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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.

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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

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Friday 11th at 7.00pm  Saturday 12th at 8.00pm  Sunday 13th at 2.00pm

Kiss Me Kate Cast Announced !

To all those enthusiastic people who auditioned for a role in our newest production of Kiss Me Kate we thank you very much. Congratulations to those who were successful. The cast list is below.

First rehearsal is this Tuesday, 26th July, Ulladulla High School at 6.30pm. (Students with school information night please join us when you have finished.).

 

 

KISS ME KATE

MILTON FOLLIES 2016

Cast list

Baltimore players                                                                                 Shrew players

Pops (stage doorperson)…………Sophie Morrissey…………….Padua Priest

Hattie (Lilli’s Dresser)…………..Samantha Kneeshaw

Paul ( Fred Graham’s Dresser)…Rocco Forrester-Sach…..Dancer in Too darn Hot

Ralph/Rosie (stage manager)…..Rachel Tidbury…………………..ensemble

Lois Lane …………………………..Carla West…………………..Bianca Minola

Bill Calhoun………………………..Gaven Dorrell………………………Lucentio

Lilli Vanessi………………………..Elissa Skinner……………KatherineMinola

Dance Captain…………………….Maya Holstegge………..ensemble/Gregory

Fred Graham………………………Lloyd McDonald……………………Petruchio

Harry Tevor…………………………Sean Hendry………………..Batista Minola

Stagehand#1/electrician/cabdriver..Isobel Rabbidge………………….Nathaniel

First Man/Gangster………………..Jacob Woods………….(Aide to Katherine)

Second Man/Gangster…………….Mason Lake…………..(Aide to Katherine)

Flynt/Aide to general Howell……Ebony Millard…………Gremio/ensemble

Riley/Aide to general Howell……Caleb Howe………..Hortensio/ensemble

Stagehand #2………………………Alannah-Grace Henkel…Philip/ensemble

Stagehand #3………………………Michelle Babington..Haberdasher/ensemble

General Harrison Howell………..Matt Bryan

Wardrobe Lady……………………..Di L’Estrange……………………ensemble

Ensemble singer……………………Carly Jenkins…Padua Inn Waitress/ensemble

Ensemble……………………….Amy Driver…………………ensemble

Coming in November… Kiss Me Kate

The next Milton Follies adult production, Kiss Me Kate, will be held at the Milton Theatre in November. Watch this space to meet the cast that will bring this popular musical to life and to purchase your tickets.

The next kids’ show (to be announced) will be held in June 2017, with auditions in early February.

Below is a picture from last year’s production of Godspell.

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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”.