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October 2017

King Arthur and the French Taunter

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PHOTO COURTESY JOHN DUMBLE

Colin Donnelly – the French Taunter, and Tim the ghostly Enchanter

After 20 years fooling the military in to thinking he was a soldier, acting was a natural progression.

Colin first appeared on Coolum’s stage in “Annie Get your Gun”, 2004. Other shows at Coolum have been “A Message for Magda”, “The Great Pretenders” (one and two), HMS Pinafore, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” – in his gold underwear as Rocky. Having spent about six years in Sydney working as a professional actor and extra, he moved back to the Coast a few years ago.

He’s been listening to, and watching Monty Python, since he was nineteen, so he’s excited to be involved in this special brand of silliness with yet another fabulous cast and crew at Coolum.

Raffle prizes galore – thanks to our sponsors

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There are dining vouchers at Coolum Surf Club’s award winning Restaurant, a Seafood Cruise for 2 with Mooloolaba Coastal Cruises and a Gourmet Hamper from D’licious being raffled during the shows.  Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5, with the chance of winning a Sharp Microwave Oven, too!  Further details at each show.

King Arthur and his Knights

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Sheila Oliver – Sir Bedivere

THE SECRET STORY OF CINDERELLA AND HER FABULOUSLY FASHIONABLE FOOT WEAR [Harvest Rain] at QPAC in 2010 was Sheila’s first production after a 25 year hiatus.  She played the Queen, Prince Charming’s rather dotty mother!

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK [Brisbane Arts] directed by Carol Burns followed.

In July 2016 Agatha Christie called so a brief interlude in Melbourne ensued! AND THEN THERE WERE NONE [Malvern Theatre Company]

ALICE IN WONDERLAND [Little Seed & Coolum Theatre], CINDERELLA [Noosa Arts], NIGHT MUST FALL & DECKCHAIRS [BATS] are just the beginning of theatrical life on the coast for this old chook!

 

 

Win Spamalot tickets and a D’licious hamper

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King Arthur (Sean McDermott)

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN DUMBLE

My Weekly Preview, together with Coolum Theatre Players, is giving one reader the chance to win a double pass to Spamalot the musical on Friday 24th November, plus this D’licious Gourmet Hamper, “a taste of the Sunshine Coast”, generously donated.

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Be sure to pick up your free copy of the 27th October edition.  To enter, visit myweeklypreview.com.au and click on the win tab.  Full terms and conditions are also available online.

Sir Lancelot and Sir Robin

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Liam Linane – Sir Lancelot

Liam has never performed on stage before but is truly relishing the chance to be able to get up and shine like the brilliant sun beam his mother always told him he was! Originally from Ballarat where he did all his schooling, Liam only moved to Coolum in February.  Seeing the Spamalot sign at the Coolum Bowls Club he decided to give auditions a shot.  The rest is history;  rise, Sir Lancelot.

 

Jesse Hana Ellison – Sir Robin the Brave (the not so brave at all!)

After completing years of study in dance, musical theatre, stand up comedy, stage and screen acting;  Jesse’s dream came true.  She was being paid to perform in pantomimes, comedies and musicals in and around Brisbane.  In 2008 she decided life wasn’t all about money, and she needed a sea change, so she moved to the Sunny Coast to be closer to her family.  Since joining her CTP family in 2009, she’s performed in “Cinderella”, “The Young Ones”, “Flying Feathers”, “The Great Pretenders Encore”, “Urinetown”, “Adrift in Macao”, “Sweet Charity”, “Stiff”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and most recently “Sylvia” a canine comedy. She has very bravely taken on the role of Sir Robin, the not so brave, and hopes you enjoy all the singin’, dancin’ & actin’, which happens (often, all at the same time)!

Lady of the Lake and Galahad

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Adam Adra – Sir Galahad

After getting a C minus for his high school performance of Springtime for Hitler from the musical The Producers, Adam swore a solemn oath to redeem himself and perform in a Broadway musical.  Taking it one step at a time, Adam is making his theatrical debut at the Coolum Civic Centre in Çoolum Theatre Players production of Spamalot.  Excited to prove his year eleven music teacher wrong, he will be singing, dancing and acting all at once.  Look at me now Mr B!

Although ten years have passed, Adam has not forgotten.  He has travelled as far as London’s West End, and Buderim’s BATS Theatre to observe and learn the art of musical performance.  Let’s hope it translates into a worthy performance!

 

Michelle (Shelley) Hansen – The Lady of the Lake

Michelle is a local talent, born and raised on the Sunshine Coast.  She’s always had a passion for singing and made her theatre debut in 2012 in Coolum Theatre Players production of “Urinetown”, followed by “Sweet Charity” and “The Addams Family”. Other shows include “Side by Side by Sondheim” and “West Side Story” with Noosa Arts Theatre and “Blitz” with Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company.  Michelle is excited to join the cast of “Spamalot” on their quest to find the grail and hopes that in keeping her eyes on the goal she will continue performing for years to come.

Putting the community in community theatre

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How wonderful is community theatre being able to call on other community theatre groups for assistance, especially when it comes to costumes.  Both Nancy Moule (BATS) and Merryl Tierney (Caloundra Chorale) have loaned us minstrels costumes, tabards etc.  There are many, many costume changes as cast (ensemble) play multiple  roles as laker girls (cheer squad), and the Knights who say Ni.  Matthew Flinders Anglican College have been absolutely generous in loaning the lead costumes from their recent production along with some scenery and a myriad of props.  Jenny Gilcrist (wardrobe mistress) pictured,  is indebted to 2 new (experienced) sewing ladies, Sue Hull and Heather Marsh, who have come on board to assist with the tabards, knights costumes, trimmings, etc.  Jenny has sewn, stuffed and spray painted 12 fish.  The production crew support is fabulous for this production!

King Arthur & Patsy

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Sean McDermott – King Arthur

Sean discovered his love of musical theatre back in his teens. He also discovered the Monty Python films at that time and has been a fan ever since. So, when he discovered Coolum were auditioning for Spamalot, he jumped at the chance.   Sean first appeared at Coolum as Buttons in “Cinderella” in 2010 followed by Jimmy in “The Young Ones” (musical) a year later.  He’s had the good fortune to play leading roles in some of his favourite musicals –“Blood Brothers”, “Return To The Forbidden Planet” and “Mary Poppins”, all at Noosa Arts Theatre, and is delighted to be playing King Arthur, the proud monarch of England.

Femke Palmer – van derKallen – Patsy, King Arthur’s devoted manservant
Femke was born and raised in Eindhoven, Holland. From a young age she performed in many local theatre shows. She continued singing and dancing lessons throughout her childhood, directed children’s plays in her community and studied musical theatre. At 18, Femke left Holland to travel. Years passed and she ended up living here on the Coast with her Australian partner, now husband. She picked up her love of theatre again, performing in Noosa Arts “Side by Side by Sondheim” and as Nancy in “Oliver”, then an ancestor in Coolum’s “The Addams Family” last year.