Posts Tagged ‘showcase

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

 

11
Oct
12

FACE IT: QTC Youth Ensemble Showcase 2012

Face It 

QTC Youth Ensemble Showcase

Queensland Theatre Company

Bille Brown Studio

06th – 07th October 2012

 

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward

 

Youth Ensemble 2012 Tutors:

Chris Sommers, Andrea Moor, Travis Dowling, Jason Klarwein, Louise Brehmer, Kate Foy, Melissa Agnew, Nigel Poulton, Brian Lucas, Catarina Hebbard

Directed by Louise Brehmer & Kate Foy

Performed by The QTC Youth Ensemble:

 

Face It

Clementine Anderson

Tara Barazza

Emily Geale

Meg Haslam

Skye Heales

Sam Hocking

Finlay Holmes

Joseph Howard

Eliza Huybers

Zach Jamieson

Joe Klocek

Renee Lyon

Tiama Martina

James McMillian

Erin Pattison

Mia Pattison

Maddison Perez

 

Face It

Max Radvan

Brodie Shelley

Andrea Zdral

Isaiah Edwards

Alex Beard

Amelia Kordic

Anna Vickerman

Ben Shaw

Bridie Devereaux

Bridie McKim

Brittany Francis

James Kehoe

Ginger Kelly Watrous

Jamilla Wynter

Jess DeGlas

Katie Mirabito

Kirsty Thatcher

 

Face It

Madeleine Aprile

Mia Doyle

Nikki Bell

Olivia Bird

Payton Grgurovic

Rebecca Zanetti

Shannon Widrose

Tia Auld

 

Pressure

 

Pressure and a teenager’s rite of passage were the overriding themes last week at the Bille Brown Studio, for Queensland Theatre Company’s Youth Ensemble Final Performance Showcase. Highly anticipated, this was not your typical “showcase”, which by my understanding of the word would have indicated specifically, which actors were presenting which scenes, for an invited audience of agents and managers. Perhaps this is the sort of event it will evolve into. Perhaps they were there. No pressure…

Family, friends, and a few of the acting tutors enjoyed the polished performances of our next generation of working actors. I know many of our current working actors turned out to one of the Saturday performances. And look out! These kids are good. Really good. It should be no surprise really, when we look at with whom they’ve had the pleasure of working. And they are mad-keen theatre students to start with, from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast high schools (four of the girls attend the same Brisbane school – how proud must that HOD be?!). Out of some 200 auditionees earlier this year then, these guys and girls are seriously looking like the next big things.

The pieces selected covered a broad range of issues (I’ve listed them below), and represented the wonderful depth of the texts available for young people who want to work on something more challenging than your standard high school curriculum texts. Having said that, some of the best excerpts are of course from the plays included in our curriculum lists. Some of the most interesting came from our local playwrights, including Matthew Ryan, Robert Kronk, Bridget Boyle and Liz Skitch.

Too many of these students gave extraordinary performances to mention them all but a couple of the girls in particular managed to capture the entire audience, as if they had the performance experience of those actors rehearsing Bare Witness and Managing Carmen in the same building. In fact, one of the most poignant comments made by QTC’s Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch, in his introduction to the evening’s program, was about the developing confidence of the students and their increasing levels of comfort whilst in the building, in the first instance, spotting actors, Anna McGahan and John Batchelor on the other side of the space and whispering to each other rather than approaching them, then striding up to them to say hello in the next and just about taking over the building! I love this aspect of Wesley’s direction of the company; he’s always made it very clear that the actors are welcome to hang out there, at “home”. I remember this being central to Wesley’s launch speech last year, both for the mainstage and Greenhouse programs, and I’m looking forward to hearing about the next chapter on Sunday at QTC’s 2013 Season Launch.

Still in my head and somewhere just outside of my heart (when one has a child one tends to distance oneself from the horrifying possibility that anything at all could harm said child), was a performance by an actor who delivered the challenging monologue from Joanna Erskine’s Boot, which Erskine wrote for the The Voices Project (2010). The piece was adapted into a short film, which was released in March this year. Take a deep breath before viewing it. I feel we were incredibly privileged to see the powerful performance delivered by this young lady. The final monologue stayed with me too. This was a moving delivery of Stick by Carolyn Burns, also written for The Voices Project (2011).

 

TIP FOR TEACHERS:

get onto Currency Press and get your copy of The Voices Project.

 

It is wonderful – heartening and inspiring – to see so many young actors with half the battle won. With the opportunities afforded them by QTC (and let’s not forget the support from families) these actors are well on their way to making an impression in the industry. Indeed, they already have.

 

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR QTC YOUTH ENSEMBLE 2013

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE NOVEMBER 5TH 2012

 

After an incredibly successful inaugural year the Queensland Theatre Company Youth Ensemble program returns for 2013 and applications for auditions are now open.

Queensland Theatre Company will provide access for motivated, passionate and talented young performers to develop their skills as actors by working with theatre professionals throughout the year long Youth Ensemble program. The program will demand a high level of commitment from participants and will celebrate and strive for excellence.

Upon the outcome of a successful audition a select group of students will be invited to join the Youth Ensemble in 2013. The Ensemble trains out of school hours with theatre professionals to advance their skills as actors. The groups will work towards a performance showcase season at Queensland Theatre Company’s Bille Brown Studio. All Ensemble members receive a season ticket to all Queensland Theatre Company productions in 2013 and are invited to participate in group excursions to the theatre throughout the year.

FACE IT included scenes from the following texts:

THE STONES by Tom Lycos and Stefo Nantsou
SNAGGED by Robert Kronk
SUMMER WONDERLAND by Matthew Ryan
POPPING LEAD BALLOONS By Bridget Boyle, Liz Skitch and Robert Kronk
TRANZITIONS by Stephen Davis
BLACKROCK by Nick Enright
WHO’S AFRAID OF THE WORKING CLASS? by Melissa Reeves
WAR CRIMES by Angela Betzien
ALL STOPS OUT by Michael Gow
ENGINE by Janis Balodis
SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL by Ray Lawler
THE GOLDEN AGE by Louis Nowra
AWAY by Michael Gow
DAGS by Debra Oswald
THE VOICES PROJECT 2011 & 2012
BOOT by Joanna Erskine
PRINCIPAL by Zoe Hagan
THE LAST POST by Sarah Gaul
STICK by Carolyn Burns

 

QTC Youth Ensemble 2012