The Rob Guest Endowment Awards are up and running again for 2016! The Rob Guest Endowment provides financial assistance and industry support to the next generation of musical theatre stars, creators, and musicians. The 2016 prize package is valued at over $50,000, including the $20,000 major prize, the Rob Guest Endowment Award.
The performance awards put all applications through a long and gruelling audition process until finally six finalists are selected. They will showcase their talent in at the Rob Guest Endowment Concert, and the winner, announced on the night, will take home the Rob Guest Endowment.
Applicants also compete for Melbourne’s East End Theatre District Artist Development Award, a $5,000 prize and the Playbill Future Prospect Award, a cash prize of $1,500. The four remaining finalists will each take home $1,500.
Past finalists of the Rob Guest Endowment Award are currently making waves in musical theatre. Past winners and runners up include Daniel Assetta (WICKED, Cats), Blake Bowden (South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof), Francine Cain (Grease), Andrew Cook (Matilda the Musical), Samantha Leigh Dodemaide (Violet, Singing in the Rain), Euan Doidge (Les Miserables, Kinky Boots), Edward Grey (WICKED), Glenn Hill (Matilda the Musical), Robert McDougall (Les Miserables), Joshua Robson (Les Miserables) and Gretel Scarlett (Grease, Singin’ in the Rain).
In addition to the performance awards, The Rob Guest Endowment Technical Award in Honour of Sue Nattrass and The Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award give a $10,000 cash prize each, intended to help the recipients become leaders in their field. These awards are open to all practitioners working or seeking to work backstage and in orchestra pits of musical theatre shows around the country. The winners will be announced at the 2016 concert.
“This is a unique set of awards honouring a much-loved musical theatre star. Rob Guest was an inspiration to all, and a great teacher and mentor to those he worked with,” said John Frost, Rob Guest Endowment Patron.
“The Rob Guest Endowment Awards continue to inspire and foster the growth of the musical theatre industry, and it’s gratifying to see how it has assisted so many young musical theatre performers over the past seven years.”
The Rob Guest Endowment honours the memory and legacy of Rob Guest, a legendary local musical theatre star who led still talked-about productions of Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. He was a tireless supporter of young people in the industry, mentoring many musical theatre performers during his long and celebrated career.
Applications for all awards are now open. Winners will be announced at the Rob Guest Endowment Concert, which will take place in Sydney in November 2016. Entries for all awards can be submitted via www.robguestendowment.com.au by 1 August 2016 for the Performers Awards, and by 1 October 2016 for the Technical and Musician Awards.