Love Off The Shelf is a SUPA first
THE first musical off the rank for SUPA North is off the hook. Well to be more specific, it’s Love Off The Shelf, a musical parody of the romance novel.
The story unfolds as John and his assistant Mary secretly begin writing romance novels. The stage is split in two and each of their stories unfolds before you, acted out by the talented cast. Eventually, says Dean Doyle, who plays Hamilton Squire, the actors take over the writing as well.
“It’s very cleverly done,” he says. And Brian Pamphilon, who is very familiar to theatre goers in Ballina, is in his dream role says Doyle.
“It’s perfect for him because he just gets to ham it up,” says Doyle. Pamphilon plays around 10 different characters in the production, and “completely steals the show” according to Doyle.
Of course Doyle is being modest. After 13 years performing as the lead vocalist and trombonist in the Australian Defence Force Band, studying classical voice and teaching as well as a few slots in musicals with the Ballina Players, it’s fair to say Doyle has the experience to impress as well.
You may also know his face from performing with Sophistication, his band who is often touring around the Northern Rivers.
Doyle is excited to be part of the first SUPA North show working with Sue and Paul Belsham who he has worked with in the past. Paul is also the drummer in his band, so when the Belshams were casting their first show, they didn’t have too far to look.
The last show Doyle worked on with Sue, Miss Saigon, he was nominated for best actor in a musical in the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.
Doyle has a few favourite numbers from the musical including the 20s inspired number, Do As The Romantics Do and the comical Thinking Woman’s Crumpet.
Love Off The Shelf runs from tomorrow night until June 4 at the Richmond Room in Ballina. Tickets from Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440.