Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret

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The Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret is a free development program that provides Brisbane seniors the opportunity to learn from the best in the biz and develop their creative and artistic talents in a non-competitive, supportive environment. If you can dream it, you can do it!

Registrations are closed

Registrations to the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret 2022 have now closed. You will be contacted by Epiphany Productions to finalise your registration.

Lord Mayor's Senior Cabaret 2022

Golden Age of Pop - Music from the 1950's to 90's

1. Masterclasses

Participants will take part in masterclasses across Brisbane and work one-on-one with some of Australia's most popular performers and vocal coaches. Audiences welcome.

The focus of the masterclass sessions include:

  • overcoming stage fright
  • stage craft
  • vocal technique
  • group singing
  • song and dance
  • a healthy voice
  • less is more
  • how to hit those high notes
  • ukulele and voice.

Each masterclass is three hours long and unless you register for a group masterclass, you will be asked to prepare two items to work on.

You may use a backing track or an instrument to accompany your performance and if required, we will also have a pianist available. Your performance will be supported by professional sound equipment.

All masterclasses run from 10.30am-1.30pm (unless stated otherwise)

  • Wednesday 27 July, Sandgate Town Hall with Megan Shorey
  • Saturday 30 July, Upper Mount Gravatt Progress Hall with Angela Toohey
  • Sunday 31 July, Wynnum Municipal Hall with Gregory Moore
  • Tuesday 2 August, Hamilton Town Hall with Jonathon Welch
  • Wednesday 3 August, Seven Hills Hub with Daniel Robinson
  • Tuesday 9 August, Toombul Shire Hall with Vic Kena
  • Wednesday 10 August, Burnie Brae at Chermside with Renae Suttie
  • Thursday 11 August, The Old Museum at Bowen Hills with Angie Narayan
  • Tuesday 16 August, SunPAC at Sunnybank with Maureen Bowra
  • Tuesday 16 August (2-4pm), SunPAC at Sunnybank with Maureen Bowra
  • Wednesday 17 August, Northgate Hall with Dale Burridge

2. Showcases

After completing the masterclasses, some participants will have the opportunity to perform in a showcase concert and set the stage alight with their singing, dancing and instrumental skills in various venues across Brisbane. Audiences welcome.

All showcases run from 11am–12.15pm (unless stated otherwise)

  • Tuesday 6 September, Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown
  • Wednesday 7 September, WestsideHQ at Corinda
  • Tuesday 13 September, Kedron-Wavell Services Club
  • Wednesday 14 September, Seven Hills Hub
  • Tuesday 20 September, Wynnum Manly Leagues Club
  • Wednesday 21 September, Arana Leagues Club at Keperra
  • Thursday 29 September, Sandgate Town Hall
  • Tuesday 4 October (12noon–1.15pm), Brisbane City Hall

3. Cabaret Gala

The Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Gala: Golden Age of Pop will be held on Sunday 30 October at 2pm at Brisbane City Hall.

This special event will include spectacular performances by the experts, as well as some of the participants from this year’s program.

Tickets will go on sale in September and are $5 each. All proceeds will be donated to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust. Further details will be provided when available.

2022 mentors

Angela Toohey

Angela is a Brisbane-based singer songwriter with a renowned 20+ year career in musical theatre, including starring as Liza Minnelli in the Boy from Oz opposite Hugh Jackman, Chrissy Amphlett and Todd McKenney.

Angela’s music ranges from exquisitely emotive ballards to soaring anthems, rich with imagery and stories of love, loss and growth. With her world-class vocals and powerful rhythm guitar, combined with instinctive bass and harmonies, Angela delivers a lively, enthralling and mesmerising show.

Angela has been associated with the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret since its inception.

Dale Burridge

Dale’s prestigious career has seen him star in major musical theatre productions at both a national and international level including, The Sound of Music, Oliver, Anything Goes, Seven Little Australians and Les Misérables.

In more recent years, Dale has carved out a career as a highly regarded entertainment and event producer where he was at the helm of one of Australia’s most successful concert, cruise and corporate entertainment production companies.

Gregory Moore

Greg is a classically influenced singer with a rich and expressive voice. Debuting at Carols by Candlelight at just five years old, Greg’s career has since blossomed with a repertoire of impressive shows that appeal to a wide audience who respond to his warmth and diversity.

Highlights of Greg’s career include performing as a concert soloist with some of Australia’s leading symphony orchestras, being an original member of the popular male ensemble The Ten Tenors and making his American debut performing in Scotland the Brave at the prestigious Lincoln Centre in New York City.

Maureen Bowra

Maureen is an in-demand theatre maker in Brisbane, specialising in the dual roles of director and choreographer. Some of Maureen’s recent credits include Lynch and Patterson’s production of Cinderella at the Princess Theatre in Brisbane; In Bloom, a spring time cabaret which ran for a sell-out season at Moreton Bay Theatre Company; and Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s arena spectacular shows – Grease and Hairspray.

Renae Suttie

In addition to her studies at the Queensland Conservatorim of Music and University of Queensland, Renae has 29 years of experience performing professionally, having supported artists such as Ian Moss, Kate Miller-Heidke and Marcia Hines.

As a vocal coach, Renae has been involved with Creative Generation State Schools Onstage since 2009, Good Shepherd Lutheran College Noosaville since 2019, University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunfest Gladstone.

Angie Narayan

With over two decades of experience as a headline artist and professional vocal coach, Angie brings a world of knowledge and tools with her teaching. Her warm, encouraging and kind energy allows her to authentically engage with participants, leaving them feel connected and inspired.

Daniel Robinson

Daniel is an award-winning freelance artist and educator, regularly presenting for conferences as a singing voice specialist and providing workshops and practical learning activities to contemporary vocalists across Australia and abroad.

Dr Dan, as he is affectionately known by many of his students, has over 20 years of teaching experience. With his combined industry strengths of high-level academic credentials and stage performance experience, Daniel is able to greatly assist with vocal and artistic development.

Jonathon Welch AM

As a multi-award winning singer, conductor, teacher, composer, director and recording artist, Jonathon is one of Australia’s most unique and diverse artists, having worked alongside the likes of Baz Lurhmann, John Darnham and Dame Joan Sutherland.

Jonathon has also been recognised for his outstanding commitment to the music industry for his work with marginalised and homeless communities that has pathed the way for inclusive arts programs such as School of Hard Knocks and Play It Forward.

Megan Shorey

With over 25 years of performance experience, Megan has appeared in cabaret, musical theatre, jazz and classical engagements throughout Australia and Europe. In addition, she teaches singing in the Musical Theatre Department of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University.

Megan continues to work as a highly regarded vocal consultant for many of Australia’s leading production and theatre companies including Queensland Theatre, Belvoir and Griffin Theatre.

Vic Kena

Originally from New Zealand, Vic’s rich Polynesian heritage and strong Māori reference brings depth and soul to every performance. Having started his career by playing lead guitarist in a variety of ensembles, cabaret shows and solo performances, Vic has now established himself as a performer, teacher and inspiration to many on his preferred instrument, the ukulele.

More information

For more things to see and do for seniors, visit Seniors in Brisbane.

Last updated: 29 July 2022

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