After what I consider to be the Success of my previous directorial efforts, I was surprised and quite somewhat pleased to be asked to direct a full-length play of some significance for the same Theatre Group. Garrick Theatre is WA's longest running theatre and next year will mark its 75th year. The production that started it all (or so I am led to believe) will be the very play I shall be taking on. It also happens to be the very first Community Theatre Production I ever did, and it was also the very first time I worked with the current President of Garrick. A lot of firsts in that bunch.
The new Flagship Theatre, Centre Stage, (Northbridge Perth) has had a strikingly positive effect on two main theatrical companies, those that are taking up residence in the theatre of course. Both Black Swan and Perth Theatre Company (PTC) recently unveiled 6 & 5 show seasons for 2007 respectively, which for both is one more than previous years. PTC themselves are lining up three contemporary international plays. Artistic Director Alan Becher plans to go against the grain of WA Theatre and produce more overseas productions.
So last week I spent two days in a row making the trek to Mt Lawley for auditions/interviews
for 2 courses at ECU. The first a double degree Education/Creative Arts. That one was more laid
back, more of a workshop and at the end we all just spoke about why we wanted to do this course.
On behalf of 'A lad in sane productions'I would just like to thank the people behind the scenes at the ITA website, for providing us with this wonderful facility. Not only did we source our cast members for our debut production of The Karaoke Twist through ITA, but we were able to advertise the production ,request props etc. The ITA is a virtual one stop shop. How lucky are we to have this site at our disposal? I can say quite honestly, that without this site, our production would never have got off the ground. Thanks also, to those of you who have come along in support of our first production,(some at the prompting of the ever enthusiastic Daniel Kershaw,)and in particular 'Gordon the Optom' who must spend hours of his time attending local theatre,providing us all with valuable feedback. Cheers mate! Thanks for coming along to check out The Karaoke Twist.
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