All the world's a stage
SUZANNE Bushell tells an uplifting tale from her theatre days in Charters Towers.
Directing a play called Remain Seated, she had engaged some real-life north Queensland ambos to take part in the drama and tend to an injured character on stage.
It was all part of the entertainment but so real was the dramatic portrayal, two doctors in the audience stepped forward to offer their services.
It remains for Suzanne a moment that encapsulates the art of theatrical directing.
“Looking at timing and making sure what you’re saying is being sold, that there is truth in the words as well as the body. You have to be able to sell the words to the audience. They have to believe you,” she sums up her not-so-simple secret of directing.
She will be applying all her best principles to the coming production of Scrubbers, which marks a new dawn for the long-running Maryborough Players Theatre.
Suzanne, 48, discovered a theatre in abeyance, kept alive by pride when she moved from Dysart to Maryborough last February.
“They still had about 25 people on the books. They were a strong group of people who didn’t want Maryborough Players to dissolve and who were looking forward to new blood coming in.
“They were certainly looking for more people in a doing capacity.”
Suzanne, who is also about open a gallery and framing business at Yengarie, offered herself as that injection of new blood, bringing with her a theatrical experience developed in Caloundra, Charters Towers and Innisfail where she set up an amateur theatre for adults and children.
Uncovering fresh talent for the theatre group has had its challenges with the Maryborough Players name not as prominent in the Heritage City as in its heyday.
She has also discovered a tendency among some to seek acting fulfilment in Hervey Bay.
“It’s about getting people to know there is theatre here.
“People don’t have to have acted before. They just have to say ‘I’d like to act’.
“Theatre is important. It’s important for people to be able to feel good about themselves and develop self confidence.”
For Scrubbers Suzanne is seeking five women, with the lead part requiring a strong singing voice.
The play focuses on five cleaners who get talking one night and how their sobering stories affect the lives of each other.
Rehearsals begin in February and the play will be staged at four venues during the last two weekends of March.
Anyone interested in auditioning can contact Suzanne on 0439 882 684.