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I'm a 29 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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Five boys who dream of being pop stars
Teen Dream directed by Malcolm Harslett is a Mighty Good Production. The Musical theatre show ran from 8-12 July 2014 at The Star Theatre in Hilton. 'Teen Dream' written by Harslett in 2003 is the story of five teenage boys that realise they all have the same dream to become pop stars. Staring Adelaide Youth Theatre stars Kyle Hall, Ben Francis, Jordan Tomlijenovic, Aiden Jackson-Drewett and Sean Jackson, along with Teresa DeGennaro and Brady Lloyd.

The show has musical arrangements by David Long, Vocal arrangements by Ghita Prey and Choreography by Kelly Wilson. The show uses original songs including 'Working', 'Teen Dream', and 'What am I Doing with my Life' along with current hits including 'Billionaire', 'Best Day of my Life', and 'Que Sera' making it a must see show for ages 7-16.

'Teen Dream' written and directed by Malcolm Harslett is one of many productions he has been the instigator for over the past 40 years. He is known for 'Beauty and the Beast' in 1999 'Sleeping Beauty on Ice' in 2006, and 'Gumtree Fairies' in 2008 just to name a few.

Sean, Aiden, Kyle, Jordan, Ben

The stars of 'Teen Dream' all have a background in theatre starting with Brody Lloyd he is a triple threat, singer, dancer and actor. He is a student teacher and a member of 'The Make a Wish Foundation'. He was won three awards in Theatre for The Theatre Guide Musical Award, Best Male Performer in a Musical and Light Messenger's Best Performance Award.

Sean Jackson is a accomplished singer, dancer and musician who has been involved in many hip-hop competitions. He has an amazing voice and is a dedicated actor.

Kyle Hall has been involved in many productions including playing 'Pinocchio' in the modern production 'Yo Pinoch' and dancing in 'Hip Hop Harry'. He recently returned from an invite to dance on Broadway in New York and was part of the 2014 fringe in the 'Class of Cabaret Show'.

Ben Francis has been performing since he was 4 years old performing in many productions including 'The State Opera of South Australia'. He has won many vocal competitions and has performed overseas. On stage he stands out for his amazing facials while singing and acting.

Aiden Jackson-Drewett has been acting since age 8. He performed in his school choir and was part of the 'Theatre Bugs' company at the young age. He has been a student at 'Mighty Good Productions' for the past two years and 'Teen Dream' is his first professional show.

Teresa DeGennaro played various roles in this production and she is a very versatile actress. Her comical representation of Madonna was very amusing and her role as the cat lady who lives behind the recording studio was very well done. Her quote about downloading mp7's on the net had the children of the audience laughing.

Finally Jordan Tomlijenovic, this young man has moves. He has been singing, dancing and acting as long as he can remember and it shows he has natural talent on stage and a genuine love for performing. His hip-hop moves during the performance really stood out and his back flip was fantastic. I've never seen someone skateboard on stage, it was very well done. He has been involved in many 'Might Good Productions' including 'Little Red', 'Who Who', 'Hiphop Harry' and 'Yo Pinoch'. He has a bright future ahead of him in the theatre industry.

This production running as school holiday activity at The Star Theatre is fun for the whole family. The audience was cheering as the boys danced and sang with their natural talent. The lighting effects were very well done and choreography by Kelly Wilson was amazing, but what stood out was the fact that the set was cut out white block letters that spelt out 'Teen Dream' that were moved around the stage at each scene change. This was very creative and required the audience to use their imagination to see further into the story, an amazing job by the set designer.

This shows season has finished now, but it wont be the last we will hear of those names these stars have a bright future ahead of them.
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Why? Musical Theatre Show
When: 8-12 July
Phone: 8234 1800
Where: Star Theatre, 45 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Hilton SA 5033
Cost: $15
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