Theatre springs on to Jetty stage

ALL the pizazz and fun of live theatre is coming to the stage tonight.

That's right, the Jetty Memorial Theatre is once again hosting the Spring On Stage Festival, and the drama with local and travelling artists starts at 8pm with the grand opening.

An expo of professional, community and youth theatre; this year's festival will feature a series of workshops in acting, directing, make-up and musical theatre.

Tonight activities kick off with a grand opening by the 'Hostess with the Mostess', Sue Broadway, who will present Broadway At The Jetty.

The night will also include performances by local artists and one-act plays with the Grafton Theatre Company, Upper Landsdowne Players and Samron Studios, and entry is free.

Ms Broadway, who is currently directing a play at the Edinburgh Festival, is flying back to Australia to host the festival's opening cabaret and will be running one of the many workshops, Creative Use Of Props, tomorrow.

The workshops being offered include hip hop, musical theatre, acting and make-up. Each workshop costs $10.

Other highlights of the five-day event include a performance by the Reamus Youth Theatre group from Maitland with Shakespeare's Macbeth on Saturday at 4.30pm. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for concession. They are available at the door or by phoning David Quinn on 6653 2293.

The Vagina Monologues, which has been touring locally by the Pataphysics Productions Company, will be making a special appearance at the festival on Saturday at 8pm, tickets are available from Park Beach Music on 6652 3725.

The festival will finish with the Youth Showcase on Sunday from 3.30pm. Tickets cost $5. Seats for the free show tonight are limited.

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