MICHAEL TO PLAY SALIERI IN AMADEUS
Michael will play Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company, 2-18 May 2017 at ASB Waterfront Theatre, with Ross McCormack as Mozart, and featuring Morgana O'Reilly, Byron Coll, Laughton Kora, Kura Forrester, and Madison Nonoa, and a band consisting of Robin Kelly, Abe Kunin, Jonathan Burges, Tom Broome, Peau Halapua, Miyo Yoon, Joseph Harrop, Rachel Wells, Scott Thomas, and Finn Scholes. It will be directed by Oliver Driver with musical direction by Leon Radojkovic.
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"In Vienne, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is until the arrival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Confronted with true genius, Salieri is consumed with obsessive jealousy, declaring war on God for choosing to speak through this upstart and not him. His mediocrity becomes murderous as he sets out to destroy his potty-mouthed young rival and extinguish the spark of his divine talent.
"Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Play, Peter Shaffer's psychologically thrilling musical is one of the most famous acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century. With sweeping operatic theatricality, it juxtaposes the petty world of human excess and envy with the transcendent achievements of human artistry and passion".
Jennifer will teach her masterclass The Craft of Acting:
29-30 April 2017 for Matamata Drama Society at Matamata Little Theatre
20 May 2017 for Trinity College at Samoa House, Auckland
27 May 2017 for Trinity College at The Piano, Christchurch
16 June 2017 for Equity New Zealand at St. Columba Centre, Ponsonby
She will also be teaching for The Actors' Program:
2 May 2017 – Theatre Protocol
7-10 August 2017 – Flying Solo
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JENNIFER STARS IN VERMILION
Jennifer is playing Darcy in feature film Vermilion, which completed filming on 10 April 2017. It also stars Theresa Healey, Goretti Chadwick, Peter Feeney, and Emily Campbell (and a cameo by Michael Hurst!) It is written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann and produced by Michele Fantl.
Vermilion tells the story of a group of women who are close to each other – mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors. Some of their relationships are good and some are broken. The events of one summer month changes their lives forever.
Click here for the NZ Film Commission's press release on Vermilion.
MICHAEL DIRECTED WESTSIDE
Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 through early February 2017. It will air later in 2017.
Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016. Michael directed 4 episodes.
MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS
Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words, which have aired in Australia and New Zealand. Season 2 is now available on dvd in Australia, and will be released in New Zealand on 11 May 2017.
In the US, Acorn TV has episodes 2.1-2.8 available for streaming; click here to watch. The rest of season 2 will be released later in 2017.
Michael also directed episodes 3 and 4 in season 3 from late February to mid-April 2017.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony. Click here for info.