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11
May
15

Job’s Right – The Second Coat opens this week!

 

JOB’S RIGHT – THE SECOND COAT

 

Strictly limited season opens this week!

 

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When Job’s Right pulled the curtain at The “J” in March 2008, over 4700 people on The Coast had witnessed what could only be described as “a cult of a play”. Perfectly described by a tradie who saw it as “Raw…real…earthy and funny!”.

 

The play was centred around a gang of house painters led by work-weary Rick. Along with his offsiders, the politically incorrect Murph and the loveable larrikin Wally, they stumbled and bumbled from one disaster to another.

 

Somehow they survived to paint another day.

 

Well its seven years later and they’re back. Rick, Murph, Wally and their social conscience, Spanner.

 

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Writers, Brett Klease and Simon Denver have written a brand new script.

 

And has anything changed? No! It’s another day…another site…another client…another stuff up!

 

It’s the same dog, different fleas.

 

The client, Mrs Hunt, wants a shrine built to her late husband so she may communicate with the spirit world. She is backed by Nathaniel, her Designer / Colour Therapist / Feng Shui expert. If you add to this mix a feisty female carpenter, Potty, and Mrs Hunt’s belligerent son, Mick, then fur is going to fly. If it can go wrong – it does go wrong. This avalanche of disaster is going to cause another tsunami of laughter.

 

If you like your comedy safe and sanitised, this is NOT the show for you. 15+ only.

 

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Written by: Brett Klease / Simon Denver
Directed by: Simon Denver
Produced by: Job’s Right Productions / SRT Inc
Cast:

 

Brett Klease as Rick
Brad Thomson as Wal
Shane Cassidy as Murph
Clayton Storey as Spanner
Anna McMahon as Potty
Joy Marshall as Mrs Hunt
Darren Heskes as Nathaniel
Sam Coward as Mick

 

 

The Events Centre, Caloundra May 14, 15 & 16 at 7:30pm BOOK HERE

 

Nambour Civic Centre May 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30pm BOOK HERE

 

The J, Noosa May 3, 4 & 6 at 7:30pm. BOOK HERE

 

 

 

04
May
15

Painter turned Playwright: Job’s Right – The Second Coat

 

Painter’s play gets a second coat of laughs

Story by Megan McKander for Sunshine Coast Daily

May 4 2015

 

 

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PAINTER by day, actor by night, Brett Klease has told how penning a crude, yet hilarious play pulled him from deep depression after a workplace accident.

 

The boots are back on and the popular Sunshine Coast play Job’s Right is back on stage after a seven-year hiatus.

 

Described as a construction of five comedians playing out the real-life tribulations of a building site, Job’s Right – The Second Coat has been a long time coming between laughs.

 

Described by local tradies as “raw, real, earthy and funny”, the original play took to the stage in 2008 and centred on a gang of house painters led by work-weary Rick (played by Mr Klease).

 

Along with his offsiders, the politically incorrect Murph (Shane Cassidy) and the lovable larrikin Wally (Brad Thomson), the fellas stumbled and bumbled from one disaster to another. Somehow they survived to paint another day.

 

But behind the gags and witty one-liners lays a deeply painful past.

 

Brett fell from a mezzanine level of a house in 2003 while working as a painter.

 

He fell face first into the ground. He says it was theatre that saved him in the end from a spiral of depression.

 

“I’ve hit the ground and luckily I had a respirator on so that took all the impact up into my cheek bones, in a way it saved my life,” Mr Klease said.

 

“If I had hit my jaw bone or the side of my head, I would have died.”

 

But Mr Klease did not get off lightly. You wouldn’t know it, but he now lives with a steel plate in his face to replace his right eye socket, cheekbone and sinuses.

 

“My face was smashed, I couldn’t do anything. I had 12 months of recovery,” he said.

 

“I become addicted to morphine and one day I looked into the mirror and realised I had a problem when I saw the little pupils.”

 

Motivated to change his ways, Mr Klease knew he couldn’t walk the boards, but he could pen a play.

 

His good friend and theatre identity Simon Denver suggested he write what he knew best, and so came the first inception of Job’s Right.

 

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The play sold out venues in 2008, with more than 70 people turned away on the closing night due to demand.

 

The Second Coat is staged by Job’s Right Productions and the Suncoast Repertory Theatre. and will play at three Coast venues in May and June

 

Word of warning, Mr Klease said, the show does not hold back.

 

“There is language, and lots of it, because that’s just the way a worksite is,” he said.

 

“The play was well received the first time, when people got past the language.

 

“What they need to realise is the swearing is not there to be foul-mouthed or vulgar, it’s there because that’s the natural speak on a worksite.”

 

“You don’t watch what you say on a job site, so we don’t watch what we say on stage.

 

“I want guys to come and see this that work on a job so and say ‘absolutely, that’s exactly right.’

“There’s no blokes in tights, this is real and raw.”

 

“This show is full on, once the humour and the physicality takes off, this show goes through the gears and takes off like a Ferrari.   “You can’t’ even fit a Tally-ho paper between the lines.”

 

Job’s Right – The Second Coat Coast opens at The Events Centre Caloundra on May 14.

 

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Job’s Right: the Second Coat

 

The Events Centre Caloundra May 14-16, http://www.theeventscentre.com.au

 

 

Nambour Civic Centre May 28-30, http://www.scvenuesandevents.com.au

 

 

The J Noosa June 3-6, http://www.thejnoosa.com.au

 

 

 

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25
Aug
14

Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2014 Results

 

Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2014

Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance

August 15 – 24 2014

The Lind Theatre

 

#SCTF14

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YOUTH SECTION

August 22 – 24 2014

 

Certificates of Distinction:

 

Primary Certificates of Distinction

 

Bella Wood

Alira Slyderink

Stefanie Cooper

Erica O’Brien

 

Secondary Certificates of Distinction

 

Mahana Currie (Bursary Winner 2013)

Ashleigh Cooper

Shearah-Rose Spears

Lucy Rockliff

Georgia Gleeson

Ayla Long

Liam Hartley

Matthew Bapty

 

Primary Section

 

Adjudicator’s Award

Anna McMahon

Hands in the Air…Bullies Beware (Talara Primary College)

 

Best Ensemble

Talara Primary College

Hands in the Air…Bullies Beware

 

Best Supporting Actor

Curtis Bock

 

Best Supporting Actress

Bella Wood

 

Best Actor

Jett McConochie

 

Best Actress

Anika Jocumsen

 

2nd Best Play

Hands in the Air…Bullies Beware (Talara Primary College)

 

Best Play

The Compass by Mem Thomas (MEM Productions)

 

Best Unpublished Script

The Compass by Mem Thomas (MEM Productions)

 

Secondary Section

 

Adjudicator’s Award

Paris Williment

 

Best Ensemble

Little Seed Theatre Company

War At Home

 

Best Supporting Actor

Valentino Koch

 

Best Supporting Actress

Ellie Manning

 

Best Actor

Caleb Holman

 

Best Actress

Brooke Masters

 

2nd Best Play

Love Awkwardly (Little Seed Theatre Company)

 

Best Play

War At Home (Little Seed Theatre Company)

 

Best Unpublished Script

One Idiot, Two Thugs and Cement by Louisea Snelling (Dramaworks)

 

Bursary

Paris Williment (Little Seed Theatre Company)

 

Overall

 

Best Director Over 25

Michelle Allan

All My Love, Paul (Focus On Stage)

 

Best Director Under 25

Marina de Jager

Fairytale Frolics (Acting Up! Youth Theatre Academy)

 

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OPEN SECTION

August 15 – 17 2014

 

Adjudicator’s Award

Michelle Lamarca

The Devil’s Dance (Noosa Arts Theatre)

 

Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)

Shane Cassidy

The Rock in the Water (SRT)

 

Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)

Sue Sewell

Duplicitous (Miranda’s Dressing Room)

 

Best Supporting Actor (Drama)

Brett Klease

The Rock in the Water (SRT

 

Best Actor (Comedy)

Kyle Breese

Held (Downstage Theatre Co)

 

Best Actress (Comedy)

Not awarded

 

Best Actor (Drama)

James Patrick Reed

The Devil’s Dance (Noosa Arts Theatre)

 

Best Actress (Drama)

Michelle Lamarca

The Devil’s Dance (Noosa Arts Theatre)

 

Best Set Design

The Rock in the Water (SRT)

 

Best Unpublished Script

The Rock in the Water by Simon Denver (SRT)

 

Best Director

Simon Denver

The Rock in the Water (SRT)

 

3rd Best Play

Held (Downstage Theatre Co)

 

2nd Best Play

The Devil’s Dance (Noosa Arts Theatre)

 

Best Play

The Rock in the Water (SRT)

 

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The Rock in the Water (SRT) Anna McMahon, Shane Cassidy, Brett Klease and (on behalf of Simon Denver), Joy Marshall with Adjudicator, Margi Brown Ash

 

14
Aug
14

Hedonism’s Second Album (and here comes Margi Brown Ash to adjudicate the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival)!

 

Hedonism’s Second Album is a new Australian comedy from David Burton and Claire Christian.

 

It’s for anyone who’s ever been let down by their favourite band, or their best mates.

 

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Written by David Burton & Claire Christian

Director Margi Brown Ash
Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Ben Hunt

with

Patrick Dwyer, Gavin Edwards, Nicholas Gell,
Thomas Hutchins & Ngoc Phan

 

In a music studio in surburban Brisbane four men gather in an attempt to build upon a surprisingly successful first album. Newly clean, front man Gareth is losing his cool. Lead guitarist Chimney has got cold feet. Bass player Michael is keeping secrets and Sumo, the drummer, has vanished. Meet Hedonism.

Hedonism have rocketed from pub gigs to support acts, international tours and brand management. It’s a whole new world. They’ve been given a license to drink, be rockstars and live, well, hedonistically. They’ve been give permission to never grow up, as long as they record their second album.

After an all-weekend bender involving under-age girls, bikies, racial slurs on YouTube and a wombat from Australia Zoo, record label exec Phil is sent in to pull the boys into line and prevent the looming PR disaster. During the testosterone-fueled fallout, closely-guarded secrets are laid bare and friendships tested.

Hedonism’s Second Album premieres tonight at The Loft as part of La Boite Indie, and continues until August 30.

With Sunshine Coast support bands, The Flumes & The Floating Bridges, Hedonism’s Second Album comes to Nambour Civic Centre on September 4 2014.

 

 

 

Director, Margi Brown Ash, joins us on the Sunshine Coast from tomorrow night for the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival #SCTF14

 

 

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Margi is adjudicating the one-act play Open Section (this weekend) and Youth Section (next weekend). I’m looking forward to hearing her comments about our competing actors and directors, and particularly, her advice to younger performers. Previously, we’ve welcomed Andrea Moor, Kate Foy, Karen Crone and many more industry experts, all of whom have offered valuable feedback to our local and visiting theatre companies and at the same time, enlightened audience members about playwriting and production elements.

This year, for the first time, we’ve added a week-long program of events and moved the entire festival to the lovely little Lind Lane Theatre in Mitchell Street, Nambour. It IS little, accommodating only 100 punters per session, so book early for all sessions and special events, which include a forum and debate, workshops and theatresports.

Check livetheatre.com.au for details and booking information

11
Aug
14

Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival and the question of reviews and social media…

 

Remember when I said I was going to post every Friday, my column from the local rag, the Sunshine Coast Daily? Yeah? No. That hasn’t happened and you haven’t asked for it! But here’s my column from last week (Friday August 8 2014), which they actually printed without editing very much. Mostly, this column, somewhere between submitting and printing, has become a dead easy “What’s On?” list of things to see on the Sunshine Coast and often I’ll begin it with a comment on the state of the local arts scene. But I always wanted to throw into this space some of the harder questions too. Like, what is it we’re all doing? And, why are we doing it? And, what’s the use of reviewing what we’re doing if we continue to do just exactly what we’ve always been doing? #justasking

 

What makes this much more interesting than the fact that I felt the need to write it in the first place, is the way it was presented on the page, beneath a photo I didn’t submit, beside a “review” that no one saw coming because the other columnist on the page tends to write exclusively about his own theatre company and their productions. Isn’t media manipulation a funny thing? Separated, and published over different weeks, a parallel would not have even been drawn, but due to savvy editing and fascinating timing (could be a full moon thing), I came under fire on social media for presenting an opinion with which some people didn’t agree.

 

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As I’ve explained to concerned friends and family over the weekend, I’m a blogger, I’m a writer, I’m a reviewer, and because I’m confident enough to put myself out there, it’s no surprise (and certainly not the end of the world!), when somebody has a problem with something I’ve said. I know they’d like to think they are all-powerful and all-knowing, with a convincing enough argument to band together a legion of fans in a vitriolic thread (for what purpose, I don’t know), but you know what? I’ve come to realise the trolls and haters who comment without thinking first are just little wizards of oz, hiding their insecure, trembling, self righteous little selves behind a great big curtain called a keyboard. Sam and I agree (What? I know! Surprise!), I must still be so naive! Because it genuinely surprises me every time to see somebody’s true colours online. Do they actually think they’re anonymous on Facebook?! Do they genuinely not realise that everyone knows everyone on Facebook?! OOPS! HA! I used to worry more about them and their opinions, and I do – of course I do – feel the awful sting of a snide remark or cruel comment. Who doesn’t? But then, and I thank you Brisbane community for helping me to move on after some interesting learning experiences, including Jekyll & Hyde and The Truth About Kookaburras, I take a breath and look at how wonderful every day is. Other than travelling the world (and we’re working on it!), we actually have everything we have set out to get. And we do love giving back. It makes me wonder what sort of lives the haters have. I learned very early, at school, that kids with less confidence would say whatever it took to make themselves feel better (but did they really feel better? Really?)… It’s actually laughable. I actually can’t believe some of the things people feel comfortable saying on social media. I wonder why they don’t say them to my face? I see them often enough! The Sunshine Coast is not a big pond! Isn’t it funny to really see someone for who they are? Luckily, I’m blessed with actual friends, and a supportive family and husband who are able to point out to me if I ever forget it –

 

 

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Now let’s get some things straight, just in case you’ve been following the wrong Facebook threads.

 

Sam and I have only ever been supportive of local community theatre but the truth is, we are in the game now for slightly different reasons. In addition to “having fun” and being social, we want to continue to produce professional productions. We’re so proud of our original pieces, and of our recent success at Noosa Long Weekend Festival. It’s true, we expect a higher standard from everybody involved in our productions and THAT’S WHY WE PAY THEM. This is the fundamental difference between what we do and what is accomplished by the haters involved in their amateur groups. There is always going to be merit in treading the boards for free and for fun – it’s how we learned a heap of basic skills and developed enormous confidence too – but we decided a few years ago to try to make it pay, and now that it does so we’ll continue to focus on doing more of the same. You can argue that the quality of the productions are the same as your amateur efforts but in actual fact they’re usually not. How do I know? Because I’ve seen what you’ve been doing. And in the past there have been times when you’ve asked for feedback and I’ve offered it. Whether or not you’ve taken it on board, or even used it as a starting point to simply reconsider or reflect on what it is you’re doing, has been up to you. And we’ve certainly seen you improve…or not.

 

To see that I’m right, you should really get out more. Go see “good” theatre. Go see MORE theatre so you start to see for yourself what “good” looks like. You never have to take my word for it! Quite simply, Sam and I set our own standards and with a production budget we can afford to see that we reach them. We have a core ensemble – and it’s a true ensemble – and we will always welcome into that awesome little team, people with a professional approach to match our own. If you’re a performer (or stage manager or designer or techie) aspiring to greater heights, let us know. You don’t have to work for free anymore on the Sunshine Coast! Hooray! On the other hand, if you’re happy to do so, if you’re totally okay with the way you’re currently presenting on stage (and off), go ahead and keep supporting your local community group and having a ball! Cheers!

 

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So. Sam is still the President of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, I’m still writing the column for the paper, we are both on the Noosa Long Weekend Festival board and programming committee, I’m on the Matilda Committee, and we are still directing, coaching, consulting, emceeing, promoting and supporting many local artists and events for free. We actually do far more for free, still, than for dollars. And that’s okay too, although we are more selective now about the people and charities we choose to support. We can only do so much. But we truly value community theatre so we continue to support it. We’ve always walked the talk. I thought that much was pretty obvious but I guess when some-unenlightened-body gets a bee in their bonnet they forget the big picture. It actually infuriates me momentarily, to see and hear criticism from those who purport to know us or to know better. But, sure, you’re entitled to your opinion too. Just maybe think twice before putting it online.

 

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SCD Arts Friday August 8 2014

 

We know the Sunshine Coast has talent, and some of us can even recognise excellence when we see it on stage, however; I miss the days of legitimate local theatre reviews, which we used to enjoy via this publication, thanks to an arrangement with Ian Austin, professional playwright and critic. Those of us involved in theatre at the time remember our early Saturday morning race to buy the Sunshine Coast Daily for Mr Austin’s insightful write-ups of local productions. Not only did the reviews provide valuable feedback from a respected theatrical identity, they gave potential audience members valid reasons to consider which productions they might be interested in supporting.

 

It’s all very well for each community theatre group to promote their own production, or for enthusiastic cross-promotion to continue happening – after all, we should be supporting each other’s endeavours – but to blatantly mislead the public and the talent about the standard of a local show when one has recently attended no other local shows with which to compare it is outrageous and irresponsible.

 

To my understanding, a review is certainly one’s personal response to a production, but it should also offer some truth in terms of what audiences may expect to experience at a show. This requires broad knowledge, an open mind and the acceptance that honesty does not necessarily initiate or nurture friendships.

 

Amongst my peers, the theatre reviewers feel a degree of responsibility to the creatives, but also to audiences. Over the last five years I have attended, on average, 1-2 professional theatrical productions a week, and during festival time that number increases. What kind of reviewer would I be if I proclaimed every production just as excellent as the next? Or a mediocre production the most impressive? I don’t presume to help box office sell tickets – that’s what marketing collateral is for – but I do appreciate the opportunity to offer people a fair assessment of a show, allowing them to make up their own minds as to whether or not they might enjoy it.

 

It’s an unfortunate fact that theatre reviewing in this country is not valued enough by the industry, nor by the publications who seek content (both in print and online) to provide any remuneration for the job. Perhaps if it were a paid position, and genuine feedback was taken on board by those who insist on putting productions together, our audiences could reasonably expect a greater degree of excellence on local stages and attend the theatre more often, which in turn would help to sell tickets and keep our local theatre thriving. I wonder what the theatre companies, venues, councils and arts funding bodies might think of that? What do you think?

 

 

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Next up, Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance is hosting the largest theatre festival on the South East Queensland Drama circuit. This means, starting this Friday, we’ll be at The Lind, Nambour, for 10 days of workshops, forums, debates and one-act plays. We have a record number of youth entries across the final weekend of the festival and some new and familiar faces competing in the open section, which takes place this weekend.

 

 

Forum Panellists are Mahana Currie, Robyn Ernst (BYTE), Ian Mackellar (Noosa Long Weekend Festival) and Ian Williams, discussing Sunshine Coast Theatre – Past, Present, Future. The debate will see Mark Darin (MIX FM), Joy Marshall and Marina de Jager argue the merits of musical theatre with Gail Denver, Errol Morrison and Frank Wilkie. These events cost just $5 to attend and give you the chance to mix with the local makers and lovers of live theatre.

 

 

We welcome special guest adjudicator, Margi Brown Ash, Director of Hedonism’s Second Album, which opens on Thursday night at La Boite.

 

 

For SCTF14 details and bookings check out livetheatre.com.au

 

 

 

 

22
Apr
14

Sunshine Coast Arts April 11 – 18 2014

 

SCD Arts Friday April 11 2014

 

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There is always so much on, is it any wonder we struggle to fit it all in? But with the new-look Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance website, at least we have no more excuses when it comes to finding out about what’s on. The website (livetheatre.com.au) has all the audition, production and booking details you need to see and be involved in local live theatre. With tickets just a click away it makes scheduling a fun social night out or a hot date at the theatre a no brainer. Enjoy full-scale musicals, dramas, comedies, reviews and one-act plays at a theatre near you. Get involved by emailing your local theatre company or jumping onto their Facebook page and offering your skills and enthusiasm. Community theatre is a hobby for some and a training platform for a professional career for others. No matter your level of involvement, from audience member to cast member, you’ll be glad you connected with other local theatre lovers and theatre makers. For details check out livetheatre.com.au

 

Deathtrap

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. Season continues April 9, 11 & 12 at 8pm and April 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

 

The Gentleman Magician

Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, says, “Magic isn’t just for children – why should they have all the fun?” It’s a one-man magic show for adults only, which will challenge you to explore your imagination without a single top hat or rabbit involved. Noosa Arts Theatre Saturday May 3 at 1pm & 7:30pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au

 

Mothers’ Celebration Concert

Treat mum to a very special concert featuring Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir and Oriana Youth Choir singing all her musical favourites from their extensive repertoire. A scrumptious afternoon tea is included in the ticket price. Buderim Memorial Hall Sunday May 4 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au

 

Barmaids

Directed by Anne Grant, Barmaids is about Val and Nancy’s response to change when management decides to replace them with topless popsies. Saturated with humour, karaoke, and a chook raffle too. The Lind from May 16. Bookings livethetare.com.au

 

Auditions

 

Sweet Charity

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

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

 

 SCD Arts Saturday April 19 2014

 

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The King and I

 

Local performer, Patrice Tipoki (Fantine in the upcoming touring professional production of Les Miserables and recently seen in A Little Night of Music for MontroseAccess and Tipoki Productions’ Songs For a New World), made her professional musical theatre debut as one of the Royal Children in Gordon-Frost’s 1991 production of The King and I.

 

Tomorrow night John Frost and Opera Australia present the Australian premiere of the acclaimed revised production of The King and I at QPAC. Final tickets for the limited seven-week season were released this week so I hope you got online and got yours. Why is it important to see this production? For the same reasons it’s always important to see as much excellent live theatre as possible. A wonderful show with a rich story and endearing characters, sumptuous costumes and memorable music (with songs dubbed by Marni Nixon, you’ll recall, for Deborah Kerr in the movie version), which lifts us up and carries us away for a little while to another world. Live theatre is the ultimate escapism. And for those of us who are involved at some level in the industry, it also helps us to recognise and appreciate what “good” looks and sounds like. And we must know what good is if we’re going to claim to produce it!

 

This particular production features 37 Brisbane children on stage. Many of them, just as Patrice did, are making their debut professional appearance. There are so many reasons to catch this lavish production. Bookings qpac.com.au

 

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James Millar Joins Jesus Christ Suoper

 

Special guest at this year’s Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Soiree, James Millar, has secured a role in the US Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which we saw here last year.

 

James is first understudy to Pontius Pilate, and joins Incubus lead singer, Brandon Boyd (Judas), Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams (Mary Magdalene) and Ben Forster (Jesus) in a 50-city tour. For details check out jesuschristsuperstar.com

 

 

Bruce Glen The Gentleman Magician

This is a truly intriguing one-man magic show without involving a single top hat or white rabbit. Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, will challenge you to explore your imagination. Marvel at extraordinary magic, together with “tall tales and true”, inspired by the charm and wonder of some of our greatest storytellers. Noosa Arts Theatre Saturday May 3 at 1pm & 7:30pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au

 

Mothers’ Celebration Concert

Celebrate mum with Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir and Oriana Youth Choir and enjoy a lovely afternoon tea at Buderim Memorial Hall Sunday May 4 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au

 

Barmaids

A great Australian comedy written by Katherine Thompson and directed by Anne Grant, Barmaids tells the tale of Val and Nancy as they face the prospect of being replaced by topless popsies. The Lind from May 16 at 8pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au

 

Auditions

 

Jerry’s Girls

Jerry’s Girls celebrates the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman in a two-hour musical entertainment. Auditions Wednesday April 30 by appointment via livetheatre.com.au

 

08
Apr
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday April 4 2014

 

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!

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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 xanthe@xsentertainment.com.au

 

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Deathtrap

 

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

 

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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

 

Auditions

 

Sweet Charity

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

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