By David Holman

Regrettably, due to cast illness, we have had to postpone the opening of our season of THE SMALL POPPIES.

The new cast is: Nick Atkin, Danielle Baynes, Daniel Csutkai, Sarah Hansen, Ben Hunter and Rosie Lourde

The updated production information is as follows:

Season: 17 – 26 January [all previously advertised performances prior to this date are now cancelled]

Opening Night: THURSDAY 17 JANUARY @ 7PM. Please let me know if you would like review tickets and I will be happy to accommodate you at either opening night or a performance of your choice.

Performances: Thursday and Saturday @ 2pm and 7pm; Friday @ 7pm; Sunday @ 2pm

Tickets: Full $22, Concession $17, Family (group of 4) $60, PreviewThursday 17 January @ 2pm $17

Bookings: 1300 347 205 |

Auditions: Educating Rita with RLE + call for production teams for West Side Story & Shoe Horn Sonata

Riverside Lyric Ensemble is thrilled to announce our audition dates for EDUCATING RITA to be performed at the Parramatta Riverside Theatres in March.

Monday 14th January evening
Wednesday 16th January evening
Saturday 19th during the day (callbacks)

Venue: North Rocks Guide Hall
Baden Powell Place, North Rocks

Full information and packs will be posted on our website for your convenience.

Or you can check out the event and audition pack (in the files) on the Riverside Lyric Ensemble Facebook page.

Please read through the audition pack, making sure to check the draft rehearsal schedule and performance dates.

To book an audition

Fill out the audition form and email it, along with a recent headshot to Debbie Smithdbszebra

Alternatively you may phone me on 0437 937 802 to book an audition, and bring your completed form and headshot with you on the audition evening.

Riverside Lyric Ensemble (performing at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW) is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from individuals and teams interested in directing one of our productions.

At the moment, we are accepting EOIs for our 2013 season, and in particular are seeking a director for our May/June production of ‘The Shoe-horn Sonata’. We are also taking EOIs for our October/November production of ‘West Side Story’.

If interested, please prepare a written proposal outlining your vision for the production, and detailing your previous experience. All EOIs should be directed to RLE President, Carol Lutz:president

Special Offer: Sydney Shakespeare Festival

To celebrate lucky 2013, until January 13 we’re offering 30% off Thursday and Sunday tickets to our 2013 SYDNEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It which opens 17 January. Quote promotional code LUCKY13 when you purchase your tickets. Offer ends midnight 13 January 2013 (applies to Thurs and Sun performances only).


Please post this amended version.
The time has changed.





Film Director and Acting Coach To The Stars

in 2 Master Intensives

The Golden Box intensive is a two day in-depth technique analysis lecture which breaks down the technique used at The Acting Studio. Students learn how to create, fleshed out, vivid and interesting characters through an intense emotional workshop, with lectures and exercises.
• What makes one choice more powerful than the next?
• How can one deliver a raw unforgettable acting performance?
• What tools in particular can be applied to film, TV and stage work?
• How can one develop a personal backstory from scratch, and discover material for a screenplay, short, one woman/man show, or novel?
The class is supported by film clips. Discussions and analyses are included of performances by:
Anthony Hopkins,

Al Pacino,

 Meryl Streep,

Judi Dench,

James Dean,

Marlon Brando and many others.
Class exercises include building provocative, complex backstories by opening up your instrument emotionally, and finding psychological gestures and triggers to use in your work. This class serves as more than just an acting seminar, as past students have uncovered profound insights about themselves as people and artists.

Where: Bondi Pavilion Theatre
Commences: Saturday 23rd March 2013 a
Concludes 24th March 2013
Time: 10am to 4.30pm
Cost: $399

Wanted: wheelchair

If anyone has, or knows of a wheelchair which I can borrow for a Short and Sweet production, I’d be eternally grateful.

The show is on in mid-January in Sydney… if I can get some practise time with it before-hand, that would be best.

Please write to Bryan at

Auditions: Urinetown!

The Regals are thrilled to announce our audition dates for UNRINETOWN!

Monday December 17 @ 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Bexley Community Centre
405 Bexley Rd, Bexley

Wednesday December 19 @ 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Rockdale Seniors Hall
George St, Rockdale

To book an audition contact Meg (

An audition pack will be released on the website in the next few days. Hope to see you there!

Review: Into the Mirror, at King St Theatre

Into the mirror at King St Theatre

By Erica Brennan

ITM Dress Rehearsal 0349

Into the mirror is a two act play that draws its story from the halting attempts to build and maintain intimate relationships by Tyler who is in the final stage of transition from her former female identity, Sally.

The story line is fast paced and jam packed with relationship triangles and beautiful quirky characters. With enough interwoven narrative arcs to make it seem like it could fill its own tv series.

Writer Shelly Wall has a solid grasp of her subjects and subject matter, and the staging is simple, direct and effective; not a beat missed. The only thing letting it down was odd scene changes where stage hands were brought into perform simple set changes. It felt like the creative team hadn’t quite factored them into the flow of the show. Although as mentioned before, the production overall gave me the feel of a TV series and I actually had a good time pretending that the black outs were add breaks, adding to the episodic feel of the play.

The casting was great, all working together at an equally high level, and all seemed finely tuned to their characters. A lot of care and love resulting in a captivating performance.

In fact all round a lot of love and care and good sense. I was lucky enough to see the show with the person who inspired the story and sensing their overwhelming response to the show made me feel very privileged to have come on the night I did.

Catch Into the Mirror if you love human centred drama and want to see a group of actors working at their best.

ITM Dress Rehearsal 0465