Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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ENTER NOW - for a chance to win a FREE Musical Giveaway from Music Theatre International

With our partners, AMICI Trust, Junior Theatre New Zealand & MTNZ, MTI Australasia is excited to announce a unique opportunity and provide a school that lacks an Arts Programs with the FREE training and materials necessary to present a Broadway Junior™ musical in their school.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

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SPOTLIGHT on Napier Operatic Society (NZ)

With a history that stretches back over 125 years, Napier Operatic Society (New Zealand) is a fascinating study in success. To support the high quality of their prolific output, the company maintains an extensive list of volunteers, has their own workshop to build sets and even runs a Theatre School to continually provide the next generation of theatre practitioners.

Between opening the latest Napier Operatic Society show, attending conferences and opening her own school show, Napier Operatic Society Secretary Sonya Aifai found time to share some of the company’s secrets of success.

Read on to learn more about which shows sold themselves, which shows have been tougher to sell, and which show brought in a large contingent of Samoan newcomers

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Friday, September 25, 2015

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'VIOLET' Presented by Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Manipulative villainess or plucky survivor? Wickedly wanton woman or innocent baker of pies? Mrs Lovett, of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s malevolently masterful musical SWEENEY TODD, is a fiendishly multifaceted character. The role has attracted the very cream of the world’s leading music theatre actresses. Read on for a look into what makes this devilish character tick.

Angela Lansbury created the role of Mrs Lovett in the original 1979 Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD. She shared her recollections of that special time interviews to promote the re-release of the original cast recording.

In London with Sondheim, Director Hal Prince wired Lansbury in Ireland to invite her to join the cast of the new musical, writing “Stephen Sondheim and I are planning a production of The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Would you be interested in coming on board with us?” Lansbury knew of the mythical title character but nothing about her role. She wrote back, “Doing what? This is a story a demon barber of Fleet Street. Who is Mrs Lovett?” Back in New York, Sondheim played Lansbury Mrs Lovett’s opening song, “Worst Pies in London,” and, seeing the cockney humour that they had built in to the project, she was on board.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

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With a starring role in a high profile Australian tour and a freshly minted debut album, Alex Rathgeber is riding high.

Unwinding in his dressing room after a matinee with a refreshing brew of The Five Vocal Tea, Rathgeber shared his insights, recollections and future dreams. Read on to discover the famous stars he has worked with, the worst audition he ever had, and the time he was forbidden to be in a musical.

Rathgeber has recently won a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role, for his performance as charming, love-struck broker Billy Crocker in ANYTHING GOES. “It’s a really lovely thing to be recognised, especially three weeks after we’ve opened. For the whole show to be nominated nine times in different categories and to get that kind of celebration happening when we’re so new has just been a really nice thing for everyone.”

Alex Rathgeber and Caroline O'Connor
ANYTHING GOES, Opera Australia and John Frost
Photo by Jeff Busby


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