Are you a director with a hunger for great community theatre? Are you interested in joining the Coolum Theatre Players family? If so, we want to hear from you with your expressions of interest for our 2017 seasons (approx March and November 2017).
Linda Gefken – actress, musician, musical director and director extraordinaire!
Following the huge success of “Rocky Horror” at the end of last year, “Sweet Charity” 2014 and “Urinetown” in 2012, Linda has again taken up the challenge to direct another musical based on the well known television series, “The Addams Family”.
Linda has been thrilled with her cast, “Everyone is putting in a lot of work and we already at performance level. With a month to go before we are on stage, this is providing ample opportunity for character development and polishing up to a high standard.”
“We have been truly fortunate to have professional support from Rory Williamson School of Dance and Sian Howard Makeup. Rory’s choreography really suits the characters and Sian’s makeup (supported by students from Demi International School of Makeup) is truly stunning, bringing the Family and the ghosts of their ancestors to life.”
Linda has appeared on stage many times over the years, in comedies, farce, tragedy and review. Her favourite roles were in “Necessary Targets” (a gritty story set in the refugee camps of the Serb/Croatian conflict), Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels” and last year in Williamson’s “Cruise Control” at Noosa Arts. Her first stage appearance with Coolum Theatre Players was in the small but pivotal role of Mrs Beaton in “STiFF” last year.
She enjoys working with the Coolum Theatre Players – “The committee is very supportive, and we have a very talented and committed membership. Auditions were so well attended I had to make some very hard decisions but I’m sure you’ll agree with me when you see the show that these actors are among the best of the best on the Sunshine Coast.”
“Presenting theatre in the Civic Centre is a challenge, it’s a huge hall with limited theatrical facilities but with creativity anything is possible. And the cabaret style seating with byo snacks and drinks makes for a fabulous night out.”
Linda also works at St Andrew’s Anglican College as Head of Voice and is concurrently assisting with vocal coaching for their May production of “Into the Woods”.
Photos courtesy John Dumble
Linda Gefken, Director and Coolum Beach Bowls Club Chairman of the Board Jack Smith
The recent renovations at the Coolum Civic Centre meant that we had to find a new home for our sign that we use to promote Coolum Theatre’s productions.
Tasked with this challenge was our publicity manager Julia Loaney and after discussions with Jack Smith and approval by the Coolum Beach Bowls Club, we now have a permanent new external sign at the entrance to the Club’s car park.
Seen above celebrating the erection of this new sign in time for ‘The Addams Family’ musical, are the show’s Director, Linda Gefken with Club Board Chairman Jack Smith.
Coolum Theatre Players are delighted to acknowledge Coolum Beach Bowls Club as another valued theatre partner. Keep a look out, as this sign will alter with each upcoming production.