I'm a QBI (Queenslander born interstate) and like to write about things that inspire me in my adopted hometown. Living by choice in the inner southside of Brisbane.
Published August 30th 2012
Community theatre at Sunnybank punches above its weight
The Sunnybank Theatre Group (known as STG) has managed a coup: they obtained the rights to stage Agatha Christie's famous murder mystery play The Mousetrap. Many will know that the play opened in London's West End in 1952 and has been running continuously ever since, smashing all records. In celebration of its 60th anniversary the performance rights were released for only two years in Australia from September 2011 and STG were one of the lucky theatre groups who successfully applied.
STG's president and one of the actors in the play, Chris Guyler, has a personal connection with The Mousetrap. The voice of his late father, Deryck Guyler, a well-known actor in the UK, was and still is the voice of the radio announcer in the original play. To this day, it is Deryck Guyler's distinctive classically trained voice that the audience hears as the radio announcer at each West End performance of The Mousetrap, and it is this original touch which we are privileged to hear in the Sunnybank performances as well.
Deryck's son Chris has continued with the theatre tradition, both in acting and directing roles. He is also the recently-elected club President.
I was lucky enough to attend a preview performance of The Mousetrap and was thoroughly entertained and impressed at the professionalism of the acting, the lighting, staging, and sets. I also very much enjoyed the interpretations of the characters and the light and shade and comic touches they brought to the dialogue. What a great evening – no cringing here, no wriggling in your seat with boredom or looking at your watch!
Unfortunately, tickets to The Mousetrap have sold out but auditions for their next production, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, are happening as I write. There is a second audition date on 2 September. Check the website for more details.
The season for White Christmas will run from 16 November to 1 December.
The STG is housed in a converted church
STG is a very successful community theatre group, managing to get record attendance rates at most of their productions. For a community based group run entirely by volunteers that's not bad. They are clearly adding a lot of value to the cultural life of the southside! STG was formed in 1965 and presents a range of dramas, comedies and musicals throughout the year.
If you fancy getting involved in the theatre either as an actor, stage crew member, front of house or box office staff member, why not check out their website? Perhaps you'd like to be involved on the committee or as a member? Getting involved in your community is a great way to meet like-minded people. STG President Chris Guyler would be happy to hear from you, so if you're interested why not call him on 0414 481 506?
STG also have a facebook page to check out here. If you "like" the facebook page you'll be automatically notified of upcoming auditions and performances.