The Wakatipu has its very own Von Trapps


One of Queenstown’s biggest musical families and a smorgasbord of their talent will be on show later this month. 

Jenny Brinsley and her three children, Thomas, 22, Alexia, 21, and Eleanor, 19, are all playing a part in the Theatricks Showcase in Queenstown on 21 January at the QPACT rooms on Ballarat Street. 

Their new family company Theatricks offers creative and entertainment services including singing lessons, rock band mentoring and love songs on commission. 

It was started by Jenny, less than six months ago, to promote performing arts not only for fun, but as a career path. 

“I love to foster the love in young children of performing – it’s not only the fun we have but I also see how their confidence grows too,” Jenny says. 

Alexia – a graduate from APO Arts Academy in Melbourne – will tutor students through three-day workshops including singing, acting and dancing. 

The workshop, in preparation for a show on the final day of class, will be hard work for the students, Alexia says.

“I’ll be working to the highest capacity and those who find it difficult will have to keep up.” 

Alexia plans returning to Melbourne to perform in the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and to teach at the Art Academy. 

The local Theatriks production will have over 10 different acts, including students from Jenny’s classes and a special appearance from Alexia. 

Jenny’s son Thomas, a stand-up comic, jazz performer and Theatricks tutor, will host the show. 

“Thomas loves to make people laugh, he is just a charismatic kind of guy,” Jenny says. 

Eleanor, who’ll be teaching junior classes this year for the company, will also perform in the Theatricks Showcase production. 

“Performing and singing is my way of expressing myself, I like the feeling of being someone else when I act.” 

Spaces are still available for the Theatricks workshop and performance.