The ins and outs of the industry

Two people have stepped up, and two people have stepped out in arts industry movements on and off the stage.
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Two people have stepped up, and two people have stepped out in arts industry movements on and off the stage this week. 

Gondwana Choirs has appointed Karynne Courts its new General Manager. Labelled a ‘leadership and organisational culture expert, Courts brings considerable experience to the job, while the Victorian Opera has appointed corporate figure Jane Hemstritch as Chairman when Graeme Willersdorf retires after being with the company since 2005.

In unfortunate news, South Australia’s State Theatre Company this week announced veteran actor Barry Otto has withdrawn from its production of The Kreutzer Sonata due to exhaustion.

Otto, 72, performed in the two previews of the one-man show, directed by State Theatre Company SA Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, to ‘rapturous reception’ last Friday and Saturday.

Respected local actor Renato Musolino, well-known to State Theatre Company audiences for his appearances in In The Next Room or the vibrator play, Three Sisters and The Misanthrope, now steps into Otto’s shows, but given the size of the part, will perform with script-in-hand through the season.

East from SA, Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) revealed that international star Jacki Weaver has withdrawn from its July production of Solomon and Marion. 

Whilst Weaver this week missed out on an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Silver Linings Playbook, Australians now miss out on their chance to see Weaver tread the boards locally.

‘Sometimes our finest international stars get an offer even we think they can’t refuse,’ MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy said.

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