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Auditions for Blood Brothers

Auditions for Blood Brothers

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. AUDITIONS

Blood Brothers
Drama written by Willy Russell
Directed by Catherine Steer

Blood brothersBlood Brothers is a compelling story of friendship, loyalty and fate. The Johnstone twins, born into poverty in the 1950’s are separated at birth when their mother cannot afford to keep them both. Mickey and Edward grow up streets apart, becoming best friends but never knowing the truth of their heritage. They bond as blood brothers but when they both fall in love with the same girl this causes a tear in their friendship and ultimately the tragic death of both brothers.

Originally written as a play by Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine) in 1981, Blood Brothers was developed as a musical in 1983 and became the third longest-running musical production in London West End history.

The staggeringly emotional climax of the play questions whether it was destiny, or the inevitable difference of class, that led to the fatal conflict of two brothers who were once so close.

#NOTE: This is the play version, not the musical.

Auditions

Monday April 4 at 7.30 p.m.

Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Casting

Actors must be 18 plus, Doubling possible

All cast, unless a lead, will have multiple roles and play children, teens, passersby, neighbours, crowds etc. Ability to speak in a northern English accent would be beneficial. Other accents of Yorkshire, Liverpool, Birmingham, Scottish, Irish, et al, acceptable.

Child characters are not expected to speak like children, but will have mannerisms of children, e.g tantrum, playing, arguing, fighting. Child characters ‘grow up’ from scene to scene into teens and adults. All actors must be able to show clear definition of character traits of the variety of age groups they are required to act. This is done by voice, body language and attitude, costuming.

Should you wish to take on an acting challenge and perform in a play that will develop your ability as an actor, this is it. All cast are aged 18 plus due to the content of the play and requirements of rehearsal work.

Actors required

MRS. JOHNSTONE (MOTHER): Female, plays 30 – mid 50’s – Original Mother of Mickey and Edward. Northern English accent

NARRATOR: Male, Age Flexible – Takes the audience through the important sections of the story. must be able to project well. Strong stage presence and confidence in delivery.

MRS. LYONS: Female, plays 30s – Mid 50’s – Mrs Johnstone’s employer. Adopts Edward.

MR. LYONS: Male, Character Age 30-40 – Gentleman from the upper class. Also performs minor roles.

MICKEY: Male, Plays 7- mid 20s – Blood Brother raised in the poor part of town by Mrs. Johnstone. Also performs minor roles.

EDWARD: Male, Plays 7- mid 20s – Blood Brother raised in the upper class by Mrs. Lyons.

SAMMY: Male, Plays 7- Late 20s – Mickey’s Brother. A bully, constantly a trouble maker.

LINDA: Female, Plays 7- Mid 20s – Finds the attention of both Mickey and Edward.

Smaller speaking roles: Milkman, Kid 1. Kid 2. Kid 3, Doctor, Police officer.
Non speaking roles: Children (siblings and friends), Neighbours, Councillors, Nurses, Police Officers.

All levels of acting ability and experience welcome.
Actors should have middle class English and Liverpool or Birmingham type accents

(age is character age and is a guideline only)

For more information: Please contact Director Catherine Steer 5476 4376 or email: cdelsteer@googlemail.com

Rehearsals

Mondays 7pm, Thursdays 7:30pm

Performances

June 17, 18, 24 and 25 2016 at 7:30pm
Matinees: June 19 and 25 2016 at 2pm

Senses Working Overtime

Edythe Brook Cooper

Edythe Brook Cooper

In this post, we look at the third of the finalists in the competition, Senses Working Overtime, a comedy by Rob Attenborough. Previous posts have covered the other two. All three plays will be presented in our upcoming season, so book your tickets now!

Edythe Brook Cooper was a member of BATS Theatre Company Inc from the late 1980s until her death in 2003. She made provision in her will for the Edythe Brook Cooper Trust, established to sponsor a play-writing competition.

This is a national competition, so it is very exciting that two of the finalists hail from here on the Sunshine Coast, and the other is from Brisbane.

Note that these posts are in no particular order: which of these plays has won first, second and third place in the competition will be announced on the closing night, along with awards for Best Director, Best Actor Male, Best Actor Female and the Audience Choice Award.

The play

In the Re-cycling Department, the Technicians are watching the football. Collingwood are losing. A tsunami of red wine is heading their way, the result of a power struggle in the Committee Room. Only Daydreams can avert the looming disaster.

 

The playwright

Rob Attenborough

Rob Attenborough

To go with his hair, Rob is “stunned as a mullet!” His first attempt in any competition, Rob is thrilled to bits and enjoying every moment of being in there with people who know what they’re doing.

Rob is currently in rehearsals for The Addams Family Musical which will be performed in late May at Coolum, playing the role of Uncle Fester. Rob has served on several theatre committees over the years and has numerous acting and directing credits. To all fellow Aspergers friends his message is simple. “Keep your dreams alive!”

The director

Alison Lambole

Alison Lambole

Alison Lambole has been acting and teaching Performing Arts for the last 17 years. She studied her National Diploma in Drama in South Africa and then went on to obtain her Degree in Teaching Drama. Alison began working in touring theatre companies in South Africa, as well as teaching in schools around Natal. Here she received several credits for directing, including ‘Best Mime Choreography’, ‘Best Director of a One Act Play’ and ‘Assistant Director Winning Performance.’

She then moved to the United Kingdom where she joined another touring theatre company, ‘Hurricane Productions’, and performed several shows in and around London. Alison started up her own theatre school, while continuing to teach and perform in other theatre companies. She then moved to The Channel Islands where she taught Performing Arts and Dance at the elite specialist school, Hautlieu Specialist Secondary School.

Alison immigrated to the Sunshine Coast in 2007, and teaches at local schools here. For BATS, she has performed in several productions, including ‘The Dancers’ and ‘Beauty’, and directed Bruce Olive’s ‘Call Centre Call’. She has started her own theatre company called Red Carpet Theatre Company, writing, directing and performing shows for children.

The cast

Knox Cameron

Knox Cameron

The Chairman – Knox Cameron

The Chairman tries to keep things together for Our Beloved Individual. Knox joined BATS last year to perform in his first drama, And Then There Were None. He appeared in Pirates of Penzance (2013), Miss Saigon (2012) and The Mikado (2011) Savoyards Brisbane.

Amy Maguire

Amy Maguire

Common Sense – Amy Maguire

Common Sense is the voice of unemotional reason, a bit like Mr Spock in Star Trek. Amy has appeared in The Naughty Christmas Fairy (2015) Red Carpet Theatre Company, and The Pie and the Tart (2015) BATS.

 

Pamela Burchall

Pamela Burchall

Optimism – Pamela Burchall

Optimism always hopes for the best, but can be a bit blind to the dangers at times. Pamela has had many and varied roles in South Africa and Queensland, including Macbeth and Anne of Green Gables Twelfth Night Theatre Co. Brisbane; Blue Notes Powerhouse Brisbane; Once Bitten (2012) and The Locals’ Spot (2013) BATS; A Tomb with a View, Summer Wonderland, Deathtrap, Shakespeare’s Girly Bits and Keeping Down With The Joneses The Lind.

David Frank

David Frank

Pessimism – David Frank

Pessimism looks out for danger, which keeps you alive, but can also bring you down! David has always had great dedication to the arts. He trained in acting at the Independent Theatre School, and in dance at the Edouard Borovansky Russian School of Ballet, both in North Sydney. He was co-founder of the ARS VIVA theatre company in the Blue Mountains. With ARS VIVA, he appeared in productions including Tom Jones, Twelfth Night, My Fair Lady and Cabaret. On the Sunshine Coast, he has appeared in Sweet Fanny Adams, West Moon Street, Tomb with a View, The Making of a Great Lover and Deathtrap for Lind; The Pie and the Tart and And Then There Were None (both 2015) BATS; and Bad King John (2016) Independent Theatre Company.

Amanda Zinn

Amanda Zinn

Daydreams – Amanda Zinn

Daydreams can turn a dream into reality, or reality into a dream. Amanda has previously appeared in My Fair Lady, Steel Magnolias, Calendar Girls, Harvey, Music Hall, Nunsense, The Boy from Oz Caloundra Chorale.

 

Susan M Brown

Susan M Brown

Co-ordination – Susan M Brown

Co-ordination tries to keep things moving together and in the same direction. Susan has appeared in The Naughty Christmas Fairy (2015) Red Carpet Theatre Company; The Pie and the Tart (2015) BATS; and Flood Warning (2014) Lind.

 

Luke Buxton

Luke Buxton

Shift Manager – Luke Buxton

The Shift Manager supervises all the technicians who run basic body functions. Luke attended the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in 2015, where he won a Gold Medal for comedy performance as well as five Silver and an Industry Award. He has appeared in the film Bait and TV shows Terra Nova and Big Brother (2012). He has also appeared in TV commercials and many theatre productions, including All for One (2015) Lind.

And Then There Were None 2015

Looking back at a successful production

and then there were none bats website graphic

Our production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in October 2015 was fantastically received as evidenced by the almost full houses for every performance. Our survey forms distributed during the production highlighted the audiences’ gratitude towards the talented cast, the ambience in the theatre and the satisfaction with the table seating arrangement, whereby patrons could bring their own nibbles, drinks etc.

cast-and-crew

Cast and crew for And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None was Agatha Christie’s first play, and is closely based on her book of the same name. That book is her best selling novel, the best selling mystery of all time, and one of the best selling books of all time. The main change from the book is a more “upbeat” ending.

BATS Theatre Company Inc. proudly welcomed some newcomers to the stage. We also thank the backstage crew, Samantha Rose and Julie Delmore, and Rob Attenborough for his management with the Lighting and Sound Design and operation.

Ewen, Riëtte and Dale

Ewen, Riëtte and Dale

Once again thanks to the professional and talented performances from the cast portraying those interesting characters: Glynn Mitchell (Rogers), Judy Fredriksen (Mrs Rogers), Broderick Cannon (Narracot), Riëtte de Jager (Vera), Dale Stephenson (Captain Lombard), Ewen Cameron (Marston), Knox Cameron (Blore), John Ison (General Mackenzie), Alice Rea (Emily), David Frank (Justice Wargrave), and Alex Tillack (Doctor Armstrong), whom we are sure we will see on the BATS stage again in the future.

Thanks to Bruce Olive for directing such a successful production.

Love In A Food Court

ebc-logoIn this post, we take a closer look at the second of the three finalists in the Edythe Brook Cooper playwriting competition for one act plays. Watch for our coming post on the third finalist.

The play

Love in a Food Court rehearsalKrystal Vickery suffers from June West Syndrome which causes an otherwise confident, witty woman to get totally tongue-tied whenever she encounters an available man she fancies. So Krystal’s mother hires Nadette Harper-Smith, a qualified relationship expert to cure Krystal of the syndrome so she can land the man she has been admiring from afar in the Sunshine Plaza food court. But after the strong-willed Krystal chances upon her own unusual cure for June West Syndrome, she becomes so confident, she teams up with her new boyfriend Colin Sizer to seek a cure for Burton-Taylor Syndrome, the sad psychological ailment keeping Nadette apart from the love of her life, Lance Woewodin.

The playwright

Hugh O'Brien

Hugh O’Brien

Love In A Food Court is Hugh O’Brien’s 15th produced play. He has won numerous awards for his comedies which have been produced in all states of Australia as well as in New Zealand and the UK.

Originally from Kingaroy, Hugh has worked as a farm labourer, radio announcer, football commentator, advertising copywriter, media advisor and speechwriter for Queensland’s last five Premiers. Hugh’s creative partnership with John, Sarah and Anna McMahon has seen him enjoy previous success at Buderim, twice winning the Philip Chappell Memorial Award for Best Unpublished Play Script at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival.

The director

John McMahon

John McMahon

John joined BATS in 1971 when he arrived on the Sunshine Coast as a teacher at Maroochydore State School. Over the years, he has played numerous roles on stage and in latter years has directed a number of plays. Playing the vet, Dave, in all three of the Norman Trilogy plays was a real highlight for him.

John has directed and acted at Noosa Arts and Glasshouse and acted at The Lind. From 2008 to 2012 he was directing on the SEQ One Act Play Festival Circuit with his own family group of SAD (Sarah, Anna, Dad) Theatre. In that time, he has directed Hugh O’Brien plays at BATS, Glasshouse and at Festivals. His favourite role ever was as Reg in Hugh’s play, How The Other Half Loves.

The cast

Samantha Rose

Samantha Rose

Krystal – Samantha Rose

Krystal is looking for love, but finds it difficult to talk to the opposite sex. Samantha was Stage Manager for And Then There Were None (2015) BATS. This is her debut on-stage, and she is extremely excited to perform. She has just started Mixed Martial Arts at Tribal MMA, which is the complete opposite to her role here!

Nick Smith

Nick Smith

Colin – Nick Smith

Colin is Krystal’s love interest. Nick was born in the UK’s Midlands and has acted on and off (mainly off!) for more than 25 years. His first roles were in University comedy productions, which were then followed by acting silence and lack of trouble for directors for a good few years whilst he concentrated on his professional and personal life. Nick resurfaced as a talented (!) multi-lingual (!) actor (!) in Argentina, where he dusted off his acting boots and took South America by storm, sort of. His last role was in Appointment with Death in Buenos Aires, prior to his move to the Sunshine Coast. Love in a Food Court is Nick’s first role in Australia. If all goes well, it won’t be his last!!

Rochelle Cameron

Rochelle Cameron

Nadette – Rochelle Cameron

Nadette is a personal love trainer, trying to assist her client (Krystal) to successfully find love. Rochelle has appeared in Mystery on the Orient Express (2003) and Old Time Music Hall (2002) Whitsunday Theatre Group, as well as various TV commercials and extras roles in feature films. She is studying for a Bachelor of Theatre at JCU.

David Wilson

David Wilson

Lance – David Wilson

Lance is a love trainer, and the on/off partner of Nadette. He has Burton-Taylor syndrome so he cannot help putting down his partner, and she likewise. David has previously appeared in Once Bitten (2012), and directed The Beckoning Cat (2015) for BATS.

Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square

Edythe Brook Cooper

Edythe Brook Cooper

BATS is proud to present a season of the three finalists in the Edythe Brook Cooper playwriting competition for one act plays.

In this post, we take a closer look at one of the finalists: Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square, a drama by Bruce Olive. Watch for further posts covering the other two plays.

The play

RehearsalFeeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square is based on a true story. Dolcie tells of the desperation and anguish she felt as a young wife and mother who was tormented by her husband to a point where she felt her only course was to leave her family and travel overseas. She met new friends and lovers, but was consumed with guilt over abandoning her two sons. This is a play about domestic violence, both physical and mental, and its long term consequences.

The playwright

Bruce Olive

Bruce Olive

Since moving to the Sunshine Coast in 1998, Bruce has been involved in all aspects of theatre, including the facilitating of playwriting workshops. He has written school plays, youth plays, adult comedies and dramas, many of which have been performed on the Sunshine Coast and around Australia. Bruce has won numerous awards in playwriting competitions and theatre festivals and is thrilled that his play, Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalgar Square is a finalist in the Edythe Brook Cooper competition, conducted by his home group, BATS Theatre Company Inc.

The director

Sue Sewell

Sue Sewell

Sue has been involved in amateur theatre since her school days in the UK. She was awarded 2nd best script and Audience Choice for her play “Once Bitten” at the inaugural Edythe Brooke Cooper competition in 2012. Sue enjoys writing, acting and directing; she wrote the music, lyric and script for The Fall and Rise of Mr Scrooge performed to sell out audiences at Noosa Arts in 2013. She is a founding member of Miranda’s Dressing Room, a small group aimed mainly at competing on the SEQ Festival Circuit, where several of her plays have won awards. Most recently she was cast as Cissy in the Noosa Arts production of “Quartet” in 2015. Directing “Feeding the Pigeons in Trafalagar Square” has been a challenge as Sue feels Dolcie’s story must be told with great care and compassion.

Sue is a driving instructor, owns Maroochy Driving School, is married and lives with her husband in Buderim. She has three daughters and six grandchildren.

The cast

Eileen Walder

Eileen Walder

Dolcie – Eileen Walder

Dolcie is the main character, reliving her tragic life, her loves, her guilt and her regrets. Since 1979, Eileen has become a familiar face as actor or director on the Sunshine Coast, especially with Noosa Arts Theatre (Life Member) and BATS – Drifting; The Way Out. She has won numerous awards in recent years as Best Actress around the S.E. Queensland Festival Circuit. Her last performance was in the Performing Arts Factory’s production in the dream ballet segment. She has been in several T.V. commercials, and recently in the T.V. series “Wanted”. Despite retiring ‘officially’ she is busier than ever coaching actors for auditions/castings. Eileen read this play over a year ago and has wanted to play Dolcie ever since. Having Sue Sewell as director made it an ever more exciting chance to return to the live stage.

Shaun Bennett

Shaun Bennett

The Electrician – Shaun Bennett

As The Electrician, Shaun also plays multiple characters from Dolcie’s past. This is Shaun’s first time playing multiple characters, and his first drama, having previously performed in comedies including: One Act Play Series (2013 and 2015) Noosa; Secret Bridesmaids Business (2012) BATS; Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (2012) The Lind; Flying Feathers (2013) and Adrift In Macao (2014) Coolum Theatre Company