A Night For Alf – Uniting Productions Special Event


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Poetry at the Pub upcoming program.


Readings are at the Wickham Park Hotel, corner of Maitland Road and Albert St, Wickham, commencing at 7.30pm.  All meetings include an open reading bracket.  Gold coin donation requested.

  

Upcoming program

 

18 December – Christmas Party

 

Jan 15 – Benjamin Wild

Benjamin W Wild was born in 1979 and grew up on a property between Quambone and Warren in Central NSW. He has studied, worked, lived, dreamed and travelled, and continues to live himself to death in a manner of ways—be they old, boring, exciting, different or new. benjaminwwild.com

 

Jan 29 – 5th Monday Sponsored by the Wicko

David Hallett

One of Australia’s premiere performance poets, David Hallett has been writing and performing his poetry since the mid-70’s. During the past 40 years David has developed an innovative, accessible, highly entertaining and original form of spoken word performance.

Twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Sydney Writers Festival at the Opera House in 1995, and again in ’97 at the Lyric Theatre. Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize in 1999, the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup 2003 and the Spirit of Woodford Story Award 2005, the Woodford Festival Wordfood Poetry Slam 2012 and Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Slam 2013.

He has performed and toured extensively at festivals, schools, colleges, universities and Writers Centres; from cafes to cabarets to conferences, and radio and television.

 

Poetry at the Pub is on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Mostly.

 

 

 

 

Information courtesy of P@tP publicity

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Auditions for WWLT 2018 Shows


Auditions for all WWLT 2018 plays will be held on the 22 – 29 November 2017.

An Information night is scheduled at The Peninsula Theatre on Monday 20 November at 7:00 pm.

Each of the directors will outline the synopsis of the play and what they are looking for at the auditions.

The production dates are:

2018 productions

  • Sylvia by A. R. Gurney – directed by Jan Grounds, from 27 April to 13 May
  • Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig – directed by Andrew Thomson, from 27 July to 12 August
  • Seasons Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn – directed by Blair Cunningham, from 18 October to 4 November

The information and audition dates are:

Auditions

  • Information Night for: Sylvia, Baskerville and Seasons Greetings – Monday 20 November at 7:00 pm
  • Audition for Sylvia – Wednesday 22 November at 7:00 pm
  • Audition for Baskerville – Monday 27 November at 7:00 pm
  • Audition for Seasons Greetings – Wednesday 29 November at 7:00 pm

If you can’t make the auditions, contact the director, or email us at committee@woywoylt.com.au

 

The characters for each play are as follows:

Sylvia Audition – Wednesday 22 November

Four adults
Male – 2
Female – 2

Sylvia – any age.
Female. A labradoodle. Must be fit and agile, the part is physical, getting up and down off the floor, up and down stairs, moving through the theatre. Note: the actor walks as a person but acts like a dog; you will be crawling around on all fours just a little, and you will be “sitting”, “begging” and “rolling over”.

Greg – 45-60.
Male. A man coming to the natural conclusion of his career and struggling to cope with the changes in his world and in himself.

Kate – 45-60.
Female. A woman coming into her own in her career and in herself; the last child gone to college, career recognition and opportunities opening up for her.

Tom, Phyllis, Leslie – any age.
Male. One actor plays all 3 roles. Tom – a “dog person” that Greg befriends in the park. Phyllis – a socialite and old school friend of Kate’s. Leslie – a marriage counsellor.

To contact the director email committee@woywoylt.com.au

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Audition – Monday 27 November

Five adults: (flexible with ages)
Male – 4
Female – 1

2 actors play Holmes and Watson, while the rest of the cast plays the remaining 40 characters.

SHERLOCK HOLMES
JOHN WATSON
ACTOR 1
ACTOR 2
ACTRESS 1

To contact the director email committee@woywoylt.com.au

Seasons GreetingsAudition – Wednesday 29 November

Nine adults: (flexible with ages)
Male – 5
Female – 4

Bernard, a feeble-spirited doctor, with strong views on non-violence and obsessed with a dismal puppet show for the children.

Phyllis, Bernard’s lush of a wife, whom Bernard struggles to support.

Neville, Phyllis’s brother. Always busy fiddling with anything mechanical out in his shed.

Belinda, endures a stale marriage to Neville, resorting to flapping about the house and constantly dressing the Christmas tree.

Eddie, a lacklustre and lazy man who tried to strike out on his own but failed, sucks up to his friend Neville for work.

Pattie, Eddie’s pregnant wife, largely ignored, and can only nag at him and wish she were not having another child;

Rachel, Belinda’s emotionally fuddled sister.

Clive, a writer, in a non-starter of a relationship with Rachel.

Harvey, Neville and Phyllis’s uncle, a cantankerous man who boasts about “thirty years experience” as a security officer, bemoans the collapse of society whilst himself gorging on TV violence, much to Bernard’s annoyance.

To contact the director email committee@woywoylt.com.au

 

 

Information courtesy of http://www.woywoylt.com/auditions-for-2018-shows/

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THEATRICAL DIPLOMAS PLAY WITH A NEW BRAIN


A NEW BRAIN
by with Nate Butler’s Studio’s Full-time Musical Theatre Diploma’s students

A New Brain:  November 23 – 25, 2017      ~    The Art House, Wyong

 

Coastie theatre goers are to be let in to the region’s best kept secret. The students of Nate Butler’s Studio’s accredited Musical Theatre Diploma 2017 full time course bring to The Art House studio space the William Finn and James Lapine’s autobiographical musical A New Brain.

 

A New Brain follows the journey of the writer’s own harrowing experience with an arteriovenous malformation and the healing power of art.  Many of the songs were written immediately following Finn’s release from hospital. The hero of the musical, Gordon Schwinn, worries that he may not live to complete his work.

 

A New Brain premiered Off-Broadway in 1998 further recognising the Tony Award-winning writers and has been revived in recent years internationally.

 

The musical is an energetic, sardonic, often comical portrayal of a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon Schwinn collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children’s television show that features a frog “Mr. Bungee”; the image of this large green character and the unfinished work haunting him throughout his medical ordeal.

What was thought to be a tumour turns out to be something more operable, and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce.

 

Director Todd Keys is excited to bring this show to The Art House studio. “Containing some of the most entertaining music in modern theatre, this show is quirky, high energy, fast paced & fun” says Keys.  “I find it miraculous that someone wrote an autobiographical musical about their own brain surgery – and it totally works!”  Todd Keys is no stranger to the stages of the Central Coast having spent much of his youth performing in CC Gang Show and Gosford Musical Society musicals.  They Keys’ name is synonymous with theatre on the Coast. Professionally Todd has performed with Opera Australia in Pirates of Penzance, Christmas in the House and most recently was directed by Julie Andrews in the musical theatre classic My Fair Lady. Todd is now an active owner and tutor at Nate Butler’s Studio.

 

The intimacy of the studio space at The Art House, Wyong lends itself beautifully to this tale, allowing its audience to really reach into the composer’s brain and indeed his soul.

 

Nate Butler’s Studio is a unique learning facility situated in North Gosford, offering the nationally accredited Diploma of Musical Theatre and Certificate IV (in conjunction with CADA Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art), joining the ranks of the state’s elite performing arts’ institutions NIDA, Brent Street and AIM (Australian Institute of Music). The studio employs industry professionals to both teach at the facility and to direct their musical productions throughout the year.  2018 will see a new department of the studio opening with the launch of their performing arts high school. More details and audition info for both departments are available at natebutlersstudio.com.au.

 

The season is strictly limited, being predominantly a practical segment of the accredited Diploma of Musical Theatre. Sessions: 8pm Thursday 23rd , 8pm Friday 24th 8pm Saturday 25th November.  Ticket Prices: Adults $42, Concession/Child $38, Groups (of 10 or more) $35 and until Nov 17 there’s a special ticket price of $33 for all. Bookings can be made in person at the theatre box office, by phone: 02 4335 1485  or online: thearthousewyong.com.au

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Robyn Edmonds~King… 

        Ph: 02 43851030 Mob: 0428 852 307  e: robyn@catchashootingstar.com.au  PO Box 3579 Wamberal 2260 

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AUDITION INFORMATION FOR WDG’S “THE ODD COUPLE” (FEMALE VERSION)


Neil Simon’s famous play is re-gendered and even funnier. Felix Unger and Oscar Madison become Florence and Olive as they navigate the pitfalls of relationships and friendships as single women living in New York in the 1980s. Full of warmth, spirit, heart and cracking one liners, this is a fantastic play for our exceptionally talented actresses on the Coast!

 

OLIVE MADISON        30 – 40

A successful television producer; she is intelligent and wisecracking, with a good sense of humour. While her confidence makes her attractive – she’s a complete slob; she has an encyclopaedic understanding of sports.

FLORENCE UNGER     30 – 40

Traditionally attractive, very well-groomed and neat; has just broken up with her husband; she takes herself very seriously, likes to clean, decorate, and cook; she is intelligent and warm-hearted, but has no sense of humour (at least about herself). A hypochondriac who is slightly unhinged.

SYLVIE   25+

Desperately trying to stop smoking and as a consequence is easily irritated by her friends but has a good sense of humour, especially about her husband.

RENEE   25+

Sylvie’s best friend, can be very plain-spoken, especially when she points out Olive’s failings as a hostess–and then Flo’s; she is single and dating a doctor.

VERA      25+

Sweet and nice but a complete ditz. Although quite smart, is often a step or two behind her friends; attractive in an 80’s brassy fashion – she’s very funny, but doesn’t realise it.

MICKEY     25+

A police officer, who is down-to-earth, plain-talking, and has a good understanding of people; she tries very hard to be in control of all situations.

THE COSTAZUELA BROTHERS                       25 – 40

Handsome, very well-groomed, and Spanish with a Castilian accent;  every woman’s dream dates, they shower both Olive and Flo with attention; must have good comic timing, as they get very emotional; they are sensitive and appreciate Florence’s sensitivity.

NOTE: Please note that ages listed are stage ages.

Whilst I would like Florence and Olive to be of a certain age, I have no preference for their Trivial Pursuit playing friends.  As listed, I have no upper age limit and if you are a younger actress (18+) who feels that they can play the maturity required I am happy to see you.

 

 

AUDITIONS:   These will be held Monday December 4th and Wednesday December 6th from 7.30pm at The Grove, Wyong.

 

REHEARSALS: Mondays and Wednesdays commencing Monday December 11th 7pm for a 7.30 start. The occasional weekend afternoon may also occur – more details will be given about this after casting.

 

SHOW DATES: MARCH 2018

Friday 16th  7.30pm
Saturday 17th 2.00pm
Saturday 17th 7.30pm
Sunday 18th 2.00pm
Thurs 22nd 7.30pm
Friday 23rd 7.30pm
Saturday 24th 2.00pm
Saturday 24th 7.30pm

If you have any queries or would be interested in working on the production please contact: wdg.oddcouple18@gmail.com

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Feel the Rhythm at the Hut with Bangoura


5 Lands Band June 3

The 5 Lands Experience is back for November at the Rhythm Hut in Gosford! A regular event fit for all ages, The 5 Lands Experience aims to bring together the Central Coast community on the final Sunday of every month. This month’s installment begins at 1pm with African drum and dance workshops led by featured artist Epizo Bangoura, eldest of the legendary djembe master brothers. Not ready for a percussion masterclass just yet? No worries! The community drum circle at 5pm is suitable for players of all levels. Bring your own drum or have a go on one of our many available instruments, then relax and have dinner on the deck before migrating to the dance floor for live music.

 

The night will open up with a beloved local group, the 5 Lands Band. Named after their debut 9 years ago at the popular Central Coast 5 Lands Walk, the ever-changing line up of The 5 Lands Band brings together some of the top musicians from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle. This unique musical collaboration comes together only for performances, improvising once-in-a-lifetime compositions on the spot. You will hear everything from this group of incredibly talented musicians; jazz, funk, folk, to island groove. The 5 Lands Band kick off music at 6.30pm, followed by the very special featured artist for November.

Feature artist this month is Epizo Bangoura

 

A former member of the famous ‘Ensemble Koteba’ of the Ivory Coast, Epizo Bangoura is one of Africa’s leading percussionists. Epizo was born into a family of Griots, highly respected and honored members of this community of musicians and storytellers, keepers of their ancestral traditions and customs. A living memory of Africa, Epizo immortalises his culture through song, dance, and legends.

 

Epizo began his musical journey at age 3 under instruction of his father. By the time he was attending school to learn music, his skill level had him playing in front of former Guinea President Ahamed Sekou Toure. In the early 90’s, Epizo moved to the United States to perform with acts such as Don Pullen, Abdoulaye Ibrahim, Ed Blackwell, Mark Helias, Jayne Cortez, “Papa” Ladji Camara and Regina Carter. He performed regularly with African Express in New York City, where he founded the ‘Fareta Drum and Dance School.’

 

A multiple award-winning musician and true multi-instrumentalist, Epizo plays a dizzying array of instruments that range from ancient sounds of Guinea to implements of Western rock music. He has performed with several dance companies in Guinea, France, and U.S.A, receiving critical acclaim for his clever mastery of rhythm and rare dexterity.

 

In addition to performing after 5 Lands Band, Epizo will be running an African drum masterclass at 1pm and dance workshop at 2:30pm. The first session will be spent on learning advanced rhythms and techniques on the djembe, one of the most popular African hand drums. The second session will consist of ethereal, primal, and spiritual dances that have been performed in Africa for centuries. Those from the djembe workshop will stay and perform their newly-learned rhythms for the dancers to move to.

 

If you take part in the drum workshop and want to stay and drum for the dancers, you can do so for FREE! We encourage all drummers to stick around and be part of the performance. $30 per session, or $50 if you wish to participate in both drumming and dancing. Bookings are essential. Visit our website for more information or call Kristen at 0439 217 004.

 

 

As a not-for-profit community space, The Rhythm Hut is dedicated to supporting the arts and music on The Central Coast; thus, The 5 Lands Experience event is open to everybody with entry by donation. Fun and affordable for the whole family, patrons are encouraged to pay whatever they can afford to help keep this unique space running. Delicious home style cooked dinners and desserts are available for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is fully licensed with assorted beers, wines and ciders, including locally made Six String beers. Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

 

WHAT: The 5 Lands Experience ft. The 5 Lands Band and Epizo Bangoura

WHEN: Sunday the 26th of November, 5pm

WHERE: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford

COST: Entry by donation

 

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Triple J sensation Bootleg Rascal announce first show in Gosford


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Ghetto-Dubsters, Bootleg Rascal are masters of hip-hop infused jams and sonic brews: blending infectious alternative rhythms with “Exquisitely raspy vocals “ (theMusic.com May 2015).

The Rhythm Hut presents Bootleg Rascal, supported by local acts Moon Dogs (single launch, ‘For a While’, recorded at The Grove Studios by Jack Nigro), Mar Haze and Sydney outfit Tall Hearts.

 

Bootleg Rascal rose quickly in the Australian music scene in 2014 when their single ‘Oh I Know’ went straight onto Triple J on high rotation and picked up play on national community radio stations including: 4ZZZ, PBS and 2SER. Their title track single off the album, ‘Asleep In The Machine’, which was added to Triple J’s rotation list the week of its release. They then went on to play Triple J’s coveted ‘Like a Version’ in 2016, covering The Weekend’s ‘The Hills’.
During 2015 they toured through Europe with their label mates, Sticky Fingers, playing to sellout crowds in France, UK, Holland and Germany. Then wrapped up the year with a bang with a string of popular Aussie music festivals including Festival of the Sun, Lost Paradise, and The Falls Festival.
2017 has seen the Bootleg Rascal boys undertake their first ever headline tour of NZ with a clean sweep selling out all shows in Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch. Off the back of their completely sold out Australian tour, the band jumped a plane and flew straight to Europe and then to the UK, hitting capacity in Leeds and Amsterdam.

With a couple of months down time back on home soil, the band are currently working on their second full length album alongside longtime collaborator/producer Ian Pritchett (Boo Seeka, Kim Churchill, Lyall Moloney). Their first single ‘Love Her Like I Love You’ (2016) is the first taste of what’s to come from their forthcoming second LP. A record that emphasizes their melodic knack, unique use of loops and explores a recent obsession for 80’s sounds and drum pads taking cues from Happy Mondays, Bowie and Peter Gabriel.

Supporting Bootleg Rascal is an array of talented local and out of town artists including Moon Dogs, Mar Haze and Tall Hearts.

Moon Dogs
Moon Dogs are a fusion of psychedelic, reggae, rock and blues, with strong hooks that are fronted by catchy melodies. They have been lucky enough to play with some amazing bands over the last 18 months such as Blue King Brown, The Sea Gypsies, Mar Haze and Mañana. Topping their list of achievements is being announced for Sweaty Palms festival 2017, Bohemian Beatfreaks festival 2017 and Mountain Sounds Festival 2018. This up and coming band is one not to be missed!

Mar Haze
Mar Haze is a 4 piece Australian band, who focus their music around the Dub Rock genre. Their energetic stage performances, unique sound and strong following has recently seen them invited to support Australia’s leading roots acts ‘The Beautiful girls’ and ‘Ash Grunwald’, performing in front of capacity crowds.

Jumping around & crazy on-stage antics are apart of their performance. Expect crowd participation, standing on drum kits and sing alongs… Oh and if you’re a band that plays before or after them expect them to be moshing in the crowd.

Tall Hearts
Take a pinch of funk, a teaspoon of reggae, a pint of blues and you’ve got the main ingredients for the 6 piece band Tall Hearts!! Then add a passion for artists such as Trombone Shorty, Vintage Trouble, The California Honeydrops and Derek Trucks just to name a few. With their obsession for influential artists and striking live sets, they will have your ears up, eyes fixated and feet groovin on board the funk train in no time at all.
Delicious home style cooked dinners and desserts are available on the night for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is fully licensed with assorted beers, wines and ciders, including locally made Six String beers. Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 25

ALL THE DETAILS:

– Bootleg Rascal + special guests Moon Dogs, Mar Haze, Tall Hearts
– Friday 1st December, doors 6.30pm
– The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford
– Early bird $20 (until 14th Nov), Pre sale $25, Door $30 on sale now through The Rhythm Hut or online through Moshtix
– For more info contact lou@therhythmhut.com.au

 

Information and images courtesy of The Rhythm Hut publicity

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