Category Archives: Singing

You Gotta Get A Gimmick!

FB cover GypsyA fair bit has happened since my last post in June.  The One Night Only Gig was a sell-out, and we also just did our Latin Carnival de Sol concert which also sold out.  I am still currently in the ‘day job’, but things on the dance front have slightly changed – I’m not currently teaching as I’ve been busy between the band; Bollywood dance gigs; and now rehearsals for the wonderful Broadway musical, Gypsy.

I’m excited to be playing the cameo role of Mazeppa, one of three Burlesque dancers who introduce Louise (who later becomes the famous Gypsy Rose Lee) to the risqué art form.  There is such a strong cast of all ages, and the leading actors have been wonderfully cast!  The show is playing from 13 to 28 November at Beenleigh Theatre (book online and use the promo code ‘rleigh’ to get a 10% discount!) http://beenleightheatregroup.com/booking/

I’ve also decided to start a video blog!  It has started initially about my weight loss journey but may develop into other stuff later on.  You can view Episode One here.  I’m hoping it will inspire others to start looking after themselves so please feel free to share or subscribe.  I have been a lot more active the past few months, and the next 12 months will hopefully see new opportunities and change.   I hope you enjoy following and supporting me along the way!

Merry Christmas 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Racheal is currently singing Christmas Carols with the Brisbane City Sounds Barbershop Chorus.  If you’re lucky, you can catch her at Indooroopilly Shoppingtown singing with the group in the week leading up to Christmas.

She also recently completed the Intermezzo 1 Burlesque Dance class with Lola the Vamp; as well as received First Class Honours in her Ballroom Medals with Coll’s Dance Studio (Mt Gravatt) where she danced two showcases:  Cha Cha Cha (Latin) and Charmaine (Modern).

Passion Play

To gain singing experience, Racheal is currently involved with two productions:

  •  Passion Play 2007 – to be performed at the Riverside Stage, Botanical Gardens.  Fri 30 March until Sunday 01 April.  More details can be found at:  http://www.passionplay2007.net.
  •  Yeoman of the Guard – by Qld Musical Theatre, to be performed at the Schonell Theatre, 23 May – 02 June.  More details can be found at: http://www.queenslandmusicaltheatre.com.

She will also be performing in the Championship Soprano section of the Qld Eisteddfod, to be held in Toowomba over Easter.

Musical Theatre Focus

Racheal has been spending the past few months concentrating on her singing voice, not to mention much of her time being spent in the organisation of her birthday party held at the Tivoli Theatre in October.

Racheal is now working towards a musical theatre career, and is spending a lot of her time singing – she recently performed in the Ignatians IGNITE “Showstoppers” Concert, and is currently in rehersals for another production due to play in late March 2007.

Posts pre-2004

December 2004

In a fantastic end to 2004, Racheal finished performing with Qld Theatre Company in their last production for the year – “Far Away”.  Although this was a volunteer role, it was a great opportunity to meet those behind the scenes and work with a well-experienced cast and crew.  We can only hope this is a sign of bigger and better things to come!!

In the meantime, keep an eye out at the Brisbane Arts Theatre (again!) where Racheal will be performing the role of Robin Starveling in their early week production of “The Popular Mechanicals”.  The show opens on 21 February, and is likely to be a sell-out season so if you’re going to book, get in early!   Check out their website for further details.

Have a safe and happy Christmas & see you in 2005!!

October 2004

In the true spirit of “It never rains – but pours” Racheal has recently been involved with two theatre shows and two short films.  Her latest show, ‘The Fifth Elephant’ will be performed at the Brisbane Arts Theatre from 6 – 23 of October.

July 2004

Racheal recently finished performing Emilie in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ at the Brisbane Arts Theatre.  Also a small role, it is quite a revealing one!!  Check out the StageDiary review (It’s in the review section for the months of April – June, 2004).

She has now gone into rehersals for another fun Terry Pratchett show – ‘The Fifth Elephant’ which will be performed at the Brisbane Arts Theatre in October.  Racheal will be playing Lady Margolotta – a reformed vampire who looks like she stepped out of the fifties!

You can also catch her at Able Productions live floorshow of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ on Friday 10 September, at QUT Gardens Theatre.   This is a One-Night Only performance and will be a sellout at $15/pp.

March 2004

Currently in rehersals for ‘The Heidi Chronicles’ with Beenleigh Theatre Company, Racheal is enjoying developing her character, Susan.  The show opens 30 April and runs for two weeks only.

She also spent a day shoot on ‘The Shellhole’; part one of four half-hour episodes of ‘Tales of the 34th Battalion’.  Her German character, Heidi, only makes a small appearance in this episode, but will be seen more in part two, which will be shot later this year.

February 2004

Racheal has recently been working on another independent short film, playing Ethel, a single mother who has such a hectic life that her dreams about turning into a robot start to become reality.  This was her first speaking lead-role on camera.  “Automama” is now in the editing stage, and will be entered in several Film Festivals later this year.

(You may have noticed the director has the same last name as Racheal – however they are not related in any way, shape or form!)

December 2003

You can catch Racheal over the Christmas school holidays performing in Dreamworld’s upcoming ‘NickToons Live!’ show.  She has been busy in rehersals, but has also managed shoot another short film “The Three Snoozes” where she played leading lady, Melissa (in another non-speaking role!).

August 2003

Since completion of her Diploma earlier this year, Racheal has spent some time travelling overseas. She is now back and pleased to be getting back into what she enjoys most – acting, of course!

Racheal has worked on a couple of short films since her return, but has now been given the opportunity to play Hilary in “The Surgical Entrepeneurs”, a British-style short-film comedy about a girl who desperately needs a liver transplant.

Along with this short film, Racheal is also currently in rehersals for the Brisbane Arts Theatre’s upcoming production of “Carpe Jugulum”, to be performed in October.

You may also catch her at the Sandgate Drama Festival on Sunday, 7 September 2003, where she will be playing Susan in the one-act Drama “Protecting The Ham”.

April 2003

After two years of study, Racheal finally completed her Advanced Diploma in Stage & Screen Acting at the reputable Actors Conservatory, in Brisbane.  The official graduation ceremony will be held in May, 2004.

January 2003

The new-look website for Racheal was launched this month.  You are welcome to e-mail your comments / feedback on this new site.

December 2002

Racheal was involved with her first TV production late this month, and although the role was quite small she found the experience invaluable.  The episode, ‘Kenny’s Pizza’, will be shown on Hong Kong TV in early 2003.

October 2002

Racheal was a featured extra in the trailer for a new feature film, ‘Club Spectrum’.  The full-length feature will hopefully be shot in 2003, depending on investors.

June 2002

‘The Circle’ is a short film made this month, featuring Racheal in a leading (although non-speaking) role.  The film was made to be entered into the Fast Film section of the 2002 Brisbane International Film Festival.  The film unfortunately didn’t make the finals, but they did have a lot of competition!!

October 2001

Racheal is currently in rehersals for her leading role as Ginny, in the API Theatre’s upcoming production of ‘Relatively Speaking’.  The show will open mid November, and will run to early December, 2001.

February 2001

Racheal was a featured extra in the short film ‘Route 413’.   This film has been entered into several film festivals throughout Australia.

December 2000

Have you ever seen a singing & dancing Banana?  How about three of them?  The Banana Bunch are the classy nightclub singers in a fridge full of surprises.  “Fridge 2000”, written by local talent, John Wikman, is keeping it cool this summer.  You can see Racheal as Nana Banana, the ditzy LadyFinger, while this production runs this month at the API Theatre.

November 2000

Racheal took her first step towards a professional career this month when she worked as a featured extra on the production of ‘Hildegarde’.  A year and a half later, this childrens movie finally opened at the 2002 Energex Brisbane International Film Festival.

August 2000

You can catch Racheal at the API Theatre’s current production of ‘When The Cat’s Away’.  This classic ‘George & Mildred’ comedy finds George in a sticky situation with a young single girl, Shirley (Racheal).  Will he be able to sort out the mess before Mildred and her sister return?  The show runs for three weeks, closing in September.

July 2000

The official website (www.racheal.cx) is launched, along with the Brisbane Auditions website.