Rob Guest Semi-Finalists

2016 Finalists: Du Toit Bredenkamp, Hilary Cole, Linden Furnell, Stefanie Jones, Genevieve Kingsford and Matthew Predny. The winner of the Rob Guest Endowment Award for 2016 was Linden Furnell. Photo Robert Catto

Semi-Finalists for Prestigious Music Theatre Scholarship Announced

2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award

After auditions in both Melbourne and Sydney, the committee for the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award have selected 30 semi-finalists who will perform in front of a panel of judges in Melbourne on 16 October to determine the six finalists for the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award.
The 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award are:

Annie Aitken Julian Kuo
Prue Bell Matthew Manahan
Nicola Bowman Kieran McGrath
Stefanie Caccamo Thomas McGuane
Ali Calder Alessandra Merlo
Baylie Carson Imogen Moore
Rebecca Cullinan Matilda Moran
Jessica Di Costa Joshua Mulheran
Joshua Firman Morgan Palmer
Bronte Florian Brittanie Shipway
Jayme-Lee Hanekom Alana Tranter
Bobbie-Jean Henning Jack Van Staveren
Georgina Hopson Sam Ward
Nigel Huckle Rachael Ward
Todd Jacobsson Lyndon Watts

The Rob Guest Endowment Award, now in its 9th year, is awarded annually to an emerging musical theatre performer selected by a panel of industry experts. The Rob Guest Endowment 2017 panel will seek out Australia’s brightest and most talented young rising stars through a multistage audition process.
Six finalists will be shortlisted and will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of an audience of Australia’s leading and most established producers and casting agents at the final event. The winner will take home the highly coveted Rob Guest Endowment Award of $20,000.
Previous finalists and winners of the Rob Guest Endowment Award have since been launched into the industry, starring in lead roles in musical theatre around Australia. Past winners include Linden Furnell (Kinky Boots, Rent), Daniel Assetta (The Book of Mormon, Wicked), Joshua Robson (Dream Lover, Les Miserables), Samantha Dodemaide (The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain), Glenn Hill (Matilda the Musical, Legally Blonde), Blake Bowden (The Book of Mormon, Fiddler on the Roof) and Francine Cain (Grease, Rock of Ages).