Here’s the latest news in the weekly wrap!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Songs for a New World
Capitol Theatre: Aladdin
Sydney Lyric: Singin’ in the Rain
QPAC Lyric Theatre: We Will Rock You (closing night)
Festival Theatre: The Sound of Music
State Theatre (Arts Centre, Melbourne): Curtains
The Princess Theatre: Matilda
Crown Theatre: Rolling Thunder Vietnam (closing night)
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?
Dream Lover rehearsals
Dream Lover, the story of Bobby Darin has started rehearsals in Sydney. With cast including David Campbell, Caroline O’Connor, Hannah Fredericksen and Marney McQueen it is sure to be a great show. The show begins on September 22nd at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.
First Date rehearsals
Rehearsals for Pursued By Bear’s First Date are going well ahead of the show’s season at Chapel off Chapel from September 2nd to 11th.
The show tells the awkward story of the main couple’s first date through song and dance.
The August edition of Home Grown will be held at Chapel off Chapel on Sunday, August 21st . Starting at 8pm; the evening features the music of Katie Weston, Shanon Whitelock, Hedger & Nicholson and Josh Levy. There will be performances from Samm Hagen (Ghost), Cassie McIvor, Michelle Brasier, Baylie Carson, Raelene Isbester and Scott Mackenzie. Tickets are $15.00 at the door.
Ladies in Black – Australian tour
Queensland Theatre Company has announced that the critically acclaimed, smash hit and Helpmann-Award winning musical Ladies in Black will tour nationally in early 2017, opening in Sydney on January 3 for its premiere season in the city in which the story is based. The show will then return for an encore season to Brisbane from January 28, before another encore season in Melbourne from February 25, and to Canberra from March 27.
The cast includes Sarah Morrison, Bobby Fox, Carita Farrer Spencer, Kathryn McIntyre, Greg Stone and Kate Cole. New to the cast for the Australian tour are Natalie Gamsu (Strictly Ballroom), Madeleine Jones (Once) and Ellen Simpson (Tele Series; Molly).
We Will Rock You – Adelaide and Perth shows cancelled
The Adelaide and Perth seasons of We Will Rock You have been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.
The Color Purple cast announced
StageArt presents The Color Purple. The Color Purple will run from Thursday 13 October until Sunday 6 November 2016 at Chapel off Chapel.
Regent Theatre: We Will Rock You (August 28th)
Chapel off Chapel: Songs for a New World (August 28th)
AUSTRALIAN PERFORMER SPECIAL MENTIONS
Johanna Allen: The Songs That Got Away
Johanna Allen (currently appearing in The Sound of Music) will perform in her cabaret show; The Songs That Got Away from September 8th to 10th at Glen Street Theatre, NSW.
Singer and actress Johanna Allen takes you back to the Cotton Club of the 1930’s Manhattan, where Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland and Arlen himself come to life.
Singin’ in the Rain celebrates 100th show
The company of Singin’ in the Rain performed its 100th show on Tuesday, August 16th at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. The Sydney season ends on Saturday, September 10th before moving to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
The Sound of Music – new cast members
Joining The Sound of Music cast are Andrea Creighton (Phantom of the Opera), Scott Morris (Wonderful Town, Grease) and Karen Sproull (Annie NZ Tour). Welcome!
Tim Minchin’s Groundhog Day opens
Tim Minchin’s Groundhog Day has opened at The Old Vic Theatre, London to a standing ovation from delighted audience members and has received numerous five star reviews.
Groundhog Day runs until Saturday, September 17th 2016.
5 MINUTES WITH…Tash Marconi
Tash Marconi has appeared in WICKED (ensemble), Grease (ensemble, u/s cha cha & Patty), Dirty Dancing (ensemble) and earlier this year played TigerLily in the Anchorage Concert Associations Production of Peter Pan in Alaska, USA. She has also appeared in the Great Gatsby (2013), a resident dancer on The X Factor, and Dance academy (seasons1-3). Outside of Acting: Natasha is an accomplished dancer and choreographer who has performed with artists including Ricky Martin, Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, Jason Derulo, Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and Timomatic.
Currently Natasha is living in Los Angeles, USA.
1. At what age did you realise you wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts?
I always wanted to be a dancer from a young age and I knew I was serious about it when I was 11 and had to decide whether I wanted to be a gymnast or a dancer because my gym coach wanted me to quit dancing and up my hours of training. I picked dance and I never looked back. I’d say that very early on say 12 I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts – I had always dreamt of being in cirque du soleil or Dance Precisions Company. I never could have imagined where my career has lead me to today
2. You have a very supportive family; do you believe what you have achieved in your career would of been possible without this love and support?
Absolutely Not. If it was for my mother putting me into dance in the first place I wouldn’t be here. My parents gave every last cent they had and endless hours day and night to support me and make my dreams of being a performer possible. All those classes 6 days a week, costumes, travelling to classes, conventions, overseas, full-time course were only possible because of the abundance on support and love my parents gave me . They taught me to always follow my heart and my dreams and have been behind me through every heart breaking moment and the triumphant ones.
My mum, dad and sister have travelled interstate to watch me in every single show I have done, been in the audience at live performances and waiting at stage doors. Their constant love and support is the main thing that keeps me going most days when I am driving myself insane.
3. What has been the most challenging thing for you in regards to moving to the USA to follow your dreams and how do you get through tough days?
The most challenging thing apart from leaving my family, friends and partner of course has been starting from scratch again. I have worked consistently and endlessly in Australia for 24 years to reach the place I always dreamt of. To have a name people would recognise and to be working on the jobs and for the people that have inspired me forever. Moving here – even though I have some wonderful credits and experiences behind me, it doesn’t mean a thing. I’m a very small fish in a huge ocean of so many wonderful, unique, inspiring others that want the same things as me. It was very confronting and very tough to feel like I was 15 again but also very humbling to put my head down and work my little toosh off to get to the places I dream of.
On tough days I remind myself how lucky I am to be living in a city which has been on my list of goals since I was 13. I become overwhelmed with gratitude for everything i have in my life all the people, all the memories and feelings and important things. I feel proud of myself for how hard I worked to get here in the first place and give myself a pat on the back for doing it all on my own. I remind myself how much I have grown, learnt , improved, experienced and some of the incredible things i am achieving here and remind myself how many would thank their lucky stars to be here. Its tough but I am so thankful to be able to give it a red hot go !! I think of patience and that great things take time and remind myself to enjoy the simplest pleasures of life and the rest will fall into place if I enjoy the process of this journey.
4. Name five things you never travel without?
– My teddy bears- Sebastian and Mansley (most of my friends know them by name )
– my journal
– my computer
– my stones (for mediation and to protect me )
– photos of my family and loved ones
5. What is your funniest on stage moment?
I think it would be when Andrea Arena’s dress broke and I got thrown in to do Cha Chas solo and partnering section with Danny in Grease one night. In my huge pink floral dress when I had barely practiced it with Rob Mills and my whole cast was around me screaming and going insane as they slowly realised what was happening. So much shock at the time but one of the funniest memories I will forever hold dearly with my cast!
6. What are your dream theatre roles?
– to be a shark girl in West side story
– Bebe or Cristina in A Chorus Line
– Peter pan in Finding Neverland
7. What advice would you give to aspiring performers?
I could go on for hours on this last one, but I will try to keep it short. I would say have belief in yourself, everything that you are and everything that you produce. There is only one of you and no one in this world will ever be you or perform like you and that’s what makes you so special. There is no right or wrong path. Every single person has their own unique journey and you create that yourself with every single step you take. If you see the steps laid out in front of you then it isn’t your journey. It should be exciting and terrifying at the same time, unknown and wild. Be fearless in pursuit of what you desire! Work hard, stay humble, find happiness in life and its simplicities, remember to always find a balance and most importantly. Just go for it!!!!!!!