Posts Tagged ‘justice

14
Mar
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday March 14

 

SCD Arts Friday March 14 2014

 

DID YOU WEAR RED FOR DANIEL TODAY?

“You can wear red for Daniel any day, Mum. You don’t have to wait until October.”  – Poppy Eponine

 

Xanthe Coward

 

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Awards season is drawing to a close and whether or not there’s a trophy to show for it, the best reward for a performer is still the applause at the end of a show and the relationships formed during the process.

 

Noosa Arts Theatre’s latest production, Minefields and Miniskirts, is a surprisingly moving example of the impact on artists and audiences of a carefully considered text, which is gently, lovingly interlaced with imagery, sound and lighting to tell the most horrific (and, at times, tender) of stories. Director, Jenni McCaul, and a talented cast of five (+ Jo Hendrie on vocals and guitar) have worked some magic to bring us a timely piece of historical and emotional truth from the hearts of real women who felt the full impact of the Vietnam War. I blinked back tears on more than one occasion. Clearly, the women have bonded during the creative process – there is a tangible connection between them – and unfortunately, not all of you will get to experience it. It’s a very short season in a very lovely and very intimate theatre, and if you think it might be just(ice) what you need in the coming week, you’d better book because once word gets out after opening night tonight, this show will be a sell out!

 

 

Minefields and Miniskirts is the most unassuming, quietly powerful production you’ll see on the Sunshine Coast this year.

 

 

The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance is a rapidly growing community of theatre makers and theatre lovers, and with the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival coming up in August, the committee is now busy planning for a whole week of events, including forums and workshops, as well as staging their own productions for the enjoyment of artists and audiences. If you’ve never been involved in the theatre now is the perfect time to check out the local scene. With plenty of shows going on each month there is literally something for everyone at the moment! For production and audition information check out livetheatre.com.au and for enquiries email sam@xsentertaiment.com.au

 

Minefields and Miniskirts

Through song and intimate storytelling, Minefields and Miniskirts shares the memories of the women affected by the Vietnam War. Featuring iconic songs from the era, these are the voices of the ordinary women who were actually there. Find out how they survived and what they believed in. Directed by Jenni McCaul and features Kitten Styler, Julia Verburgt, Sharon Grimley, Tania Nash, Jannine Ritchie and Jo Hendrie. Noosa Arts Theatre March 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30pm. Matinees March 16 at 2pm and March 22 at 1pm. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

A chaotic black comedy preceded by an Italian street festival has taken over the Student Guild (uni club) at USC. Performing Arts Kollective (PAK), directed by Peta Beattie, presents Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist for one more weekend. USC Student Guild March 14 & 15 at 7:30pm and March 16 at 6:30pm. The Be Italian Festival starts an hour before show time. Bookings trybooking.com/73979

 

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Motherhood Out Loud

 

A contemporary comedy comprising 20 entertaining vignettes, Motherhood Out Loud shares the sincerity and brutal honesty of true stories by several writers. Directed by Jacqui Mata Luque and featuring Susie Pritchard, Wendy Silvester, Alice Rea, Naomi Clasholm, Debbie Pitura and more. Buderim Memorial Hall March 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 8pm and March 16 & 22 at 2pm. Bookings batstheatre.com or call 5445 2515

 

A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen

 

Rarely do we see this calibre of talent on a Sunshine Coast stage but for one night only we welcome some of Australia’s top musical theatre stars to Flinders Performance Centre (March 21) at 7:30pm. Local dancers from Fierce Studios will join hosts, Todd and Sami from Hot91FM, and a line up that stars Patrice Tipoki (Fantine in the upcoming professional touring production of Les Miserables), Simon Gleeson (Valjean in the upcoming professional touring production of Les Miserables), Amanda Harrison (Wicked), Chelsea Gibb (Chicago), Mark Vincent (Australia’ Got Talent) and Laura Tipoki (Associate Musical Director at Wicked).  All proceeds go to MontroseAccess, supporting children with disability. Bookings trybooking.com/75622. To get a special price for Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance members and students email lliesegang@montroseaccess.org

 

 

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Four Weddings and an Elvis

 

Share in the hilarity of the most memorable matrimonies witnessed by Sandy, a four-times-married-three-times-divorced wedding chapel owner. FourWeddings and an Elvis is a heart-warming comedy featuring Coolum Theatre Players’ Jennifer Rousset, Wendy McDermott, Richard Kent, Marilyn Davies and more. Book a table of 8 and BYO nibbles and drinks at Coolum Civic Centre March 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30pm. Matinees March 23 & 30 at 2pm. Bookings coolum.com.au/theatre

 

Date Claimer – Songs From the Tavern

 

Songs From the Tavern brings together local talent and friends for a fundraiser for Joan Benson, local arts identity and staunch supporter of Sunshine Coast performing arts. Enjoy a night of music, dance, drama, comedy and more at Maleny Community Centre April 4 & 5 at 8pm. Bookings 5494 2841

 

Auditions

 

BATS will hold auditions for Drifting, winner of the Edythe Brook Cooper 2014 Playwriting Competition on Monday March 17 at 7.30 pm at Buderim War Memorial Hall. Written by Jo Denver, Directed by John McMahon. Each year, members of the Rossi/Sullivan family get together for the Christmas break. This year a new life joins the family, and a much loved member, Enid, slips further into Alzheimers. For details or to book an audition email johnnymac45@hotmail.com

 

In the Heights

 

USC Performing Arts Kollective (PAK) will hold auditions for award winning Broadway musical, In the Heights, on Tuesday March 18 at the yoga room at USC Sports Stadium. For details or to book your audition email pakusc@gmail.com

 

Sweet Fanny Adams

 

Directed by Errol Morrison, Sweet Fanny Adams tells the tales of rivalry between the infamous Kitty Divine and Fanny Adams, brothel owners in 1930s Sydney. Not as dark as you might think, this is a musical comedy and a whole lot of fun to perform. Auditions at Studio 2 Dance academy, Rigby Street, Nambour March 27 & 31 at 7pm. For details or to book your audition email erjmorrison@optusnet.com.au or call 0412 396 373

 

Jerry’s Girls

 

Celebrating the music and lyrics of award winning Broadway composer, Jerry Herman. Information night at Noosa Arts Theatre March 26 at 7:30pm. Auditions at Noosa Arts Theatre April 2 at 7:30pm (soloists) and April 6 at 10am (ensemble). For details or to book an audition call 5449 9343

 

Sweet Charity

Charity Hope longs for love but has bad luck with men in this light-hearted musical comedy. Auditions Coolum Civic Centre April 7 at 7:30pm & April 9 at 7pm. For details or to book an audition call Director, Linda Gefken 0402 414 637

 

 

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21
Mar
12

The Laramie Project – thoughts

Thoughts from Elizabeth Best, Cast Member of The Laramie Project at Nash Theatre, New Farm.

I still vividly remember how I felt the first time I saw The Laramie Project and heard Matthew Shepard’s tragic story for the first time about 8 years ago. Matt was only 21 years old where he was savagely beaten and left for dead tied to a fence in small town Laramie, Wyoming, in the USA. He suffered this horrendous attack at the hands of two other kids, and he was singled out because he was gay. I remember feeling shocked that anyone could do something like that to another human being, feeling sad that a young life was cut short and feeling hopeful that pieces of theatre like this could bring about change.


So naturally, when I heard Nash was doing Laramie, I jumped at the chance to actually be IN the show that had so captivated me all those years ago.

What is most fascinating to me is that the show is verbatim theatre, which means that the words spoken on stage are taken directly from interviews, court transcripts and other found texts; Laramie Project isn’t just based on a true story, it IS the true story – every single word of it. Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. They have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences.

Laramie is a show that takes a lot of work: eight actors share more than 60 roles, ranging from local bartenders, to judges, to the perpetrators themselves. My 12 characters include a Wyoming waitress, a lesbian university professor, the girlfriend of the perpetrator and the wife of a homophobic baptist minister. With this in mind, research was a huge part of my process in this show; I needed to know who these people were, where they came from, and where they ended up once the play finished. Then with that information, I needed to figure out how the heck I was going to differentiate between them all! Luckily, some of the characters came from different regions which meant different accents, then the personalities of the characters lent themselves to different voice timbres and, of course, the physicality that comes from the whopping age differences: my youngest character is 21 and my oldest is in her late 50s. And with so many characters, it’s so easy to slip into caricature, which is something I wanted to avoid. That is where the research helped and knowing that these people were real and that their stories continued on after the final words of the play.

The Laramie Project is a show that conveys an important message and shows us the human condition in its many forms; it shows frailty, weakness, hatred, brutality, caring, compassion and most of all, hope. The fact that it is a true story  – Matthew’s story – instilled in me a need to do these people and this story justice and, as one of the Laramie characters Father Roger Schmidt says, to “say it right. You need to do your best to say it correct.”

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Thursday – Saturday @ 7.30pm

Nash Theatre

Merthyr Uniting Church

52 Merthyr Road, New Farm




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