Well, I haven’t been very consistent with this column going up here have I? (I’ve been consistently late with it!). I don’t know who actually reads it in print either, and I’m feeling disillusioned about promoting anything of any calibre on the Sunshine Coast when it sometimes seems, at least from where we are standing, that quite often people here just can’t be bothered to support the arts, or their friends who are creating it and bringing it to their back yard, despite their supposed love of theatre and live music. And friend status. Oh, did I type that out loud? I know. I’m wrong, obviously. Whatever. Prove it by turning up to things again. We’ll go on making things and bringing things because we love live entertainment, and we believe wholeheartedly in supporting the artists who are interested in building industry. But it’s disheartening to say the least, when the no-shows, those who are apparently completely uninterested, are so many of the people we know. I KNOW. IT’S THE SUNSHINE COAST. WE KNOW PEOPLE. DISAPPOINTING.
BUT WERE YOU PART OF THE CAPACITY CROWD AT THE J ON SATURDAY NIGHT? HOW AMAZING IS MEOW MEOW? LUCKY, LUCKY PEOPLE IF YOU WERE THERE TOO!
AND HOW AWESOME ARE EMMA DEAN AND FRANCESCA DE VALENCE? WHAT A GORGEOUS, INTIMATE SHOW THEY SHARED WITH US AT NOOSA ARTS THEATE ON SUNDAY NIGHT!
Also, there is actually no excuse for not knowing what’s on. Not in our hyper-connected, immediate world of news feeds and links to events. So leave your excuses out of it. You either care enough to click on a link and find out the details for an event (and make arrangements to be there), or you don’t. And if you’re one of those who don’t give a rats about what’s on, don’t be the same person who complains that there is nothing on. It’s simply not true. Yes, we’re all busy. SO WORK IT OUT. Manage your week so that live entertainment is scheduled and becomes a part of the week! Check Facebook, Twitter, Insta and livetheatre.com.au and go see something. READ THE PAPER. PHONE A FRIEND. AND GO SEE SOMETHING. It’s likely there is one degree of separation between you and the artist in any show on any stage here . The friends involved will be delighted to see you there and they’ll be more likely to take an interest in what you do too.
Here is most recent arts column to have appeared in the Sunshine Coast Daily. If you pick up a paper on Fridays and see it in print, and if it elicits any sort of response from you at all, do let me know.
SCD Arts Friday April 4 2014
During school holidays there is usually a heap on for younger children but what about the tweens and teens? This Sunday, music fans have the chance to catch award-winning performers in Caloundra and Noosa. Popular artists of the calibre of Emma Dean and Francesca de Valence don’t often swing by the Sunshine Coast. We know what a challenge it is to find a live music venue locally, but singers must sing, so XS Entertainment brings the two enchanting songtresses to Noosa Arts Theatre for an intimate “house concert” on Sunday at 6pm. On the same afternoon, catch our very own Oriana Choir and Oriana Youth Choir in a special showcase concert at Caloundra Uniting Church at 2pm. Details below.
Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir Showcase Concert
In the lead-up to the Queensland Eisteddfod, where they’ll defend their title of Grand Champion, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir presents a one-off showcase concert on Sunday April 6 at 2pm at Caloundra Uniting Church. All ages. Bookings call 0431 542 343
Songs of Love and War
Award-winning Brisbane/New York based songstresses, Emma Dean and Francesca de Valence perform new songs and old favourites from their extensive repertoires, exploring themes of love, heartbreak and what it truly means to be a fighter. Start the holidays with friends and fantastic music. One night only Sunday April 6 at Noosa Arts Theatre. Tickets $25 ($20 concession). Cash bar open from 5:30pm. All ages. Bookings email email@example.com
Ira Levin’s intriguing murder mystery, directed by Chris Mills, will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Suspense mounts steadily as the plot twists and turns with devilish cleverness in this play within a play. Gala opening night tonight at The Lind at 8pm. Season continues April 5, 9, 11 & 12 at 8pm and April 6 & 12 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au or call 5441 1814
Pirates to Pinafore
It’s an all-star cast of performing the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan in just 89 minutes! Starring Philip Gould as Sir Arthur Sullivan, alongside veteran comic actor, Brian Hannan as W.S. Gilbert, Pirates to Pinafore delivers all the hits and highlights of the thirteen G&S operettas we have come to know and love, including songs from Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado. Noosa Arts Theatre April 11 &12 at 7:30pm. Matinees April 12 at 1pm & April 13 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au or call 5449 9343
Charity Hope Valentine is a taxi dancer who longs for love, but has bad luck with men. Auditions at Coolum Civic Centre Monday April 7 at 8pm and Wednesday April 9 at 7pm. Details livetheatre.com.au
Jerry’s Girls celebrates the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer, Jerry Herman, in a two-hour musical evening. Information night at Noosa Arts Theatre Wednesday April 16 at 7:30pm. Auditions at Noosa Arts Theatre Wednesday April 30 at 7pm (soloists) and Sunday May 4 at 10am (ensemble). Details livetheatre.com.au