Urinetown - The Musical
Born and raised in New York, Emanuelle came to Brussels to pursue her studies, resulting in a bachelors in Modern languages and literature, a masters in Theatre arts and a teaching certificate in theatre arts.
She now teaches Drama and English in different Belgian schools. But her passion for theatre has always lead her to the stage or backstage. She has attended various theatre workshops all over the world, in England, Brussels and New York in many different disciplines from miming and Indian puppetry to directing seminars and musical theatre bootcamps.
In coming to Brussels, Emanuelle joined BLOC making her first appearance in the chorus of My Fair Lady in 2014. From there, she went on to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (2015-2016) and Polly in Crazy for You – The New Gershwin Musical (2017).
In 2016, she directed her first show with BLOC, taking several scenes from Urinetown - The Musical in BLOC's production of Blocbusters (2016). She is delighted to be able to direct the full production this spring.
Steven has extended experience in performing musical theatre. He conducted Carmen, Die Fledermaus, La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, Gräfin Mariza, Me and my Girl, The Sound of Music, Kismet, The Merry Widow for the Koninklijke Toneelkring De Bietjes, and Nunsense for Marlis.
He has been a long-standing musical director for BLOC having conducted A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2008), Pirates of Penzance (2009), Hello Dolly (2011), Beauty and the Beast (2012), Evita (2013) and A Christmas Carol (2016).
Steven studied theory, piano and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Antwerp as well as at the renowned Lemmensinstituut in Leuven. He studied piano with Christel Kessels and Robert Groslot. Steven was a finalist in the National Music Contest organised by Gemeentekrediet/Credit Communal.
Meera joined BLOC in 2014 and has been serving on its administrative committee since 2016.
Following an immersion into musicals with My Fair Lady and the Pajama Game, she jointly produced Wizard of Oz (2015/2016) and A Christmas Carol – The Musical (2016) with Martin Blackwell for both of which they won the BUTTIES (Brussels United Theatre Technicians) Best Producer awards.
Meera has enjoyed being involved in theatre both on and off stage since a very young age but prefers to remain behind the curtains now and hopes to continue to enjoy the fun of Brussels musicals in the future.