PRIVATE PEACEFUL NEW website review by Katherine Kelly
PRIVATE PEACEFUL Moving Light Productions Premiere Wednesday 4 September 2019 Chapel Off Chapel
From the novel by Michael Morpurgo Adapted by Simon Reade Directed by Terence O’Connell Producer/Lighting Jason Boviard Sound Justin Gardam Stage Manager Ashley Groenen
“I want to feel alive” declares 17-year-old Tommo Peaceful, as he awaits execution by firing squad for cowardice. The scene is a bare cell with floorboards, furnished with only a camp bed and chair. The electronic background depicts blue sky, and the smoke machine emits a hazy appearance confirming a close proximity to a war zone - that of Ypres in Belgium in the summer of 1916.
On his final night, Tommo remembers as many of his “yesterdays and tomorrows” as he could while avoiding falling into a sleep with “fleeting dreams”. We hear about his childhood in South West England. He narrates events such as his father’s accidental death; the constant support of his older brother Charlie throughout his early years; and the fortitude of his mother as she deals with the overbearing Colonel who owns the estate and their cottage.
“Private Peaceful” is an adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name. Under the effective direction by Terence O’Connell and production by Jason Boviard, it features a one-man cast superbly played by Anthony Craig. In seventy-five minutes, Craig deftly takes us through Tommo’s life from early school days until his execution. He very cleverly embodies each character who plays a pivotal role in Tommo’s short life with subtle changes of voice, accents, facial expression and body language.
The few props are put to great use when Craig steps on the bed to impersonate the Colonel’s eulogy at Tommo’s father’s funeral. The chair is then the perfect setting for the Sergeant Major’s exhortation to young men to join the war effort.
The electronic backdrop effectively alters in line with Tommo’s narration to the sound of a ticking clock. An example is the green forest scene when Tommo is with Charlie and friend Molly. We hear birdsong and the gentle flow of water from the nearby brook. In contrast, sounds of exploding shells, gunfire and a bright yellow backdrop describe the war scenes. On one occasion, I felt that the sound of loud explosions competed with Craig’s narrative.
Private Peaceful is a cruel story about the grossly unfair treatment of a shell-shocked underage boy who took the brave or foolhardy decision to enlist in a gruesome war with tragic consequences, not to mention the kangaroo court that decided his fate on flimsy evidence. It is with great relief that authorities have issued pardons to the “Tommos” of WW1 who suffered these brutal injustices.
Congratulations to Moving Light Productions and the production team in mounting this wonderful production.
TAG (Transgender and Gay International Pageant Australia) 2019 NEW website press release by Hakam Soufan
The event was very much enjoyable by everyone. It was very well organised. It was not a big crowd but the atmosphere was very cozy and warm. It was incredibly powerful as people who performed on stage had lots of character and charisma.
THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS CONCERT AUGUST 2019 NEW website review by Katherine Kelly
Melbourne Musicians Mozart Project No. 3 Mozart – Haydn – Boccherini Friday 9 August 2019 James Tatoulis Auditorium Methodist Ladies’ College
I recently attended a concert featuring the Melbourne Musicians, a chamber orchestra, established by Frank U. Pam in 1975. Frank has been involved in classical music ever since starting violin lessons as a child. His love of music grew throughout his life with studies overseas, performances in Australia, and the opportunity from an early retirement to devote his passion.
Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 43 in E flat, “Mercury” was the first item on the program.
The first movement, Allegro was bright and playful with a recurring theme throughout the piece. Of note was the sound of shimmering violins as they scaled up and down the arpeggios. The strings were well supported by the rich sounds of the horns and oboes.
The Adagio displayed a light and dancelike elegance. There was subtle return of the recurring theme from the Allegro. Of note, were the repeated call and response themes between the violins and the viola/cello group.
The Menuetto was courtly and contained. One could depict a dance scene from a movie set in the 18th Century.
We were suddenly awake with rapid fire from the violins and strings at the commencement of the Finale (Alegro) In this movement there was much contrast provided by the use of subdued bars of sustained chords.
Wolfgang Amade Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 In E flat K. 271 “Jeunehomme” Soloist Elyane Laussade
Commonly known known as the Jeunehomme concerto, it was discovered in recent years that this concerto was actually named after virtuoso pianist Victoire Jenamy, daughter of Jean George Noverre a choreographer and close friend of Mozart. Victoire reputedly commissioned this piece.
Elyane Laussade, one of Australia’s finest concert pianists, featured as the soloist. Born in Houston Texas, Elyane attended the well renowned Julliard School in New York, graduating with a Master in Music – Piano Performance. She continues to be well sought after as a soloist, and has given concerts across five continents.
Throughout this work, which Elyane played from memory, she displayed skilful execution of the arpeggiated passages. Her crossovers between the bass and treble sections of the piano were exquisite.
Elyane kept open communication with the orchestra through eye contact and musical “conversation”. Her phrasing, timing and dynamics was impeccably accurate and elegant. She was able to present challenging material appear deceptively simple whilst employing such lightness of touch.
With the Rondeau (Presto), I was being transported into the world of Jane Austen as the first bars were reminiscent of the opening theme of the 1995 TV production of Pride and Prejudice – written by Carl Davis.
After resounding applause, Elyane played a further Mozart work, his 12 Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman", more commonly known as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. This work, starting off as a very simple theme, became increasingly complex, intense and harmonically interesting at each variation.
Haydn Symphony No. 49 in F minor, “La Passione”
Initially this symphony was sombre and funereal - depicting bleakness. Being replaced by the Allegro di molto, which is loud and heavy by nature, with and an engine-like rhythm. It still retained, however, the heaviness of the first movement.
Within the Menuetto e trio, featured is a plateau from the stormy second movement. It was slow and dance like in form. The section with the horns and oboes added consistency and balance with the strings.
The Finale (Presto) returned us once more to intensity and breakneck speed. Of particular note were the frequent contrasts between lightness and intensity as the piece crescendoed.
Luigi Boccherini Symphony in D Minor, Op. 12, No. 4 “Della Casa del Diavolo” (Of the house of the devil)
The Andante sostenuto was sustained and sombre. This was gradually replaced by lightness heralding a recurrent fiery, frenzied scene, which was repeatedly contrasted by diminishments in speed and sound.
Andantino con moto provided light walking speeds which varied slightly in tempo. Contrast between the higher and lower strings.
Andante sostenuto - Allegro con moto
The andante sostenuto in the first movement was repeated. Allegro con moto depicted a rapidly increased intensity in speed and dynamics. Repeated swells of intensity and subsequent diminuendos from the strings contrasted with the ominous sounds of the horns prior to the piece reaching its frenzied climax.
CHICAGO NEW FIRST LOOK AT REHEARSALS OF CHICAGO website photography and review: Neil Chand filming: Hakam Soufan
Chicago The Musical Australia first look at rehearsals 2019 took place at the Sydney Opera House. We were so lucky to be invited to cover the rehearsal session on 23rdbJuly ahead of the upcoming Chicago the Musical Australia (in Sydney) all thanks to our friends at the IP Publicity. Chicargo the Musical team is accompanied by a very high calibre of talented musicians, singers and dancers. At the rehearsal the dancers have showcased the sample of their skills. Not only that, but it was admirable to see their coordination with each other and the sync actions which itself is unique and also noticed the high level of energy driven choreography. The choreography was beyond impressive. The singers were awesome as you could see how they were enjoying their songs hitting high notes without loosing their sweetness of their voice. Definatley the team had left a great impressions to those who were present.
The musical stars include Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Alinta Chidzey, Casey Donovan & Tom Burlinson
The Musical starts in Sydney on 20 August and will run till 13 October at the Capito.l Theatre, Sydney, Haymarket, NSWit for the musical to commence here. It will certainly draw lots of media and public attention. The troupe will tour the other Australian cities after. It will start in Sydney on 20th August and will run till 13th October at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Haymarket, NSW
full dress rehearsal and media event photos and article: Neil Chand
Chicago the Musical… Sneak Peek Media Release! “Chicago the Musical Sneak Peek Full Costume Rehearsals” was truly an extraordinary and professional event organised by XYZ. The choreography was synced with the live orchestra on stage which put together a show of high standard. This was also accompanied by astonishing singing which was mesmerising and surely left the impression of an exclusive show. The concert will certainly be organised in a very professional manner and will not fail to deliver such amazing content. The stage lights were exceptional at capturing the mood and feeling of the acts performed on the stage which made a personal connection with the viewers, hence, making the show unique, classy and romantic. The singers had very good control of their voices and were able to modulate their voices from low to high without losing their sweetness and melody. Finally, the choice of venue, “Capital Theatre” where the sneak peek, full costume rehearsals was held, has a class of its own with lovely acoustic and set up
FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NGV: KIRA PURU NEW website review by Hima Himani
National Gallery of Victoria presents an array of traditional and warm Friday Nights. We were lucky enough to visit one of them on August 2 at the gallery with the powerful vocalist Kira Puru. Kira is also has many talents: she is a musician of Maori background who lives in Melbourne since 2013. Kira released a national tour for her single "Everything's Better Without You" with Kinder as support. Kira's Tension , Molotov , Say Something of 2018,and many more were embraced with pleasure . It is interesting to note here that her song "Molotov" was ranked 75th on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2018.It was amazing to be present at such concert and enjoy Kira's skills. Kira is also an well regarded artists, a great photographer and a visual artist, DJ plus a powerful vocalist - her list of multile talents goes on and one. For me and my friend it was such a phenomenal opportunity to listen to the artist of such caliber. NGV Friday Nights choices of performers are always top class. It looks like Kira will always be on the op of her game no matter what she plays. We look forward to the next concert in line.
We also had a chance to visit the Winter Masterpieces exhibition at NGV at the same time, NGV is having an excellent display at the moment. Terracotta Warriors is Guardians of Immortality (and as an addition: Cai Guo-Qiang) is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors.
The sculptures were discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province. It is considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. Guardians of Immortality features over 150 treasures of Chinese art and design. The exhibition at NGV displays 8 of them. The discovery is one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century. Alongside the warriors there is a magnificent display of Cai Guo-Qiang with the transit landscape. The artist has created a new breathtaking art, inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions. His Transient Landscape presents a new body of work inspired by the history and place that served as the backdrop to the reign of China’s first emperor and the creation of the terracotta warriors. Both ancient and contemporary art works work together where one is a reminder of things that were and another is a statement of the modern world.
THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS with Justin Kenealy, Anne Harvey-Nagl, Sally Clarke, and Lorenzo Iannotti website review and photos by Michelle Schembri-Lipscombe
The Melbourne Musicians Review 45th Concert Season 2019 Bach and Mozart Saturday July 14, 2019
The concert opened today under the direction of conductor Frank Pam introducing the days performers, leaving the guests excited about what was to come. The beautiful day of music incorporating three soloists to perform with the orchestra. A soprano saxophonist, Justin Kenealy, classical vocalist, Lorenzo Iannotti and a strings duo, Anne Harvey-Nagl on violin and Sally Clarke on viola. Frank was dressed to match the theme of the day with creatively designed t-shirts with a musical flare - his initial top was worn to represent the first half of the show with the name BACH in print and the second to represent the pieces performed in the second half of the show MOZART. With a few words leaving the guests in anticipation the first solo performer was introduced.
Conductor, Frank Pam flawlessly led his musicians and us on a 2 hour musical journey. There is nothing quite like experiencing a talented orchestra, with passionate performers and an equally passionate conductor eager to inform you of the intricate details that often go untold. The orchestra performed throughout the programme with a smooth richness in the strings, power in the horns and a beautiful synergy of art. Displaying a clear love for classical music, the orchestra used an array of musical shades and tempo allowing us to witness individuals working together to provide a grand performance.
Saxophonist Justin Kenealy opened the concert performing his own arrangement of 2 Bach violin concertos. Both of the pieces Justin performed, Bach's Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041 and Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BVW 1042 are traditionally performed by violin and accompanying strings. The A minor Concerto follows the traditional Italian structure of three movements, arranged fast-slow-fast. The first and third movements are vigorously rhythmic, and watching these performed by Justin on saxophone was truly amazing. The Violin Converto No. 2 in E Major also has these characteristics, albeit with a few unusual features as each movement has "un-Italian characteristics". The arrangement Justin performed sounded exquisite, the alto saxaphone following the pace of the movement and providing a satisfying feel to the piece. My favourite part of the piece was watching Justin as he performed the majestic adagio, the expressive dialogue between soloist and orchestra is heightened by the abrupt change from minor to major in its middle section. Justin swayed along with the alto saxaphone providing a very enjoyable performance not only musically but visually. Justin and the orchestra held the attention of the audience through their performance, working in sync, clearly sharing the love of the concerto and enjoying it in its transformed musical form. A dynamic performance, with beautiful runs of music mixed with some intricate work.
Lorenzo Iannotti was invited as the second soloist on stage to perform some Italian Classical numbers including Schubert's Ave Maria, Caro mio ben by Giuseppe Giordani, and the famous O sole mio. It was a delight to hear a seasoned vocalist perform along with the orchestra. Ave Maria has become one of Schuberts most popular works, recorded by a wide variety of performers, both vocally and instrumentally. The famed melody comes from Schubert’s “Ellens dritter Gesang,” or “Ellen’s Third Song,” which was part of his Opus 52 — a collection of seven songs based off Sir Walter Scott’s 1810 legendary epic poem, The Lady of the Lake. Often sung at religious ceremonies, the venue provided the perfect acoustics for Lorenzo to perform. Lorenzo's voice soared through the timbers in the church, providing a majestic rendition of the popular song. The song was a beautiful choice to introduce us to his range and the quality of his voice. The second piece Lorenzo performed was Caro mio ben. With two dominant designs of melodic line in this piece, descending and arc form, Lorenzo provided the perfect melodic feel and emotion to embellish the songs meaning. In translation, Caro mio ben is essentially a love song, a longing to be with the one you love. Lorenzo's intensely passionate and emotive performance allowed the audience to be drawn into the song. I found myself mesmorised by Lorenzo's voice, being dragged into the story without the need to understand a single word of the lyrics. Lorenzo's final song was to the beautiful Italian piece O sole mio. What a glorious traditional Neapolitan song, performed by the most famous Italian tenors and beautifully accompanied by the orchestra. The melody of O sole mio has long been credited to Eduardo di Capua, who supposedly composed it in April 1898. But after 75 years, it turned out that the melody in fact was an elaboration of a song which di Capua had bought from another musician, Alfredo Mazzucchi, the previous year. The song is well known for the power play in the strings and how they tease the vocalist to stretch their voice to sore to an almost unreachable final note. As a tenor, a note like this is what you live for, what you train for and Lorenzo did not disappoint. It was stunning to watch Lorenzo perform all three songs but especially to end on this aria. It was a pleasure to watch him play with the song, entwine his vocals with the orchestra and take his voice to a place that most of us would never attempt. Receiving a roar of applause after each song, Lorenzo left the audience wanting more.
After interval, Anne Harvey-Nagl and Sally Clarke were invited to perform the wonderful Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. The Sinfonia Concertante was a perfect piece for Anne and Sally to perform as it is normally in several movements, in which there are parts of solo instruments, generally two or more, contrasting of a group of soloists with the full orchestra. Performing this piece allowed them to perform along with the orchestra, as soloists and accompanying one another... and every bit of it was spectacular. From the moment Anne and Sally approached the stage you could feel their energy and excitement to perform. Synchronising the violin and viola beautifully they performed an intense, dramatic array of strings. The pieces moved smoothly transitioning between soft strings, dramatic build-ups and plenty of exciting crescendos. It was fascinating to observe Anne and Sally working together, feeding off one another, the orchestra and the conductor to create an breathless array of beautiful music.
The three-movement structure of the Sinfonia Concertante is known for being out of the ordinary. It is said that over half of the French sinfonie concertantes were in two movements and compositions in a minor key were extremely rare. With the symphony containing a middle movement in a minor key, it immediately stands out. Additionally, of Mozart’s five symphonies concertantes, it is the only one with a doubled viola section. Performing a very complex symphony, the Orchestra supported the girls to perform with grace, allowing them to individually shine and blend simultaneously. What an absolute pleasure it was to watch Anne and Sally perform! On completion of the symphony, Anne and Sally were encouraged by the conductor and audience to provide an encore which was equally mesmerising to watch. The piece was a very engaging duet and the attention to musical and melodic detail was beautiful.
It was such a pleasure to experience the beautiful blend of instruments in the orchestra, each with their own uniqueness coming together to provide a beautiful afternoon of music. The venue was full to the rafters and the chatter at interval and after the performance was filled with positive accolades to the orchestra and each of the solo performers.
editing and compilation : Hakam Soufan filming : Michelle Schembri-Lipscombe
photography: Stuart Buchana
LE FESTIVAL BRISBANE website review and photos by Brett Styles
Le Festival recently celebrated 10 years, honouring Bastille Day on the banks of the river at Southbank in Brisbane. Assorted entertainment, from Can Can dancers to renditions of classic Edith Piaf music, added to the gastronomic delights. The usual French influence of cheese, wine, croissants, pastries and champagne were plentiful. The three-day event brought out Francophiles came to relive traditions of home alongside locals who also enjoyed the cultural diversity.
Le Festival a récemment fêté ses 10 ans en célébrant le 14 juillet sur les rives du fleuve à Southbank, à Brisbane. Des animations variées, allant des danseurs de Can Can aux interprétations de la musique classique Edith Piaf, ont ajouté aux délices gastronomiques. Les influences françaises habituelles du fromage, du vin, des croissants, des pâtisseries et du champagne étaient nombreuses. L'événement de trois jours a amené les francophiles à revivre les traditions du pays d'origine aux côtés de la population locale qui appréciait également la diversité culturelle.
The standing ovation at the conclusion of the From Far Away musical in the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne was an organic reaction of the audience to both: an amazing true story underlining the plot and the brilliant performance of the crew. The story depicted unpredictable landing of the US airplanes at the Newfoundland Island of Canada. As that happened on 11 September 2001 everyone on Earth now knows what that date means in history of not just America but the whole world. However, when hundreds of airlines had to divert their planes away from the US airports and urgently organised their landings and acceptance by hundreds of the airports in the neighbouring countries, the passengers were unaware of the reasons.
The Musical is based on the fact that the terror attacks in New York and Washington forced 38 planes to land on the Newfoundland Island in Canada. Those planes were full of passengers who were confused, not knowing what was happening to them. They did not hear yet about the attacks and were frustrated, angry and worried. Someone was late for his important conference, others were supposed to meet with families, some people were looking forward to participate in their private activities. So, that sudden diversion sounded so unfair and wrong for them!
On the dry land in the small town on Gander they learnt about the horrific events and cried over it together with some locals. The population of Gander town was about 7 thousands of inhabitants. Now 6,700 passengers needed to be accommodated, fed and provided with other services. Nearly impossible task! And that was a mixed crowd: different nationalities, different languages, different religions – Christians to Muslims to Jews, etc. And nobody knew for how many days those people would be ‘uninvited guests’ of the Island.
Emotions were raw, some people burst into tears, some have special food requirements. One lady worried about her son David who was a firefighter in New York and she knew nothing about his whereabout and whether he was alive and OK. The atmosphere was tense and hard for people on both sides to stay calm and do what required to be done.
Many locals invited those strangers to their homes. Some friendships began to form. Locals and strangers congregated together. Music started with the girl, playing violin, with guitar players, with songs and Irish dancing.
Soon those, who did not feel like total stranger anymore, were introduced to a local tradition: to become a Canadian one must to kiss a fish, actually not any fish but the cod.
Kissing the cod became real fun and entertaining and helped them all to know each other better.
On day 5th the first plane was about to leave that foreign land which actually was not that foreign to the passengers anymore. Grateful and thankful, they try to pay money for their stay and services, but locals refused to take it.
Musically, choreographically and visually in many ways the musical has been really a top-standard performance.
The Melbourne public has been as always very receptive, encouraging and reacted to every joke with loud laughter and to every scene with great attention and understanding.
I also noticed that the majority of the public were younger crowd, so they could easily relate to many of the characters on stage.
To sum it up, I personally would recommend it highly. Don’t miss it out!
review by Oksana Newton We were very lucky to visit Phoenix Theatre on this school holidays. This time we saw the Snow White and The Magic Dwarfs. It was beautiful play , enjoyable and very hilarious. I loved the idea of kids taking part of play as Magic Dwarfs. They were amazing, funny and so cute. I adored the Queen. I know she is negative character, but her jokes made adults laugh loudly. Queen was the star. Also kids from audiences were helping with play. They had been invited to the stage to sing and say hello to all characters and Snow White. Prince Perfect was very silly and very funny. He made every kid giggle, he was adorable. Magic Dwarfs were magnificent with jokes about Famous cook, in their way of doing stuff, I loved them. I should admit I never saw kids that much exited and happy. It was great experience and fantastic play. We will be looking forward to see new play next holidays. But i would recommend not to miss out on current one. Trust me kids will love it, so as adults. We enjoyed it, now it’s yours turn. Enjoy and have fun.
review by Guna Segar We had a lovely afternoon with kids (aged 3 & 7) at a Snowwhite and Seven Magical Dwarfs pantomime. It was a modern twist of a classic fairy tale, and kept our interest with a different interpretation. It had great acting, it was funny and we loved how interactive it was for kids. We especially liked how kids were invited on the stage for a song along mid-play. On improvement side, there were few sound issues, microphones having static noise. But it was fixed in the second half of the play. Some adult themes, such as cheating were brought up and a bit inappropriate for younger kids. Would be great if snack bar would accept cards, it’s so easy to get cards facilities these days with Square up. I also noticed people asking for other snacks then apple and lollies, for example crisps. However, overall we enjoyed the performance and atmosphere. Great that cast did photos with kids as well after the show. We would definitely go to another play by The Wonderland Production.
review by Olga Kirk We were so excited again to enjoy the Wonderland Theater performance with Snow White and The Magic Dwarfs! This time the show was packed full of music with new charming musicians, dwarfs, laughter, and the amazing Mirror “not on the wall”. The new actress playing Snow White was so beautiful and all the kid’s favorite was Her Majesty Queen Evilyn! She is really charismatically attractive even with her bad behavior and age. The team from the Theater is extremely talented, creative and most importantly: Fun for all family members. It’s important to entertain not only the children but adults as well! Sometimes I feel myself as a young girl and wanted to interact and help the heroes on the stage together with kids.
We can’t wait for the next school holidays when they will have the Pinocchio performance.
SOVEREIGN HILL BALLARAT: WINTER WONDERLIGHTS website review: Natasha Marchev photography: Murray Howard-Brooks
Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights are currently open in the historical museum for the whole family to enjoy.
I believe we arrived just on time: 0545pm for the Winter Lights to appear from the upcoming night darkness like the magic in the middle of Australian Christmas
The evening spent was absolutely brilliant though rather cold but warmed up by all the happy people who were smiling walking around the last century streets and behaving like kids.
The kids were all way too excited : taking photos and videos of the falling down snow and lights displays and animes on the street houses.
You would not have a better day spending it with kids but try to arrive earlier as you will not want to miss out on the main exhibition too before the night comes.
The awesome experience excluded the fabulous flaming chimney tower, where the ginger bread is made at the bottom in the oven.
The experience as really unique too as there is nothing like this anywhere in the world. We sat around the open fire to warm up our hands observing the people dressed in historical costumes passing by. Some of them stopped by to relax next to the flames.
The sound and light show were absolutely terrific to watch, so spectacular you will feel like you are 10 again.
Make sure also that your camera is recharged as you will have a lot of snaps: the light tunnels in the garden are so magnificent you will keep clicking and clocking and clicking!
We were also told that year after year the light show gets better and better so even if you saw it a year before you will be amazed by the new small shows popping out at every corner of the display.
It is a real fun time for Australian July but make sure you are aware of a loud voice of Sir Ginger - he entertains you minute after minute.
The good news were that most of the shops were opened and welcomed people in: there is so many fantastic items on offer including lollies, hats, soaps, souvenirs and much much more!
Our road trip was also lots of joy as we kept discussing new ideas for the magazine and the time flew by like no time... So much joy when you travel with positive and creative people so make sure you take only those ones in your car!
Make sure you enjoy your time as it will also fly by at the museum: it is only one hour - make the most out of it! And stay happy!
Disney On Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends is now touring Australia from 31 May – 21 July 2019.
Having grown up with Disney all my life, I was excited to be invited to attend the latest Disney On Ice arena spectacular while it skated through Melbourne. I haven’t previously been to a Disney on Ice performance and living in Australia, I’ve never had the chance to visit Disney Land, so I was certainly keen to experience the Disney magic first-hand.
Many of our favourite Disney characters are featured in the show – from the original classics we love including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, through to more modern characters from Frozen and for the first time Moana. The show also includes many of the Disney princesses – I think I counted seven – Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, Mulan, Belle, and Rapunzel. It was quite a magical vision when they all took to the stage together. A highlight was the scene with Rapunzel performing breathtaking aerial tricks - hanging above the ice from a golden silk.
Fans of Frozen and Moana won’t be disappointed, as much of the second half of the show is spent going through these stories. My personal favourite was the performance of ‘Let it Go’ and it received a loud cheering applause from the audience.
The show is definitely geared towards younger children – generally between the ages of 2 and 12. Whilst there is still much to enjoy as an adult, it would certainly be best experienced with children to be able to see their eyes sparkle and faces beam with joy. Several lucky children are picked out of the crowd for a few fun interactive moments.
A highly entertaining production – your children will surely be mesmerised. With world class skaters, sparkling costumes, amazing acrobatics, and captivating choreography – Disney On Ice is something you must experience at least once in your life.
National Tour Dates Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 4 – 8 July Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre 12 – 14 July Sydney Qudos Bank Arena 17 July – 21 July
Tickets Secure your tickets from Ticketek www.ticketek.com.au.
Timing The show ran for approximately 90 minutes – plus a 20 minute intermission.
Getting there - Be sure to plan your journey in advance and allow yourself at least an extra 30 minutes. My recommendation would be to grab public transport if you can - to avoid any congestion and the hassle of finding parking.
If you do decide to drive, I would suggest you pre-book parking at the venue to avoid disappointment. For the Melbourne performance at Rod Laver Arena, parking at the venue was extremely limited. I tried to book parking a week in advance and it was already sold out. You can check online in advance to find out alternative parking options. I parked at Federation Square – it cost a flat fee of $16 – and from there it was an easy ten minute walk to Rod Laver.
On arrival, we collected our tickets and souvenir program from the Box Office, and then headed through the security checks. We happened to run late – as were many others still walking through security ten minutes into the show. There is no lock out – and late comers are permitted. Once in your seats, you were able to get up and back out as you needed with no issues.
Enjoy the full experience – There is a lot on offer – including a sea of Disney merchandise available to purchase at every corner. Seeing the arena is dark – the light up toys were a big hit with the kids. There are also many photo opportunities – I spotted a Dory photo-booth with character props.
Bring a jacket The temperature was slightly cooler in the arena – I found mentioned online that the temperature in the arena typically 10 degrees cooler than outside. I found it too be quite comfortable in the arena, definitely not icy-cold however it would be worth dress in layers just in case.
photos: Anthony Wayne
MELBOURNE MAGIC FESTIVAL: TWO SHOWS review by Oksana Newton
We were very lucky to be a part of Melbourne Magic Festival 2019 organised by The Melba Spiegeltent. It’s was our first time, and it’s was happy experience. We left shows with a smiles on our faces and warmth in our hearts. For me it’s was most beautiful and unforgettable time of my life.
We started our evening by visiting The Great Kaplan show. David Kaplan just took my heart and made me laugh. His performance was full of laughter, tears of joy and happy mood. His show was amazing. Perfect for kids and for adults. Everyone in the theatre had fun. My kid couldn’t stop giggling, he also loved it a lot. It was great to see little kids on stage helping Kaplan with magic tricks. All kids in the theatre were willing to be a helpers. David Kaplan was outstanding with children. His interactions with audiences were terrific. Adults were acting like kids, laughing and having a ball. It was fantastic time and unforgivable evening.
In the same evening we visited Tim Ellis show As Seen On TV. He warmed my heart by his own story. Tim’s personal anecdote blew my mind. Story of little boy who had 1st birthday party. His parents invited a magician. Since than he always wanted to become one. Fraught all his performance he was telling audiences about his long journey, hard work and his dreams. Tim shared with us his past and memories. In one of them he was talking about his teacher and hours of of training to do one particular magic trick. He made everyone burst in to tears of laughter by using one of guests as volunteer. He made impossible to happen and unbelievable to become reality. Tim's show was one amazing experience for me and my son. We definitely will be looking forward to visit this show again and again next year and years ahead. My kid was very lucky to get Tim Ellis’s DVD disc with 10 Easy Magic Tricks You Can Do. It’s fantastic DVD that I would recommend for parents to buy for kids who are fascinated about magic. My son already trying to does some magic tricks.
From my own experience I can say only this. Don’t miss out. Take your kids and have nice and relaxing time at the Melbourne Magic Festival 2019. It is running from June 30 to June 13. Still plenty time till and of holidays. Enjoy and have fun with those amazing magicians.
TOMOE KAWABARA IN RECITAL website review by Katherine Kelly
Wood, Metal and Vibrating Air Pianist: Tomoe Kawabata Piano Recital Thursday 27 June 2019 at the Sound Gallery Monash University
PROGRAM Akio Yashiro: Sonatine Maurice Ravel: Jeux d’eau Claude Debussy: Ballade Akira Nishimura: Mirror of stars Akira Miyoshi: Pour le piano – mouvement circulaire et croisé Henri Dutilleux: Au gré des ondes Akira Miyoshi: Sonate pour piano
Recently I was treated to a delightful performance by Tomoe Kawabata from Japan, now resident in Australia.
Tomoe introduced works by three Japanese composers: Akio Yashiro, Akira Miyoshi and Akira Nishimura. Yashiro and Miyoshi studied at the Paris Conservatoire where influences from Ravel, Debussy and other French composers played a great part in their compositional development. Nishimura studied in Japan under the tutelage of Yashiro. He too fell under the spell of the French genre of composition.
Three other works were from noted French composers: Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Henri Dutilleux.
In Yashiro’s Sonatine, Tomoe displayed great pianistic control with lightness of touch, great agility and dynamics of tempo and sound.
Maurice Ravel’s Jeux d’eau was indeed a play on water with cascading scales and arpeggios, increasing with intensity. Heavy cascades of water came to mind, which decreased to resemble a light stream.
Debussy’s Ballade was delightfully simple in style with a repetitive, meditative effect, again resembling gently flowing water.
Nishimura’s Mirror of stars was bell-like evoking an image of the night sky, with stars turning on and off. The bell like sounds were interspersed with runs of intensity. What came to mind was a fleeting glimpse of a falling star. Mirror of stars bore an imperceptible reminder of Arvo Paert’s Spiegel im Spiegel.
Miyoshi’s Pour Le Piano - mouvement circulaire et croisé continued with the water theme with influences of improvisational jazz.
His Sonate Pour Piano consisted of trill-like scales which counteracted with runs of great intensity. A light versus dark piece.
Deutilleux’s Au Gres des Ondes again presented a water theme. The work also drew on the jazz as well as a Bach Prelude I learned in my teens.
Tomoe engaged extremely well with the audience with introductory descriptions of the works. However, her words were slightly lost within the Gallery. A microphone may have helped.
These works were indeed very demanding requiring great skill in accuracy, dynamics and physical strength. Tomoe’s elegant phrasing and style were a joy to watch.
VICTORIA review, photos and video by Susan Reynolds
Sunday 16th June 2019 Miss World State Finals For Victoria.
The venue was again the stunning White Night Receptions which provided the perfect atmosphere for all at the catered event. Youshiki Hair and Scissors. and @artisthdmakeup artists were working their magic on the contestants before this State Final. This time the contestant selection would be final 10 then final 5.
Sponsors :Alfaparf with gift bags for attendees and contestants on the night. White Night Receptions, Ozwear Australia, Dr. Dee, Mediterranean Tan, Vogue Dental Studios.
Once again the lovely contestants had their own message to convey in competing in these state finals hopeful in making the next round. The contestants were introduced and shared an interesting fact about themselves. The fashion evening wear was varied in colour and design each reflecting the wearers individual choices; just beautiful.
Contestants then had questions they individually drew from a jar to answer. Each bringing to the fore their uniqueness and a chance to illuminate aspects of their personalities and impress with their answers. Questions requiring answers designed to show something of individual values, priorities or feelings on a societal or personal level.
The panel of esteemed judges individually appoint scores which are tallied as the pageant progresses and all the scores verified by professional auditor Deanne Firth.
Final five Instagram handles and top five names ashparaskevas (Ash Paraskevas) moktika.t (Moktika Tandon) amber.sidney (Amber Sidney) Claramomesso (Clara Momesso) Dazvarlamova (Daria Varlamova)
Miss Charity who raised in excess of $8,000 for Variety the Children’s Charity. Beauty with a Purpose shines with the tremendous effort achieved by Lakshana Soopaul the Victorian State Winner. The audience and organisers applaud Lakshana and her fellow contestants for the support to the charity.
*PANEL: Deborah Miller : Miss World National Director Dr Dee: : Vogue Dental Studios and Platinum Partner Deanne Firth : Official Auditor counting judges scores from Tactical Accountants
QUEENSLAND photos: Bret Styles
Miss World Australia with Queensland State Final – Gold Coast at voco Gold Coast http://www.missworldaustralia.com.au/events photography: Brett Styles please stay tuned for the article coming up soon Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine expresses its special thanks to the organisers and managers of the event and personally to Deborah Miller and Chelsea Eletva for the invite and opportunity to cover the event as well as to Brett for his art works
QLD Winners: Analiese Gordon Lily Buhl Taya Bliss Grabbe Makalah Jeffery Mia Cherry Sophia Harris Ebony Doyle Alison Williams Bethany Doble
Sponsors: Alfaparf Milano Mediterranean Tan OzWear Australia Novo Shoes Voco Gold Coast
28 years ago the Boroondara Eisteddfod was created with the goal of bringing the best of Melbourne musicians together and giving them a chance to compete and learn from each other. Nearly 3 decades later and nothing has changed. The Eisteddfod, now a cherished part of the Victorian music calendar still represents 6 weeks of intense competition and some of the very best classical musicians that Melbourne has to offer. Last Sunday represented what is arguably one of the most exciting events of the entire competition, that being the piano concerto final. As if the chance to listen to three of Victoria’s finest pianist wasn’t enough though, following event tradition, they were backed by none other than the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra. A delight and source of crowd envy by themselves.
The symphony began the event with fanfare and aplomb, as conductor Nicole Marshall set the tone with Franz Von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture. The motivational and uplifting piece informing all audience members of just how high the bar has been raised and set. Not that the first of the finalist Anna Gao had any reason to worry, of course, her rendition of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 was nothing short of splendid. While the piece itself has become something of a staple in concertos of this type, Anna’s ability to transition from the first movements varied flourishes and energetic themes to the second movements far more mellowed and melodic themes shows her skills, as well as any piece, could.
Not to be outdone Tian Tian Lan’s exquisite showcase of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30 soon followed and was not found wanting. Rachmaninov’s second movement is known to be a morose affair at the best of times, when combined with Lan’s skills however, made the piano somewhat hard to hear over the sniffles from the audience. Combined with the third movement motivation and overwhelming nature made Tian Tian Lan’s performance a roller coaster ride of emotion and by the end, many were grateful for the intermission as they needed a minute to collect themselves.
Upon their return, audience members were greeted by James Zong’s competent performance of Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, S.124. A somewhat unusual choice as it relies far more on the orchestra then the soloist, however, one that paid of well for the audience as it meant that they were treated with Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra’s take on the deep and nuanced piece. A musical appetizer as it were, for while the adjudicator Dr. Di Bresciani Oam stepped out to make her final decision and finalize her notes for the finalists, the orchestra again stepped in to entertain and enthrall the audience. Finishing with Franz Shubert’s Symphony No.8 in B minor, D 759, the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra ended on a high note, doing true justice to one of Schubert final works. A complex and beautiful symphony that runs the gambit of emotions and tones, with abrupt changes in theme and deeply enchanting melodies, a feast for the ears and the soul.
All good things must end however and soon enough, Dr. Oam returned with the verdict. Tian Tian Lan’s victory was made official and so treated the audience to an encore performance to remind us why he won the coveted title. Just like that, another year has passed and another Boroondara Eisteddfod comes to a close (until the encore highlight performance of course). 28 years down, here’s to 28 more!
photography: Stuar tBuchanan
NICA: DISPERSION JUNE 2019 website review by Marina Skliar
They are young, they are beautiful, and they are restless to say the least about the artists that joined the Dispersion production at NICA in June 2019!
I absolutely loved to watch any performances done by the students. It is such an amazing energy to enjoy. This time I was not disappointed at all. The second year NICA students performance was absolutely fabulous in the spectacular athletic acts.
The first act started in the tangled up in the rob when the skillful acrobats were untangling themselves from the knots and rob twists.
I loved the fact that every single performer was playing its own roll regardless if they have been in the front or at the back of the stage - they all performed their best.
Young athletes' eyes were sparking with joy and inspiration and one could notice the genuine smiles on their faces.The performance was done with such a passion and enthusiasm I was feeling so uplifted with happiness myself.
There were different variations of plays including an incredible animal kingdom play/fight for survival. This act included the monkey playing in the jungle.
The play between the male and the female was done with master of its craft touch. The facial expressions, the eyes, the lips of the actors - there was no need for any words as the expression through the beautiful performance act said it all.
The selection of music and the live performance by trio was simply superb too.
I also loved the closing act when he actors were dancing in the circle following the flamingo / tango music, The whole act was so breathtaking indeed! I don’t think that I have seen such an unusual dance before and ever in my life. I also have nothing of compare it with in its uniqueness. So well done!
Overall performance was excellent, however I would have added a bit more costumes with colors for some different acts so that the audience would have better recognition in such change.
This production is great for all ages to see, it will not brake the bank to take the whole family in for such a pleasure of he entertainment, We are so lucky to have these artists here in Melbourne. It also so encouraging for the young people to start up gymnastics, dancing , acting, or playing music instruments. Thank you for the experience of a life time!