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SHORT+SWEET CABARET: Submissions Now Open

Want to be part of the world’s most successful showcase event?!

 

The 2010 Short+Sweet Cabaret Festival is now welcoming submissions – and a new festival director!  

Emma Clair Ford, herself an experienced cabaret artist, creator and curator, is proud to be taking on the challenging role: “I’m thrilled to be onboard as Festival Director in 2010, and can’t wait to see what this year’s applicants have in store.”

Outgoing Festival Director David Read started Short+Sweet Cabaret with Short+Sweet founder Mark Cleary in 2008, and explains, “I’m proud of leaving the Festival in a safe pair of hands with Emma and look forward to experiencing the new level of excitement and creativity she will bring to the Festival.”

Short+Sweet Cabaret Festival is a unique performance experience for Melbourne artists.   Successful applicants are invited to perform a 10-minute cabaret piece  at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran from Thursday 18 to Sunday 28 November 2010.  

 

 

With judges’ prizes and people’s choice awards, this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase new and innovative work in a supportive and inspiring environment, reach a wide and eclectic audience, and network and strengthen our remarkable cabaret community.

 

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN…

 

To enter a submission, simply email a 100 word or less description of your 10-minute cabaret concept to emma@shortandsweet.org together with your name, telephone number and a list of any props, technical and musical accompaniment requirements.

Great prizes can be won and costs such as venue hire, technicians, ticketing, marketing and publicity are covered.

Individuals or groups can apply.

But what kind of cabaret concept can you offer for the festival?   Emma says, “I encourage all forms of cabaret to apply and am particularly looking for fresh but well thought-out ideas.”

Check it out on Facebook: Short+Sweet Cabaret

 

Submissions close on Tuesday September 14th

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GRADUATE GOSSIP : July News

‘Ello, Friends!

Meet the glamorous con-woman extraordinaire alter-ego of stunning Lisa Nightingale, who’s set to wreck havoc and hilarity in Melbourne this week with Ana Lucia and the Baron: Episode One…

Ana-Lucia has lost her memory but is being hunted down by the Evil Baron, who may or may not be her one true love, for diamonds that she can’t quite remember stealing. She can’t remember who you are, or more importantly who she is, so hopefully with your help Ana-Lucia can unravel her mysterious and fabulous past…!  

“Zis one will be…’Ow you say?… A ‘Oot!”

Thurs 15 July to Sat 17 at 7.00 pm, Sun 18 at 6.00 pm
$22 full / $17 conc: www.thebutterflyclub.com

Written by Lisa Nightingale
Directed by Kim Edwards

(with TREVOR JONES as JUAN PABLO!!)

 

Absolutely Gabulous!

After sell-out Comedy Festival shows, explosive cabaret performer Kitty Bang (aka Kate Boston Smith) is back with  a show for all those who love, but are also often mystified by, their mum…

Mama Gabs herself is rumoured to be making an appearance or two, and as ever, Kitty’s shows are selling out, so book fast at www.thebutterflyclub.com.

8pm Tues 13 / Wed 14….and again on
8PM Tues 27 / Wed 28 JULY

Accompanied by the ever-gorgeous and oh-so-wonderful Peter Lubulwa!

 

Mastering the Art: Cabaret Master Class

Put Wednesday, Sept 1st in the diaries for the next in the popular Melbourne Cabaret Master Class series…

Learn:
* How to choose repertoire for cabaret
* How to perform songs cabaret-style
* How to analyse song lyrics
* How to workshop audition pieces
* How to improve your performance skills

Tickets on sale soon!

June News: GRADUATE GOSSIP

Cats, Canines and Cabaret: My Friend the Vet

A bassett-hound superstud, a poodle très chic, a stressed-out guinea pig, a psychopathic cat, and a menagerie of man’s best friends are lining up this month tell us what they’re really thinking – in song!   Performer, writer and renowned singing teacher Sally Collyer has been promising us this show ever since graduating from the very first Creating Solo Cabaret course in 2007, so forget talking to the animals: these puppies sing!

Set in a vet’s surgery (er, I mean “a house of well-being…), My Friend the Vet promises laughter, tears and perhaps just a touch of cold-blooded terror as our pets show us the world through their eyes.    

For everyone who loves animals – and who doesn’t?

Written and performed by Sally Collyer (The Price of Genius), and featuring Simon Bruckard on piano
Thursday-Saturday 10-12 June 2010, 7pm (running time 60 mins)
Sunday 13 June 2010, 6pm


The Butterfly Club
204 Bank Street, South Melbourne
(just near the South Melbourne Town Hall)

Tickets $22 full / $17 concession or groups of 8+
Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com    Enquiries: 0412 546 580

 

Melbourne Cabaret Festival Heats Up

Tickets are on sale for next month’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival, and the line-up is looking exciting.   No-one offends with the panache of The Beautiful Losers, while The Petticoat Soiree (written and directed by the stunning Alistair Smith) is bringing vaudeville back to town.   Then there’s the irreverent wit of Yana Alana, the ever delicious Sammy J, the unexpected Eddie Perfect, and the irrepressible Toni Lamond for starters…

With forty performances in four days, it’s going to be non-stop cabaret at Emerald Hill in South Melbourne in July.   Sell-out shows are guaranteed, so check out what’s on, and book quick!

Melbourne Cabaret Festival
July 22-25, 2010
www.melbournecabaret.com
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A Unique Opportunity for Performers: CABARET MASTERCLASS

On Tuesday April 20…

 Want to do a better audition?

 Give a better performance?

 Create a better show?

Want to learn how to prepare a song for cabaret?

 

Choosing and workshopping cabaret songs is one of the things new performers seem to find difficult and stressful when creating their own shows.   On Tuesday April 20 at 8.00 pm we’ll be running another of the popular cabaret masterclasses at The Butterfly Club: a chance not only to hear useful techniques for selecting and arranging cabaret repertoire, but also see performers in action analyzing, workshopping and performing their songs in progress.

The class is designed for:

1. Singers developing audition songs or looking to improve their performance skills

2. Performers workshopping new material for upcoming shows

3. New artists who are interested in finding out about cabaret

 

If you’ve been interested in the Creating Solo Cabaret course, but are not ready to take the plunge, this is a great chance to come along and see how a cabaret workshop is run.  

Plus, you only pay normal Club ticket prices ($22/$17) rather than class fees.   Bargain!

This is an unusual opportunity to see cabaret creating in action!  

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL: www.thebutterflyclub.com

For expressions of interest to actually perform in the class, contact playright@optusnet.com.au

You can also RSVP on Facebook: Cabaret Workshop

 

Play Right Theatre Productions  

 

*A masterclass is an open cabaret lesson where you, the audience, get to learn about the craft by:

1. Hearing artist and director Dr. Kim Edwards talk about the cabaret genre and demands of cabaret performing

2. Seeing cabaret artists perform songs they’re working on

3. Experiencing a unique public workshop as the artists are taught how to develop and improve their cabaret material

THE LITTLE RED DRESS: Waiting By The Wireless

In war time, love, laughter and loss are all the fashion…

A colourful new cabaret debuts at The Butterfly Club this month – and it all began with a little red dress.

Young dynamic Melbourne artist Jenny Patrone is still tapping her toes after winning the Popular Choice award for Short+Sweet Dance 2009 recently, but is now taking a walk in someone’s shoes with her own cabaret show of WWII-style songs, based on amazing real-life stories of women in wartimes.

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When Jenny started the Creating Solo Cabaret course earlier this year, she began investigating a period of history and music that had always fascinated her.   She soon uncovered real letters and private stories from the lives of British girls whose fun-loving, light-hearted teen years changed abruptly when their sweethearts, neighbours and brothers were called to enlist.

The Little Red Dress marks the moment when the world went back to war, and dance, song and laughter were needed to get daughters, sisters and lovers through long weeks of waiting by the wireless – hoping their boys come home soon, and fearing the worst every time a telegram arrived.   Starring Jenny Partrone, accompanied by Adrian Portell, guest-starring Adam Nunn and directed by Kim Edwards, The Little Red Dress opens at The Butterfly Club on Thursday November 26 until November 29.

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The Little Red Dress

Tickets www.thebutterflyclub.com $17/22

Thurs-Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm

The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, Sth Melbourne

Enquiries 9690 2000

CREATING SOLO CABARET COURSE: Summer Classes

Are you going to be starved for a creative outlet over the Christmas break?   Will you desperately need some envigorating theatre experience?!

By request, there will be a final series of 2009 classes for the Creating Solo Cabaret course – this is your chance to escape the Christmas carols (thank goodness!) and make the most of that stagnant performance-less period (hooray!), so you can get your own solo showcase up and running for 2010.

Give yourself and your theatre career an early Christmas present, and get creative with cabaret this summer!

The six-week course at The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne includes a cabaret ‘Starter Pack’ and ‘What Next?’ information kits, week-by-week worksheets, three two-hour workshops of intensive cabaret developing, writing and editing, a two-hour song masterclass and a three-hour rehearsal session.  

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The curriculum culminates in two Performance Nights (with lighting technician and accompanist provided) where participating artists sell tickets and perform a fifteen-minute extract from their developing show as part of a professional paid cabaret experience, followed by a feedback session and discussion class.

Dates:

Workshops (2 hrs)
Session 1      7.30-9.30pm Mon Nov 30
Session 2      7.30-9.30pm Mon Jan 7
Session 3      7.30-9.30pm Mon Jan 14

Masterclass (2 hrs)
Session 4      7.30-9.30pm Mon Dec 21

Rehearsal (3 hrs)
Session 5      7:30-10:30pm Mon Jan 4

Performance Nights (2 one-hr performances + follow-up discussion)
Session 6       8-11:00pm Tue/Wed Jan 12/13

Total Cost: $480 inclusive.

Contact: Course Co-ordinator Dr. Kim Edwards at playright@optusnet.com.au for your application form, more information or the next round dates for 2010

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In Focus: Kim Edwards
http://theatrepeople.com.au/feature_articles/2009/may/20090524_tp_infocus_kimedwards.htm

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Mum’s The Word: FROM HERE TO MATERNITY

This long weekend, how about celebrating with something a bit different?

Why not treat yourself to a fun night out with the girls for the return season of this hilarious show?!

Here’s what the lovely lady herself has to say about it…

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Dear Mums,

My name is Lizzie Matjacic and I’d like to tell you about my cabaret show!  

It’s a fun look at the trials and tribulations of being a mum, right from pregnancy through to mothering a toddler and beyond – with some great show tunes thrown in!   I am a mum with a 4 year-old son and am about to do it all again in February with my second, so this is my personal story and something I am hoping you will enjoy and relate to as a mother’s group.   So, grab your girlfriends and a babysitter for the night and come and have a relaxed and fun night of entertainment with me!

Love, Lizzie xxx

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From Here To Maternity is a funny and nostalgic look at the joys of motherhood – from pregnancy tests and parenting tips to teething toddlers and tipsy teddy bears…

Lizzie has learnt that Mother doesn’t always know best, but it can sometimes be fun finding out!

Mum’s the word!

Written and performed by Lizzie Matjacic
Accompanied by Adeline Han
Directed by Kim Edwards

Thur-Sat 7pm 29-31 Oct, Sun 6pm 1 Nov

The Butterfly Club
204 Bank St, South Melbourne

Tickets $22/17
Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com
Enquiries: 03 9690 2000

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