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    The 2024 Sitzprobe

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    Event description

    The Sitzprobe brings together four exciting and original 20-minute musical theatre shows, staging them in one big production.

    Performance times (all shows are presented at each performance):

    • Wednesday 8th of May 7:30-9:30pm (Preview)
    • Thursday 9th of May 7:30-9:30pm (Opening)
    • Friday 10th of May 7:30-9:30pm
    • Saturday 11th of May 2:30pm-4:30pm (Relaxed)
    • Saturday 11th of May 7:30-9:30pm

    All of our performances will be held in the Guild Theatre in the Arts & Cultural building at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus.

    If the only performance you can attend is sold out, please click through the sold out date and join our waitlist!

    At the preview performance, each ticket entitles you to an entry into our ticket raffle for one of two double passes to Cipta Theatre Company's Semester 2 production.

    The Shows:

    What a Steal! (writer/composer Matt Chan)

    Somewhere out there, there's a city without a name, a haven for swindlers, scammers and grifters of every stripe. And nestled within its heart is a shoddy little used car dealership on the brink of financial collapse, where the deal of a lifetime is turning out to be a lot more than anyone bargained for...

    Cryptid Crossword (writer/composers Belle White and Enje Herbert)

    A cryptid’s loose in Skiptown, and there’s only one man who can catch it! Looks like David, a professional cryptid catcher with a penchant for crosswords, will need to sing and dance his way through perturbed politicians, maniacal moustaches, and long-dormant daddy issues to solve this one. Let the hunt begin!

    Enemy Painters of the Renaissance (writer/lyricist Kristy Cornell, composer Tineque Law)

    In 1508, Michelangelo impatiently awaits the commission that will name him the greatest artist of all time. Nothing can get in his way, until a young painter named Raphael waltzes into Rome and strikes up a raging rivalry that is sure to make its way into the history books.

    The Raven Thief (writer/composer Colin Han)

    Trapped within the walls of the traumatic past and the future yet to come, Alice and Margolis are confronted with one question - is the world really worth hiding from? Just ask the ravens.


    • All performances will have open captions to the side of the stage for dialogue and lyrics. 
    • The venue is wheelchair accessible.
    • A hearing loop system is available for the performance.
    • Unisex and wheelchair accessible bathrooms are available.
    • During our relaxed performance on Saturday the 11th of May at 2:30pm we will keep the house lights on but dimmed, reduce the volume of the performance, and generally reduce the intensity of the show.
    • Companion card holders are eligible for a free ticket. Please contact us at production@ummta.org to ensure we can best support your needs.

    Content warnings:

    The Sitzprobe 2024 contains sudden loud noises, the use of strobe lighting, flashing lights and theatrical haze.

    What a Steal!

    Viewers should be advised that this work contains mild coarse language, simulated violence, allusion to death and minor drug references.

    Cryptid Crossword

    Viewers should be advised that this work contains mild coarse language, references to family trauma and gestures that may be deemed offensive.

    Enemy Painters of the Renaissance

    Viewers should be advised that this performance contains mild coarse language, reference to family trauma, sexual references and partial undress.

    The Raven Thief

    Viewers should be advised that this performance contains sudden loud noises, gestures that may be deemed offensive, raised voices, depictions of stylised violence including a fight sequence with a prop katana, allusions to death and depictions of mental health disorders.


    Presented by UMMTA, The University of Melbourne Music Theatre Association.


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