Jetty Memorial Theatre bounces back in 2021 with live performances and screenings

The Jetty Memorial Theatre on Harbour Drive.

 

THE Jetty Memorial Theatre on Harbour Drive is switching the lights back on with a program of variety performances scheduled for 2021.

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The live performances commence on Friday 12 February with a star studded cabaret show hosted by Nick Hardcastle who started his career at The Coffs Harbour Memorial Theatre and went on to perform in blockbusters such as
Priscilla the Musical, Creature Features and the popular TV drama Home and Away.

Last year Nick was based at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood and now he returns to his roots to switch on the lights at the Theatre where it all started.

“I grew up on the Jetty Theatre stage and I am so excited to be able to bring my friends together onto that stage to celebrate the lights being switched back on and the great season that the theatre is presenting in 2021,” Nick wrote in the program notes.

Events staff member, Arli Fender shared the frustrations caused by the pandemic in 2020 but when asked about the year ahead she described it with a bubbling enthusiasm.

“We have a variety of upcoming shows ranging from kids shows, amateur theatre groups, cabaret, The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow and big music acts such as Daniel Coggon and Daniel Champagne,” said Fender.

The Memorial Theatre has a rich history in the Community spanning almost one hundred years.

It was built in 1927 by the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL) and functioned as a Cinema until the late 1970’s and in 2004 the building was transformed into a 250 seat contemporary Theatre to broaden to accommodate a broader variety of performances.

The Theatre has retained its 1920’s character and nostalgia, and stays true to its roots as a Cinema with weekly Matinees and evening films which includes the Academy Award accredited Short Film Festival ‘Flickerfest’.

“After a devastating 2020, we’ve been working really hard to put on the best shows possible for the Coffs Coast and bounce back in 2021,” concluded Fender.

 

By David WIGLEY

 

Arli Fender admiring the Theatre’s character and nostalgia.

 

The symbol of the Arts flys high overlooking the Jetty.

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