The winner of the

Rob Guest Endowment 2012

Is

GLENN HILL

 

Monday night in Melbourne, the winner of the annual Rob Guest Endowment was announced at the Gala Concert hosted by Bert Newtown, Rob Mills and Lucy Durack at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Glenn Hill trained with Rodwells Studio of Dance and the Brent Street School of Performing Arts in Sydney, with vocal training from Lynda Barnes and Patricia Oertel. He then began his professional career, aged 16, in Jolson – The Musical with Rob Guest and was an original cast member and Assistant Dance Captain for the Australian and Japanese tours of the QUEEN musical – We Will Rock You.

Glenn is currently appearing in Legally Blonde The Musical and covers the role of Emmett. Other recent credits include the World Premiere production of Dr Zhivago, for which he was also Dance Captain. After a successful Australian tour he travelled to Seoul as part of the creative team to stage a Korean production of the show.  Other theatre credits include Kookaburra’s debut production of Pippin, Sweet Charity and Little Me for The Production Company and a Korean tour of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision. He appeared in Monty Python’s Spamalot in Melbourne in which he was Dance Captain and understudy for several lead roles. He also toured nationally with MAMMA MIA! understudying Pepper and Eddie.

Glenn's other performance credits include Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and various ARIA Awards broadcasts. He has appeared for Australia’s leading choreographers at numerous corporate, sporting, live and televised events.

Following hundreds of applications and auditions, the six finalists performed various musical theatre numbers.  Kirby Burgess (An Officer & A Gentlemen) performed With You from Ghost the Musical; Andy Conaghan (South Pacific) sang Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miserables; Euan Doidge (A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde the Musical) sang Her Voice from A Little Mermaid; Samantha Hagen (Rock of Ages) performed The Wizard and I from Wicked; The Secret Garden’s A Bit of Earth was performed by Glenn Hill (Legally Blonde the Musical, Dr Zhivago); and Allyce Martins (Wicked) sang Oklahoma’s I Can’t Say No.

The finalists for the 2012 ANZ Trustees Foundation, Rob Guest Endowment were selected by judges Kellie Dickerson, Guy Simpson, Jason Coleman and Stuart Maunder.

Runner up, Kirby Burgess, was awarded the inaugural Production Company Award, which will see her cast in one of their upcoming shows during 2013 or 2014 as well as a $5000 prize.

Each of the other finalists, Andrew Conaghan, Allyce Martins, Euan Doidge and Samantha Hagen received a $500 prize.

Also performing at this year’s concert was the 2011 Rob Guest Endowment recipient, Blake Bowden and many stars of the stage including Chloe Dallimore , David Harris, Michael Snell; Daniel Koek, Marika Aubrey, Rob Mills, Christie Whelan, Christopher Horsey and Silvie Paladino.  The 2012 Gala Concert was directed by Kris Stewart. 

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