MEMBERS of the Julatten Theatre Group showed off their talent by winning both senior division awards in the Far North Queensland One Act Play Festival last Saturday.
The annual event was held in Mareeba and hosted by the Far North Queensland Amateur Theatrical Association and this year theatre groups from across the Tablelands performed seven one-act plays.
JTG took out the award for the Best Senior One- Act Play with an energetic and comical adaptation of A Dollar written by David Pinski and directed by Peter Cherpillod.
‘A Dollar’ is an allegorical play in which a troupe of stranded strolling players, tired, destitute and far between towns end up hag- gling over a dollar bill they find - and considering the play was written in 1913, $1 would solve all of their problems.
Adjudicator Gavin Shanks, who gave feedback to each performance, highly commended Peter Cherpillod’s excellent performance of the villain and complimented the authenticity of the costuming.
The cast included Ken Ellis the comedian, George Sivijs the tragedian, Doug Townsend the old man, Vicki Cherry the heroine, Jemma Dean the ingénue, Di Townsend the old woman and Fred Britcher the stranger and were supported by prompter Glenys Tonon.
The Gazette’s very own Angelique Patterson debuted on stage and won the best actor award in the senior division for her outstanding performance of a famous and glamorous actress.
Ms Patterson was joined on stage by Jemma Dean, who played a convincingly distraught young woman who accuses the famous actress of having an affair with her husband in the play A Matter of Husbands, written by Ferenc Molnar and directed by Vicki Cherry.
The Julatten Theatre Group will perform both plays later in the year on its new stage at Geraghty Park, Julatten, once all the alterations and modifications are completed to the extension.