Reviews

The Cunning Little Vixen

by Leoš Janáček. West Australian Opera. Directed by Stuart Maunder. His Majesty’s Theatre, Hay St, Perth, WA. 21-28 April, 2018

In the first few moments of West Australian Opera’s latest production, a collection of gorgeously attired forest animals crawl, slide and bound on to the stage. It is the first sign that The Cunning Little Vixen is not your usual opera.

Mozart Requiem

Australian Chamber Choir. Conductor: Douglas Lawrence. Scot’s Church, Melbourne. April 22, 2018

The Australian Chamber Choir is one of the best small auditioned choirs in Melbourne, and has extensive experience touring Europe to critical acclaim. This was the first time I had encountered them.

The concert opened with Palestrina’s Stabat Mater, a short, eight part a capella work, sung exquisitely. There was lots of light and shade.

Right Now

By Catherine-Anne Toupin, translated by Chris Campbell. Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre. Red Stitch, East St Kilda VIC. 17 April – 20 May 2018

As this rather discombobulating play begins and you try to get a handle on it – or at least a reference point in the ‘real world’- you might be thinking, ‘Yasmina Reza… meets Harold Pinter?’  There is the polite bourgeois surface – about to be disrupted; there is the sense of imminent menace.  A previous reviewer cited Joe Orton and Rosemary’s Baby.  All these apply – and then some.  Meaning or comprehension keep dissolving, slipping away.  The seemingly banal becomes bizarre.  Normal social niceti

Madagascar

Book by Kevin Del Aquila; Original Music & Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan. South Australian Premiere. Adelaide Youth Theatre. The Arts Theatre. 19-21 April 2018

The Adelaide Youth Theatre is one of the best ‘youth theatres’ in Australia. In viewing this South Australian Premiere production of Madagascar, based on the 2005 Dreamworks animated film, it is easy to see why. The high standard of excellence in all fields – the singing, dancing and the acting. This hour-long original adaptation allows for a relatively large cast of young performers to excel – and excel they most certainly did.

Disney Beauty And The Beast Jr

Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice. Book by Linda Woolverton. Playhouse Theatre Inc. Directed by Matt Billington. The Playhouse Theatre Glen Eden. April 21 to 28, 2018

PTI’s production of Disney Beauty And The Beast is a ground-breaking initiative. The entire production team, on and off stage, are aged between 6 -27 years old. This is Next Gen Theatre in action.

Private Lives

By Noël Coward. Elanora Players. April 20 – 28, 2018.

Elanora Players brings Private Lives into the 21st Century on a stylish set where silver, red and black predominate. Electronic devices are used to provide contemporary music for the tango and argument in Act 2, and by the maid Louise (Iwona Abramowicz), who dances to her iPod as she cleverly converts the balcony to an apartment between Act 1 and 2.

Kaleidoscope

Sydney Opera House presents a production by Company 2. Sydney Opera House (Studio). 18 – 28 April 2018.

Kaleidoscope is a unique, lyrical circus experience that challenges the audience to change the way they see the world around them.

The performance centres on 13-year-old Ethan Hugh, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was four. Ethan describes his world as an influx of information coming at him, a bit like having Wi-Fi with an intermittent signal, yet amongst the chaos and confusion, he sees the world as a kaleidoscope of changing colours, finding beauty in the smallest things.

Heathers The Musical

Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe. Based on the film written by Daniel Waters. North Shore Music Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand. Directed by Alexander McKellar. April 20th - 28th 2018

Based on the cult classic 1989 film, this musical explores the special hell that is high school!

In the fast-changing world in which we live, it is reassuring sometimes to realise that some things remain the same. Or is it?

Everyone has been to school; everyone will resonate with the themes of Heathers.

Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell. Music by Henry Krieger. The Hills Musical Company. Stirling Community Theatre. April 20th to May 5th, 2018

The Hills Musical Company’s latest show Side Show is a musical by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and  Henry Krieger (music) based on the lives of Daisy and Violet, cojoined twins who became famous stage performers in the 1930s.It is a story about the need for us all to be loved and accepted. It highlights that no matter who we are, unique or ordinary, it is love that completes us all.

Seussical the Musical Kids

Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Book by Ahrens and Flaherty. Co-conceived by Ahrens, Flaherty, and Eric Idle. Based on the works of Dr Seuss. Tudor Theatricals. Directed by Brad Tudor. Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana, WA. 21 April, 2018

Seussical the Musical Kids was the product of 35 kids, aged 7 to 14, who spent the first week of their school holidays creating this bright and fun production under the tutelage of director Brad Tudor, Musical Director Shanice Palfrey and Choreographer Allen Blachford. 

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