Gunnedah Conservatorium is back with plans for a new cabaret show, specifically about COVID-19.
Following the success of past amateur theatre productions, the conservatorium is putting out the call to local performers to be involved in the development of the new show.
It will be hosting a free workshop for interested locals, which will pave the way for the 2-hour pop-up cabaret show.
Under the title "Covid - We're Over It", the conservatorium will present a weekend workshop on July 18 and 19.
"All comers are invited to participate in this workshop. After the weekend we hope to be well on the way to developing ... [the] show for the Gunnedah stage," conservatorium director Rebecca Ryan said.
"Where that stage will pop up - we're not quite sure given the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines so by its very nature we are developing something that has to be quite fluid."
Ms Ryan said the idea for a cabaret emerged from several different directions at the same time.
"It was an idea that I have had for some time - that cabaret or a review-style show would appeal to the Gunnedah audience and may even be something of interest to the network of small halls," she said.
"At the same time, the Conservatorium's Saturday Community Choir had been working on a number of popular show tunes and was thinking about ideas for how to develop those songs into a stage show.
"Then COVID-19 hit and we watched theatres all over the world shut down over night. Larnie Christie, who directed our last three major productions, had the idea that we could tap into some of those networks to build our local theatre skills. The timing just seemed to be right."
With funding from Gunnedah Shire Council's Community Resilience Program, the conservatorium was able to lock in a creative team comprising of Director Kate Gaul and Production Designer and Art Director Jasmine Christie to spend a weekend in Gunnedah to work with local artists.
Both women have extensive experience in the theatre industry.
The workshop is open for performers, actors, singers, jugglers, acrobats, musicians, and anyone with a creative flair looking for an outlet. The outcome will be a cabaret show for an adult audience, and the recommended participant age is over 16 years.
For more information, contact the conservatorium's office on 6742 3998 or Rebecca Ryan on 0414 805 176 to book in for the free workshop weekend.