Monthly Archives: June 2012

Production teams wanted

Berowra Musical Society is seeking proposals for it’s Christmas Pantomime, and 2013 productions.

The Christmas Pantomime will be staged in mid December 2012, with auditions and rehearsals commencing in October.

The 2013 productions will be staged over the last 2 weekends of May and October, with rehearsals commencing in late January and early July respectively.

Rehearsals are held on Monday and Thursday nights, at Berowra Community Centre, Gully Rd, Berowra, which is also where the productions will be staged.

Proposal forms can be obtained from the society’s website, http://www.bmsi.org.au, and written proposals should be emailed to the committee of the society at admin@bmsi.org.au.

Submissions should include the proposed show, including any particular staging or technical requirements, cast size, and any creative ideas. A biography for each member of the Production Team should be supplied. If the team is not complete, the committee will try and assist in filling the vacancies.

Any enquiries should be directed to admin@bmsi.org.au.

Proposals should be submitted prior to 31 July, 2011.

NUNSENSE in August!

Coming in August

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Rockdale Musical Society would like to thank you for your support during the closure of the Rockdale Town Hall. It has been a difficult process reinventing ourselves in new performances spaces, whilst still providing you the same quality shows that you have expected from us for over 7 decades. Your support is invaluable to us and we thank you, for without there is no way that we could bring our productions to the stage.

At the end of August 2012 we are pleased to bring you the much loved comedy classic, Nunsense!
Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.

We welcome new and previous members to Rockdale Musical Society as part of the cast of Nunsense; Leonie Johnson as Reverend Mother , Renee Bechara as Sister Mary Hubert, Rozlyne Vidal as Sister Robert Anne, Virginia Natoli as Sister Mary Amnesia, and Lauren Mellor as Sister Mary Leo.

We have welcomed back from our past shows Director’s James Worner (Cats) to head this comedy ensemble show, and Andy Peterson (Hairspray) as the Musical Director. Ste Casimiro will be handling the Choreography.

PERFORMANCES
Bexley RSL & Community Club – 24 Stoney Creek Road
8:00pm – Friday – 31st August 2012
8:00pm – Saturday – 1st September 2012
2:00pm – Sunday – 2nd September 2012
8:00pm – Wednesday – 5th September 2012
8:00pm – Friday – 7th September 2012
8:00pm – Saturday – 8th September 2012
2:00pm – Sunday – 9th September 2012

Tickets $25 adult, $18 concession

Osman Kabbara
Vice President – Rockdale Musical Society

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ATTN: THEATRE COMPANIES – READ THIS!

Theatre Junkies would like to help build up the ‘community’ of community theatre groups. As far as we can tell, theatre junkies is the only community theatre information service that is free to use, free to access, not affiliated with any specific theatre group or commercial organisation, and can be accessed through a website that does not require users to have an account (such as Facebook). Like you, the people behind Theatre Junkies do it purely for the love of the theatre.

If you would like to support Theatre Junkies in our mission to help build the greater community theatre community, we have two offers to make to all non-profit theatre groups.

1. Reciprocal Advertising. There are two forms of reciprocal advertising that you can take advantage of: A) Place a graphic or text ad on the front page of your company website that tells the world that you advertise auditions and show details with Theatre Junkies, and we will create a searchable category under the name of your theatre company, making it easier for theatre fans to find your notices. B) Place an add for Theatre Junkies in your program, and Theatre Junkies will host a banner ad for that production on a dedicated ‘upcoming productions’ page, giving it additional exposure to Theatre Junkies visitors.

2. Theatre Junkies Reviews. If you would like an independent review of a production published online at the start of the season, Theatre Junkies has a small team of writers to call on to review your shows. You provide two tickets to your preview or opening night, and we will have a review posted on our website to help with the promotion of your show.

For more information, or to book in your ads or review, email theatrejunkiesaustralia@gmail.com.

AUDITION!!! – FEMALE PRINCIPAL ROLE AVAILABLE

AUDITION NOTICE. FABULOUS PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY FOR STRONG FEMALE
ACTOR/SINGER!!!

The next Stage Artz Charity Musical, The Emperor’s New Clothes, has started
rehearsals. the cast is very impressive and the show is off to an incredible
start!!

Unfortunately, one principal cast member has been called away on a business
trip and is unable to continue with the show. We are looking for a female
actor to take on the role of Mama – the role calls for a strong singer with
great comic timing – someone who is able to look 40-ish. (Although the
principal roles are all played by adults, there are children in the
ensemble. so the performer needs to feel comfortable working with kids.)

Rehearsals are Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons (plus a few Saturday
afternoons). Nine performances at Glen Street Theatre – 28th Sept to 6th
Oct.

Stage Artz Charity Musicals have now raised over $93,000.00 for The
Children’s Hospital at Westmead. 2012 is a big year for us, as we are
hoping this year’s production will take our donation total to over
$100,000.00.

This is a great opportunity for someone to play a fantastic role in an
Australian Premiere production .. and to help out the kids at Westmead
Hospital.

Please contact sam asap if you are interested in
auditioning.

The Mikado 1 week to Opening

Dear FAMS Friends and Members

Our exciting new production of The Mikado opens 1 week from today. Directed by the Fantastic Patty Mcintosh and Choreographed by the eually fantastic Glenda Percival and with under the Musical direction of Peter Rennie. He’s fantastic Too! Treat yourself and see this show! Don’t miss out. You’ll find attached a flyer with all the information you need to make your booking. Koko has a little list…. Are you on it? come find out. See you there!

Great Yulefest dinner and show

If you’re sceptical about Santa, then this is the show for you!

The 8; Reindeer Monologues‘ is a deliciously wicked and funny alternative to the traditional stories of the festive season. The North Pole becomes the hub of outrageous scandal when one of the elite eight reindeer levels terrible accusations at old Father Christmas.

Presented in July as a Yulefest Blue Mountains 2012 event at Leura Golf Club, this adults-only black comedy will ensure you never sit on Santa’s knee again… maybe. Come along and enjoy a delicious Christmas-in-July dinner with ALL the trimmings, and then sit back and get the gossip on the Big Red Man.

The international media feeding frenzy reaches fever-pitch when members of the sleigh team take the opportunity to share their perceptions and experiences.

It is a dreadful story of corruption and perversion which unfolds – and it appears that everyone is implicated; from the lowliest back-room elf to the blighted St. Nick himself.

With each deer’s confession, the truth behind those allegations becomes both clearer…and murkier…

When? every Friday and Saturday in July
Where? Leura Golf Club, Blue Mountains
Staying? accommodation packages available with participating B&Bs
Bookings? www.whatsantadid.com.au or call the Leura Golf Club 02 4782 5011

It’s naughty, it’s fun… and very disturbing!

Bryan Cutts
0418 241 218
61.418241218 (outside Aust.)

Upcoming shows; www.waldorfsalad.com.au & www.whatsantadid.com.au

www.bryan.com.au
www.merelyplayers.com.au
www.theatresportsimpro.com.au

Great Yulefest dinner and show

If you’re sceptical about Santa, then this is the show for you!

The 8; Reindeer Monologues‘ is a deliciously wicked and funny alternative to the traditional stories of the festive season. The North Pole becomes the hub of outrageous scandal when one of the elite eight reindeer levels terrible accusations at old Father Christmas.

Presented in July as a Yulefest Blue Mountains 2012 event at Leura Golf Club, this adults-only black comedy will ensure you never sit on Santa’s knee again… maybe. Come along and enjoy a delicious Christmas-in-July dinner with ALL the trimmings, and then sit back and get the gossip on the Big Red Man.

The international media feeding frenzy reaches fever-pitch when members of the sleigh team take the opportunity to share their perceptions and experiences.

It is a dreadful story of corruption and perversion which unfolds – and it appears that everyone is implicated; from the lowliest back-room elf to the blighted St. Nick himself.

With each deer’s confession, the truth behind those allegations becomes both clearer…and murkier…

When? every Friday and Saturday in July
Where? Leura Golf Club, Blue Mountains
Staying? accommodation packages available with participating B&Bs
Bookings? www.whatsantadid.com.au or call the Leura Golf Club 02 4782 5011

It’s naughty, it’s fun… and very disturbing!

Bryan Cutts
0418 241 218
61.418241218 (outside Aust.)

Upcoming shows; www.waldorfsalad.com.au & www.whatsantadid.com.au

www.bryan.com.au
www.merelyplayers.com.au
www.theatresportsimpro.com.au

FAMS Theatre Company The Mikado

Taking the lead from operetta’s Victorian heyday and embracing the legacy of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, this production draws on the exoticism of medieval Japan and catapults it into the land-that-never-was: the nineteenth century steam-driven space-age.

FAMS Theatre Company, the grand dame of the Northern Beaches community theatre scene is back in its 41st year with an entirely new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.

For the rebirth of FAMS it seemed fitting to choose the most popular of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, the classic “Japanese” fantasy. In reality, The Mikado is about as Japanese as swiss cheese, and has at least as many holes. Yet casts, crew and audiences alike have loved the show and it has run almost without faltering all over this massive globe for 125 years.

But this production will be unlike anything you think you have seen before.

Since when did our Victorian great-grandparents travel on interstellar airships? Since Jules Verne, the grandfather of science fiction. Verne’s works inspired us with new ways to dream. Just as Victorian entrepreneurs were exploring and exploiting the exotic east, Verne’s stories strode out across the unchartered depths of our imagination, from the mysteries of our own planet to our nearest solar neighbours. In search of the exotic today, FAMS’ Artistic Director, Patty Macintosh, has fused the future past of Jules Verne and the present past of WS Gilbert to explore a new and original exoticism: the contemporary “Steampunk” movement.

FAMS’ The Mikado is set to bring a whole new world to Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados everywhere. While clinging to the original script and score, this production is here to both inspire the loyal G&S fan-base and to enthral those coming to the operetta for the very first time.

The fusion of both seasoned and new performers in the streamlined cast are the catalyst for this unique production. From the dramatic actors playing Katisha and Mikado, the veteran comic Pooh-Bah, the adorable, real-life couple playing Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum, to the student performers Ko-Ko and Pitti-Sing, not discounting the eclectic ensemble, this cast is proof that Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas unite people in the love of the genre.

Complete with goggles, steam, leather, brass and velvet, the intrepid adventurers will venture forth on the all-new, dirigible Mikado for seven brilliant performances at The Montgomery Theatre, Collaroy Plateau (within the War Vets Retirement Village) from June 29th.

Visit the FAMS website for tickets and further details.

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Celebrity Theatresports gets even more celebrities!!!

Tue, 19 Jun 2012

Impro Australia’s 2012 Celebrity Theatresports Challenge matches up your favourite Australian faces with Sydney’s top improvisers and makes them make up stuff – stories, songs, scenes – all in the name of raising funds for CanTeen – supporting young Australians who have cancer, and their families. For more information, visit Canteen.org.au.

Celebrities already on board include:
• ABC702’s Adam Spencer
• Sunrise & Deal or No Deal host Andrew O’Keefe
• The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel
• 2012 Silver Logie Award Winner Rob Carlton
NEWLY ANNOUNCED:
• Home and Away’s Lisa Gormley and
• Australian comedy lady legend Gabby Millagte
and announcing…
• Hungry Beast’s Dan Ilic
• Aussie comedian and writer of Happy Feet 2 Gary Eck.
Further cast announcements to come!

Your cast of improvisers include Lisa Ricketts, Carlo Ritchie, Cale Bain, Bridie Connell, Dave Bloustien, David Callan, Marko Mustac, Monique Dykstra, Daniel Cordeaux, Jon Williams and Susie Youssef. With music by Bryce Halliday.

Directed and hosted by Rebecca De Unamuno

Produced by Cale Bain.

Get your tickets here…
http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=CELEBTHE12#.T7r_Ms2VjV0

Shownews – upcoming performances you mustn’t miss!

Great shows current on stage or opening shortly…

Pippin – Miranda Musical Society’s warm and witty reimagining of the magical musical. At Sutherland Memorial Arts Theatre until 24 June www.miranadamusicalsociety.com.au

Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Epicentre Theatre’s darkly comic production at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood 22-30 June www.epicentretheatre.org.au
NB a special 2 for 1 deal for the 28 June show is available to Shownews subscribers and friends of Watchdog! quote ‘fish’ in the discount voucher code box at the checkout!

Metamorphoses – Sensual, provocative, powerful… Apocalypse and Bakehouse theatre companies combine at PACT Theatre, Erskineville 4-22 July Metamorphoses

Kids on Broadway – Chatswood Musical Society’s fun child school holiday production featuring the hit songs you love! 7-15 July www.chatswoodmusicals.org

Celebrity Theatresports Challenge – celebs and impro comedy legends combine to support CanTeen! One night only: Sat 21 July Enmore Theatre http://celeb.improaustralia.com.au/

The Metropolitan Orchestra – programme of fantasy and whimsical desire in their latest MET Series orchestral concert including Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.
Sat 21 and Sun 22 July at Balmain Town Hall and North Sydney’s Independent Theatre www.metorchestra.com.au

Storylines Festival – a four week celebration of diversity that challenges Australian art and theatre by providing a powerful, creative voice to minority cultures whose stories often go unheard
At NIDA Parade and Bondi Pavilion theatres from 31 July www.storylines2012.blogspot.com.au

Remember, you can always checkout www.watchdog.com.au for more info on these and other upcoming events!