A Chap, Three Divas and ... where's the piano?
ONE very small (in truth, extremely large) problem, in planning for the 2017 return of A Chap, Three Divas and a Piano, is the actual piano.
For this terrific troupe, you can't get by with just any old piano.
For their Indee shows over the years, they've had nothing but the best.
In the Indee's Eumundi days, it was the theatre's beautiful Yamaha (which was sold when the move took place) and at Palmwoods, it was the in-house baby grand.
Now that the Indee's at Yandina, it's become a seriously big question-mark and somehow it doesn't have the same ring to announce the appearance of A Chap, Three Divas and a Battered Upright.
Just to strike one key of it would have brilliant accompanist Mark Leung looking about as happy as a turkey, sitting at a packet of sage and onion stuffing, listening to Christmas carols.
It simply wouldn't work.
However, think-tanks have been established and feelers put about.
Thus far, think-tank suggestions have been somewhat on the frivolous side: for example, A Chap, Three Divas and a banjo-ukulele ... and a kazoo.
And while, momentarily, these are titter-causing, merry jests, they also suck.
These days it's hard to find sub-committees, which treat subjects seriously and, as with most things, you can put it down to the digital age.
The thing is that while the show at the Yandina School of Arts Theatre on Sunday, March 12, is seemingly a long way off and there is comfort in distance, as soon as you pass Christmas, New Year and Australia Day, you're practically there.
Meanwhile, Bernard Wheaton, Louise Dorsman, D'Arne Sleeman, Elizabeth Hood and Mark Leung remain, A Chap, Three Divas and a Piano - to which news the think-tank claimed that it hasn't failed. It's just that so far the members happened to come up with 98 ideas that won't work.