Posts Tagged ‘griffith university

01
Sep
14

Into the Woods

 

Into the Woods

Queensland Conservatorium

Griffith University

August 22 – 30 2014

Conservatorium Theatre

 

Reviewed by Jackson Kellaway

 

intothewoods_company

 

On Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of seeing the talent that the Queensland Conservatorium is pumping out. Their graduating students presented Soundheim and Lapine’s Into The Woods and it was a magical masterpiece.

 

The students had the opportunity to have Kate Wilson direct this production. Her extensive career as a director and academic was obviously very beneficial for the graduates. This shared knowledge is something the students will forever remember and be able to apply in their very bright futures.

 

The performance level of these students is nothing less than what you would expect from Queensland’s premier musical theatre training institution. The talent shone through the smoke effect on stage as the company took us into an imaginative world based on our favourite fairy-tales. The cast had fantastic concentration and focus throughout the performance and the comic timing was perfect. Rehearsing since May this year, the production team pulled together a clean-cut musical for anyone who is a fan of the Grimm stories.

 

The Dead Puppet Society oversaw the design elements of this production; an amazing learning opportunity for these students. It was visible from the mixture of old and new school techniques used in the production that the students had embraced the puppetry elements that were taught.

 

Anyone who knows the musical will agree that the music and lyrics are quite intense and wordy. In some songs the words are being sung so fast you can barely keep up and in others the timing must be so precise between the singers. With this in mind it is no wonder the production team included Soundheim expert Stuart Pedler who shared his knowledge on the talented lyricist.

 

intothewoods_cinderella

 

After a bit of confusion as to whether our happily ever after had been cut short or not, we realised it was just interval. Unfortunately a few people weren’t aware of this and didn’t make it back for Act 2. With the vacant seats throughout the audience the lights dimmed and the show went on.

 

intothewoods_princes

 

I almost turned as red as Jack’s hair when I suddenly heard the familiar Nokia ringtone emitting nearby. After what felt like hours the audience member finally turned it off. Then another audience member decided that the orchestra could be improved by her opening what sounded like every bag of chips from a 20-pack variety box. I was secretly wishing the witch would fly off the stage and turn them into an ugly stepsister or even Milky-white, Jack’s beloved cow.

 

All in all my first Queensland Conservatorium experience was incredible! The connection between the cast members and the powerful vocal work presented could not be described as anything but phenomenal. They have definitely gained a fan.

 

Putting the spotlight firmly on the graduating class of 2014, this is pure talent – exposed!

Through blood, sweat, tears and a considerable amount of laughter, this talented group of young performers have worked incredibly hard over the past three years to develop their skills as musical theatre performers. OUR TURN! showcases these students through a delicious taste of the world’s most entertaining and often moving repertoire in vignettes of song, dance and scene in a talent-packed one hour show. Let Queensland Conservatorium’s stars of tomorrow entertain you today!


OUR TURN!
at QPAC begins the showcase tour. Other cities include Sydney and Melbourne.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity to share in the enthusiasm and excitement that has surrounded the Musical Theatre program at the Queensland Conservatorium. Catch a glimpse of Australia’s next Musical Theatre stars!

 

Our_Turn_14_event

 

13
Jan
14

Sunshine Coast Arts January 11 2014

 

SCD Arts Saturday January 11 2014

Xanthe Coward 

 

Success for West Side Story Star

 

Hayden Rodgers

 

Talented local performer, Hayden Rodgers, from Palmwoods, has secured a coveted spot in Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Musical Theatre course.

 

Hayden was Noosa Arts Theatre’s leading man last year, in their acclaimed production of West Side Story, directed by Sam Coward. “It’s vital that our local talent gets a chance to learn from the best in our industry and Sabey’s course offers some of Australia’s top teachers of musical theatre,” notes Coward. Paul Sabey, famed for establishing the musical theatre foundation course at London’s Mountview Academy, created the Bachelor of Musical Theatre, the first of its kind to be offered in Queensland. Rodgers said the offer of a place in the course was unexpected. “I was so resigned to next year being nothing like I hoped but now it can be everything I dreamed,” he said.

 

International Cabaret Contest

Tonight at Brisbane Powerhouse, Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest will see Sam Coward on stage to co-host with Brisbane’s Angela Harding, and local performers competing for a place in the Grand Final, in which one performer will take out a prize package that includes the opportunity to appear at The NY Musical Theatre Festival and cabaret festivals across Australia. Judges include Ian MacKellar, Artistic Director of the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, and competitors include the Sunshine Coast’s Toni Zaffa, Louise Kennedy and (Riff from Noosa Arts Theatre’s West Side Story) Adam Flower. Support our local talent at Brisbane Powerhouse tonight at 7:30pm. Bookings online brisbanepowerhouse.org

 

Adam Flower & Danjal Roi Olsen

Adam Flower & Danjal Roi Olsen sizzled in West Side Story

 

NT Live Screenings

Thanks to Noosa Arts Theatre and Free Air Entertainment, we can catch up with acclaimed productions from Great Britain’s National Theatre this month, including Macbeth on Friday January 17 at 1pm & 7:30pm and The Habit of Art on Friday 1pm & 7:30pm. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

Season Launch Soiree

Join Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance President, Sam Coward, and member theatre companies for the Season Launch Soiree on Saturday February 8 at Noosa Arts Theatre, for an evening of fine company, fun, drinks and canapés, all for just $35. Enjoy a preview of each company’s 2014 season, with each company offering a sneak peak of their upcoming productions. Catch up with old friends and if you’re new to the scene, meet new friends and put names to those familiar faces from our local stages. Limited capacity. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

See Cinderella Before She Disappears Like the Fine Morning Mist!

See Cinderella, a traditional pantomime presented by BATS and directed by Mary Newton, today at 10am & 4pm. Season continues tomorrow and January 18 & 19 at Buderim Memorial Hall. Bookings online batstheatre.com.au or call 5445 2515

 

 

The Making of the Great Lover

Written by local identity, Jo Denver, and directed by Denver and Michelle Connelly, The Making of the Great Lover is a deliciously decadent tale of exotic desire…from the pen of the wife of an English Pig Breeder. As fate would have it, there is just the young Italian to play the sensual title role in the screenplay she comes up with, and it’s a hit! Book early for The Making of the Great Lover, a fantastic comedy to see with the other half or a bunch of good friends, opening at the Lind in time for Valentine’s Day. February 14, 15, 19, 21 & 22 at 8pm. Matinees February 15, 16 & 22 at 2pm. Bookings online lindlane.com.au or call 5441 1814

 

Images: West Side Story. Images by Andrew Seymour.

24
Oct
13

Our Turn! Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium’s first Musical Theatre Showcase

 

OUR TURN!

Final Year Musical Theatre Showcase 2013

Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium

QPAC Cremorne

22 – 26 October 2013

 

Attended by Xanthe Coward

 

OUR TURN!

Through blood, sweat, tears and a considerable amount of laughter, this talented group of young performers have worked incredibly hard over the past three years to develop their skills as musical theatre performers. OUR TURN! showcases these students through a delicious taste of the world’s most entertaining and often moving repertoire in vignettes of song, dance and scene.

 

The first graduates of the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium Musical Theatre course are:

 

Rex J Ablett

Jason Bentley

Kristyn Bilson

Ben Chambers

Stephanie Dean

Zachary Denman

Vivien Emsworth

Marybeth Harvey

Kimberley Hodgson

Luke Hodgson

Henry Kafoa

Vanessa Krummenacher

Kathryn McIntyre

Edward J Mead

Belinda Hanne Reid

Becky Rhodes

Marcus Skeggs

Chloe-Rose Taylor

Chris White

Lisa Woodbrook

Natasha York

 

These 21 performers are off to Sydney’s Slide, and Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel next so you’ll need to be quick if you want to catch the next wave of Queensland’s musical theatre stars at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre (until Saturday).

Featuring extracts from works including Antigone, Ferret Envy, The Notebook, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow and The Intricate art of Actually Caring, and songs by Jonathan Reid Gealt, Scott Alan, Frank Wildhorn, Marc Shaiman, Marvin Hamlisch, Pasek & Paul, and Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone, the pianist in Brisbane deserves mention. This is Daniel Grindrod; the production is as much a showcase for him as it is for the graduates!

Guest directors include Wesley Enoch, Michael Futcher, Helen Howard, Lewis Jones, Michelle Miall, Andrea Moor and Kate Wilson…in other words, anyone who is anyone in Brisvegas!

Choreographers, whose work we saw briefly on screen, included Shannon Atkins, John Clarke and Helena Moore. I have to say that I was disappointed most of the dance was pre-filmed – it is far more thrilling to watch it happening live on stage – and Sam was underwhelmed by the filmed aspects generally (Griffith Film School). An extract from The Notebook, directed by Kate Wilson and featuring Stephanie Dean and Jason Bentley was beautifully executed, but suffered from sound issues and a couple of questionable shots, and I had to agree with Sam, despite enjoying the performances as they were captured for the screen, I might have enjoyed that performance more if it were live.

We spoke to Kate after the show about the challenges of putting together a showcase. What a tricky job it is, to put together a true “showcase”, to shine a light on real versatility, and the ability to work equally as impressively as an individual performer and as part of an ensemble.

It will be up to the agents and casting directors to hone in on the talent they know they can employ and (kindly, we hope) put them through the wringer of the audition process in order to confirm their first impressions. CONGRATS & CHOOKAS!

 

See the second year students in HAIR at Brisbane Powerhouse next week!

 

HAIR Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium