MARCH / APRIL 2022

Calendar Girls – Directed by Barbara Ryan

Synopsis

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room.  They manager to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members, Cora, Celia, Ruth and Jessie to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence.  The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales.  The calendar is a success but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the stain of their new-found fame.

Based on a true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the leukaemia Research Fund.

The play in set in Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales in modern time.

The nudity is tastefully presented and is a brief moment in time in the scheme of the whole story.

A northern English accent is preferred. It has a mingling of pathos and comedy.’

By arrangement with ORIGIN TM Theatrical. On behalf of Samuel French. A Concord Theatricals Company

This show has been cast and is currently in rehearsals.

Show dates

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th of March & Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd April at 7.30
Sunday 27th March & Sunday 3rd April at 2.oopm

JULY 2022

Avenue Q
Directed by Jesse Hana Ellison
Musical Director – Kate Peardon

Synopsis

A puppet-filled comedy follows a group of twenty-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life.

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighbourhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Filled with gut-busting humour and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favourite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

By arrangement with MUSICAL THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI) AUSTRALASIA

Show dates:

Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Friday 29th, Saturday 30th July at 7.30pm
Sunday 24th & 31st July at 2.00pm

November / December 2022

Director/ MD Linda Gefken
Choreographer Deb Ellison

CHICAGO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Open Auditions: No need to book a time.
Choose either Monday 1 August at 7.30pm or Wednesday 3 August at 7.30pm.
Call Backs (if necessary) will be Monday 8 August at 7.30pm.
Wear comfortable shoes (no thongs) that you can dance in. Feel free to dress up.
Auditions will be videoed to aid the director’s memory.

All auditionees will be taught an excerpt of a show song, followed by some choreography and then perform in groups.
For a lead role prepare a 1-1’30 minute excerpt of a song of your choice (may be a show song or other) with a backing track on your device or usb.
Remember; you are trying to sell yourself and your talent to the director – use movement and facials,
For a lead role and/ or speaking part script excerpt monologues from the show will be provided.

NOTE: Solo song excerpts should be memorised to allow for your interpretation.
Script excerpts do not need to be memorised.
(Script excerpts for the audition may be obtained from the director. If you need help with backing track excerpts, please ask at least 2 weeks before the auditions: linda@gefken.com.au)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND DATES

All cast and crew must be a financial member of Coolum Theatre Players (only $15), particularly for insurance cover, prior to commencement of rehearsals.
Rehearsals will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Coolum Civic Centre commencing Monday 15th August.
That means arriving ready to begin– Mondays at 7.30 pm (6.30 vocal call) to at least 10pm and Wednesdays at 6.15pm to at least 9.30pm.
There are two Weekend Technical Rehearsals: Saturday 12 and Sundays 13&20 November.

Show dates: There are currently 6 scheduled performances:
Friday 25 & Saturday 26 November @ 7.30pm Sunday 27 November @ 2pm
Mid Run Rehearsal Wednesday 30 November
Friday 2 & Saturday 3 December @ 7.30pm Sunday 4 December @ 2pm followed by Cast/ Crew Party.
(be prepared for a 5pm/ 11.30am make-up call – but usually 6pm/ 12.30pm)

CHICAGO CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

VELMA KELLY: (Alto, E3-D5)
Sarcastic, sexy, tough, funny. Vaudeville performer. Hardened by fame, she cares for no one but herself and her attempt to get away with murder. Needs to be a strong actress, singer and dancer.

ROXIE HART: (Mezzo-Soprano, F3-B4)
Innocent, sexy, desperate, selfish. All Roxie cares about is getting into Vaudeville. She stops at nothing to render a media storm with one goal: to get away with it. Needs to be a strong actress, singer and dancer (some tap).

AMOS HART: (Baritone, C3-F#4)
Roxie’s faithful, funny, vulnerable, timid husband. Still in love with her, he believes anything she says in her pursuit to get out of jail. Strong character actor who can sing well.

MATRON “MAMA” MORTON: (Alto, F#3-Bb4)
Sexy, funny, powerful and tough. Matron of the prisoners of Cook County Jail. The total essence of corruption. Needs to be strong character actor who can sing well.

BILLY FLYNN: (Baritone Bb2-G4)
Sexy, persuasive, manipulative, masculine. Billy is a suave, educated lawyer who can persuade anyone to do anything. Needs to be a strong character actor who can sing and dance well (some tap).

MARY SUNSHINE: (Soprano, Bb3-Bb5 or Tenor)
The image of a good natured talk show hostess but is actually a high powered gossip columnist. Believes there is a little bit of good in everyone and will believe anything she is fed that matches her beliefs.

CELL BLOCK TANGO FEATURES: (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)
Prisoners at Cook County Jail with interesting reasons for getting away with murder. (LIZ, ANNIE, JUNE, HUNYAK, MONA)

FEMALE/MALE CHORUS: Ages 16+. Looking for strong dancers and singers. Several featured acting roles: THE ANNOUNCER, FRED CASELY, SERGEANT FOGARTY, ENS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, GO-TO-HELL KITTY, HARRY, COURT CLERK, JUDGE, AARON, JUROR

CREW: We are also on the look out for crew for CHICAGO (and possibly into future shows).
Backstage, Front of House, Lighting, Costumes, Props, Sound, Set Building, Multi Media

Please direct all enquiries to the Director: Linda Gefken 0402414637 or linda@gefken.com.au