Some of cabaret’s newest stars aim to dazzle, hoodwink and scandalise as the 2014 Queensland Cabaret Festival kicks off on Friday 6 June.
Thirty Musical Theatre students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University are set to lie to you, cheat on you and after it’s all said and done, beg you to forgive them in this intriguing self-crafted cabaret.
Con2TheCabaret is described as “the perfect blend of traditional, contemporary and never-before heard arrangements of some of the world’s most evocative and treasured songs,” according to director and award-winning composer/playwright Megan Shorey.
“It’s an up-close and personal show – in every sense!” she promises.
“In developing the show’s content, the students were asked to reflect on the theme of War & Peace, and bring repertoire to the table that evokes and represents how they feel about this.
“We then take this repertoire from all genres and eras and play with it – taking familiar songs in their truest form and turning them on their head for a fresh perspective, while working in new and original pieces.”
“The cabaret is being crafted and brought together in our brand new black box theatre, which is an exciting venture for us, as we transform the space into a private post-war era secret club!” she says.
Megan is working closely with these emerging triple threat stars in their purpose built Woolloongabba studio to generate the unique cabaret performance, which will be proudly presented by the Queensland Cabaret Festival 2014.
For Paul Sabey, who leads the Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium, the show presents another opportunity for the students to learn the skills required to enter professional life as creative and flexible 21st century performers.
“Working with professionals like Megan and performing as part of an incredible event such as the Queensland Cabaret Festival is a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience life on stage,” he says.
“It’s real-life, intensive training in acting and improvisation, speech, voice, singing, dance and movement – and best of all, it allows Brisbane audiences the chance to see the next rising stars in the musical theatre scene.”
Con2TheCabaret will be presented in eight shows from June 13 – 21 at the Queensland Conservatorium’s latest venue – the Burke Street Studios, 8 Burke Street, Woolloongabba.
Show times and tickets are available from Con Events.
Please note: This production contains adult themes and strong language.
Lauren Marino, 0418 799 544, [email protected]