10 February, 2024
How bard can it get for Mission Arts Theatre Ensemble?
EVERYTHING that can go bad will go bad in Mission Arts Theatre Ensemble’s (MATES) hilarious new production ‘How Bard Can It Get?,’ where a talented and diverse cast will have audiences in stitches with their relatable fourth wall-breaking story on how to put on a community theatre play.
This April, Mission Beach Community Centre will go meta with the three upcoming shows of ‘How Bard Can It Get?’ from April 11-14 with the hilarious story of all the misadventures of a community theatre cast putting together a Shakespeare play.
Director Don Sanderson said audiences should expect the unexpected with this production.
“How Bard Can It Get? is the story of a community theatre who are putting on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to lots of comedic effects and disastrous outcomes,” he said.
“By opening night, they have no lead actor, no lighting, no costume, no makeup, no idea really,” he said.
“We have a cast of 15 people ranging from ages 10 to 80 and it has been a collaborative effort to bring this script to life.
“We don’t do mainstream pieces because of the changing nature and budgeting of community theatre but this is a production that is quite relatable to people.
“We’re delighted to welcome many new members, especially young people, to be part of what promises to be a highly entertaining show.”
Mr Sanderson invited the community to enjoy a lighthearted comedy this April at the Mission Beach Community Arts Centre.
“In this play whatever can go wrong will go wrong, but it’s also it’s a collection of anecdotes that people have experienced in theatre, so we just take those ideas and make it comedic, and we’ve got cast and crew coming in and out, almost like a French farce, in their own little worlds and clashing all the time,” he said.
“So, if you’ve ever felt like you’re the only sane person in the room, this play is for you.”
Mr Sanderson also encouraged people to join MATES as part of the crew and videography and support community theatre.
“We’re looking for crew for our next production which is going to be much bigger and we’re looking for videographers to take videos of our whole process to share on our social media. We have broadcast quality equipment for this purpose,” he said.
To stay up to date with ‘How Bard Can It Get?”, visit MATES Facebook page or the Mission Arts website at www.missionarts.org.au