2013 – Singin’ in the Rain

In July 2013 ARC produced the musical Singin’ in the Rain.  Singin’ in the Rain is a musical with a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by Arthur Freed, and music by Nacio Herb Brown.  Adapted from the 1952 movie of the same name the plot closely adheres to the original.  Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, it focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden and Lockwood’s leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less than dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in talking pictures. The show first opened on the West End in 1983 and went to Broadway in 1985.  The show was nominated for 2 Tony Awards, Best Book for a Musical and Best Performance by a leading actor in a musical.

Cast member Benjamin Stokes (Cosmo Brown) was nominated for a Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Dancer’s Award for his performance in this production.

Performance season

The performance season ran over two weeks and included 7 performances:

  • Friday 5th July: 8pm (Gala – Cocktail Attire Event) Saturday 6th July: 8pm Wednesday 10th July: 8pm Thursday 11th July: 8pm Friday 12th July: 8pm Saturday 13th July 2pm (Matinee) Saturday 14th July: 8pm
  • Singin’ in the Rain was performed at the Banyule Theatre, Heidelberg.

Cast

Don Lockwood Liam Kilgour
Kathy Selden Erin Gill
Cosmo Brown Benjamin Stokes
Lina Lamont Ellen Lane
R.F. Simpson Steven Kent
Roscoe Dexter Albert Tapper
Zelda Zanders Kathryn Yates
Dora Bailey Verity Brown
Miss Dinsmore Catherine Gear
 Ensemble Sam Bissett
Jess Cook
Tom Frost
Matthew Hadgraft
Melanie Haley
Sasha Hennequin
Ellen Henshall
Louisa Judd
Angela Katanoudi
Ross McKinnon
Elise Moorhouse
James Oorloff
Jessicah O’Sullivan
Blair Salmon
Ryan Turner
Adrian Ventura
Meaghan Ventura
Alistair Ward
Jodi Wilkinson
Catherine Worsnop

Producers (ARC Committee)

President Louise Parsons
Vice President Nathan Slevin
Treasurer Louise Parsons
Secretary Leighton Irwin
General Representatives Kevin Chan
Sasha Hennequin
Benjamin Stokes
Matthew Wheatland

Artistic Team

Director Rowena Brown
Choreographer Lisa-Maree David
Musical Director Rebecca Dupuy-Purcell

Production Team

Stage Manager Tamara Dennett
Assistant Stage Manager Mitchell Stewart
Costume Design Louise Parsons
Props Manager Louise Parsons Rowena Brown
Front of House Co-ordinator John McTiernan
Graphic Designer Frank Gullone
Lighting Designer Moving Light Productions
Lighting Operator Brenton Van Vliet
Sound Designer StagePass Productions
Sound Operator Matthew Goldsmith
Photographer Jaclyn DeVincentis
Publicity Julian Campobasso
Paul Campobasso
Jaclyn DeVincentis
Set Construction Manager Matthew Wheatland
Set Designer Rowena Brown
Matthew Wheatland
Floor Manager Matthew Wheatland
Ticket Secretary Nathan Slevin
Musicians Naomi Absalom
Jennifer Barry
Hayden Beck
Kevin Chan
Andrew Cook
Simon D’Aquino
Sanja Domazet
Kye Dove
Stephen McQueen
Rob Mercer
Callum Moncrieff
James Mustafa
Tom Sly
Jennifer Stengard
Jenny Stokes
Chris Street