SHOWCASING TALENT: Naomi Price is the NOOSA alive! ambassador.
SHOWCASING TALENT: Naomi Price is the NOOSA alive! ambassador. CONTRIBUTED

Diverse female voices gather to be heard

BREAKING taboos and shining new light on women's issues, 4 Stage Productions presents The Vagina Monologues, inspired by more than 200 women worldwide.

An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who "liked to look at it”.

There's no better time in our collective history to experience for the first time, or to revisit Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Noosa Arts Theatre today and tomorrow, February 24 and 25, at 7.30pm.

Book at www.livetheatre.com.au

Naomi Price brings NOOSA alive!

NOOSA Long Weekend Festival has proudly named one of Australia's leading cabaret and music theatre performers, Naomi Price, as this year's festival ambassador, and announced a name change and a whole new look to bring Noosa alive! for 10 extraordinary days and nights in July.

Price is known for her unforgettable appearances on stage and television.

Before The Voice Australia, she won a Matilda Award for her role in Queensland Theatre's Ladies In Back and The Little Red Company's Rumour Has It, touring nationally.

She said she was excited to be a part of one of Australia's most exciting arts festivals (July 21-30), which began more than 15 years ago.

Noosa Long Weekend Festival's long-term success is largely due to the ongoing support of valued sponsors, patrons and festival friends, and of course, a program that offers something for everyone, attracting new and returning guests from interstate and overseas.

Join the festival family by booking tickets early and attending any event during the 10-day festival and/or becoming a sponsor, patron or festival friend. For details, email president@noosalongweekend.com

Odd Man Out

DIRECT from its sell-out Sydney season, Noosa alive! presents an exclusive pre-festival fundraising event featuring David Williamson's Odd Man Out.

Justin Stewart Cotta and Lisa Gormley star in this insightful and entertaining play.

This strictly limited season (March 23-25) at The J, Noosa, allows for four performances only.

Odd Man Out seems like a fairy-tale romance: Ryan tells Alice she has a beautiful smile, and suddenly he is asking her out.

Alice has never met anyone like Ryan before: he's charming, forthright and painfully truthful.

She knows their relationship is moving way too fast, but there is something ridiculously attractive about this straight-talking man.

His bluntness may upset her family and friends, but when he asks her to marry him, she finds herself saying yes.

As newlyweds, Alice discovers a side of Ryan she never knew existed - and becomes determined to fix his flaws, with ridiculous and disastrous results.

Directed by Mark Kilmurry Odd Man Out premium tickets (available for Saturday, March 25, only) include After Show Exclusive VIP Supper with David Williamson and the cast of Odd Man Out.

Book at www.noosalongweekend.com.au or call 5329 6560.

Lysistrata

ATHENS 411 BC. In the grey light of a new dawn, Lysistrata formulates a simple plan to end the age-old war with Sparta - a plan that will forever alter the course of Athenian life.

The women of Athens will withhold all conjugal favours from their husbands, lovers and casual acquaintances until the men agree to make peace.

What could possibly go wrong?

What will the women think of this plan? How far will the men go to get "their” city back?

Find out for yourself in this fun-filled, laugh-a-minute, battle-of-the-sexes comedy.

Adapted from Aristophanes' original play by Sunshine Coast locals Caitie Millroy and Peta Beattie, and directed by these same two stalwarts of the Sunshine Coast theatre community, Lysistrata brings 5th century Athens to life in a flurry of brilliant sets, frayed tempers, innuendo, forbidden love, and unexpectedly short tunics.

With an abundance of innuendo and double-entendre, the show is sure to leave the audience giggling long after the curtain closes at The Lind, Nambour, from tomorrow, February 25, to March 4. Book at www.livetheatre.com.au or call 1300 732 764.

Auditions

AN EXCLUSIVE season of Julius Caesar, directed by Jo Loth, will be performed at The Events Centre, Caloundra, from August 12-19. Auditions will be held at University of the Sunshine Coast Building K, Room KG DM.1, on Wednesday, March 1 (from 5-9pm), and Thursday, March 2 (5-9pm).

Call-backs will be held on Sunday, March 5, from 1-4pm: a three-hour workshop-style audition.

A creative development in April will be followed by rehearsals in June.

This production will include some re-gendering of roles and non-traditional casting, so feel free to prepare an audition piece of another gender/age.

Contemporary civilisation as we know it has collapsed. Amid the ruins and dust, a group of storytellers present Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to warn of the perils of political corruption and greed.

In Shakespeare's tale, Caesar has won the hearts of the people and so becomes a threat to the power brokers. He cannot be allowed to succeed.

As the story unfolds, we are witness to Caesar's downfall and the ensuing chaos.

Through a dynamic and brutal portrayal, this rendition thrusts Shakespeare's classic work into the 21st century.

In a time of political megalomania and media frenzy, Shakespeare's words hold striking relevance.

Audition details and bookings are at https://10to8.com/book/jvfwwa-free