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‘Brutal tale and national treasure’ brought to life


AT the age when he would have been called up to serve his country in wartime, Georges Hall actor William Winter, 17, will professionally debut in the inspiring musical ‘3 Weeks In Spring’ based on the birth of the ANZAC legend. 

When asked how it’s been working on the show, he said: “Really great! The calibre of the people I’m working with is just amazing.”

William shares quite a few similarities with his role. 

“My character had no idea what to expect with coming events and neither do I, being my first time on stage.”

Offering some advice to other budding actors trying to break into the scene he said: “Keep reaching out, keep auditioning and don’t give up.”

To honour the heritage of the story that inspired the musical, theatrical producer Endymion is donating 10 per cent of every ticket and album sold, to the Australian War Memorial. 

On offer from August 13 to 17, by a cast of 35 actors and 10 musicians, the musical is set during the first three weeks of the Gallipoli campaign and explores the themes of mateship, courage and sacrifice, unlikely heroes, love and loss. 

The creator and writer of the musical, Ian Gerrard, whose birthday happens to be on ANZAC day, says: “It’s such an important story that continues to inspire and enthral – a defining moment in the history of a young country. 

“I am so passionate about telling it in a new and a really emotionally, impactful way that I have fully self-funded this production. It’s a risk, but it’s worth it to share the show with the Australian public and beyond.” 

With the soundtrack album and tickets now released, it is directed by Mathew Barry (‘Les Miserables’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Grease’); the talented cast includes Lincoln Elliot (‘Ned’, ‘Funny Girl’, ‘Carrie: the Musical’), Lachlan O’Brien (‘Mornings with Kerrie-Ann’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Good Omens’), Mathew Herne (‘The Voice’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’), Courtney Powell (‘Australian Idol’, ‘Central Park – The Musical’) and Isabel Young (‘The Sound of Music’).

Those lucky enough to get a sneak peek have already taken ‘3 Weeks in Spring’ into their hearts during their workshop session, calling it: “A brilliant production of a brutal story and a national treasure.”

For tickets (from $74.90), head to ticketmaster.com.au