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Back on set..

So after being made redundant from my full time job back at the end of Feb (followed by a lovely 3 week cruise around Indonesia), I have decided to take the opportunity to get back into what I love doing most – acting!  I have been auditioning for lots of different things but they are a bit like job interviews, so you just have to do your best and move onto the next one..  but I have managed to start getting some gigs here and there.. I had a day on set back in May for a new telemovie show being produced, and today I was on set for a corporate video.  I also performed in my first ever Hindi Bollywood Show, where I played the lead male as Prince Saleem in Salaam-e-Ishq.  I am hoping some video footage of that will be on my showreel in the near future!

Between the acting jobs I’ve been completing my studies to become a Personal Trainer, and have been doing lots of casual work in promotions, events and hospitality.  I did this sort of work many years ago, and it feels great to be getting back into it.  I love the variety and nature of the work – getting to talk to people, promote new products, work at fun events, and so on.  The only downside is that the work isn’t regular, and some companies are a bit tardy in paying, so I don’t know how much money I will have from week to week.  I am hoping to find something a bit more regular that is casual, but still has good flexibility (and good pay!).. just have to keep looking.

Things have been quiet on the dance side, but I did get to go to Sydney earlier this month to compete with my Bollywood troupe, SARI, in the Indian Australian Singing & Dancing Competition as QLD Finalists.  We didn’t win, but it was a great experience, and lots of fun!

Website Upgrade

Wow.. I can’t believe how quickly time passes.  I have been so focused on work and dance that I hadn’t touched my own website since 2012!  So I decided it was time for an upgrade.  I have always done my own websites in html but decided it was time to give a wordpress website a go..  and I must say I’m so far impressed.  It’s so easy to use and add content and looks good.  I am only using the free version so far, but might upgrade to the paid version for my dance websites once I’m sure about it all!  In the meantime I’ve transferred all my old ‘news’ posts to here so I can eventually delete the old website.

Nothing overly exciting has been happening since 2012.  Mostly dance and work.  The dancing has been up and down, and work was starting to take over – so I finally decided this year I would get back into performing and doing the things I am passionate about.  So I’ve taken a step back from teaching (I am still teaching but just cut down on classes), did a theatre show, and a student TVC (short film); and also picked up my trumpet which I haven’t played for a while – so am now a member of the Brisbane Symphonic and Swing Bands.   I’ve even played a couple of gigs already and played my first solo!  Our next concert is coming up on Sat 18 July, so  I will put a flyer up on this page for it very soon for those interested in coming along.

Bollycise is Born..

After months of Bollywood Dancing and discovering her love for teaching, Racheal decided it was time to start her own Bollywood Dance Class:  Bollycise – Bollywood Dancing for Exercise.  Still using basic beginner Bollywood dance steps, Bollycise aims to

Anne from 'By Night'
Anne from ‘By Night’

keep you moving rather than teaching you an actual dance.  Bollycise classes are currently run every Tuesday at Sinnamon Park.  Children’s & Adult’s Bollywood Dance classes also available.  Click on the link above to find out more.

Racheal also decided it was time to get back into acting – she recently completed filming “By Night” a Griffith Film School Student Production, and is currently looking for a new agent.

Feature Film in Production

It’s all been quite for the first half of 2006, with Racheal spending a fair bit of time on set of a new Sci-Fi Feature Film being shot around Brisbane.  Due to wrap mid 2006, Racheal has had little time to work on much else.

However, she did accept a small role in John Wikman’s latest production “Soundsations” which is currently performing at the Wonargo Cultural Centre, Northgate, until Saturday 03 June.  She also had her photo in the Northside Chronicle (check them out at www.newsphotos.com.au) , although was not credited!

Footrot Flats now showing

Racheal has returned to Beenleigh Theatre’s stage to play Pongo in the not-so-well known musical – “Footrot Flats”.  After a successful opening weekend, the show is likely to be a sell-out!

Pongo from 'Footrot Flats'
Pongo from ‘Footrot Flats’

Also, at the end of August, Racheal was involved in a short film called “A King’s Mistage”, a story set during the war about two sisters.  Filming went well, and it currently in editing.  It will be entered in film festivals around the place, so stay tuned for more!!

If you also keep an eye out on TV for the new Dreamworld commercial, you won’t see Racheal, but if you see Wags The Dog (from Wiggles) then you can guess who’s behind the mask!

Just a short break

Well, as you can probably guess, the first half of 2005 has been rather quiet.  After a quiet season of “The Popular Mechanicals”, Racheal has taken a short break from performing.  She is now getting back into auditioning and it probably won’t be long before she’s back on stage!

If you’d like to be kept updated on her performances, you can now join her Yahoo Group:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rachealleigh .

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.