November’s Jesus Christ Superstar Production Cancelled

Due to Covid restrictions AMTC’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar was to be postponed till late 2022.  However, as luck would have it, next year is the 50th Anniversary of Superstar.  The company holding the rights to the show have advised AMTC it is withholding permission for community based productions for at least 2022, with a view of the show being performed professionally.  AMTC will again seek rights for Jesus Christ Superstar as soon as possible, but it will not be until 2023.  

Losing the option to produce Jesus Christ Superstar for the Shoalhaven will open up opportunities for other shows.  Please regularly check this website or AMTC’s Facebook page for news of upcoming shows, the first being Annie in May 2022!

Newsletters

Did you know AMTC is now publishing a regular Newsletter?  There are 4 ways to stay up to date with AMTC news:

  1. Our Facebook Page
  2. This website
  3. Our Newsletters
  4. Word of mouth

Some of these methods are better (and far more accurate) than others.  The Newsletter offers a great summary of what has recently happened, and what is coming.  There is a Newsletter Tab at the top of this page – click on it!

Musical Theatre Workshops Now Closed

Thank you to all those performers who submitted an EOI for the Musical Theatre Workshops 1 and 2. We are happy to say we can accommodate each of you, other than those who are currently in lockdown areas and unable to travel to Nowra. There will be an email to you with details about the workshop days. We look forward to including you for a day/s of fun filled experiences with our presenters.

For anyone interested in the third workshop focused on working with disabilities in the theatre, please contact Emma directly.  Contact details are in the previous posting.

Musical Theatre Workshop Opportunity

 

 

 

 

AMTC, in association with Create NSW are very pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to participate in Musical Theatre Workshops in Nowra. 

We are offering 3 independent workshops covering different aspects of musical theatre.  These workshops will be presented by 2 industry professionals and NIDA graduates –


Emma Hawthorne
Emma Hawthorne (to see her web page, click here), and 

Nigel Turner-Carroll

Nigel Turner-Carroll (to see his website, click here)

Workshop 1 – Singer / Dancer / Actor – 8th August (8 Hours)

Being a triple threat is essential for Musical Theatre. This masterclass will help you to develop your skills in singing, acting, dancing as well as threading these skills together. You do not need to be confident in all three disciplines to participate, in fact, we encourage you to participate if you are looking to improve a particular skill set. This masterclass will give you the tools and techniques that can assist you in becoming a more confident and diverse performer. Come with an open mind, a willingness to try, and be ready to be challenged. Know that you will be in a supportive and encouraging environment as you take your performance skills to the next level.

Cost – $25 includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea

Workshop 2 – Audition Technique – 15th August (8 hours)

The Musical Theatre audition can be daunting as there are so many skills required for musical productions. In this mock audition-style workshop you will build the tools and techniques to feel more confident, prepared and present in auditions. We want you to leave this workshop feeling empowered and excited for auditions as well as demystifying some of the myths and confusion around auditions. In the workshop we will do some audition technique, a mock style audition in dance, singing, and acting, as well as providing personalised feedback to improve your audition technique. Please note, you do not need to be confident in all three disciplines to participate, in fact, we encourage you to participate if you are looking to improve a particular skill set. There are a diverse range of roles in musicals, and you might be exactly the puzzle piece that is needed. Come with an open mind, a willingness to try, and be ready to be challenged. Know that you will be in a supportive and encouraging environment as you take your audition technique to the next level.

Cost – $25 includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea

Workshop 3 – Workshop for ALL Abilities – 17th August (2 hours)

This Musical Theatre Workshop is for adults with all Abilities. This inclusive 2 hour workshop involves working with a professional choreographer and director to learn some basic musical theatre skills including singing, dancing, and acting. At the end of the workshop we will put together a short, fun performance. Please note, carers and disability support workers are most welcome and encouraged to attend. There will also be a free afternoon tea included. Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.

Carers are welcome to attend. No cost.

Bookings for Workshop 3 can only be made by contacting Emma on 0412421395.

Expression of Interest

How do you get involved? 

Simple submit an expression of interest by completing our “Musical Theatre Workshops Expression of Interest Form” – click here.

Extra things you need to know –

* Applications close 5pm on Sunday 1st August 2021
* Applicants must be 15 or over
* Successful applicants will be phoned or emailed after the closing date. It will be assumed you are available on the date of your selected Workshop/s.
* Successful applicants will be advised location (in Nowra) and payment arrangements
* For further information, please email secretary@amtc.org.au

 

 

SELL OUT doesn’t mean Sold Out

A message from the director of Alice In Wonderland

“When you go on the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre website to book your tickets there is a sign … AVAILABILITY EXHAUSTED!

So in other words FULL HOUSE!

Very exciting!

However due to government restrictions we have had to move to 50% capacity. We are hoping this will change as we get closer to the show. Meanwhile keep checking back to the SEC as refunds continue to be dealt with and more tickets become available. Definitely put your names on the wait list! So everybody keep those fingers and toes crossed and enjoy the sunshine. Keep the spirit of Alice alive!”

Julia Armstrong

New Alice Dates Announced

New Dates for Alice In Wonderland have been announced, following negotiations between AMTC and The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.
 
You can now dive down the rabbit hole on Friday 30 July 7pm, Saturday 31 July, 2pm (NB: new time) and Saturday 31 July, 7pm.
 
Tickets for the previously scheduled dates are now valid for the above rescheduled dates.
 
Those patrons with booked seats should have heard from the SEC re: new ticket arrangements.  Please check your email for further information, including the new dates and times, and your options if you are unable to make it.  Alternatively you can contact the SEC for further information.
 
 

Alice delays her trip to Wonderland

Facing another bump in the road to Wonderland, Albatross Musical Theatre company have sadly had to postpone next weekend’s performances of Alice in Wonderland due to the recent government health advices and seating restrictions.

Not to be deterred, or to disappoint the 70 children who have their songs, lines and cues well memorised and rehearsed, or the 60 or so adults who are involved in the behind-the-scenes side of the production, the show must go on.

Producer Julie Fraser has been in discussions with the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and is hoping to secure dates for later in July.

“We were pleased with the number of bookings that we had secured for our shows on 2 and 3 July and the Saturday matinee was close to being sold out.  We hope that by rescheduling that people will still be able to support us and come and see this wonderful show.”

“Rescheduling a show isn’t as easy as just changing the dates.  Venue hire contracts, timetables for rehearsals, engaging technical specialists, budgets, advertising and promotions all have to be revised and communicated to those involved.  It’s almost like starting again.”

“All the sets, costumes and props are ready to go and our children are very resilient and are excited still in the hope of bringing the show to the Shoalhaven.  AMTC will continue with a COVID safe rehearsal this week to help keep the momentum alive.”

The Alice in Wonderland production team will advise the public as soon as possible as to the new confirmed dates.  Those who have already bought tickets will be contacted by the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in due course to either have the money refunded or transferred to the new dates. 

Come down the rabbit hole for school holiday fun

A white rabbit who is always late, a tea party that never ends, a caucus race to nowhere, a cat that grins, a game of flamingo croquet and… who did steal the Queen’s tarts?  Such madness could only mean one thing, Alice is in Wonderland.

The much-loved tale by Lewis Carroll is being retold in an amazing new musical set to thrill school holiday audiences this July at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.

Alice in Wonderland is being performed by the cast of Junior Albatross Musicals, the AMTC junior program and features 70 talented children from local schools in the Shoalhaven aged between 10-15 years.

The show, with new music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, literally takes you down the rabbit hole (with use of special green screen effects) and you will see Alice and all your favourite Wonderland characters come to life.

Director Julia Armstrong, recent recipient of the Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to Performing Arts in the Shoalhaven, is thrilled with the dedication of the 2021 cast and crew.  “Alice in Wonderland is the first JAM production since Aladdin Jr in October 2019.  Everyone has been working continuously to bring this production together and promises to be a fantastic show.  I am extremely proud of the children for their dedication, talent and hard work.”

At one stage the show almost didn’t go on with the loss of the AMTC workshop earlier in the year.  Julia said “We appealed to the community to help find a new space – the Shoalhaven City Council granted us use of the Youth Hall at the Nowra Showground in April. This allowed us to continue with building the complex sets required and we are thankful for those in the community that assisted including Councillors and Council staff.”

The elaborate sets include an enormous tree hiding the illusive Cheshire cat, and many more beautiful and oversized Wonderland-ish pieces. The sets, costumes and props have been designed and made by our talented Production Team with the assistance of AMTC supporters including parents and kids – all affectionately known as our JAMfam!

Julia went on to say “As well as set construction, the use of the Youth Hall has also allowed the children to rehearse in a larger space which has been marked out to replicate the area of the stage and wings of the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.  Many of the cast performing have never been on stage before, so the Youth Hall is ideal for giving them an idea of what it will be like before we get to the performance venue.”

For a wonderful school holiday treat, book now as Alice in Wonderland tickets are selling fast.  There are 3 shows only including Friday 2nd July at 7pm, Saturday 3rd July at 1pm and also Saturday 3rd July at 7pm.  (No interval, all fun, and finished by 8:30 pm!)

Tickets are available through the Box Office at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre or phone 4429 5757 or online at shoalhavenentertainment.com.au.  You can also use your Dine & Discover vouchers when you purchase tickets.

Jesus Christ Superstar Cast Announced

Following a long process of auditions and call-backs, the AMTC Committee and Jesus Christ Superstar Production Team are very pleased to announce the cast for the show.  

First rehearsal will be next Monday, 31st May at the Nowra School of Arts in Berry St, at 7:30pm.

AMTC Jesus Christ Superstar Principal Cast

Jesus – Scott Bowcher

Judas – Paul Greene

Mary Magdalene – Morgan Dootson

Pontius Pilate – Simon Pavitt

Ciaphus – Pat Powell

Annas – Rachel Rienits

Peter – Kieran McKinnon

Simon – Daniel Layson

Herod – Paul Fraser

Ensemble

Mark Harris, Stuart Withers, Peter Dalmazzo, John Barak, Luke Bizeray, Alan Coombes, Ashley Johns, Charles Maxwell, Shay Middleton, Rob Mason, Samantha Baxendale, Wendy Bilbey, Makenzie Bonney, Natasha Booth, Sue Casburn, Georgia Coleman, Monique Hill,  Matisse Pearce, Angelique Riou, Leanne Girdlestone, Melody Spencer, Anne-Marie Szkirpan, Shelby Thornett, Alaska Turner, Tenneil Withers, Angela Harrington, Di McKeever, Shenae Boulton, Julie Fraser

Tap Ensemble

Shelby Thornett, Wendy Bilbey, Georgia Coleman, Amy Crowe, William Dewsbury-Love, Paige Clark, Angela Harrington, Jyana Braid, Shenae Boulton, Makenzie Bonney, Bella Dewsbury-Love

Pit Singers

Tim Da Roza, Beau Voysey, Marie De La Torre, Olivia Corish

JAM Working Bee

The production team and cast of AMTC’s upcoming junior production of Alice in Wonderland are working very hard as showtime is fast approaching, with 3 shows to be presented at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in July.  In preparation, there are a LOT of sets and props that need to be prepared.  A working bee will be held this Saturday 22nd May, at the old gymnastics building in the Nowra Showground.  Anyone and everyone who would like to lend a hand, even for an hour or two, please come along.  The working bee starts at 10am, and will continue throughout the day.  Ask for Julie or Julia when you arrive, and they will find something for you to do! 

Tickets for Alice in Wonderland are on sale at through the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, with 3 shows in total presented on Friday 2nd July and Saturday 3rd July.