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14 Dec 2017

Call for Applications: 2018 Costume Designers & Assistant Costume Designers

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company is seeking applications for Costume Designers and Assistant Costume Designers for each of our 2018 productions!

Production include two Senior productions; ‘Hot Mikado’ (performances in May) and ‘Side Show’ (performances in November) and one Junior Production Elf Jr (performances in August)

We are looking for reliable, creative and resourceful individuals with excellent communication, and time management skills. Previous experience in costume and construction will be highly regarded but is not essential. WMTC supports new and emerging talent and individuals with a passion and dedication for costume are encouraged to apply.

Avaliability throughout the rehearsal and performance season is required and as follows;

HOT MIKADO

    • Performance Season: 18th – 26th May 2018
    • Rehearsals commencing Feb 2018 up to performance commencement

ELF JUNIOR

    • Note: Performers are aged between 8 – 18 years old
    • Performance Season: 10th – 19th August 2018
    • Rehearsals commencing May up to performance commencement

SIDE SHOW

    • Performance Season: 9th – 17th November 2018
    • Rehearsals commencing on August up to performance commencement

Click the below link to view full position descriptions [.PDF]:

Please forward your application including a CV and some examples of your work to applications@wmtc.org.au by Sunday 7th January 2018.

Please also indicate which production/s and role/s you are interested in being considered for.

Should applicants seek further information, clarification or guidance, please email our Head of Costume – Jodi Hope at applications@wmtc.org.au

 

All applicants will receive notification of the outcome or next steps of their application in the week of the 8th January 2018.

*Please note Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc is a non-profit organisation which supports the development of new and emerging talent, all positions are on a volunteer basis.

13 Dec 2017

2018 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

We are very excited to announce our 2018 performance season to be held at our new venue, the Centenary Theatre in Williamstown.

Director – Tyson Legg
Musical Director – Norm Anderson
Choreographer – Ashley Tynan

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece is updated with the swinging sounds of 1940s jazz and blues!

Nanki-poo, returns to the Japanese town of Titipu to claim his lover, Yum-yum – only to find she is betrothed to her guardian Ko-ko, the Lord High Executioner of Titipu. Nanki-poo is, in fact, the son of the Mikado who has fled his father’s court to escape from Katisha, an elderly lady of the court who has accused him of the capital crime of flirting. Ko-ko, meanwhile, finds himself in need of a sacrificial victim since the Mikado has noted that he has not fulfilled his quota of executions. When Katisha arrives in search of Nanki-poo, and Mikado himself follows in search of his son, the town is thrown into panic and confusion. Can true love win out.

Cultures glide and collide in this hilarious and ‘HOT’ updating of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’. Hot Mikado weaves a snappy and fun packed tale where despite life or death stakes, characters still find time to tap their toes and sing their troubles away. Japanese culture meets 1940s America in a land where outlandish laws sentence people to death for almost any indiscretion, and jazz, the blues and gospel are spoken fluently.

18 – 26 MAY | 6 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Centenary Theatre, Williamstown

Season Subscriptions on Sale Soon!
Early Bird Tickets on Sale – Friday 23rd February

 


Co-Directors – Ang Cuy and Stuart Dodge
Musical Director – Ang Cuy
Choreographer – Stuart Dodge

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

10 – 19 AUGUST | 6 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Centenary Theatre, Williamstown

Season Subscriptions on Sale Soon!
Early Bird Tickets on Sale – Friday 18th May

 


Director – Nick Kong
Musical Director – Daniel Heskett
Choreographer – Steve Rostron

  • * * * Victorian Premiere of the 2014 Revival * * *

Based on the legendary Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, follow their heartwarming search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame.

Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.

This 2014 revival version of the musical has a completely reworked plot and new songs. It delves deeper into the backstory of the Hilton twins., their relationship with Harry Houdini and of a proposed separation surgery, all with more sophistication and truth.

Don’t miss this remarkable true story of two sisters. The very thing that makes them different… makes them extraordinary.

9 – 17 NOVEMBER | 6 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Centenary Theatre, Williamstown

Season Subscriptions on Sale Soon!
Early Bird Tickets on Sale – Friday 17th August

 

 

6 Dec 2017

WE’RE MOVING! Centenary Theatre, Williamstown 2018

The next couple of years will form exciting times for Williamstown Musical Theatre Company and our beloved Mechanics Institute. With proposed works scheduled for the site starting in 2018, we are pleased to confirm a new performance venue, the Centenary Theatre in Williamstown.

The Centenary Theatre owned and operated by the Williamstown High School officially opened in 2017. This new purpose built 304 seat performing arts theatre includes a foyer with an impressive sculpture, comfortable seating, heating and air conditioning, public restrooms, a kiosk and box office.

Stay tuned to our website and mailing list for further information on our 2018 performance season, subscription information and ticket release dates, all to be announced very soon. Productions will be scheduled for the months of May, August and November and we very much look forward to your continued support in bringing you our quality productions you have come to love.

Centenary Theatre
71 Railway Place, Williamstown VIC 3016

Here are a few Centenary Theatre sneak peek photos for you to have a look at;

16 Nov 2017

ANOTHER EXTRA SHOW – RENT, The Musical – Saturday 25th November at 2.00pm

We are pleased to release ANOTHER extra performance of RENT, The Musical to be held on Saturday 25th November at 2.00pm.

Be sure to book your tickets now, don’t miss out!

BOOK NOW

15 Nov 2017

2017 MUSIC THEATRE GUILD NOMINATIONS – CONGRATULATIONS

The 2017 Music Theatre Guild Nominations have now been released. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the below mentioned people but also congratulate ALL of you who have been a part of our amazing 2017 performance year for Williamstown Musical Theatre Company.

We are extremely proud of the year that we have achieved and thank you all for the hard work and team effort that you have all put in over the last 12 months.

The Judging year for 2017 concluded on the 31st October. Our current production of ‘RENT, The Musical’ will be included in 2018 Judging year.

– 2017 Nominations-
 
Ensemble Performance
Angel City Four, City of Angels – Bradley Dylan, Amelia Ropé, Hayley Jane & Giancarlo Salamanca
 
Junior Female in a Supporting Role
Phoebe Hogarth, Gertrude McFuzz, Seussical Jnr
 
Direction of a Junior Production
Ang Cuy and Stuart Dodge, Seussical Jnr
 
Choreography of a Junior Production
Stuart Dodge, Seussical Jnr

For further information on the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria please visit their website here.

3 Nov 2017

EXTRA SHOW – RENT, The Musical – Wednesday 22nd November at 8.00pm

We are pleased to release an extra performance of RENT, The Musical to be held on Wednesday 22nd November at 8.00pm.

Be sure to book your tickets now, don’t miss out!

BOOK NOW

24 Aug 2017

2017 Costume Skill Share Wrap-Up

The WMTC Costume Department is thrilled to report the success of our recent Costume Skill Share Sessions with three fantastic workshops; Shape and Texture: Knitting and Crochet for CostumeCreative Costume with Mouldable PlasticEmbellishment for costume: Crystal and Feather work. We received over 30 registrations with many people attending multiple sessions and a waitlist for each one.

After running pilot sessions internally in the first half of 2017 WMTC invited the public to join our WMTC Costume Assistants Group, who work tirelessly on all WMTC productions, for these fun and creative afternoons. It was a great opportunity to showcase the diversity and talent of our hardworking team and to share our love of costume with new friends.

Each session focused on very different area of making and we are grateful to our amazing teachers, Laura Houlden, Chi Cheung and Katrina Stanley for their generosity in sharing their knowledge and passion for what they do.

Thanks to all who attended! Stay tuned for further information on new costume skill share workshops in 2018.

July/August 2017 Sessions included:

SHAPE AND TEXTURE: KNITTING AND CROCHET FOR COSTUME 

Laura Houlden

Sunday 23rd July 2017 – 1.00pm to 3.00pm

In this workshop Laura will teach you how to wield the tools to conquer knitted and crochet fabrics. You will learn how to connect constructed fabrics, add embellishments, create form and shape using knit and crochet techniques. The session will introduce:

  • Working in the round in crochet
  • Basic connecting stitches
  • Embellishments for existing fabrics
  • Creating form and texture

  

CREATIVE COSTUME WITH MOULDABLE PLASTIC 

Chi Cheung

Saturday 5th August 2017 – 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Come and have some fun, learn from Chi who will show you how to create useful and unique items with Mouldable Plastic! It’s easy to use, just soften with hot water and mould with your hands. From costume, craft, cosplay, DIY, fixing things, you are only limited to what you can imagine!!

This session will involve;

  • Introduction to Mouldable Plastic and how to use it
  • Examples of the projects you can create with Mouldable Plastic
  • Tips, tricks and tools to working with Mouldable
  • Making your very own creation!!

 

  

EMBELLISHMENT FOR COSTUME: CRYSTAL AND FEATHER WORK

Katrina Stanley

Sunday 13th August 2017 – 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Katrina Stanley invites you into her world of embellishment for costume. Specialising in couture for performance, Katrina has mastered the art of stoning her garments with literally thousands of Swarovski Crystals and would love to share this technique with other costume lovers.

Her skill share session will involve:

  • An introduction to working with non-hot fix crystals
  • An introduction to applying feathers to garments
  • An overview of the equipment required
  • Tips and tricks for achieving best results
  • Some examples of her own work

Participants should be able to walk away with something sparkly of their very own.

21 Jun 2017

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT – RENT, The Musical

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company is very excited to announce the cast of our November 2017 production of ‘RENT – THE MUSICAL‘. 

The production will run from the 10th to 25th November 2017 at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute Theatre. Early Bird Tickets will be available for purchase from Friday 11th August.

Further information on the production including show dates and times can be found here.

Mark Cohen –   Tyson Legg
Roger Davis –   Frank Kerr
Mimi Marquez –   Morgan Heynes
Tom Collins –   Luke Lynch
Angel Schunard –   Jye Cannon
Maureen Johnson –   Catherine Hancock
Joanne Jefferson –   Jennifer MacDonald
Benjamin Coffin III –   Nelfio Di Marco
Ensemble –   Declan Butler
 Elyse Batson
 Emma Fitzgerald
 Gabriele Cronin
 Henry Hulstrom
 Luncinda Ventimiglia
 Madison Peake
 Michael Hawthorn
 Natalie Carden
 Nicolas Saunders
 Stephen Wainrib
 Yashith Fernando

 

4 Jun 2017

EXTRA SHOW – SEUSSICAL JR – SATURDAY 24TH JUNE AT 1.00PM

We are pleased to release an extra performance of SEUSSICAL JUNIOR to be held on Saturday 24th June at 1.00pm.

Be sure to book your tickets now, don’t miss out!

BOOK NOW

15 May 2017

RENT – The Musical, Audition Information Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of audition information for our November 2017 production of RENT.

Audition information can be found here.