Under the inspired direction of Kenney Ogilvie, the current production by Mosman Musical Society is the darkly satirical URINETOWN.
The Zenith Theatre has been transformed into a darkly menacing city, where a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets in a world wracked by ecological disaster. The citizens are required to use public amenities, all managed by a single malevolent company, the Urine Good Company (UGC) that avariciously profits, led by Caldwell Cladwell, by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. It is supported by a corrupt government and police force. Continue reading MOSMAN MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘URINETOWN’ @ ZENITH THEATRE, CHATSWOOD→
Above: Charles McComb as Roger. Featured image: the full ensemble sing ‘Seasons Of Love’
Giacomo Puccini, was the composer of La Boheme the opera on which the musical RENT is based. He adored the chance to present confronting plots with a range of characters, as well as scenes both joyous and tragic. He wedded music to an operatic libretto which demanded naturalistic performances dripping in genuine chemistry.
Puccini would love this visceral and evocative Rockdale Musical Society production of RENT as deftly directed by Kate Berger. The clear treatment of Jonathan Larson’s score by musical director David Lang would also titillate Puccini’s musical drama palette, which savoured purely atmospheric soundscapes over which a tapestry of exuberant and decaying energies were colourfully contrasted.
Rockdale Musical Society’s wintry 2017 RENT succeeds amongst assorted attempts by community theatre contemporaries due to the fiercely believable quality which imbues all singing, and action on the stage. Many of the main characters are superbly well cast and chemistry between the main Bohemists struggling to find love and avoid death in a poor and drug-filled neighbourhood cuts keenly. Continue reading ROCKDALE MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘RENT’ @ ROCKDALE TOWN HALL→
YOUTH will probably be wasted on the young. No CGI, witless banter, jejune and juvenile jesting. Just a couple of old geezers, a composer and a film maker, reminiscing and grappling with the here and now, which includes a relationship breakup between their children – the composer’s daughter and the director’s son- the weight of memory and the responsibility of the present.
With YOUTH, Paolo Sorrentino has chosen to tell the story of a man of eighty who is trying to come to terms with the realisation that his time is rapidly running out. But the film is, above all, the story of the friendship between two old men who are trying to look together towards the future, at their relationship with their children and with those who are younger than they are, and deal with life from a different perspective. Continue reading YOUTH→
Rockdale Musical Society with a very well chosen cast, is revisiting this Sondheim classic, for the first time since its production in 1994.
How far would you go, to make your wish come true? INTO THE WOODS challenges our perceptions of what makes a fairy tale, by taking many of those well-remembered classic fairy tale characters (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk and many more) and sends them all into the woods, all at the same time. Continue reading INTO THE WOODS @ Rockdale Town Hall→
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