Plays take on Ju­lat­ten

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

GER­AGHTY Hall was packed when the Ju­lat­ten The­atre Group Inc hosted their first event since ren­o­va­tions, A Night Of One-Act Plays.

More than dou­ble the fore­cast amount of peo­ple ar­rived with up to 180 peo­ple com­ing from across the Table­lands and Dou­glas re­gions, to view four en­ter­tain­ing plays.

Start­ing off the night was Mt Mol­loy State School stu­dents with the play Twelve An­gry Pigs, which JTGI pres­i­dent Doug Townsend said was an ab­so­lute suc­cess.

‘‘The high­light for me was see­ing the chil­dren of Mt Mol­loy State School up on the stage get­ting in­volved with the help of Peter (Cher­pil­lod, who di­rected the play) and en­joy­ing them­selves,’’ he said.

‘‘They want to do it again next year, make it an an­nual event.’’

The fol­low­ing three plays had peo­ple laugh­ing from all forms of com­edy set in sev­eral dif­fer­ent eras cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent themes, A dol­lar, A Mat­ter of Hus­bands and San­dra’s Shad­ows.

‘‘It was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess both from the the­atri­cal side and also the audi- ence sup­port and re­sponse,’’ Mr Townsend said.

‘‘The mayor of the Table­lands Re­gional Coun­cil, Rosa Lee Long, who has shown long­stand­ing sup­port for the­atre at Ju­lat­ten, re­marked on a great evening and how pleased the group was to see it back up and run­ning.

‘‘For us the only sad part is the fact it was the fi­nal time JTGI mem­ber Jemma Mi­randa Paez ( A Mat­ter of Hus­bands and San­dra’s Shadow) will make an ap­pear­ance on our stage, we are sad to see her go but wish her all the best in the fu­ture – who knows she might pop up in the bright lights of Syd­ney wow­ing au­di­ences.’’

The group re­ceived al­most $3000 in profit, which will be used to fine tune the re­cent ren­o­va­tions, which in­cluded build­ing and ex­tend­ing the stage, cur­tains, sound and light­ing.

The Jul­laten The­atre Group Inc will be host­ing the Ma­reeba The­atre Group’s adap­ta­tion of My Big Fat Greek Wed­ding in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Pic­ture: ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

A DOL­LAR: Ken El­lis, Maria Snook, Faye Smith, Di Townsend, Dave Inkster, Peter Cher­pil­lod, Doug Townsend and Ge­orge Sivijs

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