New independent-music-theatre-company kid Watch This is back again with yet another gorgeous Sondheim musical, this time the musical master’s  Pacific Overtures, so ethereal it has barely ever been performed in Melbourne. Backstage, cast are humming about at their one-hour call, whitening their faces and blackening their brows. They will don delicate white paper-doll kimonos soon, but meanwhile, show blacks keep them neat and well-groomed.

 

 

Andrew Kroenert and Nick Simpson-Deeks

Drawing a line and a circle- Andrew Kroenert and Nick Simpson-Deeks.

 

 

Sonya Suares

Cast member and Watch This’ Artistic Director Sonya Suares

 

 

Leighton Young

Leighton Young projects a stern focus as he prepares his face.

 

 

Reece Budin

Part of the ritual of preparing the voice. Reece Budin and a mouthful of water.

 

Nick Simpson-Deeks clutching to the hairspray for dear life.  Just to ensure that no hair will be out of place.  So to speak.

Nick Simpson-Deeks clutching to the hairspray for dear life. Just to ensure that not a hair will be out of place. 

 

 

Bianca Baykara

Bianca Baykara listens intently to director Alister Smith’s (not in blacks) notes.

 

 

Tim Paige

Tim Paige

 

 

 

Pacific Overtures is on now until the 9th March at Theatreworks. These guys are splendid, so get your tix quick (their previous production sold out!) and check out their stunning costumes onstage, designed and made by the awesome Chloe Greaves.