Audition masterclass for singing actors with Simon Burke and Daniel Edmonds


  • 28 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Applications Open 14 May 2020 12:00 am
Applications Close 25 May 2020 8:00 am
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An online audition masterclass for singing actors to participate in one 90 minute zoom Livestream session.  There will be an opportunity for five singers to work with Simon and Daniel on Thursday May 28 (12pm-1.30pm) and for another five singers on Friday May 29 (12pm -1.30 pm). This is an opportunity to keep your skills fresh during this period of shutdown, and to develop new insights and techniques. Being show fit is a vital part of job readiness and the current shutdown has virtually eliminated all opportunities to audition. Daniel and Simon will give you invaluable tips on preparing and executing your audition, as well as generous and constructive feedback. The masterclass will take place on Zoom. Each participant will prepare an "audition cut" of 2 songs each, and must have a prerecorded accompaniment (in the appropriate key) for each song. Each performer will sing for the group (as well auditors)  and receive feedback from Daniel and Simon. Please note that "auditors" will be present during this Livestream. Daniel Edmonds is a music director, composer, and pianist. In the theatre, he was the musical director and conductor for the world premiere of musicals King Kong, Strictly Ballroom and Dream Lover. For Strictly Ballroom, he worked closely with the film’s original creative team, including Baz Luhrmann. Other theatrical credits include Chicago, Fame, Hairspray, and Only Heaven Knows at the Hayes Theatre. In 2018, Daniel music directed the Australian touring production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and in 2019 he was the musical director of the Australian tour of Chicago. He has written music and songs for short films Butcherbird (directed by Dave Paterson) and The Suitor (directed by Kate Riedl), as well as Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes’ feature Super Awesome. Daniel wrote an original score for La Boite’s production of The Wind In The Willows, which toured nationally in 2017. Daniel has appeared on stages in Australia, New Zealand, London and New York with acclaimed artists Meow Meow, Caroline O’Connor, Simon Burke, David Campbell, Rhonda Burchmore, Paul Capsis and Lea Salonga.


  • Simon Burke

    One of Australia’s most respected and accomplished stage and screen performers, Simon has appeared in over 130 stage productions in Australia and the UK. In London's West End he starred as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Raoul in Phantom of the Opera, Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music opposite Dame Judi Dench, Georges in La Cage Aux Folles opposite John Barrowman, and in the European premieres of Holding the Man and When The Rain Stops Falling. He has recently appeared in The Wharf Revue and Mary Stuart (STC), Noises Off (MTC & QTC) The Misanthrope (Bell Shakespeare) and Catch Me If You Can (Hayes). Other Australian musical theatre highlights include Marius in the original Australian cast of Les Miserables, Billy in Anything Goes (Green Room Award Best Actor in a musical), Billy Flynn in Chicago, Dexter in High Society, Vernon in They're Playing Our Song, Whizzer in Falsettos., and Mr Banks in Disney's Mary Poppins. In June 2015 he was awarded the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, singer and producer.