Skase to make Clink b’day come­back

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GROOVE - by DONNA-MARIE MILNE

THE Dou­glas re­gion’s most pop­u­lar the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion will re­turn to the stage to cel­e­brate the Clink The­atre’s 20th an­niver­sary.

Most of the orig­i­nal cast have signed up for a spe­cial pro­duc­tion of Too Good To Be True, the satir­i­cal de­pic­tion of no­to­ri­ous en­tre­pre­neur Christo­pher Skase and wife Pixie, who ir­re­vo­ca­bly changed the face of Port Dou­glas from a sleepy fish­ing vil­lage into a world- class tourist mecca when they built the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage.

The ret­ro­spec­tive look back on the glamour and ex­cess of Christo­pher and Pixie is a rol­lick­ing ren­di­tion of the Jack Hey­wood pro­duc­tion as they trans­formed Port Dou­glas amid the elab­o­rate flam­boy­ance of the 1980s.

Skase died in 2001 but his legacy is one that re­mains strong in Port Dou­glas.

He and his wife Pixie came to an unas­sum­ing town armed with a grandiose vi­sion, build­ing the fives­tar Sher­a­ton Mi­rage, along with the Merid­ian Marina, beck­on­ing high­rollers, politi­cians and Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties to the town and plac­ing it on the map as a des­ti­na­tion for the rich and fa­mous.

Hey­wood is men­tor­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Pat­ter­son in the lat­est pro­duc­tion, which sees the re­turn of Luke McDon­ald in the role of the busi­ness­man gone bad, Judy Git­tings as Pixie, Shaun Cram play­ing the devil and Toby Short as one of the boys.

Jar­rod ??????? joins the cast as one of the boys and Kevin “K-Star” Eldridge will ham it up as Joe Everidge.

Tier­ney said the Dou­glas The­atre Arts Group wanted to cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary of the Clink The­atre on Novem­ber 7 with a reprisal of its most pop­u­lar pro­duc­tion which cap­tured the essence of the Skase legacy.

“We de­cided to restage the show and retell the story due to its unique em­bed­ded place in Port Dou­glas his­tory, shap­ing the face of the vil­lage as it stands to­day,” she said.

The fast-paced show runs from Novem­ber 7 to 12, with open­ing night al­most sold out.

“We sold out all nine shows last time round, and we ex­pect all five nights to do the same this time,” Claire said.

Tick­ets are on sale now and avail­able on­line at www.clink­the­atre.com. au

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: the orig­i­nal cast of the pro­duc­tion in 2008

Photo SHER­RAN EVANS

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