Win Win for MATES Theatre and Cleveland

Cleveland residents and those from surrounding areas, listen up. Mates Theatre Genesis Inc. will transform the Donald Simpson Centre into a suburban cul-de-sac emblazoned with Christmas lights for their production of ‘Summer Wonderland’ written by award-winning playwright, Matthew Ryan.

Affectionately dubbed MATES, the longest-running community theatre group in the Redlands will stage future productions at the Donald Simpson Centre, Cleveland. With productions traditionally staged at the Birkdale School of Arts Hall, the arrangement is a win-win for both community groups. MATES will have access to a bigger stage, improved sound and lighting facilities and a wheelchair accessible air-conditioned hall, whilst Donald Simpson Centre members will have opportunities to enjoy quality community theatre productions.

From May 5 – 15, the audience will step into Dickens Court, where a Christmas Lights competition has the neighbours at war. Old fashioned battler Bob, played by Dennis Walsh, has just lost his job. His neighbour Eugene (Trevor Sammon) is in serious debt after the arrival of his bride, Svetlana (Amanda Lay), and the snobs across the road are desperate to buy a beachfront apartment. When they discover the grand prize in the Christmas Lights competition could solve their money problems, it means WAR! ‘Summer Wonderland’ is a Christmas comedy about fake snow, fairy lights and the great Australian Dream.

Directed by Suze Harpur, the cast includes Anna Bober as Mrs Slade and young newcomers; Ronan Mason as Foster, and Sammy Jo Toussaint Guild as Demoiselle. Screen & Media TAFE graduate, Sam Galatola takes the reins as Stage Manager, and experienced Light and Sound Technician, Mike Daniell will design and operate the lighting and sound behind the scenes. In a true collaboration of community groups, the set has been constructed by the Alexandra Hills Mens Shed.

To find out more or book tickets visit the MATES Theatre website.

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