Actors announced for THE SUNSHINE CLUB at Queensland Performing Arts Center

The Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC) and Queensland Theater have revealed the stars of Sunshine Club, a revival of The Sunshine Club, which will perform at The Playhouse from July 9-30, 2022.

First presented by Queensland Theater at QPAC’s Playhouse in 1999, The Sunshine Club launched the careers of artists who are now household names including Wesley Enoch, David Page, Roxanne McDonald, Stephen Page, Ursula Yovich, Wayne Blair , Elaine Crombie, Tessa Rose and Christen. O’Leary. The hit Australian musical follows Frank Doyle, an Aboriginal serviceman who spent years fighting shoulder to shoulder with troops from across Australia only to find that race relations hadn’t changed at all when he was returned home to Brisbane after the World War. II. Brimming with hope and challenge, Frank sets up his own ballroom, The Sunshine Club, where everyone is invited to meet, mingle and rock the night away. Singer-songwriter and actor Marcus Corowa will fill Frank Doyle’s boots. Award-winning artist of Bowen Aboriginal and South Seas Islander descent, Corowa recently wowed audiences as one of the Drifters in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, with other credits including Opera’s Bran Nue Dae Australia and The Secret River from the Sydney Theater Company.Irena Lysiuk, former soprano and The Voice, will play Rose Morris, Frank’s dream girl and the Reverend’s daughter. A Queensland Conservatorium graduate, Lysiuk has worked extensively with Opera Queensland and The Little Red Company, recently appearing in The Marriage of Figaro and Your Song for them respectively. over 20 years. Descended from the Mandandanji and Darambal tribes of Central Queensland, Aunty Rox has performed in over 50 major plays with the Queensland Theatre, Sydney Theater Company, Melbourne Theater Company and Belvoir St Theatre, and has had roles in the screen in movies like Australia Day and Harrow. Internationally acclaimed Nunukul and Ngugi playwright and director Wesley Enoch AM will direct the revival. Currently holding the first Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology, Enoch will return to Queensland Theater – where he was artistic director from 2010 to 2015 – to remount the work he was commissioned to create at only 28 years old.Several other original creators will return, including composer John Rodgers, music director Wayne Freer and costume designer Richard Roberts, to combine forces with a new generation of talent including choreographer Yolande Brown, set designer Jacob Nash, stage designer lighting Ben Hughes and sound designer Derek Wilson. Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said The Sunshine Club was a joyous, local First Nations story that showcased warmth, love and wonderful music with a diversity of voices. “It’s wonderful to see two great arts organizations, QPAC and Queensland Theatre, working together to spread some sunshine to the Playhouse Theater by presenting a new production of this popular theatrical production,” said Minister Enoch at the world premiere of Boy Trent Dalton’s Swallows Universe for last year’s Brisbane Festival. A roadmap for arts, culture and creativity, sharing our stories and celebrating our storytellers.”Queensland Theater artistic director Lee Lewis said if we ever needed a Sunshine Club revival, it was now. are about to fall in love with Irena and Marcus, new young voices to fill us with hope for a new future. The next generation of Queensland audiences will see this new generation of Queensland talent take to the QPAC stage in this Made in Queensland classic. Look back with fondness, look forward with hope, just make sure you come and see this great Queensland musical,” Ms Lewis said. The huge heart inside this musical will burst onto the stage reminding us all that resilience is made up of generosity, community, laughter and love. It will be a celebration of great talent, great ambition and the power of music and dance to bring us together. I look forward !”QPAC chief executive John Kotzas said the Sunshine Club would be a special return to where it all began in the Playhouse and a season that brings together generations of Queensland and First Nations artists. the original cast and creators have enjoyed illustrious careers since 1999 and we can’t wait to see some of them reunite at QPAC,” Mr. Kotzas said. “Over 20 years later, we hope The Sunshine Club will encourage reflection but will make us Sharing knowledge and truth across generations will be powerful, distilled by First Nations storytellers like Jacob Nash and Yolande Brown, who worked closely with original choreographer Stephen Page at the Bangarra Dance Theater . powerful for our audience. “Inspired by the Boathouse dances that took place in Brisbane in the late 1950s and early 1960s, The Sunshine Club is an examination of Australia’s relationship with its First Nations peoples through humour, optimism and foot-stomping music.The musical received widespread acclaim when it first aired, with a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Choreography in a Musical, a Deadly Award for Excellence in Motion Picture or Theater Score, and the Matilda Book Award. , lyrics and direction. The Sunshine Club is QPAC and Queensland Theatre’s first major co-production since the record-breaking world premiere success of Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry, in 2021. The full cast will be announced shortly. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 30 March 2022 at 9am via qpac.com.au or 136 246.