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).


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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

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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.

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Review: The Venetian Twins, presented by New Theatre.

Aussie larrikin meets Carnevale in New Theatre’s The Venetian Twins

by Tiffany Hoy

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An Australian musical based on an 18th century Goldoni classic? I really didn’t know what to expect, but The Venetian Twins is a playful comedy full of mistaken identity, jealous lovers, plenty of slapstick and even a nipple twist (or two).

Identical twins, Tonino and Zanetto, have been separated since birth and are as different as can be – one a Venetian gentleman, the other a country bogan. When each rock up at the same town (somewhere between Verona and Goondiwindi), to meet their respective girlfriends, chaos ensues.

Wine is turned into VB, bananas appear from some surprising places, and commedia is interrupted by good old Aussie slang.

Nick Enright and Terence Clarke’s libretto provides plenty of opportunities for laughs, and with director Mackenzie Steele at the healm, New Theatre’s production does not miss a trick.
The action is driven by mistaken identity and the machinations of would-be suitors – with some very funny songs throughout, sending up various musical styles.

White faces, stock characters and the odd Plague Doctor mask pay homage to commedia dell’arte traditions, on a set that recalls a travelling show with hessian sackcloth and a diamond-patterned drop. Low lights are used to great effect, as are giant picture frames and burnished mirrors, whisked about the stage for quick reveals and clever scene-setting. Set designer Sean Minahan and costume designer Alice Morgan have created a striking world in which the actors run riot.

And do they ever!

The cast as a whole are a very talented, well-oiled team, as you’d expect from the New Theatre, with impressive professional credits to everyone’s name. The script gives a lot of room to romp, and there’s no holding them back from the farce.

Jay James-Moody does admirable double duty as both twins, Tonino and Zanetto, with playful renditions of each character (he had me thinking there were two different actors till interval – der!).
In slinks Pancrazio, the villain of the piece, played by Dean Vince. Tall, bald and with a painted white face, Vince’s Pancrazio is a marvellous sort of diabolical cabaret Lord Voldemort – well worth seeing! Vince had the audience gleefully hissing back in his number, Hiss the Villain, with sly banter and slick dance moves.

Marisa Berzins as Beatrice, Tonino’s empassioned lover, steals the show with her fabulous soprano voice and hilarious scenes involving wind machines and rose petals that brought the house down.
Arlecchino and sassy Columbina (Zac Jardine and Debra Bryan) are a mischievous pair, Stephan Anderson makes a suave Florindo, with designs of his own, and Andy Johnston as the dandy Lelio keeps Rosina (Meagan Caratti) on her toes. And The Judge (Peter Flett) is not so holier-than-thou as he pretends…

The band does an impressive job of swapping between various musical styles – cabaret, operetta, Aussie folk song – and their moments of interaction with the cast are a highlight.
All in all, it’s a great night of fun – go see it! And get a seat down the front, as the venue lacks a little in mic support, and you won’t want to miss a single hilarious moment.

The Venetian Twins is showing at the New Theatre in Newtown, 13 November – 15 December. Click here for tickets and theatre information.