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Call for entries in 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Awards

May 23, 2014

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Search for young rising stars

Your chance to win $20,000

Young musical theatre performers, musicians and technicians are invited to enter the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Awards which this year offer a prize pool in excess of $45,000.

The Rob Guest Endowment Award, now in its 6th year, is awarded annually to an emerging musical theatre performer selected by a panel of industry experts. It seeks out Australia’s brightest and most talented young rising stars by putting them through a gruelling audition process.

Six finalists will showcase their talents at the Rob Guest Endowment Gala concert and this year the 2014 winner will take home $20,000, an $8000 increase on the 2013 prize package. Runners up will each take home $1500.

The prize is intended to help a current artist in the musical theatre genre gain the performance experience, media training, guidance and a public image to help them become a leading artist in the Australian musical theatre industry.

Past winners

Past winners and finalists of the Rob Guest Endowment Award are performing in lead roles in musical theatre around Australia, including Gretel Scarlett (Sandy in Grease), Ed Grey (Boq in Wicked), Euan Doidge (Marius in Les Miserables) and Francine Cain (Frenchy in Grease).

This year also sees the introduction of two exciting new categories opened to competitors recognising further excellence in the field of musical theatre.

The Sue Nattrass Award is a $10,000 cash prize intended to help a current member in a technical department of musical theatre fund the tuition and experience needed to help them become a leader in their field. Applicants could be from departments including, but not limited to, stage management, mechanists, sound, lighting, wigs and wardrobe.

The Brian Stacey Award, also a $10,000 cash prize, is intended to help a current musician in the musical theatre genre fund the tuition and experience needed to help them become a leader in their field.

The Rob Guest Endowment Committee is taking over administration of the current Brian Stacey Award from LPA and the Helpmann Awards Committee.

The Rob Guest Endowment (RGE) executive committee, James Thane, Bernadette Hayes and Kellie Dickerson are thrilled that the 2014 prize pool is in excess of $45,000, and RGE Patron, John Frost, says that this growth in prizes helps demonstrate how the cause is continuing to give back to the industry as it grows.

Honouring Rob Guest

“This is a unique set of awards honouring a great man of the theatre, who was an inspiration to all he worked with and a teacher and mentor to all,” said John Frost. “We are thrilled this year to be able to expand the awards to encompass not only performers, but to theatre technicians and musicians as well.”

It was also announced that, through the support of Destination NSW, the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert will be held on Monday October 13, 2014 at Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

Like past concerts, this night promises to be a highlight on the musical theatre calendar, showcasing the 2014 finalists alongside some of Australia’s finest professional musical theatre performers.

Entries for all awards can be submitted via www.robguestendowment.com.au by June 16, 2014 or contact francesca@gordonfrost.com.au

The Rob Guest Endowment Awards pay tribute to one of Australia’s most loved entertainers Rob Guest.

In recognition of the late Rob Guest OBE and his achievements in the musical theatre industry, ANZ Trustees established a memorial fund in his honour to help emerging young performers in musical theatre.

Rob Guest

The ANZ Trustees Foundation: Rob Guest Endowment has established itself over the past five years as a wonderful scholarship for young artists to develop as performers through experience, travel and tuition.

The late Rob Guest, had a career that spanned over 40 years, making him a much loved Musical Theatre star and a household name to audiences throughout Australia New Zealand and overseas.

Perhaps best known for his role as the Phantom of the Opera, he appeared and starred in over 40 productions including Les Miserables , Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Jolson, Sound of Music and WICKED.

Less well known to audiences was his role as mentor and adviser to many young performers he worked with over the years, helping them through rough spots and guiding them in their career development.

Following his sudden and unexpected death in 2008 while performing the role of the Wizard of Oz in WICKED, the Rob Guest Endowment was set up as a tribute to this outstanding performer to continue his work in nurturing and progressing young developing talent in the Musical Theatre industry.

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