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Mechelec Cabaret Festival – September 2007

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Mechelec Cabaret Festival – 6-8 September 2007

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Stephen McDowell in Billy Joel & Me

Stephen McDowell is your average twenty something performer. He has bills to pay … so he works in retail to support himself between gigs. He has people to network with … so he enjoys a beverage or five. He has siblings that he doesn’t get along with … so he shares embarrassing stories about them in cabaret.

In all he seems pretty beige. However, Stephen is different. He is an inspiration! An inspiration to a very special man … a Piano Man!

Join Stephen as he heads down memory lane sharing the moments in his life that inspired Billy Joel to write such songs as ‘Movin’ Out’, ‘Uptown Girl’ ‘Tell Her About It’ and ‘Piano Man’. This is not simply a Billy Joel Tribute show! It is so much more!!!

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September at 7.00pm

Groove Tonic in A’Capella and Other Catastrophes

Straight from their successful season of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at Theatreworks, Groove Tonic joins WMTC Inc for two nights not to be missed with A’Capella and Other Catastrophes.

Featuring GT’s signature style, both a’capella and accompanied by the GT Band, join the Groovers for an hour of rich vocal harmonies from pop to theatre classics – and the occasional embarrassing story!

Groove Tonic are: Natalie Calia, Rory Osman, Renee Pope-Munro and Luke Steward

…these guys are a joy themselves to watch”

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September at 8.30pm

Tina Del Twiste

Tina is interested in the blues, the jazz, the music. She has been performing globally on stage and her screen for over 50 years. Not bitter, but quite twisted. She recently returned to the stage that once graced her to a sell-out season during the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. The current talk about town having performed at the Famous Speigeltent and The Arts Centre to name two, she is an experience not to be missed. Join Tina as she reminisces her life in this simply fabulous show.

“Fabulousness” – The Age

“Super fabulous” – Herald Sun

 Friday 7th September at 10.00pm

Peter Dennis in NEXT! – The ups and downs of Auditioning

Audition time is here again; join Peter on his unique journey through the world of Musical Theatre and the most dreaded aspect of all – the AUDITION. Share the lessons he’s picked up along the way – what NOT to sing, what NOT to wear, what NOT to say (In the hope that one day he may just get it right!)

Share the nerves, the disappointment, and the false sense of security – all those wonderful things that make an actors life pure hell.

 Saturday 8th September at 7.00pm

ReWorks: Altered Music Theatre

Boasting songs from a diverse range of musicals including Wicked, West Side Story, Les Miserables and Rent, this show is for a musical theatre lovers who crave a little variation. Classic songs are given a genre twist and are not always instantly recognisable – whether it’s turning the well known ballad “Memory” from Cats into a sassy jazz trio or Rent’s rocking “One Song Glory” into an operatic masterpiece. If you like musicals, and in particular the music from musicals, you should find reWorks most interesting, musically.

Featuring Ruth Bishop, Sally McKenzie, and Angela Lumicisi, under the direction of Brian Dixon.

“refreshing and vibrant… a musical theatre lover’s dream” –

Saturday 8th September at 8.30pm

Wes Snelling in RELEASED!

Huge hit of the Malthouse Cabaret Season 2007 arrives in Williamstown for one night only of disarming charm and fabulous absurdity. The luscious voice of Wes Snelling, honey dripped but as dangerous as it is tempting. Featuring music the likes of Freddie Mercury, Bjork, Beyonce, Bob Dylan and backed by a 3 piece jazz funk punk fusion outfit, Released lets loose the brilliance of Snelling’s unique and infectious cabaret style.

“our hats must go off to Melbourne’s prince of cabaret” – Beat Magazine

“A beautiful singer with impeccable timing” – Vibewire

Saturday 8th September at 10.00pm

Thursday 6th September
7.00 pm – Stephen McDowell in Billy Joel & Me
8.30 pm – Groove Tonic in A’Capella and Other Catastrophes
Friday 7th September
7.00 pm – Stephen McDowell in Billy Joel & Me
8.30 pm – Groove Tonic in A’Capella and Other Catastrophes
10.00pm – Tina Del Twiste
Saturday 8th September
7.00 pm – Peter Dennis in NEXT! The ups and downs of auditioning.
8.30 pm – ReWorks: Altered Music Theatre
10.00pm – Wes Snelling in Released!

Artistic Director &Amp; Co-Producer – Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Technical Director &Amp; Co-Producer – Caroline Behnane
Floor Manager – Patricia Chetcuti
Audio Design – Marcello LoRicco – LSS Productions
Audio Operator – James Holt
Lighting Design &Amp; Operation Steve Gretton