Posts Tagged ‘motherhood out loud

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

 

 

14
Mar
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday March 7

 

 

SCD Arts Friday March 7 2014

 

Xanthe Coward

 

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Sunshine Coast to host top musical theatre talent

 

Never before has the Sunshine Coast seen so many of Australia’s best musical theatre stars together on the same local stage. This year, after a sell-out show in 2013, A Little Night of Music returns for one night only, at Flinders Performance Centre in Buderim on Friday March 21. Hosted by Hot91FM’s Todd and Sami, A Little Night of Music features 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, An Officer and a Gentleman), Chelsea Gibb (Chicago) and Mark Vincent (Australia’s Got Talent). Joined on stage by our favourite local talent, don’t miss a spectacular evening of the very best songs from the silver screen. With all proceeds going to MontroseAccess, supporting children with disabilities, this is a must-do very special event.

 

Special prices for student groups and Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance members (email lliesegang@montroseaccess.org.au).

Bookings trybooking.com/75622

 

Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance AGM

After three years in the position, President of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, XS Entertainment’s Sam Coward, was re-elected this week in a unanimous move to continue bringing new groups to the Alliance and new audiences to local theatres. Stephen Moore was elected Vice President, Julie Marshall Treasurer and Samantha Fazldeen Secretary. The Alliance welcomes new members and supports pursuits in the performing arts for fun and for industry. Details livetheatre.com.au

 

Winning Playwrights National One-Act Playwriting Competition

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2014 Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition, Frank Wilkie for his play, The Devil’s Dance, Michelle McCormick from Western Australia for The Invitation, and Michiko Beatrice Lee Parnell from Western Australia for Instructions For Two or More Players. This is Noosa Councillor Frank Wilkie’s second time as a Finalist. No surprises there, as Wilkie’s wonderful theatrical work has been entertaining us for years. The three one-act plays will be staged in July at Noosa Arts Theatre, with two special performances included in the Noosa Long Weekend Festival program. Details noosaaartstheatre.org.au and noosalongweekend.com

 

NT Live War Horse

Have you ever experienced the life-sized puppets of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage? See the only Sunshine Coast screenings of the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Michael Monpurgo’s novel War Horse adapted for the stage by Nich Stafford, at Noosa Arts Theatre today at 1pm & 7:30pm, Sunday at 6:30pm and Monday at 10am. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

PAK presents Dario Fo’s hilarious slapstick comedy, which allows its characters to rollick into spectacular absurdity whilst the status quo tumbles into mayhem, and profound political discontent. An evocative and highly entertaining production preceded by Italian themed entertainment and food festival next to the University club. Bookings trybooking.com/73979

 

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Minefields and Miniskirts

The true stories of women who experienced the Vietnam War are poignant and funny. After all, no bomb ever killed the Australian sense of humour! Featuring iconic songs of the era and local talent including Jo Hendrie, Sharon Grimley, Julia Verburgt, Kitten Styler, Tania Nash and Jannine Ritchie, Minefields and Miniskirts is full of surprises. These are ordinary women revealing the extraordinary ways they survived a war. Noosa Arts Theatre March 14, 15, 20,21 & 22 at 7:30pm, March 16 at 2pm and March 22 at 1pm. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

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Motherhood Out Loud

A contemporary collection of personal truths and funny commentary about the small successes and pitfalls of parenthood, Motherhood Out Loud will make you go home and thank your mother! Featuring Susie Pritchard, Debbie Pitura, Cathy Quinn, Wendy Silvester, Matt Nisbet 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

 

Four Weddings and an Elvis

Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, has certainly seen her fair share of matrimonies!  In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, we witness three of her most memorable:  Bev and Stan, who are getting married as revenge on their exes;   Vanessa and Bryce, two arrogant, aging stars who are tying the knot as a publicity ploy;  and Martin and Fiona, a gentle postal-worker and a tough ex-con who couldn’t be more in love!  However, the final wedding is the most touching of all! Coolum Civic Centre Friday March 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 7.30pm and March 23 & 30 at 2pm. Cabaret seating (tables of 8). BYO Nibbles & Drinks. Bookings www.coolum.com.au/theatre or 07 5446 2500

 

Auditions

PAK presents the Queensland premiere of In The Heights for an August season. Auditions Monday March 18 at the Yoga Room USC Stadium from 10am (musicians) and Tuesday March 11 from 10am (actors, singers, dancers). PAK productions are open to all USC staff and students. For details email Pak.usc@gmail.com

 

 

24
Feb
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday 21 2014

 

SCD Arts Friday February 21 2014

 

Xanthe Coward

 

The Making of The Great Lover

 

When Maleny playwright Jo Denver wrote The Making of the Great Lover, about Edith Maud Hull, her husband Percy, and her daughter Cecil Winstanley Hull, she had no idea that Edith’s relatives lived in Australia. Naomi MacKinnon, from Cairns, is married to one of many Hull descendants in that area. Jo said that when she was writing about someone who lived in a little village in England she had no idea that any of the Hull family had been residing in far north Queensland around the Ingham area since 1871. The Making of The Great Lover enjoys its final performances tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm and 8pm. This new historical comedy is over-the-top Fifty Shades of Grey fun. Bookings online lindlane.com.au or call 5441 1814

 

Hamlet. Psyched

 

USC Theatre presents Hamlet. Psyched. Directed by Jo Loth, it’s a new and original look into the troubled head and heart of Shakespeare’s most famous teen, Hamlet. Chancellor College performing Arts Centre on February Wednesday 26, 27 & 28. Bookings payments.usc.edu.au

 

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NT Live – Coriolanus & War Horse

 

Noosa Arts Theatre screens the Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus on Sunday at 6:30pm and Monday at 10am. Directed by Donmar’s Josie Rourke and featuring Tom Hiddleston (The Hollow Crown) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), this is the classic story of one man v the world. In March, don’t miss the National Theatre’s smash hit, War Horse, screening on Friday March 7 at 1pm & 7:30pm, Sunday March 9 at 6:30pm and Monday March 10 at 10am. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

Hat Fitz & Cara live at Noosa Arts Theatre

 

Noosa Arts theatre hosts Hat Fitz & Cara, award-winning hill style country blues duo, for one night only, on Friday February 28 at 7:30pm. Bookings online or call 5449 9343

 

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Minefields & Miniskirts

 

Directed by Jenni McCaul, Minefields & Miniskirts is a collection of the stories and memories from women affected by the Vietnam War, interviewed by Siobhan McHugh and adapted for the stage by Terence O’Connell. Featuring Jo Hendrie on vocals and guitar, the play uses music of the era to tug at your heartstrings, and good ol’ Aussie humour to make you laugh. Catch Sharon Grimley, Tania Nash, Jannine Ritchie, Kitten Styler and Julia Verburgt on stage from March 13. Bookings noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

 

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

 

PAK presents Dario Fo’s satirical black comedy Accidental Death of an Anarchist-based on the real life event of an anarchist’s death in 1970’s Italy while in police custody. This production is a zany riotous and at times deeply profound expose of the social and political machinations of 70’s Italy and blends live action and multi media in an evocative and highly original way. March 7, 8, 9 & 14, 15,16 at USC Student Guild. Bookings trybooking.com

 

Motherhood Out Loud

 

Directed by Jacqui Mata Luque, this myth-smashing comedy about parenthood, features Susie Pritchard, Wendy Silvester, Cathy Quinn and many more. If you’re a mother, you’ll love it and if you’re not, you’ll go home and thank your mum. From March 14. Bookings batstheatre.com or call 54452515

 

Four Weddings and An Elvis

 

Coolum Theatre Players present a musical comedy about four of Sandy’s most memorable weddings – she’s the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Featuring Jennifer Rousset, Marilyn Davies and more from March 21. Bookings Coolum.com.au/theatre or call 5446 20 50

 

 

Auditions

 

 

Noosa Arts Theatre – Jerry’s Girls

 

Noosa Arts Theatre’s information night for Jerry’s Girls, an all female musical review celebrating the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman, directed by Stephen Moore, will be held on Wednesday March 26 at 7:30pm at Noosa Arts Theatre and the auditions in April. September season. Details livetheatre.com.au

 

The Lind, Nambour – Sweet Fanny Adams

 

Director, Errol Morrison, will hold auditions for Sweet Fanny Adams March 27 and 31 at 7pm. A rollicking Aussie musical about the rivalry between brothel owners Kitty Divine and Fanny Adams, there are some fun roles up for grabs. Details livetheatre.com.au