Now that I am older the story of Company is no longer a series of events that one man journeys through. Rather, I view it as a surreal retrospective of moments from Bobby’s life and perspective. He knows that society dictates that by the age of 35 a man should be married with children, however, when he reflects on the lives of his friends, he fails to see the joy and security that a Hallmark Card would call the ‘ideal’. He craves the idea of love, but cannot commit to it - and to his friends, his time is running out. I am almost 35 now, not married (although for different reasons) and having grown up in a small country town, I fully grasp the pressure Bobby faces due to societies expectations.
In the land of theatre, people often refer to PSB (Post Show Blues). These hit you post a show funnily enough. I find that they are always proportionate to the amount of enjoyment you have had from any given show. And they have hit hard after this one. While, I will miss the time spent at Beaumaris with the whole team, the laughs, the picnics and the of course the wine, I have left with very fond memories, on the road and some amazing new connections.
I’ve always had a passion for musical theatre – way back when I was just nine years old, I was part of the Children’s Choir for a production of Joseph. Needless to say, I’ve been hooked ever since!
I always loved working and learning from many different Musical Directors when I was involved in shows. Watching and listening to how they pieced every harmony together with the cast and brought the orchestra together to really bring the show to life. As time went on, I realised I wasn’t the world’s best actor or dancer, but I was alright at the music side of things
The barbed quips the characters throw at each other are briskly paced, delivered with humour and intelligence and punctuated with judiciously placed laughs. Ms Page’s direction allows the characters to develop sensitively, unfolding in an unhurried manner never becoming strident or unlikable. They may be flawed but they are never un-relatable.
In between preparing for opening night of Seminar we also managed to cast our May production of Company!
And what a cast they are! Beaumaris Theatre is thrilled to be working with this talented group of musical theatre performers who are bringing Stephen Sondheim's classic musical to life.
This is a really collaborative team creating this show. Kirsten and Dan really work with us, finding the good and nudging us towards better. The cast are really giving and sharing. This show features a lot of high density speeches and monologues; It would be easy to be looking inwards as actors, but instead everyone is inclusive and sharing, looking for opportunities to bring everyone else into the scene.
2018 has been another year of outstanding success. It is tremendously rewarding to be able to report that our Theatre continues to give pleasure to our community, with more than 2,700 tickets sold over our four productions this year.
Meet the cast of Seminar who are bringing Theresa Rebeck’s provocative comedy to life this March at Beaumaris Theatre.
In Seminar, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmourned.