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Meet Sylvia (also answers to Jesse)

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Jesse Hana Ellison – plays Sylvia a lab/poodle

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After completing years of study in dance, musical theatre, stand up comedy and 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, but fun and being closer to family, so she moved to the Sunny Coast for both.  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” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. She thought all of the above shows were a challenge.  And then she read “Sylvia”!  Being an animal lover (especially cats) playing Sylvia (female dog) is a bitch of a role, but a challenge she accepts.  “Hey, I hope you enjoy the show…”

“Sylvia” on Australia Day in Tickle Park

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It was simply a glorious Australia Day in Coolum, with Tickle Park abuzz with people and entertainment.  In fact every man and his dog were there and our “Sylvia” joined in the children’s games playfully.  What a great opportunity to promote our show to a captive, dog-loving audience.

These photos are courtesy of John Sheridan

LOST – a lab/poodle by the name of “Sylvia”

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LOST – a lab/poodle by the name of “Sylvia”

FOUND – by Coolum Theatre Players’ director, Linda Gefken!

Linda has selected two of Coolum’s favourite talented actors, last seen together in “Sweet Charity” – Jesse Hana Ellison to play Sylvia and Shaun Bennett to play Greg.  Alongside Kathryn Rose as Greg’s wife Kate,  Linda is also taking on the three smaller character roles of Tom, Phyllis and Leslie.

To bring you up to speed, Greg, a financial broker whose career is winding down, brings home a dog he found at Stumer’s Creek — or that has found him — bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age.

To Kate, a public—school English teacher with great opportunities to further her career, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog.

The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

This modern canine comedy about a marriage and a dog is sensitive and heart-warming.  And anyone who owns a family pet will truly enjoy Coolum Theatre Players interpretation and production of “Sylvia” by the esteemed Linda Gefken.