As a Primary School teacher in charge of Music. I directed a number of small musicals for a four teacher country school. All children were involved in these productions. Examples are Starship Silver Grey, Of Mice and Mozart, Ashton’s Boot. Several of the students involved have gone on to perform in the Arts in adult life.
I have assisted the Senior Syndicate at Gate Pa School with two of their Musicals.
I have been the choir mistress for Gate Pa School, so far being part of two Kids for Kids concerts with Suzanne Prentice and two Schools Choir Festival.
For the last two years, I have taught specialised dance, music and drama in the Junior syndicate.
As Musical Director, I feel it is part of my job to coach cast members in their singing, particularly on the technical side of their songs. I want to present the show and the cast as the best they can be. My goal has always been to have a show that is as professional as I can make it.
- 2014 Scarlet Women Come Again, a new revue Compiler, Musical Director for 16th Avenue Theatre, Tauranga
- 2012 Scarlet Women, Compiler, Musical Director for 16th Avenue Theatre, Tauranga.
- 2009 Ladies of the Night. Director/Musical, Director for Rotorua Musical Theatre. Click here for review
- 2006 JTB Musical Director Tauranga Musical Theatre
- 2005 Ladies of the Night Musical Director Tauranga Musical Theatre. Compiled by and Co-Director with mentor Merv Beets. Ladies of the Night review.
- 2001 Westside on Broadway Chorus Mistress Tauranga Musical Theatre
- 2001 Seventies Revival Musical Director for Tauranga Musical Theatre
- 1999 Seventies Revival Musical Director for Rotorua Musical Theatre. Cast member Waylon Edwards has gone on to form his own band Poppy Dust
- 1997 Leader of the Pack Musical Director for Rotorua Musical Theatre. Cast member Travis Kahn is now appearing in professional theatre in Australia. He was in The Lion King and the touring Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
“Ladies Of The Night is playing at 17th Avenue’s Westside Theatre, which is a comfortable intimate place, where the audience lounges at tables in true cabaret-style.
Moreover, they can enjoy a glass of chilled wine, or a freshly brewed coffee throughout the performance. With this in mind, I charged my glass and set forth to anticipate Tauranga Musical Theatre’s latest production.
Ladies Of The Night, directed by Jan and Merv Beets, is an all female revue, which covers over forty songs throughout the show. Although the songs predominantly focus on nuances the night, (or rather, night-life), the vocalists deliver an eclectic mix of jazz, rock and country; consequently, this is defmitely a show which offers something for all music lovers.
It is immediately apparent that the professionalism and slick continuity of the performers is the result of tenacious, well-directed rehearsal. The vocal style and range of these performers, who encapsulate a variety of ages, is also outstanding. For example, Leanne Collins’ sultry version of Van Morrison’s Moondance, is delivered with absolute precision and confidence; Leanne certainly knows how to connect with her audience, and this was reiterated by other cast-members throughout the evening.
However, as director Jan Beets insists, no one is the singular star or lead. Jan, herself delivers a breath-taking rendition of Send In The Clowns; a song made famous by jazz-diva Cleo Laine. In addition, the entire company presents several stand-out numbers, rich in harmony and cleverly choreographed, such as Chanson d’amour, (Chapel Of Love), and It’s Raining Men. Ladies Of The Night boasts a collection of splendid vocalists, from pitch-perfect Ange Stevens, who covers a Nora Jones composition, to Frankie Sutherland’s hilarious parody of Are You Lonesome Tonight? Furthernore, carefully crafted lighting, superb costumery and great stage-design, enhanced this fabulous musical evening.”Nyree Sheriock