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IF/THEN. GATHER YOUR MANY SELVES FOR A WONDERFUL NIGHT AT THE THEATRE

If Theatre & Company are not very, very careful they are going to get a reputation as star makers. IF/THEN, the company’s first production for 2019, brings Sydney theatre-goers another stunning female lead in Jocelyn O’Brien.  O’Brien has an impressive resume but bursts bright as a bona-fide star in this production where her energy, voice and subtle characterization helm a show which necessarily falls, or in this case soars, on the strength of the lead.

The show tells the story of Elizabeth, whose what/if splits her into Beth and into Liz in a moment of decision and indecision.  A divorce has brought Elizabeth, an urban planner, back to NYC and as she meets friends in the park, her one life becomes two … as separate as apartments yet, in both universes, her relationships are as complex as a squatters collective.  Continue reading IF/THEN. GATHER YOUR MANY SELVES FOR A WONDERFUL NIGHT AT THE THEATRE

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: SHOCKINGLY GOOD FUN FROM ROCKDALE MS

Rockdale Musical Society’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a deadly, under-fed, big green plant load of fun.  It’s got some great singing and acting and lots of well-loved songs, great thought and execution in the tech and a really lovely vibe about the audience and foyer.  This is community theatre that shines.

Before the show there are some very naughty skid row residents in the auditorium who, to the delight of the children, are throwing stuff at people and generally being loud and skid row-ish.  There’s lots of community support here as the crowd goes wild when the overture starts, right on time I might say!  The first thing one notices about Rockdale Musical Theatre’s production of LITTLE SHOW OF HORRORS is the quality of the tech.  The Star Wars inspired lyrics scroll up the screen and then we meet our guides to this story. A girl group.  Crystal , Chiffon and Ronette and beginning with their ‘Da-Doo’ they are going to be very important to our enjoyment of the macabre fun of a people-eating plant, innocently raised by Seymour. Continue reading LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: SHOCKINGLY GOOD FUN FROM ROCKDALE MS

Bye Bye Birdie @ The Reginald

Nancye Hayes and Jay James Moody in BYE BYE BIRDIE @ the Hayes
Nancye Hayes and Jay James Moody in BYE BYE BIRDIE @ the Hayes. Pics by Amelia Burns.

Squabbalogic’s inaugural presentation of  MYSTERY .MUSICAL – a one-of-a-kind venture within Sydney’s music theatre scene,  where audiences are treated to a staged reading and singing of a top secret musical theatre classic, played for just two sold out performances on Saturday 25th January 2015 at Squabbalogic’s home, the Reginald Theatre at the Seymour Centre.

A very talented cast of the inaugural Mystery Musical, all jumped on board, without knowing the show or the role that they would be offered. Squabbalogic’s MYSTERY MUSICAL starred JOHANNA ALLEN (Wicked), BLAKE ERICKSON (Forbidden Broadway), JESSICA JAMES-MOODY (Reefer Madness!), JOSIE LANE (Miracle City), MICHELE LANSDOWN (Drowsy Chaperone), GARRY SCALE (Carrie), ROWAN WITT (South Pacific), and the one and only NANCYE HAYES.

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