Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Youett

24
Jan
15

Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest Winners 2015

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Eleven finalists took to the stage at the 2015 Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) Grand Final at The Basement in Sydney last Saturday night. Heat winners from Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Auckland, and Sydney came together to compete for the chance to win a career changing prize package.

 

Judges for the evening included Adelaide Cabaret Festival Executive Producer John Glenn, Noosa Long Weekend Artistic Director Ian MacKellar, Ballarat Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Graeme Russell, Tasmania Cabaret Festival Executive Producer Lucinda Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of Grayboy Entertainment Graeme Gillies, and Principal Sponsors and YTICC Patrons Ron and Margaret Dobell, who collectively had the unenviable task of deciding on a winner from the talented pool assembled.

 

After an exceptional evening of cabaret, Adelaide entrant Michaela Burger won the judges vote and became the newest cabaret sensation in Australasia, with Melbourne entrant Noni McCallum taking the runner-up title for 2015.

 

Contest Producer Jeremy Youett said, “The heats this year were incredibly strong across the board and the judges at the Grand Final truly had their work cut out for them as a result! It was incredible to see so many talented artists continuing to develop and present a vast array of ideas and styles across Australia and New Zealand and especially to see the growth of artists who returned to the Contest from previous years”.

 

The full line-up of additional finalists included Adelaide winners David Gauci, Brisbane winner Judy Hainsworth, Sunshine Coast winner Jenny Wynter, additional Melbourne winners Bethany Simons with Peter de Jager, from Auckland, Cherie Moore with Robin Kelly along with Sydney winners Jaimie Leigh Johnson, Ben Hudson, Shondelle Pratt, and Dash Kruck.  Previous contest winners Sheridan Harbridge and Marika Aubrey co-hosted and performed during the evening, which also included special performances from previous contest winners Nick ChristoToby Francis, and last year’s winner Melody Beck.

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One of two winners from the Adelaide heat held on January 5th, Burger’s eight-minute cabaret snapshot presented audiences with an excerpt from her show, Exposing Edith.  The show explores the life of Edith Piaf through her songs and experiences, and audiences can expect to hear re-imagined, contemporary re-workings of Piaf’s music in her solo show, including favourites such as La Vie En Rose. Burger and collaborator/guitarist Greg Wain are now preparing to tour the show extensively in the coming year as part of their prize package. Runner-up Noni McCallum presented the audience with a hilarious and touching insight into what it’s like to be a woman in her thirties looking for love, incorporating You Can’t Hurry Love and The IKEA Song, among other interludes.
The major prize package includes the opportunity for the winner to present their show at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with flights and accommodation for their appearance to the value of $3000 contributed by The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, a booking on an Australia/Pacific cruise ship courtesy of Grayboy Entertainment, a cash prize of $1000, a photographic package from Blueprint Studios valued at $1000, a music theatre and cabaret music package from Hal Leonard, as well as tour publicity from AussieTheatre.com which will spotlight the creative process as Burger continues to develop and tour her show throughout the year. The runner-up takes home a $500 cash prize, and a photographic package from Blueprint Studios valued at $500.  Each act will also be extended various performance opportunities from our Major Festival Partners including the Cabaret Festivals of Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, and Queensland, as well as the Festival of Voices in Tasmania and the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, which all guarantee flights and accommodation.
06
Jan
15

Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest 2015

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Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YITCC) is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and vying for a spot in the finals, which will give them the chance to win the ultimate prize package, tomorrow night in Brisbane are Amy Church, Judy Hainsworth, Claire Fabri, Trent Sellars, Alastair Tomkins and Cassandra Croucher.

Book here for the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday night!

 

Friday night in Noosa sees Sunshine Coast performers Emily Vascotto, Kendra Kinnear, Gabriella Flowers, Jenny Wynter, Adam Flower and Cherry Ripe compete for the coveted final places.

Book here for the Noosa Heat on Friday night!

 

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These performers have the opportunity to develop their craft and compete for a world tour to share their original show with audiences in Australia and New York City.

Special Guest and previous winner of the Cabaret Contest, Brad McCaw will also be performing at each heat, after a series of sold out shows.

 

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24
Dec
14

INTERNATIONAL CABARET CONTEST SUBMISSIONS CLOSE TODAY – CHRISTMAS EVE

 

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INTERNATIONAL CABARET CONTEST SUBMISSIONS CLOSE TODAY!

 

TODAY IS CHRISTMAS EVE. YOU’VE GOT TIME.

 

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If you want to be a cabaret star this is the Big Brother of cabaret comps. The 12th annual Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) promises a spectacular line-up of talent from all walks of the Australian and New Zealand entertainment industry. The 12th annual event will feature an esteemed panel of judges including Australian film, television, and music theatre star, Mitchell Butel, Artistic Directors of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, David Read and Neville Sice, President of the Noosa Arts Theatre Liza Park, agent and Founder Emeritus of the event Les Solomon, Artistic Director of the Ballarat Cabaret Festival Graeme Russell, Artistic Director of the Noosa Long Weekend Festival Ian Mackellar, and YTICC Patron Ron Dobell.

 

Executive Producer Jeremy Youett said, “This contest is about giving artists a platform for exposure to the entertainment industry. The line-up of judges includes some amazing Australian industry leaders in the genre and they have the ability to offer incredible opportunities to entrants that take part. You never know who may show up and what they may be looking for!”

 

Hosts this year include past YTICC winners and seasoned performers in their own right: in Melbourne, Gillian Cosgriff; in Sydney, Marika Aubrey and Sheridan Harbridge; and in Adelaide, Amelia Ryan, while radio personalities Sam Coward and Mark Darin host our Queensland heats. Guest performers throughout will include Cath Alcorn, Bradley McCaw, Michael Griffiths and 2014 winner Melody Beck, with more surprise guests to be announced.

 

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Tom Sharah, previous YTICC winner said “The International Cabaret Contest was the best professional launching pad I could have asked for. It is a one of a kind competition in terms of exposure, prizes and experience.

Winning meant I was able to write and tour my own work, which I still do, and I look up to so many of the other previous winners & contestants.

It has really paved the way for the future of cabaret in Australia!”

 

 

 

In 2015, both the Grand Prize winner and runner-up will be eligible to be offered performance opportunities from our Major Festival Partners. These will include invitations to perform at the Cabaret Festivals of Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, and Queensland, as well as the Festival of Voices in Tasmania and the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, which all guarantee flights and accommodation. The Grand Prize winner will also receive the opportunity to present their show on an Australia/Pacific Cruise ship thanks to Grayboy Entertainment, as well as at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with flights and accommodation for their appearance to the value of $3000 generously contributed by The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation. There’s a cash prize of $1000 for the winner, a photographic and marketing package from Blueprint Studios valued at $1000, a Music Theatre and Cabaret music and book package from Hal Leonard, as well as tour publicity from AussieTheatre.com which will spotlight the winner’s creative process as they develop and tour their show. The runner-up will receive a $500 cash prize, and a photographic package from Blueprint Studios valued at $500.

 

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The contest is open to performers at any point in their career, ages 18+

 

Submissions close TODAY Wednesday December 24 at 5pm AEST.

 

For full contest details, frequently asked questions and more visit www.yticc.com

 

Tickets for all events are on sale now at www.yticc.com Support the next generation of cabaret talent as they compete to be Australia’s next cabaret sensation!

 

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15
Jan
14

Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest Finalists Announced!

 

Not one but TWO Queenslanders will perform on Friday night at The Basement in Sydney! Jessica Papst, winner of the Brisbane heat and Jenny Wynter, winner of the Melbourne heat! I think it’s fair that we still claim her!

 

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Jeremy Youett is the guy behind Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest. It was fun to catch up with him in Brisbane and inspiring to chat with him about how far this contest has come, and how it’s helped not only its winners, but performers who have been involved in the many heats.

 

Sydney heat winners Melody Beck, Sarah Gaul, Brendan Hay, Monique Salle, and audience vote winner Ben Hudson will be joined by inaugural Adelaide heat winner Candy Chambers (aka Jamie Jewell), Brisbane winner Jessica Papst, Melbourne winner Jenny Wynter, Auckland heat winner Joanna Millett and wild-card Ivy Lucille.

 

Prizes this year include the opportunity for the winner to present their newly devised solo show at The Noosa Long Weekend Festival, Slide Lounge Cabaret Festival, and the cabaret festivals of Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, Queensland, and Tasmania respectively. Each gig includes the flights and accommodation for the artist and musical director. The winner also receives a website for their show, headshots and $1000, courtesy of the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation. The Foundation will also provide flights and accommodation to the value of $3000 enabling the winner to travel to the United States to present their show at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival.

 

The Grand Final will be held at The Basement in Sydney this Friday 17 January. The judging panel for the evening includes Producer of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Torben Brookman, Artistic Director of the Noosa Long Weekend Festival Ian MacKellar, Ballarat Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Graeme Russell, Entertainment Producer of Slide Lounge Jeremy Brennan, and Executive Producer of the Tasmania Cabaret Festival Lucinda Wilson. Previous contest winner Sheridan Harbridge and acclaimed Australian musical theatre performer Michael Cormick will co-host the evening, which promises to be an exceptional evening of entertainment that will also include special guest performances from previous winners Bradley McCaw and Toby Francis, as well as cabaret performer Cath Alcorn and entertainer extraordinaire Trevor Ashley.

 

Each contestant’s fate will be decided by a combination of judges’ scores as well as an audience vote, so by voting for your favourite performer, you could help them become the next winner, securing the largest prize package in YTICC history!

 

11
Jan
14

Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest Tonight at Brisbane Powerhouse!

You won’t want to miss some of the best and brightest cabaret talent from across Queensland, as they compete tonight for a chance to win the ultimate career launching prize package!

 

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In its 11th year, the Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) will see Queensland contestants Julie Beard, Toni Brokenshire, Adam Flower, James Halloran, Rachel Head, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Louise Kennedy, Steve MacKay, Dana Musil, Jessica Papst, Nicole Power, Belinda Raisin, Belinda Hanne-Reid and Marcus Skeggs take to the stage tonight at Brisbane Powerhouse, to compete in the biggest cabaret contest in Australasia.

 

Only a handful of acts from each city will be selected to compete in the Grand Final event at The Basement in Sydney on Friday 17 January. Featuring performances from finalists from all five cities, the finals will be judged by Adelaide Cabaret Festival Producer Torben Brookman, Long Weekend Festival artistic director Ian MacKellar, entertainment producer at Sydney’s Slide Lounge Jeremy Brennan, Ballarat Cabaret Festival director Graeme Russell and Tasmanian Cabaret Festival artistic director Paul Kopperman. The Grand Final will also include performances from Sheridan Harbridge, Bradley McCaw, Toby Francis and cabaret superstar Trevor Ashley.

 

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Bradley McCaw – winner of the 2012 Australian Cabaret Showcase

 

Winners of the Queensland heat will join Sydney heat winners Melody Beck, Sarah Gaul, Brendan Hay and Monique Salle in the Grand Final.

 

One lucky performer will ultimately win a HUGE prize package, including a fully produced tour of their newly devised solo show touring to seven Music Festivals across Australia and New York. The prize package includes mentorship from a prominent industry figure, flights and accommodation, plus $1000 cash, a photographic package, and a website for their show.

 

Don’t miss some of the best and brightest cabaret talent from across two countries, as they compete for a chance to win the ultimate career launching prize package! Chookas to all our Queensland contestants! See you tonight!

 

18
Dec
13

International Cabaret Contest 2014 – 10 days left to enter!

 

 

The success of the Australian Cabaret Showcase continues this year as the event undergoes some exciting developments. In its 11th year, event organisers have renamed the annual event the Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC). Executive Director of Your Theatrics and Producer of the contest, Jeremy Youett explains, “We considered the success and growth that the Showcase has enjoyed in previous years, and felt a rebrand of the event was necessary to accommodate new partnerships in New York and New Zealand, which are hopefully just the beginning of the International expansion of the contest.”

 

The International Cabaret Contest will offer unprecedented opportunities and prizes for Australasia’s hottest cabaret talent and will once again undertake heats in Sydney and Melbourne, while also venturing in to Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland, NZ for the first time.

 

Prizes at this year’s event will include the opportunity for the winner to perform a newly devised show for each of the 2014 Major Partners across Australia, with flights and accommodation for the winner’s New York appearance generously contributed by The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation. The winner will also receive a photographic and design package courtesy of Blueprint Studios, as well as a website to help market themselves and their new show thanks to Empty Head Designs. The runner up in each city will also walk away with sought after prizes including the opportunity to receive coaching from some of the countries best industry professionals.

 

Youett said, “With generous support from the Dobell Foundation and the continued support of some of the world’s greatest Cabaret and Theatre Festivals we are able to provide an unequivocal opportunity once again for this years winner! I’m also excited to launch heats in New Zealand for the first time and I look forward to announcing further international expansion in years to come.”

 

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) returns as a Major Partner, as well as exciting new ventures with Slide Lounge in Sydney and Centre City Music Theatre (CCMT) in New Zealand. Our returning Major Partners include The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Melbourne Cabaret Festival, The Noosa Long Weekend Festival and The Ballarat Cabaret Festival. The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation complete the bill of Major Partners for 2014 and will once again provide a cash prize of $1000 for the Festival Prize winner, while also continuing their work supporting Melbourne artists by travelling and accommodating the Melbourne heat winner to and from the Sydney Grand Final event.

 

The contest has built a strong reputation for showcasing a high calibre of performer and as a springboard into the professional entertainment industry. Past winners have gone on to become established professional performers on both stage and screen including Tom Sharah, Bradley McCaw, James Millar, Marika Aubrey, Nick Christo, Elenoa Rokobaro and Sheridan Harbridge.

 

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Judges include acclaimed television personality and International Cabaret Contest patron David Campbell, Artistic Director of Brisbane’s Powerhouse Kris Stewart, Co-Artistic Directors of The Melbourne Cabaret Festival David Readand Neville Sice, producer Lisa Campbell, actress Delia Hannah, Agent Les Solomon, Chairperson of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Frank Ford, Artistic Director of Harvest Rain Theatre Company Tim O’Connor, entertainer Libby O’Donovan, Adelaide Cabaret Festival Producer Torben Brookman, Noosa Long Weekend Festival Artistic Director Ian MacKellar, Entertainment Producer of Slide Lounge Jeremy Brennan, and Ballarat Cabaret Festival Director Graeme Russell.

 

 

Each performer is asked to perform an eight-minute set with interlinking dialogue. Winners from every heat are then invited to perform in the Grand Final in Sydney (with flights and accommodation provided) on Friday 17th January at Sydney’s acclaimed live music venue, The Basement.

 

This year’s competition is open to people 18+ at all stages of their career, but places are limited. For more information, or an entry form visit www.yticc.com

 

 

 

 

23
Dec
12

The 10th Annual Australian Cabaret Showcase Winners Announced!

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Congratulations to winner Bradley McCaw

& runner up Amelia Ryan

Listen to some of Bradley’s original compositions HERE

Bradley McCaw is an Australian performer, composer, playwright, actor and singer/songwriter. He has worked onstage playing lead roles in countless musicals and toured the world with International singing group ‘The Ten Tenors,’ which included a performance at the 2004 AFL Grand Final.

In 2010, he wrote the music, lyrics and book for his first musical ‘Becoming Bill,’ which was presented during a sold out performance at ‘The Hum Series’ by Joymas Creative Production Company and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. In 2011, he was awarded the ‘2011 Young Emerging Playwrights award’ by the Queensland Theatre Company, for his new musical ‘In Good Company.’ The piece was developed and workshopped in partnership with the company during 2011. This was the first musical ever to be awarded this prize. Currently in development are two new plays, ‘Gone Fishin,’ and ‘The Race,’ and his first musical Becoming Bill is preparing for a return season at Judith Wright Centre in December this year.

Recently, Bradley was commissioned to contribute music/lyrics to the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts adaptation of Roger Bennett’s play, “Up The Ladder” directed by Queensland Theatre Companies artistic director ‘Wesley Enouch.’ The production opens at the Cremone theatre, QPAC in October this year.

As a singer/songwriter Bradley writes and performs constantly. He bares a passion and love for the music of yesterday and believes that there is still a place for melodic composition in pop music today. He has performed alongside Bernard Fanning, Pete Murray and Candice Alley. He has been seen performing at the Crossbows Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Centenary Rocks Festival, Racecourse Rd Carnival, Gympie Muster and The Straddie Stomp, to name a few. In 2010, ‘Mine,’ a song he co-wrote, was a finalist in the ‘Music Oz Awards.’ His music has been heard on Bay FM, 4zzz, and ABC Radio, where he was a feature artists in 2010.

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THE PRIZE includes the opportunity to perform a newly devised solo show at The Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Ballarat Cabaret Festivals, The Noosa Longweekend Festival and in New York at The New York Musical Theatre Festival, all with flights and  accommodation!

The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation will provided a cash prize of $1000, as well as providing travel and accommodation for the New York journey. The winner also receives a photographic and design package courtesy of Blueprint Studios, plus publicity for their tour courtesy of I.P Publicity.