Saturday, April 30th, 2022 - Melville Theatre

THE stage is set to burn bright with the West Australian premiere of the musical Firebringer at Melville Theatre this May.

Created by American musical theatre company StarKid Productions in 2016 and directed by Craig Griffen, it’s an irreverent, hysterical and entirely historically inaccurate story of early humans discovering fire.

At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of peacemaker Jemilla.

But Zazzalil is always trying to invent things to make life easier for herself – and stumbles upon the most important discovery in history.

Firebringer is full of meme-able lyrics and knee-slapping jokes and the perfect show to enjoy with friends for a wild night out,” Craig said.

“The biggest challenge is the scale and scope of the story we are telling.

“Our production features almost 70 costumes, shelves and shelves of custom props and the largest set I have ever designed.

“Everything seen on stage has had to be crafted from scratch in our specific aesthetic to seamlessly create a complete world for this story to take place in.”

Involved in theatre from age 10, Craig first appeared on stage in WA in Hairspray and The Wizard of Oz at the Koorliny Arts Centre – and was named “best other than a lead male in a musical” for both roles at the annual Finley Awards.

He has worked as a director, production designer, producer and behind the scenes for Fresh Bred Productions on Closer, The Last Five Years, Spring Awakening and Sweeney Todd.

In 2018, Craig directed and designed Urinetown at Melville Theatre, scoring six Finley Awards including best musical, best set and best director of a musical.

A year later he picked up several nominations and the technical achievement award for his work as director, designer and puppet-builder on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Koorliny Arts Centre.

Awards continued with Craig’s production of Next to Normal at Melville Theatre in 2020, scoring best actress and runner-up best musical at the 2020-21 Finley Awards.

“After directing a show as heavy in content as Next to Normal, I wanted to work on something lighter and full of laughs,” he said.

“People in my circle of friends suggested we consider a StarKid show and we eventually settled on Firebringer because we knew it would give us room to play aesthetically.

“What particularly excited me was The Flintstones 1994 movie, which has been one of my favourites in terms of production design, so I knew that would be my jumping off point for this show.

“Mix that with a few other stylistic references and I knew we could have a lot of fun with Firebringer.”

Firebringer plays at 8pm May 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 with a 2pm matinee May 15. Tickets are $30, $25 concession – book at www.TAZTix.com.au.

Melville Theatre is at 393A Canning Highway (corner of Stock Road), Palmyra.

 

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firebringer1: Firebringer features Melody Castledine, left, Genevieve Wilson, Micheal Carroll, Erin Craddock, Brittany Isaia, Kylana McIntosh, Lukas Perez and Cathy Woodhouse.

firebringer2: The cave-people in Firebringer – played by Brittany Isaia, left, Genevieve Wilson, Melody Castledine, Erin Craddock, Kylana McIntosh, Lukas Perez, Cathy Woodhouse, Alex Banham and Verity Lux – don’t know what to make of the new discovery.

firebringer3: Brittany Isaia, left, Genevieve Wilson, Melody Castledine, Erin Craddock, Kylana McIntosh, Lukas Perez, Cathy Woodhouse, Alex Banham, Verity Lux and Micheal Carroll are appearing in the WA premiere of Firebringer.

firebringer4: The WA premiere of Firebringer is a comedy musical about the discovery of fire, featuring Brittany Isaia, left, Genevieve Wilson, Melody Castledine, Erin Craddock, Kylana McIntosh, Lukas Perez, Cathy Woodhouse, Alex Banham, Verity Lux and Micheal Carroll.

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The Melville Theatre Company was the brainchild of David J. Burton who, in 1982, called a meeting for interested people in the community to form a theatre company in the Melville area.

As a result, the Melville Theatre Company was born. The newly formed company's first production was the farce, Not Now Darling. With its second production, The Sound of Music, the young company won the Finley Award for the Best Production of the Year in Community Theatre. Since then, actors and directors have consistently featured in the list of awards at the annual State Drama Festival, now known as Dramafest.

Initially, performances were in the Melville Civic Centre but, since 1987, the venue has been the Roy Edinger Centre, on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra.


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