Published on August 26th, 2021 | by Adrian Gunning
THE PRODUCTION COMPANY ARCHIVE
Two years ago, before our lives changed forever, The Production Company staged its last production. Ragtime, an Australian premiere, was the company’s final show after twenty-one years of presenting musicals in the State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne. Founded by Jeanne Pratt AC in 1998, the company produced sixty-five musicals in more than five hundred performances between 1999 and 2019, selling more than a million tickets, presenting no fewer than ten Australian premieres and creating thousands of jobs and major career development for artists and creatives.
How best to remember the unique contribution the company made to the vibrant artistic life we all enjoyed in Melbourne?
Today, the company has launched an online archive celebrating the sixty-five musical productions they presented and the people who both created and starred in them.
Chairman Jeanne Pratt AC said, “What a wonderful time we’ve all had! I hope you enjoy revisiting the many brilliant shows we brought to Arts Centre Melbourne. Until we meet again, this is our way of saying thank you for your support of The Production Company.”
The company’s Artistic director Ken Mackenzie-Forbes AM and Executive Director Rachel D Taylor are delighted to announce that The Production Company’s online archive is now live.
Ken Mackenzie-Forbes said, “We are understandably proud of the unique contribution we made to the musical theatre industry across twenty-one years. This online archive will enable our subscribers, sponsors, artists and creatives to relive the excitement of those years. This journey through the archives will bring back the joy and delight these memorable productions gave us a
Rachel D Taylor commented, “The online archive is a major resource on the company’s history. It’s a beautiful reminder of the outstanding job The Production Company did presenting and promoting Australian talent, giving Melbourne audiences the best shows for twenty-one wonderful years. The website honours our artists, creatives and collaborators with a permanent presence, long after the curtain has fallen. It was a joy to create and I think it will make people very happy.”
You can find the online archive at www.theproductioncompany.com.au