A Second Chance

Chapel Off Chapel

7th Dec - 7th Dec, 2009

A Second Chance

Producers - Neil Gooding & Caleb Rixon
Directors - Neil Gooding & Caleb Rixon
Musical Director - John Shawcross

A Second Chance was a very special Charity Concert to Support Caleb Rixon. It was held on Monday the 7th of December at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne. Some of the biggest names in Australian Musical Theatre are banding together to perform at a Charity Concert to support Caleb Rixon. 

Caleb Rixon grew up in Geelong, graduated from WAAPA, had appeared in Altar Boyz and had just been cast in CHICAGO, when, on November 17th, at the age of just 23, Caleb suffered a Grade 5 Subarachnoid Haemhorrage (Stroke) due to a Dural Arteriovenous Malformation (DAVM- Cause of Stroke).  What this indicates, is that he had the most severe grading, of a rare type of stroke, due to a tangle of arteries and veins that were weaving within the lining of his brain.

He had many complications after being in a coma, on life support and in a highly sedated state.   Since then, Caleb has had to re-learn how to walk, talk, swallow, see and breathe again.
Ongoing treatments are often holistic in approach whilst he undergoes intensive rehabilitation. Caleb may require Major Surgery to help correct his paralyzed vocal cord, thus helping him achieve a more powerful speaking voice.

A Second Chance celebrated Caleb’s amazing survival and resilient spirit and helped raise funds for his continuing rehabilitation.

Original Cast

The host for the evening was the incredible Chelsea Plumley, with an amazing line-up of performers assembling on the night:

Chelsea Plumley
James Millar
Gareth Keegan
Matt Hetherington
Suzie Mathers & Cameron Macdonald
The Cast Of Virgins – Esther Hannaford, Amanda Levy & Verity Hunt-Ballard
Christie Whelan
From the Jersey Boys Cast – Glaston Toft, Jeremy Brennan & Stephen Mahy
Caleb’s WAAPA Year – Gareth Keegan, Liz Stiles, Zack Curran, Stuart Fisher, Suzie Mathers, Matt McFarlane, Stephanie Morriso & Gemma-Ashley Kaplan
Eddie Perfect
Alex Rathgeber
3 Feet Of Beat – Mark Hill, Shane Preston & Toby Bender
The Cats Ensemble – Brent Dolahenty, Renee Burleigh, Mischana Dellora-Cornish, Laura McCulloch, Lisa-Marie Parker, Monique Chanel Pitsikas, Justine Puy, Stephanie Silcock, Darren Tyler
Gemma-Ashley Kaplan
Tyran Parke
Kate Hanley & Brent Dolahenty
Rhonda Burchmore

As well as special video messages from:

Bert Newton
Caroline O’Connor
The Wiggles