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19 Jun 2014

Shaun Kingma, Director of Frankenstein, A New Musical talks to us about the up coming auditions.

We are thrilled to present the Australian Premiere production of Frankenstein, A New Musical in November 2014.

We caught up with director, Shaun Kingma, to discuss the show and what the production team is looking for in the upcoming auditions.

Tyson and I were looking to work together again on a new project, having thoroughly enjoying working with WMTC in 2012 on Next to Normal. We, and the company, wanted to go somewhere a little more left of centre. Tyson and I share an affinity for horror films and have wanted to merge this into our stage work with a project that was dramatically and musically satisfying. Finding a good horror musical is not easy though – the pickings are slim, with only a small handful to choose from.

As luck would have it, I remembered a random recording I picked up somewhere for Frankenstein, A New Musical. Having another listen, I realised how much I enjoyed the originality of the show: the very clever use of storytelling and the unusual structure of the show.  It felt fresh, new and incredibly raw and human at the same time. It seemed to cut away the typical black and white film version we have all come to know and brought the story back to its roots. On top of this, the music certainly left a big impression (it hasn’t left my playlist for months now).

WMTC seemed the perfect choice for this show – a supportive company that provides an environment where creativity can flourish and that is willing to take a risk on an unknown production.

As we are now nearing the end of our pre-production phase, we can’t wait to explore this new show with our cast. It is an epic piece of theatre and I think we are all going to be in for one hell of a ride!

What are we looking for in a cast?

‘We are looking for a small cast of 15. This is very much an ensemble piece, with many roles doubling, including

(L to R:) Leslie Henstock, Casey Erin Clark, Nick Cartell, Aaron Serotsky, Patrick Mellen in the 2007 World Premiere Production in New York City.

(L to R:) Leslie Henstock, Casey Erin Clark, Nick Cartell, Aaron Serotsky, Patrick Mellen in the 2007 World Premiere Production in New York City.

some of the principal roles. It will be a very busy show for all, so we are looking for people who enjoy the challenge of playing multiple roles and who want to flex their vocal and acting muscles.

As this is an almost completely new show (having only been performed off-Broadway and one or two other US locations) we are looking for people who want to share the experience of creating something new and different, not just a carbon copy of a Broadway production. There are no preconceived ideas for the show, no templates we have to follow. This is highly exciting for the production team and we hope our cast will help us in this journey.

Because of this, we also don’t have preconceived ideas of how each character should look. We are very open-minded at this stage for each role and what each performer may bring to it. That said, there are some specifics that would be required. (Please see audition listing for full cast breakdown.)

As the piece is almost entirely sung through, obviously vocals are important. But equally important is the ability to tell the story clearly through these songs and musical interludes.

The show itself is set in the late 1700’s, however this will not necessarily be a period piece. We will not be looking to stage a melodrama. We want to create a show that is fresh and modern, that has a rawness and a definite edge to it. The cast is integral to achieving this.


A little more about the show

The show follows the story of Frankenstein (remember Frankenstein is the creator, not the creature) and his Creation. The story initially leads you to believe it is all about revenge, but it soon reveals itself to have a much more powerful meaning. The show very cleverly uses some interesting storytelling devices which ensure that the audience members are always on the edge of their seats, not knowing where the story will lead next. This is quite an accomplishment, given how well we all know the story of Frankenstein. The music drives the narrative forward at every moment, with minimal stops for applause (which also allow the audience to take a well deserved breath as well).

We are extremely lucky to have the support of the composer and writer of the show, allowing us artistic freedom in the development of this staging. We are hoping to incorporate one or two extra songs from their original drafts and cannot wait to workshop these pieces.

Steve Blanchard as the Creature and Christiane Noll as Elizabeth in the 2007 World Premiere Production in New York City.

Steve Blanchard as the Creature and Christiane Noll as Elizabeth in the 2007 World Premiere Production in New York City.

Without telling us too much, how are you planning to stage the show?

There are definitely some things I will be keeping very tight lipped about. The set itself is most certainly a first for this company and it contains many, many surprises. I don’t want to give too much away, but I have been working on the design for the past six months and it has certainly been the most challenging concept to devise but, now that it is finished, the most satisfying.

As the show constantly moves from location to location and jumps back and forth in its time line, it requires a filmic approach; one of constant action. Though not necessarily a horror story (it has more to say about humanity than horror or science fiction), fans of horror films will certainly get a kick out of it as well.

It is not only the look of the show that will set its tone, but its soundscape. This is almost a character in itself and I hope this will add yet another layer to a very different, but thrilling, evening.

What can you expect at auditions?

Four very friendly faces!

We want you to do your best – we are on your side.  Remember that all of us on the production team are also performers who know exactly what it’s like standing there. We are rooting for you!

All we ask is for you to do your best. Try to choose songs that show you off in the best possible way and are suitable for the show (a tiny bit of research beforehand pays off in a big way….).

We are not asking for monologues (we can hear the collective sigh of relief), just a sing and a chat and possibly a small read.

Those notified of any callbacks (if required) will also have plenty of time and information to prepare.

Enjoy and relax.

Last but not least, we wish all our auditionees the best of luck! We hope that you enjoy your audition experience and look forward to seeing you in July.”

Auditions for Frankenstein, A New Musical will be taking place from Sunday 20th July.
Click here for further information and a breakdown of audition requirements.

 

Credits:
Production photos by Carol Rosegg.
Original Article posted on TheatrePeople.com.au – June 2014

19 May 2014

Peter Pan Jr – CAST ANNOUNCEMENT

We are excited to announce the cast of our August 2014 Junior Program Production of ‘Peter Pan Jr’.

Peter Pan –  Campbell Bonello
Wendy Darling –  Madison Peake
Tinkerbell –  Phoebe Hogarth
Captain Hook / Mr Darling –  Matthew Bullock
Smee –  Luey Kemp-Mykyta
John Darling –  Oliver Palamara
Michael Darling –  Tom Umseher
Tiger Lilly / Treasure Hunter Tracey –  Belinda Barichello
Chief Tiger Bamboo / Red Beard –  Darcy Ward
Mrs Darling / Gunpowder Gertie / Brave Willow –  Cassandra Byleveld
Iridessa / Aquata –  Mia Decleva
Silvermist / Andrina –  Tennile Adams
Fawn / Arista –  Amelia Leach
Lyria / Alanna –  Kaitlyn Barasso
Vidia / Adela –  Keely Bowker
Rosetta / Atina –  Paris Valentino
Fox –  Ella Crowley
Cubby –  Alyssa Ivkovic
Skunk –  Thalia Osegueda
Hop –  Freya Cantwell
Racoon Twin –  Jorjah-Rose Sharp
Racoon Twin –  Molly Dale
Clubfoot Cookson / Brave Walnut –  Lily Belford
Mean Murphy / Brave Weed –  Chloe Taylor
Simple Minded Noodler / Brave Shrub –  Madeleine Checketts
Sweet Skylights / Brave Twig –  Emma DeMarchi
Nana / Petunia the Plunderer / Brave Seedling –  Rhiana Eastland
Nana / One Eyed Wanda / Brave Sapling –  Romy Cantwell
Cockney Flint / Brave Pine –  Lucas Ivkovic
Scottish Jukes / Brave Oak –  James Howe
16 May 2014

Early Bird Tickets Released – Peter Pan Junior

Tickets for our August 2014 production of Peter Pan Junior have now been released.
Book your tickets before Friday 13th June and save!
Click here for further information.

EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICES

From Friday 16th May to Friday 13th June, 2014

    • Adults – $29.00
    • Concessions/ Children & Groups 10+ – $25.00

 

STANDARD TICKET PRICES

After Friday 13th June 2014 prices revert to:

    • Adults – $32.00
    • Concessions/ Children & Groups 10+ – $28.00

 

17 Apr 2014

PETER PAN JR, AUDITION INFORMATION RELEASED!

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc is proud to announce auditions for their August 2014 production of Peter Pan Junior, which will be performed at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute from Friday 8th August to Sunday 17th August 2014.

Click here for further information and the complete audition listing.

30 Mar 2014

We are moving! Can you help us? Saturday 12th April 2014

We are moving! Many hands make light work! CAN YOU HELP WMTC?

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18 Mar 2014

Volunteers Needed to assist with Set Construction

URGENT CALL OUT FOR
Volunteers to assist with
Set Construction 2014

If you are handy with a hammer or paint brush or know somebody who is and have some spare time we would love to see you at our Set Construction Site.

Where:

    • Hobsons Bay Community Workshop, 280 Queen St, Altona

When:

    • Mondays and Wednesdays: 5 pm – 9 pm
    • Saturdays: 10 am – 4 pm (Lunch will be provided on Saturdays)

If you have any queries or are able to assist please make initial contact by completing the form below and our Technical Director, Wally Eastland will be in contact with you.

2014 Season:

We start out our 2014 Season with ‘GYPSY!

GYPSY opens 2 May and runs to 17 May so we are already starting the build process down at our set building workshop. We would love to have you down to help out as we have a short time to complete the set for this production and a lot of scenery to build. Any help will be appreciated and all skill levels are welcome.

Next up will be our Junior Production. This year’s show is ‘PETER PAN JR..’ Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys will be arriving on stage 8 August and stick around until 17 August. We will announce plans for building Neverland once meetings with the Set Designer have commenced and we have a sense of the scenery requirements.

Closing out the season this year will be the Australian Premiere of ‘FRANKENSTEIN – A NEW MUSICAL’. This Australian Premiere opens 7 November and runs to 22 November.

This year we will running our set building schedule a bit differently than we have before. We are going to take shorter breaks between shows and try to ‘build ahead’ so we have a more regular and predictable build schedule. This means we will likely start building ‘PETER PAN JR.’ soon after we finish with ‘GYPSY’.

So, if you are keen to be involved with some amazing shows and have a lot of fun, come down to our workshop! Again, all skill levels are welcome. If you have friends or family who you think might enjoy a bit of theatre, please feel free to share this information.

We hope to see you at the workshop soon! Thank you for supporting Williamstown Musical Theatre Company.

Set Assistance Contact Form

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10 Feb 2014

New Life Member Inductee: MARCUS CASSIDY-ANDERSON

At last night’s well attended Annual General Meeting, Williamstown Musical Theatre Company were proud to announce our newest inductee to Life Member status: MARCUS CASSIDY-ANDERSON. A very emotional Marcus was surprised by the announcement as his Parents and Grandparents entered the auditorium midway through his President’s Report which was interrupted for the announcement. A most deserving recipient, having started with the company when it was known as WLOC as a youngster and one of the instigators of our reincarnation as WMTC, Marcus now enters his ninth year as President of the Company, having also been re-elected into office last night. A big congratulations Marcus from our WMTC family!!!!!

Some of the original instigators of our reincarnation as WMTC, Anna Marinelli, Marcus Cassidy-Anderson, Peter Stanek and Ros O'Donovan.

Some of the original instigators of our reincarnation as WMTC, Anna Marinelli, Peter Stanek,  Marcus Cassidy-Anderson and Ros O’Donovan.

New Life Member – Marcus Cassidy-Anderson with family, Frank Cassidy, Iris Cassidy, Sharon Cassidy-Anderson, Norm Cassidy-Anderson and Mark Spencer.

New Life Member – Marcus Cassidy-Anderson with family, Frank Cassidy, Iris Cassidy, Sharon Cassidy-Anderson, Norm Cassidy-Anderson and Mark Spencer.

Marcus Cassidy-Anderson with partner Mark Spencer.

Marcus Cassidy-Anderson with partner Mark Spencer.

The 2014 elected WMTC Committee of Management.

The 2014 elected WMTC Committee of Management.

 

 

 

6 Feb 2014

GYPSY – Cast Announcement

We are excited to announce the cast of our May 2014 production of ‘GYPSY – The Musical‘, running from the 2nd to 17th May.

Rose –  Abi Richardson
Herbie –  Lee Threadgold
Louise –  Sarah Kate Hanley
June –  Lauren McCormack
Tulsa –  Robbie Smith
Mazeppa –  Sallyanne Mitchell
Tessie Tura –  Barbara Hughes
Electra/ Miss Cratchitt –  Beryle Frees
Baby June –  Natalie Zannoni
   Madeleine Checketts
Baby Louise –  Mia Decleva
   Maxine Palmerson
Pop –  Robert Harsley
Uncle Jocko / Kringelein –  Andrew Roberts
Chowsie –  Sprout McKong
Male Ensemble
L.A –  Lachlan Hamill
Angie –  James Davies
Yonkers –  Adam Nunn
  Female Ensemble
Agnes –  Ingrid Gray
Geraldine –  Isabella Cavedon
Edna –  Brooke Kotsos
Marjorie May –  Ali Hickerson
  Junior Boy Ensemble
  Oliver Palamara
  Ashton Roberts
  Jayden Watson 
  Keelan Roberts

 

 

13 Jan 2014

Notice to Members of WMTC of Annual General Meeting

To all Members and Life Members of Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc

Please be advised that the next Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held on
Sunday 9th February 2014
at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute
Cnr Melbourne Road and Electra Street
(please enter from the double gates on Electra Street)
at 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start.

AGENDA

    • Welcome
    • Present and Apologies
    • Minutes of the Previous AGM
    • Correspondence pertaining to the AGM
    • Presidents Report for 2013
    • Treasurers Report for 2013
    • Election of Office Bearers
    • General Business

At the Annual General Meeting all positions on the committee become vacant and are available for nomination.

The positions available are:

    • President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • General Committee (up to 10 positions are available)

All positions are for a one year term.

You must be a current financial member/life member of the Company and at least seventeen years of age to stand for a position on the committee.

You must be a current financial member/life member of the Company and at least sixteen years of age to nominate or second a nomination.

Only financial members/life members who are at least sixteen years of age are entitled to a vote at the Annual General Meeting.

You can renew your membership with Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc for 2014 now by clicking here.

If you cannot attend the Annual General Meeting and would like to vote on any issue that may arise, you can vote by proxy.

Committee nomination forms and proxy voting forms are included with this mailing.

Nomination forms and proxy voting forms should be received by the Secretary NO LATER than Sunday 2nd February 2014.

They can be posted to:
WMTC Inc Secretary,
Carla White,
PO Box 119, Williamstown 3016

If you have any enquiries regarding the Annual General Meeting, committee nominations or proxy voting please call 0430 811 292 or email.

Kind Regards

Carla White
Secretary – WMTC Inc

 

10 Jan 2014

GYPSY – The Musical, Audition Information Released!

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc is proud to announce auditions for their May 2014 production of Gypsy, which will be performed at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute from Friday 2nd May to Saturday 17th May 2014. We are looking for a cast of 24 to 28 people who are first and foremost incredible actors.

Click here for further information and the complete audition listing.