Caper School of Performing Arts on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
For lovers of show tunes and those that dream of performing on Broadway or the West End, the Sydney Eisteddfod Musical Theatre Dance Group events are a must-see! Each year groups perform their favourite numbers from all the great musicals, displaying not only their dance technique but also their acting skills.
Over the past four years, Sydney Eisteddfod has seen so many wonderful routines and quite a few notable ones in the 14/u, 16/u and Open Age categories.
In 2013, Donna Jeans Dance Force captivated audience attention with their much beloved performance of Mary Poppins in the Musical Theatre Dance Group (16/u) event. Donning traditional costumes and makeup, audiences were transported to the rooftops of London where chimney sweeps stole the show. Last year, they once again showed their strength in the musical theatre genre in the Musical Theatre Dance Group (14/u) event, with their performance of ‘Revolting Children’ from the hit musical Matilda. Recreating the characters of the mischievous school children preparing to take on Miss Trunchbull, audiences did not want the performance to end!
In 2014, Caper School of Performing Arts recreated a party everyone wanted to be invited to with their performance of a ‘Wild Party’ from the musical of the same name. Channeling the 1920’s flapper era, this 16/U group danced and acted their hearts out to great success. In 2016, they proved to be crowd favourite yet again, in the Musical Theatre Dance Group (14/u) event with their performance of ‘What’s Up Duloc’ from the new musical Shrek. Dressed as the residents of the cookie-cutter kingdom, they performed to a backing-track recording of their own voices, taking the performance to the next level.
Back in 2015, Brent Street enthralled audiences in the Musical Theatre Dance Group (Any Age) event with their ‘Everything Taboo’ routine. Showcasing stellar choreography and stage presence whilst embodying the eccentric party goers at the fashionable and now-legendary Taboo nightclub in London.
Sydney Eisteddfod is looking forwarded to being transported once again into the world of Musical Theatre in 2017 and can not wait to see what the hard working groups have in store.