Moulin Rouge! The Musical Offers Rare Behind-the-Scenes Access, Reigniting Debate Over Opportunities for Older Career Changers.

The highly acclaimed production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical is gearing up to offer an extraordinary opportunity to aspiring theatre enthusiasts through a unique event called “Get Technical!” Presented in collaboration with the Piccadilly Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group Creative Learning, this initiative aims to provide young individuals with an immersive experience in the world of backstage and technical production, igniting interest and inspiration for careers in the performing arts industry.

Taking place on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at the renowned Piccadilly Theatre in London, “Get Technical!” will allow attendees to meet the backstage and technical teams behind the award-winning production. The event promises live demonstrations, offering a captivating glimpse into the intricate work involved in creating the spectacular West End musical. From wigs to wardrobe, sound to stage management, participants will gain invaluable insights into the collaborative efforts that underpin the show’s enchanting magic. With tickets priced at a nominal £5, “Get Technical!” aims to encourage younger generations to explore careers in the technical aspects of theatre production. By offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience, the event aspires to inspire a fresh wave of talent to join the ranks of backstage professionals in the thriving theatre industry.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Jamie Muscato and Melissa James. Credit Matt Crockett
Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Amy Thornton and Elia Lo Tauro. Credit Johan Persson

However, while the spotlight shines on this exciting opportunity, it also reignites a crucial debate concerning the limited avenues available for older individuals seeking a career change in the performing arts. Traditionally, the creative industry has been perceived as a domain where youthful talent thrives, with aspiring actors, directors, and playwrights typically entering the profession at a young age. Unfortunately, this focus on nurturing younger talent often leaves those over the age of 40 with few opportunities to pursue their passion for the stage, despite the wealth of knowledge and experience they possess.

The stark contrast between initiatives like “Get Technical!” and the lack of equivalent opportunities for older career changers has sparked discussions about the need for a more inclusive approach. Older individuals, armed with diverse life experiences and distinct perspectives, have the potential to make valuable contributions to the theatre industry. Their accumulated wisdom and professionalism can enrich productions, adding depth and authenticity to storytelling.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical. London company. Credit Johan Persson

The theatre community now faces an opportunity to address this disparity by creating pathways for older individuals seeking career transitions in the performing arts. Just as “Get Technical!” opens doors for young people, theatre companies and institutions can take similar steps to provide mentorship programs, specialised training, and age-blind casting opportunities, fostering a more diverse and inclusive environment. By embracing the diversity of age and experience, the theatre industry can greatly benefit from the unique understanding of human emotions, relationships, and life complexities that older individuals often possess. Furthermore, their professional backgrounds outside the arts bring fresh perspectives and a broader range of skills that can contribute to the industry’s growth and innovation.

To facilitate change, theatre companies, casting directors, and arts institutions should actively seek out and provide opportunities for older career changers. This involves establishing dedicated training programs, mentorship initiatives, and networking events specifically tailored to this demographic. Embracing age-blind casting and promoting intergenerational collaborations can bridge the gap and foster an inclusive environment that values the richness of experiences across all ages.

As Moulin Rouge! The Musical prepares to dazzle audiences once again, the theatre industry has an opportunity to embrace the potential of older career changers and ensure that talent knows no age limits on the path to creative fulfilment. By welcoming a wider range of perspectives, the stage can authentically reflect the richness of human experiences and continue captivating audiences for generations to come.

Get Technical! was first staged by Global Creatures in December 2022 in Sydney as part of the Bohemian Project, an initiative which aims to give back to the community and share the Bohemian Values espoused in Moulin Rouge! The Musical by supporting emerging artists and creatives through arts education and work force training and development. Get Technical! has been staged in cities alongside the Australian tour of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, including events in Perth in March 2023 and Brisbane in June 2023.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Melissa James and the London company. Credit Johan Persson
Moulin Rouge! The Musical. London company. Credit Johan Persson

“Backstage is where all the magic happens. We, and all producers, are constantly on the lookout for great crew and backstage company members. We’re after stage managers, lighting technicians, hair, wig and makeup artists, wardrobe assistants, set automation and mechanists to name a few. We hope Get Technical! will encourage young people to consider the many potential career pathways into working in live theatre.”

Producer Carmen Pavlovic (Global Creatures)

“We are facing a huge demand in the theatre sector for new talent in backstage and offstage roles and it’s more important than ever to inspire the next generation to see these roles as viable career opportunities. We are so proud to be working with Global Creatures and Moulin Rouge! The Musical on this incredible event, opening up the doors to all the roles that people may not even know exist.”

ATG Creative Learning Producer Conor Hunt

About Moulin Rough! The Musical

Step into the Exhilarating World of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” – Where Love, Glamour, and Extravagance Collide!

Paris, 1899 – a realm of opulent beauty and unmatched extravagance, where bohemians and aristocrats mingle, and the allure of the Moulin Rouge nightclub reigns supreme. Experience the intoxicating tale of a lovestruck American writer, Christian, and the captivating star of the Moulin Rouge, Satine.

When fate brings them together within the confines of the Moulin Rouge, their hearts entwine in an epic love affair. But their passionate connection is challenged by Harold Zidler, the enigmatic host and impresario of the nightclub, and The Duke of Monroth, a wealthy patron who believes he can possess anything, including Satine. Determined to save the Moulin Rouge and win Satine’s heart, Christian enlists the help of his Bohemian companions – the brilliant yet impoverished artist Toulouse-Lautrec and the mesmerising tango dancer Santiago – to stage a breathtaking musical spectacle.

Prepare to be dazzled as Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film comes to life on stage, remixed for a new era in a sensational musical mash-up extravaganza. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” invites you to immerse yourself in a world of passionate romance and breathtaking splendour, where Bohemians and aristocrats unite in an exhilarating display of enchantment. It’s a place where all your wildest dreams become reality.

Winner of ten 2021 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, an Olivier Award, two Drama League Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and ten Outer Critics Circle Award Honour citations, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” offers an unparalleled theatrical experience. Step into a realm of grandeur, where excess knows no bounds and glitz and glory abound. It’s a world where artists and aristocrats mingle, forging unforgettable connections.

Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular! Welcome to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a euphoric celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and, above all, Love. It’s more than a musical; it’s a transformative state of mind that will captivate your senses and leave you spellbound.

Featuring over 160 years of music, from Offenbach to Lady Gaga, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” takes audiences on a sonic journey. The stage production brings to life the iconic songs from the film, along with contemporary hits that have emerged since the movie’s original release twenty years ago.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Matt Rixon and the London company. Credit Johan Persson

Step into the Dazzling Legacy of the Legendary Moulin Rouge in Paris

Since its inception in 1889, the Moulin Rouge of Paris has stood as an enchanting symbol of the city’s celebratory spirit. Under the management of Jean-Jacques Clerico, the CEO, this extraordinary venue has evolved into a mesmerising universe of splendour and spectacle. Originally a beloved cabaret and dance hall, the Moulin Rouge transformed into an iconic music hall during the exuberant Roaring Twenties. Over the years, it has served as a prestigious theatre, providing a stage for countless renowned French and international artists to shine in the limelight.

Today, the Moulin Rouge continues to captivate audiences with its Féerie revue show. For two hours, spectators are immersed in a mesmerising fusion of cabaret and music hall styles, where breathtaking dance sequences and surprising acts intertwine seamlessly. And, of course, no performance would be complete without the Moulin Rouge’s most emblematic dance, the legendary French Cancan! Since its establishment, the Moulin Rouge of Paris has been synonymous with an invitation to experience and share the vibrant emotions and exhilaration of an unparalleled extravaganza. With a talented ensemble of 60 artists, this iconic venue promises an unforgettable celebration that transcends boundaries and transports visitors into a realm of pure wonder.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Jamie Muscato. Credit Matt Crockett

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