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‘Just Be’ at Phoenix Ensemble

Following on from their 2019 ‘Monster of a Season’, Phoenix Ensemble (Beenleigh, QLD) are continuing to theme their seasons, with this year being ‘Just Be’ – a celebration of all things unique and individual.

Commencing with the state première of William Finn & James Lapine’s adaptation of the cult classic movie ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, the first show of their season is about following your dreams despite the cards you have been dealt. We follow the story of Olive Hooper, an unconventional 8 year old and her journey to be the first Miss America from New Mexico.

Talking with Justin Tubb-Hearne, artistic director of Phoenix Ensemble, it was clear that he was excited to bring this larger than life adaptation to the intimate ‘Tin Shed’.

We love creating magic in our small intimate space, and with a small cast and unlimited vision from the creative team I am so excited to bring this heart-warming story to the audiences of Beenleigh.

Justin Tubb-Hearne / Artistic Director, Phoenix Ensemble

Next off the block is the global hit show ‘Kinky Boots’. With an ear-worm pop score by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s heart-warming book of acceptance and celebration, ‘Kinky Boots’ truly has it all. The ‘Tin Shed’ may be small, but with its existing factory aesthetic, killer creative team including director Sheryll-Lee Secombe and choreographer Desney Toia-Sinipati, Phoenix Ensemble will undoubtably paint the town red with this megahit.

Despite being written and debuted on Broadway over 20 years ago, Bill Russell and Henry Krieger’s freakshow-inspired musical is seldom produced in Australia, to the point where even die-hard fans of musicals may have escaped its clutches.

The musical’s edginess and dark subject matter make it the perfect show to produce in Phoenix’s Tin Shed. Telling the true tale of the Hilton Sisters – conjoined twins – we see a glimpse of the life of a circus performer.

Phoenix Ensemble’s final offering of the year is the already cult-classic ‘Be More Chill’, which has just finished its Broadway run. Described as the love child of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, Be More Chill follows protagonist Jeremy Heere and his desire to become popular and date his high-school crush. Even if it means he has to swallow a computer and follow its every instruction. It’s campy. It’s Sci-Fi. It’s a little throwaway. But it’s new, fun and edgy and perfect for the ‘Tin Shed’.

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