Posts Tagged ‘Auditions

01
Sep
17

Dancer Auditions

BECOME PART OF THE EDC ENSEMBLE IN 2018

 

Expressions Dance Company (EDC) is now seeking expressions of interest from male and female dancers wishing to be considered for an audition for a professional position in the company. The company is seeking to fill 1 male and 1 female position from the start of 2018.

 

 

EDC, led by artistic director Natalie Weir, is an award-winning Queensland contemporary dance company with an ensemble of 6-8 dancers. Previous Natalie Weir productions include Behind Closed DoorsWhen Time Stops7 Deadly SinsCarmen Sweet, R&J and where the heart is. Weir’s signature choreographic style requires strong ability in partner work and character interpretation.

Weir says, “We’re like a close-knit family here at EDC, not just the dancers but also the office staff. We have an environment of total support and passion for what we do.

Being an EDC dancer is all about collaboration. Not just because we often work alongside amazing musicians and other arts companies, but because I like to embrace the creativity and artistry in every individual when making new work. Each dancer brings something unique to the ensemble, which is so inspiring as a choreographer. So with every new addition, the company grows and evolves. It’s like a living, organic thing.”

EDC is seeking dancers with a solid understanding of contemporary and classical partner-work and the relevant strength to meet the demands the company’s repertoire. Tertiary training or equivalent vocational training is a pre-requisite. They are looking for dancers with professional industry experience who have strong contemporary and classical technique as well as a range of creative skills including improvisation, task work, ability to explore character, convey emotion and develop/sustain expressive movement qualities.

 

“I am looking for dancers who have generosity of spirit and flexibility in both body and mind.”

Natalie Weir, AD EDC

 

Applicants should have strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment. EDC values flexibility in body and mind, ability to apply various movement techniques, openness in collaborating and generosity.

 

Register your expression of interest online by 8 September 2017.

 

Successful applicants will be notified via email by 20 September 2017 and invited to attend the audition in Brisbane on Wednesday 27 September at your own expense.

 

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08
Apr
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday April 4 2014

 

Well, I haven’t been very consistent with this column going up here have I? (I’ve been consistently late with it!). I don’t know who actually reads it in print either, and I’m feeling disillusioned about promoting anything of any calibre on the Sunshine Coast when it sometimes seems, at least from where we are standing, that quite often people here just can’t be bothered to support the arts, or their friends who are creating it and bringing it to their back yard, despite their supposed love of theatre and live music. And friend status. Oh, did I type that out loud? I know. I’m wrong, obviously. Whatever. Prove it by turning up to things again. We’ll go on making things and bringing things because we love live entertainment, and we believe wholeheartedly in supporting the artists who are interested in building industry. But it’s disheartening to say the least, when the no-shows, those who are apparently completely uninterested, are so many of the people we know. I KNOW. IT’S THE SUNSHINE COAST. WE KNOW PEOPLE. DISAPPOINTING.

 

BUT WERE YOU PART OF THE CAPACITY CROWD AT THE J ON SATURDAY NIGHT? HOW AMAZING IS MEOW MEOW? LUCKY, LUCKY PEOPLE IF YOU WERE THERE TOO!

 

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AND HOW AWESOME ARE EMMA DEAN AND FRANCESCA DE VALENCE? WHAT A GORGEOUS, INTIMATE SHOW THEY SHARED WITH US AT NOOSA ARTS THEATE ON SUNDAY NIGHT!

 

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Also, there is actually no excuse for not knowing what’s on. Not in our hyper-connected, immediate world of news feeds and links to events. So leave your excuses out of it. You either care enough to click on a link and find out the details for an event (and make arrangements to be there), or you don’t. And if you’re one of those who don’t give a rats about what’s on, don’t be the same person who complains that there is nothing on. It’s simply not true. Yes, we’re all busy. SO WORK IT OUT.  Manage your week so that live entertainment is scheduled and becomes a part of the week! Check Facebook, Twitter, Insta and livetheatre.com.au and go see something. READ THE PAPER. PHONE A FRIEND. AND GO SEE SOMETHING. It’s likely there is one degree of separation between you and the artist in any show on any stage here . The friends involved will be delighted to see you there and they’ll be more likely to take an interest in what you do too.

 

Here is most recent arts column to have appeared in the Sunshine Coast Daily. If you pick up a paper on Fridays and see it in print, and if it elicits any sort of response from you at all, do let me know.

 

SCD Arts Friday April 4 2014

 

Xanthe Coward

 

During school holidays there is usually a heap on for younger children but what about the tweens and teens? This Sunday, music fans have the chance to catch award-winning performers in Caloundra and Noosa. Popular artists of the calibre of Emma Dean and Francesca de Valence don’t often swing by the Sunshine Coast. We know what a challenge it is to find a live music venue locally, but singers must sing, so XS Entertainment brings the two enchanting songtresses to Noosa Arts Theatre for an intimate “house concert” on Sunday at 6pm. On the same afternoon, catch our very own Oriana Choir and Oriana Youth Choir in a special showcase concert at Caloundra Uniting Church at 2pm. Details below.

 

Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir Showcase Concert

 

In the lead-up to the Queensland Eisteddfod, where they’ll defend their title of Grand Champion, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir presents a one-off showcase concert on Sunday April 6 at 2pm at Caloundra Uniting Church. All ages. Bookings call 0431 542 343

 

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Songs of Love and War

 

Award-winning Brisbane/New York based songstresses, Emma Dean and Francesca de Valence perform new songs and old favourites from their extensive repertoires, exploring themes of love, heartbreak and what it truly means to be a fighter. Start the holidays with friends and fantastic music. One night only Sunday April 6 at Noosa Arts Theatre. Tickets $25 ($20 concession). Cash bar open from 5:30pm. All ages. Bookings email xanthe@xsentertainment.com.au

 

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Deathtrap

 

Ira Levin’s intriguing murder mystery, directed by Chris Mills, will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Suspense mounts steadily as the plot twists and turns with devilish cleverness in this play within a play. Gala opening night tonight at The Lind at 8pm. Season continues April 5, 9, 11 & 12 at 8pm and April 6 & 12 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au or call 5441 1814

 

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Pirates to Pinafore

 

It’s an all-star cast of performing the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan in just 89 minutes! Starring Philip Gould as Sir Arthur Sullivan, alongside veteran comic actor, Brian Hannan as W.S. Gilbert, Pirates to Pinafore delivers all the hits and highlights of the thirteen G&S operettas we have come to know and love, including songs from Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado. Noosa Arts Theatre April 11 &12 at 7:30pm. Matinees April 12 at 1pm & April 13 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au or call 5449 9343

 

Auditions

 

Sweet Charity

Charity Hope Valentine is a taxi dancer who longs for love, but has bad luck with men. Auditions at Coolum Civic Centre Monday April 7 at 8pm and Wednesday April 9 at 7pm. Details livetheatre.com.au

 

Jerry’s Girls

Jerry’s Girls celebrates the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer, Jerry Herman, in a two-hour musical evening. Information night at Noosa Arts Theatre Wednesday April 16 at 7:30pm. Auditions at Noosa Arts Theatre Wednesday April 30 at 7pm (soloists) and Sunday May 4 at 10am (ensemble). Details livetheatre.com.au

 

14
Mar
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday March 14

 

SCD Arts Friday March 14 2014

 

DID YOU WEAR RED FOR DANIEL TODAY?

“You can wear red for Daniel any day, Mum. You don’t have to wait until October.”  – Poppy Eponine

 

Xanthe Coward

 

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Awards season is drawing to a close and whether or not there’s a trophy to show for it, the best reward for a performer is still the applause at the end of a show and the relationships formed during the process.

 

Noosa Arts Theatre’s latest production, Minefields and Miniskirts, is a surprisingly moving example of the impact on artists and audiences of a carefully considered text, which is gently, lovingly interlaced with imagery, sound and lighting to tell the most horrific (and, at times, tender) of stories. Director, Jenni McCaul, and a talented cast of five (+ Jo Hendrie on vocals and guitar) have worked some magic to bring us a timely piece of historical and emotional truth from the hearts of real women who felt the full impact of the Vietnam War. I blinked back tears on more than one occasion. Clearly, the women have bonded during the creative process – there is a tangible connection between them – and unfortunately, not all of you will get to experience it. It’s a very short season in a very lovely and very intimate theatre, and if you think it might be just(ice) what you need in the coming week, you’d better book because once word gets out after opening night tonight, this show will be a sell out!

 

 

Minefields and Miniskirts is the most unassuming, quietly powerful production you’ll see on the Sunshine Coast this year.

 

 

The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance is a rapidly growing community of theatre makers and theatre lovers, and with the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival coming up in August, the committee is now busy planning for a whole week of events, including forums and workshops, as well as staging their own productions for the enjoyment of artists and audiences. If you’ve never been involved in the theatre now is the perfect time to check out the local scene. With plenty of shows going on each month there is literally something for everyone at the moment! For production and audition information check out livetheatre.com.au and for enquiries email sam@xsentertaiment.com.au

 

Minefields and Miniskirts

Through song and intimate storytelling, Minefields and Miniskirts shares the memories of the women affected by the Vietnam War. Featuring iconic songs from the era, these are the voices of the ordinary women who were actually there. Find out how they survived and what they believed in. Directed by Jenni McCaul and features Kitten Styler, Julia Verburgt, Sharon Grimley, Tania Nash, Jannine Ritchie and Jo Hendrie. Noosa Arts Theatre March 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30pm. Matinees March 16 at 2pm and March 22 at 1pm. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

A chaotic black comedy preceded by an Italian street festival has taken over the Student Guild (uni club) at USC. Performing Arts Kollective (PAK), directed by Peta Beattie, presents Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist for one more weekend. USC Student Guild March 14 & 15 at 7:30pm and March 16 at 6:30pm. The Be Italian Festival starts an hour before show time. Bookings trybooking.com/73979

 

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Motherhood Out Loud

 

A contemporary comedy comprising 20 entertaining vignettes, Motherhood Out Loud shares the sincerity and brutal honesty of true stories by several writers. Directed by Jacqui Mata Luque and featuring Susie Pritchard, Wendy Silvester, Alice Rea, Naomi Clasholm, Debbie Pitura and more. Buderim Memorial Hall March 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 8pm and March 16 & 22 at 2pm. Bookings batstheatre.com or call 5445 2515

 

A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen

 

Rarely do we see this calibre of talent on a Sunshine Coast stage but for one night only we welcome some of Australia’s top musical theatre stars to Flinders Performance Centre (March 21) at 7:30pm. Local dancers from Fierce Studios will join hosts, Todd and Sami from Hot91FM, and a line up that stars Patrice Tipoki (Fantine in the upcoming professional touring production of Les Miserables), Simon Gleeson (Valjean in the upcoming professional touring production of Les Miserables), Amanda Harrison (Wicked), Chelsea Gibb (Chicago), Mark Vincent (Australia’ Got Talent) and Laura Tipoki (Associate Musical Director at Wicked).  All proceeds go to MontroseAccess, supporting children with disability. Bookings trybooking.com/75622. To get a special price for Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance members and students email lliesegang@montroseaccess.org

 

 

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Four Weddings and an Elvis

 

Share in the hilarity of the most memorable matrimonies witnessed by Sandy, a four-times-married-three-times-divorced wedding chapel owner. FourWeddings and an Elvis is a heart-warming comedy featuring Coolum Theatre Players’ Jennifer Rousset, Wendy McDermott, Richard Kent, Marilyn Davies and more. Book a table of 8 and BYO nibbles and drinks at Coolum Civic Centre March 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30pm. Matinees March 23 & 30 at 2pm. Bookings coolum.com.au/theatre

 

Date Claimer – Songs From the Tavern

 

Songs From the Tavern brings together local talent and friends for a fundraiser for Joan Benson, local arts identity and staunch supporter of Sunshine Coast performing arts. Enjoy a night of music, dance, drama, comedy and more at Maleny Community Centre April 4 & 5 at 8pm. Bookings 5494 2841

 

Auditions

 

BATS will hold auditions for Drifting, winner of the Edythe Brook Cooper 2014 Playwriting Competition on Monday March 17 at 7.30 pm at Buderim War Memorial Hall. Written by Jo Denver, Directed by John McMahon. Each year, members of the Rossi/Sullivan family get together for the Christmas break. This year a new life joins the family, and a much loved member, Enid, slips further into Alzheimers. For details or to book an audition email johnnymac45@hotmail.com

 

In the Heights

 

USC Performing Arts Kollective (PAK) will hold auditions for award winning Broadway musical, In the Heights, on Tuesday March 18 at the yoga room at USC Sports Stadium. For details or to book your audition email pakusc@gmail.com

 

Sweet Fanny Adams

 

Directed by Errol Morrison, Sweet Fanny Adams tells the tales of rivalry between the infamous Kitty Divine and Fanny Adams, brothel owners in 1930s Sydney. Not as dark as you might think, this is a musical comedy and a whole lot of fun to perform. Auditions at Studio 2 Dance academy, Rigby Street, Nambour March 27 & 31 at 7pm. For details or to book your audition email erjmorrison@optusnet.com.au or call 0412 396 373

 

Jerry’s Girls

 

Celebrating the music and lyrics of award winning Broadway composer, Jerry Herman. Information night at Noosa Arts Theatre March 26 at 7:30pm. Auditions at Noosa Arts Theatre April 2 at 7:30pm (soloists) and April 6 at 10am (ensemble). For details or to book an audition call 5449 9343

 

Sweet Charity

Charity Hope longs for love but has bad luck with men in this light-hearted musical comedy. Auditions Coolum Civic Centre April 7 at 7:30pm & April 9 at 7pm. For details or to book an audition call Director, Linda Gefken 0402 414 637

 

 

10
Mar
14

Jordan Russell reporting from NYC

That’s right! Our very own Jordi Russell (Maria in West Side Story and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls), a graduate of Matthew Flinders Anglican College, took off  to NYC last week and reports here on her experiences auditioning for four tertiary arts courses.

 

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AUDITIONS
Each university had specific audition requirements for what I needed to prepare. These were very specific, especially for the classical auditions.
For the first two (Musical Theatre) auditions at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) and PACE University I sang cuts from the songs Till There Was You from The Music Man, by Meredith Wilson and I’m Not Afraid of Anything from Songs For a New World by Jason Robert Brown. The monologues I chose for the AMDA audition were Debbie from Love and Money by Dennis Kelly – this monologue was quite full on with a fair bit of swearing and risque content but at the end the panel said they really liked it as it was so contrasting to the songs! They also said, “This is New York – nothing is too risqué!” so that was great!
The monologue I had chosen to do at PACE was Harper from Angels in America by Tony Kushner, but unfortunately due to time restraints, no one was able to perform their monologues. That one is yet to be performed…
My third and fourth auditions were for a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice. I auditioned at Mannes College – The New School For Music and at the Manhattan School of Music.  For both these auditions I had prepared 4 songs but in the auditions I only performed two of them. The first song was selected by me and for both auditions I chose to sing Mit Einem Gemalten Band by Beethoven. The second song was selected by the audition panel.  One of my repertoire options is written by an American Composer called The Crucifixion and is quite a new piece for me – so I was hoping it wouldn’t be chosen – but of course it was! The song is called The Crucifixion, composed by Samuel Barber. Despite not being overly familiar with the piece, I was quite happy with how it turned out.
There were different time frames around the preparation of each audition piece. I have been singing some of my classical pieces for over a year, others for only a month or two. While this was the case, I definitely felt very prepared going into each audition, having researched the Universities, the courses on offer, the teaching staff, the location, the background information on my music, the composers, the shows the music is from, the plays of the monologues, and the characters I play in the monologues and songs. I used 5 months to prepare for auditions, from the time I started the first application to the end of my final audition so I have had time to do the research! It was really a great relief to have completed all the aspects of my applications to each of the universities. I now have the fun task of waiting around to be told my fate… will I get in?! I should hear back from each of the universities by the first of April.

During this waiting time, I am living in a shared apartment in Brooklyn with some other international students. I am volunteering with
ASTEP (Actors Striving to End Poverty), which is a wonderful organisation connecting performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. I will initially volunteering through the administration side of things, eventually moving into doing more hands on volunteering. The people involved at the New York office are so lovely and I’m really looking forward to working with them!
I SAW NEWSIES 
Newsies. Well, I’m not sure if its coming to Aus, but if it’s not it should be! It is such an incredible show – from the outstanding choreography, to the impressive set, and beautiful storyline. It is such an ensemble show with outstanding leads that don’t steal all the spotlight (a bit like when we did West Side Story at Noosa Arts Theatre; a really strong cast all round). It has moved up my list to being one of my favourite shows. I am already trying to find a day to see it again!
NYC FASHION
The fashion here is really quite exciting! There are all sorts of things on people here. Yesterday, I saw a lady walking around in 2 degree weather with stockings and THONGS!!! Bit too crazy for me…! There have been old ladies in bright blue fur coats, and other fashionistas covered in labels from head to toe! I saw a guy wearing leopard print tights, fur coat and high heel boots – that was certainly a highlight! Just one day on the town means you can truly see everything that fashion has to offer.
THERE IS GREAT COFFEE HERE
I’m not much of a bagel person… so I personally haven’t found NYC’s best bagel BUT I did find a charming little coffee shop near where I am living in Brooklyn called the Breukelen Coffee House. It has great coffee, and outgoing staff and a real urban feel. Last night I walked past and they were having an open mic night, and they invited me to come along to their Jam Night next week (with my trumpet) so that should be fun!
Yesterday the weather finally started to warm up… from highs of 2 degrees. Yesterday went as high as 13 degrees and I was wearing way too many layers so I could almost say, “Yesterday was uncomfortably HOT!” Ah, such a contradiction to the weather in Aus right now hey?!
24
Feb
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday 21 2014

 

SCD Arts Friday February 21 2014

 

Xanthe Coward

 

The Making of The Great Lover

 

When Maleny playwright Jo Denver wrote The Making of the Great Lover, about Edith Maud Hull, her husband Percy, and her daughter Cecil Winstanley Hull, she had no idea that Edith’s relatives lived in Australia. Naomi MacKinnon, from Cairns, is married to one of many Hull descendants in that area. Jo said that when she was writing about someone who lived in a little village in England she had no idea that any of the Hull family had been residing in far north Queensland around the Ingham area since 1871. The Making of The Great Lover enjoys its final performances tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm and 8pm. This new historical comedy is over-the-top Fifty Shades of Grey fun. Bookings online lindlane.com.au or call 5441 1814

 

Hamlet. Psyched

 

USC Theatre presents Hamlet. Psyched. Directed by Jo Loth, it’s a new and original look into the troubled head and heart of Shakespeare’s most famous teen, Hamlet. Chancellor College performing Arts Centre on February Wednesday 26, 27 & 28. Bookings payments.usc.edu.au

 

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NT Live – Coriolanus & War Horse

 

Noosa Arts Theatre screens the Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus on Sunday at 6:30pm and Monday at 10am. Directed by Donmar’s Josie Rourke and featuring Tom Hiddleston (The Hollow Crown) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), this is the classic story of one man v the world. In March, don’t miss the National Theatre’s smash hit, War Horse, screening on Friday March 7 at 1pm & 7:30pm, Sunday March 9 at 6:30pm and Monday March 10 at 10am. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

Hat Fitz & Cara live at Noosa Arts Theatre

 

Noosa Arts theatre hosts Hat Fitz & Cara, award-winning hill style country blues duo, for one night only, on Friday February 28 at 7:30pm. Bookings online or call 5449 9343

 

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Minefields & Miniskirts

 

Directed by Jenni McCaul, Minefields & Miniskirts is a collection of the stories and memories from women affected by the Vietnam War, interviewed by Siobhan McHugh and adapted for the stage by Terence O’Connell. Featuring Jo Hendrie on vocals and guitar, the play uses music of the era to tug at your heartstrings, and good ol’ Aussie humour to make you laugh. Catch Sharon Grimley, Tania Nash, Jannine Ritchie, Kitten Styler and Julia Verburgt on stage from March 13. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

 

PAK presents Dario Fo’s satirical black comedy Accidental Death of an Anarchist-based on the real life event of an anarchist’s death in 1970’s Italy while in police custody. This production is a zany riotous and at times deeply profound expose of the social and political machinations of 70’s Italy and blends live action and multi media in an evocative and highly original way. March 7, 8, 9 & 14, 15,16 at USC Student Guild. Bookings trybooking.com

 

Motherhood Out Loud

 

Directed by Jacqui Mata Luque, this myth-smashing comedy about parenthood, features Susie Pritchard, Wendy Silvester, Cathy Quinn and many more. If you’re a mother, you’ll love it and if you’re not, you’ll go home and thank your mum. From March 14. Bookings batstheatre.com or call 54452515

 

Four Weddings and An Elvis

 

Coolum Theatre Players present a musical comedy about four of Sandy’s most memorable weddings – she’s the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Featuring Jennifer Rousset, Marilyn Davies and more from March 21. Bookings Coolum.com.au/theatre or call 5446 20 50

 

 

Auditions

 

 

Noosa Arts Theatre – Jerry’s Girls

 

Noosa Arts Theatre’s information night for Jerry’s Girls, an all female musical review celebrating the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman, directed by Stephen Moore, will be held on Wednesday March 26 at 7:30pm at Noosa Arts Theatre and the auditions in April. September season. Details livetheatre.com.au

 

The Lind, Nambour – Sweet Fanny Adams

 

Director, Errol Morrison, will hold auditions for Sweet Fanny Adams March 27 and 31 at 7pm. A rollicking Aussie musical about the rivalry between brothel owners Kitty Divine and Fanny Adams, there are some fun roles up for grabs. Details livetheatre.com.au

 

 

23
Nov
13

The Stars Shine Bright in Brisbane: Harvest Rain Season Launch 2014

 

Harvest Rain Theatre 2014 season launch

QPAC Playhouse

18th  November 2013

Attended by Meredith Walker

 

Harvest Rain stars shine in 2014

 

After 18 days of social media clues, Harvest Rain Theatre Company revealed its 2014 season in an all-singing, all-dancing launch at QPAC’s Playhouse. For the company’s 2014 season, its first as a fully professional company*, Harvest Rain will be continuing what it does best, presenting a trio of big musicals featuring an impressive list of Australian stars. The season features a golden oldie, a modern Broadway classic and a Broadway hit musical, ranging from the sublime to the silly, but all with promise of maximum entertainment.

 

Harvest Rain is fast developing a reputation for effectively reviving and recreating the classics.

 

The company’s 2013 Oklahoma proves that classic musicals can still be popular and the company aims to recapture the magic when it reintroduces the delightful musical Guys and Dolls to a modern audience in March.  After their acclaimed performances in Oklahoma, Ian Stenlake and Angela Harding will reteam in the show and the audience was reminded of their vocal talents, including through Stenalke’s dynamic performance of Luck be a Lady. The really big news, however, was that the company has recently signed Gold Logie winner Daryl Somers to play Nicely Nicely Johnson, a role made famous on the Australian stage by the late Ricky May. And Somers was in full schick mode as he hammed it up about his preparation for the weighty role. Auditions for professional ensemble roles are to be held in December.

 

Image by Nick Morrissey

 

Everyone is invited to the Jellicle Ball when the company presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in an arena spectacular style show at the Brisbane Convention Centre for five performances in May. With over 500 performers taking to the stage, Cats promises to be a glorious production of immense scale. Indeed, it will be the largest production of Cats ever staged in the southern hemisphere. While the whimsical cats shone both on stage and as they slinked about the post-launch function, the highlight was undoubtedly headliner Marina Prior’s goosebumpy performance of Memory, the show’s haunting anthem.

 

Audiences are guaranteed a good time when Simon Gallaher and Jon English reunite thirty years after their Pirates of Penzance romp for the Tony Award winning Monty Python musical Spamalot, based on the cult 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. After rousing renditions of Knights of the Round Table and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Lady of the Lake Julie Anthony revealed how she was coaxed out of retirement for the show, which will be staged in QPAC’s Concert Hall in October.

 

Harvest Rain has not only earned its place at QPAC, but its energetic approach to theatre making makes its works valuable resources for school groups. Indeed, shows such as Cats, provide an exciting access point to for school students to engage with a classic text, wether that text be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical or its genesis, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Elliot, in a welcoming context. Not only this, but the company offers students the opportunity to engage with the arts on a practical level though their musical theatre internship program, in keeping with its aim to nurture young artists in their passion for the performing arts. Harvest Rain will also be conducting auditions for the Cats youth ensemble in early December.

 

The Arts in Australian schools is at a turning point; Australian students now all have an entitlement to education in the five art forms – dance, drama, media arts, music and visual art.

 

Companies such as Harvest Rain, should be commended for the manner in which they encourage young people to participate in the Arts more fully and to understand how the arts provide unique and valuable ways of making meaning.

 

Harvest Rain’s motto for 2014 is ‘the stars shine bright in Brisbane’ and if the 2014 launch is any indication, this is indeed the case, as the company adds to their list of the acclaimed artists who have trodden the boards in a Harvest Rain show over the past three decades.

 

*In 2014, Harvest Rain is giving young amateur performers from across South-East Queensland the opportunity to take part in a large-scale arena presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, the largest production of the classic musical ever staged in the southern hemisphere.

 

Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre, Marina Prior, will star as Grizabella in this record breaking production, along with a core cast of professional musical theatre performers (auditions for the professional adult cast will be held in January 2014). Surrounding this cast will be a large youth ensemble made up of over 500 young amateur performers from across South-East Queensland.

 

If you want to be one of those young performers, then apply to audition today!

 

26
Apr
13

West Side Story Auditions – Noosa Arts Theatre

West Side Story Auditions at Noosa Arts Theatre this Weekend!

Noosa Arts Theatr Front Entry

This weekend, in between our green smoothies, coffee, vino, ADELE UP LATE and Katie Noonan’s SONGBOOK Sam is auditioning hopefuls for the upcoming Noosa Arts Theatre production of West Side Story.

One of his favourite shows ever, this version of West Side Story will establish a contemporary urban feel from the outset, and challenge fans of the original production style. Because I’m not directly involved in this one (from now until September I have my french tips in too many other pies, people!), I will be your eyes and ears throughout the process. You’ll learn a bit more about what goes on behind the scenes. More about that after the auditions.

Noosa Arts Theatre ain’t that big a place, it’s a lovely little intimate theatre, and having been privy to the early ideas being discussed with committee and the production team, I know audiences will be surprised with the way the space is to be utilised. Performers will experience something different at Noosa Arts too!

Bringing one of our fave Sunshine Coast choreographers, Stephanie Brown on board, means that the look and feel of Sam’s West Side Story is going to test cast members in the initial stages, and ask them to be open to trying anything. I know! How excitement! It will be no different to working with Sam on any other project!

Sam Coward

Director, Sam Coward. Image by Blueprint Studios.

So are you auditioning?

 

If you call today you can still book an audition spot for Sunday 28th April but Saturday 27th April is BOOKED OUT!

 

TO BOOK YOUR AUDITION CALL SUSAN on 5471 1047

Stephanie Brown

Choreographer, Stephanie Brown. Image by picture this! photography.

Assistant Director: Synda Turnbull

Musical Director: Noel Bowden

Choreographer: Stephanie Brown

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Principal Roles include:  
Maria, Bernardo, Anita, Riff, Tony, plus the 4 adult roles:
Officer Krupke, Doc, Schrank, and Glad Hand.

Auditions: 
By appointment 

Saturday, APRIL 27 – BOOKED OUT!

Sunday, APRIL 28 from 9.30am

An pianist/accompanist will be present at auditions to play your music, 
or bring your own backing CD.  A CD player will be provided.

Due to time constraints, please keep your singing audition to 16-20 bars Maximum.

Performance dates: 

SEPTEMBER 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm 

SEPTEMBER 15 and 22 at 2pm

For more information about Sunshine Coast productions and auditions contact Synda via email  info@livetheatre.com.au or keep an eye on Facebook and http://www.livetheatre.com




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