Harvest Rain Theatre Company

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Harvest Rain Theatre Company
Address Brisbane
Australia
Years active 1985 - present
Website
www.harvestrain.com.au

Harvest Rain Theatre Company is one of Australia's musical theatre companies. Based in Brisbane, Australia, the company is known for musical theatre productions.[1]

Since its inception in 1985, Harvest Rain has produced theatre productions at a range of venues throughout Brisbane. From 1985 to 2008 the company operated out of the Sydney Street Theatre in New Farm. Now, Harvest Rain presents most of its major productions at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank,[2] while the base of the company's operations and training facility is the Hayward Street Studios in Stafford on Brisbane's northside.

Past productions[edit]

Year Show Title Director Venue Notes
1985 Rachael faces the Giant Chris Crooks Tour – South East Queensland
1985 Scrooge Chris Crooks Sydney Street Complex
1986 Matthew's Journey Chris Crooks Sydney Street Complex
1986 The Love Game (Theatre Restaurant) Chris Crooks Sydney Street Complex
1986 The Love Game (tour) Chris Crooks Tour – South East Queensland
1987 Back to Easter Chris Crooks Sydney Street Complex
1987 Matthew's Journey Chris Crooks Sydney Street Complex
1987 On Borrowed Time Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Complex
1988 Prime Time (Theatre Restaurant) David & Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Complex
1988 Explode '88 (Theatre Restaurant) David & Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Complex
1988 Explode '88 (Tour) David & Robbie Parkin Tour - South East Queensland
1989 White Knights & HRTC (Live Tour) David & Robbie Parkin Tour - South East Queensland
1989 On Bond of Love Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Complex
1989 On Bond of Love (Tour) Robbie Parkin Tour – South East Queensland
1990 Something Special (Review) David & Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1990 The Acts of Ludicrous David Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1992 What's Christmas without a Family? Robbie Parkin Chandler Auditorium
1993 Off the Planet David Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1993 Primetime (Theatre Restaurant) David & Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1994 The Reunion Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1994 Off the Planet David Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1994 Wild Goose Chase David Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1994 Don't Bump the Furniture David & Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1994 Shadowlands Leigh Walker Harvest Rain Theatre
1995 Post Horn Gallop David Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1995 Don't Bump the Furniture (Tour) David & Robbie Parkin Tour – South East Queensland
1995 Man of La Mancha Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1995 Easter Live '95 (Co Production) Robbie Parkin Suncorp Piazza, Southbank
1995 Matthew's Journey David Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1996 Easter Live '96 (Co Production) Robbie Parkin Suncorp Piazza, Southbank
1996 Out of the Frying Pan Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1996 Godspell Jack Bradford Harvest Rain Theatre
1996 A Man for All Seasons Leigh Walker Harvest Rain Theatre
1997 The Singer (Co Production) Abi Hull Harvest Rain Theatre
1997 Easter Live '97 (Co Production) Robbie Parkin Suncorp Piazza, Southbank
1997 The Idiot Andrew Buchanan Harvest Rain Theatre
1998 Fiddler on the Roof Leonard Lee Harvest Rain Theatre
1998 Oh, What a Lovely War! Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1998 The Creatures are Stirring Andrew Buchanan Harvest Rain Theatre
1999 Much Ado About Nothing Andrew Buchanan Harvest Rain Theatre
1999 The Woman in Black Ron Kelly / Bryan Probets Harvest Rain Theatre
1999 Guys and Dolls Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
1999 The Importance of Being Earnest Jack Bradford Harvest Rain Theatre
1999 The Lord Mayor's Christmas Panto '99 Robbie Parkin Brisbane City Hall
1999 The Creatures are Stirring Andrew Buchanan Harvest Rain Theatre
2000 As You Like It Jennifer Flowers Harvest Rain Theatre
2000 The Elephant Man Ron Kelly Cement Box Theatre
2000 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Robbie Parkin Harvest Rain Theatre
2000 Laurel and Hardy (Co Production) Simone De Haas Harvest Rain Theatre
2000 Godspell Jack Bradford Harvest Rain Theatre
2001 Love's Labour's Lost Andrew Buchanan La Boite Theatre
2001 Bye Bye Birdie Robbie Parkin Schonell Theatre
2001 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Robbie Parkin Gardens Theatre
2001 Oliver! Jack Bradford Sydney Street Theatre
2001 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Theatre
2002 Charley's Aunt Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Theatre
2002 Off the Planet David Parkin Sydney Street Theatre
2002 Trachinian Women Nerida Jaaniste Sydney Street Theatre
2002 Jesus Christ Superstar Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2002 Matthew's Excellent Christmas Adventure Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Theatre
2003 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2003 Twelfth Night Terri Brabon Sydney Street Theatre
2003 Samuel Beckett's Shorts Nerida Jaaniste Sydney Street Theatre
2003 Matthew's Excellent Christmas Adventure Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Theatre
2004 The Crucible Nerida Jaaniste Sydney Street Theatre
2004 The Wiz Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2004 Arsenic and Old Lace Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Theatre
2004 The Idiot Nerida Jaaniste Sydney Street Theatre
2004 Matthew and the Great Christmas Rescue Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2005 Little Shop of Horrors Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2005 The Taming of the Shrew Mark Conaghan Sydney Street Theatre
2005 Big Black Box Callum Mansfield & Jack Chambers Sydney Street Theatre
2005 Into the Woods Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2005 Harvey Robbie Parkin Sydney Street Theatre
2005 The Kooky Christmas Counterfeit Leah Pellinkhof Sydney Street Theatre
2005 The Randomania Show Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2006 Disney's Beauty and the Beast Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2006 Big Black Box Callum Mansfield and Jack Chambers Sydney Street Theatre
2006 The Works of William Shakespeare (by chicks) Leah Pellinkhof Sydney Street Theatre
2006 Two Weeks with the Queen Leigh Walker Sydney Street Theatre
2006 I Want to be in a Jane Austen Novel Joanna Butler Sydney Street Theatre
2006 The Best of Broadway Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2006 Captain Christmas and the Defenders of the Silly Season Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2006 The Randomania Show Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2007 Children of Eden Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2007 Little Women Joanna Butler Sydney Street Theatre
2007 Alice Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2007 Cats Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2007 The Best of Broadway & Beyond Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2007 The Undercover Angels and the Great Christmas Time Machine Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2007 Divas Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2008 Disney's High School Musical Naomi Price Sydney Street Theatre
2008 Hot Shoe Shuffle Callum Mansfield Sydney Street Theatre
2008 Jane Eyre Joanna Butler Sydney Street Theatre
2008 A Midsummer Night's Dream Sarah McIntosh Sydney Street Theatre
2008 The Sound of Music Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2008 Divas – See ya later, Sydney Street Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2008 Captain Christmas and the Defenders of the Silly Season Tim O'Connor Sydney Street Theatre
2009 The Awfully Big Adventures of Peter Pan Tim O'Connor Cremorne Theatre QPAC
2009 Refugee 3 Simon Ratcliffe Mina Parade Warehouse
2009 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat[3] Tim O'Connor Playhouse QPAC
2009 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Simon Ratcliffe Mina Parade Warehouse
2009 The Lord Mayor's New Works Festival Simon Ratcliffe Mina Parade Warehouse
2009 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (return) Tim O'Connor Playhouse QPAC
2009 Urinetown Tim O'Connor Roundhouse Theatre
2010 The Secret Story of Cinderella Tim O'Connor Cremorne Theatre QPAC
2010 Harvest Rain 25 Tim O'Connor Concert Hall QPAC
2010 Divas – One Night Only Tim O'Connor Concert Hall QPAC
2010 Songs for a New World Tim O'Connor Judith Wright Centre
2010 Jesus Christ Superstar Tim O'Connor Playhouse QPAC
2010 Cabaret del arte Tim O'Connor Mina Parade Warehouse
2010 Prydon Pairs Tim O'Connor Mina Parade Warehouse
2011 Aladdin and the Mysterious Magical Lamp Sarah McIntosh Cremorne Theatre QPAC
2011 Grease Naomi Price Playhouse QPAC
2011 Jesus Christ Superstar Tim O'Connor Playhouse QPAC
2011 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Meg Ham Mina Parade Warehouse
2011 Honk! Alice McCabe Mina Parade Warehouse
2011 Cinematica Tim O'Connor Mina Parade Warehouse
2011 Sweet Charity Tim O'Connor Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
2012 James and the Giant Peach Tim O'Connor Cremorne Theatre QPAC
2012 The Wizard of Oz Tim O'Connor Playhouse QPAC
2012 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Meg Ham Mina Parade Warehouse
2012 The Neverending Story Tim O'Connor Cremorne Theatre QPAC
2012 Hairspray Tim O'Connor Playhouse QPAC
2012 Working Catarina Hebbard Mina Parade Warehouse
2012 The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) Meg Ham Mina Parade Warehouse
2012 Acoustique Tim O'Connor Mina Parade Warehouse
2012 Bye Bye Birdie Tim O'Connor Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
2013 Ink and the Unknowns Callum Mansfield Mina Parade Warehouse
2013 Tell Me on a Sunday Meg Ham Mina Parade Warehouse
2013 Oklahoma! Tim O'Connor Concert Hall QPAC
2013 Blood Brothers Tim O'Connor Cremorne Theatre QPAC
2014 Guys & Dolls Tim O'Connor Concert Hall QPAC
2014 Cats Tim O'Connor Brisbane Convention & Entertainment Centre
2014 Monty Python's Spamalot Tim O'Connor Concert Hall QPAC
2015 The Pirates of Penzance Simon Gallaher Concert Hall QPAC

History[edit]

Establishment and early years (1985-1992)[edit]

Harvest Rain Theatre Company began life in 1985 as a small drama group run out of the Christian Life Centre on Sydney Street in New Farm, Queensland, Australia. The founding members of the company were the brothers Robbie Parkin and David Parkin and the husband and wife team Chris Crooks and Judy Crooks. The name "Harvest Rain" was chosen because Chris Crooks liked the word "harvest" and the team felt that the word "rain" softened it. In 1987, Chris and Judy moved to Sydney and then later back to England, and leadership of the company was passed to the Parkin brothers. The company initially staged a range of amateur productions (plays, musicals, theatre restaurants - mostly original works) in the CLC church auditorium and the shows featured a small ensemble of dedicated actors. The most successful of these original productions was a full scale musical, Off the Planet, which was written by the Parkin brothers and which played for two sold out seasons.

The Harvest Rain Theatre years (1993-1997)[edit]

In 1993, the company took up permanent residence in one wing of the CLC complex on Sydney Street in New Farm, and this area of the building was crudely converted into a makeshift theatre - the Harvest Rain Theatre. The company began to produce more well known works, most specifically Broadway musicals such as Man of La Mancha and Godspell.

Sydney Street renovations (1998)[edit]

In 1998, the CLC complex was entirely renovated and the wing that Harvest Rain had been using to stage productions was converted into a fully functioning theatre.

Becoming an independent company (1999 - 2001)[edit]

In 1999, the company broke away from the CLC church and became its own independent company, a not-for-profit arts organisation. At the same time, the CLC church made the Harvest Rain theatre unavailable to the company so productions had to be staged elsewhere. During this time, the company staged productions at the Cement Box Theatre, the Gardens Theatre, the Schonell Theatre, and La Boite theatre. At the end of 2001, the CLC church once again made the Sydney Street venue available to Harvest Rain and shows were once again produced at this venue, newly named the Sydney Street Theatre.

Becoming a pro–am theatre company (2002 - 2008)[edit]

By 2002, the Parkin brothers were beginning to step away from running the company and handed the reigns over to the young director Tim O'Connor. Under O'Connor's leadership, the company began to grow into a pro–am company, whereby actors were paid small honorariums for their work on each show. During this period, the company grew to be so popular that each production would have to run for 7 – 8 weeks in order to meet demand for tickets, and the company started a youth theatre and youth holiday programs. By 2007, it became clear that the company had outgrown the Sydney Street Theatre.

Moving to QPAC (2009 - 2012)[edit]

In 2009, the company left the Sydney Street Theatre and set up its permanent offices at the Mina Parade Warehouse, a large venue where the company could rehearse shows, run classes, stage small productions, and store costumes and sets. At the same time, the company took up residency at QPAC and began staging large scale productions in the Playhouse, Concert Hall, and Cremorne Theatre. The Harvest Rain Musical Theatre Internship Program was also started in 2009, giving young emerging artists the opportunity to train full-time in singing, acting, and dancing.

Becoming a professional musical theatre company (2013-)[edit]

In 2012, the company announced that it was in the final stages of transitioning into becoming a fully professional musical theatre company, the first of its kind in Queensland. The company's 2013 production of Oklahoma! was the first fully professional musical the company staged.

At the end of 2013, Artistic Director Tim O'Connor announced that the company's 2014 season would be their first full season of professional musical theatre, including productions of Guys and Dolls starring Ian Stenlake and Daryl Somers, Spamalot starring Jon English, Simon Gallaher, Frank Woodley and Julie Anthony, and an arena production of Cats starring Marina Prior and featuring over 500 performers on stage, making it the largest production of Cats ever staged in the southern hemisphere.[4]

In 2014, the company moved their training, rehearsals, and administration to a state of the art building on the north side of Brisbane known as the Hayward Street Studios. They continued to produce musicals, mostly at QPAC but also at other venues throughout Queensland.

Artistic directors and board members[edit]

The current Artistic Director is Tim O'Connor. Previous Artistic Directors were brothers Robbie and David Parkin. The current Chair of the Board is Simon Gallaher.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Stage (March 2010). "Divas return in affordable theatre show". Retrieved March 2010. 
  2. ^ Tonya Turner (28 November 2009). "New home and new life for theatre company". Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Harvest Rain Theatre Company". Australian Stage. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald (December 2013). "Hey Hey it's Harvest Rain's first professional season". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved December 2013. 

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