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Starlight Express has been playing continuously in Bochum, Germany, since 1988.

First Decade - 1988 - 1997

Second Decade - 1998 - 2007

Third Decade - 2008 - 2017

2018 Onwards


2008 - 2009 - 20th Anniversary Cast

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Anna-Maria Schmidt won the role of Pearl in a TV casting competition, however she did not complete skate school and take up the role.

Kunstlerische Leitung / Artistic Director - Steven Rosso

Choreografische Leitung / Choreographic Director - Debbie Hearnden

Musikalische Leitung / Musical Director - John Lehr Opfar

Dance Captain - Michael Byrne

Assistenz Abendspielleitung / - Dawn Leigh-Woods

Skate Coach - Adam Floyd


Role Performer Role Performer
2008 Cast
Rusty Kevin Kohler (alt)/
Jamie Golding (alt)
Pearl Katie Stewart
Greaseball Ernest Marchain Dinah Katy Hards
Poppa Carl Abraham Ellis Ashley Tasha Taylor Johnson
Electra Andreas Wolfram Buffy Sarah May
Hip Hopper 1 Reginald H Jennings Flat-top Eddie Dredge
Hip Hopper 2 Adam Sheffield Dustin Jamie Capewell
Hip Hopper 3 Daniel Smith Caboose Ben Draper
Krupp Joe Ryan Bobo Nathan Sloan
Wrench Marc McFadyen Espresso Gareth Bailey
Purse Ian Oswald Ruhrgold Nick Bower
Joule Rachelle Walker Turnov Harvey James
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Travis Hickey
Trax Joey Egan Trax Adam Nazarko
Trax Guido Rosenkranz
Swing Samantha Foker Swing Sian Frost
Swing Emma Jenkinson Swing Sarah Riches
Swing Lyndsey Stokes Swing Amy Webb
Swing Gareth Bretherton Swing Michael Byrne
Swing Andrew Chadwick Swing Adam Floyd
Swing Paul Robert Gerritsen Swing Nick Gilligan
Swing Daniel Keightley Swing Ben Prince
Swing Paul Shipp Swing Alexander Wengel

2009 - 2010

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Kunstlerische Leitung / Artistic Director - Steven Rosso

Choreografische Leitung / Choreographic Director - Debbie Hearnden

Musikalische Leitung / Musical Director - Steve White (Assistant Linda Roland)

Dance Captain - Michael Byrne

Assistenz Abendspielleitung / - Dawn Leigh-Woods

Skate Coach - Graham Harvey

Ray Shell left the production after a few weeks, citing the reason that his German pronunciation was not up to standard.


Role Performer Role Performer
2009 Cast
Rusty Kevin Köhler Pearl Carla Pullen
Greaseball Ernest Marchain Dinah Katy Hards
Poppa Ray Shell /
David E Moore
Ashley Emma Jenkinson
Electra Andreas Wolfram Buffy Sian Frost
Hip Hopper 1 Daniel Smith Flat-Top Marcel Brauneis
Hip Hopper 2 Marvin Dietmann Dustin Jamie Capewell
Hip Hopper 3 Marc McFadyen Caboose Ben Draper
Krupp Paul Shipp Bobo Carl Patrick Morris
Wrench Joe Ryan Espresso Adam Sheffield
Purse Reginald H Jennings Ruhrgold Gareth Bailey
Joule Rachelle Walker Turnov Chris Southgate
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Travis Hickey
Trax Joey Egan Trax Adam Nazarko
Trax Guido Rosenkranz
Swing Kelsey Cobban Swing Lisa Dahmane
Swing Samantha Foker Swing Sarah Riches
Swing Amy Webb
Swing Andy Barke Swing Rene Becker
Swing Gareth Bretherton Swing Michael Byrne
Swing Adam Floyd Swing Paul Gerritsen
Swing Edd Hall Swing Brett Hibberd
Swing Adam Illsley Swing Ben Prince

2010 - 2011

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Role Performer Role Performer
2010 Cast
Rusty Kevin Kohler Pearl Carla Pullen
Greaseball Ernest Marchain Dinah Georgina Hagen
Poppa David E Moore Ashley Emma Jenkinson
Electra Andreas Wolfram Buffy Kate Morris /
Camilla Hardy
Hip Hopper 1 Karl Seal Flat-top Ben Draper
Hip Hopper 2 Sharn Te Pou Dustin Marlon Moore
Hip Hopper 3 Daniel Therrien Caboose Marcel Brauneis
Krupp Paul Shipp Bobo Austin Garrett
Wrench Joe Ryan Espresso Nic Ineson
Purse Reginald H Jennings Ruhrgold Jos Hoetjes
Joule Rachelle Walker Turnov Chris Southgate
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Vladimir Hub
Trax Manuel Reckow Trax Guido Rosenkranz
Trax Etienne Vogel
Swing Emma-Katie Adcock Swing Georgia Bergerson
Swing Samantha Foker Swing Melanie Fawcett
Swing Cate Gunner Swing Carolin Schoenemann
Swing Rene Becker Swing Ashley Birchall
Swing Gareth Bretherton Swing Michael Byrne
Swing Cary Chennell Swing Adam Floyd
Swing Edd Hall Swing Graham Harvey
Swing Andrew Prosser Swing Luke Zammit


2011 - 2012

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Kunstlerische Leitung / Artistic Director - Steven Rosso

Choreografische Leitung / Choreographic Director - Debbie Hearnden

Musikalische Leitung / Musical Director - Steve White (Assistant Linda Roland)

Dance Captain - Michael Byrne

Assistenz Abendspielleitung / - Dawn Leigh-Woods

Skate Coach - Graham Harvey

Role Performer Role Performer
2011 Cast
Rusty Marcel Brauneis Pearl Georgina Hagen
Greaseball Andreas Wolfram Dinah Rachel Grundy
Poppa David E Moore Ashley Emma Jenkinson
Electra Gareth Bretherton Buffy Lucy Maria Gill /
Carla Pullen
Hip Hopper 1 Karl Seal Flat-top Ben Draper
Hip Hopper 2 Sharn Te Pou Dustin Marlon Moore
Hip Hopper 3 Daniel Therrien Caboose Gordon Gesatzki
Krupp Erik van Hoof Bobo Austin Garrett
Wrench Lauren Hearnden Mayer Espresso Michael Eborall
Purse Paul Shipp Ruhrgold Chris Southgate
Joule Georgia Bergerson Turnov Adam Sheffield
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Vladimir Hub
Trax Manuel Reckow Trax Guido Rosenkranz
Trax Etienne Vogel
Swing Emma-Katie Adcock Swing Lisa Darnell
Swing Abigail Dever Swing Cate Gunner
Swing Carolin Schoenemann
Swing David Allwood Swing Rene Becker
Swing Ashley Birchall Swing Michael Byrne
Swing Cary Chennell Swing Edd Hall
Swing Graham Harvey Swing Jos Hoetjes
Swing Reginald H Jennings Swing Richard Parry
Swing Andrew Prosser Swing Luke Zammit

2012 - 2013

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Role Performer Role Performer
2012 Cast
Rusty Marcel Brauneis Pearl Georgina Hagen
Greaseball Andreas Wolfram Dinah Abigail Dever
Poppa David E Moore Ashley Emma Jenkinson
Electra Matthew McKenna Buffy Carla Pullen
Hip Hopper 1 Garry Lee Flat-Top Andrew Prosser
Hip Hopper 2 Jason Guest Dustin Richard Meek
Hip Hopper 3 Omari Bernhard Caboose Gordon Gesatzki
Krupp Daniel Ellison Bobo Tom Audibert
Wrench Sophie Ellis Espresso Graham Harvey
Purse Erik van Hoof Ruhrgold Adam Sheffield
Joule Lauren Hearnden Mayer Turnov Karl Seal
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Nils Haberstroh
Trax Manuel Reckow Trax Guido Rosenkranz
Trax Etienne Vogel
Swing Emma-Katie Adcock Swing Lisa Darnell
Swing Sian Frost Swing Cate Gunner
Swing Carolin Schönemann
Swing David Allwood Swing Ashley Birchall
Swing Michael Byrne Swing Cary Chennell
Swing Ben Draper Swing Michael Eborall
Swing Edd Hall Swing Reginald H Jennings
Swing James Jacob-Lomas Swing Marc McFadyen
Swing Dale White Swing Luke Zammit


2013 - 2014 - 25th Anniversary Cast

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Kunstlerische Leitung / Artistic Director - Steven Rosso

Choreografische Leitung / Choreographic Director - Debbie Hearnden

Musikalische Leitung / Musical Director - Thomas Lorey (Assistant Linda Roland)

Dance Captain - Michael Byrne

Assistenz Abendspielleitung / - Dawn Leigh-Woods

Skate Coach - Luke Zammit


Role Performer Role Performer
2013 Cast
Rusty Marcel Brauneis Pearl Georgina Hagen
Greaseball Andreas Wolfram Dinah Abigail Dever
Poppa David E Moore Ashley Emma Jenkinson
Electra Mykal Rand (until July) /
Jason Guest
Buffy Carla Pullen
Hip Hopper 1 Dewayne Adams Flat-top Dale White
Hip Hopper 2 Christopher Jeffers Dustin Gordon Gesatzki
Hip Hopper 3 Adi Suissa Caboose Andrew Prosser
Krupp Daniel Ellison Bobo Jeffrey Socia
Wrench Tabitha Camburn Espresso James Jacob-Lomas
Purse Ashley Birchall Ruhrgold Graham Harvey
Joule Kelly Downing Turnov Karl Seal
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Nils Haberstroh
Trax Manuel Reckow Trax Guido Rosenkranz
Trax Etienne Vogel
Swing Emma-Katie Adcock Swing Sophie Ellis
Swing Cate Gunner Swing Clare Maynard
Swing Sian Velazquez
Swing Tom Audibert Swing Michael Byrne
Swing Ben Draper Swing Michael Eborall
Swing Vincent Gray Swing Leo-Alexander Hewitt
Swing Reginald H Jennings Swing Marc McFadyen
Swing Robin Mills Swing Adam Sheffield
Swing Daniel Smith Swing Luke Zammit

2014 - 2015

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Kunstlerische Leitung / Artistic Director - Steven Rosso

Choreografische Leitung / Choreographic Director - Debbie Hearnden

Musikalische Leitung / Musical Director - Thomas Lorey (Assistant Linda Roland)

Dance Captain - Michael Byrne

Assistenz Abendspielleitung / - Dawn Leigh-Woods

Skate Coach - Luke Zammit


Role Performer Role Performer
2014 Cast
Rusty Kevin Kohler Pearl Trina Hill
Greaseball Matthew Goodgame Dinah Lucie Downer /
Emma Jenkinson
Poppa David E Moore Ashley Emma Jenkinson /
Lauren Hearnden Mayer (August 14) /
Victoria Anderson
Electra Mykal Rand /
Paul Shipp
Buffy Carla Pullen
Hip Hopper 1 Dewayne Adams Flat-top Paul Treacy
Hip Hopper 2 Brett Shiels Dustin Duncan Leighton
Hip Hopper 3 Ciaran Rees Caboose Andrew Prosser
Krupp Dean Coach Bobo Jeffrey Socia
Wrench Melanie Brown Espresso Adam Bailey
Purse Toby Poole Ruhrgold Graham Harvey
Joule Victoria Anderson /
Kelly Downing
Turnov Richard Leavey
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Elliot Collins
Trax Joey Egan /
Alex Deutschmann
Trax Manuel Reckow
Trax Etienne Vogel
Swing Emma-Katie Adcock Swing Amy Di Bartolomeo
Swing Cate Gunner Swing Clare Maynard
Swing Sian Velazquez
Swing Ashley Birchall (August 14) Swing Michael Byrne
Swing Cary Chennell Swing Christopher Connor
Swing Brad Corben Swing Ben Draper
Swing Michael Eborall Swing Jason Gray
Swing Marc McFadyen Swing Robin Mills
Swing Adam Sheffield Swing Adi Suissa (08/14)
Swing Craig Tyler Swing Luke Zammit

2015 - 2016

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Kunstlerische Leitung / Artistic Director - Steven Rosso

Choreografische Leitung / Choreographic Director - Debbie Hearnden

Musikalische Leitung / Musical Director - Colm O'Regan (Assistant George Carter)

Dance Captain - Michael Byrne

Assistenz Abendspielleitung / - Dawn Leigh-Woods

Skate Coach - Andrew Millar


Role Performer Role Performer
2015 Cast
Rusty Kevin Kohler Pearl Trina Hill
Greaseball Michael Quinn Dinah Emma Prosser
Poppa David E Moore Ashley Emily Beth Harrington
Electra Jeffrey Socia Buffy Carla Pullen
Hip Hopper 1 Brett Shiels Flat-top James Marshall
Hip Hopper 2 Cyrus Brandon Dustin Gavin Ashbarry
Hip Hopper 3 Marc McFadyen Caboose Andrew Prosser
Krupp Richard Leavey Bobo Darren John
Wrench Samara Casteallo Espresso Jason Gray
Purse Paul Shipp Ruhrgold Karl Seal
Joule Leanne Groutage Turnov Joseph Connor
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Elliot Collins
Trax Alex Deutschmann Trax Manuel Reckow
Trax Etienne Vogel
Swing Emma-Katie Adcock Swing Nicole Carlisle
Swing Clare Maynard Swing Christina Shand
Swing Sian Velazquez
Swing Michael Byrne Swing Daniel Clift
Swing Cary Chennell Swing Brad Corben
Swing Ben Draper Swing Fraser Fraser
Swing Jack Greaves Swing/ Skate Coach Andrew Millar
Swing Toby Poole Swing Noel Samuels
Swing Craig Tyler

2016 - 2017

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Initially Rachel Cumino was cast as Pearl, however she did not pass Skate School. Carla Pullen was promoted from Buffy to Pearl, and Sian Velazquez returned to the cast to play Buffy.

Role Performer Role Performer
2016 Cast
Rusty Jeffrey Socia Pearl Carla Pullen
Greaseball Michael Quinn Dinah Abigail Dever
Poppa Reginald H Jennings Ashley Emily Beth Harrington
Electra Richard Woodford Buffy Sian Velazquez
Hip Hopper 1 Brett Shiels Flat-top James Marshall
Hip Hopper 2 Cyrus Brandon Dustin Gavin Ashbarry
Hip Hopper 3 Dennis Spee Caboose Daniel Ellison
Krupp Jared Thompson Bobo Darren John
Wrench Helen Petrovna Espresso Joseph Connor
Purse Jonathan Mawson Ruhrgold Karl Seal
Joule Keoma Aidhen Turnov Feargal Quinn
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Dewayne Adams
Trax Alex Deutschmann Trax Manuel Reckow
Trax Etienne Vogel
Swing Lindsay Atherton Swing Laura Benazaize
Swing Blythe Jandoo Swing Tinuke O'Yeridan
Swing Sophie Wallis
Swing Cary Chennell Swing Daniel Clift
Swing Brad Corben Swing Alexander Day
Swing Ben Draper Swing Jack Greaves
Swing/Dance Captain Marc McFadyen Swing Ross Meagrow
Swing/Skate Coach Andrew Millar Swing Paul Shipp
Swing Tom Nihill Swing Craig Tyler

44 in Cast (3 Trax)

2017 - 2018

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Role Performer Role Performer
2017 Cast
Rusty Michael Pickering Pearl Carla Pullen
Greaseball Ben Carruthers Dinah Abigail Dever
Poppa Reginald H Jennings Ashley Sian Velazquez
Electra Richard Woodford Buffy Serina Mathew
Hip Hopper 1 Cyrus Brandon Flat-top James Marshall
Hip Hopper 2 Garry Kessing Dustin Gavin Ashbarry
Hip Hopper 3 Dennis Spee Caboose Daniel Ellison
Krupp *CUT* Bobo Daniel Holley
Wrench Hannah Kiss Espresso Darius James
Purse Anthony Starr Ruhrgold Karl Seal
Joule Lucy Glover Turnov Dan Partridge
Volta Dawn Leigh Woods Hashamoto Paddy Joe Martin
Trax Alex Deutschmann Trax Manuel Reckow
Trax Etienne Vogel
Swing Gemma Archer Swing Zoe Hershaw
Swing Lacy Jordinson Swing Danielle Lockwood
Swing Rose Ouellette
Swing Cary Chennell Swing Brad Corben
Swing Ben Draper Swing Will Luckett
Swing Marc McFadyen Swing Andrew Millar
Swing Corey Mitchell Swing Tom Nihill
Swing Oliver Roll Swing Stuart Rouse
Swing Gary Sheridan Swing Paul Shipp

43 in cast, 3 Trax, 25 1st cast roles

  • Dewayne Adams covered Greaseball until September 2017 due to Ben Carruthers' being injured.
  • Joey Egan returned as Trax August 2017



First Decade - 1988 - 1997

Second Decade - 1998 - 2007

Third Decade - 2008 - Present

2018 Onwards



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