Directed by Linda Gefken
March 2017

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.

Click here for the show program

“Sylvia” major raffle prize winner

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Congratulations to S. Ormerod of Buderim, who won the major raffle prize drawn at the last Sunday matinee of “Sylvia”.   The prize consisted of a “Family Pet Portrait” sitting by…

Only 3 performances of Sylvia left

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There are only 3 performances left – Friday 24th and Saturday 25th at 7.30pm plus Sunday matinee at 2pm.  Audiences have warmed to this play and everyone who has a…

Who’s a good girl?

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Greg would say that Sylvia is whereas Kate wouldn't be quite so polite.  Don't miss "Sylvia" on stage in March!

Meet Linda – our dog, husband and wife trainer (AKA director)

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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…

It was love at first sight…

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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…

Helping ‘Smart Pups Assistance Dogs’

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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…

Meet Kate (AKA Kathryn, Kath)

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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…

You’ll be barking with joy…

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...if you win our "Sylvia" major raffle prize

Meet Greg (AKA Shaun)

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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…

Doggone it, look who’s supporting us for this show!

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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…

Meet Sylvia (also answers to Jesse)

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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…

“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…

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…

Sylvia is being trained

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"Sylvia" is cast and rehearsals are underway - more details will follow soon.