Monthly Archives: July 2012

Auditions: The Hotel Hibiscus

Audition Information

The Hotel Hibiscus
By Robert Cockburn

Directed by Greg Friend

Season: October 19 – 27 at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood

SYNOPSIS

A brutal new political thriller set not far from the Australian shoreline…and its politicians. Hibiscus Island, PNG, on the eve of a ceasefire in a bloody internal war. There is much work to be done and no more room in the morgue. Australian diplomat Baulkham must clean up the mess, cover his tracks and get off the island before the last plane leaves.

Inspired by his experience covering the war in Bougainville for The Times and BBC, Robert Cockburn’s play, first workshopped at NIDA, has been crafted into an extraordinary fictional tale…just a stone’s throw away from reality.

AUDITIONS: SATURDAY 4th of August

AUDITION TIME: 9AM – 5PM

CALL BACKS: WEDNESDAY 8th August

CALL BACK TIME: 6:30PM – 9:30PM

LOCATION: Croydon – More details provided to people auditioning

MORE INFO

To book an audition or make an enquiry please contact Greg Friend at auditions@epicentretheatre.org.au. (If possible, please include a headshot and CV).
You will be required to prepare a two minute monologue and cold read from the play. Monologue should be dramatic and contemporary
Rehearsals will commence on August 14th and be every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:30pm – 9:30pm in Croydon. There will be some Sunday rehearsals if required.
All cast are required to assist with bump in / out and work front of house for the theatre company’s next production in March 2013

CHARACTERS

Samson (early 20’s / male) – a local bus driver for Baulkham

Dr Tome (30 – 60 / male) – a local doctor in the mortuary

Colonel Chris Baulkham (35 – 50 / male) – Australian Foreign Minister’s Aide brokering the ceasefire

Benedict (65+ / male) – a local who works at the Hotel Hibiscus

Patty (28 – 35 / female) – Australian National and owner of the Hotel Hibiscus

General Ramara (40 – 55 / male) Leader of the PNG army in Hibiscus

Liz (20’s / female) – Australian reporter

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ACT: Stagecraft and AGM this weekend

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Headernandi2.105421.jpg We are delighted that more than 100 delegates from across New South Wales and Queensland have registered to attend this weekend’s Stagecraft Conference at NIDA.

No it is not too late to register. But you must email your confirmation of which seminars you will attend by Thursday 5pm.

Download your brochure and application form on our website here.

Please note the Annual General Meeting of ACT is at 1130am.

Attendance is free. Please consider helping ACT in some way and registering your interest at the AGM.

Afterwards you will be able to enjoy lunch and visit stalls from our corporate sponsors in attendance.

They are GMS Costumes. Hal Leonard Australia. Orgin Theatrical. David Spicer Productions. Stage Whispers Magazine and APRA.

On Saturday night we will induct four new members of the Hall of Fame for outstanding service to community theatre.

Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend.

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Review: The 8 Reindeer Monologues

by Erica J Brennan

I have a particular fondness for dinner theatre because it implies a whole evening devoted to good company, good food, and nothing but pure entertainment. Living and working in Sydney and recently becoming more involved in experimental and interdisciplinary arts, I relish the chance to get back to a live show that lets nothing but my funny bone be tickled. Therefore it was with some excitement that I made a long cold drive up the Great Western Highway towards the Leura Golf Course and The 8 Reindeer Monologues.

This production takes the form of eight monologues loosely centered around a confessional telling of some shady crime the holly jolly Santa Claus has committed against his one of his reindeer. In an extremely haphazard and shallow way a longer list of dark deeds in uncovered over the 2 hour show. Vixen is claiming rape and Rudolf the lovable red nose reindeer has been reduced to a huddled mess after witnessing something he shouldn’t have. Mrs Claus is an alcoholic who likes to strap elves to her genitals. Written here, these individual elements sound like interesting fodder for a vicious cabaret, but in putting them together this production has some very hit-or-miss moments.

A warning was attached to the promotional material stating that The 8 Reindeer Monologues is an ‘adults-only black comedy’ and I have no objection to dark material (must laugh other wise we cry right?) but be warned that the blackness of this comedy runs the gamut from the absurd to the upsetting. No topic is off limits.

I wanted to enjoy it, I really did, particularly because I very much wish The Blue Mountains had a theatre scene worthy of its seething creativity. However I struggled to muster warm and fuzzy feelings about attempts to make comedy out of pedophilia and bestiality, at least when such humour relied on sometimes shallow and stereotypical characters. I personally felt as though some of the subjects could have been treated with a little more subtlety or sensitivity, though I did chuckle a few times but more out of awkwardness than anything else. The audience around me seemed to enjoy sections of the story more than I did with a little good natured heckling happening from a few sides. Some of the performers incorporated it well in to their act, others seeming terrified that people had spoken up. The performers themselves got stronger as the evening went on, and I would expect continued improvement throughout the rest of the run.

It takes an incredible amount of energy and effort to put together any type of live performance and I hope to see much, much more created and performed in the Blue Mountains. The 8 Reindeer Monologues is a challenging piece of comedy, and I recommend going to see it with an extremely open mind.

Performance Dates in July Friday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th Saturdays 7th, 14th 21st and 28th
Tickets from $40.
Leura Golf Course Sublime Point Rd Leura
For Bookings and More Information http://www.whatsantadid.com.au/tickets/

Review: BTC’s Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is a musical that is best approached with some prior knowledge of the show’s history and content. Originally developed as an off-broadway show, this cotemporary adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play presents a story of the rather violent sexual awakening of a group of teenagers who are growing up in a strict Christian society and authoritarian school system. The musical adaptation contains some intentionally confronting images and ideas, but does so amidst high energy rock music and with moments of cheeky fun. The show’s sense of satire is clearly directed at those elements of contemporary society that still resemble the 19th century Germany of which Wedekind’s play was so critical.

Blacktown Theatre Company’s production of Spring Awakening approaches the story with just the right degree of intimate abandonment. The production is, in many regards, just like the teenagers it depicts; energetic and lively, sometimes lacking subtlety, but full of the in-your-face attitude and confidence that makes it so much fun to watch.

The young actors that make up the core ensemble in this production approach their roles with a contagious enthusiasm, and possess a strong chemistry that supports the two leads and helps carry the audience through many of the more confronting scenes. The performance has some rough edges, but the collective charisma of the cast makes this less of an intrusion and more a part of the charm of the whole production.

Both Nicole Lotters and Julian Luke do a great job in the lead roles of Wendla and Melchior, but where the show really comes alive is in the big chorus numbers where the rest of the talented cast members get the chance to show their stuff. The night we saw this show there were some scenes in which the fast-paced dialogue was easy to miss, though there did appear to be some teething problems with the audio. During the musical numbers volume, however, energy and clarity were not issues and the overall experience was enjoyable.

Staged in the hall of a segregated boys/girls school, the set effectively captures the spirit of teenage angst and rebellion, mixing classic portraiture and art with posters and album covers of deviant musical icons such as David Bowie, Bob Dylan and the Ramones. Surrounded by raw and polished timber, the effect is of a timeless teenagers bedroom that is both intimate and strange, rustic and refined. However, these visual elements are mostly on the periphery, leaving the performance space itself quite bare and open to the effective use of a few chairs, other props and lighting effects to transition scenes throughout the show.

Blacktown Theatre Company’s Spring Awakening does a good job of capturing the sense of raw, hormone-driven emotion that is the heart of this show, and is true to the spirit of the story in both it’s staging and performance.

For ticket information visit the Blacktown Theatre Company website at http://blacktowncitycommunitytheatre.com.au/

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Opening Tonight – Spring Awakening

Blacktown Theatre Company are proud to bring you our first production under our new banner, Spring Awakening.

Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1892 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. It features music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater.

Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany for some time due to its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide.

In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score. Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor. The show also won four Drama Desk Awards, while its London production won four Olivier Awards.

Online Bookings: http://btco.iwannaticket.com.au

Phone Bookings : John Hanna 0432 477 777

Fri 6th – 8pm

Sat 7th – 8pm

Sun 8th – 2pm

Wed 11th – 8pm

Fri 13th – 8pm

Sat 14th – 8pm

Cast:

The Boys:

Julian Luke – Melchior

John Apotsis – Moritz

Daniel Vavasour – Hanschen

Imraan Daniels – Ernst

Daniel Ojurovic – Otto

Jay Wilson – Georg

Josh Zattera – Ensemble

The Girls:

Nicole Lotters – Wendla

Laura Bradford – Ilse

Angela Hanna – Martha

Jenna Bell – Anna

Sharnee O’Donnell – Thea

Kate Simmons – Ensemble