Ellie Nunan chats about her career, a bad boyfriend, while on tour with Cats in 2020

Sunshine Coast-born actress Ellie Nunan is a world away from where she thought she would be at the start of this year. She is a rarity, being among the few…

Booked and blessed – (part two) – Adelaide Fringe 2020

Further to my Booked and Blessed blog entry on 25 October 2019, here are more exciting 2020 announcements. I will be performing in the Adelaide Fringe this year and, in…

Billy Elliot the Musical opens in Adelaide tonight

One way to see out the final hours of 2019 is to attend the opening of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. Produced by Universal Theatrical Group, Working…

Spring Awakening, the Elder Conservatorium of Music’s inaugural musical

Musical director and repertoire coach, Paul Sinkinson, took time out from his busy schedule to chat about his experience working as part of the staff for the Bachelor of Music…

Libby Anderson’s music theatre goals come to fruition in 2020

Adelaide-based performing artist, Elisabeth ‘Libby’ Anderson, has been offered, and has accepted, a place in the Bachelor of Music Theatre (BMT) course at the Elder Conservatorium of Music following a…

The name of the game

The orchestra is tuned and in place, the house announcement goes live, Stage Manager (SM) gives the thumbs up, and now it’s over to me. Communication is everything in theatre…

Mamma Mia! Here we go again Adelaide

Set on a sunny Greek island, Catherine Johnson’s tale about a daughter, mother, and three possible fathers is the whimsical backdrop to a playlist of ABBA hits. It has been…

DISENCHANTED! part three

Here is a throwback to the Australian Premiere of the musical Disenchanted!, which opened exactly a year ago. I had the privilege of touring with the cast last year in…

Rejection, reviews, and resilience: realities of #performerlife

Performing is a tough business. Not only must one have the skills to tell a convincing story but they must compete for the right to tell it in the first…

Strictly Ballroom’s SA Premiere in July

Matt Byrne will produce the South Australian Premiere of Strictly Ballroom the Musical which opens on Thursday 4 July. The first season will commence at the Arts Theatre, Adelaide between…

$20 for The Book of Mormon previews in Adelaide

Adelaide audiences have a lot to be excited about with Cabaret season in town and the multi-award winning musical Book of Mormon arriving soon. Two special previews have been announced…

Hamilton: Wait for It to premiere in Sydney in 2021

After years of hope and speculation, many Australian music theatre lovers are elated by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s official announcement today. Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton will be making its way to Australia…

Thank Goodness: Wicked 2018

I first watched Wicked over a decade ago and the songs and story have long stayed with me; such is the talent of Stephen Schwartz. His expertise in lyricism and…

DISENCHANTED! – part two

While on my brief Disenchanted hiatus, and as our creative team prepare for the Melbourne season, it is timely to reflect on the Noosa performances just passed. Friendship One of…

You are the universe: Stefanoff’s international career soars

Mark Stefanoff is enjoying success in exotic locations working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, yet he remains genuine, grounded, and sincere. Kinky Boots won the heart of…

DISENCHANTED! – part one

It has been a fast-paced couple of rehearsal weeks but I am pleased to say that our company has blocked the entire show! It is a good place to be…

REVIEW: IVY + BEAN THE MUSICAL (Children’s / Theatre)

A musical adaptation of Annie Barrows’ best-selling book series by Scott Elmegreen brings Ivy and Bean’s adventures to life at the The Bakehouse Theatre. It’s a tale of two unlikely…

At the End of the Day

It is not unusual to want to be suspended in time when you fall in love with certain moments in your life. The final two-show day of Les Miserables was…

A Heart Full of Love

Immersed in a gruelling, yet rewarding production week since Sunday 24 September, our cast and crew have spent every night in the Arts Theatre, and it has tested our mental,…

Do you hear the people sing?

To watch my fellow actors work and explore their characters, and to be immersed in beautiful music is a truly humbling experience. I feel so moved when I am in…

To the Barricades, Vive la France!

A street-smart, argot-tongued French girl from the nineteenth century has been my beloved alter-ego over the past three and a half months. In a few days, I will tell her…

REVIEW: MATILDA – Backstage Pass

For nearly two years, the fantasmagorical world of Matilda has intrigued Australian audiences after it opened in Sydney on 20th August 2015. The combination of Roald Dahl’s mastery of the…

REVIEW: Kinky Boots

The unlikely friendship between a dynamic drag diva and a stoic entrepreneur reveals the truth at the core of our humanity; we have a lot in common with those who…

Auditions: why bother?

Daunting. Nervous. Memory-lapse. Self-conscious. Warm-ups. Stretches. Lalalalalalalalala… There are many words that one could associate with the audition process. For non-performers, an audition can be likened to a job interview.…