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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


Joe Kalou as Jesus

Neil Gooding and Packemin Productions have brought a sensational version of this ‘rock opera’ to Parramatta Riverside Theatres. The strong, powerful production is fresh and vibrant and simultaneously full of great attention to detail and yes respectful too even though perhaps a touch controversial in a couple of aspects.          Continue reading JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA


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


Mikayla Williams as Princess Fiona in production and in rehearsal.

Mikayla Williams is just slightly busy in the leadup to Opening Night for SHREK THE MUSICAL.  After we have a bit of chat about her role as Princess Fiona in the show about to open at Riverside Theatres, she’s flying off.  Literally.  The rigging is set and the harness in place so this better be quick … no pressure really as Mikayla is warm and friendly and loves sharing her joy in the character.  Continue reading PRINCESS FIONA’S OTHER OTHER SELF: MIKAYLA WILLIAMS


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


Production photography by Grant Leslie.

Meow. Aurilophiles rejoice! The Concourse at Chatswood at the moment is alive with cats – oozing rivers of them, exploring, crawling , stretching, entwining around your feet…

Yes, this is the much loved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on TS Elliot’s poems in a very impressive staging. The cast perform with power, passion and commitment. Cameron Boxall and Kira Nelson’s choreography is based on and generally sticks to the original; snazzy, tight,  and demanding. Continue reading PACKEMIN PRESENTS CATS @ THE CONCOURSE, CHATSWOOD

Packemin Productions Presents Mary Poppins @ Riverside Theatre, Parramatta


Packemin’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production of MARY POPPINS is currently wowing ecstatic, cheering full houses at Parramatta Riverside. Bright, bold and colourful, it is an absolute treat.

This show is the now-standard much loved Disney/Cameron Macintosh version, slightly amended/trimmed from the London version which was seen here at the Capitol several years ago now. Matthew Bourne’s choreography is not retained but rather altered and adapted by Camilla Jakimowicz. Yes there are still the allusions to his Swan Lake. Continue reading Packemin Productions Presents Mary Poppins @ Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

The Phantom of the Opera @ The Riverside


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA , Lloyd-Webber’s musical based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux , opened in 1986 in London. By 2011 it had been seen by over 130 million people in 145 cities in 27 countries, and it is now one of the world’s most popular musicals. Most of the performances of this season at Parramatta are extremely heavily booked, if not already sold out.

Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera @ The Riverside