AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL THEATER FESTIVAL presents the first Maker’s Weekend


The Australian Musical Theater Festival is proud to present its first Creators weekenddedicated to those who create theater of all kinds.

“The Creator’s Weekend” is an initiative of the Australian Musical Theater Festival designed to nurture and develop theater makers locally, Tasmanian and beyond. Previously an existing part of the AMTF’s annual May offering, this bespoke festival is designed to unite local practitioners with brilliant industry leaders, all in pursuit of creating theatre. The weekend features a unique combination of classes, panels and performances, with the development of a new Australian musical, “Paper Stars”underlying the activities.

Courses include stage management, writing, producing and directing with many of Australia’s leading practitioners. James Millarstar of many musicals including ‘Mathilda’ and author of many musicals himself, assumes the role of playwright, teacher and performer throughout the weekend with the director, Tyrant ParkeProducer, Pella Gregory and writer Vicki Madden complementing discussions by international writers and forums with local artists.

The courses include:

Directors – Interrogating the Material

A look at how to creatively bring musicals to life in a modern age.

Stage management with Opera Australia’s, Pella Gregory

Which examines the role of a stage manager and provides techniques for preparing and ‘calling’ a script for production.

Storytelling with Vicki Madden

‘The Gloaming’ and ‘The Kettering Incident’ are just two of the series Vicki has created, and in this workshop she shares her knowledge and experience of developing writing in the creative arts.

Production with lead producer at Opera Australia

Pella has worked with leading companies on projects ranging from Bell Shakespeare to the Phantom of the Opera and offers insight into the production process from page to stage.

Anatomy of a Song with James Millar

James will work with singers to unpack his songwriting from shows such as ‘The Hatpin’, ‘Lovebites’ and others – a unique and rare experience to be coached by the author of Australian classics.

All classes and panels will be held at long-time AMTF partners Launceston College.

There will also be a panel on diversity and inclusion, a panel of international writers and two concerts;

‘Cut Out of Town’ which will celebrate all the amazing songs that did NOT make it onto the Broadway Cast recording with James Millar, Jodie Harris, Tyran Parke and many local guests.

New AMTF Musical Presentation

Come see a musical (‘Paper Stars’) in his developmental stages as he prepares for further presentations.

Everyone knows her as the woman who created “Mary Poppins,” but who was PL Travers before she became famous? Inspired by true events (but told with a good dose of imagination), “Paper Stars” follows the intrepid Lyndon Goff as she leaves the docks of Sydney Harbor in 1925, with the dream of becoming a great writer in London. . There she reinvents herself as Pamela Travers and goes on to write one of the most beloved stories of all time, “Mary Poppins.” Yet can Pamela learn to love real people as much as her characters? With a whimsical book by Grace Chapple and Miranda Middleton, and a spectacular score by Luke Byrne, “Paper Stars” is a story about discovering everyday magic.

Paper Stars was first developed by the Hatch Lab musical theater residency program at the Salty Theatre.

Artistic Director Tyran Parke is excited to premiere The Makers Weekend in November; “So many Tasmanian creators are eager to develop their storytelling skills, whether as directors, managers, producers, writers or performers, whether on the professional stage or in community or school projects. There has never been a program so committed to the skills needed to do so, with such leaders in their field. It’s a perfect complement to our May Festival”

Whether you are a director, writer, actor, manager, producer, choreographer, musical director, composer, you will find gold in the collaborative program and open activities.

The Australian Musical Theater Festival is supported by the Government of Tasmania through Events Tasmania, the City of Launceston, Launceston Central City (City Prom), Theater North and many local businesses.

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