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.
The 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?
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”.
Along 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.
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.