Rob Guest semi-finalists announced

September 20, 2018

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30 top young performers vie for

2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award

EARLIER this month, the Rob Guest Endowment held auditions in Melbourne and Sydney to search for this year’s winner of the Rob Guest Endowment Award.

After careful consideration, the 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award have been selected.

The Rob Guest Endowment committee announced this week that the following Semi-Finalists will perform in front of a panel of judges on October 1, 2018 to determine the six finalists for the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award:

They include: Annie Aitken, Kirrah Amosa, Embla Bishop, Alessandra Bizzanelli, Georgina Charteris, Jemma Cher, Doron Chester, Rachel Davies, Tom Davis, Pia Frangiosa, Joel Granger, Manon Gunderson-Briggs, Zoe Ioannou, Gareth Isaac, Luke Jarvis, Todd Jacobsson, Oliver Lacey, Jenni Little, Rubin Matters, Joe Meldrum, Alessandra Merlo, Courtney Monsma, Caitlin Rose, Ashleigh Rubenach, Cypriana Singh, Molly Stewart, Connor Sweeney, Stephanie Wall, Monique Warren and Lyndon Watts.

The Rob Guest Endowment Award, now in its 10th year, is awarded annually to an emerging musical theatre performer selected by a panel of industry experts.

The Rob Guest Endowment 2018 panel will seek out Australia’s brightest and most talented young rising stars through a multistage audition process.

Six finalists will be shortlisted and will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of an audience of Australia’s leading and most established producers and casting agents at the final event.

The winner will take home the highly coveted Rob Guest Endowment Award of $20,000.

Previous finalists and winners of the Rob Guest Endowment Award have since been launched into the industry, starring in lead roles in musical theatre around Australia.

Past winners include Georgina Hopson (Evita), Daniel Assetta (The Book of Mormon, Wicked), Joshua Robson (Dream Lover, My Fair Lady), Samantha Dodemaide (Evita, The Wizard of Oz), Glenn Hill (Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde), Blake Bowden (The Book of Mormon, Fiddler on the Roof) and Francine Cain (Grease, Rock of Ages).
Now in its 10th year, the scholarship award for young artists was set up in recognition of the late Rob Guest OBE and his achievements in the musical theatre industry. His career spanned 40 years during which time he also became a mentor and adviser to many young performers as they progressed through their careers.

The 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award Semi-finalists.

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