Tag Archives: Luke Joslin

IN THE HEIGHTS. DANCIN’ SINGIN’ CELEBRATIN’

Production images: Clare Hawley

Not so such much a runaway hit as a stay-in-the-neighbourhood hit, IN THE HEIGHTS as directed by Luke Joslin brings a Washington Heights alive in a vibrant, energetic production with the closeness of community at its heart.  No mean feat on a stage as wide as the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.   We love our House and audiences always have a sense of occasion in the iconic building but this was beyond expectations.  A night to bring the whole audience to their feet after a show that vibrates the barrio with brio onstage and brass behind.

The show was conceived, and has music and lyrics, by Lin-Manuel Miranda with the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Joslin directed the show at Hayes Theatre last year.  This production has many cast in common and shares musical direction from Lucy Bermingham and choreography from Amy Campbell.  It was a bona-fide hit then.  And will be now. Continue reading IN THE HEIGHTS. DANCIN’ SINGIN’ CELEBRATIN’

Hitting the Heights at the Hayes

Ryan Gonzalez as Usnavi in Blue Saint Productions’ IN THE HEIGHTS                             Photography: Grant Leslie

IN THE HEIGHTS playing at the Hayes Theatre is a stunning success.  There’s brio is the barrio and blood on the keyboard in this driving, pulsing, fast-paced offering from Blue Saint Productions. It’s a skyrocket of a show as it speeds through with firecracker dancing, singing and musicianship. Continue reading Hitting the Heights at the Hayes

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

WHOA DONKEY!: SHREK’S COMING TO RIVERSIDE

Jay Laga’aia is SHREK in Packemin’s show coming to Riverside

Packemin Productions and Riverside Theatres are presenting SHREK THE MUSICAL ( based on the beloved DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig)

Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Continue reading WHOA DONKEY!: SHREK’S COMING TO RIVERSIDE

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG : A HOOT FROM BEGINNING TO END

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of London’s Mischief Theatre, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is a hysterical loving bouquet to the world of amateur theatre and what can go wrong; a succession of missed cues, lost dogs and props, slapstick, the drinking of turps instead of whiskey,pratfalls, ‘drying’, squashed hands, mangled lines, missed cues, revolving doors, fake snow and melodramatic red lighting.

The play’s conceit is based on the attempts of the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society to perform the 1920s murder mystery The Murder at Haversham Manor.  

Even before the show officially begins there are problems. On stage, the crew is trying to tape the mantelpiece back to the wall, with help from an audience member.
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PINOCCHIO

Nathan O'Keefe and Danielle Catanzaritti in Windmill Theatre Company's PINOCCHIO
Nathan O’Keefe and Danielle Catanzaritti in Windmill Theatre Company’s PINOCCHIO. Pic Brett Boardman

‘Are you brave enough to be real’?

A fabulous bright bold and colourful re telling of this much loved Carlo Collodi story for all ages that enchants .Yes , this is still a very moral story , of a little puppet who wants to be real , about not telling lies , with the extendable nose and there is also a subtle anti-bullying message.

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THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND

When you put together five very talented actors, four of whom have acquired the unique skill of manipulating puppets to perfectly reflect the speech, movements and mannerisms of well-known television characters, and add witty dialogue which rises at times to being belly-achingly funny, you have good entertainment.

The play, written by Thomas Duncan-Watt and Jonathan Worsley,and well directed by Neil Gooding and Luke Joslin, is quite openly built around the award winning television  series, “The Golden Girls”.