Cast Announced for Suddenly: A Short New Musical
The cast for Suddenly: A Short New Musical has been announced. Featuring established performer Katie Weston (Vivid White, The Last 5 Years) as the mum, Lindsay, and Kara Sims as her daughter, Max, Suddenly tells the story of the importance of strong familial relationships, the power of confronting your past traumas, and acts as a reminder to appreciate what, and who, you have. Conor Putland (Les Miserables) plays Harry, Sunny S Walia is Pete, and Chiara Petralia is Young Max.
Ensemble members are Nabs Adnan, Jessica Barton, Allegra Brown, Caitlyn De Kuyper, Luisa D’Intini, Jack Duff, Darcey Eagle, Akansha Hungenahally, Noah Janssen, Tamanna Kaul, Ali Moshopoulos, Jake O’Brien, Asmara Soekotjo, Aadhya Wijegoonawardena, Emma Wilby, and Jack Wyss.
Live Streaming of the show will be in early 2021. Further information can be found at https://www.suddenlymusical.com/
Proudly presented by The Arts Wellbeing Collective and Maker Productions, SOUND MIND is a music mini-series exploring mental health and the performing arts, particularly within the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
The artists and creatives involved in the project include Nancye Hayes AM (A Little Night Music, Sweet Charity), Marcus Corowa (Bran Nue Dae), Naomi Price (Beautiful), Michael Tyack AM (The Boy From Oz), Maggie McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding), Bert LaBonte (Book of Mormon), Alinta Chidzey (Chicago), Alice Topp (Australian Ballet Resident Choreographer), Tony Taylor (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby), Esther Hannaford (Beautiful), Jude Pearl (Embrace), Casey Donovan (Chicago), Fem Belling (Royal Variety Show), Adam Bull (The Australian Ballet), James Majoos (Fangirls), Daniel Edmonds (King Kong) and Deborah Brown (Sydney Theatre Company).
You can keep up to date with the latest announcements at https://www.facebook.com/SOUND-MIND-101142435062126
We celebrate some of the best LGBTQ+ talents on what used to be the Sleaze Ball weekend. Hosted by Trevor Ashley, join Australia’s Prince of Polyester, the fabulous Bob Downe in a live set. He is supported by Brendan de la Hay (The Philosopher’s Strip), Seann Miley Moore (X Factor UK, Sweet Charity), and the legendary Shauna Jensen.
October 11th – SHOW QUEEN – MARIKA AND HER MATE
Rob Guest Endowment Awards
Due to several factors, the Rob Guest Endowment Awards have been cancelled for 2020. Future dates and information will be available in the near future at https://robguestendowment.com.au/
Artists of Colour Initiative
The Artists of Colour Initiative (AOC) is a scholarship competition designed to provide financial assistance and industry support to six exceptionally talented Theatre performers, based in Australia that identify as Bla(c)k, Indigenous, or People of Colour. The initiative was born from a recognition of the underrepresentation of Bla(c)k and Indigenous people, as well as People Of Colour in the Australian Theatre Industry. The scholarship aims to ensure participation within the field of Musical Theatre amongst these very communities.
Further information on the initiative can be found at https://www.aocinitiative.com/
Seymour Centre Re-Opens its Doors
A Note from the Seymour Centre:
From Friday, September 18th, we welcome you all back to the Seymour for special performances that provide you, our valued patrons, a safe (and spacious) environment in which to enjoy that thing we all love, the thrill of live production. Like the rest of the world, we have pivoted. We can’t bring you the season we’d planned but we are incredibly glad that we can provide a welcoming temporary home for Griffin Theatre for the rest of their 2020 season. Griffin is dedicated to the development and production of new Australian theatre and this seems a perfect fit for this moment, reminding us of who we are in this great time of uncertainty.
Our resident dance company, Shaun Parker and Co, invite you all to the premiere of new solo work, In the Zone—a performance that uses amazing soundscape technology to create a captivating dance for all ages. Plus Banff Film Festival finds a home in our large York Theatre, and also swooping into the York will be the much-loved Room on the Broom for young audiences in the upcoming school holidays. There will be more announcements soon, including our plans for 2021.
You can keep up to date at their website- https://www.seymourcentre.com/
UPDATES FROM THE AUDITION ROOM
Auditions are in full swing ahead of the upcoming season of Pippin at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. With performances commencing on Tuesday, November 24th, the search is on for the all-singing, dancing, acting, and circus performing artists who will take the stage!
Tickets are flexible and a COVID Safe Plan is in place with further information available at https://pippinthemusical.com.au/
Christie and Rohan Browne
Congratulations to Christie Whelan- Browne (Muriel’s Wedding) and Rohan Browne (The Boy From Oz) who recently announced that after many rounds of IVF that they are excited to be welcoming their first child in 2021. We wish you all the best and can’t wait to welcome the child into the theatre family.
We also send many good wishes and congratulations to Thom Parsons (Once) and his partner Emily in regards to the news that they are welcoming their first child in March 2021.