James and the Giant Peach

by David Wood

James and the GiaJamesnt Peach is a retelling of the children’s classic by Roald Dahl. It is the story of a young boy whose parent’s die tragically and is sent to live with his two revolting aunts, but Magic is afoot and he escapes an abusive home in a Giant peach. Along the way, through trials and tribulations and creative problem solving, he makes new friends, and discovers the joys of freedom and friendship, which had previously been alien ideas to him. All’s well that ends well and the unusual band of travellers find themselves a new start in the City of New York!

This is a feel good story for all ages, which stirs the imagination, featuring the youth group of KADS which have been going from strength to strength over the last three years.

Directed by Award winning Director Christine Ellis, featuring an all child cast who have just won the best Senior Production at Youthfest with their production of Rabbit. This is a show for all ages and families will love it. Suitable for Children aged 6 onwards. Please book early as theatre has limited seating.

Show Details

Dates: Friday 17th November to Saturday 2nd December 2017
Sunday Matinees: 19th and 26th November 2017

Show Times:

  • Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8.00pm
  • Sunday Matinees at 2pm

Doors open: Evening Sessions 7:30pm – Sunday Matinees 1.30pm
Cost: Adult Tickets $20.00, Concession $17, Family $50 (2 adults & 2 children) (Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun)
Venue: KADS Theatre – Barber Street, Kalamunda

Kalamunda Town Square

Tickets on sale from LUCKY CHARM NEWSAGENCY, KALAMUNDA CENTRAL phone 9257 2668

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Christine Ellis.

The Wedding Singer

Get out those shoulder pads, big hair-dos and fluoro colours – a stage production of The Wedding Singer is about to transport you through time to the 1980s at Limelight Theatre.

Based on the 1998 movie but with an original score, directors Jen Edwards and David Nelson are bringing the upbeat musical to life with more than 30 performers ready to deliver plenty of ’80s kitsch and retro clichés.

The wedding singer 3The musical, just like the film, revolves around wedding singer Robbie, his failed relationship with his former fiancée and his romance with new love Julia.

It made its Broadway debut in 2006 and scored numerous Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations.

“What sets the musical apart from the movie is the music itself,” Nelson said. “It’s original but still very inspired the ’80s.”

Edwards adds: “It’s so influenced by the writers’ ’80s upbringing that it feels like you know it already.

“There are a couple of songs taken straight from the movie and when they occur they are totally satisfying!”The wedding singer 2

Both directors were keen to direct The Wedding Singer together – Nelson was drawn by the humour and characters and Edwards loved that it was so colourful and fun – and they had previously appeared in each other’s productions.

“I’m grateful to be working alongside my friend David, who has an abundance of theatrical experience and shares my artistic vision,” Edwards said.

“He’s paramount to this production and keeps my feet on the ground when I dream up crazy ideas.

“Our cast is working tirelessly – many are newcomers to the Limelight stage and some are returning after a long sabbatical.

“Maddy Innes is using a calm, intelligent approach for her first time as musical director, heading a band of funky musicians who flocked to play for her.”

The show has also forged a partnership with the Northern Suburbs Men’s Shed to help with set construction.

Nelson said the most difficult challenge was the amount of scene changes.

“That’s followed a close second by the costuming, which has also proved to be a hard task but hugely satisfying,” he said.

Edwards said the logistics of producing numerous sets and remaining within budget was no mean feat.

“Designing my multi-level, multi-purpose set has been a particularly enjoyable challenge and it presents daily obstacles to hurdle,” she said.

The wedding singer“I often wish I could wave a magic wand and claw back another 12 hours in each day but I’m determined to produce an excellent production that will have everyone partying like it’s 1985!”

The Wedding Singer plays at 8pm November 23, 24, 25, 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 with a 2pm matinee December 3. Tickets are $32, $28 concession and $25 children – book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday. The December 3 matinee includes afternoon tea for an extra $5.

Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Dave Nelson.

STEPPING OUT IS STEPPING IN

Stepping outWhat happens when a bunch of beginners join an adult tap class? Find out when feel-good classic Stepping Outplays at Koorliny Arts Centre in November 2017.

Each of the eight students, who come from a variety of backgrounds, has their own reason for joining. Whatever the cause, they make a point of coming every week to chat, relax, and if they can manage to, learn a couple of dance steps.

But the steps and routines are just the background for the real focus of the play; the relationships and interactions of these very different people. By their final performance, not only have the class members developed some degree of skill, but they have also overcome the inhibitions, awkwardness and personality conflicts that have kept them out of sync.

Stepping Out is the final production in the Koorliny Arts Centre and Kwinana Industries Council 2017 Performance Season.

Performance dates are November 10, 11, 17,18, 24 and 25 at 8pm, and November12, 19and 25 at 2pm.

Tickets are now on sale and cost $25 standard, $23 concession and $18 children. For more information visit www.koorliny.com.au or call the box office on 9467 7118.

Carrie

Musical version of Stephen King’s Carrie a real scream

Carrie2 STEPHEN King’s classic novel Carrie is the latest horror-themed stage show to come from Dark Psychic Productions – and it’s being brought to life as a musical.

Directed by Ryan S. McNally at Phoenix Theatre, the story follows town misfit Carrie White, bullied by the popular crowd while remaining virtually invisible to everyone else.

At home, she is at the mercy of her over-protective and abusive mother – but Carrie soon discovers with her coming-of-age that she has telekinetic powers.

So when humiliated by her classmates at the high school prom, she wreaks havoc on everyone and everything in her path.Carrie3

“Adapting telekinetic abilities on stage is one of the biggest challenges the show faces,” McNally said.

“Tricking the audience is a lot harder when you don’t have a cutaway shot you can set up like in a film.

“We are really excited for the audience to see some of the ways we execute some of Carrie’s powers.

“The show is very stylised with it all being told through memory – it’s also very character-driven and my cast are really something else.

“Vocally, it’s one of the hardest shows we’ve done and I’m lucky to have Krispin Maesalu on board as my musical director.”

McNally said the songs in Carrie remain upbeat, considering the show’s dark content.

“I feel the writers Michael Gore on music and Dean Pitchford on lyrics have done a brilliant job in allowing the songs to really drive the narrative,” he said.

“There are quite a few changes between the book, film and stage formats, mainly due to the logistics behind a few scenes.

“But the show is closer to the book than the movies.”

Acting from age 13, McNally created Dark Psychic Productions in 2012, producing numerous shows and showcases over the past five years with many staged at Phoenix Theatre.

Carrie appealed because of the music,” he said. “I tend to listen to soundtracks and, if the music is able to move me, it piques my interest and I then further investigate the show.

“I have always been a fan of the Carrie movies and the stage musical adaptation sat really well with me. “

Carrie plays at 8pm October 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 with a 2pm matinee October 15. Tickets are $25 adults, $22 concessions, plus transaction fees – book at www.darkpsychicproductions.com. Raffle and program sales will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA.

Please note: the show contains coarse language, sexual references, violence and haze and flashing light effects.

Phoenix Theatre is located at 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill, within the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall.

Listen to an interview by Jane Sherwood with the director Ryan Mcnally

Awkward Blind Date

Awkward Blind Date is Perth’s newest hit Musical

A MUSICAL COMEDY that takes a voyeuristic view at the first date of awkward conservative blind date newbie Aaron against the artsy, highly opinionated serial dater Casey, what could go wrong?

First date1The newest Production by Blak Yak Theatre(note to subs: no C in Blak), directed by Lorna Mackie at the Shenton Park Community Hall, First Date – The Musical is a fun, light-hearted musical comedy that is sure to deliver.

The story follows the Blind Date of Casey and Aaron in a busy New York restaurant, however the night takes a delightful and unexpected twist as the couple quickly finds they are not alone. Restaurant patrons and staff begin to transform into best friends, manipulative exes and protective parentswho sing and dance them through the evening. Can this couple work it out?Will they get through the night unscathed, and most importantly, who will pick up the cheque?First date 3

The musical is written by Austin Winsberg, with upbeat songsand lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner.

“First Date is a gorgeous, touching musical about finding love in the minefield of modern dating” Mackie said. “everyone that has ever looked for love will identify with the realities the characters face”

Mackie said she wanted to produce the showbecause of the acting challenge, “most of the actors play multiple roles with quick changes on stage – nothing is hidden from the audience, so it is a great challenge to make the transitions seamless and believable”.

Involved in theatre since her mid-teens, both in the UK and Australia, Mackie had an initial career singing in a ladies’ jazz  and blues group before participating in a range of roles on and off the stage.

She took several years off to study but soon rediscovered her passion for theatre and, in WA, has been involved with Marloo, Garrick, Blak Yak and Roleystone Theatres in a plethora of productions.

First date 2Mackie has scored numerous awards and nominations for musicals she has directed, including The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Avenue Q, Funny Business, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Bad Girls and Reefer Madness.

First Date – The Musical continues her love of contemporary musicals.

Mackie also wants to share with people the funny, touching love story, “I wanted to share a story about contemporary love, one that anyone that has ever sought love will identify with – even if you haven’t lived it.  You’ve heard of bailout songs, bad blind date set ups and interfering relatives – it’s painfully familiar”

“While the show has its hysterically funny moments, it never loses sight of the touching human component.

“The show also has a lively upbeat score with witty and funny music from a range of different styles.”

First Date – The Musical plays at 8pm September21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, October 5, 6 and 7 with a 7pm show Sunday October 1. Tickets are $25, $22 concession – book at www.blakyak.com.au.

Shenton Park Community Centre is at 240 Onslow road, Shenton Park.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Lorna Mackie.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

It’s a special year josephfor The Midnite Youth Theatre Company as it marks three decades of joyous experiences for young people. Valued by artists and audiences alike, Midnite is treasured for its continued commitment for those seeking to explore beyond the limits of school drama.

From 3 to 5 August, Midnite returnsto the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia for the magical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,retelling the Biblical story of ‘Joseph’, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colours in a musical full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door to Me. Described as one of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph’ is an irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favourite son.

Directed by Midnite’s Artistic Director, Gregory Jones, musical directionby Rhiannon Hodgson and choreography by Claire Nichols, the production brings together an ensemble of highly talented senior students from Christ Church Grammar School, Methodist Ladies College, Presbyterian Ladies College and St Hilda’s’ College. Timothy Claxton and Grace Fermanis lead the cast as Joseph and The Narrator respectively.

“Thiscolourful production celebrates 30 years of outstanding performances by The Midnite Youth Theatre Company. This musical classic by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice provides an excellent vehicle for our young performers, as the music and dance sequences showcase our talent in a fun andspectacular way.” Jones said.

With set design by WAAPA graduatesSarah Duyvestyn, Joseph is sure to be a musical event not to be missed. The season will play at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA from 3-5August including a matinee for the entire family on Saturday 5 August. Tickets are selling fast. Book at Ticketek.com.au

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with one of the actors Adam Di Tullio.

OLIVER! TO LIGHT UP THE LADY WARDLE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE stMarys

St Mary’s AngOliver 2lican Girls’ School students will take to the stage this August to perform the musical, Oliver!, a classic tale of an innocent orphan living amongst double-dealing thieves, in the chaotic world of Victorian London.

With Year 11 student, Anne Jovanoski, performing the lead role of Oliver,the stage will be filled with the ever familiar songs, including: You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, Consider Yourself, Where is Love?, the scrumptious Food, Glorious Food and Oliver. The performance is engaging for all ages, and will have theatre lovers calling out for more.Oliver 1

St Mary’s Head of Drama and Dance, and Director, Kathryn Shaw, believes the production is a perfect combination of workhouse cheek, old-fashioned comradery and suspense.

“I am so proud of how the girls have worked together to bring this iconic story to life. They have taken risks, unveiled their creativity and will, without a doubt, flourish in the spotlight.”

Oliver3Tickets are on sale Wednesday 28 June via Trybooking:http://www.stmarys.wa.edu.au/online-bookings

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with the director Kathryn Shaw.

 The Little MermaidThe little mermaid 6

The Mercedes College musical production, The Little Mermaid is at The Regal Theatre for the very first time from 28 – 30 July.

The show is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, and is the Broadway version of Ariel – a mermaid who wants to be human.

Featuring an 80 strong cast, with amazing under-water sets, spectacular costumes and sea-life puppets The Little Mermaid will delight audiences young and old.

The main character Ariel, played by Year 10 student Stephanie Shaw, is a strong-willed teenage mermaid, who longs to be human. She possesses a keen curiosity for the world both under and above the sea – much to the chagrin of her father, King Triton. Big-hearted, she’s more accepting of and delighted by others’ differences than most of her fellow merfolk, but she also has a rebellious streak that can get her into trouble.The little mermaid5

Year 9 student Jayda D’Agostino is Ursula, the tentacled manipulative Sea Witch. Cunning and calculating, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and what she wants is Triton’s throne. Ursula has two evil henchmen Flotsam and Jetsam and a group of murky dancing fish to assist her in her plans.

King Triton, King of the Sea is played by Year 12 student Hannah Anderson. A widower and harried single father to seven girls, he struggles to balance his political and paternal powers. Triton is as fond of his daughters as he is frustrated with their teenage angst. Even when unsure of his parenting technique, he is a tender patriarch who becomes a royal force to be reckoned with when Ariel’s safety and happiness is threatened by his sister, the Sea Witch Ursula.

The College also has two Year 12 boys involved; Harry Boyle from Trinity College and Harry Pitts from Aquinas College who are Sebastian the crab and Prince Eric. Both students have supported previous College productions.

The little mermaid 7The production has many elements of the Disney movie with lots of colour, fun, singing, dancing and under the sea frolic with giant puppets. The puppets were designed and made by Year 10 Drama Production students, a new course introduced this year. These students also had a guest make-up artist come in to create and teach fish make-up for the production.

Audiences are invited to be part of Ariel’s underwater world, and see her transformation from mermaid to human – a journey with a message for us all about pursuing your dreams and growing up.

The Director is Kathleen Cocks, Musical Director Harry Oliff and Choreographer Dhana Pitman.

Tickets on sale now through Ticketek 132849 www.ticketek.com

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with the director of the show Kathleen Cocks.

MISS SAIGON

A classic love story and oMiss saigon 3ne of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. MISS SAIGON, written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (the creators of Les Misérables), along with Richard Maltby Jr, bring Puccini’s Madame Butterfly to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war.

In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had.

Miss Saigon 1An international sensation, MISS SAIGON is an epic, daring pop opera that is universal in its emotional power even as it deals with controversial, contemporary issues. With show stopping numbers like “I Still Believe,” “Why God Why?” and “The American Dream”.

MISS SAIGON is raw and uncompromising and an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make in a world gone mad.

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with the director Karen Francis.

Oklahoma!

A 20-yearOklahoma1 anniversary production of the famed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! comes to Roleystone Theatre this May.
Last staged at the theatre in 1997, directors Paul Treasure and Bree Hartley are bringing it to life again with a new cast, celebrating the groundbreaking musical that ushered in the golden age of musical theatre.
Oklahoma! is based on the 1931 play Green Grow the Lilacs and was the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, who also had later success with Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.
Set in Native American Territory in 1906, the high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides a colourful background as handsome cowboy Curly McLain engages in romance with farm girl Laurey Williams.
Oklahoma3But the road to true love never runs smooth, especially with two headstrong romantics holding the reins – can they make a new life together in the new state of Oklahoma?
The original 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma! was a box-office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation.
Rodgers and Hammerstein also won a special Pulitzer Prize for the musical in 1944.
Hartley, who is also the show’s musical director, said Oklahoma! was her first theatre production two decades ago.
Oklahoma2‘It sparked an enduring love and commitment to Roleystone Theatre that has endured throughout the years,’ she said. ‘The memories of that production 20 years ago are bright and beautiful even now.
‘The wonderful people I met really made it for me, many of whom are no longer with us, and it was the best group I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
‘I was blessed to have such a fantastic first show – it lit a fire in me that has never been extinguished!’
Director Paul Treasure confessed he loved the golden age of Broadway.
‘The golden age is described as starting with Oklahoma! and ending with Fiddler on the Roof so it’s great to go and see where it all started from,’ he said.
‘I think there’s a reason some of these shows have lasted as long as they have and continue to be so popular.
‘I’ve had the chance to direct a couple of golden age musicals before, including The Sound of Music, and there is something about the way Rodgers and Hammerstein write that still makes their shows vibrant and attractive.
‘So when the idea of directing Oklahoma! came about, I jumped at it.’
Hartley said the main challenge was keeping the show relevant and entertaining for a modern audience.
‘Even in the 20 years since the last production at our theatre, society has changed so much,’ she said.
‘The challenge will be to craft a show that pays tribute to the golden age of musicals while being fresh and funny for all audience members.’
Treasure added: ‘Like any good show there are many, many layers to it and it can be done and interpreted a number of different ways.
‘Co-directing is fun and interesting – it gives you a back-up and another ear, so you don’t just lose your head.
‘Theatre is, at its heart, all about collaboration, so it’s refreshing to be able to make these collaborative decisions at such a high level in the team.’
Oklahoma! plays at 8pm May 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20 with 2pm matinees May 14 and 20. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book on 9490 9306 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.
Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.
When

From: Friday 5th of May 2017  To  Saturday 20th of May 2017
Time: 8pm May 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 & 20; 2pm May 14 & 20

The interview was done with the director Bree Hartley by Jane Sherwood.

Opera Lovers WA presents

“La Boheme – In Rehearsal”

Opera Lovers invites you to a special evening to observe a working rehearsal of Freeze Frame Opera’s production of La Boheme, with a talk by the director, Rachel McDonald and the founder of the company, Harriet O’Shannessy.  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to have a taste of this popular opera being presented in a new, shorter format. The cast, including current and past WA Opera Young Artists, features Harriet O’Shannessy, Naomi Johns, Jun Zhang, Lachlann Lawton,
Sam Roberts-Smith and Paull-Anthony Keightley.

Friday 19 May 2017, 6.15pm

Camelot Theatre (indoors), 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park 

Non-Members:  $40; Members: $30; Students: $10
(includes snacks, drinks available for purchase from the bar)

 Booking is through EFT to our account BSB 036-082 account number 214292 indicating your name and FFO as reference;  or by cheque to PO Box 1126, West Perth, WA 6872 or call
Mark 0459 629 755 or Irene 0408 901 981 with credit card details.

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Bed down for hilarious musical based on classic fairytale

Laughing2WHAT do you get when you mix one pea, 20 mattresses and a princess-to-be named Fred?

A raucous, romantic and melodic spin on the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Princess and the Pea, playing at the Koorliny Arts Centre this April.

Presented by Laughing Horse Productions and directed by Adam Salathiel, Once Upon A Mattress is a whimsical musical comedy adaptation by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer.

It’s the story of a lonely mummy’s boy prince and an overbearing queen hellbent on protecting her son and kingdom.

Laughing2With time working against some of the ladies in waiting, Sir Harry must scour the land looking for the last remaining princess to marry the prince.

A mid-90s Broadway revival starred Sarah Jessica Parker and a 2005 Disney television version featured Zooey Deschanel and Tracey Ullman.

Once Upon a Mattress is a story of love, laughter and a young princess coming of age,” Salathiel said.

“It’s a true Disney family-style show, complete with romance, laughter, danger, singing and dancing where everybody gets their happily ever after, after all.”

The main challenge, according to Salathiel, is directing a show that has an all-youth cast – everyone is 18 and under – and multiple levels of humour.

“It’s a production that has things youth will laugh at but humour that adults will understand and children will miss,” he said.

“The subtle nuances make this show highly entertaining, both for the cast and audience members watching it.

“Everyone needs to engage with the audience through singing, dancing and acting – even ensemble roles are vital to making the audience believe in the magic of the live theatre happening in front of them.”

First performing as a 10-year-old, Salathiel has been involved in theatre as an actor, director, producer and lighting and sound operator with the Old Mill, Kwinana, Roleystone, Phoenix, Marloo and Mandurah Little Theatres, Murray Music and Drama, Karratha Players, Dampier and Districts Repertory Company, A lad in sane productions, ARENAarts and the Mandurah Performing Arts and Koorliny Arts Centres.

Currently, he is artistic director of Laughing Horse Productions where he directed the company’s inaugural production The Pirates of Penzance in 2013, as well as Kecks, Shirley Valentine and Cut It Out.

Salathiel has also scored several awards and nominations over the years for best supporting actor, director, production, stage manager, costumes and set.

“Having performLaughinged in Once Upon a Mattress in 2006 at Roleystone Theatre, I fell in love with the storyline and ever since I’ve had the desire to see it performed by an all-youth cast,” he said.

“It has always been one of my favourite musicals – it’s a bright cherry with a lot of laughs.

“Although set in medieval times, the show has a lot of humour and large song-and-dance numbers that are guaranteed to have the audiences clapping and toe-tapping along with the cast.”

Once Upon A Mattress plays at 7pm April 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21 with 1pm matinees April 8, 15 and 22. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book on 9467 7118 or at www.koorliny.com.au.

The Koorliny Arts Centre is on Sulphur Road, Kwinana.

The interview was done by Jane Sherwood with the Director Adam Salathiel

25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee

Presented by TSpelling bee2he Midnite Youth Theatre Company

This is a hilarious musical comedy of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

A quirky yet charming cast of kids for whom a spelling bee is the one place whSpelling beeere they can stand out and fit in at the same time. A musical especially for grown ups. Bringing together a talented ensemble of 18 to 25-year-old emerging performers.

The Midnite Youth Theatre Company is Western Australia’s longest, continuously running youth theatre company for young people aged 10 to 25 – Celebrating 30 Years.

Recommended ages 14+

Please note:

  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with the main star Kimberly Harris.



Cinderella

cinderella3Presented by: Iona Presentation College

Following on from the smash hit Annie, Iona Presentation College presents the magical and enthralling musical, Cinderella.

The classic ‘rags-to-riches’ tale promises to be a visual feast to charm all ages and will be brought to life using magnificent costumes and an elaborate set.

Cinderella comes to the Regal Theatre for 4 performances only!

https://soundcloud.com/malti-elliott/interview-with-coby-brant

Calvin Berger

Theatre has a nose for hilarious musical based on timeless classic
A HIP and hilarious musical loosely based on the timeless play Cyrano de Bergerac will groove up the stage at Roleystone Theatre this March.
Written by Barry Wyner and directed by Madeleine Shaw and Tyler Eldridge, Calvin Berger is a story of unrequited feelings, love notes and physical insecurity among four high school students.
Calvin is smitten by the beautiful Rosanna but lacks confidence because of the size of his nose – while Rosanna is attracted to good-looking newcomer Matt, who is painfully shy and inarticulate, although he is also attracted to her.
Hoping to get closer to Rosanna through his eloquent love notes, Calvin offers to be Matt’s speech writer while ignoring signals from another girl, his best friend Bret.
The musical premiered in the US in 2006 and received the Jerry Brock Award – Brock was a famed US musical theatre composer, responsible for Fiddler on the Roof.
“It’s set in a US high school and is a light-hearted story about love and teenage insecurities with some fantastic humour and music,” Shaw said.
“As this is my first venture into directing, obviously there are the challenges of working out solutions to problems I’ve not faced before.
“Given the cast also features younger performers, they also require a bit more attention.”
With a diploma in music theatre to her credit, Shaw has had several performance opportunities with the City of Perth (singing for the mayor of Boston) and appearing in Musicals in Concert with Rachael Beck and a variety of cabaret shows.
She has also performed with the Old Mill, KADS, Stirling and Regal Theatres, ARENAarts and Koorliny Arts Centre in The Hatpin, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Gypsy, Grease, High School Musical and Cinderella, scoring numerous acting awards and nominations over the years.
“I’ve always wanted to direct and when I came across Calvin Berger I thought it would be a great choice – not only because of the great music and story but it also provides some fantastic roles for young performers,” Shaw said.
Calvin Berger plays at 8pm March 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24 and 25 with a 2pm matinee March 19. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book on 9490 9306 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.
Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.

Listen to an interview with Madeleine Shaw & Tyler Eldridge

Opera Lovers WA presents WAAPA Classical Voice Showcase

Hear the stars of the future perform some beautiful music and opera favourites for Opera Lovers. Enjoy some beautiful singing and learn about each aspiring singer, with current and postgraduate students from the WAAPA Classical Voice program. We hope you will be able to join us for a delightful evening exploring homegrown talent.

Thursday 16 February 2017, 6.00pm

Wesfarmers Puccini Room, His Majesty’s Theatre, Hay Street Perth 

Non-Members:  $40; Members: $35; Students: $15
(includes refreshments)

 

Booking is through EFT to our account BSB 036-082 account number 214292 indicating your name as reference;  or by cheque to PO Box 1126, West Perth, WA 6872 or call
Mark 0459 629 755 or Irene 0408 901 981 with credit card details.

TAP YOUR TOES WITH CHICAGO

GET set for toe-tapping entertainment withChicago at Koorliny Arts Centre in February, 2016.

Directed by Kim Angus, the first production in the Koorliny Arts Centre and Kwinana Industries Council 2017 Performance Season is the longest-running showin Broadway history.

The Tony-award winning musical is a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz.

Nightclub sensation Velma, murders her philandering husband, and Chicago’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, is set to defend her. But when Roxie also winds up in prison, Billy takes on her case as well, turning her into a media circus of headlines. Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity.

Audiences can expect one show-stopping song after another, coupled with astonishing dancing and standing-ovation worthy performances.

Whether you’re looking for your musical, or you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, Chicago always delivers.

Chicago will show on 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 February at 8pm, and 18 and 25 February at 2pm.

Tickets are now on sale and cost $25 standard, $23 concession and $18 children. For more information visit www.koorliny.com.au or call the box office on 9467 7118.

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with the director Kim Angus.

Scrooge the Panto

The Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre are well into rehearsal for Scrooge the Panto, a rollicking, family, fun-filledextravaganza which is sure to delight everyone from toddlers to grandies! Directed by Amanda Minutillo and Sallie Ketteringham, both seasoned Marloovians, and with a cast of thousands (well – 33) and clever costumes, corny capers, Christmas characters and marvellous music, ghastly ghosts and tasty treats this is going to be a super finish to our Diamond Jubilee year – 60 years and still going strong!

Please book early as pantomimes sell very quickly.

Adults $22, Conc/child $20, Members $18, Family 2ad+ch $70

Call Gwyne on 9255 1783 or contact www.trybooking.com/  

The interview was done with Sally Ketteringham – one of the directors by Chris Durrant

AN EVENING OF SILLY SONGS

Back by popular demand; and guaranteed even sillier than before

Once again, the hills are about to come alive to the sounds of silliness as talented local performers bring you another evening of some of the silliest songs ever written.

Following the sellout success of their 2014 concert, the hilarious musical talents and antics of the Silly Songs gang return to the lovely Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre.

Chris Durrant, Stephen Turley, Ileana Otto-Johansen and pianist Christina Browning have created an all-new funny show to delight comedy song lovers.

“This concert will appeal to anyone who likes a good laugh and who appreciates witty rhymes set to great tunes,” says singer Chris Durrant.

“We’re very excited to bring you some great new funny material alongside some old favourites like the Flanders and Swann animal songs. This year, the programme includes silliness from Sondheim, Lehrer, Gilbert and Sullivan, Bernstein and even Monty Python to tickle your funny bones. And because this concert’s in the evening, you can bring along a tipple or two for the interval to complement the traditional fabulous free supper.”

The team will be again supported their jovial MC Chris Bedding and the lovely Anne Simmonds. Proceeds of the oncert will go to support the work of the Parkerville  Children and Youth Care.

AN EVENING OF SILLY SONGS is on Saturday, September 24th at 7.30pm at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, Kalamunda. Tickets are just $30 ($25 concessions)

and can be bought online at trybooking.com/MLVA or at Nightingale’s Pharmacy in Kalamunda, the 2Cafe in Darlington or on the night.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with one of the singers Chris Durrant.

Four Choirs

It’s not often that four choirs come together to perform for charity, especially for one that is dedicated to a local child rescue and care serviceoverseas.The Platform Kids Fund is aWest Australian based charity together with associate Indian Platform Children Society aimed at the relief of abandoned itinerant children and teenagers found living around railway stations in Andhra Pradesh, India. This charity has in recent years gained the support of the Men of the West (formerly Spooky Men of the West) with their annual fundraising concerts. This year presents a more ambitious project, gaining the support of three other choirs to perform on the Saturday afternoon September 3rd at Riverton Baptist Church. Shelley.The Real Sing, a cappella choir (“serious singers who do it for fun”), Strike a Chord, a “sassy group of ladies who love to sing and have fun doing it” and the Rossmoyne Community Singers will join forces to provide a variety of an afternoon’s entertainment with songs ranging from classic Pop hits, Contemporary Jazz, Music Theatre, plus traditional, ancient Georgian harmonies.

When: Saturday 3rd September 2pm

Where: Riverton Baptist Church Hall, 38 Modillion Avenue, Shelley.

Tickets: $25.00 (Concessions $20) booked through Ticketbooth or on sale at the door
The interview was done by Chris Durrant with one of the singers Richard Lane

ICW PRODUCTIONS PROUDLY PRESENTS OLIVER!

ICW Productions is proud to present the ever-popular family favourite musical OLIVER! at the magnificent Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls for a limited season from 20-27 August.
OLIVER! an English musical by Lionel Bart based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, premiered in the West End in 1960. It enjoyed a long run and was made into a musical film in 1968.
“OLIVER! is a fun production and is also a very useful introduction for families and children, to musical theatre and the stories of Dickens. Audiences will definitely be whistling some of the tunes as they leave the theatre,” says Director, Charlotte Westrip.
ICW Productions has assembled a professional West Australian cast, including coaxing West Australian acting stalwart Ivan King back to the stage after a very long break. He will be joined by well known actor and media identity Jay Walsh and a cast of West Australian school children who will bring alive the infamous tunes of ‘Consider Yourself, ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two’ and ‘Where is Love’, just to name a few.
“Audiences will be in for a real treat when they see Ivan King return as the artful Mr Sowerberry,” says Musical Director and Producer, Ian Westrip.
A regular figure on local stages in the 1970s and 1980s, Ivan is also recognised as the founder of the Museum of the Performing Arts (MOPA) at His Majesty’s Theatre in 2001. In 2016 he was awarded for his contribution to the Australian theatre scene with an Order of Australia Medal.
OLIVER! is proudly presented by ICW Productions by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive representative of Cameron Mackintosh and the Southbrook Group.
Tickets are on sale now – book through
Where: Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls
Bay View Terrace, Mosman Park
When: 20-27 August
Time: Matinees 20 Aug @ 2.30pm, 21 Aug @ 3.00pm, 27 Aug @ 2.30pm
Evenings 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 August @ 7.00pm NB Early start for children attending.
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/LLZE orwww.icw.org.au
Price: Adults @ Cone Price $59 | Children $49 | Family (2×2) $199 | Groups 10 (1 free)
Proudly Supporting

Part proceeds go to Variety

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with the director of the show Ian Westrip.

A Funny thing happened on the way to the forum

This bawdy musical comedy tells the story of Pseudolous, the laziest slave in Rome, who struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his freedom. The first musical Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) wrote both music and lyrics for, inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus.

Directed by Gregory Jones

Musical Direction by Rhiannon Taylor

Choreography by Claire Nichols

Set Design by Frances Danckert

Costume Design by Jay Waugh

Lighting Design by Tess Reuvers

The interview was done by Chris Durrant with Pseudolous played by Nick Warrand.

REVIEWS

A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom. Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, to purchase his freedom. When his master and mistress leave for the day he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women. Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure the girl for young Hero. Of course, it can’t be that simple as everything begins to go wrong.

What a crazy plot for an extremely entertaining evening. It is crazy, dynamic and with the modern direction of Greg Jones, the evening was a laugh a minute.

The musical was brilliantly casted with standouts being Pseudolus and his side kick. Although to be honest these 2 boys had such big roles, they captured the imagination but I have to admit every other cast member was aptly chosen.

The setting for the play was also very creative. A lot of thought and effort had gone into designing the costumes as well – some of which were absolutely beautiful.

Although this is considered community theatre because the actors are not paid – I feel confident in saying this show was as good as any professional performance I have attended. A wonderful evening out. If you have not got your tickets please give yourself a treat and do so as soon as possible. The night I went which was the opening night – most tickets were sold out.

Bad Girls

Women behind bars become stars in prison musical

 A MUSICAL following the lives of women in a British prison – and their relationships in a variety of traumatic circumstances –is the latest offering from Blak Yak Theatre (note to subs: no C in Blak) this winter.

Directed by Lorna Mackie at the Chrissie Parrott Arts space, Bad Girls – The Musical is based on the UK TV series featuring female inmates in the fictional Her Majesty’s Prison Larkhall.

It is the story of new, idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with the entrenched old guard of Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby. A love story also develops between Helen and charismatic inmate Nikki Wade.

The musical is written by the authors of the TV series, Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, with music and lyrics by Kath Gotts.

“While dark, the show is beautiful, touching and genuine,” Mackie said. “It is also very funny with decidedly black humour.

“It has strong themes of domestic violence and rape butis ultimately a story of triumph over adversity.”

Mackie said she faced a few challenges in presenting the musical.

“The Chrissie Parrott Arts space, while perfect for the show, has no pre-existing audio-visual technology,” she said.

“It is literally a blank space and we are bringing everything into it for the show.

“The musical is also set in a British prison so a range of accents need to be portrayed effectively.”

Involved in theatre since her mid-teens, both in the UK and Australia, Mackie had an initial career singing in a ladies’ jazz  and blues group before participating in a range of roles on and off the stage.

She took several years off to study but soon rediscovered her passion for theatre and, in WA, has been involved with Marloo, Garrick, Blak Yak and Roleystone Theatres in a plethora of productions.

Mackie has scored numerous awards and nominations for musicals she has directed, including The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Avenue Q, Funny Business, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens and Reefer Madness.

Bad Girls – The Musical continues her love of alternative musicals.

“I relished the opportunity to direct a show primarily about women,” Mackie said. “It explores a number of subjects such as violence, manipulation and more but from a very human perspective.

“While the show has its grand moments, it never loses sight of the human component.

“The show also has a truly beautiful score with witty and funny music.”

Bad Girls – The Musical plays at 8pm July 28, 29, 30, August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 with a 2pm matinee August 7. Tickets are $25, $23 concession – book at www.blakyak.com.au.

Chrissie Parrott Arts is at 4 Sussex Street, Maylands.

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Lorna Mackie.