Old Nick’s Summer School have 70 young people from 23 schools (government and private) taking part in the 10th Anniversary Summer School production of Jesus Christ Superstar, including 51 cast and 19 orchestra. There is a stack of talent on show, so be sure to book your tickets, running from the 21st of Feb until the 1st of March at the Mount Nelson Theatre!
Are you an aspiring Director and/or Production Manager? Old Nick has a big year planned next year, but may have room for one or two more shows!
If you are interested please send details by Monday 2nd December to the Production Coordinator, Darren Sangwell (email@example.com) expressing interest.
Make sure you read (or skip) to the end as there is a special announcement (monster) at the end of this book (it’s Grover).
To all and sundry (except you, you know who you are),
The Old Nick Company would like to announce that most annual of general meetings, our Annual General Meeting which will be held at Letitia Street on Sunday the 29th of September at 4PM. The incumbent president Graeme Paine OAM has advised that it should take about forty minutes while we talk about the company and vote on the usual stuff like the committee members for 2013-2014.
We strongly urge members of the company to come along and have their say. You know you’re a member if you are over 18, were in an Old Nick show (excluding Summer School), or have held various production positions on Old Nick shows any time in the last 24 months. If you’re unsure, feel free to contact one of the Old Nick committee members or the company via email or Facebook.
Even if you aren’t a member, the public are welcome to see what goes on and to make sure we’re doing things by the book. There’s no harm keeping us on our toes. You can’t vote though, so you miss out on all the fun there. All the more reason to get involved with the company, don’t you think?
If you could, please RSVP with Secretary Kristy Baker OMG at firstname.lastname@example.org
– we move onto the real business of the day – an open forum on The Future of Uni Revue (to be moderated by Daryl Peebles). We want to really get into the guts of what makes Uni Revue work and what parts don’t work so good no more, and try and make a more forward looking show that every man and his dog wants to come and see – as long as the dogs pay for tickets. We’ll be discussing the attendance over the history of Revue, the venue, format and content of the show as well as much more.
Personally I’m hoping it will culminate in a jelly wrestling match between the members of the outgoing and incoming committees, but maybe that’s just me.
This is absolutely a serious forum though, and identifying the strengths and shortcomings of the Revue from a multitude of perspectives should be a really healthy thing both for the company and Tasmanian theatre in general.
We hope to see you all there. I mean it. All of you.
Even that guy.
Here is the breakdown of the OneFest awards given out last Saturday night. Congratulations to the winners and a massive thanks to everyone who participated this year!
OneFest Awards for 2013
Best Actor – Pip Tyrrell
For her wonderfully emotionally portrayed part of Wendy in Hobart Reps play Lucy in the Sky directed by Shauna Lee Ward
Most Promising Director – Breanna Geer
For her direction of Plot’s play Bad Auditions by Bad Actors.
Adjudicators Award – Peter Miller
For his ability to encapsulate a character through the minimalist of movement and gesture and still take you to the soul of his character. Peter played Mr Newbold alongside Meredith McQueen’s Mrs Crosby and Kathy Spencer’s Mrs Hergesheimer in Square Pegs production of The Tiny Closet, directed by Ian McQueen. Peter also played the part of Terry in Festival Fanatics production of Strike and the Boss in Paparazzi Players production of Think Tank.
Best Director – Maeve MacGregor
For her direction of Babyfood a play presented by Crummers Anonymous
Best Production – Babyfood
Presented by Crummers Anonymous and directed by Maeve MacGregor and staring Anna Kidd, Campbell McKenzie, Katie Robertson and Zachary Lennon.
Best Original Work – Think Tank by Kath Uziallo
Presented by Paparazzi Players, directed by Harley Mason and starred David Bannister, Dave Tilley, Ellen Roe, Campbell McKenzie and Peter Miller.
Coming up this weekend is Hobart’s one act play festival, OneFest! Hopefully the logo didn’t give it away before I got to break the news. If you’re eager to see a series of short plays by both experienced and up and coming directors and performers, you can’t miss this! Head on over to the Playhouse Theatre for the first session on Friday the 23rd of August, then catch the second and third sessions and the judging on Saturday the 25th. A single session ticket is $13, a two session ticket is $20 and a three session ticket is only $24. Plus if you see the Saturday evening session you get to hang around and have supper! What a deal!
For bookings and info check Centertainment and the OneFest website at www.onefest.com.au
God damn I’m excited.
Another poorly planned and ill conceived Uni Revue is about to be birthed into the world and we want your help delivering it. Open auditions for Uni Revue 2013 are being held at Old Nick HQ
Sunday March 3 @ 9:45am
Monday March 4 @ 9:00pm
The audition format is group singing, dancing and performing. This is followed by a one on one interview where you can sing solo (if you want) and tell us a joke (if you can).
This year over 55 teenagers from 19 different schools have joined with Old Nick to rehearse their summer holidays away.
Old Nick Hobart Summer Theatre School is proud to present the 2013 production of The Drowsy Chaperone. The show tells of a die-hard musical theatre fan who invites us into his dreary living room. As he drops the needle on his all-time favorite album (an outrageously funny musical from the 1920s) The Drowsy Chaperone bursts into life complete with a pampered starlet, gangsters, chorus girls and all manner of mayhem.
Directed by Darren Sangwell with musical direction from Aaron Powell & Ian Williams - tickets are available from the door or Centertainment.
This is not an Old Nick production but some of our members are performing in the Port Arthur History Plays this season.
Performed on site at Port Arthur, the season runs 27 December – 25 January every day except Saturday.
Old Nick Hobart Theatre Summer School is proud to present the 2013 production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Staged at Mt. Nelson Theatre February – March 2013, directed by Darren Sangwell (Rosny College) with musical direction from Aaron Powell (The Friends’ School) & Ian Williams (ExitLeft Productions)
Actors – Singers – Dancers
Performers must be in grade 9 – 12 or aged under 20 as of March 1 2013.
Those auditioning will need to prepare a song from a musical and must bring music for the accompanist.
Auditions will be held Sunday November 18 at
Old Nick Company HQ – 50a Letitia St North Hobart
To book an audition or for any questions email Aaron or phone 0409 334 900
Coin in the jukebox
The Mercury – Tuesday, October 23, 2012
By Robert Jarman
Back to the Eighties is a jukebox musical.
The plot is just an excuse to perform more than 20 of the most memorable and pleasurable hit songs from that fashion blighted decade.
With 27 bright-eyed and mullet-tailed youngsters and three adult performers, this Old Nick production looks and feels very much like the annual Uni Revue.
There’s a slightly witty set and a host of colourful costumes.
Also, a terrific band and good singing, solos and chorus.
The numerous dance routines are thoroughly drilled and performed with zest.
Above all, there is enough energy to power several love shacks all night long.
As with Revue, jokes are telegraphed and followed by pauses for laughter.
All the dialogue is slow.
Opening night clocked in at three hours.
The performers could shave off 40 minutes without even breaking a sweat.
The staging is up-front, the performances in-your-face.
There’s an awful lot of colour-by-numbers acting but a few performances are infused with individuality and originality.
Sam Dean is understatedly charming as the soulful lead.
Sophie Tyrrell delights and her trio with Vicki Croall and Hannah McGowan of Let’s Hear It for the Boys sparkles.
Noteworthy, too, is Nick Paine’s winning rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star.
Paine also teams up with Zac Lennon as an accidental pair of very funny backing dancers in a well-staged version of The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles.
All Old Nickers are hereby requested to initiate our New Nickers at the 2012 Old Nick Dinner.
This years slex fest will be held at Soho Friday 30th November. More importantly, our theme is Naughtycal (the bastard child of naughty + nautical). Interpret that how you will but I’ll be coming dressed as a boat that just can’t play by the rules.
As always there’ll be food, drink and mediocre prizes for best dressed, worst dressed and whatever else we make up on the night.
Slightly differently this year, we’re charging EVERYONE $20 to attend. If you’re confused by that, here’s a breakdown:
- Past member – $20.
- Current member – $20.
- Partner or guest – $20.
- Life member – $20.
Payment must be made in advance. No paying on the night; no “I’ll fix you up later”; no hairy chequebooks. No money, no entry.
Payment can be made via direct deposit to the following account with your name as the description: BSB 067102 Account Number 00905363.
For questions, dietary requirements & RSVP (no later than Tuesday 27 November) please email the organiser.
Please note: This event is not open to the public – Old Nick members & partners only.
Revue club is a series of creative meetings where we brainstorm and workshop ideas for the 2013 Uni Revue.
The next revue club will be held at Old Nick HQ 8pm Monday 26 November. Writers / dancers / comedians / past performers / cast hopefuls / people who sit in the corner and stare at us / others, are all welcome to attend.
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