Mark Strom graduated from WAAPA Musical Theatre last year and got accepted into the "A Chorus Line" Revival Tour of Australia, directed by Baayork Lee. They've been to Adelaide, Melbourne, Singapore & Sydney & head to Perth in a week’s time before finishing the show in Brisbane. Just last week “A Chorus Line” won the Helpmann Award for best new musical in Australia.
AMI Showdown Awards 2011
Congratulations to CCMT students who were nominated in the recent Showdown Awards – Caitlin Anyon-Peters, Emma Gunn, Amber Johnson, Crystelle L’Amie, Joel Granger, Sam Malone, Hamish Mouat (twice), and Imogen Wells (also twice).
Imogen was also the winner of best leading female in a musical for her role as Charity in Sweet Charity and Joel was best leading male in a musical for his role as Jesus in Kristin School's Jesus Christ Superstar. A great night all round.
And congratulations to the many other CCMT students who were participants in awarded productions. Once again the standard of school productions was of the highest class.
Following her CCMT Senior courses with Joe Murray and Livio Salvi, Rose was thrilled to be selected for Ben Wright's Broadway Project - a weekend masterclass and showcase for agents and casting directors on Broadway, New York. She has now returned to New Zealand as a rostered solo artist for Operatunity Entertainment Ltd's Concert Tours, travelling New Zealand doing what she loves best - singing! Rose is also working on a record deal.
North Shore Music Theatre have just completed an outstanding season of Miss Saigon at the Civic. Amongst the cast were CCMT students May Lee Allen, Chris Blackburn, Leigh Fitzjames, Joseph Quinn, Stefan Jammes and, Jason Yang-Westland alonq with tutors Jane Horder and Val Hemphill (choreographer).
Congratulations on a stellar show
Emily has recently successfully auditioned for the NBR New Zealand Opera and selected as one of eight young singers in their forthcoming production of Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre in September.
Emily has attended two summer schools with CCMT. She credits the experience of working with top professionals as helping her growth as a performer, and the work around auditioning in the 2011 programme was particularly useful.
Blaire, has had a number of successes since attending the 2010 School. She is currently rehearsing for her role as Maria in West Side Story, this is a joint production between Hamilton Musical Theatre and Musikmakers Hamilton. Last October she was first equal the New Zealand Aria Under 18 Competitions, and won an award at NZ Singing School for most improved.
AMI Showdown Awards 2010
CCMT students Eleanor Williams, Kate Riegel and Hamish Mouat were awarded at the 2010 Auckland Community Theatre Trust's AMI Showdown Awards.
Hamish was awarded Best Male Lead in a Musical for his role as Joseph in Kristin School's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Kate was recognised as Best Female Soloist for her performance as the Lady of the Lake in ACG College's "Spamalot". Eleanor received the award for Best Supporting Female in a play for her role as Mary Warren in Kristin School's "The Crucible".
Congratulations to Eleanor, Kate and Hamish. And congratulations to the many other CCMT students who were nominated for individual awards or part of awarded productions.
CCMT students star in 42nd STREET
Congratulations to CCMT students, Laura O'Sullivan (Peggy Sawyer), Sarah Kent (Anytime Annie), Hamish Mouat, Jason Yang-Westland, Siobhan Dixon and Clay Roberts who all appeared in AMT's 42nd Street at the Civic in October. Featuring the Broadway set and costumes this show was an extravaganza of dance that thrilled audiences for the three week season.
Actors Centre Australia
Three terms into their course at the Actors Centre Australia Ryan Bennett, Clementine Mills and Johnny Light have successfully completed their first public performance of Australian scene work with great success. All three were relieved to hit the stage again after two terms of intense closed-door work. Ryan has commented on the similarity of some of the training during that time to the training he received with Joe and Livio in the CCMT senior workshops and is grateful for the head start it allowed him. He commented that both the emotional instrument work and the philosophy they imparted have served as a seamless transition into drama school mentality and training. Read more on Actors Centre Australia at http://www.actorscentre.com.au/
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
In June, several CCMT students took to the stage in Kristin School's Production of 'Joseph'. Featured were Hamish Mouat in the lead role of Joseph and Rachel Smith, Lily Daubney and Courtney Dyson as Partners to the Brothers. Congratulations to these 4 students.
The Miss Saigon consortium production played in Tauranga in May and Hamilton in July. Featuring in the Tauranga cast were Adam Spedding, Hannah Spedding and Kelsey Henderson. Another CCMT Student, Blaire White, featured in the Hamilton Production. Congratulations to these 4 students for being part of such a wonderful production.
Mark, an enthusiastic and talented student at several of our summer schools, auditioned successfully for entry into the music theatre course at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and began his 3 year course in February 2009. The Board congratulate Mark on this marvelous achievement (students are not often accepted into this course straight from school) – a tribute to Mark's skills in all three genre in music theatre - dancing, singing and acting and we wish him every success with his studies. When Board members saw Mark in June/July 2009 he reported he was enjoying the course and was greatly impressed with the level of talent when he first met his fellow students. Learn more about WAAPA at http://www.waapa.ecu.edu.au/
Of course every one of our students is a star and many have starred in productions in our communities. So many that we have had to choose only the most outstanding to mention here. If we've missed your recent successes, humble apologies... please email us and let us know. We few can't get to every performance you are involved in, much as we'd love to. We know all your CCMT friends would love to hear where to next see you treading the boards (you know we will happily email our database with upcoming performances anytime) and about your special successes too! Let us know please.