Behind the scenes of MLOC’s June production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, is an all-female powerhouse.
Director Lyn Laister started performing at age five in Brisbane, taught dancing and co-founded the Queensland Contemporary Dance Company, before moving south to Melbourne after 26 years’ performance and dance experience.
The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild’s critically acclaimed and award-winning 2013 production of Richard lll demonstrated Megan Dansie’s innovative approach to directing Shakespeare.
However, Dansie’s love of the Bard’s works meant she wasn’t going to rest on her laurels. What’s more, there was something about Adelaide University’s Little Theatre that made Romeo and Juliet yet another Shakespeare must-do for this Director: the theatre’s above-stage mezzanine was perfect for the balcony scene.
Beenleigh Theatre Company’s second production for the year, the stage musical version of XANADU, which rolls into the Crete Street Theatre from 2 May 2014, is the Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated musical’s Queensland premiere.
It sounds like a cliché to say that if you want your children to do something creative and imaginative that will get them away from the gameboxes and television, enrol them in theatre classes, most specifically Musical Theatre classes. They might shy away pursuing a life of Shakespeare, but one hit of The Lion King and they’ll be hooked for life. That’s how Kidz Act was born, and its Managing Director, Callum Hosking, was barely out of his teens when he started the children’s theatre company.
Fintan McCrave, 11 years of age is rehearsing for the title role in PLOS Musical Productions June season of Oliver!
Last year Fintan played the lead role in his school production of Aladdin at Blackburn Lakes and caught the performing bug. He is thrilled to have been successful in being offered the chance to take on another role; this time on a much bigger stage.