Linda Gefken – actress, musician, musical director and director extraordinaire!
Following the success of “The Addams Family” 2016, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the end of 2015, “Sweet Charity” 2014 and “Urinetown” in 2012, Linda has again taken up the challenge to direct, this time a full length play: a canine comedy by the name of “Sylvia”.
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”, David Williamson’s “Cruise Control” at Noosa Arts and is currently rehearsing the role of the Widow Corney in “Oliver”, also at Noosa Arts. Her first stage appearance with Coolum Theatre Players was in the small but pivotal role of Mrs Beaton in “STiFF” in 2015.
She enjoys working with the Coolum Theatre Players – “The committee is very supportive, and we have a very talented and committed membership. The cast of “Sylvia” are amongst the best actors 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 Choral Director and Vocal Tutor.
clearly unimpressed…except for Greg, from the moment they met, it was love at first sight. Greg feels like he has connected to a deeper, primal, more natural side of the world. And this clever, flirtatious canine exerts a charismatic charm!”
We’d like to invite all of our theatre friends & family to join us for a social get together – there’s no specific agenda, just the opportunity to catch up over a cuppa.
We’ll be meeting at 11am on Sunday March 5th at the Coolum Beach Bowls Club, one of our wonderful sponsors. And, in fact, we’ll be doing this on the first Sunday of every month.
There’s no need to RSVP or to book, just turn up and ask for the Coolum Theatre Players table.
In other theatre news:-
- “Sylvia” tickets (March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26) are selling well so be sure you book soon – click here for details.
- Our June/July school panto “Beauty & The Beast” is auditioning on March 25 – details here
All the best and we hope to see you there.
who would have thought that “Sylvia” a canine comedy would generate so much interest from a wide variety of animal organisations including Heel-Sit & Stay, All About Pets, Coolum Vet and Smart Pups.
As part of our community involvement, we’ll be helping ‘Smart Pups Assistance Dogs’ raise awareness & funds for their super worthwhile work on the Sunshine Coast – they specialise in providing trained service dogs to assist children with special needs. Their goal is to improve the quality of life of children with autism and seizure related syndromes through training ofdogs in ‘task specific’ skills. Their Smart Pups reduce stress levels in children and have a profound effect on the day-to-day lives of the child and family. These positive changes continue as the bond and relationship between child and Smart Pup grows over time. You can read all about Daisy’s life as a Smart Pup. If you would like further information, visit www.smartpups.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Rose (seated) – plays Kate, Greg’s wife, a school teacher
When Kath joined Coolum Theatre Players in 2010, she realised she’d found her ‘tribe’. She enjoys being a part of the theatre community, whether it’s performing on stage or helping backstage, to directing or helping with marketing, through to actually attending and supporting the many wonderful shows on offer on the Sunshine Coast.
In this relatively short period of time, Kath has pretended to be a wide variety of characters including a prostitute, Prince Charming’s Valet, a crooked 1920’s nightclub owner, Nancy Sinatra, Janet from “Rocky Horror”, the Queen Mother and even a suspected murderer as Mollie in Agatha Christie’s The “Mousetrap”. Her acting skills will once again be challenged when the passionate dog-lover plays her antithesis, Kate, in CTPs comedy, “Sylvia”.
SHAUN BENNETT – plays Greg, a financial advisor
Shaun has been actively involved in Sunshine Coast community theatre for over 5 years. He has enjoyed playing leading roles in shows at BATS, The Lind, Noosa Arts Theatre and Coolum Theatre Players. Shaun has previously won a Best Actor award, was a Presenter on radio and performed for the 2015 Gallipoli Centenary in Noosa. His passion lies in the study and performance of comedy and improvisation after establishing Sunshine Coast’s own Yes Way Theatre. Shaun is now excited to bring his love of animals to the stage, in Sylvia
Great raffle prizes of “pooch hampers” drawn at each show.
Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5. For every $5 worth of tickets purchased at the shows, you will go into the draw for a major raffle prize of a “ Family Pet Portrait” photographed by John Sheridan which will make a beautiful keepsake plus “ My Life as Your Dog”, a locally written and illustrated book for you to capture your dog’s milestones, messes and mementos.
Drawn at the last Matinee show on Sunday 26th March. Keep watching for more details soon.
Jesse Hana Ellison – plays Sylvia a lab/poodle
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…”