Enrolling for JAM 2022

 

 

Following the JAM Information session held at the Nowra Showground this afternoon (16th Feb), it is necessary to enrol interested students in JAM for 2022.  Participating students need to be between 10 and 15 during show week, in late September. 

For those who missed the information session, the full presentation of important information can be found here, and should be read before proceeding.

Also dates, contacts and other important information can be found here – please print and keep on the fridge.

There are 2 steps to complete enrolment –

Step 1 – Complete our online enrolment form – click here

Although JAM is free, it is mandatory that each participating student has their own libretto (script).  Also, you may wish to purchase an optional Honk! show T-shirt (this can be for your child, or yourself).  

Step 2 – Compete our online libretto (script) and show shirt order form – click here

 

 

Calling all kids who love to sing or perform

 

Albatross Musical Theatre Company are excited to announce their junior program for 2022 will be starting in March and the JAM (Junior Albatross Musicals) team are holding an Information Session on Wednesday February 16 at 5pm.

Parents/carers and children are invited to attend the Information Session being held at the Youth Hall at the Nowra Showground. Participants in JAM require no prior singing, dance or performance experience and children will be accepted regardless of ability. So come and see and hear what it is all about.

The Information Session will explain about the weekly fun-filled program for children aged between 10-15 years that will lead up to a full stage production to be held at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in the September school holidays.

The team running the program are looking forward to another exciting year. JAM instructors are qualified and experienced in teaching music, dance and drama and working with children with special needs. The program is backed by Albatross Musical Theatre Company, which boasts nearly 50 years of not-for-profit musical theatre production and provides this service to the children of our community free of tuition or costume fees.

Director Julia Armstrong says “At JAM we foster the spirit that we are all cogs turning the same wheel, working together as a team. This program allows children to develop skills, not just of vocal coaching, acting and performing on stage, but important life skills of persistence, resilience, confidence and great friendships that come from creating together.”

Established in 2017, Junior Albatross Musicals has bought shows such as “Dear Edwina Jr” (2017), “JAM Showcase” (2017), “Shrek Jr” (2018) and “Alice In Wonderland” (2021) to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Also “Aladdin Jr” in 2019 which won 3 Canberra Area Theatre Awards including “Best Youth Musical” and “Best Direction of a Youth Musical” and “Best Youth Actor in a Leading Role”.

AMTC’s JAM group on stage at the SEC, performing Alice In Wonderland

 

In 2022, the show chosen to be performed is “Honk! Jr” which is a musical reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling. Adapted for young performers, with music by George Stiles and the book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins and Wind in the Willows) the story is a heart-warming celebration of being different. It’s funny, tuneful, has great leading roles and plenty of opportunity for ensemble cast and the costumes will be fun.

For further information and details on how to enrol, come along to the Information Session on February 16 at 5pm at the Youth Hall at the Nowra Showground. If anyone is unable to attend and requires further details, email jam@amtc.org.au or for information on other AMTC shows, visit the website on www.amtc.org.au

Members of JAM 2021 Performing at the Nowra Show in February 2022

JAM for 2022 … HONK!

Check out our announcement video here.

Our 2022 JAM production! Adapted for young performers, with music by George Stiles and the book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins and Wind in the Willows), Honk! Jr. is a heart-warming celebration of being different. Based on the story The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, the full musical HONK! won the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2000.

See you at the JAM 2022 information session on Wednesday 16th February 2022!

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.

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.

JAM Enrolment Form

To better accommodate all participants in JAM 2021, AMTC Committee and the JAM production team require you to complete the JAM Enrolment Form – click here.

This form will not be active until after both the JAM meetings held on Wednesday 27th January 2021 – around 7:00pm onwards.

Please read the form carefully to ensure you are aware of required commitments.