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The 39 Steps

THE 39 STEPS

Adapted from John Buchan’s famous novel, but turned into a riotous farce by Patrick Barlow

The Malanda Theatre CO production is co-directed by GILL and GRAHAM HARRINGTON with Assistant Director Louisa Crossle.

The Harrington’s were enthralled by the London production but felt it was too technically difficult  for mTc. But then they saw an amateur version in Torquay, England and were convinced that it was a goer.

Based on the spy thriller of the same name by John Buchan, it is a spoof. Richard Hannay is a gentleman of means living in London. He inadvertently gets involved with a woman, who is on the run from a foreign spy network. They murder her and pin the blame on Hannay. Only it is difficult to work out who are the real police and who are imposters. Hannay is chased to Scotland, where he is trying to deliver warning of an unexplained tragedy. No one is interested except the foreign oglers. He is arrested by the “police” but their car is stopped by a flock of sheep (it IS Scotland!). Whilst they are trying to remove the sheep, they handcuff Hannay to a hostile, female witness. Hannay escapes none the less and spends the rest of the play trying to present an honest, reliable citizen whilst joined irrevocably to the woman. “And then with a single bound he is free”.

The star-studded cast is four strong.

Richard Hannay is played by Jake Skukan – but what a difference to his previous three roles.  You may not even recognise him! 

The three females with whom Richard has romantic liaisons are all played by Deb Bass. So we have another mistress of (dis)guise.

All the rest of the characters from a German spy who sports a kilt to a sexy crofter’s wife – 34 in all –  are played by Ken Cotterill and Howard Smith.

Performance dates :

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July

Friday 2nd,  Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August

Please note:  Sunday performances will start at 3pm to allow our patrons to drive home in daylight. Other nights start a 7.30pm.

COSI

The Malanda Theatre company are proud to present, COSI, a classic Australian play (& film) set in a Melbourne mental hospital in 1971. A twenty-something Australian man has trouble holding down a job, and his latest venture is to direct a play, an effort that is encouraged by the social worker Justine, and his best friend Nick and his lover Lucy. Only he’s not a very good director, and this isn’t an ordinary production. His task is to helm an offbeat adaptation of the Mozart opera, `Cosi Fan Tutte’, that will be performed by the patients at a psychiatric hospital.

Performance Dates –

Friday 22nd March 7.30pm

Saturday 23rd March  7.30pm

Sunday 24th March 3.30pm

Friday 29th March 7.30pm

Saturday 30th March 7.30pm

Sunday 31st March 3.30pm

Directed

by Jean Newman

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“BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE”

An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. 

Butterflies Are Free is a play by Leonard Gershe.

This famous comedy was made into a film starring Goldie Hawn in the 1960-s.  It deals with a handicapped young man who has set up on his own in New York and falls in love with the girl in the flat next door. His Mother disapproves and the action stems from that.

This production is directed by MTC veteran Graham Harrington, with assistance from Louisa Crosslé. The cast of four, Buckley Weirman, Catriona Arnold-Nott, Damien Cavanagh and Jake Skukan, are well into rehearsals, supported by an experienced production team and backstage crew. TICKETS ON SALE 26/10/18

Performance dates – 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th of November and the 1st and 2nd December. Tickets will be available the end of October

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Blithe Spirit

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Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Mervena Watson as Madame Arcati

Jo-Anne Dittman as Ruth Condomine 

Jim Hill as Charles Condomine

Mikayla Dilena as Mrs Bradman

 Jake Skukan as Dr Bradman

Lioni Wilkinson as the maid Edith

Director – Jim Hill

Opening Night….Friday 27th July at 7.30pm – Saturday 28th, 7.30pm – Sunday 29th 4.00pm.

Friday 3rd Augusts – Saturday 4th ,7.30pm – Sunday 5th 4.00pm

The Outlets are…..Elders, ECHO Malanda and Tableland Books, Atherton or book online on the button below.

 

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PETER PAN

MALANDA YOUTH THEATRE PROUDLY PRESENTS

Production of

Music and Lyrics by

Sammy Cahn, Sammy Fain, Michelle Tumes, Xavier Atencio, George Bruns, Jack Lawrence, Frank Churchill, Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Oliver Wallace and Ray Kelley

Music Adapted & Arranged and Additional Lyrics by Eric Svejcar

Book adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Zellnik

Based on the screenplay by Ted Sears, Erdman Penner, Bill Peet, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, Ralph Wright and William Cottrell

Based on the play by J.M. Barrie 

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

The classic story of Peter Pan, Peter Pan was written by J. M. Barrie in 1911, this is the Disney junior adaption of the play. Peter lives on Neverland, a magical island, with the fairies and the Lost Boys, his band of followers. The story details his adventures with the Darling family of England: Mr. and Mrs. Darling and their three children Wendy, John, and Michael.

Performance Dates and Times

Friday June 22.  7.00pm

Saturday June 23. 7.00pm

Sunday June 24.  11.00am and 3.00pm

TICKET COSTS

Adults $10

Students $5

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One Act Plays

On behalf of the Far North Queensland Amateur Theatre Company, Malanda Theatre Company is hosting a One Act Play Festival in May!

Performers from as far away as Mt Isa and Townsville plus those closer to home such as Malanda, Atherton, Mareeba and Cairns will perform a large number of plays over 5 performance sessions on the long weekend in May.

In addition, Sydney based playwright, director and actor Alex Broun will run a number of drama workshops. Alex will also be the adjudicator for the plays providing useful feedback for all involved. It is through the generous support of the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, and TRC by way of a RADF Grant that we have been able to engage Alex for this weekend.

For the full program, click on the link below

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Workshop 1:   Friday May 4

10am to 1 pm

Malanda State High School Drama Room

 

Workshop 2: Saturday May 5

9am to noon

Malanda State High School Hall

 

Workshop 3: Sunday May 6

9am to noon

Malanda State High School Hall

VENUS IN FUR IS BACK!

VENUS IN FUR IS BACK!

IF YOU MISSED IT LAST TIME, HERE’S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS CLASSIC PLAY.

 

‘Seriously smart and very  funny… a suspense-packed study of the erotics of power’  New York Times.  

 

Malanda Theatre Company’s next production ‘Venus in Fur’  by David  Ives  hits the stage under the direction of Graham Harrington  with Howard Smith and Kirsten Adams playing the two characters.

You will be riveted as the two characters vie for dominance over the other.  Who is this mystery woman who explodes into the life of an unsuspecting stage director, who is auditioning for his new play?  The fact that his play is about a man and woman jousting for control provides a play within a play, both of which have the same theme.  So when are these characters rehearsing and when are they for real?  This question will keep the audience on their toes until the final and unexpected curtain.

You are warned that the script contains strong language which is appropriate for the plot and interaction of the characters. You will be captivated by Howard and Kirsten’s delivery of their characters in this intriguing play.

Only 2 nights:  7th & 8th March
The play runs for approximately 80 minutes.
Tickets on sale  online Here or Tableland Books Atherton, Elders Real Estate Malanda or ECHO Malanda.

SEATING ARRANGEMENT

Row A is on the stage, row B is on the apron and C is raised above row D

Dinner deals available Malanda Hotel & Malanda RSL for performance nights – bookings essential. Quote Venus in Fur and tickets must be presented.
Tickets:$20 pp

Only two performances: 7th, 8th March, 7:30pm. (Please note opening night is on a Wednesday.)

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HAPPY 2018

DIRECTORS NEEDED

 

MTC is looking for directors of one-act-plays for the festival in May. They can be as short as 8 minutes and as long as 45 minutes. If you are interested, even vaguely, contact Graham Harrington on 4096 5051 or riflebird1@gmail.com.

Auditions for one act plays will be Monday February 5th & Wednesday February 7th at 6.30pm. Details of the plays will be available shortly. Potential actors can contact Graham for information about the plays. We have six plays so far but only three Directors. We need more Directors!

Happy Christmas

“Out of Order” ended the MTC year with a bang! The audiences loved it and went home with a smile on their faces.

 

Our audiences are our lifeblood so we would like to thank you for your support through the year and wish you all a rewarding festive season.

 

Looking forward to seeing you at our shows in 2018.  “Venus in Fur ” returns by public demand in March prior to going to Cairns!! Then in May, we are hosting the ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL.