STAGE STAR: Naomi Price.
STAGE STAR: Naomi Price. DYLAN EVANS

Naomi Price named Noosa Long Weekend ambassador

NOOSA Long Weekend Festival has announced one of Australia's leading cabaret and music theatre performers, Naomi Price, as this year's festival ambassador.

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

Before becoming Ricky Martin's final female vocalist on The Voice Australia, Naomi won a Matilda Award for her role in Queensland Theatre's Ladies In Black and The Little Red Company's Rumour Has It, currently touring nationally.

If you saw Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele during Noosa Long Weekend Festival in 2013, you will already know why Rumour Has It has enjoyed such astronomical success around Australia and overseas, with recent sell-out seasons at Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Hamer Hall Melbourne, Queensland Theatre Company and Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.

Together with her partner Luke Kennedy, Naomi is also an ambassador for National Trust Queensland and Wildlife Hospital Foundation.

This is just the first of a slew of exciting announcements to come from the 10-day Noosa Long Weekend Festival, Australia's most exciting regional arts festival (July 21-30). More will be revealed at a media launch next week. Stay tuned.

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 to celebrate music, theatre, food and thought with our local Sunshine Coast tribe.

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@noosalong weekend.com

Questions For George and The Orange Grove

QUESTIONS For George and The Orange Grove are two short plays about some remarkable Sunshine Coast characters, written by Dr Susan Davis and one of Queensland's early leading playwrights, George Landen Dann.

If you missed The Orange Grove at Noosa Arts Theatre last time, enjoy the return of Landen Dann's evocative language and intriguing characters, including Carrie, inspired by a woman the playwright had met near Coolum.

The one performance is at Noosa Arts Theatre tonight, February 17, at 7.30pm. Book at www.livetheatre.com.au or call 5449 9343.

Alliance Season Launch Soiree

EACH year the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance hosts a soiree to celebrate the arts and our local creative community.

Join this dynamic group from 6.30pm tomorrow night, Saturday, at The Lind, Nambour, for a fun, friendly and highly entertaining evening. of special announcements, socialising and networking, with each member group invited on stage to launch their season of drama, dance, cabaret, comedy and musical theatre. Don't miss the first fantastic opportunity of the year to meet and greet like-minded local artists and catch up with old friends. Dress to impress. Book at www.livetheatre.com.au today or turn up tomorrow night.

Lysistrata

A MODERN twist on the ancient Greek play, Lysistrata was originally written by Aristophanes in 411BC. Now the script has been revamped for new audiences by director Caitie Millroy and Peta Beattie.

Seeking an end to the Peloponnesian Wars that devastated ancient Greece, an Athenian woman, Lysistrata, makes a startling proposal to her countrywomen, demanding they deny their husbands connubial bliss until the men cease their battle.

Things don't go exactly as planned.

With an abundance of innuendo and double-entendre, the show is sure to leave the audience giggling long after the curtain closes.

Performances are at The Lind, Nambour, from February 25-March 4.

Book at www.livetheatre.com.au or call 1300 732 764.

Auditions

FINAL auditions will be held tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am at The Lind, Nambour, for its upcoming production of The Miracle Worker.

Based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this is an inspiring, unforgettable play.