Friday 15 July, 7.30pm – 9pm
Saturday, 16 July, 2.00pm – 3:30pm
General Admission: $20
Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Winter theatre seasons continues, with another multi-award-winning theatre piece, by critically acclaimed musical theatre and cabaret artist, Michaela Burger.
Opening June 17, A Migrant’s Son, is an award-winning show brimming with genuine spirit and heart-warming vivaciousness. Igniting memories of a story that millions of Australians can relate to, Burger pays tribute to her Greek migrant family and hard-working, fun loving larrikin father, Luke, who defied all odds.
Exploring one of the most important times in Australian history – the arrival of the Greeks – A Migrant’s Son traverses 100 years – from Russia to the Australian outback, from early morning deliveries for the family bakery at age seven, down opal mines in Coober Pedy at age sixteen and opening a chain of discount supermarkets in Adelaide, his road was not one for the faint-hearted. The story captures the true spirit of the Greek migrant experience, told through a colorful parade of recurring characters ranging from her parents, grandparents, relatives to bona fide Aussies, in an insightful and fascinating tale of survival, endurance, and burning ambition.
Offering two shows on July 15 & 16, the A Migrant’s Son features six original songs: Falling, Zeitgeist, Phoenix Rising, Adelfe Mou, Indy’s Song and Tall Poppy, a live band – Carol Young (pianist) and Steve Todd (percussion), and 12 emerging musical theatre artists from the Canberra region. As part of the touring production, Burger invites local communities to participate through the development of a local choir. This unique collaboration with local artists has kept A Migrant’s Son fresh, relevant and on the national touring circuit since 2019.
Performing alongside Burger in Tuggeranong are some of Canberra’s finest emerging musical theatre performers including Hayden Crosweller, Tijana Kovac, Lachlan Elderton, Meaghan Stewart, Lara Clement, Luke Ferdinand and Andre Le. Canberra-based composer, singer-songwriter, performer and vocal coach, Teresa Wojcik will commence work with this group of lucky young singers in the coming days. The engagement with local artists is a proven recipe that’s highly successful and enhances the impact of the show in addition to providing development opportunities for emerging artists and involving communities on a deeper level.
Burger, described by Kate Ceberano as ‘an asset to the cabaret community’, is an award-winning cabaret performer for her show Exposing Edith and her newest production, A Migrant’s Son reveals her genuine expertise to dig deep into her soul and find truth and meaning from her own experiences.
About the Artists
MICHAELA BURGER: CREATOR/COMPOSER/LEAD PERFORMER
Described by Kate Ceberano as “an asset to the cabaret community”, Michaela Burger is the recipient of the Adelaide Fringe Frank Ford award 2019, Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2019 weekly, Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016 and has been nominated for a Helpmann Academy for Best Cabaret Performer 2016 and 2019.
In addition to winning the 2015 International Cabaret Contest, Burger is the co-writer and star of the successful stage show Exposing Edith, about the life and songs of Edith Piaf. The show has performed to sell out audiences and tours extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Her award-winning new show, A Migrant’s Son – which explores Greek migration to Australia – has received critical acclaim and features original music written by Burger and is currently touring throughout Australia and the UK.
Burger has performed with one of Broadway’s most sophisticated Musical Theatre writers, Jason Robert Brown, and has shared the stage with Australia’s own Paul Capsis, Alan John, Meow Meow, Nancye Hayes, Mitchell Butel, Johanna Allen, Cameron Goodall, Tyran Park, Robyn Archer, John Thorn and Daniel Koek.
Her recent credits include Aftertaste (ABC TV & Closer Productions),Twelfth Night (Adelaide Botanic Gardens/Shakespeare SA), Apocalypse Meow (Brooklyn Academy Of Music, New York & Malthouse Theatre), Rumpelstiltskin (Southbank Theatre London/Windmill & State Theatre SA), Can You Hear Colour? (Adelaide Festival & Patch Theatre), Cranky Bear (Patch Theatre), Passion (State Opera Studios), Merry Widow (State Opera of SA), , Brel-The Immortal Troubadour (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Juliet Letters (Flying Penguin Productions), Rouge (Highwire Entertainment), Otello (State Opera of SA), Requiem (State Opera of SA), Marriage of Figaro (Co-opera of SA), Tosca (Co-opera of SA), Mother Wife and the Complicated Life (Popjam Productions), Thunderstruck (Warner Brothers) and as the host of Humphrey B Bear (Banksia Productions, Chanel 9).
CAROL YOUNG: MUSICAL DIRECTOR COMMUNITY CHOIR INSTRUCTOR/PIANIST
Carol Young is an Adelaide based freelance musician and performer, whose experience comfortably spans many genres at local, national and international level. In 2018, Carol teamed up with Michaela Burger to write the choral parts for Michaela’s award winning show ‘A Migrant’s Son’, for which she is also the musical director and pianist.
As a performing artist (singer/pianist/ensemble performer) Carol has appeared at the Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane Festivals of Arts, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and The Famous Spiegeltent. She has worked with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Belvoir Street Theatre Company, Brink Productions, Flying Penguin Productions, Vitalstatistix, Australian Dance Theatre, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Career highlights include conducting ‘The Pulse’ for Gravity and Other Myths at the 2022 Sydney Festival, Musical Director/Onstage Musician for ‘End of the Rainbow’, ‘The Events’ and ‘Mr Burns – a post electric play’ for State Theatre Company of South Australia/Belvoir St Theatre, Community Chorus Master ‘Memorial’ for Brink Productions in the 2018 Adelaide Festival.
As well as her role as the director of music and choral programs (including the renowned Tutti Choir) at Tutti Arts, Carol is also a choir trainer for the Public Primary Schools Music Festival, and leads community choir La La Land.
STEVE TODD MUSIC ARRANGER AND PRODUCER
Drummer/ percussionist, Steve Todd, became a professional musicians at age 19. He studied Latin American and African drumming as well as drumkit and orchestral percussion and has toured extensively nationally and internationally with many shows and artists.
- Rhonda Burchmore, Jon English, Brian Cadd, Ross Wilson, Ted Mulry, Tina Arena, Venetta Fields, Jon Farnham, Peter Cupples, Tim Minchin, Tom Burlinson, Andy Seymour, James Morrison and Peter Cupples and enjoyed a 30-year collaboration with Peter Combe.
- Received an aria award for Peter Combe live album
- Toured and recorded with the late Jon English for many years
- Successfully ran the raiders drum corps for 26 years performing all around Australia at ceremonial events and sporting fixtures
- Performed for the queen’s 90th birthday at Windsor castle, United Kingdom
- Performed at international tattoo’s in Australia, New Zealand and Germany, Switzerland and the united kingdom as a member of the SA Police band. (16 yrs.)
- Preformed in 36 Adelaide Christmas pageants
- Coordinated and designed and wrote music for the 80th year celebration of the Christmas pageant. Using 80 drummers in a massed marching drum corp.
- Played in many big band situations with visiting guest artists. Chuck Finlay, Lee Colditz, Phil Wilson, James Morrison, Ross Irwin, Conaitra Miller, Melissa McCaig, Libby O’Donovan, Mike Stewart.
- Played in many productions for the state theatre company
- Played classes and productions for Australian Dance Theatre and Lee Warren Dance Troupe.
- Locally played in successful bands, Expresso Bongo, Switzerland, Soultana, Lucifers Lounge, Supanova, Goose, Mike Stewart Big Band, Bob Hower Big Band.
- Performed regularly in Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Feast Festival and Womadelaide (10 yrs.)
- Currently enjoying a mix of recording and live performance both local and interstate.
- Simply Sade, Gifts from the King, Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland Story), Kathy renner – the Search Party.
- Most recent project has been recording and performing with the “Hindley Street Country Club”. A group of musicians and singers that post music clips onto social media. All locally produced here in Adelaide and has just amassed over 100 million hits.