Presented by Salty Theatre, Theatre Works and Red Hot Productions, He Who Must Not Be Named apparates to Australian shores this April.
Salty Theatre making a name for itself as an “underground highlight” (Cameron Woodhead – The Age), “someone to watch” (ArtsHub) and “the answer to off-broadway in Melbourne” (Youshouldseeitmelb) bringing beloved pop culture to the fore with humour, grit and little bit of spice. Before Voldemort was He Who Must Not Be Named, he was just Tom Riddle, another moody teen that couldn’t talk to girls. Join Tom and his Hogwarts classmates on a hilarious musical adventure as he learns the ways of love, proper snake maintenance and the Unforgivable Curses. This Harry Potter musical parody is sure to leave you spellbound! Following two hugely successful back-to-back seasons at The Edinburgh Fringe and sold-out performances at The King’s Head in London, Voldemort And the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody hits Australia for the first time ever.
Created by Los Angeles based comedians Zach Reino (A.P. Bio, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Chris Grace (Superstore, This Is Us) and written by Zac Reino, Fiona Landers, Richie Root and Scott Passarella, this hour-long pop-rock musical invites you to experience the world of Hogwarts like you’ve never seen it before. Teen angst, hormones and young love fill the magical halls, along with a few familiar and much-loved characters as they sing about ‘Cutting Your Soul’, ‘Care of Magical Creatures’ and ‘Love That Must Not Be Named’.
Salty Theatre Co-Founder Ashley Taylor explains, “As a Potterhead, the opportunity to introduce this hilarious, off-centre and brand-new look at the World of Potter that we love so much was one that we couldn’t miss. We’re thrilled that it offers all of the diehard fans a glorious taste of the Wizarding World they adore but in a more adult way. It’s a ridiculous Voldemort Origin Story that blends everything fans embrace with humour that wizarding fans and muggles alike can relate to.”
Grab a front-row seat to Potions, Pimples and Patronuses. Find out what makes Moaning Myrtle Moan. Unmask Unforgivable Curses. Hogwarts Hath No Fury Like a Slytherin Scorned. What pushed Tom Riddle over the edge? What was Voldemort like before the botched nose-job thing? Who was his Hufflepuff girlfriend? And what better way to find out than through the medium of song and dance?
Salty Theatre was co-founded by theatre, dance and cabaret veteran Sarahlouise Younger and Canadian theatre and screen vet Ashley Taylor, and in its short existence has begun making a mark by presenting edgy and hilarious musicals to the Melbourne independent theatre scene. This female-led independent theatre company connects writers, directors, producers and performers from across the globe to form new creative partnerships and present never-before-seen or rarely- produced works to Australian audiences.
The show stars some of Australia’s brightest talent, both seasoned and new to the scene. The magical halls of Hogwarts will be brought to life by LaLa Barlow (Legally Blonde, The Best Little Warehouse in London), Alex Donnelly (Peter Pan, Richard III), Jay Haggett (Shrek, High Fidelity), Stephanie John (Mary Poppins, Nine), Jonathon Shilling (Kinky Boots, Rent), Ashley Taylor (The Sound of Music, Les Miserables) and Guillermo Urra (Evil Dead The Musical, Top Gun! The Musical).
Directed and Choreographed by Sarahlouise Younger (Top Gun! The Musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) – Musical Direction by David Youings (People Suck, Muriel’s Wedding, Musical Assistant) – Costume and Set Design by Madeline Nibali (Hotel Bonegilla, Lear) – Production Concept by Sarahlouise Younger and Ashley Taylor – Stage Managed by Andrew Hughes (The Importance of Being Earnest, Barnum The Circus Musical, Intern SM).
Running this April at Theatre Works, Voldemort And the Teenage Hogwarts is a raucous musical comedy that lifts up its robes to give you a glimpse into the secret world of witches and wizards. Get your wands ready.
“It is a wizarding-world extravaganza, flourished with unforgivable curses, witty humour and muggle-worthy entertainment. A must-see for Harry Potter fans.” – VoiceMag.uk
“An hour loaded with sharply written Potter-parody, gags every few seconds, stellar singing and comedy.” – FringeReview
Theatre Works – 14 Acland St, St Kilda
Previews: Wed 1 April, Thurs 2 April, Fri 3 April 7:00
Performances 1st – 25th April, 2020
Tues – Sat 7:00pm, Sun 5pm