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    Chisholm St: Golden Age

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    Event description

    Chisholm St is a live performance space on Wadawurrung country, Ballarat. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded. 

    Hosted by Bronwyn Blaiklock, Chisholm St is an intimate foray into fascinating corners of classical music. The platform was launched in March 2021 and offers a diverse series of concerts by regional musicians and spoken word performers. The intimate space gives you a rare glimpse into creative music-making, up close and personal.  

    Chisholm St: Golden Age

    Golden age musicals played a huge role in popular culture. Chisholm St is pleased to present show-stopping talent, Sarahlouise Younger, performing songs from the golden years - the 1940s-1950s - with pianist Dan Tusjak (NB. Dan is replacing Bronwyn due to injury). You will love the selection of songs from Musicals such as 'West Side Story', 'A Star is Born', 'Calamity Jane', 'Showboat' and more, with all the classic sass and drama a lounge room can hold. 

    There aren't many venues that give you this kind of insight into the craft of musical performance. Stay for refreshments afterwards, meet the performers - it's included in the ticket - and enjoy the community at Chisholm St. 

    This performance is included in the annual Season Pass, a discounted package of seven concerts. For the details, head to Chisholm St: 2024 Season Pass.

    The performers

    Sarahlouise Younger is a seasoned performing artist with over 25 years of performing experience. She made her professional debut as a child in the Australian production of The Wizard of Oz. Select professional credits include Wild World-The Cat Stevens Story (Hit Productions), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Variety), City of Angels (Just Pretending Co) and Nothing to Lose (Force Majeure). Her festival credits include Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Cabaret Festival and Melbourne Cabaret Festival. As a playwright, her works have been selected for residency and development with TheatreWorks “She Writes” program, Abbotsford Convent Pivot Program and Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s “Blackwrights” program. As an educator, she has taught for the Federation University Arts Academy, The Australia School (Singapore) Pineapple Studios (UK), Theatre Blacks, The Dance Studio Academy of Performing Arts, Bendigo South East Colleges Creative Arts extension program, and the Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts.

    Sarahlouise is the co-founder of Salty Theatre (Emeritus) and the co-creator of The Hatch Lab Music Theatre Residency program (including The Workshop and Hatchling). During her time at Salty Theatre she was the co-producer for the Australian premieres People Suck A Musical Airing of Grievances, Top Gun! The Musical, Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody and Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical (upon their exit). Sarahlouise is represented by UE Agency and a proud member of MEAA.

    Dan Tusjak is a pianist who regularly performs around town, recently including shows ‘The Wonder of Bacharach’ with Peter Cupples, ‘Promises Promises’ with Janet Ross-Fahy, and ‘Songs of Sarah Bareilles’ with Elissa Parsons. He has also worked seasonally with the Australian Girls Choir and Victorian Opera as pianist and repetiteur. Daniel has worked with many other household names, including Debra Byrne, Kate Ceberano and Luke Kennedy. He is an avid music theatre musician, having played on the Australian premiere of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ among many other shows in the independent, community and education spaces. He has been Music Director for ‘A Chorus Line’, the Australian premiere of ‘Made in Dagenham’, ‘Welcome to Thebes’, and ‘Motor-Mouth Loves Suck-Face’ at Federation University Arts Academy.

    As a composer, Daniel has written music for short film, theatre, cabaret and video games. His music for ‘A Gift Horse’ was nominated for Best Original Score in My Rode Reel’s short film competition. His other short film work include ‘Bear’ and ‘On the Wall’. Daniel’s theatre/cabaret work include ‘Infectuated’, ‘Footballers Are A Godsend’, and ‘Pirates: The Search for Christmas Treasure’. His video game work includes ‘StarMade’, Royal Children’s Hospital’s ‘Create Explore Learn’, and ‘MindQuest’. A commission for the Gold Museum saw his music appear at the ‘Wonderful Things’ exhibition, celebrating 40-years of the Gold Museum in Ballarat. For his Masters, Daniel wrote a series of etudes for solo piano inspired by the principles of the Taubman Approach. The suite garnered the praise of Dr. Michael Kieran Harvey who, identifying the inspirations of Ravel, Debussy, Bartok and jazz, remarked on the “high level of artistic integrity in the composition, which display profound thought and emotional depth”.

    Daniel currently works at Federation University Arts Academy as the Lecturer in Music Theatre, championing the next generation of Australian musical storytellers and theatre makers.

    The venue

    Bespoke reupholstered deck chairs and lounge suite awaits you, however, be sure to dress warmly as seating extends to an external covered deck and this is Ballarat, after all. 

    Young children are welcome at Chisholm St, although paid ticket-holders have priority of seating. Children are welcome to enjoy the garden and cubby house during daytime performances. 

    You are invited to join the performers for refreshments afterwards. This includes wine, cheese, gluten-friendly snacks, light drinks, tea and coffee at no extra charge. You are welcome to bring a bottle of your favourite beverage. 

    Please do not attend if you are unwell. If you are unable to attend due to illness, we may be able to arrange a transfer of your ticket. Consider sending a friend in your place if you can't make it for any reason. Please use the hand-sanitiser supplied at the point of entry and maintain social distancing where possible. 

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