Sherwood Probus on a magic carpet ride

On 14 March 23 Sherwood Probus members and friends were lucky enough to attend the musical Aladdin at QPAC.

The ancient story of Aladdin has been given the Disney treatment to offer us this very entertaining show with the most colourful scenery seen in a musical. The costumes were something to behold and it would appear no expense was spared using thousands of Swarovski crystals to create sparkling Arabian outfits. The following photos, taken at the show’s launch in 2017, probably don’t do them full justice.

As the ancient story goes Aladdin finds a lamp and releases the Genie who grants him three wishes. Garett Jacobs who plays the Genie was the stand out of the show. His singing and dancing numbers were many and executed with such energy. Besides Aladdin and the Princess there were several other character parts which combined to help relate the tale and many of these added comedy to the story.

Of course there was also magic and we saw Aladdin and the Princess ride on the magic carpet which appeared to float above the city. This is where they sang the signature tune from the show ‘A Whole New World’.

A truly spectacular show and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

The Theatre Group’s next major events are The Merry Widow and Beautiful: The Carol King story in June and August respectively. If you enjoy theatre amid pleasant company, why not enquire about joining our Club.


Sherwood Probus has a great start to 2018

It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of January. Sherwood Probus Club has had a great and varied start to 2018.

On 5 January, over 30 members got up early to enjoy a New Year champagne breakfast at the Oxley Creek Common on Sherwood Road at Rocklea. Oxley Creek Common covers 115 hectares, although most of this is not accessible to the general public. According to, the Common is “a serene patch of bird-inhabited wetland in the midst of an agricultural and industrial area.” There are two easy paved walking trails as well as picnic facilities and amenities. One trail leads from the picnic area and Red Shed and splits into two before ending at two different bird habitats. 180 plus species of birds have been recorded there.

Our group, however, didn’t venture on the walking or birdwatching trails – we were too busy catching up after the Christmas/New Year break. The weather was kind and we relaxed in the shade of the pavilion adjoining the Red Shed while breakfasting and chatting. Our traditional fare included bacon, sausages, eggs, baked beans, tomatoes, bread rolls, and a wide variety of fresh fruit: mangoes, strawberries, apricots, watermelon. We had whetted our appetite with champagne and juice and finished off with tea and coffee.  It was a really enjoyable and relaxed way to start the New Year.

Our next adventure was to a Greek Island, transplanted into the middle of QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, where we sang along to the music of ABBA.  I’m talking about the musical Mamma Mia, of course. This was vibrant, high energy and fast-paced entertainment.  The costumes, lighting effects and music were excellent. The production included the majority of ABBAs famous songs; the words were so well-known that the audience joined in, especially in the encore. Audience members stood up, clapped and sang along. We all left feeling uplifted with the music ringing in our ears.

Mamma Mia_edOur guest speaker at our January meeting was Professor Peter Roennfeldt, who shared with us the story of Madame Mallalieu/Mrs Willmore.  This was a really interesting talk and is the subject of a separate post.

Club activities move into full swing from February. Meetings for the book group, scrabble, mahjong, and the gardens group have already been scheduled.  Our first tour for the year is to the Mao’s Last Dancer exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane.

Sherwood Probus Club has been going strong since it was established in 2000: many lifelong friendships have been developed over that time.  If you’re retired or semi-retired and looking to join a welcoming and active group, come along to one of our meetings. We look forward to meeting you!

Sherwood Probus Theatre Group finishes the year with a bang!

The final outing for the Sherwood Probus Theatre Group in 2017 was on Wednesday 29 November to see the West End production of Wizard of Oz. The forecast brief showers were much heavier than anticipated, so theatregoers were crowded into the cafes on the ground floor of QPAC trying to get something to eat as well as stay dry. I enjoyed the fish and chips, but decided to forgo coffee due to the long queue! Fortunately, the rain had dissipated by the time we left.

Wizard of OzThe weather did not mar the excellent production once we were inside. Anthony Warlow as the Wizard was a real presence on the stage as usual; the witches – Lucy Durack and Gemma Rix were outstanding, especially Gemma who was able to give full expression to her role as the Wicked Witch of the West.

The special effects were amazing, especially when the tornado swept its way through Kansas. Whoever trained the little dog, Toto, did a fantastic job and he had obviously bonded well with Samantha Dodemaide who played Dorothy. This was Samantha’s breakthrough role and no doubt she will gain greatly from the experience.

Sherwood Probus Theatre Group has had an incredibly varied set of experiences in 2017. Big productions have included: Matilda; My Fair Lady; The Bodyguard the Musical; Kinky Boots and finally Wizard of Oz. Smaller groups of members enjoyed the Royal Ballet: A Winter’s Tale and The Pearlfishers. We also enjoyed community theatre at the Centenary Theatre Group which performs in Chelmer.

2018 gets off to a good start with Mamma Mia in January and Disney’s Aladdin in March. We then go to see Beautiful: the Carol King Musical in August. We’re waiting for the release of 2018 programs before making other bookings. The Theatre Group at Sherwood Probus Club always welcomes new members. The Club offers many other activities during the year as well as Theatre outings.  Why not come and join us?


Sherwood Probus kicks up its boot-heels

On Wednesday 4 October we attended the performance of Kinky Boots. Together with family and friends, there were well over 30 Probians from Sherwood and Kenmore Village Probus Clubs, enjoying the bright and bubbly show at QPAC.

It’s a simple story of a son trying to keep his family shoe factory viable after the death of his father. After a chance meeting with a man who was in the entertainment business, the solution was a simple one “we will make Boots for Drag Queens”.

20170327_115017Along the way many life lessons were subtly taught such as love in its many forms and acceptance of those who may seem to be different from you.

Callum Francis, who played the main role of Lola the Drag Queen was without doubt the star of the show.

Overall, the story, music and comedy were delightful. We left the theatre feeling we had spent a few hours just having a wonderful time. I hope everyone still had a smile on their faces for quite a long time. A really feel-good show with some underlying life lessons.

Sherwood Probus Theatre Group members have attended some wonderful productions during the year. Our program for the next few months includes Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia, Disney’s Aladdin, as well as community theatre at the Centenary Theatre Company. In 2018 we will have an eclectic mix of box-office musicals, opera, ballet and community theatre.  Group booking prices for seniors are often a significant saving on box-office prices.

Do contact us if you would like to join our club; membership of the theatre group is open to all Sherwood Probus Club members.

My Fair Lady – Sherwood Probus members sing along

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A group of Sherwood Probus members, relatives and friends attended the excellent production of My Fair Lady at QPAC on 11 April. The cast, costumes, sets and music were wonderful. Reg Livermore as Eliza’s father, Alfred P Doolittle put in an incredibly energetic performance – who could forget his swansong ‘I’m getting married in the morning’. I’m sure many in the audience sang along with the other equally well-known songs. It was well worth going to see.

The Sherwood Probus Theatre Group has a wide ranging program of musicals, opera, and community theatre throughout the year. More details are available from Theatre Group Convenor, Pauline Williams, on (07)3278 4151.

Sherwood Probus Club offers regular tours and travel experiences and has many other interest groups as well as theatre. These include mahjong; scrabble; lunch and dinner groups which meet at local venues; outings for those interested in gardens; book club. We welcome new members to the Club which meets on the third Friday of each month. Contact Secretary Pat on 3372 7525 for more information.