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Musical Theatre 2017 SEASON


Welcome to the 2017 Season As we embark on a new year, the Musical Theatre department welcomes you with enthusiasm and excitement to some of the most spectacular performances produced by its students. Sweet Charity, 2016 Front cover: 3rd Year Singing concert, 2016


We are delighted to welcome you to the Musical Theatre 2017 season presented by Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Queensland Conservatorium presents more than 250 events throughout the year at our main campus in the heart of Brisbane’s South Bank, at the Burke Street Studios in Woolloongabba and on our Gold Coast campus. Musical Theatre at Queensland Conservatorium has established a reputation as a provider of quality productions that are coupled with high-level learning outcomes for our students. As we embark on a new year, the musical theatre department welcomes you with enthusiasm and excitement to some of the most spectacular performances produced by its students. As you browse through this year’s season brochure, we hope you’ll be inspired by a number of events across our students’ jam-packed program. The events this year include staged productions of I Love You, You’re

Perfect, Now Change and West Side Story; workshop productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Con2TheCabaret and Fame – The Musical; musicales and singing concerts (in-house at our theatre in Woolloongabba and St John’s Cathedral), a Winter Audition Workshop, Summer School and two interstate tours. We’re also delighted to be joining the Queensland Pops Orchestra again for a musical theatre concert at QPAC as well as in Toowoomba.

We look forward to welcoming you to our performances and events throughout the year, and to sharing our passion for musical theatre. Professor Scott Harrison Director Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Associate Professor Paul Sabey Head of Performing Arts Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

At the end of the year we will farewell our 3rd year students as they present their final showcase. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to introduce these talented young professionals in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as at home here in Brisbane. For further information about the productions, audition workshop, summer school, the students or the course, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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3rd Year Musicale 3rd year students Come and join us for an evening of song from these talented students. DATES Thursday 16 March, 7.30 pm Friday 17 March, 7.30 pm Saturday 18 March, 7.30 pm TICKETS Adult $15 Concession $8 Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au VENUE Burke Street Studio Theatre 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

The Secret Garden, 2016 2


60th Anniversary Gala All students Join the musical theatre department and the entire Queensland Conservatorium ​for the 2017 Gala as we celebrate 60 years of making beautiful music. Whatever your taste in music, this evening is sure to delight. DATE Friday 31 March, 7.30 pm TICKETS Adult $40 Concession $33 Students/Groups/QCGU alumni $15 Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Conservatorium Theatre Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank

Con2TheCabaret, 2016 3


Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, 2016 4


I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change 3rd year students Director: Sue Rider Musical Director: Heidi Loveland Choreographer: Helena Moore Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit. The second-longest running Off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a brilliantly funny, fast-paced series of songs and vignettes about modern love and relationships. This deliciously quirky revue moves from the perils and pitfalls of the first date, to marriage, babies, family road-trips and looking for love in the twilight years of life — all with wit, insight and frightening familiarity! This production contains adult themes and strong language

BRISBANE SEASON

MELBOURNE SEASON

SYDNEY SEASON

DATES Tuesday 11 April, 7.30 pm Wednesday 12 April, 7.30 pm Thursday 13 April, 7.30 pm Saturday 15 April, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm

DATES Thursday 20 April, 7.30 pm Friday 21 April, 7.30 pm Saturday 22 April, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm

DATES Thursday 27 April, 7.30 pm Friday 28 April, 7.30 pm Saturday 29 April, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm

TICKETS Adult $33 Concession $21.50 Student/Group $11.50 Book queenslandconservatorium .com.au or qtix 136 246

TICKETS Adult $33 Concession $21.50 Student/Group $11.50 Book queenslandconservatorium .com.au or qtix 136 246

VENUE Chapel off Chapel 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran

VENUE Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre 1 – 25 Harbour Street, Sydney

TICKETS Adult $33 Concession $21.50 Student/Group $11.50 Book queenslandconservatorium .com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Burke Street Studio Theatre 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE Book and Lyrics by

JOE DIPIETRO

Music by

JIMMY ROBERTS

Originally Produced in New York by

JAMES HAMMERSTEIN, BERNIE KUKOFF AND JONATHAN POLLARD Original Direction by

JOEL BISHOFF Originally produced by the American Stage Company James N. Vagias, Executive Producer “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of R&H Theatricals, www.rnh.com

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It's Us Now!, 2016 6


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 2nd year students Director: Penny Farrow Musical Director: Trevor Jones Choreographer: Ben Mayne 'Go west, young man!' America is expanding and frontiersmen are pushing westward on the Oregon Trail. However, women aren't travelling westward in the same numbers and wives are in short supply. In Oregon Territory, Adam Pontipee travels from his backwoods home to find a bride in the lower township. When Adam arrives back home with his new wife Millie, his six rowdy brothers hatch a plan to get brides of their own. Adapted from the MGM movie musical of the same name, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an energetic, classic romantic comedy.

DATES Saturday 6 May, 7.30 pm Monday 8 May, 7.30 pm Tuesday 9 May, 7.30 pm Wednesday 10 May, 7.30 pm Thursday 11 May, 7.30 pm Friday 12 May, 7.30 pm Saturday 13 May, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm TICKETS Adult $33 Concession $21.50 Student/Group $11.50 Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Burke Street Studio Theatre 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Book by

LAWRENCE KASHA and DAVID LANDAY JOHNNY MERCER

GENE de PAUL

AL KASHA and JOEL HIRSCHHORN

Based on a MGM Film and “The Sobbin’ Women” by Stephen Vincent Benet

Originally Directed for Broadway by LAWRENCE KASHA Originally Produced on Broadway by KASLAN PRODUCTIONS, INC Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

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Con2TheCabaret 2nd year students Director: Megan Shorey Musical Director: Trevor Jones Second year musical theatre students present a blend of traditional, contemporary and never-before heard arrangements of some of the world’s most evocative and treasured songs. This production contains adult themes and strong language

DATES Friday 2 June, 7.30 pm Saturday 3 June, 7.30 pm Thursday 8 June, 7.30 pm Friday 9 June, 7.30 pm Saturday 10 June, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm TICKETS Adult $33 Concession $21.50 Student/Group $11.50 Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Burke Street Studio Theatre 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba Sweet Charity, 2016 8


Audition Workshop This week-long audition workshop is for performers in Years 11, 12 and beyond who want to develop their musical theatre auditioning skills. Participants will work with our expert musical theatre staff in intensive group lessons and learn the essentials of auditioning processes, etiquette and material selection. Participants will learn a simple dance routine, take part in mock auditions and hear from industry professionals about their own audition experiences. An essential experience for those preparing for a career in musical theatre. DATE Monday 26 – Friday 30 June COURSE FEES $550 TO APPLY VISIT griffith.edu.au/musical-theatre-workshops VENUE Burke Street Studios 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba Our Country's Good, 2016 9


BASED ON A CONCEPTION OF JEROME ROBBINS BOOK BY

ARTHUR LAURENTS

MUSIC BY

LYRICS BY

LEONARD STEPHEN BERNSTEIN SONDHEIM

ENTIRE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY

JEROME ROBBINS ORIGINALLY PRODUCED ON BROADWAY BY ROBERT E. GRIFFITH AND HAROLD S. PRINCE. BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ROGER L. STEVENS LICENSED EXCLUSIVELY BY MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (AUSTRALASIA). ALL PERFORMANCE MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY HAL LEONARD AUSTRALIA. 10


West Side Story All students Director: Kris Stewart Conductor: Peter Morris Musical Director: Heidi Loveland Choreographer: Chris Horsey Set Designer: Shaun Gurton Lighting Designer: Nigel Levings Set in 1950s New York and inspired by Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is a tale of two star-crossed lovers caught between warring street gangs the ‘American’ Jets and ‘Puerto Rican’ Sharks. Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story’s legendary score blends jazz, latin and classical inspiration to create classic musical theatre numbers including Tonight, Something’s Coming, I Feel Pretty and America.

DATES Thursday 27 July, 7.30 pm Friday 28 July, 7.30 pm Saturday 29 July, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm Wednesday 2 August, 1.00 pm Thursday 3 August, 7.30 pm Friday 4 August, 7.30 pm Saturday 5 August, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm TICKETS Adult $40 Concession $33 Student/Group $15 Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Conservatorium Theatre Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank

Undoubtedly one of the greatest dance musicals ever written, West Side Story shows that the knife of passion can cut deep.

The Life, 2016 11


3rd Year Musicale 3rd year students Come and join us for an evening of song from these talented final year students. DATES Thursday 31 August, 7.30 pm Friday 1 September, 7.30 pm Saturday 2 September, 7.30 pm TICKETS Adult $15 Concession $8 Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au VENUE Burke Street Studio Theatre 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, 2016 12


Auditions for 2018 Auditions will take place for the 2018 Bachelor of Musical Theatre and Bachelor of Acting programs during the week commencing Monday 25 September. DATES Monday 25 – Friday 29 September TO APPLY FOR A PLACE IN 2018 VISIT griffith.edu.au/musicaltheatre griffith.edu.au/acting FOR AUDITION INFORMATION VISIT griffith.edu.au/conservatorium-auditions VENUE Burke Street Studios 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

NEW IN 2018

Bachelor of Acting

It's Us Now!, 2016 13


Sweet Charity, 2016 14


Class of 2017 Musical Theatre Showcase 3rd year students Producer: Paul Sabey Creative Direction: Paul Sabey, Megan Shorey & Kate Wilson Pianist: Heidi Loveland A delicious taste of some of the industry's most rich and moving repertoire in vignettes of song, dance and scene. Superbly crafted to create a talent-packed, one-hour show that puts the spotlight firmly on the graduating class of 2017. This production contains adult themes and strong language

BRISBANE SHOWCASE

MELBOURNE SHOWCASE

SYDNEY SHOWCASE

DATES Tuesday 26 September, 7.30 pm Wednesday 27 September, 7.30 pm Thursday 28 September, 7.30 pm Friday 29 September, 7.30 pm Saturday 30 September, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm

DATES Monday 16 October, 7.30 pm Tuesday 17 October, 7.30 pm

DATES Thursday 19 October, 7.30 pm Friday 20 October, 7.30 pm

TICKETS Adult $33 Concession $21.50 Student/Group $11.50 Book queenslandconservatorium .com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Burke Street Studio Theatre 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

Industry only performance, contact the musical theatre department for invitations. Tuesday 17 October, 1.00 pm TICKETS Adult $25 Book queenslandconservatorium .com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Chapel off Chapel 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran

Industry only performance, contact the musical theatre department for invitations. Friday 20 October, 1.00 pm TICKETS Adult $25 Book queenslandconservatorium .com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Richard Wherrett Studio Roslyn Packer Theatre 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

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Broadway and Beyond Queensland Pops Orchestra with special guest Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Musical Theatre students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Conductor: Patrick Pickett After a stunning debut with Queensland Pops Orchestra in 2016, our super-talented singing troupe makes a much-anticipated return to the stage in this concert of hit songs from the shows. With one of Australia’s brightest stars, Teddy Tahu Rhodes as special guest, this is a concert for the whole family to enjoy. DATES & VENUES Saturday 7 October, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm Concert Hall, QPAC Sunday 8 October, 2.30 pm Empire Theatre, Toowoomba TICKETS Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au

Queensland Pops Orchestra concert, 2016 16


Fame – The Musical 2nd year students Director: Sue Rider Musical Director: Trevor Jones Choreographer: Helena Moore First came the movie, next the TV series and then the stage musical. Fame is the highenergy musical phenomenon that has us all wearing legwarmers, leotards and headbands! Follow the highs and lows of a group of students at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts, as they pursue their dreams, challenge themselves and each other, and discover that there is more to life as a successful performer than simply knowing the music and the steps.

DATES Tuesday 14 November, 7.30 pm Wednesday 15 November, 7.30 pm Thursday 16 November, 7.30 pm Friday 17 November, 7.30 pm Saturday 18 November, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm TICKETS Adult $33 Concession $21.50 Student/Group $11.50 Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE Burke Street Studio Theatre 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

This production contains adult themes and strong language

FAME THE MUSICAL Conceived and Developed by

David De Silva Book by

José Fernandez

Lyrics by

Jacques Levy

Music by

Steve Margoshes

Title song “Fame” written by

Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

Sweet Charity, 2016 17


Celebrating a Musical Christmas, 2016 18


Celebrating a Musical Christmas All students In partnership with St John’s Cathedral Producer: Paul Sabey Musical theatre department staff and students celebrate Christmas through music and drama in the stunning surrounds of St John’s Cathedral. DATES Wednesday 6 December, 7.30 pm Thursday 7 December, 7.30 pm TICKETS Adult $30 Concession $20 Book queenslandconservatorium.com.au or qtix 136 246 VENUE St John’s Cathedral 373 Ann Street, Brisbane

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Musical Theatre Summer School 2018 Ages 13 and above If you have a passion for musical theatre, why not come and join us for a week of singing, dancing, acting and performance? During the 5-day course, students will work with some of the country’s top musical theatre specialists in both class and rehearsal for the end-of-week public showing. DATES Monday 15 - Friday 19 January 2018, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Friday 19 January 6.00 pm – Public Showing of the work produced over the week. COURSE FEES $520 TO APPLY VISIT griffith.edu.au/musical-theatre-workshops VENUE Burke Street Studio Theatre 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

Queensland Tourism Awards film shoot, 2016 20


Venue Information Queensland Conservatorium - Performing Arts

DISABILITY ACCESS Our Woolloongabba venue is fully accessible for mobile, vision or hearing impaired patrons. For wheelchair access and assistance, contact us Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm on (07) 3735 3224.

Photography by Nick Morrisey. Queensland Pops Orchestra concert image supplied by Queensland Pops Orchestra

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Park Road Train Station

Burke St

Ipswich

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Albert St

Dibley St

Elliott St

TRANSPORT Limited on street parking is available on Burke Street and the surrounding streets. We recommend taking a train to Park Road station, the studio is approximately a three minute walk from the station.

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8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba The Burke Street Studio Theatre and the musical theatre department are located at our Woolloongabba studios.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure program details are correct at the time of printing, details are subject to change where necessary, and without notice. Please check queenslandconservatorium.com.au for updated event information. 21


For further information please contact Musical Theatre Department 07 3735 3224 musical.theatre@griffith.edu.au griffith.edu.au/musicaltheatre queenslandconservatorium.com.au

Queensland Tourism Awards film shoot, 2016

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