Come and Try ... a sing and a dance with Green Wall Studio
Louise and Jason invite you to come and try your hand at belting out a showtune. Or making a showtune heard. Or even just having a listen.
From a bare shed to a performance venue, there have been a fair few changes at 24A Joseph Street, otherwise known as Green Wall Studio.
It represents a labour of love for Jason and Louise McCullogh who have poured their lifelong love of theatre into the venue that on Saturday night will host the latest instalment in their monthly Night & Day Cabaret series, this time a tribute to the TV show GLEE.
Everything you see from the staging, lighting, sound equipment, bar, toilets and dressing rooms have been the work of the couple who wanted to offer another opportunity in the Murraylands to be involved with theatre.
While the Night & Day Cabaret series is a notable monthly event, the studio also has run musicals and been a space for other artists to rehearse and perform including being a host for Murray Bridge Players & Singers during their Mamma Mia rehearsals.
They have even taken on the challenge of Covid by introducing live-streaming of their shows which enables those interstate or unable to physically get to the building - because locals know how far away Murray Bridge is from Adelaide - to watch and get involved.
There’s a great opportunity for anyone who has a musical bone in their body to come along and watch on Saturday night, with the expression of interest for the next months cabaret opening on Sunday.
When did Green Wall start?
Louise: About two and a half years ago we moved in to a bare shed with green walls and hence the name Green Wall Studios was born. Jason’s worked extremely hard and I’ve done what I can to help him build it up to what it is today - flooring, stage, curtains, lighting. Most of it has been his work and time. He’s a very incredible human being.
What do you see people get out of it?
Louise: A lot of the younger people go from doing group performances to solo work and that’s a huge step. It’s great to see the regulars encourage the younger ones that come along also. As long as people get a positive experience out of it when they walk through the door that’s what we’re after.
What has been the greatest achievement of your theatrical career so far?
Louise: Putting on our first show together, Anything Goes, in 2018 was a big one. I’d been told to direct. My mum used to write and direct shows and my dad was always the sound and lighting guy so I grew up in theatre. I thought if mum can do it, I can do it.
How are you going this year?
Louise: It is dependent on the theme, not everyone likes GLEE for example. Hits from TV and Movies was a very popular one and then the month after wasn’t.
Jason: It depends a lot on the events in the area and if people are available. Having food provided by local suppliers like Heavenly Hotdogs and Jedz Pizzeria definitely helps with enticing people in
Louise: Dinner and a show!
Why should people come and have a go?
Louise: It’s a performance opportunity for anyone that wants to come along and have a sing or MC. We encourage anyone who wants to have a sing to come along and have a go.
Jason: There’s younger ones who are keen on the technical side of things or be involved with the canteen and give back. They see others doing things and want to have a go themselves so there’s lots of ways to get involved.
Get involved yourself with the upcoming Night & Day Cabaret events
August 14th - Gilbert & Sullivan vs Rogers & Hammerstein
September 25th - Post Modern Jukebox, Jazz and Blues
October 16th - 18+
December 11th - Christmas Cabaret
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