ALL THE LATEST NEWS IN THE WEEKLY WRAP!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
*Saturday, May 16th at 8:00PM: The Tap Pack
*Monday, May 18th: Story Chunder
AROUND THE THEATRES
Update: Lights Up On The Arts
James Cutler, will be back to continue to shine that light on the Australian musical theatre industry and support artists in their next production,
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This will be held via Facebook on Friday, 19th June from 7:00pm.
We shed just a small light on our industry during “home delivery”, but we are not done yet. We are an industry that thrives in tough times, we are resilient, we are defiant and we will endeavour to continue to provide you with professional productions direct to your lounge room because we have stories and songs to share with you.
Cast announced in coming weeks…
Their Lights Up On The Arts concert last week raised $13, 375.00!
Thank you to all involved.
ACT Arts (Canberra Times)
The ACT government will spend $1 million to support key arts organisations in an effort to prevent them from collapsing after coronavirus restrictions have seen galleries and exhibitions shut and public events cancelled.
The extra funding brings total government support for the arts sector hit by the pandemic in the ACT to nearly $2.2 million.
The full media article can be read at https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6750888/1-million-for-act-arts-organisations-to-avoid-coronavirus-collapse
Victorian Arts Funding
Further funding of $32.3 million was announced today by the Victorian Government as part of its continuing efforts to ensure the state’s creative and cultural sector survives the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This is in addition to the $16.8 million Creative Industries Survival Package already announced, which was targeted at the small to medium and independent creative sector.
The funding will enable these Victorian icons to survive the current shutdown. It will help sustain their operations over the coming months, keep ongoing staff employed, and core functions running.
It will also enable them to deliver alternative forms of programming and activities that build community engagement and connection, and develop longer term projects that will assist Victoria’s recovery.
A full media release can be read at https://creative.vic.gov.au/news/2020/safeguarding-victorias-iconic-cultural-experiences
The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are directing more than $5M to the Resilience Fund to provide immediate relief to the Australian arts sector.
Applications for all three streams of the Resilience Fund will close on 28 May 2020.
Artists can apply at https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/2020-resilience-fund
Cancellation: Fiddler on the Roof (Sydney & Melbourne Seasons)
Producers Opera Australia and John Frost are disappointed to announce that both the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of Fiddler on the Roof are unable to proceed for reasons outside their control stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related government restrictions that have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus.
Although the show was not due to open until September, this heart-warming musical has been hit hard by the international travel ban, making it impossible for the key creative members, including Oscar and Tony Award-winning director Joel Grey, to travel from the USA for rehearsals, rendering it impossible to stage the show in all its glory, much to the great disappointment of all those involved.
The full announcement can be read at https://fiddlerontheroof.com.au/important-announcement/
Disney Theatrical Productions Australia is dedicated to the safety and comfort of all our audience members, cast, crew and venue staff.
Due to the COVID-19 situation globally, and in line with all current restrictions and advice from the Federal and State Governments, we have had to make the decision to postpone Frozen the Musical at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney until 1 December, 2020.
Further information can be found at https://frozenthemusical.com.au/
Postponed: West Side Story (Perth & Brisbane Seasons)
The highly anticipated run of West Side Story has postponed its performances until 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19. Current ticket holders for the postponed 2020 production will be contacted by the box office with regard to priority access to tickets when the show is due to return in 2021.
Further details can be accessed at https://westsidestory.com.au/
Postponed: Head Over Heels
BB Arts Entertainment, Two Doors Productions and Hayes Theatre Co today announced that the Australian Premiere of Head Over Heels in July this year has been postponed due to ongoing advice issued by the Federal Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Head Over Heels, a bold new musical comedy from the visionaries behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q, Next To Normal and Spring Awakening, will be rescheduled for the 2021 Hayes Theatre Co season, with specific dates announced later this year.
Hayes Theatre Co will be in contact with current ticket-holders shortly to arrange refunds, and will offer preferential seating to current ticket-holders once new dates are announced.
More information can be found at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/australian-premiere-of-head-over-heels-postponed
HOPE New Works Development Initiative
This week saw the Hope. New Work Development Initiative release highlights for two more shows:
Lea King knows she needs to turn her life around, she just hasn’t found the thing that’s going to do it. After a nasty fight with her Uncle Ethyl, she runs away and accidentally winds up in middle-of-nowhere Red River, Colorado, a rural town with a reputation for “gold tourism.” Legend has it gold’s buried there from the 1800s, so when Lea meets teenage local Corey, she ropes him into driving her around on a quest to find the most elusive treasure in all the West: “Faith’s Gold.”
Meanwhile, in 1870 Colorado, a fisher-woman named Faith longs for a civilised life out east. When travelling widower Bartholomew claims to know how to mine unseen gold from underneath the ground, she wonders if he might be her way out. Both timelines converge when Lea is forced to reckon with her increasingly dangerous behaviour, and she realises that Faith’s Quest might not be what it seems. GOLD is a coming of age adventure about dark obsessions, local legends, and what happens when we seek validation outside of ourselves. The contemporary pop/rock score is infused with country/western and Americana to show how the past and the present collide in everyday yet unsuspecting ways.
Alongside the highlights for GOLD one can view a Q & A with the writers, Jess Newman & Richard Lindenfelzer at https://www.hopenewworks.com/developments/gold
Written by Josh White, The Mentor tells the story of young, attractive, actor Jordan begs to be mentored by famous former movie star Amanda Redfern, but does he have the resolution to follow her tutelage? The Mentor delves into the quickly formed relationship of two generations and poses the question “why are you here? Really.” This play is for the students who have had teachers push them too far and for the teachers who have given everything they have and continue to give.
Highlights from The Mentor can be viewed at https://youtu.be/zwffQnFsZSM
An interview with Josh White can be seen at https://youtu.be/IiSUvQxyKDs
Theatre People’s interview with Creative Director James Millar is available to read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/catching-up-with-james-millar/
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS
This week’s Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber musical offering is CATS.
The most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. ‘Memory’, one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. Since then CATS has smashed records and conquered the world. Using the latest technology, all the excitement, thrill, romance and intimacy of this theatrical legend has been captured on screen.
Breathtaking visuals and full digital sound (that has been completely re-recorded with a seventy piece orchestra) will leave you deep into the mysterious world of CATS as you’ve never seen it before, more intoxicating and magical than you could possibly imagine. With a star cast including Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills.
The show is available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAAaq7M0aXs until 4:00am Monday, May 18th Australian EST.
Australian musical theatre star Amanda Harrison (Evie May, WICKED) will be performing live from the Geelong Performing Arts Centre on Friday, May 22nd at 8:00pm. On this candid evening of entertainment, Harrison will be singing some of the most pop- u – lar songs. She will be accompanied by award winning musical director and composer Mark Jones.
The performance can be viewed at https://geelongartscentre.org.au/
The Make A Difference Trust has launched a brand new initiative to provide emergency funds for the theatre community. The “COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund” will aim to support those experiencing hardship because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. To celebrate the launch of the scheme, 23 West End actresses who have played Elphaba or Glinda in WICKED came together for a special performance of “For Good” including Australians Suzie Mathers and Helen Dallimore.
The Witches are Gina Beck, Emily Tierney, Helen Dallimore, Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Ashleigh Gray, Emma Hatton, Jacqueline Hughes, Alexia Khadime, Suzie Mathers, Natalie McQueen, Rosa O’Reilly, Michelle Pentecost, Laura Pick, Dianne Pilkington, Amy Ross, Savannah Stevenson, Rachel Tucker, Willemijn Verkaik, Lisa-Anne Wood and Helen Woolf.
Star of SIX and the upcoming Australian production of Frozen, Courtney Monsma is passing her time in the kingdom of isolation by recording herself singing various tunes. Here is Courtney singing ‘God Help the Outcasts’ from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAKLeBfjLr0/
Jemma Rix and Rob Mills
Jemma Rix (Frozen, WICKED) teamed up with WICKED co-star Rob Mills to perform ‘Bad Idea’ from Waitress.
That Show With Mahy
Australian Actor Stephen Mahy (Mamma Mia, Grease) has started a vlog series. Each week he interviews someone different asking a variety of different questions. This week saw him interview musical theatre icon Trevor Ashley (Liza, Les Miserables). Make sure you subscribe to his channel.