A Chorus Line – The Reviews are in!

A Chorus Line – The Reviews are in!



In Richard Harris’ epic, evergreen pop song MacArthur’s Park the firebrand performer and songwriter sang about a relationship in these metaphorical terms, and I paraphrase, ‘I have made the perfect cake, but I left out in the rain, and it took so long to make it, and I’ll never have that recipe again’.

I don’t know long he took to make it but  American thespian Michael Bennett sure did come up with a wonderful recipe for a musical with his show which is currently having a revival care of So Popera Productions at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.

This classic Broadway musical has a great storyline – we get the ‘inside stories’ of dancers auditioning for a new Broadway, along with a classic score by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Edward Kleban which featured some lovely soulful songs such as What I Did For Lovewith some terrific dance numbers, especially the big Company numbers. There is even some dance routines thrown into the mix.

Amy Copeland’s production is a real zinger and worth travelling the distance to, even if you don’t reside in the Illawarra. Copeland’s creative team- Music Director Peter Copeland, Choreographer Teegan McKean, Associate Choreographer Dane Sanderson and Costume Designer Sophie Rose King, each work together well to bring this show to life, along with producer Mal Copeland who made the show possible.

Performances across the board were good. John Michael Burdon as Zach was suitably brusque and demanding in the role played by Michael Douglas in the movie.  One of the show’s highlights was the scene between him and Cassie where their prior romance is revealed.

Catrina Ralph has a solo show stopping scene where she dances in an exemplary way up and down stage with the number The Music And The Mirror.

Which brings me to the dance hall mirror which spans across the stage. One particular scene reveals a full orchestra, led by Peter Copeland, playing beautifully behind the mirror, a quaint and no doubt very effective way of staging.

Anastasia Feneri showcased a very pure voice with a very poignant rendition of What I Did For Love. Equally poignant was the scene where the number At the Ballet came to life performed by Michaela Neto as Sheila, Kimmie Jonceski as Bebe and Katherine Akele as Maggie.

The show ran for a memorable two hours straight through. Bennett brings it all together with a fantastic, final  Company number with top hats and tails in the best show business tradition.

With plenty of Razzle dazzle as well as lots of  heart, get your ticket to ride. A CHORUS LINE is playing IPAC until Saturday 26th May 2018.

This enterprising Company’s next show is in January 2019 and will another classic musical, Singin In the Rain, again at IPAC.

So Popera Cat Awards Success!

So Popera Cat Awards Success!



So Popera had wonderful success at this years CAT Awards being recognised for our achievements across both of our 2017 Productions – Chicago and Beauty and the Beast.

  • Best Set in a Musical, Tim Hawkins Beauty and the Beast
  • Best Director of a Musical- Amy Copeland, Chicago
  • Best Musical Director – Peter Copeland, Chicago
  • Best Choreographer – Teagan McKeen, Chicago
  • Best Costumes in a Musical – Sophie Rose King, Beauty and the Beast
  • Best Orchestra, Chicago
  • Best Ensemble for a Musical, Chicago
  • Best Female in a lead role in a Musical – Anastasia Feneri, Chicago
  • Best Production of a Musical, Chicago 

So Popera wishes to thank the CAT Awards for their recognition, and congratulates all recipients and nominees from all companies on their successes at this years Awards!

So Popera Cabaret Series – Spiegeltent Wollongong

So Popera Cabaret Series – Spiegeltent Wollongong

Following the success of our most recent production Beauty and the Beast, So Popera Productions are thrilled to present the next instalment of the So Popera Cabaret Series.

So Popera will present a lineup of local Illawarra Talent from both our recent and upcoming productions, featuring Scott Radburn, Anne-Maree Fanning, Allegra Wilson, Anastasia Feneri, Danny Condon and more!

You will enjoy an afternoon of well known theatre songs, original songs and showcasing a sneak peek of our next production Chicago the Musical.

CAT Awards Success

CAT Awards Success

So Popera Productions were very proud to be once again honoured at the CAT Awards in February. Receiving accolades for Best Director of a Musical, Best Set Design for a Musical and the prestigious Golden CAT Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre and Production, the So Popera Team were once again humbled and thrilled to be recognised by our industry peers.

The Producers – THANKS for a great success!

The Producers – THANKS for a great success!

So Popera Productions are proud and humbled by the audience numbers that attended the season of The Producers at IPAC in January!

We were so excited for our cast and crew at the SELL OUT on our closing show! What a BANG to go out on!

Looking forward to the next one…. WE’RE EXCITED!



The Producers – CAST!

The Producers – CAST!

After two long days of more than 90 auditions, we are extremely proud and excited to present our cast of The Producers.

Thank you to all who took the time to audition over this weekend. To build our cast list from the incredible display of talent, was exceptionally difficult. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take everyone.

Please join us in congratulating the cast of The Producers.


Max Bialystock – Scott Radburn
Leo Bloom – Daniel Downing
Roger DeBris – John Michael Burdon
Carmen Ghia – Nelson Bowler
Franz Liebkind – Danny Condon
Ulla – Tanya Boyle

Featured Ensemble:

Hold Me Touch Me – Anne-Marie Fanning
Bryan the Set Designer – Jay Gomez
Kevin The Costume Designer – Aaron Gobby
Scott The Choreographer/ Tap Ensemble – Ryan Morgan
Shirley Markowitz / Hobo – Taylor Cable
The Judge – Damien Morley
Mr Marks – Paul Hamilton
Jack Lapidus/Sad Accountant – Ron Seymour
Jason Green – Justin Huntsdale
Kiss Me Feel Me/ Not You / Tap Ens – Elanna Zapirain
Lick Me Bite Me – Cheryl Radburn
Donald Dinsmore – Lachlan Grogan
Usherette – Katherine Akele
Springtime For Hitler Showgirl – Kathryn Edmonds
Springtime For Hitler Showgirl – Kimmie Jonceski


Girls In Pearls:
GiP’s / Usherette / Tap Ens – Kristie Beedie
GiP’s / Springtime For Hitler Showgirl – Talia Sigsworth
GiP’s / Springtime For Hitler Showgirl – Imogen Smee
GiP’s / Tap Ens – Brittany Doyle
GiP’s / Tap Ens – Rebecca Virtu
GiP’s (Chor/Dance Captain) – Teagan McKeen
Tap / Ensemble – Sean Crombie
Tap / Ensemble – Dane Sanderson
Tap / Ensemble – James McAlpine
Ens – Accountants / Prisoners / etc – Tyler Richardson
Ens – Accountants / Prisoners / etc – Jack Arnold
Ens – Accountants / Prisoners / etc – Keiden Cheung
Ens – Accountants / Prisoners / etc – Jack Paterson

* Other minor roles to be cast during rehearsal process.