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Lauren Bacon

Entry DateDecember 5, 2019

Experience

-Directed and co-directed a number of small stage and film projects back at University primarily for assessments during my acting degree.
-I was more in the role of production manager for the show 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown', but at times assisted the Director as assistant director with being a second pair of eyes for scenes, running accent workshops, character building workshops and exercises, physical/mental/focus warm-ups and exercises, giving notes on scenes, being someone to bounce ideas off of etc.

Questions

Mamma Mia is one of my favourite stage shows, when I have a bad day or just need some good songs to boost the mood, I listen to the album or put on the movie. It is an escape for me and without fail I always feel better after listening/watching the story. Because of this it is a show that first inspired me to want to give directing a go. So my drive is both 100% to be onstage singing the songs or 100% having a hand bringing to show the life from behind the desk. My energy and passion are equal when thinking of being on stage or behind the scenes. I want to be assistant director because I feel that along with my bachelor degree in Performance (Acting), I have a knack at seeing the details, analysing scene/character breakdowns, coming up with ideas/suggestions and working alongside a team to bring a dream together; and I just think it would just be a lot of fun and a great opportunity not only to learn, but to build on experience to lead to more opportunities in the future.

I think the most challenging aspect of directing Mamma Mia is making sure the actors who are playing the leads have freedom/confidence to play. Its such a playful show and the beauty of the show is that every night can be so beautifully different but only if the fundamental characterisation/scene objectives/etc foundations have been laid during rehearsals so the actors can just listen and respond to each other in the moment and not just do the same thing every night. The show has such big moments that can explode into a single moment of silence. Really finding the balance to make these moments contrast and work.

Felicity Jean

Entry DateDecember 5, 2019

Experience

Performer: Phantom of the Opera - Ensemble - BMMS, Midsummer Nights Dream - Helena - Glenbrook Players
Director - Shakespeare by the River's Cymbeline - The Acting Factory
Assistant Director - The 39 Steps - Glenbrook Players

Questions

John has gathered together a fantastic team with a vast array of knowledge in their fields. Mamma Mia is a fun and upbeat show, with a huge cast, and a variety of challenges. I believe this would be a brilliant show to test myself with in musical theatre, with so many people to learn from. For me, the biggest challenge will be learning how the different sides of a musical - singing, dancing and acting, as well as set and costumes - fit together without taking away from each other.

Nina Carrasco

Entry DateNovember 27, 2019

Experience

Performed in Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of oz and Peter Pan at Penrith Anglican College (2016,2011, 2010)

Helped direct and choreograph PAC's 2017 production of Mary Poppins.

Directed a performance of Hairspray at Australian Catholic University 2019 (HD)

Questions

1. I am currently studying a bachelor of education majoring in drama teaching. I would love to gain more experience prior to entering the field. Having previously dabbled in both performance and directing work it would be a fantastic way to start gaining an application of this to apply in the future. Being an assistant director for Mamma Mia would be a fantastic opportunity to further my skill set, learn, all whilst singing abba!

2. One of the potential challenges of directing Mamma Mia would be being able to effectively convey the multiple story lines clearly throughout the fun that is abba. This can be especially hard in a cast that is mixed age where they may not understand the show at a deeper level. However this being said, this message is able to be shown through the lighter sides of this show. This is what makes Mamma Mia such an enjoyable and loveable show, it brings people in with the music and keeps them there with the story line!

Melanie Cage

Entry DateNovember 27, 2019

Experience

I have observed many productions in film, tv and tvc. I have performed as an extra on numerous shows and films. I have worked with a large number of ADs in this role and would really love the opportunity to learn this side of a production. I have been a police officer for 20 years so am organised and can take directions, given assistance wherever needed and very reliable.

Questions

I love the show and would love an opportunity to work on a live production.
The most challenging thing would be directing all performers at once if required.

Anahita Ebrahimzadeh

Entry DateNovember 27, 2019

Experience

Aside from participating in school/uni productions a zillion years ago, none in a directing capacity.

Questions

1. I'm interested in learning all aspects of theatre production, and as this is primarily a learning role, it seems like the perfect place to start.
2. The most challenging aspect...making sure that the performers you choose for each role are able to meet the demands of their roles not only vocally but also with movement eg. dancing (if required) and delivery of lines. Coaching and coaxing the best out of them. Especially when working with kids or less experienced performers.

Diana Kemp

Entry DateNovember 27, 2019

Experience

How does someone obtain the training and experience of directing quality theatre unless they are fortunate enough to sit in the presence of those already doing it well?

I would love the opportunity to see how you put the printed page successfully, onto the stage.

I have been a regular attendee at your musicals since Phantom of the Opera, shortly after moving to the Blue Mountains. Your quality productions are such a gift to the community.

This would be a dream opportunity and I would work hard, be reliable and be happy to be directed by you.

I would love to observe and learn so potentially in the future I might be able to be actively involved in Blue Mountains Productions too.

Experience behind my request.
member of award-winning New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir 1986-1990. (Touring and winners at the Pacific Basin Choral Festival, Hawaii).
Chorus member - Gilbert and Sullivan Society Hawkes Bay NZ, Pirates of Penzance and Mikado. 1986, 1987)
Instigator, coordinator and singer in of the Warringah Community Christmas Carols from 1993- 2001 (first year 300 people - till 4000 attended in Beverly Job Park from the local community hosted by local business and artists)
Harmony singer in various contemporary bands 1992- 2018
A writer of unpublished songs, books, plays and a musical.

Questions

Answer 1. Mamma Mia is a wonderful movie that is vibrant, energetic, full of songs from my early years and promises to be one of the best musicals to date. Being an assistant to the director on a show that I'm personally passionate about would be an honour. I know I would learn and grow as a creative artist. I do learn best by watching, this is a very good way to introduce support and assistance where needed while receiving hands-on training.

To be immersed from the start to finish, of a director's processes, would be very impacting. I would find a place, not just in the team, but also in the arts in the mountains. As a writer, my work is fairly obscure and isolated, yet my belief in the power of storytelling through live theatre is passionate. Your Musical society has a very high standard and I would like to learn from you all.

Answer 2.
The biggest challenge for the director will be dreaming up the movement, props and emotional moments that will trigger great emotional responses from the audience. The timing, the pausing, the excitement the passion. To help the cast get lost in the characters so they suck the audience into a genuine experience where they forget they are being entertained and sitting in a theatre.

If the actors believe what they are doing, have great ideas offered to them and everyone is aiming for a very high standard then the effort is rewarded by results. How does the director get the best out of every single member on the stage? Now that's going to be an interesting process to watch. As an audience member, you are watching everyone. You watch people when they think they are not being watched.

The director is transporting the audience to an uplifting place, by the wonderful storytelling, magical moments and delicate plotting of this already amazing movie. Every person is vital to the audience believing it is real. Everyone on stage must know how important their part big or small, is. Directing Mamma Mia means achieving a very high standard because the expectations from the public will be high. They already love the movie.

To do this I would think you want the audience to respond emotionally. Feeling the pain, the love, the friction and the fun when the cast does on stage. Directing this would involve great attention to details, yet providing a safe environment for all involved to be their best creative self, be collaborative and open while all working together to achieve outstanding results.

Thank you for the opportunity to apply.
Diana