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Sandra Bates to Retire From Ensemble

Sandra Bates announces her retirement as Governing and Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre after 30 years at helm. 

2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award Finalists

The six Finalists for the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced last night (August 11) at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Competing against 30 other Semi-Finalists, six outstanding performers were chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Todd McKenney, Stuart Maunder and Guy Simpson.

Anything Goes For Opera Australia.

The Cole Porter classic Anything Goes will be Opera’s Australia’s musical collaboration with impresario John Frost in 2015. The musical won three Tony Awards during its most recent Broadway revival including Best Musical Revival and Choreography.

For the third year in a row a musical will be staged for two months in the Sydney Opera House – leaving no room during this period for Opera. The Sydney season will follow seasons in Melbourne and Brisbane.

When The Stars Come Out To Play

Coral Drouyn has some thoughts to wrap up this year’s charity fund-raiser – Twisted Broadway.

Where were you Monday night? I looked all over the Arts Centre for you but you weren’t there. How could you miss the one and only performance of Twisted Broadway’s 5th anniversary concert? Mind you, you would have had to stand in the aisles of the Playhouse as every seat was taken, but you might have persuaded Geoffrey Rush to move, he is a true gentleman.

American Ballet Theatre in Australia

For the first time in its history the American Ballet Theatre will visit Australia performing exclusively at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane, from 28 August to 7 September, 2014, as part of QPAC’s International Series. Peter Pinne reports.

Based in New York, the American Ballet Theatre is the United States National Ballet Company, as named by an Act of the United States Congress, and is considered a living national treasure.

Life is Anything but Misérable for Kerrie Anne

Kerrie Anne Greenland, currently appearing as Eponine in the new production of Les Misérables, spoke to Coral Drouyn about her “charmed life” prior to opening night.

Real-life Drama of Peter and Alice

‘All children, except one, grow up,’ are the immortal words that begin J M Barrie’s enduring, dreamlike and magical children’s story Peter Pan. The words also have context, although a very different one, for international playwright John Logan’s play, Peter and Alice, for which Logan has personally granted Adelaide’s Independent Theatre the Australian Premiere this month, starring Will Cox and Pamela O’Grady.

Broadway With A Twist.

Coral Drouyn spills the beans on a night of generous gender-bending bent on Broadway.

Semi-Finalists for 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award Announced

The 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced today (July 25, 2014). They are Daniel Assetta, Ben Bennett, Hilary Cole, Andy Cook, Thomas Davis, Daniel Downing, Vivien Emsworth, Anna Freeland, Nelson Gardner, Nick Hedger, Matt Holly, Georgina Hopson, Loren Hunter, Graeme Isaako, Kirby Lunn, Seann Matthew Moore, Katie McKee, Lauren McKenna, Emily Mercurio, Joel Parnis, Daniel Raso, Joshua Robson, Angela Scundi, Rebecca Selley, Zach Smith, Monica Swayne, Connor Sweeney, Karla Tonkich, Tarisai Vushe and Sophie Wright.

Patch Theatre Takes Cranky Bear from Page to Stage

How do you stop a cranky bear being grumpy? You bring together the bear, a zebra, a lion, a moose and a sheep, then put them in front of an audience full of 4-8-year-old kids. The result is a rollicking cabaret style show that blows away crankiness through mayhem, surprise and laughter.

With the creation of their latest production Cranky Bear, South Australian children’s theatre company Patch Theatre is producing an inspirational new work, based on Australian author and illustrator Nick Bland’s best-selling picture book, The Very Cranky Bear.

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