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.

Jesus Christ Superstar Auditions

AMTC are pleased to present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ever popular “Jesus Christ Superstar“.  As such, the AMTC Committee and JCS Production team would like to invite any and all interested people to audition to be part of this exciting production.

If you missed the Information Night, or require further information (eg the required vocal range of each role), the presentation used for the Information Night can be downloaded here.

To access the online audition application form, please click here.  

Once completed, you will be allocated a preferred audition time, and will receive either an email or SMS message to confirm your time.  It will be great if you can acknowledge this message so we know to expect you at the auditions.  It may take up to 48 hours to receive your audition time. 

The audition application form will be closed at 5pm on Friday 7th May.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Jesus Christ Superstar auditions

For further assistance, email secretary@amtc.org.au, or phone Greg (Stage Manager) on 0403857766.

AMTC Newsletters

To better keep AMTC supporters informed, the AMTC Committee will publish occasional Newsletters.

Newsletter 4 (November 2021) – click here

Newsletter 3 (August 2021) – click here

Newsletter 2 (May 2021) – click here

Newsletter 1 (April 2021) – click here

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Popular Musical Set To Return

The ever-popular musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar “, is coming back to the stage in  Nowra . Albatross Musical Theatre Company is reprising the show, originally performed  at the  Nowra School of Arts in 2001. The show was a great success and popular with audiences and the cast alike.

AMTC is sure the show will be bigger and better in 2021, having moved to the Shoalhaven  Entertainment  Centre where better sound and facilities are available….and a slightly bigger band. The show will play in November for six performances.

Anyone interested in being a part of this production is invited to attend an Information Night at Nowra School of Arts Annexe on Wednesday 21st April at 7.00pm.

Areas of participation include both on-stage and off-stage areas of production. Come along and find out how/when you can audition for a role in this marvellous show (lead or ensemble)  or how to get involved in the many areas of production ( band, stage crew, costuming , makeup, sound , lighting , set construction etc ).

Anyone requiring any further information can ring the Producer, Ron Hawthorne, on 0413044621 or make enquiries through our web page or facebook, or email secretary@amtc.org.au.

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.

JAM Information Night

Please book in for one of the two upcoming information sessions

We have created a ticket system so we can keep up to date with numbers to ensure we are Covid safe.

We have two sessions 4pm and 5.15pm on Wednesday 27th January 2021. Please limit attendees to JAM age children only (10 – 15 years) and one parent if possible.

You know how we love having all the JAMFAM all the time, but we need to be sure we can socially distance appropriately. Please consider attending the first session if you do not have work commitments, allowing working parents to attend the second session.

And you can book your ticket RIGHT NOW … Click here!

UPDATE – DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RELEASE ADDITIONAL BOOKING SPOTS (as of Monday 25/1/21 @ 5:00pm), SO CLICK ON “here” ABOVE TO BOOK IN AND COME ALONG