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Time to celebrate the one-hit wonders! Print E-mail
Written by Paula Weston   

If there was ever a musical guaranteed to get audiences singing along it's this one: Phoenix Ensemble's all-original production celebrating some of the world's best-loved one-hit wonders.

The Oneders, featuring a 15-strong cast including a live five-piece band on stage, opens on 21 February and will play over five weekends at Beenleigh's Pavilion Theatre.

Directed by self-confessed music nerd Joel Mikkelsen (who gave us the awesome I'm Too Sexy for the 90s show back in 2012), The Oneders is a high energy concert-style show featuring songs that instantly rocketed to legend status – but which turned out to be their creator's only hit.

Joel says it's that uniqueness that inspired him to build a show around one-hit wonders.

'There's something about those songs that made them famous when other tracks from the same artist didn't fare as well. They one thing they all have in common, though, is they make you want to sing along.'

Bringing together the 90s production two years ago taught Joel the importance of having a band onboard early in the planning process.

'This time around, I actually cast the band before announcing auditions. Revue shows rely heavily on a tight, well-rehearsed band (with lots of stamina!) able to play songs from the 60s until now, so getting the right musicians was critical.'

The music is so important the band even has its own podium, putting the musicians front and centre on the stage.

Next came song choice, and with so many one-hit wonders to choose from over the past fifty years, it wasn't easy narrowing the list.

'We set ourselves some simple parameters: we were looking for songs from each era of modern music, across genres, and featuring bands with only one song in the ARIA top 40,' Joel says.

'Mapping the peak chart positions of each song and checking out all other songs the bands produced actually took quite a lot of time, and we had to pull some songs from the show as new information disqualified them on a technicality.'

In the end, more than 60 songs made the final cut, many included in medleys and mash-ups from the 60s, 80s and 90s, created by musical director Nick Ng.

Joel said the show was chock-full of highlights, with one of his favourite numbers being an a capella arrangement of Walking in Memphis (by Marc Cohn) featuring five-part harmonies.

'Our lighting designer extraordinaire has also put together the most complex lighting arrangement seen on the Phoenix stage to date.'

Joel says anyone who loves music will enjoy The Oneders. 'If you like great arrangements, love watching a live concert-style performance with lots of high energy dancing (from choreographers Laura Baker and Alex Burrie), this show will be right up your alley.

'It's going to be bright, loud and energetic, and it's going to sound awesome. It's a couple of hours of pure music and visual indulgence designed to have you leaving the theatre smiling.'

The Oneders

Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh

7.30pm: 21, 22, 28 February, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 March

Tickets: $26 adult; $24 concession/child; $22 member


Audition notice: Little Shop of Horrors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Heather Scott   

Jesus Christ Superstar

Directed by Morgan Garrity    Musical Direction by Ben Murray    Choreography by Clay English

Date: 7 June 2014 

Location: Phoenix Ensemble, Beenleigh Showgrounds, Beenleigh 

When: dance call – 9:00am-10:30am (please wear appropriate clothing and shoes) 

Individual vocal times confirmed in confirmation email.

What to prepare: Please prepare 2 contrasting excerpts no longer than 2 minutes each. Sheet music is preferable, however there will be equipment for Bluetooth devices available. 


Rehearsals will commence on the 15 June and be held Monday, Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. 

Not all cast will be required at all rehearsals, however we expect full attendance when required. 


Performance dates are Friday and Saturday nights opening on the 17 October and closing on the 15November. 

The Show 

Jesus Christ Superstar will be familiar, in basic fact, to anyone with knowledge of western religion. Borrowing from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the musical tells the story of the last seven days of Jesus Christ’s life. In this production, the world is skewed. What would have happened if after September 11, World War 3 had broken out, and it was thrust upon the masses that their only salvation was religion. In this day and age, giving a religious entity that kind of power would result in a religious dictatorship… a regression to ancient Rome. Jesus and his followers are here to bring about faith in humanity and teach of love, acceptance and unity. 


The Characters 

Jesus – Tenor playing age 25-35 

Judas – Tenor playing age 25-35 

Mary – Alto playing age 16-35  

Pilate – Baritone or Tenor playing age 35-50 

Ciaphis – Bass playing age 40-60  

Annas – Alto playing age 25-35 

Peta (Peter) – Alto playing age 25-35 

Simon – Tenor playing age 20-35 

Disciples – Various males and females playing ages 18-40 

Priests – Various males playing ages 25-50 

Ensemble – Strong singers and dancers 

Please note that some of these roles have changed gender (please refer to voice types).


To register for an audition please contact the director via email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

After you have returned your audition form and CV, your audition will be fully confirmed.

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