1) I love Hot Mikado as a musical because it is a fun and wacky musical, not just to watch but also perform in.
2) Music has always been a big part of my life… (I’m sure you’ve heard people say that before). I never really knew what musical theatre was until my first show and have never stopped performing since. I would love to make this a career as theatre is a big passion for me.
3) I play grade 1o violin, dance, play soccer at representative level and, of course, perform in amazing shows like Hot Mikado!!
1/ I love Hot Mikado because of the great music. There are so many different music styles rolled into one and I'm so excited to be able to tap!!!
2/I feel I was born to perform it’s the way I express myself and my dream is to one day perform on Broadway and I believe with enough training and dedication I will get there.
3/I'm a finalist in Sydney Eisteddfod singer of the Year junior
- I love Hot Mikado as it is an exciting and vibrant musical to be part of where I can sing, dance and act.
I love working and building friendships with the cast and seeing everyone characters come to life. So excited!!!!
- I currently attend Brent Street Academy where I am able to do my studies through correspondence and at the same time I am able to work on developing and involve as dancer, singer and performer. The best of both worlds!!!
- When I was 8 years old I was the voice of Didi from "Didi and B" which currently still airs on Nick Jnr and ABC. I also played Princess Kanika in the King and I my first ever musical which was performed at the Opera House
Abby van Balkom
- Why do you love Hot Mikado as a musical?
I love Hot Mikado because it is such a hilarious, upbeat musical that everyone will love! It’s so fun because we get to explore a range of styles of singing and dancing, and we get to play lots of different characters. The cast is all so lovely.
- Why did you decide to do musicals? (please include what you do outside of musical theatre, or mention if you are pursuing a professional career)
I’ve been dancing and singing from a young age, and as I got a bit older I became really interested in acting, and musical theatre was the perfect way to combine them all! I love the whole process – from the very first rehearsal, to being in the theatre, to performing on stage. Performing is my passion, and I really hope to pursue it professionally.
- Any fun facts I should know about you that the press will love?
I’m part of the vocal group who are currently the National AUSACA Acapella Champions. As a result of this, I recently had the opportunity to perform and do an interview for Disney Channel Australia, which was so much fun!
The Independent Theatre, North Sydney
Now in its 66th year, there’s no luckier time for Chatswood Musical Society to transport audiences to Japan than for fast paced jazz comedy Hot Mikado from 22 September to 1 October at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney.
Cultures glide and collide in Rob Bowman (music) and David H. Bell’s (lyrics) hilarious and "hot" updating of Gilbert and Sullivan classic, The Mikado.
Featuring popular musical tunes such as “Three Little Maids” in fully-fledged Andrews Sisters style and big band song and dance numbers, Hot Mikado promises to be a night of fun for the whole family.
The musical sees characters navigate life-or-death stakes while still finding time to tap their toes and scat a tune. Japanese culture meets 1940s America in a land where outlandish laws sentence people to death for almost any indiscretion, and jazz, the blues and gospel are spoken fluently.
“Packed full of funny plot twists and quirky characters, Hot Mikado will be a fun night of message-free theatre; just pure enjoyment for enjoyment’s sake. The musical is such a clever updating of the original 1885 Gilbert and Sullivan production, audiences will love the high energy routines, slap stick comedy, and lots of visual gags,” said director Declan Moore.
“Many previous productions have staged Hot Mikado on a large company scale, but I've always felt the show would work best with a small ensemble of talented players. We’ve made an intimate production and - without giving too much away - been quite contemporary with our gender casting!”