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Follies Dance Lessons!

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Free Follies Dance Classes!

Are you interested in being in a Follies show but you’ve got two left feet? Are you keen to shine on stage but have never had a dance lesson? Are you new to the area and don’t know what Follies is about? Are you a past performer and keen for some audition tips for our Anything Goes Jr production?

If you answered, “Yes!” to any of these questions, then please come to our Fabulous Follies Free Dance Lessons, hosted by our Anything Goes Jr Choreographer Ash Howes, on Saturday 19th January and Sunday 20th January from 10am to 12 noon at the Milton CWA Hall.

You’ll get to meet our production team, learn some moves in a relaxed, fun environment and find out how much fun performing can be. Who knows? This may be the start of your amazing stage career!

You’ll need to wear comfortable clothes (such as shorts and t-shirts) and comfortable shoes. If you can bring dance shoes – jazz or tap – great! If not, no problem! Sneakers or your favourite pair of comfy shoes will be brilliant! (Thongs and sandals are not ok for dancing.)

So whether you’re new to stage or an experienced performer, come and have some fun dancing with us. We hope to see you then!

FAQ

Do I need to have been in Follies show before to do these classes? No. Everyone is welcome.

How old to I have to be to join in these classes? This class is open to all ages.

Do I have to do these classes to audition for Anything Goes Jr? No. These classes are not a prerequisite for auditions.

Do I have to audition for Anything Goes if I do these classes? No, but we hope you do!

Anything Goes Jr Audition dates

The audition dates for Anything Goes Jr are Saturday 2nd Feb 2pm-5pm and Sunday 3rd Feb 2-5pm and auditions will be held at the CWA Hall, 56 Wason Street Milton.

We hope you have these dates marked on your calendars in texta, and that you’ve had time to study the audition pack. There are plenty of great characters to choose from, but you’ll need to have prepared their song and reading for your audition! If that sounds a little too daunting for you, don’t be afraid – there are plenty of beginner roles on offer. All you need to know is in the audition pack, available here.

Anything Goes Jr Audition Pack

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Cole Porter’s Anything Goes coming to Follies

In exciting news, Milton Follies is able to announce their June 2019 Junior show, Cole Porter’s classic, Anything Goes. Lloyd McDonald, director of Joseph, The Little Mermaid and Seussical, is excited to be bringing this famous show to Milton Theatre, along with choreographer Ash Howes and musical director Ruth Myers.

“This is a great show with incredible opportunities for our local young performers. It’s a play with great comedic characters, so I’m looking for charismatic actors. It’s full of toe tapping songs like Anything Goes, I Get a Kick Out of You and You’re the Top, so my leading men and ladies are going to need to be strong singers.

Most importantly, this is a dancer’s show, so Ash is going to have her work cut out for her! Ideally, we’d love a core of 4-6 high quality dancers to feature in the high energy show-stopper numbers.”

There’s still a bit of administration and planning for Follies to get through, but expect audition information to be posted online towards the end of the year.

Joseph Reunion popular with Cast and Crew

Milton Follies held a mini Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat reunion on Saturday June 16th, with cast and crew of the successful November 2017 production reuniting at Mollymook Bowling Club to sing along to the Donny Osmond movie.

Local performers were in fine voice, with many reprising their roles for one last time. There were many laughs to be had, as the team relived missed cues, close calls and rapid costume changes, and absent members were fondly recalled.

At the end of the movie, it was unanimously agreed that our production had put the professional version to shame.

Joseph Cast and Crew Reunion on Saturday, 16th June

The long awaited cast and crew reunion for Joseph will be held soon:

  • Date: Saturday, 16th June
  • Time: meet at 630pm, film at 7pm
  • Venue: Mollymook Bowling Club
  • Cost: $10 including food. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.
  • Chairs will be provided, BYO beanbag if you want.

RSVP to seanh.coach@gmail.com by 9th June for catering purposes.

Note: this is NOT our show! It’s the Donny Osmond film, which is nearly as good 🙂

See you there!

Many thanks to Mollymook Bowling Club for providing their venue.

NIDA Open Workshop a Great Success!

Milton Follies, with the assistance of a $4500 CASP grant, hosted a NIDA open workshop for 16 talented budding thespians this weekend.

NIDA director, Elsie Edgerton-Till, who has worked with Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company and Griffin theatre, brought her years of training and experience to Milton CWA Hall for an intensive two day workshop, attended by a mix of teen Follies regulars and newcomers.

“I have absolutely loved working with this group, ” said Elsie. “Country kids are so much more relaxed and open to expressing themselves and trying new things. This group has risen to every challenge I gave them. We have had an incredible time.”

Milton Follies President, Ruth Myers, attended both days and was impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the all involved.

“There was a lot of hard work put in by the Follies Committee to make this workshop happen. We are grateful to NIDA Open and to Regional Arts NSW. Without the CASP grant we would not have been able to go ahead.  Given the success of this weekend, we are keen to pursue all avenues to provide professional training locally as often as we can. We look forward to seeing these teens bringing their improved skills to a Follies production soon!”

Despite the diversity of age and experience, the participants responded well to the enthusiastic direction of Elsie, with improvement demonstrated by all. As a part of their audition training, each performer was pushed to their limits to breathe life into rehearsed monologues.

Follies regular, Sophie Morrissey, was thrilled to be included in the workshop. “I am passionate about performance and acting, and will be producing a major drama work for my HSC this year. Elsie has been a fantastic teacher, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from her.ransw-logo

Little Mermaid to make a splash

Disney fans will flock to the Milton Theatre to see stunning teen songstress Brea Holland as Ariel in the hit musical Little Mermaid Junior in June 2016.

The Milton Follies will present six magical shows at the historic theatre, opening on Friday June 10.

Starring Ulladulla’s Australia Day Music Scholarship winner and Milton Voice winner Brea Holland as Princess Ariel, plus an all-singing, all-dancing cast, the show is sure to be a hit with lovers of princess stories of all ages.

The energetic cast of 46 young performers will bring the Disney story to life in a show featuring the well-known songs Part of Your World, Under the Sea and Kiss The Girl.

Show director Lloyd McDonald said the musical was sure to be popular and the cast and crew were ready to wow audiences.

“This is a really big show, with lots of music, dancing and energy,” he said.

“The performers may be young, but they will bring loads of talent to the stage.

“The Milton Follies is a community theatre group, however we strive to put on a professional show.”

The Little Mermaid Jr follows on the from the Follies’ sell-out production of the Seussical Jr musical last year.

Shows will be held on Friday June 10 at 7pm, Saturday June 11 at 5pm and Sunday June 12 at 2pm and again the following weekend June 13-15 at the same times.

Tickets are $20 and available from the website: miltonfollies.org or from Splatters in Milton.

Lloyd said the June long-weekend was an ideal time for people to invite family and friends to the show and make the most of Milton’s wonderful eateries and shops.

“What an ideal way to spend a long weekend on the coast – with a great show at the Milton Theatre and good food.”

 

ABOUT THE SHOW: Somewhere under the sea, and beyond your imagination, adventure awaits! Join Ariel, a headstrong young mermaid, who longs to be part of the magical world on land, much to the dismay of her father King Triton. When Ariel falls in love with a human prince, she trades her voice to the diabolical sea witch, Ursula, for legs. Ariel and her friends – shy, lovable Flounder and Sebastian, a reggae-singing crab – must win her prince’s love in a thrilling race against time! Featuring the much loved songs, “Under the Sea”, “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl”.