TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: My name is Phoebe Sloane, and I am 18 years old. Sweet Charity will be my 6th show with Holiday Actors, and I have been performing since I was 4 years old with dance concerts, school shows and in Primary Performers productions. I’m a sucker for all musicals, as I love to delve into each character and song, and learn lyrics by listening to songs over and over again until I can karaoke my way through them. Musicals bring people together.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER: My character; Nickie is a woman who has had to withstand the tests of time and is someone who offers the younger Fandango girls advice she wishes she once had. In a way I’m much the same in my own life, as I am someone who wants to help others grow and be their best.
TELL US ABOUT REHEARSALS: Sweet Charity rehearsals are moving along really nicely, we have learnt everything we need to know, and now is the time to perfect and polish before heading into the theatre. This is the time to really grasp the essence of our characters and give everything to our performances.
WHY DO YOU LOVE HOLIDAY ACTORS? Holiday Actors is a place where I can be myself and It’s where I’ve found some of my lifelong friends.
WHY SHOULD WE SEE SWEET CHARITY? Sweet Charity has everything from ‘Fosse’ choreography to intricate scene work and beautiful harmonies that the whole family can enjoy. Our show demonstrates companionship along with a sense of adventure with a little bit of faith, and we all cannot wait to perform Sweet Charity at the Lighthouse Theatre from the 11th-14th of January 2017 and show just what we’re capable of!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: I’m 17 and I’m in to all types of art – especially performative! I have aspirations to become a professional actress, yet also to study in fields of nutritional science and naturopathy. Having just graduated year twelve at Mortlake College, I plan to pursue these ambitions through tertiary study. My love for the arts stems from my school’s annual musical which has seen me as a cast member for eight years, six of which I was main cast. The thing I enjoy least about any production is packing up my costumes after the last performance.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER: I play the role of Helene, a taxi dancer in the Fandango Ballroom and best friend to Charity, who contributes a whole lot of sass to the show as a result of her own disappointments with love. She remains quite the pessimist for the most part, lending herself fully to her role as a dance hostess however, at times, her character is instilled with a vague and fleeting sense of hope that she could overcome her ‘crummy’ occupation. Still, hardened by her own heartbreaks, Helene is vain and self-interested and likes to command attention in the ballroom. Often the deliverer of sarcasm and scandalous remarks, her attitude is counter-balanced with hostess Nickie, who possesses many maternal qualities. While Helene is often amused at Charity’s misfortunes with men, she always sympathises internally with her because of her own experiences.
TELL US ABOUT REHEARSALS: This year will mark my first ever show with the Holiday Actors Company, and first experience with the Musical ‘Sweet Charity.’ Getting involved is definitely proving to be a rewarding experience and the intensive rehearsals that occupy my weekends since September have been so enjoyable. Being introduced to new methods of rehearsal is always great as an aspiring actress and having the opportunity to work with so many talented, like-minded youths from the area makes rehearsals very satisfying. Not only are the cast fun, the production we are doing perfectly encapsulates the fun of the 60s decade with its quirky, isolated dance moves and comical dialogue.
WHY DO YOU LOVE HOLIDAY ACTORS? Holiday Actors has provided a great opportunity to experience more of the theatre environment I love and be involved with the creative processes productions encompass. I love being involved with this local theatre company because of the strong, familial bonds the cast form during production season and the carefree, inclusive atmosphere generated at our rehearsals. After my first rehearsal, I was left wondering why I hadn’t been involved in previous productions with the company because I found it so welcoming and edifying.
WHY SHOULD WE GO AND SEE SWEET CHARITY? Our own debut directors, experienced choreographer, cast and behind-the-scenes production team have given the local community the chance to support local talent, while being simultaneously entertained by the award-winning production! Show tickets to this event would make an excellent Christmas present for your friends and family.
WHY IS SWEET CHARITY GREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY? ‘Sweet Charity’ resembles the most fun and relatable story of misadventures I’ve ever encountered. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic like Charity, an admirer of witty humour and dialogue, or can simply just appreciate the value of an amazing musical score, this year’s Holiday Actors’ musical can be enjoyed by all audiences!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: Hi, my name is Vanessa Parkinson and I will be playing the character of ‘Helga’ in Holiday Actors production of Sweet Charity. Sweet Charity marks my sixth show with Holiday Actors, my first being Hairspray in 2013. Musical Theatre is my absolute passion (though my family would say it’s more of an obsession). I pride myself on my ridiculously extensive knowledge of all things Broadway!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER: I’m so excited to be playing such a funny role! I am lucky in that my character Helga, was pretty much created for me. Typically, Helga is actually a male character named Herman, however in this production we are changing it up! Helga is the kooky, old, tyrant of the Fandango Ballroom with a hidden soft side. It has been really fun developing Helga, I kind of like to think of her as a weird hybrid of Miss Trunchbull, Mama Rose and Edna Turnblad.
TELL US ABOUT REHEARSALS: Rehearsals have been super fun, as per usual. Because I am one of the older cast members this year, it has been awesome getting to know all these beautiful fresh faces and becoming close with the new generation of Holiday Actors whilst working on a classic show together.
WHY DO YOU LOVE HOLIDAY ACTORS? I love Holiday Actors because it is really the only place in Warrnambool where kids can come and share their passion for performing with one another. It has been so instrumental in my development as a performer and I really am so grateful to be a part of such a supportive community.
WHY SHOULD WE SEE SWEET CHARITY? You must come and see Sweet Charity in January! It is such bright and energetic show with an awesome fresh cast! It’s a tale of finding yourself even if you don’t know what you’re looking for. It is a truly heartwarming show and a real classic!
WHY IS SWEET CHARITY GREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY? It’s a story about hope and teaches the lesson that even when things seem impossible, there is always something better out there for you. The older generations will recognise some of the music too! I caught my Mum singing ‘Rhythm of Life’ the other day even though she swears she despises musical theatre! It’s quirky and unique and just a really fun show!
Book by Neil Simon / Music by Cy Coleman / Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano / Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris / Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse