THE Yeppoon Choral Society cast are rehearsed and ready for their stunning debut of Annie Get Your Gun, and local performers Amanda and Travis Hock who've established their own company, Lock & Hock Productions are steering the productions ship.
The Capricorn Coast Mirror spoke to one half of the husband and wife team Amanda last week, about what being part of this community production means.
WHEN: Saturday from 7.30pm and Sunday 2pm; July 29 from 7.30pm and July 30 from 2pm
WHERE: Yeppoon Town Hall, Normanby St.
TICKETS: Adults $20.
How have the rehearsals been going so far?
Rehearsals have been going really well. We have a fantastic company who are such hard workers. Travis and I are pretty hard task masters at times and this company have absorbed every challenge we have thrown their way - which is of course, all a production team could ask for of a great company.
Tell us a bit about your production company and how that came about?
Travis and I have both been performers for a large majority of our lives.
We love every aspect of theatre and performance, so we thought it would only be fitting to look into creating our own original work.
When we worked in the UK at the Edinburgh Fringe we were exposed to artists from all over the world and it was very inspiring to know that the talent in our region is just as capable as what we were exposed to there and in Europe.
This was our first incentive to get the cogs turning for our own material.
We also work really well together creatively - so it just makes sense.
How has it been working together on this project given it's a first for you both?
We have worked on smaller projects together before, but it is a first for us with a large company and on a community event. In that sense, it is very exciting for us as it came with a lot of unknowns.
What are you looking forward to about this show?
Of course seeing all of the show's production elements come together is the most interesting part.
All of the rehearsal finally meshing with the costumes, the props, the sets and the orchestra.
Sometimes it gets a little scary before it gets good, but we are definitely on track with where we should be for a show at this stage.
We are also really looking forward to the Capricorn Coast seeing the very talented Emma McGuire and Jacob Goves on stage together - they are both so very skilled on stage and everyone will simply just fall in love with them.
Where do you hope to take your production company?
Lock & Hock Productions has some exciting prospects in the pipeline!
We are excited to be presenting our original cabaret show Red Foot Cabaret to local audiences again at the Village Festival and we hope to continue to grow this creation of ours through touring, developing a score for the show and continuing to network and expand on our ideas.
We would also love to get to a point where we have a season of performances for the year. Trav's background and strengths lie in theatre and mine are in musical theatre so it would be wonderful if we could get ourselves to the point of producing our own yearly shows.
I am also quite passionate about young performers in the community having professional opportunities in the arts, so I would love for Lock & Hock to produce a show each year for students starring students.
How do you feel working on this show has helped your production skills?
Every show that anyone is ever involved in (whether as an artist or as a creator) poses its own challenges.
However, challenges never exist without solutions and lessons attached.
What would you say about the talent we have on the Cap Coast and wider region?
Performers in our region have such fantastic commitment to the arts.
People may vary in experience, but they do not vary in their passion for community theatre and their desire to learn.
We are lucky enough to have performers, musicians and crew that span as far away as Gracemere and Zilzie, so it is evident that when there is an opportunity to share in performance, people will travel far and wide.
In our region, we are so fortunate to have the talent that exists here. Time and time again, professional directors and performers who come to this region comment on the quality of the performers, technicians, and volunteers and often compare their standard to interstate or sometimes, international equivalents.
We also love that the commitment of artists in this region continues throughout their lives.