President of the Tweed Theatre Company Coral Kelly is looking for new storage space for all the props they use in their productions.
President of the Tweed Theatre Company Coral Kelly is looking for new storage space for all the props they use in their productions. Blainey Woodham

Tweed Theatre Company ready to shed a few props

THE Tweed Theatre Company has been accumulating props for 14 years.

There are Corinthian columns, giant toadstools, thrones, costumes galore and oodles of exotic backdrops, all has to be cleared out and relocated, and they desperately need to find a suitable shed in the Tweed Heads area.

President Coral Kelly explained: "There are 60 of us in our community theatre group and usually we produce three plays a year; it's all self-funded through our ticket sales.

"We also make our props, and over the year volunteer Ron Drummond organises this, and also doubling up on performance nights backstage organising the scene changes and the 20 backstage helpers.

"All our members share a passion for theatre production and it's a big commitment, but in common is a love of theatre, friendships and pride of achievement when the curtain goes down."

The company enjoy sell-out performances, which is what keeps them going.

Coral Kelly, originally from Victoria, has been involved with live theatre from an early age in plays, musicals and opera.

The theatre's success is due to the level of professionalism that the volunteers like Carol Kelly bring.

President of the Tweed Theatre Company Coral Kelly is looking for new storage space for all the props they use in their productions.
President of the Tweed Theatre Company Coral Kelly is looking for new storage space for all the props they use in their productions. Blainey Woodham

The Gold Coast theatre awards have just been announced and the Tweed Theatre Company has been nominated for four awards, - the play Secret Men's Business, Raelene Richard, best director, and best supporting actress - Darien Knight and the youth musical Sleeping Beauty won a best leading role for Tahilia Treacey and Lucy Koschel, best supporting actress.

Not bad for two productions for the year.

I asked Coral how the plays were selected.

"Each committee member brings a selection of plays to consider, it's a system that works and brings diversity to our productions," she said.

"The Tweed Theatre Company has been life-changing for hundreds of people over the years - it's all about community, there's a role for everyone young and old."

"There are usually 60 volunteers per show, with 20 working backstage on sets and props, requiring many skills from costume design and sewing to hair and make up - then there's the practical building side, or you may get to put on a costume and strut your stuff on stage," Coral said.

"The backstage crew are the unsung heroes, they're never seen, yet they are the glue that binds it all together and makes everyone look wonderful.

"At the end of each performance before I congratulate the cast, I always thank and acknowledge the back stage crew first."

The 2014 theatre season will be just as diverse, with the black comedy It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To) in April/May, then a musical extravaganza, Musical Memories Musicale in July, then the classic Oklahoma in September/October.

"Auditions are coming up so give it a go, there's a place for everyone, whether you're an introvert or extrovert, there's a role for you.

"Meanwhile, about the shed, call us!"



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