*Friday, August 28th: Whitehorse Centre Farewell Concert @8: 00 pm AEST

Whitehorse Centre (Online Event) https://www.facebook.com/WhitehorseCentre

 

*Monday, August 31st: The Story Chunder @7: 00 pm AEST

Back Dock Arts, Brisbane The Story Chunder

 

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Artists Beyond & The Online Concert: The Writers

On Saturday, September 5th at 7:00 PM, theatre lovers will have the opportunity to see a contemporary Australian concert featuring new and upcoming writers of popular music and musical theatre. Get ready to see some exciting new music from an incredible lineup of writers and performers!

The writers are Indy Angel, Joseph Dessmann, Steven Kreamer, Vidya Makan, Connor Morel, and YARA.

Further information can be found at Artists Beyond & The Online Concert.

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tickets on Sale for Sydney of Hamilton

Presale for tickets to HAMILTON commence tomorrow, Monday, August 24th at 10:00 am with tickets on sale to the general public from Tuesday, September 1st, The Tony®, Grammy®, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in March 2021.

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

A revolution is coming. Be there when it happens. Head to https://hamiltonmusical.com.au/ for further information.

 

Come From Away Soars Into Sydney

Tickets for the rescheduled Sydney season of the hit musical, Come From Away are now on sale at https://comefromaway.com.au/tickets/sydney/ ahead of the June 3rd, 2021 commencement date.

Come From Away tells the true story of a remote island community that rallied to care for the 7000 passengers and crew of 38 international flights diverted there after the terror attacks on the US on September 11, 2001. Those flights arrived in Gander, on the Canadian island of Newfoundland, where locals opened their hearts and homes to stranded travellers.

“We all looked the same, but we’re different than we were” -Bonnie, and Australian theatre will be here to welcome you all post COVID.

Actor Kellie Rode who portrays Bonnie in the Australian production.

 

Rob Guest Endowment Awards Semi-Finalists Announced

After online auditions conducted over the past few weeks, the 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2020 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced today. The Rob Guest Endowment committee is pleased to announce the following Semi-Finalists who will perform for a panel of judges to determine the six finalists for the 2020 Rob Guest Endowment Award:

Finn Alexander, Carly Bettinson, Kelsi Boyden, Molly Bugeja, Keiarn Chesebro, Austin Cornish, Sian Crowe, Mia Dabkowski-Chandler, Mackenzie Dunn, Darcey Eagle, Joshua Firman, Mitchell France, Lauren Goetz, Lachlan Greenland, Manon Gunderson-Briggs, Emma Kavanagh, Sarah Krndija, Jordan Malone, Owen McCredie, Paige McKay, Jessica Mills, Emily Monsma, Olivia Morison, Elise Muley, Tomas Parrish, Madeline Plum, Sara Reed, Samuel Richardson, Alec Steedman, and Stephanie Wall.

The finals for the Rob Guest Endowment Awards will be held on Monday, October 12th, 2020. Further information is available at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/rob-guest-endowment-semi-finalists-announced/

 

VIDEOS

A Letter For Molly– Workshop Trailer

A Letter For Molly is a play written by proud Gumbaynggirr and Turkish woman, Brittanie Shipway. Here is the behind the scenes video featuring some of the magic created by performers Ursula Yovich, Angeline Penrith, Christie Hayes, Lorinda May Merryporr and Joel Granger in the preliminary workshop process of the play, as funded by the Belvoir: Shutdown Residency, NSW Create, and the Australia Council for the Arts.

We hope to see this show on stage in the near future!

 

Swing On This

In celebration of the late Michael Falzon, Swing On This, in partnership with the Sydney Opera House have released a video, captured live in concert at the Sydney Opera House in 2018, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vanessa Scammell.

Swing On This brings together Michael Falzon, Luke Kennedy, Rob Mills, and Ben Mingay with their take on all-time swing classics, from Sinatra to Bublé and hits from Oasis, John Farnham and The Proclaimers.

Swing On This Concert

In memory of Michael Falzon, you can make a donation towards research and clinical trials for germ cell cancer and other lesser-known cancers at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, the largest not-for-profit cancer clinical trial centre in New South Wales.

https://donate.mylifehouse.org.au/tribute/michael-falzon

 

Tom Sharah & Oscar Sharah

Tom Sharah (Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and his self taught guitar playing, songwriting brother Oscar Sharah recently released a cover of Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain On Me’. Here is the video clip.

 

Natalie O’Donnell and Simon Gleeson

Friday, August 21st saw Australian theatre power couple Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!, Songs For A New World) and Simon Gleeson (Les Miserables, Oklahoma) perform onstage at the Geelong Arts Centre. During this harrowing time, O’Donnell and Gleeson, who live in Geelong, are revelling at the opportunity to be spending time at home with their family including the couple’s two children, Molly and Rafferty.

The show entwines comical narratives with heartfelt reflection through songs such as ‘Leavin’s Not the Only Way to Go’, ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, and ‘Lullaby’.

If you missed the show, you can catch up at Geelong Arts Centre- Natalie and Simon .

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Hayden Tee

Hayden Tee (Les Miserables, Matilda) will portray the wicked stepsister in GMG Productions Panto, Cinderella. The show opens on December 15th, 2020, showing for 9 shows only at New Zealand’s Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. For our friends across the sea, tickets can be purchased from https://isaactheatreroyal.co.nz/production/cinderella/

 

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera has commenced shows at the Keimyung Art Center in Daegu, South Korea where performances will run until Sunday, August 30th. For South Korean fans, tickets can be purchased at https://worldtour.thephantomoftheopera.com/tickets/

Australia’s Claire Lyon with castmates Matt Leisy (L) and Jonathan Roxmouth (R)

 

 

 

 

 

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