Based in Europe when COVID hit, Australian musical theatre performers Amy Manfordand Genevieve McCarthyreturned home to Perth where they co-founded MM Creative Productions. At the end of October, they will produce and star in Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish, with Jessica Gethin conducting the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. They tell Limelighthow their relationship with Disney came about, about the jobs they have lost due to COVID – including Opera Australia’s production of The Phantom of the Operain which Manford was to play Christine Daaé, which has been postponed to 2022 – and their plans for the future.

Genevieve McCarthy and Amy Manford

What were you both doing when COVID hit?

Amy Manford: I was in Athens, Greece performing as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. We were the major first production in the world to get cancelled due to the pandemic – it was a crazy time!

Genevieve McCarthy: I was lucky to have flown into Australia from London in February 2020, so I avoided the...