Here’s the latest news in Australian musical theatre in the weekly wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Aladdin
Sydney Lyric: Singin’ in the Rain
Opera House: My Fair Lady
Hayes Theatre: Songs for a New World
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Festival Theatre: The Sound of Music 
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VICTORIA
The Princess Theatre: Matilda
Regent Theatre: We Will Rock You
State Theatre (Arts Centre, Melbourne): Curtains
Chapel off Chapel: First Date (September 1st)
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WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN  THEATRES?

Cast changes for Songs For A New World
In true showbiz tradition, Blue Saint Productions proved the show must go on when three of four cast members of Songs For A New World were unable to perform due to illness. Natalie O’Donnell flew up from Melbourne to reprise her role from the Melbourne season, local talent Hilary Cole stepped in for Friday’s performance and then Blue Saint producer, Joshua Robson, filled in for yet another missing role on Saturday night.Josh Robson profile
Read all about it here: https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/songs-for-a-new-cast/
Natalie O'Donnell and Hilary Cole
Auditions underway for 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Awards
On Monday, August 22nd the first round of Sydney auditions took place at The Capitol Theatre for this year’s Rob Guest Endowment awards.
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The first round of Melbourne auditions will be held Monday, August 29th.
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To find out more about the RGE Awards go to:http://www.robguestendowment.com.au/index.php/about/RGE Sydney auditions
My Fair Lady- rehearsals
The Australian cast of My Fair Lady has moved into The Sydney Opera House to rehearse on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage ahead of their first public performance on Tuesday, August 30th.

My Fair Lady rehearsals

My Fair Lady to tour Brisbane and Melbourne
On Sunday, August 21st it was announced that due to popular demand the Australian production of My Fair Lady will tour Brisbane and Melbourne in 2017. The show opens at QPAC, Brisbane on March 12th and the Regent Theatre, Melbourne on May 11th. Tickets go on sale in October 2016.
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Side Show Australia- 2 for 1 ticket offer
 Book tickets for you and your identical twin to see #SideShowAu together and get 2 for 1 tickets*!
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You and your twin aren’t identical? Not a worry! Book to see the show together and get $10 off each ticket*.
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*To take advantage of any of the twins offers, tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and be for the same performance. ID must be shown at the box office when collecting tickets to show matching birth dates. Purchases can be made by calling the box office and quoting this offer.
Side Show twins offer
Side Show rehearsals
The cast of Side Show started rehearsals on Thursday, August 25th  for the show which opens at Hayes Theatre next month.Side Show rehearsals
We Will Rock You – dress rehearsal fundraiser
Join the cast of We Will Rock You on Sunday, August 28th at 1:00pm at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne for their final dress rehearsal. All producer proceeds will be donated to Cancer Council Victoria which will help Victorians living with cancer.
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OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES
Opera House- Joan Sutherland Theatre: My Fair Lady (August 30th) 
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QUEENSLAND
QPAC- Lyric Theatre: Singin’ in the Rain (September 22nd)
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VICTORIA
Chapel off Chapel: First Date- The Musical (September 1st)
Regent Theatre: We Will Rock You (August 28th)

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Crown Theatre: The Sound of Music (September 14th)
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CLOSING SHOWS

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NEW SOUTH WALES
Sydney Lyric: Singin’ in the Rain (September 8th)
Hayes Theatre: Songs for a New World (August 28th)
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VICTORIA
Arts Centre- Melbourne: Curtains (August 28th)
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Festival Theatre: The Sound of Musical (September 4th)
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AUSTRALIAN PERFORMER SPECIAL MENTIONS

Circus 1903
The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular.
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Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before as CIRCUS 1903 sets to captivate audiences with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous acts from all corners of the world. From strong men to contortionists, acrobats to knife throwers prepare to be amazed.
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For further information go to: http://www.circus1903.com/australiaCircus 1903
Keegan Joyce CD launch
On Thursday, September 1st Keegan Joyce (Once) will launch his debut CD Snow on Higher Ground at the Wesley Anne in Northcote, VIC.
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Joined by friends and talented musicians, Gerard Carroll and Jane Patterson, Keegan will be playing tracks from Snow on Higher Ground and some tracks that inspired his debut album.
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To purchase tickets to the launch or to buy the CD go to: https://www.picatic.com/keeganjoycemusicKeegan Joyce album
Phelan Groovy in Brisbane
Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing) is bringing his show Phelan Groovy to Brisbane in December. The show will be part of the Wonderland Festival that runs at the Brisbane Powerhouse from November 24th to December 11th.
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Kurt will be performing 3 shows from December 1st to 3rd. For further information and tickets go to:
Trevor Ashley in Liza’s Back! (is broken)
Much loved Australian theatre and cabaret performer, Trevor Ashley (Les Miserables) brings his cabaret, Liza’s Back! (is broken), to Sydney’s Hayes Theatre from September 8th to 18th
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AUSSIES ABROAD
No news this week, but if you have anything to share please email [email protected]
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5 MINUTES WITH … Debora Krizak

Originally from South Australia, Debora completed a bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts from Adelaide University. Straight out of university she appeared as a presenter for channel 10’s The Music Shop. She is also an author and amateur bird tamer.

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In 2004, Debora launched her career in Australian musical theatre in Mel Brook’s The Producers where she also understudied the role of Ulla, the Swedish Secretary.
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Since then she has played Madame Aubert in Titanic, Elaine in Calendar Girls, Sheila in A Chorus Line, the dual roles of Nickie and Ursula in Sweet Charity, Erma in Anything Goes and herself in Jerry’s Girls. Debora has also performed in Sondheim on Sondheim for Squabbalogic and their mystery musical Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
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At the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret festival in June, Debora debuted her show Laugh Be A Lady. She will be performing Laugh Be A Lady at Slide in Sydney on September 28th. For further information, go to: http://slide.com.au/shows/laughbealady/
 Debora Krizak headshot
1. Debora, you juggle being a mother to 8 year old twins and a career in musical theatre. How are you balancing preparations for the Sydney debut of your show Laugh Be A Lady and being a mum?
Regardless of being a mother, juggling is pretty much a way of life for all actors. In our industry, one minute you can be teaching or workshopping a new musical, to performing a couple of songs at corporate events, voice overs, castings for tv and film. It’s a constant juggle! My juggling just involves working around 9am school drop offs and 3pm school pick ups, after school piano, dance, netball and soccer lessons, school assemblies, volunteer work and all the other usual domestic activities that come with the joy of having a little family. I’m lucky I had a fairly quiet start to the year, so I had the opportunity to write and re write my show while the kids were at school and spent those hours learning and researching the material and characters. Most of my songs I learn while driving the kids to all the sports activities. They learn them quicker than me and often correct me when I get a verse wrong. My son, Ayden, is particularly fond of spitting out Jeanne Little’s famous line “Dahhhling Are You Paying Attention?”, whenever I ask him to do one of his chores. In a strange way, I’m glad they get subjected to this kind of music. Otherwise it would be all Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber! Not many kids know all of Carol Burnett’s repertoire, ha ha.
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2. You recently completed the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 100km event. What lessons did you take away from the event that you have been able to apply to your every day life?
This is a tough one as it’s still so raw. Some people go to retreats, some do Feb fast or Dry July, some drink green smoothies or do yoga and live preservative and sugar free. I set myself insane physical challenges. I ran a half marathon a few years back and I noticed a real shift in my life and career. The course was uphill and tough, a lot like the Oxfam challenge. What I learned most recently was that I am a fair bit ‘needier’ than I thought. I never knew that before. I am emotional and blurt out my feelings when others just suck up the pain and continue in the face of adversity. Perhaps it’s the actor in me. Or perhaps it is just tougher for me physically? I need support and encouragement. I need human interaction. I enjoy working as a team. I learned that I am capable but not overly competitive. I don’t care about coming first or being the fittest or the fastest but perhaps I should? Perhaps that is my way of selling out on being the best I can be. I’m working through that at the moment. These challenges always bring about wonderful changes for me and they have already started to happen. It’s a complete re-set. I’m intrigued by it. But changes aside, I still haven’t officially celebrated crossing that 100k FINISH LINE YET!! (even though it took 40 hours lol)
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3. What has been your favourite character to portray and why?
There seems to be a clear pattern emerging. Sheila, the over the hill dancer. Nickie, the over the hill hooker. Erma, the technically over the hill gangster’s mole … There’s a lot of hookers and pros. I can’t quite go past Sheila though. A Chorus Line will forever be close to my heart. Life changing … and that was just the bootcamp.
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4. When travelling, there is a maximum amount of luggage one can take with them on the road. How do you best decide what goes and how do you prevent yourself from buying too much while on the road?
Travelling with children, I’m used to the bare necessities now. I put my show stuff on the show truck and pack all my shoes in my carry on hand luggage. Melbourne is hardest to pack for. You will always need faux fur coats, jackets and scarves no matter what time of the year.
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5. Who are your biggest inspirations within the Australian musical theatre industry and why?
Nancye Hayes – Watching her in Jerry’s Girls. The art of stillness and truth. Can’t beat it.
I love Paul Capsis.
I looked up to Geraldine Turner immensely growing up.
It was a thrill to work with Simon Burke recently.
Pamela Rabe in Grey Gardens – tick.
Blake Erickson is phenomenal.
Reg Livermore.
Brent Hill.
There are so many. Can’t name them all and I don’t want to miss singling out any of my fabulous female MT friends whom I also look up to in various ways. But for me, it essentially comes down to the acting.
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6. What advice would you have for up and coming musical theatre performers?
Luck meets opportunity meets preparation. If you’re happy to wait, your time will come. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes your ‘weakness’ can be the defining quality that gets you the role that will win you a Helpmann. Your point of difference : ) Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be a good team member.

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