Tuesday, 1 November 2011
An Audience with Kerry Ellis
The set up of this event was very different to anything I had seen her do before, the Shaw Theatre played host and provided an intimacy that could have been lost in larger theatres. The music was a lot more mellow compared to the tracks on the Anthems album and the numbers she chose to sing stayed very close to her musical theatre roots. Kerry worked with Craig Adams on the arrangement of the songs, which were amazing. I love how Craig can take a song and completely change it to suit the singer but still keep the original essence at the same time. Some of my favourites from the night included "Now that I've seen her" from the musical Miss Saigon and the beautiful piano version of "defying Gravity".
The night provided a nice balance between Kerry performing, answering interview questions, then taking questions from the audience. It was really refreshing to hear how she worked her way up to where she is just now. Kerry explained it was all of the different experience she gained, working on cruise ships, playing swings and understudies along with her training at Laine Theatre Arts that prepared her for the demanding 8 show week of a leading lady.
It was clear from the questions from the audience that everyone was in awe of Kerry, one woman in particular flying in from America for the event. Kerry gave great insight to budding musical theatre actors of how to get involved in the industry and shared some of her own experiences.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable night and one I was very pleased to be a part of.