Red-hot talent in The Greenroom
CURRENTLY lighting up the big screen in Baz Luhrmann’s movie hit The Great Gatsby, Australian theatre star Lara Mulcahy takes centre stage as celebrity guest at Monday night’s third instalment of The Greenroom Project. Mulcahy received rave reviews for her comic turn as Rosie (pictured) – alongside fellow female leads Anne Wood and Jennifer Vuletic as longtime friends known as The Dynamos – in the boisterous ABBA-themed musical comedy Mamma Mia!. ‘‘It was kind of like a mixture between a musical and a rock concert,’’ Mulcahy says of her role in productions of the stage hit in both Australia and the UK. ‘‘Not only the audience left on a high after the show – it would take me hours to get to sleep at the end of the night.’’ Part cabaret, part talk show, part showcase, The Greenroom Project is hosted by local performer and producer Matt Ward and aims to show off emerging and undiscovered talent. Cabaret artist and vocal coach Elisa James and theatre identity and Bulletin columnist Kate Peters join Mulcahy to mentor this month’s five young feature performers. The artsits are: Marcus Skiggs, a third-year musical theatre conservatorium student; Jess Papst, an actress who played Liza Minnelli in The Boy from Oz; actress Dana Musil, who starred as Dorothy in Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s production of The Wizard of Oz; Stephanie Long, a second year musical theatre student at Ballarat Arts Academy; and Rheanna Leschke, a third year bachelor of music student. The performers will all be accompanied by musical director Brad Rush on baby grand piano.
The Greenroom Project plays The Basement, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, on Monday at 7pm. Tickets are $22.