well as performing, Katie leads projects for WotOpera and is very passionate about bringing the arts to young people and inspiring them to think creatively.
Katie is thrilled to be a part of Wicked and would like to take this opportunity to thank her family, friends and her loving husband, Austin, for always being so wonderfully supportive.
Kassie began dancing at the age of three with her mother’s dance school and over a number of years continued to study all facets of dance and acrobatics with Jane Moore, Sharon Lawrence and Paul Davis. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne as a vocal student and graduated with a Diploma of Musical Theatre from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts) in Sydney under the direction of Avigail Herman.
Kassie’s first professional experience was at the age of ten in the Melbourne cast of the SEL/Gordon Frost Organisation's production of The Sound of Music. She made her adult professional debut as Electra in Cats for The Really Useful Company and then travelled Australia with Michael Edgley's The Great Moscow Circus. Kassie has most recently been part of the Australian tour of Giggle & Hoot & Friends, performing as Stephanie from Lazy Town for Andrew Kay & Associates.
This is Kassie’s second time with the cast of Wicked after being a part of the Asian tour in 2012. She is just as excited this time around, especially to be performing in her first Pacific-Australian musical tour. Kassie would like to thank her family and friends for their amazing support and guidance through the years and their continuing support as her professional career continues to grow.
John attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and has since carved a consistent and varied career both in Australia and abroad. Professional theatre credits include Hair, Shout!, Eureka, High Society, Oklahoma!, Dusty, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show.
John received wide critical acclaim for his portrayal of Rum Tum Tugger in the international touring company of Cats; opening the show in 28 cities across the globe. Other credits include The Boy From Oz, Rock of Ages, Wicked and most recently The Production Company’s acclaimed staging of Singin’ In The Rain.
John has a firm commitment to the development of new Australian works and as such has a continued involvement in projects including Georgy Girl, Make Me Bad and Matthew Robinson’s Happy People. An accomplished corporate and concert performer; highlights include Light The Night, Twisted Broadway, Time Warp and The Three Waiters. John provides the male voice for popular singing app, Warm Me Up, available through iTunes.
Regularly returning to his home town of Perth, John is a respected and sought after mentor, director and teacher for several youth arts organizations. John is thrilled to be returning to the Emerald City for the 10th Anniversary tour of Wicked and wants to dedicate his performance to little Finn who constantly reminds him there really is no place like home.
Completing her training at Queensland’s Dance School of Excellence, and in 2004 the Fulltime Performing Arts Course at ED5 international, Deanna became a professional performer at the age of 18.
Her television credits include Allianz, Census, Soul Communications, Macy’s, Suntory Japan, Bonds, Cops LAC and Dance Academy. Deanna has also performed on Australian Idol, The X Factor and with various recording artists.
In 2004 Deanna made her musical theatre debut, performing in Disney’s production of The Lion King. She then went on to perform the Sydney & Melbourne seasons of Wicked and is delighted to join the cast once again.
Deanna would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous love and support.
Joseph commenced his dance training in New Zealand at the age of nine and subsequently decided to relocate to Australia for the purpose of undertaking a Diploma in Dance Performance at Dance World Studios (Melbourne). Since completing his studies over five years ago, Joseph has performed all over the world with various productions including Tokyo Disney Sea and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He recently performed in Hello Dolly at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Joseph is tremendously happy to have the opportunity to travel and perform, and was excited to make his musical theatre debut as a cast member of Wicked during the Asian tour. Joseph is very happy to be back with Wicked for the Australian tour, and would like to thank his amazing family and friends for their ongoing help and support.
Justine graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2005 where she majored in dance. While at WAAPA, Justine toured Malaysia with Chrissie Parrott’s production of Baroqoda. Her professional musical theatre credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company), as Sillabub in the Asian tour of Cats (The Really Useful Group), and as Rumpleteaser and Dance Captain in the Australian tour of Cats (The Really Useful Group), the Australian tour of Wicked (GFO), South Pacific (Opera Australia and GFO) and The Addams Family, covering the role of Wednesday (New Theatricals).
Justine is thrilled to be returning to OZ and would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
Originally from Melbourne, Chris relocated to Sydney upon receipt of a scholarship to train at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Chris has been touring with the remarkable Wicked company since 2011. Before Wicked, Chris toured Australia in the Original Cast of the Des McAnuff-directed stage epic, Dr Zhivago (GFO/Anita Waxman). Other major theatre credits include creating the role of Aloysius in the Darren Gilshenan-directed The Chaos Fairy (Monkey Baa), The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Australia), The Newsboy in Jekyll and Hyde (TML) and Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins (Meredith Shaw).
Before starting at NIDA, Chris toured the USA with the original cast of Frank and Bryant’s The Silver Donkey (Echelon), also playing Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company. His voice can be heard on the cast recordings for both The Silver Donkey and The Chaos Fairy. Chris is a regular performer at concert and corporate events including the Annual Cabaret Showcase, Showqueen, Hats Off! (Oz Showbiz Cares) and the NSW Premier’s Concerts. He was part of Gavin Creel's music video debut Make Some Noise, shot on location in NYC with profits going to Broadway Impact.
On television he has been seen in Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Wicked Science, Legacy of the Silver Shadow, Guinevere Jones, Thunderstone, Carols by Candlelight and Sunrise. A proud Equity member since 1999, Chris thanks his loving family and friends for their incredible support. He is currently working on his debut solo EP – stay tuned!
Pharic is originally from London and relocated to Australia in 2010. Since moving to Australia Pharic has appeared in Love Never Dies the musical and DVD for The Really Useful Company, the workshop performance of Vernon God Little and numerous appearances as a guest singer at concerts and private functions.
Pharic’s international theatre credits include Wicked The Musical on London's West End (covering and playing both Fiyero and Dr Dillamond), White Christmas, Guys & Dolls, Pirates of Penzance, Gotta Sing Gotta Dance, Music of Dirty Dancing, Sound of Musicals, Cinderella, Aladdin and he also played the lead role of Eddie in Whitechapel. In Germany, Pharic was a Principal Swing in Starlight Express where he performed as Rusty, Electra & Caboose. He also performed at Voestival (Linz).
Television credits include Children In Need (BBC), Hall of Fame and Hidden Talents (ITV), and Miss Belgium, as well as starring in the One2One TV commercial. Pharic has also recorded vocals for Flashdance the musical (UK) and was a featured artist for Clan records with Sony BMG. He has also performed with Deep Purple, Shakira, Lionel Ritchie, Elton John, George Michael, Boy George, Gloria Gaynor, The Spice Girls and as part of the German pop Group United Music Nation.
Pharic is thrilled to be returning to Oz as a member of the Australian cast and would like to thank his family and especially his wife Michelle for her ongoing love and support.
Originally from the NSW Central Coast, Ryan’s career has taken him all over the world. A graduate of Brent Street Studios’ Fulltime Performing Arts Course, Ryan travelled to the United States as part of the creative team on the motion picture Rent (Sony Pictures) and, whilst overseas, also toured Europe as A-Rab in West Side Story (Sun Dance Productions), with original choreography reproduced by Broadway director and choreographer Joey McKneely. In Australia, Ryan appeared in Series 1 of Australian Idol (Top 30), was signed with Warner Bros Publishing, and in 2013 he made his debut with the vocal group Boys In The Band (SMA Productions), touring internationally.
As a dancer, Ryan has performed alongside Kelly Clarkson, Guy Sebastian, Will Young, Crystal Waters and the Young Divas. Other theatre and film credits include the original workshop production of Dirty Dancing (Jacobsen Entertainment), the Las Vegas production of Splash (Kutash Entertainment) and Son Of The Mask II (New Line Cinema).
Ryan originated the role of Chistery in the premiere Australian production of Wicked and since then has gone on to be one of the longest serving original cast members. In his capacity as Dance Captain, Ryan has toured with Wicked both nationally and throughout Asia, returning to Seoul to cast the upcoming South Korean production. He is grateful to be a part of the show’s continued success.
Ryan is a proud member of M.E.A.A.
Ellen began dancing at a young age and spent 7 years training at the Australian Ballet School where she performed with the company on several occasions. She also studied Musical Theatre at Centrestage Performing Arts School with Ian and Leanne White. She then furthered her intensive studies under the direction of Robert Sturrock in Melbourne and more recently continued her training in New York City.
Most recently Ellen played the role of Angel in the critically acclaimed Australian production of Rock of Ages (New Theatricals) for which she received a Green Room award for ‘Best Ensemble in a Musical.’ Ellen has performed live on stage with ‘Barbie’ (Mattel) in Dubai and has toured nationally with Michael Boyd in WFOM, Cabaret de Paris and Mystique (M2 Productions). Ellen has taken part in many corporate events, fashion shows and was a NRL Melbourne Storm cheerleader. Television credits include: The Footy Show Grand Final, Neighbours and Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell.
Ellen is thrilled to be a part of the timeless story that is Wicked, as it’s truly a dream come true. She would like to thank her incredible friends, mentors, family and agents (IWM) for their unwavering support. She is dedicating her performance to her one of a kind mum and dad.
Monica has trained extensively in all areas of performing arts from a very young age. She graduated Ministry of Dance’s full-time dance and performing arts course in Melbourne, Australia.
Monica’s Australian and International theatre credits the Australian and New Zealand tours of Mary Poppins the Musical understudying and performing the role of Mary Poppins (Disney and CML), the Australian tour of Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story understudying the role of Maria (ATG), The Production Company’s Australian Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and their revival of Anything Goes.
Monica feels incredibly blessed to be performing in Wicked and would like to thank her family for their continuous love and support, her agent Emma Raciti, and all those who have taught and inspired her.
Equity member since 2009
Sophie's love of performing started from an early age when she would sing and dance to command attention from her three older siblings! She started tap, jazz and ballet lessons at age five with singing and drama lessons following. Whilst Sophie has performed in many musical productions, concert recitals and minor TV roles over the years, highlights include playing Rachel Maranos in John Doyle's Marking Time (ABC TV), and ensemble in Dead Man Walking (Andrew McManus Presents) at the State Theatre in Sydney.
Upon leaving school Sophie was accepted into Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Music Theatre), graduating in 2011. Highlights at WAAPA include supporting lead Sue Masters in James Millar and Peter Rutherford's premiere of A Little Touch of Chaos, Mitsy and dance captain in Crazy for You and Sheila in A Chorus Line.
Soon after graduating from WAAPA, Sophie was cast in the Sydney production of Next To Normal. She has since been involved in film and TV work, in particular, playing the role of Lana in the new Australian feature film L.A.D, produced and directed by Martin McKenna.
Sophie is thrilled to be making her professional music theatre debut in Wicked as part of the ensemble and Elphaba cover. She wishes to thank her amazing agent, Ian White, for his guidance and her wonderful and loving family and friends for their unwavering love and support.