Sunshine Coast Arts Friday February 7 2014


SCD Arts Friday February 7 2014

Xanthe Coward

Millar to join Soiree


Lucy Maunder & James Millar in Noel and Gertie. Image by NicholasHiggins


Tomorrow night at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Season Launch Soiree at Noosa Arts Theatre, the local theatre community will welcome special guest, James Millar, a graduate of WAAPA, and writer, composer and performer. Millar, now based in London, was seen recently in Sydney as Noel Coward opposite Lucy Maunder’s Gertrude in Noel and Gertie. When he’s not performing, Millar is writing and has two musical productions under his belt already, both co-written with Peter Rutherford (LoveBites and The Hatpin). Last year the award-winning pair won the Victorian College of the Arts’ New Work Music Theatre Project, which aims to further develop new musicals. Millar and Rutherford, received $38 000 and a two-week workshop for their newest show, A Little Touch of Chaos. After the Melbourne workshop, Millar will head home to London to start rehearsals for a mega-hit musical that we can’t tell you about yet. Don’t think he’ll tell you tomorrow night either, as producers have a strict embargo in place.


Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance President, Sam Coward, is looking forward to seeing old and new members at the Soiree and says, “2014 promises to deliver a whole lot of new – new website, new members, new festival, new faces. We are opening up the doors and welcoming anyone who’d like to get involved”. For details go to livetheatre.com.au and get last minute Soiree tickets online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343


The Making of The Great Lover


makingofthegreatlover_girlsWhen the play, That Woman, was performed at The Lind in Nambour in 2012, it played to capacity audiences. The next offering from Jo Denver at this busy theatre, The Making of the Great Lover, is expected to elicit the same enthusiastic response so be sure to book early.


Kirsty White, as the fearless independent writer Edith Hull, leads a stellar cast of local actors who breathe fire and humour into the script, which shows how every character is influenced by Hull’s controversial book, The Sheik. This influence extends over the miles, all the way to Hollywood, providing the springboard that will catapult a young actor to stardom and earn him the title of ‘The Great Lover’. Shaun Bennett is full of surprises as he takes his character from a shy and confused foreigner trying so hard to be an American, to the dynamic star of the silent screen…Rudolph Valentino. Opens Valentine’s Day February 14 8pm. Season continues February 15, 19, 21 & 22 at 8pm and February 15, 16 & 22 at 2pm. Bookings lindlane.com.au or call 5441 1814


Minefields and Miniskirts


If history is told by the victors, the story of war is usually told by the blokes. Now it’s the ‘sheilas’ turn. Nearly a thousand Australian women had a part in the Vietnam War as entertainers, typists, consular staff and army nurses. The one thing they have in common is that their lives were changed forever by Vietnam. For many of them it was the most vital and alive they have ever felt.


Minefields and Miniskirts records the voices of those who were actually there; ordinary woman revealing how they survived a war and discovered what they believed in. Adapted from Siobhan McHugh’s book, this play reveals through a collage of true stories, the extraordinary experiences of ordinary women in surviving a war. March 14, 15, 20, 21 & 222 at 7:30pm and March 16 at 2pm and March 22 at 1pm. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343


Four Weddings and an Elvis


Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced wedding chapel owner has seen her fair share of matriomonies. Witness four of her most memorable in a hilarious and heartwarming musical rom-com by Coolum Theatre Players, featuring Jennifer Rousset, Wendy McDermott, Richard Kent, Wayne Staniland and Marilyn Davies. March 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30pm and March 23 & 30 at 2pm. Bookings coolum.com.au/theatre or call 5446 2050


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