Now in its fourth year, the Rob Guest Endowment is a highly anticipated opportunity for young performers and culminates in a night of stellar performances at the Endowment’s Gala Concert.
 
The Gala Concert is being held on Monday November 19 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. Hosted by Bert Newton, Lucy Durack and Rob Mills the night will feature performances by some of Australia’s finest musical theatre stars, including the casts of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and South Pacific. Under the musical direction of Kellie Dickerson, these stars will perform alongside the six talented young finalists all vying to become the fourth recipient of the Rob Guest Endowment.
 
“This is the fourth year that we have presented a concert to showcase the new wonderful musical theatre performers that we have in Australia,” said John Frost.  “ It is a unique night, with performances from current Musicals and many musical theatre stars performing together in some cases for the very first time.”
 
Following hundreds of applications and auditions, judges Kellie Dickerson, Jason Coleman and Stuart Maunder have selected the following six finalists for the 2012 ANZ Trustees Foundation, Rob Guest Endowment:
 

KIRBY BURGESS

An Officer & A Gentlemen

 
 

ANDY CONAGHAN

South Pacific

 
 

EUAN DOIDGE

A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde the Musical

 
 

SAMM HAGEN

Rock of Ages

Read our interview with Samm here
 
 
 

GLENN HILL

Legally Blonde the Musical, Dr Zhivago

 
 

ALLYCE MARTINS

Wicked

 
 
These six finalists will perform with a full orchestra at the 2012 Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert sharing the spotlight with a ‘who’s who’ of Australian show business.
 
“Rob always believed that no one gets to the top of their field on their own,” said Kellie Dickerson.  “Its remarkable what this type of support can do for a performers confidence and career”.
 
In 2008 ANZ Trustees established a memorial fund in Rob Guest’s honour to encourage emerging young performers in musical theatre. Recipients receive the opportunity to study in New York under the guidance of the best that Broadway has to offer to the value of $10,000. This year, for the first time, a lucky runner-up will receive the inaugural Production Company Artists Development Award, which is a cash prize of $5,000 and features a guaranteed live performance in one of the Production Company’s sure-to-be exciting seasons in the following two years. The remaining four finalists will each receive a $500 cash-prize.
 
 
More information can be found on Rob Guest Endowment
 
 
The 2012 Rob Guest Endowment Concert, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
Date: Monday 19 November 2012
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $55 – $125
Bookings: Ticketek on www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849
 

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