Saturday, 12 October
Sunshine Coast locals to join stellar cast as stars in Rock of Ages the musical
A long list of local Sunshine Coast talent including Rowan Howard (Buderim), Blossom Goodchild (Noosa) and Ben Adams (Maleny) will join the cast of Mad About Theatre’s September/October musical production of Rock of Ages as rehearsals start later this month.
The musical, featuring classic 1980s rock tunes including Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Feel the Noise and Know What Love Is, will be performed at The J in Noosa on September 20 and 21, followed by shows in Caloundra on October 4 and 5 and Rockhampton on October 11 and 12.
They will join Sydney based Eli Cooper who has been cast in the lead role of Franz and Melbourne based Lala Barber who has been cast as Regina. Eli has recently finished the Australian tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz and Artie in Yank! a WWII Love Story for Understudy Productions. Lala has recently returned from the UK where she has been appearing in productions of Side Show and Annie Get Your Gun, as well as appearing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her show The Worst Little Warehouse in London.
Buderim based Rowan Howard plays the role of Stacee Jaxx, the role Tom Cruise made famous in the Rock of Ages movie. Rowan said that he was looking forward to treading the boards after recently returning to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne where he appeared in television’s Please Like Me, Wentworth and Neighbours.
“It’s fantastic to be home again and touring in a local and very professional production like this. Stacee’s a great character and he’s a little different to my usual roles. I’m definitely looking forward to rocking it out on stage, Rowan said.
“This show will appeal to musical lovers but also people who would not normally consider themselves musical theatre fans. It’s a universal story of developers trying to destroy the local bar in town while the locals rally to save it. When it’s all set to a great eighties song list it’s really entertaining and fun.”
Mad About Theatre is a Noosa-based production company founded in 2015 with an aim to produce and present world-class theatre to regional Queensland. Owner and producer, Madison ThewKeyworth, explained that she had always wanted to produce Rock of Ages.
“This is a little different from our previous productions of Chicago, Annie and A Chorus Line, but it’s definitely one that I feel inspired and passionate about.
“Given the quality of the talent we have across the Sunshine Coast, we are able to produce worldclass performances the likes of which you would see in any large city.
“We don’t believe quality is about geography. It’s about talent and we have that by the bucket-full here, with so many talented actors and crew involved in this show.
“The audience will have a great time and be singing along to the classic eighties soundtrack from start to finish.”
Rock Of Ages will be performed by the Mad About Theatre company at:
- The J in Noosa – September 20 and 21
- The Events Centre, Caloundra – October 4 and 5
- Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton – October 11 and 12.
Tickets are on sale now for all shows and range from $45 – $55 (depending on the venue and ticket numbers). Book through each venue – online or by phone.
The show is recommended for ages 13 and above.
Rowan Howard as Stacee Jaxx