Chicken Run at MICF

— 10th April 2013 —

The Melbourne Youth Orchestra and I debuted in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this week with Chicken Run at Fed Square. Hundreds of people, hundreds of kazoos!

I was honoured to introduce selections from the movie soundtrack of Chicken Run as they were performed by the orchestra and a 70 person kazoo choir. We did two shows in one afternoon, and both were packed-out with standing room along the back of the auditorium.

Upon entry to the venue, the audience were encouraged to purchase kazoos which had come all the way from a Kazoo Museum and Factory in South Carolina. Apart from thanking sponsors and welcoming everyone, I took it upon myself to give the audience a little tutorial on how to play the kazoo (expert that I am...) Once everyone had the hang of it, Peter Bandy conducted the orchestra to accompany our budding kazooists in a buzzing rendition of Advance Australia Fair. Does it get any better than that?

I'll be working with Melbourne Youth Orchestra again for Musical Fairytales at The Edge, Fed Square on Sunday 28 April, 2.30pm. This concert will feature music and texts from such classics as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Mother Goose, and the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Say hello to your narrator!

Thanks to the Melbourne Youth Music team for being so fun, professional and welcoming. I look forward to working with you all on the next one.

For more info on Melbourne Youth Music or for tickets to Musical Fairytales click here.

Photos Albert Comper

Larry Moss - MASTER(class)

— 1st April 2013 —

Larry Moss enters and the room erupts into applause. Acknowledging the 200 auditors from under his cap, Larry takes his seat in the front row of the seating bank. It’s 9am. The doors to the theatre at Chapel off Chapel lock, and a moment later, we enter the sacred world of the rehearsal process.

Last week, I audited segments of a four-day acting intensive with renowned acting coach Larry Moss — student of legendary teachers Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. Presented by Melbourne’s 16th Street Actors Studio, this workshop provided an incredible opportunity for actors of all levels of training and experience to work under and observe Larry’s technique… or is it magic?

I was honoured to watch, learn and then meet the actors and write about my experiences inside the Larry Moss masterclass for AussieTheatre.com - check out the full article here.