Blue Mountains Musical Society’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat isgetting ready for its final weekendof shows after openingat the Blue Mountains Theatre on October 22.
Brittanie Shipway and Matthew Herne.
Glenbrook resident Brittanie Shipway – knownfrom season threeof The Voice Australiawhere she turned all four judges’ chairs with her rendition of On My Own -directs the show.After studying acting in New York and musical theatre at NIDA, Shipway returned to the Mountains for her directorial debut.
She saidthe biggest lesson she has learnt so far is “understanding how collaborative theatre really is”.
“Every job is vital in ensuring the show goes off without a hitch.”
Shipway is joined by fellow TheVoice contestant and Springwood High School music teacher Matthew Herne as the show’s musical director. While Herne saidhe enjoyed seeing the reality TV process, he lists the highlights of his performing career as being a part of the Ultimate Rock Symphony alongside established performers such as Jimmy Barnes, Billy Thorpe and Alice Cooper, and playing the titular role in BMMS’ production of Phantom of the Opera.
“Joseph is a fast-paced show; it moves quickly through so many different styles, both musically and visually, and navigating the cast through those changes is quite difficult,” Herne said.
In its 35th year of presenting high quality musicals in the lower Mountains, BMMS is a regular sight in the community, often performing at school fetes and fundraiser events, hosting open mic and trivia nights, as well as producing two full scale musical productions per year.
“BMMS is a great platform for local talent to get involved with theatre; there isn’t much opportunity in Australia without community theatre,” said Shipway.
Herne said “there issomething unique about seeing a group of people from very different backgrounds and skillsets coming together to see a project to fruition”.
“People are willing to give their time –a lot of it, too -to produce a show that engages the community and brings theatre to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to see it. When it’s more difficult than ever to convince people to leave the house and meet new people, it’s refreshing – and a privilege – to be involved in such a big project with talented people.”
Joseph is a high energy show that represents almost everything musical theatre stands for – big casts, lots of singing and dancing, and memorable tunes. Tickets are available at梧桐夜网bmms.org419论坛.
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