Mildura Weekly : Friday January 17 2014 Vol 8 No11
www.milduraweekly.com.au 6 Mildura Weekly – 17/01/14 ELECTORATE/DROUGHT ASSESSMENT VISIT 20TH - 24TH JANUARY THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP MEMBER FOR FARRER MONDAY 20TH - WENTWORTH SHIRE HALL (10:30AM - 12:30PM) I am keen to discuss all current issues, including the impact of the extended dry with affected producers and graziers. If you cannot be there or would like to make a specific appointment time, please call 1300 303 203 (toll free) www.sussanley.com THEY have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Aus- tralian performing arts, and now, after 10 years, three of Mildura’s most successful performers will reunite in their home town for two special shows. Performing under the name ‘Three Hearts, One Home,’ Saman- tha Riley, Brianne Turk and Laura Page have each enjoyed great suc- cess in the performing arts arena – appearing with some theatre greats in Australia and abroad. The trio will perform two shows – at 2pm and 7.30pm – on Saturday, February 1 at Mildura Arts Centre. Brianne, who turns 27 today, told the Mildura Weekly that she and her fellow performers were looking forward to the homecom- ing, and performing in front of their home crowd for the first time in years. “Sam, Laura and I began per- forming together during our final years of primary school, and our rehearsals and concerts provided the perfect opportunity to catch up and socialise,” she said. “We loved performing togeth- er, our friendship grew, and we al- ways dreamed of one day putting on a show together in Mildura. We are so appreciative of the op- portunities and support that Mil- dura has given us in following our dreams, and we wanted to share our friendship, songs and experi- ences with local residents, and in our own way say thank you.” Currently living in three sepa- rate regions – Mildura, Melbourne and the Barossa – the trio has been rehearsing via Skype and over the phone in the lead-up to the show. Brianne said the idea to form Three Hearts, One Home came about last October, with Sam and herself performing at Laura’s wed- ding. “It was then that we realised we might be able to make our child- hood dream happen,” she said. “This is our first show together, and we wouldn’t have chosen any- where else to put it on.” Individually, each singer has enjoyed a stellar start to their ca- reers, with Samantha, 26, begin- ning her singing and dancing training in Mildura as a six-year- old. She continued to pursue her performing arts dreams after mak- ing the move to Cobar, NSW, with her family, travelling up to seven hours back to Mildura for lessons, while also committing to ‘over the phone’ training. After moving back to Mildura at 14, she took part in many con- certs with the Shirley Bowie Sing- ers and Mildura Ballet and Dance Guild, while also acting as a teach- er for both groups during her gap year. It was during this time – in 2006 – that Samantha was asked to sing a duet with Australian Op- era star Marina Prior at the Opera by the Lock event – which she lists as one of her career highlights. Samantha completed a Bach- elor of Arts (Music Theatre) at Ballarat Arts Academy in 2008, appearing in productions includ- ing Jane Eyre (as Helen Burns), a self-written cabaret titled ‘To be a feminist,’ while also performing the lead role of Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. After moving to Melbourne, Sa- mantha performed in her first pro- fessional musical ‘The Boyfriend’ with the Production Company – a production that featured legends of the stage Rhonda Burchmore and Tim Campbell – before re- turning to university to complete a Diploma of Education in 2010. At the end of 2011, Samantha toured with ‘Annie the musical’ as Connie Boylan in the Ensemble – an experience she shared with Brianne – sharing the stage with Anthony Warlow, Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes. She then took part in the Aus- tralian premiere of The Addams Family Musical – a project that al- though short-lived, was immense- ly successful in Sydney. Brianne also started her sing- ing career with Shirley Bowie, and danced with Mildura Ballet and Dance Guild. She was a member of the Henderson Choir, Electric Light Theatre and Red Cliffs Musi- cal Society, with a number of Mil- dura-based concerts, eisteddfods and AMEB examinations provid- ing the singer with opportunities to develop her skills. She attended Trinity Lutheran College and St Joseph’s College be- fore moving to Mildura Senior Col- lege for VCE studies – where she be- came one of two Victorians invited to perform their VCE Dance compo- sition solos in ‘Top Acts’ – the 2005 VCE Season of Excellence showcase. Following her high school studies Brianne moved to Mel- bourne to study Musical Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. She graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) in 2008, and during her time in Perth played various roles – most notably the lead role of Laurey in ‘Oklahoma!’ – alongside Jill Perryman. • Continued Page 12 There’s nothing like supporting home-grown talent, and Mildura and district residents will get the chance to do just that when three near-lifelong friends and talented performers hit the Mildura Arts Centre stage in two weeks. As the Mildura Weekly’s VINNIE RODI reports... Home is where the hearts are • HEART TO HEART TO HEART CHAT: A relaxed Laura, Samantha and Brianne share a quiet time of reflection while preparing for their February 1 Mildura shows. That’s Sam again at left.
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