Did you go to school with that overly ambitious drama student who thought they were going to be the next big thing? Or perhaps you were that poor student and can look back on how dramatic you were. Arts Captain is a satirical cabaret show about that very student, with one important twist; they can’t sing. Featuring classic Broadway songs, Arts Captain is in part based on the life of creator, Jayden Walker, an emerging Melbourne theatre maker.
Arts Captain tells the story of Theodore Etherington (Jayden Walker), a recently elected ‘Arts Captain’, who has deluded himself into thinking he is the next Barbara or Liza. Featuring songs made famous by his favourite Broadway Diva’s, including Don’t Rain On My Parade and Cabaret, Theodore begins his quest for stardom, using singing to navigate the twists and turns of life.
Described as “Mr G in his early years”, Theodore Etherington is a huge bundle of contradictions and demands. With the blind ambition of Rachel Berry (Glee) and the talent of Jack McFarland (Will & Grace), Theodore is every drama teacher’s worst nightmare.
A current student of Deakin University, Arts Captain marks Jayden’s first professional production. The character is based on his own life as an Arts Captain at both primary school and high school. Appearing in Ancient Pickle’s Melbourne Fringe production of Area 51, with reviewers commenting on his ability to make scripted comedy appear improvised, Jayden aims to continue, to create and perform his own work.
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Performances: 23, 25 & 26 February 2016
Information and Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com
Image: Jayden Walker presents Arts Captain (supplied)