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27
Mar
14

A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen

 

 

A Little Night Music – Songs from the Silver Screen

MontroseAccess

Flinders Performance Centre

Friday March 21 2014

 

 

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Well THAT happened! WOW!

 

 

On Friday night at Flinders Performance Centre we welcomed some of Australia’s top musical theatre talent for A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen for MontroseAccess.

Thanks to Patrice Tipoki, Simon Gleeson, Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb, Mark Vincent and Laura Tipoki.

Thanks to our host, HOT91FM’s Todd Widdicombe, our SM Guy Harrison, Venue Manager, Sarah Sullivan, and thanks to everybody who managed to get a ticket and support MontroseAccess.

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We heard songs from the movie soundtracks of Frozen, Ghost, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Moulin Rouge and more! And the glorious thing about a show like this is that it’s so good you get that lovely feeling, wishing it would go on forever.

But there is NOTHING like the calibre of this night happening again on the Sunshine Coast until MEOW MEOW returns on April 5 at The J, Noosa. SEE YOU THERE! And in the meantime, I hope you booked your tix for Patrice and Simon’s Les Miserables because the rest are about to sell out!

Thanks to Leanne Liesegang and  MontroseAccess for having us along for the fabulous ride this year!

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20
Mar
14

Special Guest Musical Theatre stars appear at BYTE & Matthew Flinders

The Sunshine Coast has welcomed some of Australia’s top musical theatre stars, with special events for students at Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence (BYTE) and Matthew Flinders Anglican College.

 

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Yesterday, Chelsea Gibb and Amanda Harrison appeared at Buderim Memorial Hall for a discussion with Robyn Ernst’s BYTE Master Class students about the performing arts industry in Australia and overseas.

 

These two triple threats were relaxed and chatty, as they sat,  swinging their legs, on the edge of the stage and talked about how they got their start in the industry, what it’s like to be “stayers” in the industry and what differentiates a dancer from a “mover”. They discussed what it is that makes it all worthwhile, how to fit a family and the demands of being a mother into a real working career in the performing arts, and shared some valuable tips for auditions.

 

Run up a hill until your heart is beating SO fast and stop and sing. That’s what it’s like to sing when you’re nervous, with your heart beating that fast…You have to squish it all down! – Amanda

 

Gaining experience, skills and work outside of the arts industry is vital to sustaining a career in musical theatre, at least in this country, and so is having a close-knit group of like-minded friends to help you through the lows and celebrate the highs. Amanda noted that so many of the friends come from wherever you’ve studied and of course, from the productions in which you’ve been involved.

 

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Both Chelsea and Amanda mentioned their concerns over the rise and rise of the Internet during their careers, and the damage that heartless, careless critics and bloggers can do to artists and to the industry. They explained very well that as artists they expect support and honest feedback. Chelsea admitted she doesn’t mind if an individual doesn’t love her interpretation of a character, or her tonal quality, but doesn’t see the need for a reviewer to resort to personal jibes and attacks. Amanda agreed and both advised staying away from what’s written about the show you’re in while you’re in it!

 

Today Matthew Flinders Anglican College students will have the opportunity to attend a Q&A session at Flinders Performance Centre during their lunch time.

 

Chelsea and Amanda will be joined by Simon Gleeson, Patrice Tipoki, Mark Vincent and Laura Tipoki. Patrice and Laura Tipoki are MFAC Alumni and Patrice joined us last year, with Lucy Durack and David Harris for a similar special event.

 

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If you haven’t booked yet for A Little Night of Music – Songs from the Silver Screen you can do so HERE

 

 

With this calibre of talent on stage together AT THE SAME TIME EVEN there really isn’t anywhere else you should be!

 

 

Brisbane and Gold Coast friends, are y’all coming up for this? IF NOT WHY NOT!?

 

 

SEE YOU THERE!

 

17
Mar
14

Don’t miss A Little Night of Music – Songs from the Silver Screen

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Starring Patrice Tipoki, Simon Gleeson, Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb & Mark Vincent

 

 

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At Flinders Performance Centre in Buderim for ONE NIGHT ONLY enjoy an evening of your favourite film songs, hosted by HOT91FM’s Todd Widdicombe and performed by some of the brightest stars of Australian musical theatre for MontroseAccess, supporting children with physical disabilities.

 

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FRIDAY MARCH 21st

Flinders Performance Centre

Stringybark Road, Buderim

 

Show starts 7:30pm

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Bookings trybooking.com/75622 or call 5477 2964

 

14
Mar
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday March 7

 

 

SCD Arts Friday March 7 2014

 

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Sunshine Coast to host top musical theatre talent

 

Never before has the Sunshine Coast seen so many of Australia’s best musical theatre stars together on the same local stage. This year, after a sell-out show in 2013, A Little Night of Music returns for one night only, at Flinders Performance Centre in Buderim on Friday March 21. Hosted by Hot91FM’s Todd and Sami, A Little Night of Music features 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, An Officer and a Gentleman), Chelsea Gibb (Chicago) and Mark Vincent (Australia’s Got Talent). Joined on stage by our favourite local talent, don’t miss a spectacular evening of the very best songs from the silver screen. With all proceeds going to MontroseAccess, supporting children with disabilities, this is a must-do very special event.

 

Special prices for student groups and Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance members (email lliesegang@montroseaccess.org.au).

Bookings trybooking.com/75622

 

Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance AGM

After three years in the position, President of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, XS Entertainment’s Sam Coward, was re-elected this week in a unanimous move to continue bringing new groups to the Alliance and new audiences to local theatres. Stephen Moore was elected Vice President, Julie Marshall Treasurer and Samantha Fazldeen Secretary. The Alliance welcomes new members and supports pursuits in the performing arts for fun and for industry. Details livetheatre.com.au

 

Winning Playwrights National One-Act Playwriting Competition

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2014 Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition, Frank Wilkie for his play, The Devil’s Dance, Michelle McCormick from Western Australia for The Invitation, and Michiko Beatrice Lee Parnell from Western Australia for Instructions For Two or More Players. This is Noosa Councillor Frank Wilkie’s second time as a Finalist. No surprises there, as Wilkie’s wonderful theatrical work has been entertaining us for years. The three one-act plays will be staged in July at Noosa Arts Theatre, with two special performances included in the Noosa Long Weekend Festival program. Details noosaaartstheatre.org.au and noosalongweekend.com

 

NT Live War Horse

Have you ever experienced the life-sized puppets of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage? See the only Sunshine Coast screenings of the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Michael Monpurgo’s novel War Horse adapted for the stage by Nich Stafford, at Noosa Arts Theatre today at 1pm & 7:30pm, Sunday at 6:30pm and Monday at 10am. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

PAK presents Dario Fo’s hilarious slapstick comedy, which allows its characters to rollick into spectacular absurdity whilst the status quo tumbles into mayhem, and profound political discontent. An evocative and highly entertaining production preceded by Italian themed entertainment and food festival next to the University club. Bookings trybooking.com/73979

 

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Minefields and Miniskirts

The true stories of women who experienced the Vietnam War are poignant and funny. After all, no bomb ever killed the Australian sense of humour! Featuring iconic songs of the era and local talent including Jo Hendrie, Sharon Grimley, Julia Verburgt, Kitten Styler, Tania Nash and Jannine Ritchie, Minefields and Miniskirts is full of surprises. These are ordinary women revealing the extraordinary ways they survived a war. Noosa Arts Theatre March 14, 15, 20,21 & 22 at 7:30pm, March 16 at 2pm and March 22 at 1pm. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

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Motherhood Out Loud

A contemporary collection of personal truths and funny commentary about the small successes and pitfalls of parenthood, Motherhood Out Loud will make you go home and thank your mother! Featuring Susie Pritchard, Debbie Pitura, Cathy Quinn, Wendy Silvester, Matt Nisbet 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

 

Four Weddings and an Elvis

Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, has certainly seen her fair share of matrimonies!  In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, we witness three of her most memorable:  Bev and Stan, who are getting married as revenge on their exes;   Vanessa and Bryce, two arrogant, aging stars who are tying the knot as a publicity ploy;  and Martin and Fiona, a gentle postal-worker and a tough ex-con who couldn’t be more in love!  However, the final wedding is the most touching of all! Coolum Civic Centre Friday March 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 7.30pm and March 23 & 30 at 2pm. Cabaret seating (tables of 8). BYO Nibbles & Drinks. Bookings www.coolum.com.au/theatre or 07 5446 2500

 

Auditions

PAK presents the Queensland premiere of In The Heights for an August season. Auditions Monday March 18 at the Yoga Room USC Stadium from 10am (musicians) and Tuesday March 11 from 10am (actors, singers, dancers). PAK productions are open to all USC staff and students. For details email Pak.usc@gmail.com

 

 

05
Mar
14

A Little Night of Music – Songs from the Silver Screen coming soon to the Sunshine Coast!

Are you ready for this? Some of Australia’s best musical theatre talent for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

 

For ONE NIGHT ONLY in Buderim at Flinders Performance Centre on Friday March 21 we welcome the following stars to the Sunshine Coast!

 

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Patrice Tipoki – Fantine in the upcoming professional touring production of Les Miserables

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Simon Gleeson – Valjean in the upcoming professional touring production of Les Miserables

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Amanda Harrison – Wicked, An Officer and a Gentleman

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Chelsea Gibb – Chicago The Musical

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Mark Vincent – Australia’s Got Talent

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Laura Tipoki – Associate Musical Director Wicked

It’s not often we see this calibre of world-class talent together on a Sunshine Coast stage! 

Leanne Liesegang, of MontroseAccess, says, “Any one of this incredibly talented group would be a huge drawcard and MontroseAccess is privileged to have them all performing in our fundraiser for local children with disabilities.” 

To enquire about special prices for student groups and members of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance email lliesegang@montroseaccess.org.au

BOOKINGS trybooking.com/75622 or call (07) 5477 3200

18
Jul
13

Songs For a New World: Sunshine Coast Premiere Tonight

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Songs For a New World opens at The Lind Tonight!

 

How excitement! The Tipokis have teamed up, synched calendars and produced Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For a New World for the Sunshine Coast! Actually, I suspect it’s for a national tour, but we’re happy here being the outta’ town try-out audience. I hope it will go everywhere so you get to experience it too!

 

The show opens tonight at The Lind in Nambour, and Sam and I will see it tomorrow night.

 

In the meantime, I’ve been reading what Scott Miller had to say about the show.

 

One of the characters in Songs for a New World says “I don’t want to philosophize. I just want to tell a story.” And that line describes Songs for a New World perfectly; in fact, it tells a whole collection of stories. It’s not a book musical – there is no over-arching plot and no consistent characters throughout the evening. In its construction, it owes much toJacques Brel is Alive and Well and living in Paris and the theatre experiments of the 1960s. It’s a collection of independent scene-songs but it’s also more than that. In a 1998 review in St. Louis’ Riverfront Times, Mike Isaacson wrote, “Songs for a New World is that very rare beast: an abstract musical. There is no specific location other than the natural ambiguity of the human heart and mind.” And yet it has a very strong sense of unity about it. Even though many of these songs were actually written for other projects over the span of several years, this show feels like it was planned as a unified whole from the beginning.

 

It accomplishes this mainly because every song in the show is essentially about the same thing: those moments in life when everything seems perfect and then suddenly disaster strikes, in the form of the loss of a job, an unexpected pregnancy, the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, imprisonment, even suicide. But it’s even more about surviving those moments. It’s about the way we regroup and figure out how to survive in a new set of circumstances – a new world – even against seemingly overwhelming odds. These are songs about that new world, a world in which the definitions of family, distance, money, technology, the very nature of human contact is changing every day, a world in which the rules don’t apply as often as they do, a world in which the solutions our parents found don’t work for us, and a world in which today’s answers probably won’t apply tomorrow. For someone who has lost his job or lost a spouse, our everyday world becomes just as frightening, just as dangerous, just as uncharted as the New World was to Columbus.

 

The other thing that lends unity to this show is composer Jason Robert Brown’s musical habits. There are a handful of rhythmic, melodic, and accompaniment patterns that he obviously likes and that he uses frequently throughout the show. And because he wrote the opening number last, most of these patterns are gathered together in the opening to provide a nice musical framework for the evening. Also, the melody and sometimes the lyric of the opening are used throughout the show as transition pieces and even occasionally show up within other songs.

 

This is one of my fave songs from the show. I can’t wait to hear all of these incredible songs performed live by this awesome cast!

 

 

 

 

And how did the show come to be? Mr Miller can tell us.

 

Composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown came to New York City at age twenty, determined to write Broadway musicals. Because he had no contacts or connections, he decided to do a cabaret show of songs he had written for various past projects. He had the good fortune to run into Daisy Prince, daughter of the legendary Broadway director/producer Hal Prince, at a piano bar where Brown was working. Out of the blue, Brown asked Daisy Prince to direct this show he was putting together, having no idea if she had ever directed anything before in her life. She agreed immediately. They worked on the material for three years but still had no opening number and no clear idea what the show was about. As they discarded existing songs, Brown wrote new ones. Finally it hit him. In his own words,

 

“It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”

 

They did a workshop of the show in Toronto, and then it was brought to the WPA Theatre in New York where it played a limited run of twenty-eight performances. The score was recorded in 1996 by RCA and released commercially. In 1998, Brown was given his first Big Time assignment – writing the score for the new musicalParade, opening at Lincoln Center in the fall of 1998, with a book by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and directed by Daisy’s dad, the legendary Hal Prince. Up until this point, Brown had done a lot of work writing orchestrations and vocal arrangements for other people’s musicals (including William Finn’s A New Brain) but now it was time for him to get the spotlight and no doubt he will become one of the strongest new musical theatre writers of this generation.

 

Starring Patrice Tipoki Arkins, Kuki Tipoki, Jennifer Vuletic and Mark Doggett, and Musically Directed by Laura Tipoki Songs For a New World runs for a strictly limited season July 18th – July 20th 7pm and a matinee on Saturday July 20th 2pm.

Book online or call 07 54411 814

 

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