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AMTF Saturday 21 May

SINGING (BEGINNERS & YOUTH)

With Jennifer Peers

10:00AM – 1:00PM

LAUNCESTON COLLEGE

At the heart of Musical Theatre is singing and The Australian Musical Theatre Festival is thrilled to bring one of Australia’s leading singing teachers to Launceston in 2022. Jennifer Peers is synonymous with exciting, safe and reliable vocal performance at the highest level of musical theatre. She has a wealth of experience as both a performer, (with credits in many major musicals including ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘City of Angels’) and as a singing teacher, (with ongoing positions at NIDA and Brent St, as well as a thriving private studio that is responsible for many of Australia’s best Musical Theatre singers). Jennifer is in high demand and her classes offer a unique experience in understanding your own instrument and the techniques required to effectively express yourself through song.

This workshop will begin with a full group vocal warm-up offering practical exercises and insights into vocal technique (alignment, breathing, resonance, registration, vocal health) before an engaging masterclass allowing selected individuals to present a song. The entire class will engage in this supportive and inspiring critique from one of our most experienced teachers. A question-and-answer session will follow, allowing every participant access to Jennifer’s wisdom and experience.

 

This workshop has been especially created for beginner artists no matter what the age as well as young people first engaging with their voices. 

*For those wishing to be considered to perform at the class, please prepare a musical theatre song and submit via the AMTF Audition page from 1st Feb – 1st March. AMTF is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people, people with disabilities, all ages, genders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Pricing 

Full | $35

Student | $25

Tickets for this event can be found here!

Beginner and Youth Workshop Package, to book and save see here!

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DIVERSITY PANEL

10:00AM – 11:30AM

LAUNCESTON COLLEGE

As the world continues to change, so too must Musical Theatre. If we, as theatre makers, want our audiences to grow and stay connected, our art form must speak to a changing society. In the wake of the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, the world has been forced to investigate some uncomfortable truths about inherited levels of privilege and how we all can be the agents of change in an art form built on levels of unconscious bias and racism. The issues of our BIPOC community cannot fully be understood from outside but it is the responsibility of us all to create a theatre that is diverse and inclusive to all. This diversity panel is one small way to understand and engage in that conversation.

In 2021, the Australian Musical Theatre Festival’s Diversity Panel was presented within a safe, educational and understanding space, allowing all to illuminate and interrogate some basic truths about the nature of Diversity and Inclusion in the arts. In 2022, we continue the conversation in the same manner, including issues of neurodiversity in a bid to better understand how we might contribute to a brighter future for all.  


This is a free event but registrations are required here

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BUSKERS’S ALLEY

11:00AM - 1:00PM

DICKY WHITES LANE

Presented in association with City Prom

For over one hundred years Shubert Alley has been the geographical centre of  Broadway. The alley is a must for lovers of theatre as the walls herald the current productions on Broadway with oversized, glamorous posters. This year Launceston’s Quadrant Mall will be taken over by regular Musical Theatre performances that promise to thrill and delight. As you follow the path of History backwards down Dickie White’s Lane, Broadway will evolve before your eyes as the best Musical Theatre buskers will sing for their supper and you will get to enjoy the stars of tomorrow with the songs of yesteryear. 

 Those wishing to Audition for this interactive music experience, please submit an audition via the portal on this website. AMTF is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, all ages, genders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.


This is a free event.

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INTIMACY COORDINATION

With Chloe Dallimore

11:30AM – 1:00PM

LAUNCESTON COLLEGE

The Australian Musical Theatre Festival prides itself on bringing together our arts community with industry leaders well versed in current issues and innovation within the theatre industry. 

The introduction of trained Intimacy Co-ordinators in Australia over the past three years, has meant a more empowering, more supportive and more inclusive industry for all. 

Like a Fight Director assists with a fight scene, or a Choreographer with a dance number, Intimacy Co-ordinators do the same with intimate scenes.

An Intimacy Co-ordinator is a conduit to empower performers to physically realise their director's vision for intimate scenes.

The process of Intimacy Co-ordination enables performers to physicalise the intimate scene so that it is repeatable, based on character not personal experience, and respectful of physical boundaries.

Intimacy Co-ordinator, Chloe Dallimore will chair this presentation covering the origins and importance of this work, providing context, concepts, and links for further development, and understanding in this area. Along the way she will delve into some of the following questions:

What is Intimacy?

What is Consent and why is it important in theatre productions?

How can an Intimacy Co-ordinator help your performance/ theatre production?

When is an Intimacy Co-ordinator recommended for consultation/ in rehearsal?

What is De-roleing and why is it important?

 

A session not to be missed. 

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Please note this is an open education session involving questions and answers, the content of which means this session is available only to those 18 and above.

This is a free event but registrations are required here

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MADE IN TASMANIA

The Cataract Gorge Restaurant

1.30PM-4.30PM

Gorge Restaurant, Cataract Gorge 

No trip to Tasmania is complete without a trip to Launceston’s majestic, Cataract Gorge. A short trip from the city and nestled into the traditional lands around kanamaluka (River Tamar) where the Litarimirina and the Panina people converged, the Gorge is a remarkable place of nature, history and heritage. 

This year, the Festival is thrilled to partner with The Gorge Restaurant to present a song and salivatious sensation,  ‘Made in Tasmania’. ‘Made in Tasmania’ is a unique combination of stories and songs about ‘home’ presented by a fantastic array of local singers who will pair their songs to compliment the much celebrated wine and local produce, as prepared by the best chef’s at the Gorge Restaurant. 

This is a three course lunch with each course offering its own distinct journey of food, wine and song, all locally sourced and all offered up for true sensory indulgence. 

Get in quick as numbers are limited! 

Pricing 

Full | $100

Tickets for this event can be found here!

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Healthy Choices, Healthy Voices Workshop

11:30AM - 1:00PM

LAUNCESTON COLLEGE

‘The human voice is an incredible tool that allows us to laugh, cry, speak, scream, and belt out our favourite songs from musicals, but as robust as this versatile instrument is, we must take care to treat our voices with respect and learn to build performances that are vocally sustainable. Join vocal coach Jimmy Harrison on a whirlwind tour of the world of vocal health through a series of fun, innovative, and hands-on exercises. Learn all about vocal hygiene, healthy warm-ups, sustainable choices, and integrating voice and movement training using exercises borrowed from various actor training methods, Yoga, and Pilates.’

Jimmy Harrison is a Tasmanian theatre-maker, musician, and performance coach. His theatrical credits range from stage management positions and playwriting, to directing and performing across musical, classical, and contemporary theatre. Jimmy loves investigating the techniques that performers implement to craft great performances and is particularly passionate about how we can best prepare our young performers to meet the demands of an ever-changing industry. Having worked with some of Broadway’s best, Jimmy’s unique approach to performer training sees him in-demand as a performance coach around Australia and internationally. ‘Jimmy is a fine actor/director and a powerful teacher of voice and movement for actors’ – Dr Joan Melton, author of ‘Singing in Musical Theatre’.

Pricing

Full/ Student/ Concession | $10

Tickets for this event can be found here!

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HEADLINER MASTERCLASS WITH PHILIP QUAST

2:00PM – 5:00PM

LAUNCESTON COLLEGE

This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the world’s most respected singing actors. Whether Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim or Andrew Lloyd Webber, Philip Quast has interpreted the great works in the musical theatre canon on the most celebrated stages of the world. This is a chance for a select group of performers to work with Philip and his acclaimed musical director, Anne-Maree McDonald. Though primarily delivered in a masterclass setting, every audience member will learn through observing Philip and Anne-Maree in pursuit of deepening connections to text and character through music.

*For those wishing to be considered to perform at the class, please prepare a musical theatre song and submit via the AMTF Audition page from 1st Feb – 1st March. AMTF is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people, people with disabilities, all ages, genders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.


Brought to you with the generous support of the Theatre Council of Tasmania 

Pricing 

Full Participant | $50

Full Observe Only | $20

Schools | $10

Tickets for this event can be found here!

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HEADLINER MASTERCLASS WITH CHLOE DALLIMORE

2:00PM – 5:00PM

LAUNCESTON COLLEGE

Do you want to do it all? You might be what traditionally was called a ‘Triple Threat’? (ie Singer, Actor and Dancer) Well, at the Festival we are determined to re-brand you as a ‘triple celebration’ with one of Australia’s greatest, Chloe Dallimore. Chloe has built her career with a reputation of one who consistently excelled in all three areas.

Are you a dancer who finds singing a challenge? Do you worry you can’t connect to the story of a song from an acting perspective? Do you find it hard to sing and dance at the same time? Or do you receive criticism that you lack presence when you dance?

Chloe has done it all from performing in the ensemble, being a swing and understudy, playing supporting roles, as well as headlining major musicals such as ‘The Producers’, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Annie’. 

The first portion of this class will be learning an ensemble dance from a classic musical. Chloe will take you through the techniques that will help you excel in this routine before coaching individual songs.  She will bring her wealth of experience to this class which comprises both an ensemble experience, as well as an ‘audition style’ masterclass with select participants. 

 Chloe will assist you, no matter your age or ability, in a fun and inspiring environment with those not wanting to participate welcome to audit the class and witness a true star at work. 


*For those wishing to be considered to perform at the class, please prepare a musical theatre song or song and dance and submit via the AMTF Audition page from 1st Feb – 1st March. AMTF is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people, people with disabilities, all ages, genders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Brought to you with the generous support of the Theatre Council of Tasmania 

Pricing 

Full Participant | $50

Full Observe Only | $20

Schools | $10

Tickets for this event can be found here!

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SINGING STYLES (ADVANCED) with PAULINI & TYRAN PARKE

2:00PM – 5:00PM

LAUNCESTON COLLEGE

In Musical Theatre, versatility is everything. Musicals have evolved over time from being classical based to pop based and performers need to be able to sing – and act- it all. At the festival, we believe there’s room for everything and as such we are thrilled to introduce an innovative new workshop in Acting through Style.

Shows such as ‘Hamilton’, ‘Six’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’ all require singing with traits derived from pop styles such as R&B, Country, Rap, Soul, Jazz and more but how do you continue to tell the story, while maintaining stylistic accuracy? What are the style tags that identify each of the above genres and how can you learn to lean into them to ensure you are the most versatile performer you can be?

This session is co-taught by one of Australia’s leading Pop/Soul/R&B performers, Paulini and acclaimed acting teacher, Tyran Parke. For the first part of the class, Tyran will work with Paulini to illustrate a range of styles from their origins before both explore the relationship to contemporary musical theatre, as performed by a small selection of performers (others able to audit).  

 *For those wishing to audition, please prepare a contemporary musical theatre song in one of the above styles and submit via the AMTF Audition page from 1st Feb – 1st March. AMTF is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people, people with disabilities, all ages, genders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Brought to you with the generous support of the Theatre Council of Tasmania

Pricing 

Full | $35

Student | $25

Tickets for this event can be found here!

 Advanced Workshop Package, to book and save see here!

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