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MAMMA MIA! @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

Packemin’s latest production MAMMA MIA! sure did pack them in – the audience at the performance I attended was almost full to capacity .

One of the world’s favourite feel-good musicals takes us to a stunning little Greek island , telling the story of a young woman’s ( Sophie ), search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s wish to discover the identity of her father means three men from her mother Donna’s past ( Sam , Harry and Bill) return to the island they last visited 20 years ago ,with the narrative told via appropriate ABBA songs .

Slickly co-directed by Jessica Fallico and Jordan Vassallo, with sensational leads and a huge ensemble supporting cast, the musical begins on a sunny jetty where Sophie (Bell) tentatively posts three wedding invitations to the trio of her possible fathers. What follows is fast paced as it is driven by the deadline for preparations for the looming wedding as well as Sophie trying to discover who her father is and various complications that arise. Mamma Mia! also includes fantastic roles for older women, manages to portray long term female friendships, and oozes compassion as well as focusing on the mother-daughter relationship. Continue reading MAMMA MIA! @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

LEGALLY BLONDE: HIDDEN LAYERS OF INSPIRATION

Production photos: Grant Leslie

OMG you guys , it’s PINK!

Packemin’s production of LEGALLY BLONDE at Riverside Theatres Parramatta explodes on to the stage and takes off like a rocket. Directed by Jessica Fallico and with a very strong cast led by Mikayla Williams as Elle, this show is full of relentless turbo charged energy.

Hot and steamy in parts, while seemingly bright and superficial the show is actually inspirational and full of hidden layers of meaning – examining the interweaving of chauvinism, gender expectations and the law.  And what would you do for love? Based on the novel LEGALLY BLONDE by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name , the musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a seemingly ditzy sorority student who enrols at Harvard Law School (complete with purse pooch her chihuahua Bruiser), in an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner ( played here by Joshua Keane). Continue reading LEGALLY BLONDE: HIDDEN LAYERS OF INSPIRATION

SHREK THE MUSICAL: FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

SHREK THE MUSICAL
Photos: Grant Leslie (Perfect Images Photography)

The Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film SHREK was brought to life on the stage of Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre as SHREK THE MUSICAL . Presented by Packemin Productions [Facebook] , the dynamic and diverse cast starred Play School’s loveable Jay Laga’aia as lead Ogre Shrek and acclaimed comedy and musical theatre performer Luke Joslin as the vain and bragging Lord Farquaad. Continue reading SHREK THE MUSICAL: FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY