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Genevieve Goldman – Class of ’20

by | Jul 4, 2024 | Uncategorized

Genevieve has recently made her professional debut in Soundworks’ production of Parade at the Seymour Centre as on-stage swing / Lucille cover. Having topped NSW in HSC Drama in 2018, Genevieve went on to complete a Diploma of Music Theatre at Brent Street in 2020. During her time at Brent Street, Genevieve appeared as Carrie White in Carrie: The Musical (dir. Lisa Callingham and Lucy Birmingham) and as Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity (dir. Lisa Callingham and Mark Hill). Genevieve recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). During her time at WAAPA, Genevieve appeared as Grizabella in Cats (dir. Crispin Taylor), Urleen in Footloose (dir. Jason Langley), U/S Mrs Lovett and Ensemble in Sweeney Todd (dir. Sonya Suares) and as Emma Goldman in Assassins (dir. Melanie Hilman). Genevieve is the proud recipient of the 2022 Julie Michael Prize in Musical Cabaret at WAAPA for her self-devised solo cabaret – Yentl Breakdown.

Hey Gen! Thanks so much for hopping onto Word on the Street. I’m so excited to sit down with you today and chat! Can you start us off with a little introduction of yourself and your course at Brent Street?

Hello! My name is Genevieve, I’m 23 years old and I’m from Sydney. I completed the Diploma of Music Theatre at Brent Street in 2020!

Thinking back to your time here, what was your favourite moment or memory of your year in the Musical Theatre course?

I can’t even begin to think about choosing a singular favourite moment, but I will say that I got lucky with the people in my cohort; and they were the best part of the course (and helped create countless memories). After finishing High School, Brent Street was my first opportunity to meet a whole new group of people. I’m so lucky that we all got along and I still consider many of them very dear friends.

Genevieve as ‘Carrie’ in her 2020 Musical Theatre Graduation Showcase

 

I’d like to chat a little about Carrie and the Musical Theatre productions throughout the year. You were cast as an incredible Carrie! Can you give us a run down of the learning and production process?

Carrie was the defining moment of my Brent Street year. I was so excited to play the role of Carrie, led by the wonderful Lisa Callingham and Lucy Bermingham (with help from Mark Hill) – an extraordinary team who put this mammoth show together. It was a speedy rehearsal period with three in-house showings to very small audiences during the thick of Covid (we were exceptionally lucky to be able to study and perform during 2020).

Developing the character of Carrie was interesting because I had never played somebody who sat in the sci-fi world before, so I felt really inspired to explore that new realm of acting. Another very memorable part of the process was being drenched in ‘blood’ during each show (a Hershey’s chocolate syrup and food colouring concoction) which required a lot of hair and costume washing (not to mention having to suffer the crowds of confused people staring at me in horror whilst trudging to the carpark, post-show!)

It really was a deep and gratifying learning experience and was a major step forward towards preparation for my future.

Genevieve as ‘Carrie’ in her 2020 Musical Theatre Graduation Showcase

Learning these productions in a short amount of time – and in a studio space with a minimal set or production design – is certainly a unique experience. Not to mention performing to such an intimate, close-up audience! What did you learn from this?

There was something really comforting about performing in a studio with minimal set, props, lighting and staging. Stripped back without clutter or distraction, we were able to pay closer attention to the story and its truth. There is, however, something confronting about an intimate audience. I find (like many performers) that it’s somehow easier to perform to many rather than a few, but it was great practice for all of us and it helped to make the end of year Graduation Showcase feel less intimidating.

Now, fast forward to 2024 – you’ve done some further training around the country and have now found yourself back in Sydney for Parade, your professional debut. How did it feel to get that phone call?

I’ve recently finished studying at WAAPA in Perth (which was wonderful!) and settled back home in Sydney last December. In January I got the call that I was successful for Soundworks’ production of Parade at the Seymour Centre. It was an enormously fulfilling moment, full of excitement and gratitude. I had just completed a long four years of full-time study and this show felt so right. I have adored the music since I was a child, and Lucille had always been a dream role of mine. I was elated to be part of the show.

So, talk us through your role – On Stage Swing and Lucille Cover. Can you explain what you’re required to do as an on stage swing and how you navigate learning and retaining all of the tracks/roles in the show?

My role was on-stage swing / Lucille cover. That meant that during every show, I performed my own track – a factory girl named Monteen. The swing component meant that I was required to learn six other roles and, more or less, be ready to go! This was my first experience being a swing and it was difficult to discover the rhythm of it all.

Genevieve pictured in promotional material for ‘Parade’ at the Seymour Centre (2024, image supplied)

Before rehearsals started, I spent months deep diving into the show and soaking myself in its content and context. I religiously drilled the lines and music so that it was in my body well before I ever had to step onto the stage.

I learned quickly that it wasn’t so much about retaining everything in one go. I often had to remind myself that I would never be required to perform all six roles at once (even though that’s what the overwhelming pressure felt like sometimes!), but rather that given I had a broad overview and very detailed notes, all would be well. I actually ended up having to swing on for another one of the factory girls for our first six performances. Thankfully, I had done my homework!

That’s amazing – we are all very proud! Thank you for sitting down with me today, Gen. One final question – what’s one quote or piece of wisdom you received from a Brent Street teacher that you take with you today? 

I learnt endless amounts from so many different teachers, but I must mention Mark Hill and Jennifer Peers.

I had never had formal acting training before attending Brent Street, and I was fortunate to learn from Mark, who helped create the very foundation of my acting. Two tidbits that I can remember – “start before you are ready” and “the audience just wants to see you be human”. I found his classes so moving because he helped me to fall in love with acting and to appreciate the craft in a deep and psychological way.

And Jennifer Peers, my beloved singing teacher (who I have been with since 2018) was also a teacher at Brent Street during my time there. I had a quick look at the notes I kept back in Jen’s masterclasses and I’m giggling at her blunt and whimsical words of wisdom. At the top of my page, I’ve written “You can’t win at singing” – Jen Peers. Enough said.

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