Saturday, October 12, 2013
The Committee of Noosa Arts Theatre invited all members to a sausage sizzle to honour our wonderful and unselfish volunteers who give their time so willing on so many occasions each year to ensure each and every production is of the highest standard.
The party also included the Fourth Annual Rod Taylor Memorial Flower Pot Award for the person "who best embodies the spirit of volunteering" (a sort of 'Volunteer of the Year'). There were several less serious 'Certificates', plus entertainment from the Madison Thew-Keyworth Dancers, the cast of The Fall and rise of Mr Scrooge, and Tony Pellatiero. For those who did not know Rod, he was the man in the wheelchair out the front selling programmes; a dedicated volunteer with a smile and a friendly word for everyone...well, nearly everyone.
The Presentation Evening:
The Committee hosted the evening as a way of saying “thank you” to all you willing helpers. It may have been said many times before, but it is all too true – we couldn’t have done it without you – so give yourselves a big round of applause, why not a standing ovation!
The Rod Taylor Memorial Flower Pot Award:
Why the Flower Pot Award? Well, in 1990 I had been cast in one of the finalist plays of the One-Act Playwriting Competition. It was a 2-hander, 1 male, 1 female. The play was something of a dramatic thriller, in which the man had a history of killing his dates (I know, I was typecast!). The woman was meant to be wraith-like, so that the audience would be kept guessing whether she was the latest date or the ghost of a previous date looking for revenge. Stop laughing, it was a drama! The originally cast female (let’s call her Actress 1) was physically and vocally perfect, but was facing drugs charges, so an understudy was sought (let’s call her Actress 2). As the performances drew near, so did the court date of Actress 1 and there was no guarantee she would be available to perform. So Actress 2 stepped in...and so did the mother of Actress 2. Mother obviously thought she knew better than both the author and the director as she decided to dress Actress 2 as a cross between Shirley Temple and Minnie Mouse, all bows and bright colours. Mother also thought it was a comedy. Anyway, come performances (there were only 3 in those days) and the first night we both dropped lines and only just made it through to something resembling the end. However, Actress 2 blamed me for the fiasco. Also in those days the acting awards were judged on the first night (who thought of that? Some sadistic director no doubt!), and the adjudicator was a professional actor who just happened to be a friend of Actress 2’s family, so she won the Best Actress Award. The prize was an enormous terracotta vase/pot with a painted frieze; to which Rod took an instant dislike. The following performance was only saved by someone plugging in a hairdryer and shorting out the whole theatre, which gave us time to work out where we were in the script before continuing. Again Actress 2 blamed me. On the last night Actress 2 jumped 5 pages and when given a direct cue jumped the same 5 pages. I had left my script at home that night, so after the performance raced home to check that, in fact, I was right and Actress 2 was wrong. Rod and I got back to the theatre to see Director and Actress 2 in the middle of a shouting match over who was to blame for the dropped lines, when Rod walked up to Actress 2 and said, “You’ve got your @#$%^&* flower pot, what more do you want?”
For several years after that moment Rod would award his own flower pots (the smallest seedling pots he could find) to anyone he thought had done a good job in a production. They became highly prized and many were miffed that they missed out. And so we come to a new era in Flower Pot Awards!
The following certificates were arranged broadly into 5 categories – Zealousness (those ever eager volunteers, just bursting out of their skins to help), Blooper Worthy (pretty self explanatory really), and Newbies (for the new comers showing the most promise).
The nominations for the category of Zealousness were:
- Therese Ridley – The Cochlear Implant Award – for being ever eager to operate to provide sound
- Yvonne Woodlock – Blue Heeler Award – for rounding up the most people for group bookings
- George (Joe) Genge – The Claytons Award – for the handyman you have when he’s not a handyman
- Des Storer – The Cathy Freeman Award – for best track record for track and curtain “raising”
And the Certificate went to: YVONNE WOODLOCK
The nominations for the category of Blooper Worthy were:
- Jan Pratley – The Gutenberg Award – for a beautifully produced batch print of tickets…for the wrong performance!
- Jenni McCaul – The Poise Incontinence Award – now you know what PPPPPP on the cash register sands for!
- Mary Coulthard – The Specsavers Award – no, Mary…Gin & Tonic is not tonic water!
- Larraine Browne – The Sobriety Award – who needs water glasses anyway?
And the Certificate went to: MARY COULTHARD
The nominations for the category of Newbie were:
- Carole Geary – The ‘Never Say Die’ Award – we’ll get you trained at Box Office yet, by hook or by crook
- Elle Bergland – The Duracell Battery Award – for the constant energy, infectious laugh and big smile that greets all and sundry at the bar…or wherever!
- Louise Phillimore – The Quiet Achiever Award – a Pat & Time Murfin find (read relative) who does her FOH duties with a quiet efficiency
And the Certificate went to: ELLE BERGLAND
Flower Pot Award
The Fourth Annual Rod Taylor Memorial Flower Pot Award:
The nominations were:
- Mary Coulthard – The ‘I want to be Stephen’ Award – for the determination to become the most proficient and prolific person in the ticketing system!
- Nelson and Barbara Tomlin – The Lifetime Achievement Award – for the time and expertise so gladly given over the last 25 years
- Therese Ridley – The ‘I want to be Gary’ Award – for the determination to become the most proficient and prolific person on the sound system!
And the award went to: NELSON AND BARBARA TOMLIN
For making all this possible, thank you:
- The Committee of Noosa Arts Theatre
- Those working on the event
- FOH and Bar
- Diana Thomson and Therese Ridley and in the bio box
- Members of the Committee for the catering
- The performers who entertained us all:
- Madison Thew-Keyworth and her dancers
- The cast of The Fall and Rise of Mr Scrooge
- Tony Pellatiero