Seven Little Australians

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Book Now for our next production, Seven Little Austraians.
from the much-loved book by Ethel Turner, adapted by Ann Scott-Pendlebury
here’s a short video of our energetic cast!

You can book now at our secure booking site: TryBooking

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What’s on in Community Theatre

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ARTS THEATRE – presents ARE YOU BEING SERVED? By Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft– 30 Apr – 4 Jun – Bookings – 3369 2344

CENTENARY THEATRE GROUP – presents AGATHA CRISPIE by Cenarth Fox – 7 – 28 May – Bookings – 3379 3937 or 0435 591 720

SUNNYBANK THEATRE GROUP – presents ONE-ACT REVIVAL  – 27 May to 11 June – Bookings – 3345 3964

NASH THEATRE – presents SHAKESPEARE’S THE TEMPEST directed by Brenda White – 14th May to 4th June – Bookings – 3379 4775

MT COTTON DRAMA GROUP – presents LEND ME A TENOR  – 29th April to 14 May – Bookings – 0402 682 198

TOOWOOMBA REPERTORY THEATRE – presents THE LAST ROMANCE  – 27th April to 14th May – Bookings – 4632 8058

ST LUKE’S THEATRE SOCIETY – presents THE CHALK GARDEN by Enid Bagnold – 25th Jun – 2 Jul.

THEATRE ANYWHERE FESTIVAL

Shane Fell who played the young boy in Rabbit Hole is appearing in a very special production of Of a Lifetime, a fantasy musical, by Jamie Jefferies, as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. A few years ago, VPs work-shopped the show with Jamie.
   Congratulations Jamie and Shane!

For more information:http://scenestr.com.au/music/jamie-jefferies-show-of-a-lifetime

What’s in A Name?

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Still no firm date for our return to Seven Hills, but here are some suggestions for a name for the Theatre at Seven Hills – Clearview Urban Village. Food for thought, and your ideas and comments.

  • Palatine Theatre Seven Hills
  • Aurora Theatre Morningside
  • F Block Morningside
  • The Forum
  • Villanova Players Theatre
  • Nova Theatre
  • Supernova Theatre
  • NovaSette  (NewSeven)
  • Clearview Theatre
  • Morning Star Theatre

Last Month’s (April) Feature

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A small number of the DayPlay Group performed two short plays from the longer collection, Hat Tricks by Dorrie Appell.  These off-beat pieces presented some challenges, as the delivery style was unusual, and as the title suggested, the theme in each case involved hats. The three actors, Desley Nichols, Pat Wockner and Sandra Hogan, gave us much enjoyment in a short time.  Leo Wockner directed.

May Features

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“Catherine Parr – or Alexander’s Horse” by Maurice Baring is an unusual and not-quite-serious look behind the castle doors into the domestic arrangements of the King of England, Henry VIII, the one renowned for disposing of his wives.  Catherine Parr, however, is the number 6 wife, the one who kept her head and outlived him.

Actors are Paul Liddy and Glynne Liddy and Rod Thompson, with directorial comment from Maria Plumb.

Also for your entertainment, Rod Thompson has prepared a “yarn” entitled Now I’m not Superstitious, but…..: the Maiden Voyage of the Clipper Blackadder. 

VALE Errol O’Neill

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It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Errol O’Neill, local actor and playwright. The Players had a very successful season of his play “Faces in the Street” (about the 1912 Brisbane tram strike) in 2000.  We offer our condolences to his wife Mary and sons Joe and Kieran, and his brother Dan.

New dates for Seven Little Australians

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15 July to 7 August 2016
15 July to 7 August 2016

From Our President

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Hello Everyone,
It’s May already! Seems only it as a short time ago I was writing April’s report! Hope everyone is enjoying this “extended” summer.

Congratulations to Bruce Stanley who is now Vice President/Publicity and we also welcome Robert Garnham to the Management committee. Bruce is a long-term member and brings a wealth of experience as having performed the role a number of times in the past. Most of you know Robert from his stage performances in Summer Wonderland and Diary of a Scoundrel, most recently as Rick in Let the Sunshine. Congratulations Robert!

Some of you may have seen on our website, that we have had to change the dates for Seven Little Australians. This is due to building works occurring throughout June, a new roof to be precise. Seven Little Australians will now open Friday 15th July at 7.30pm and plays across four weekends, with a final performance on Sunday 7th August. Please note the new earlier start time for evening performances. Rehearsals will commence on Sunday 15th May at 2.00pm.

This has not impacted Play 3, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which will still open Friday 26th August at 7.30pm. Having the two shows so close together, we will be needing extra assistance in Box Office and Front of House, so please let me know what night you can help out.
Cheers,
Liz

SEVEN LITTLE AUSTRALIANS

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Rehearsals have just started for our production of the Australian classic "Seven Little Australians". This much-loved children's classic by Ethel Turner has never been out of print since its first publishing in 1894.

The adventures of the seven mischievous Woolcott children have been cleverly brought to the stage by Ann Scott-Pendlebury. The characters are still so true to life, and so distinctively Australian. The constant battle of wills between the children and their parents is at times hilarious and very real.

With two casts of children, rehearsals are full of energy and fun and there are lots of shenanigans on stage.

As with all large cast shows, there's mix of youth and experience, with some familiar faces and some new talent. Lisa Gorse and Adunni Ekundayo are sharing the role of Judy, the chief organiser of the mischief. They have been members for a while now with roles in "Anne of Green Gables, 'Little Women" and 'James Joyce's the Dead".

We welcome Anthony Hitzke to the role of Captain Woolcott and Crystal Gilbert is playing the dual role of the eldest daughter Meg and the narrator. Anthony comes with a wealth of experience in The Iona Passion Play and is himself the father of eight children, while Crystal also has seven siblings. So they both bring a touch of realism to their performances. While Desley Nichols is playing the much put-upon Bridget, the family's chief cook and bottle washer (also layer of many tables!)

Mary Greathead is assisting with the musical elements of the production. Yes, there will be some singing, and a fair bit of food! Big thank you to our stage mums and production assistants, Valerie Gorse and Helen Ekundayo. We are having great fun working on the show and this will be a beautiful show with a lot of laughter and a few tears. Unfortunately, due to the change of season, some cast changes were inevitable, but we’d like you to see these early rehearsal pictures.

Performances

*(Please note the 7:30pm start for night performances) * Fridays 15th, 22rd; 29th July, 5th August at 7:30pm Saturdays 16th, 23rd, 30th July, 6th August at 2.00pm & 7:30pm Sundays 17th, 24th, 31st July, 7th August at 2:00pm.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

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2016_Play_1 Five Women

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

by Alan Ball

directed by Jacqueline Kerr & Elizabeth Morris

Some things in life are gifts.
You can accept them. You are allowed.

It’s Knoxville, Tennessee, and the wedding reception of Tracey Marlowe, the biggest event of the year! Too big for some. Her five bridesmaids escape to an upstairs bedroom, where they get to know each other, sharing tantrums, tears, love and laughter.

Meet Meredith, the rebellious younger sister, Frances, the very Christian cousin, Mindy, the groom’s lesbian sister, and Trish and Georgeanne, the bride’s childhood friends. Each has their own stories and issues, but united by a common enemy – the dress they have been forced to wear – they come together for some hilarious comedy that will keep y’all entertained to the end.

4 March – 20 March 2016

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Venue

Yeronga State High School
Auditorium
Oakwood Street
Annerley, Qld 4103

Performances

Evenings at 8:00pm

Fri 4th Mar Sat 5th Mar
Fri 11th Mar Sat 12th Mar
Fri 18th Mar Sat 19th Mar

Matinees at 2:00pm

Sat 5th Mar Sun 6th Mar
Sat 12th Mar Sun 13th Mar
Sat 19th Mar Sun 20th Mar

Prices

Adults: $25,Online $22.50, Concession: $17,
Students and Children: $12
Groups of 10 or more: $15 each