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The seventh Coal Creek Literary Festival  –  Saturday 5th October
at Coal Creek Community Park & Museum, Korumburra.

OPEN CALL AT LITERARY FESTIVAL

FAMDA was remarkably busy on Saturday night, October 5 2013, with two quite different productions being staged simultaneously.

On stage at the Foster Arts Centre FAMDA  presented the penultimate performance of the heartrending Australian drama ‘Foreigners from Home’.

Returning to South Gippsland for one night only as part of the Coal Creek Literary Festival in Korumburra, FAMDA staged  ‘Open Call’, a one-act musical composed by Paddy Broberg with book and lyrics by Edwin Coad.

This lovely musical theatre piece was first staged by FAMDA as a prize-winning entry in the 2006 South Gippsland One Act Play Festival with Barbara Fleming, Kate Crowl, Louise and Sue Dower, Norm Willoughby, Amanda Richter, Max Adam, Rhonda Bland, Dianne Paragreen, Nicole Cooper and Peter Bell in the original cast.

Norm Willoughby and Dianne Paragreen are in the cast for ‘Foreigners from Home ‘ and there have been some other changes so the cast for ‘Open Callnow includes Sue Dower, Kate Crowl and Barbara Fleming from the original cast plus Judy Barnard, Natalie Burrow, Peter Clyne, Bruce Crowl, Jo & Taylor Eady and Fleur Wheeler.

The evening session at the Pig and Whistle Hotel,  Coal Creek Historical Park in Korumburra began at 6:30 on Saturday 5 October with guitarist, Gavin Van Eede, playing and Natalie Burrow singing prior to the ‘Open Call’  performance at 7:30.

All profits from the night went to FAMDA.

LITERARY SUCCESS

The sixth Coal Creek Literary Festival held at the Historical Park in Korumburra on Saturday 5 October was a great success.
The sun shone brightly during the day’s activities and the evening’s program began at 6:30pm with guitarist, Gavin Van Eede, playing and Natalie Burrow singing at the Pig and Whistle Hotel.
FAMDA’s performance of the mini-musical, ‘Open Call’, then followed with a near capacity audience in attendance.
Written locally by Edwin Coad with music composed by Paddy Broberg, the musical proved to be a fitting finale to the festival program with admiration for some of skilled performers and the witty script plus lots of laughter as people recognised the cultural references and the theatrical situations.
This lovely musical theatre piece was first staged by FAMDA as a prize-winning entry in the 2006 South Gippsland One Act Play Festival with Barbara Fleming, Kate Crowl, Louise and Sue Dower, Norm Willoughby, Amanda Richter, Max Adam, Rhonda Bland, Dianne Paragreen, Nicole Cooper and Peter Bell in the original cast.
The musical’s story line deals with a small town director attempting to audition prospective performers for a musical to be staged locally however the usual nerves were compounded by rumours that a major international producer (could it be Cameron McIntosh?) was in town searching for raw talent.
Barbara Fleming accompanied all of the auditionees on piano and later regaled the audience with a song called ‘Piano Girl’, an inspired blend of ideas from Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’, Noel Coward’s ‘Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs Worthington’ and insights into the trials and tribulations of being a rehearsal pianist.
At Coal Creek, Peter Clyne played Bobby, a rather garrulous song and dance man whose best days are behind him.
Sue Dower provided a tale of brief interludes in her theatrical career in dispersed with much longer periods of time in which she ‘rested’.
Natalie Burrow’s musical talent was used to good effect as the exotic Helga.
Making a welcome return to the South Gippsland stage was Judy Barnard whose theatrical experience shone through in the role of a serious actress who has had to resort to various forms of theatrical endeavours to make ends meet.
The youngest performer, Taylor Eady, dazzled the audience with her star power as a talented but precocious brat, addicted to her mobile phone.
Kate Crowl played the local director with conviction with Fleur Wheeler serving as her assistant and sounding board.
The cast was completed by Bruce Crowl as the mysterious man and Jo Eady as his chauffeur.

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This play had previously been staged in Foster as FAMDA’s entry in the 2007 South Gippsland One Act Play Festival.

OPEN CALL
a one-act Musical by Edwin Coad
Music by Paddy Broberg   Lyrics by Edwin Coad

Directed by Edwin Coad
2007 cast

Cath, the Pianist  . . . .  Barbara Fleming
Dorothy, the Director  . . . .  Kate Crowl
Celia, her Assistant  . . . .  Sue Dower
Man in Coat  . . . .  Norm Willoughby
P A to Man in Coat  . . . .  Amanda Richter
Bobby  . . . .  Max Adam
Lizz  . . . .  Rhonda Bland
Teagan  . . . .  Louise Dower
Helga  . . . .  Dianne Paragreen
Sherree  . . . .  Nicole Cooper
Jonathon  . . . .  Peter Bell

The scene is a public hall in a mall country town.
There is a rumour that has encouraged a diverse group of singers, actors and dancers to audition in the hope of the Big Break.

SONGS

Song and Dance Man
Then I Rested
A Girl of My Age
Helga’s Song
Bump and Grind
First Time
Piano Girl
Small Town
Finale

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