In Musical Theatre, versatility is everything. Musicals have evolved over time from being classical based to pop based and performers need to be able to sing – and act- it all. At the festival, we believe there’s room for everything and as such we are thrilled to introduce an innovative new workshop in Acting through Style into this masterclass.
Shows such as ‘Hamilton’, ‘Six’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’ all require singing with traits derived from pop styles such as R&B, Country, Rap, Soul, Jazz and more but how do you continue to tell the story, while maintaining stylistic accuracy? What are the style tags that identify each of the above genres and how can you learn to lean into them to ensure you are the most versatile performer you can be? This session is co-taught by one of Australia’s leading contemporary Musical Theatre performers, Elenoa Rokobaro and acclaimed acting teacher, Tyran Parke. For the first part of the class, Tyran will work with Elenoa to illustrate a range of styles from their origins before both explore the relationship to contemporary musical theatre, as performed by a small selection of performers (others able to audit).
Elenoa’s career began with the rewritten role of 16-year-old Grace Kelly in 'Respect' The Musical 2007.With a Sydney 2006 Cabaret Showcase win also in hand and a first show under her belt, she continued with a sell-out cabaret show ‘Chanteuse’ in Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2009. Professional show credits: The lead Role of Taylor McKessie High School, Musical The Musical, Dynamite Judine in ‘Hairspray’, Judge/Sales Girl ‘Legally Blonde’, and roles in Fame, ‘Ghost’, ‘Violet’, ‘Side Show’, and the Lead Role of Reno in‘Dusty’ (The Production Company) in 2017. Adding to this, a featured role in movie ‘The Great Gatsby’ directed by Baz Luhurmann 2013 as well as ‘The Book of Mormon’ Australia tour.She won a Theatre Critics Award as Leading actress in a Musical for ‘Caroline, or Change’ 2019. She Had the pleasure of performing at the Sydney Opera House, in Trevor Ashley’s show, ‘The Lyin’ Queen’. Brought in a variety of opportunities in 2020 at Sydney Festival,Speigel Tent, in ‘Betty Blockbuster Reimagined’, ‘BAFTAS Opening Ceremony’ for Tim Minchin, A one women show at Darlinghurst Theatre and an original musical by Australian writer, Jye Bryant.Kicking off 2021 in the successful tour of ‘RENT’ By Jonathan Larson as Joanne at the Sydney Opera House. She made a return to the Hayes theatre in a song cycle by an Australian Composer, Carmel Dean in ‘Well Behaved Women’ and in the Tony award winning musical ‘Moulin Rouge’ covering Satine in Melbourne.In 2022 she performed as the lead role of Fay Apple, Hayes Theatre’s Neglected Musical presentation, ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ , Directed by Tyran Parke. Elenoa further collaborated with Tyran in an acclaimed performance in ‘Tick, Tick...Boom’. She will soon appear in the Carole King Musical, Beautiful on the Gold Coast before appearing in Melbourne and Adelaide in Lady Day at Emmerson’s Bar and Grill.
Elenoa will assist you, in a fun and inspiring environment with those not wanting to participate welcome to audit the class and witness a true star at work.
Participate Ticket $60 *available to purchase if selected via audition
Observe Only Ticket $30
For those wishing to be considered to perform at the class, please prepare a musical theatre song or song and dance and submit via the AMTF Audition portal from 24th Feb – 21st March.
AMTF is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, all ages, genders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
May 20, 2023
11:00am - 1:00pm
$30 - $60