“There is a connection between the progress of a society and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age of Elizabeth was the age of Shakespeare.” – The West Wing, episode 3.07 Let… Read more.
Ever wondered what an open call audition for a musical is like? Last month, open auditions were announced for global productions of Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon in the Philippines. Over 900 hopefuls were processed through auditions organised by the Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group between March 15 – 21. As casting director and former AD Bobby… Read more.
The last 5 weeks have involved a lot of coffee to make it through rehearsals and doing my Masters by day, to playing a perky cheerleader each night at ‘The Original Grease’. We recently had our first day of senior year for the very last time and I realised that I’ve gone from one learning institution… Read more.
Humour me a while. I would like to indulge in some discussion about an issue which has suddenly swept through the Australian (and international) musical theatre industry this week with a fervour and passion usually reserved for comment threads on the US Presidential Candidate debate. I’m talking about the sudden fire in the bellies of… Read more.
Rachel Cole sat down with Amanda Harrison in this latest Stage Door Shrink session. Get comfy and settle in for an incredibly interesting and informative read. A note from Rachi… Matilda recently transferred to Melbourne, so I had to set up a Wi-Fi network at home, which my flat mate and I named RichandSkinny. (It’s good… Read more.
Doorstep Arts’ Victorian premiere of Dogfight was in full production mode this week ahead of tonight’s official opening performance. Apart from the lessons I’ve learnt working on such a complex piece under the direction of a fantastic creative team, this rehearsal process has continued to teach me many lessons: The rehearsal room in the ‘real world’ hardly… Read more.
Two weeks ago, the Greasers and I opened our show. After a crazy week of tech/ previews, the full audience brought us ridiculous energy that kept us on a high from start to finish. The night went by in a whirlwind and before I knew it, we were munching on hot dogs and fairy floss… Read more.
A strong relationship between actor and director is one of great importance in order for their best work to be brought out and for the success of the production. While it does vary greatly between each director and show, there do seem to be common factors that promote the sought after ‘director’s actor’: an actor… Read more.
Grab a coffee and sit down with Matilda Moran this week to find out about her first week of rehearsals for Squabbalogic’s The Original Grease and see how you score in her quiz! So somehow we’ve managed to teleport from the first week of rehearsal to the last in a blink. On Friday we ran our show… Read more.
I’ve decided to trade my coffee in for a well-deserved wine this week, after our first full sing through of the Dogfight score. We have just finished our first week of rehearsals for this production, and I couldn’t be more excited. Presented by Doorstep Arts- a leading independent theatre company based in Geelong- and hot… Read more.