After enduring some chilly Cabaret rehearsals and having a strong desire not to bake during Evita rehearsals, this weekend the team took to the task of insulating the roof of the rehearsal space.
We've had a fantastic opening performances and received fabulous and audience and critical feedback.
"Canberra Philharmonic’s production of Cabaret will stand as one of the great standouts on Canberra’s Musical Theatre scene. Above the stage, the outstanding orchestra offers the reprise tunes as the enthralled audience leaves the theatre, aware that they have seen a Cabaret of the highest calibre. ... This Cabaret is a real feather in the cap for Canberra Philharmonic and the team. Don’t miss it!"
- Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle
"This is a musical with a sense of history as well as a dark humour and the power to disturb comfortable thinking. It should not be approached with a light heart and Canberra Philharmonic Society’s production ultimately shows why."
- Alanna Maclean, The Canberra Times
"Angel Dolejsi is mesmerising as the edgy, reptilian MC, commenting on events, singing and dancing up a storm with the brilliantly choreographed and costumed Kit Kat girls. Dave Smith (Ernst Ludwig), Kitty McGarry (Frauline Kost) and Ben Trabinger (Max) contribute characterisations that are strongly supported by an excellent ensemble cast, superb orchestra and costume design for this outstanding Philo production."
- Bill Stephens, CityNews
A huge weekend - disassembling the set, packing the truck (in the rain), and reconstructing in the theatre. More photos here.
Set building officially started Saturday May 17. We started by building some very sturdy walls, the construction of which was overseen by our youngest helper.
We'll be continuing every Saturday from now (10 am - 4 pm ish). If you can spare some time, we'd love all the help we can get. Please get in touch with us via or join our Friends of Philo Facebook group for the latest news.
There's many ways to help - drilling, putting in screws, painting, holding things, helping with props and costumes... No prior experience needed. We also provide lunch. 😀