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Classic productions on stage | Sunshine Coast Daily

THIS weekend, the works of history’s greatest playwright William Shakespeare will headline in the inaugural Sunshine Coast Shakespeare Festival at Noosa Arts Theatre.

Born in 1564, Shakespeare not only created some of the finest plays ever written, including Romeo and Juliet, A Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he shaped the way we use the modern English language today.

Shakespeare’s masterpieces have given birth to many modern-day phrases and words such as good riddance, fight fire with fire, all’s well that ends well, champion, cold-blooded and gossip.

Noosa Arts Theatre audiences will be fortunate to see young and old actors from across the Coast take to the stage to honour the great pioneer of the English language by performing some of his most-loved works. Special guest adjudicator Veronica Neave has appeared in more than 50 stage productions within Australia from Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams to writing and appearing in various shows with Kate Champion’s Force Majeure, and has worked in a number of TV series as well.

Neave has featured in a number of films and has just completed filming the Australian TV series Wanted.

The festival is at Noosa Arts Theatre from October 13 to 15.

Attend all four sessions for $45 with a festival pass. Entries and further details are at noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343.

Fiddler On The Roof

LITTLE Seed Theatre Co presents Fiddler on the Roof – the heart-wrenching story of a poor Jewish family in a farming village in Russia – tonight and tomorrow, October 13 and 14, only.

Tevye must learn to adapt with modern times to maintain a relationship with his beloved daughters and for the survival of his people. They hold dear their traditional values yet are challenged with modern concepts such as marrying for love and the right to choose your own political views.

Beautiful and powerful music includes Tradition, If I Were A Rich Man, Matchmaker, To Life, and Miracle of Miracles.

The production is at The J, Noosa, tonight at 6.30pm and tomorrow at 1.30pm and 6.30pm. Book at thej.com.au

Spamalot!

IN NOVEMBER for a strictly limited season, see Coolum Theatre Players’ production of Monty Python’s Spamalot!

Lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (from the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin), and directed by Linda Gefken, this production will be presented “in the round”.

Spamalot! retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people.

It stars King Arthur and his knights, the Lady of the Lake, and various villains and knights who attempt to thwart bold K-Nig-Hts on their quest. There’s even a “damsel” in distress.

Spamalot! features a cast of 22 local performers, and cabaret seating (tables of eight). BYO nibbles and drinks for a fun night of hilarious Monty Python shenanigans at Coolum Civic Centre from November 17-26. Book at coolumtheatre.com.au

State Of Origin – The Musical!

NO LONGER is football the exclusive domain of Suncorp Stadium.

The Black Box Theatre, Nambour, will host a rehearsed reading of the genuine Aussie musical comedy, Ralph Tyrell’s State of Origin … the Musical!, on Saturday, October 21, at 7pm.

Every year in winter, it’s bedlam at the Dobson cattle property, just out of Texas on the Queensland-New South Wales border.

Rod barracks for the Maroons, his eldest son Trent for the Blues.

His daughter Pam wants to be a part of the sports industry and his youngest son Josh is finding his way in the minefield of sport and family politics. Mum’s job is to keep the peace.

If you would like to be a part of the rehearsed read, register your interest.A range of roles are available for all ages, including plenty of football fans for both sides.

Contact Ralph on 0407 768 861 or email videola@bigpond.com

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