Voldemort is back. Bigger, badder and more rocking than ever!

Presented by Salty Theatre, He Who Must Not Be Named apparates to the Gateway of the Mornington Peninsula this July. 

This completely original (and unofficial) 70-minute show takes us back in time, telling the story of young Tom Riddle navigating Hogwarts as an awkward, brooding, socially awkward teen. Audiences can expect a crazy, rock-and-rolling rollercoaster from start to finish, and fans of the novels and movies will be thrilled with the witty and wild new characters and backstories. 

Created by Los Angeles based comedians Zach Reino (A.P. Bio, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Brew Brothers) and Chris Grace (Superstore, A-Typical, This Is Us) the show invites you to experience the World of Hogwarts like you’ve never seen it before. Teen angst, hormones and young love fill the magical halls, along with a few familiar and much-loved characters as they sing about Cutting Your Soul, Care of Magical Creatures, and Love That Must Not Be Named.

Salty Theatre was co-founded by theatre, dance and cabaret veteran Sarahlouise Younger and Canadian theatre and screen vet Ashley Taylor Tickell, and in its short existence has begun making a definite mark on the industry. The female-led independent company have already presented a slew of both rarely produced and brand new works to Melbourne audiences. They have also recently launched the Hatch Lab Musical Theatre Workshop, which offers an individual writer/composer or writer/composer duo a professional 12-month residency to work alongside the creative team at Salty Theatre as well as being mentored by industry professionals.

The initial run of Teenage Hogwarts was an inventive collaboration with Theatre Works, harnessing COVID-safe perspex boxes and transforming these into an immersive Hogwarts House experience. The season sold out its 5-week run, but audiences were ravenous for more Riddle. So, with the arts back and better than ever in 2022, Salty and the team are reworking the show.

Ashley Taylor Tickell said:

This journey to Hogwarts will see us moving away from Perspex boxes and intimate spaces for a larger venue with a real sense of connection between the audience and the actors. A stellar, new and next-level set and costume design by Grace Deacon and a bold and moody lighting design by Caidan de Win will throw us into 1940s Hogwarts as you’ve never seen it before. With built-in lighting bars on stage to amp up rock concert vibes, hanging chapel windows to play with glitter, smoke and silhouettes and accent costume pieces to add a taste of grunge rock that was alive and thriving during the first wave of Harry Potter fandom in the 1990s and has recently made a resurgence. Hogwarts and Grunge Rock will come together for a wild, nostalgic, angsty and immersive telling of Tom Riddle’s hilarious and murderous origin story.

Salty Theatre really are the Elixir to Induce Euphoria that Melbourne audiences have needed after several years of disrupted theatre, bringing not only Voldemort to our stages, but two other brilliant and hilarious parody musicals – Top Gun! The Musical, set to hit Ballarat in September, and Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical crawling through the Meat Market gates in Spring.

So, grab your wands and capes and rush on over to the George Jenkins theatre this July. Who needs Expecto Patronum when you’ve got Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts?

Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts is not authorized, sanctioned, licensed or endorsed by J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.

Salty Theatre Presents
Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody
Written by Zac Reino, Fiona Landers
Richie Root and Scott Passarella

6th July – 9th July, 2022
George Jenkins Theatre – Frankston, VIC

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of AussieTheatre.com. She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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