Archive for July, 2010

Jersey Boys

It’s amazing how much you know about someone’s music without realising it.

Going to Jersey Boys, I was expecting a good story about The Four Seasons – a group I didn’t really know. What I got was a FANTASTIC show where I already knew every song and had a great time hearing about how all these songs came to be.

The Australian cast of Jersey Boys are dynamite. I loved how every scene change and set movement was choreographed and executed with such musical precision that the whole story was fast paced and a thrill to watch. Some great performances by some fellow WAAPA graduates too – Hi guys!

DanceTrain interview

Just had a lovely interview with Jarred Pior, a talented young dancer who will soon be moving to New York to be one of the first students in a brand new dance school – The Gelsie Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.

My profile on Jarred will appear in the Sep/Oct issue of DanceTrain magazine. Keep an eye out for it!

Musica Viva trivia night

Had a brilliant time at the Musica Viva 13th annual trivia dinner at Zinc at Federation Square. A great chance to meet some highly influential people in the Australian artistic circles.

Myself and my friends from the Australian National Academy of Music had a wonderful time – even if we only got 29 out of 60 questions correct. Ah well, that’s nearly a pass.

Opening Night!

Yep, here we are.

It’s Opening Night of Victorian Opera’s Julius Caesar at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Are you going to be there?

I will.

Eddie Perfect – Songs From the Middle

What a pleasure to see the world premiere of Eddie Perfect’s new cabaret show Songs From The Middle at the South Melbourne Town Hall last night.

Inspired by his childhood suburb of Mentone, Eddie performed a series of songs (with some anecdotes in between) that were all amusing, charming and beautiful. The entire audience was aware they were in the presence of something very special, and right to the end when Eddie conducted the audience while we sang the chorus of his final song, we were on his side every step of the way. A pleasure to watch.

The whole performance was…well…perfect!

Mary Poppins

SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!

Yes, I now know how to spell this word thanks to the brilliant Australian cast of Mary Poppins. Seeing this production was a like a breath of fresh air. It’s a beautifully smooth, incredibly rich, highly emotional, astoundingly energetic, purely magical, and deliciously clever show that had me dancing in my seat with a massive grin on my face.

What a delight to see a show like this live. Highly recommended.

To The Theatre!

Goodbye North Melbourne Town Hall!

Hello Melbourne Recital Centre!

Victorian Opera’s Julius Caesar has now moved away from the rehearsal space, and are now in the theatre with our full set, costumes and lights. This is the moment where everything we’ve said will have to “wait until we get into the theatre” now must be worked out.

Because the set is so much taller than the space we’ve been rehearsing in, naturally some things need to be slightly altered. Pulling around curtains that are 9 metres high takes a little more time!

We have five working days until opening night. So now all our time is spent ironing out the creases and making this show as smooth and beautiful as possible.

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