Theatres keep active in lockdown

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Noosa’s theatres are finding ways to occupy their time while they continue to be in Covid-19 lockdown.

The J Theatre has seized the opportunity during the Covid-19 shutdown to complete important maintenance work.

More than $200,000 of work is being undertaken and includes a refurbished deck, upgraded loading dock with lifting platform, fit-out of additional storage spaces, plus floor sanding and reseal.

The pandemic has impacted on the theatre’s operations but as restrictions ease, they are getting ready to reopen some parts of the facility with meeting spaces set to open from Monday 13 July.

Noosa Arts Theatre’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary year has become an unforgettable one, but not in the way they intended.

Its forced closure has led to the cancellation of its 2020 program but that leaves more time for budding songwriters and playwrights.

Entries are being accepted from now until 1 October for The Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition, which attracts entries from playwrights across Australia and overseas.

2021 will mark its 44th year of providing an opportunity for the three finalist playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at the Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival.

During the festival, the audience is asked at each performance to vote for the ‘Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award’ and awards are presented after the final performance with a total prize pool of $8000.

Entry forms and rules are available at www.noosaartstheatre.org.au

For more information contact Jane Rivers at oapcomp@noosaartstheatre.org.au

or phone 5449 9343.

If you’ve ever wanted to write a song but didn’t know where to start it helps to have some tools and techniques.

The Arts Theatre is hosting a songwriting course aimed at people of any age to cover the basics of music concepts and song construction.

The course will run for six weeks from Saturday 18 July.

Cost is $20 per class or $100 for the whole course.

Bookings can be made with Diana Thomson by email at dianateee@gmail.com or phone 0410 631 003.

Theatre president Frank Wilkie said the theatre had committed to staging Mamma Mia as its next production and would commence rehearsals at the earliest, safest opportunity permissible under Queensland Health advice.

All other productions remain cancelled until further notice.

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