We were truly saddened to hear of the death of a very dear compatriot, Christa Leahmann. Christa was a star of Opera and Musical Theatre in Australia before she settled in the Shoalhaven with her dear friend David Foley. Christa will be remembered by many AMTC members as a gifted and engaging performer on stage, a generous mentor to younger and older fellow performers, and a friend and adviser to myself and other production team members.
Christa delighted audiences in two huge AMTC productions at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre – “Showtime” in 2011, and our mammoth celebration production of “Fabulous and Forty” in 2015. It was this performance of “Fabulous and Forty” that Christa declared to be her last, and we felt utterly privileged to be able to honour and farewell her by performing “Prima Donna” from “Phantom of the Opera”.
Christa was not averse to helping our productions in any way possible, including agreeing to be a Pit Singer in the “Wizard of Oz” in 2014. Even this role was taken very seriously by her, and we will all remember Christa’s presence at rehearsals, studying her music quietly in the corner while other activities took place around her – a true professional at all times. She was a wonderful role model to our less experienced cast members.
It was a joy for me to work as Musical Director for these productions and share many beautiful musical moments with such an experienced performer as Christa.
Thank you for supporting us and sharing many performing delights with us Christa. RIP.
Due to the ongoing issues created by the coronavirus, a number of changes for AMTC’s schedule of shows have been made.
- Annie’s performance dates in June / July have been cancelled. Annie will now be on at the end of the year, in November (dates to be confirmed)
- Jesus Christ Superstar, which was going to be in November, is being held over for 12 months, until November 2021
- JAM dates for October remain in place, but will need to be reviewed subject to the ongoing social isolation practises put in place by the government. Further information will be made available once known
- We are looking for people and ideas for an April 2021 show. Make yourself known if you are interested
JAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR THIS TERM. In light of the current advice that NON-ESSENTIAL gatherings be put off, the AMTC committee met today and has decided that JAM should not meet for the time being. Our priority is for the health of our members and production team as well as the wider community. We are confident this is the best decision for all involved. The AMTC Management Committee will reassess after Easter, taking into account advice at that time.
The JAM team are are really disappointed and we want to encourage your child’s involvement in the Arts, we hope we will be back next term. We intend to upload the script and music tracks to be available for download. We need to figure out the best way to do this. Please keep checking emails and Facebook as the situation may change.
AMTC’s first production for 2020 will be Annie. Rehearsal’s are now in full swing, getting ready for show time. Show dates will be 26th – 28th June and 3rd – 5th July at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Tickets are available now from the Centre.
Some of our “orphans” rehearsing A Hard Knock Life
JAM Applications will be closing this Friday, 6th March. Please follow this link – click here to complete the online form. The first workshops start in a few weeks.
The auditions are over, the cast has been announced, and so now the rehearsals have commenced. The next 4 months will see our cast, crew and orchestra bring Annie to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in June / July. Tickets will soon be available for purchase, so get in early for the best seats (although they are all good!!)
Annie (Mackenzie Bonney) and Oliver Warbucks (Mark Harris) will definitely not look as they did on the first night of rehearsals, when it comes to showtime.
Another of our cast, Smudge who will feature in Annie (with his owner Jaimie), and Paul Fraser, the director of this production, about to issue pearls of wisdom to the cast.
Hi from the JAM Team.
Thank you for your interest in our musical theatre program. To start the process, you will need to click here to access our JAM Enrolment Form. Please read the form and dates carefully. The form will not be submitted without an answer in at least every question marked with an “*”.
See you at our first workshop on 18th March, at the School of Arts in Berry St.
JAM (Junior AMTC) is for interested children aged 10-15. An Information Afternoon will be held this upcoming Wednesday 26th February 2020 at the Nowra School of Arts, Berry St Nowra, at 5pm.
This years JAM program will be working towards a production of Alice In Wonderland in October, in the main theatre of the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. It will be very exciting, with an anticipated audience of over 1500 people over a number of performances.
Please come along to the Information session to find out more!
Makenzie Bonney as Annie
Mark Harris as Oliver Warbucks
Jessica Rosskelly as Grace Farrell
Jane Mcintosh as Miss Hannigan
Scott Bowcher as Rooster Hannigan
Morgan Dootson as Lily St Regis
The Boylan Sisters – Amy Barrett, Shenae Boulton, Emily Mackenzie, Taylah Wonson
Harrison Shepherd as Drake
Beau Voysey as Bert Healy
Stuart Withers as Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Orphan Ensemble
John M. Barak