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Fate has thrust two star-crossed actors together again, four decades after they first shared the stage in a Sydney production of “The Real Inspector Hound”.

Maria Karambelas and Robert Boesch trod the boards in a 1986 Darlinghurst Theatre version of the Tom Stoppard whodunnit spoof and they meet up again this year in Noosa Arts Theatre’s comedy, “A Turkey’s Tail”.

Both were delighted to be reunited among the new faces gracing the local stage, thanks to the theatre’s open auditions during its 50th Anniversary year in 2020.

Robert, a former graphic designer who now volunteers on the theatre’s committee and painting sets with the theatre’s men’s group, remembers Maria as “the life of the party”.

“Funny, generous and talented. She hasn’t changed. I loved her English accent,” he said.

Maria, who also volunteers as a committee member, runs her own freelance film and TV crew agency and plays ukulele on Wednesdays at the Noosa Marina, recalled Robert as an expressive, comedic performer.

“Robert was always so funny and good to see he hasn't lost his comedic timing and facial expressions,” Maria said.

Theatre remains a driving passion for both.

“I love the immediacy of theatre, the reaction of the audience, bringing a character to life and the many interesting people you meet along the way,” Robert said. “I have always felt Noosa Arts was very well-run, produced fabulous, professional shows and they’re only three minutes from home.”

Maria sees the community theatre as one of Noosa’s main assets.

“When I relocated from Sydney, one of the most important factors of my move was there had to be a good theatre company,” she said. “I've performed with several Sydney theatre companies and Noosa Arts is one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of working with.”

The pair feel blessed to be in Noosa.

Mamma Mia will be performed at Noosa Arts Theatre from 25 March to 17 April - tickets are now on sale (see contact details below).

Pictured: Maria and Robert on stage in 1986 and again in 2020.


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