Red-hot tal­ent in The Green­room

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

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.

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