Multi-talented 19 year old Charlotte Crowley, started performing at age 7, with the Geelong Lyric Theatre Society. A dozen shows later, and she’s about to make her debut as choreographer for their live and local extravaganza ‘Wish Upon a Song’. Charlotte tells us more.
“Being part of the GLTS community has been a massive part of my life. Last year I joined the committee and begun coordinating their social media, and this year I was elected as their Secretary.
“’Wish upon a Song’ is Disney fun and magic, for all ages. This is a huge production, one of our biggest musicals in our 50 year history.”
Along with her work with Geelong Lyric Theatre Society, Charlotte works for CentreStage Pty Ltd, as an educator for their CPAA program. “Many of our youth cast members of ‘Wish Upon a Song’ are past or present CPAA students and it is wonderful to get to know them in an external theatre setting.
“There are a dozen production team members, including four producers, working very hard to create and coordinate such a large scale production. We had begun work on this production late 2019, and after being thrown a COVID-19 sized curveball and postponing our 2020 show dates, we were all determined to make this happen.
“The majority of our original cast members stayed on and we were lucky to source another dozen talented individuals through our January audition process. It’s been a puzzle, holding on to the scale of it all and complying with capacity limits on and off stage, but it’s certainly come together amazingly.
“‘Wish Upon a Song is a concert style production featuring all of your Disney favourites from ‘The Lion King’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Frozen’ ‘Frozen II’ and more. All music is specially arranged for orchestra, cast and choir by local maestro and Musical Director, Brad Treloar. 70% of our cast are under the age of 18 and the show features a youth orchestra on stage, a 46 strong cast, and the beautiful voices of the Geelong Youth choir.”
Charlotte is thrilled to be working alongside her good friend, Andrew Coomber, after bringing him on board as a guest choreographer for featured tap sections of the production.
Wish Upon a Song’ is being performed at Costa Hall, Friday 21st May – 7.30pm and Saturday 22nd May – 1.00pm and 5.30pm and you can get your tickets through Geelong Arts Centre and this link: https://geelongartscentre.org.au/whats-on/all-events/wish-upon-a-song/
Geelong Lyric Theatre Society is a not for profit community group of volunteers. It has a rich history, and is part of the foundations of the ever-growing Geelong theatre community.
“Geelong Lyric is my company, my family and my home. Please come and support local community theatre. ’Wish Upon a Song’ is not to be missed!’”
Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: by Michael Mason of Charlotte Crowley and other Wish Upon a Song cast members.