In 2012, Phoenix Ensemble will again show why it’s one of the most dynamic, adventurous and talented community theatre companies in south-east Queensland, with an eclectic season of productions promising something for everyone.
The line-up includes an original musical featuring hits from the 90s, a classic David Williamson play, one of the most successful jukebox musicals of all time, and a politically-incorrect musical featuring puppets. All productions will be staged in the boutique Pavilion Theatre at the Beenleigh Showgrounds.
I’m too sexy for the 90s
From first-time director, Joel Mikkelsen, comes an original production featuring music of the 1990s – from Alanis Morissette, Nirvana and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to Eminem, Britney Spears and MC Hammer. Expect plenty of energy and cheeky humour. If you loved Boogie Fever (music from the 70s) and Living in the 80s – both original Phoenix shows – you’ll love this production. Musical direction is by Nick Ng and Casey Chadwick, with Choreography by Alex Burrie and Laura Baker.
Season: 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 24, 30, 31 March 2012
27 November 2011
After the Ball
This story, from iconic Australian playwright David Williamson, offers a frank, critical look at Australian suburban family life in the 1960s and 1990s. At turns tortuous and hilarious, it traces the aspirations, disappointments and realities that test family life, at a time of bewildering social change. A deeply moving play, directed by Maria Grills. A must for fans of quality Australian drama.
Season: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 June 2012
Auditions: 3 March 2012
Buddy: The Musical
One of the original – and best jukebox musicals of all time comes to the Pavilion Theatre in 2012. It captures the story of the short and spectacular career of Buddy Holly, the man who changed the face of music, and features more than 20 of his greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Rave On”, “Maybe Baby” and “Chantilly Lace”. Directed by Debbie Taylor, with musical direction by Mark Plumb.
Season: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 August, and 1, 7, 8 September
Auditions: 12 May 2012
Phoenix favourite Tracey Hutley directs this adults-only musical comedy, which took Broadway and the Tony Awards by storm. Combining actors with puppets, it’s a laugh-out-loud show that tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate who moves into a shabby New York apartment, meets eccentric neighbours, and discovers his purpose in life. This promises to be the most talked about show in Phoenix’s 19-year history! Musical direction by Casey Chadwick and Nick Ng, and choreography by Heather Scott.
Season: 26, 27 October, & 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 November 2012
Auditions: 7 July 2012