SHOUT! - The Legend of the Wild One

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  • Location: The Events Centre, Caloundra, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

NOTE: The Events Centre regrets to announce that due to illness Rowena Wallace is physically unable to perform in SHOUT! The Legend of the Wild One, opening at The Events Centre tomorrow. Rowena was set to play the role of Johnny O'Keefe's mother, Thelma O'Keefe.  Please read more at bottom of this article...

By John-Michael Howson, David Mitchell, Melvyn Morrow.

The story of the King of Australian Rock'n'Roll.
Starring Rowena Wallace & Dale Pengally

It's the mid-70s and Johnny O'Keefe is taking his new fiancée for one last look at The Sydney Stadium the scene of so many of his triumphs. Soon it will be demolished to make way for the new Eastern Suburbs Railway. Johnny reminisces about the Australian music scene and his life.

Johnny O'Keefe was born to entertain. A tear-away at school he turns his back on a solid future in the family furniture business and starts his career singing at dances around the Sydney suburbs. At one dance he meets Marianne, a German immigrant, and falls for her as she encourages him to follow his dream.

When Johnny hears one of the first rock'n'roll records - Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock' - He immediately knows he has heard the music that will change his life. He presents himself to flashy music promoter, Lee Gordon and fights to overcome the obstacle of Lee's not wanting to employ Australian acts even as 'openers' for the galaxy of American stars who appear at the Stadium.  Lee believes Australians do not want to see Australians but only imported stars. 
Gordon rejects Johnny until an American group is delayed and, desperate for a backing band, he gives in to the budding rock star. In one night O'Keefe becomes a sensation.

Soon teens are lining up to see JO'K and fame and fortune follows: A recording contract, a TV show, hit appearances at venues around Australia. However success comes at a price and, to keep up the pace, Johnny starts to use pills. This strains his marriage to the always patient Marianne and almost leads to catastrophe when O'Keefe is involved in a terrible car smash.

Desperate for international success he goes overseas but manages to blow a chance of stardom in the USA. Things are no better in the UK where he suffers a breakdown and returns to Australia desperate to pick up a fading career. Unable to cope with the pressure of Johnny's life Marianne walks out as Johnny finds the only work he can get is performing in a tent at agricultural shows around Australia. Although he and Lee Gordon, who was the major influence on his life, had fallen out he is heart broken when Gordon dies. Now he has nobody and nothing.

The years pass and Johnny makes a comeback in the 70s with new hit record and appearances at clubs where his fans, recalling their youth, turn up to see the first Aussie Rock Star perform with all the energy they remember. Happily remarried to Maureen, Johnny seems to have found peace and contentment but then.....

SHOUT! ends with a huge tribute to Johnny O'Keefe and Australian Rock'n'Roll. He was, says his father, The King of Rock'n'Roll and a man who created a revolution in the Australian entertainment business by forcing promoters to realise that Australians do want to see Australians. He died at the age of 43 but all the acts that followed Johnny owe him a debt of gratitude.

SHOUT! is on at The Events Centre from Wednesday 3rd September until Sunday 14th September.  Show times;
Wednesday  3rd September @ 7:30pm
Friday  5th September @ 7:30pm
Saturday 6th September @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday   7th September @ 2:00pm
Wednesday  10th September @ 7:30pm
Friday   12th September @ 2:00pm
Saturday  13th September @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday   14th September @ 2:00pm

Ticket Prices are $36.00 Adult, $32.00 Concession, $19.00 Child/Student, $95.00 Family (2 Adult + 2 Children).  Members Prices $32.00 Adult, $28.50 Concession, $17.00 Child/Student.  Bookings (07) 5491 4240, Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-6:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm, Box Office opens 1 hour prior to performance.  For more information or to book through 'e-tix' online visit our website at

Shout! A wild opening night

The Event Centres first Pro-Am production SHOUT! The Legend of the Wild One opened its season last night to an enthusiastic full house. The crowd were wowed with energetic performances from lead Dale Pengelly and the supporting cast formed by local amateur performers.

The hours dedicated to rehearsals were evident last night as the cast gave the audience a show they would not forget. The audience in return became a part of the show; singing, clapping and tapping their feet to those renowned rock and roll tunes.
Director Sam Coward said "In true theatre style, last night had all the buzz and energy that comes with an opening night. From here we will only get bigger and better and continue to amaze our audiences".

The Events Centre General Manager Destry Puia said "SHOUT! has proven once again that there is a market for Pro-Am productions on the Coast, not only for our audiences, but also for the cast and crew. I am tremendously proud of what has been achieved with this production and firmly believe this has opened the door for further Pro-Am productions".

Despite Rowena Wallace having to withdraw from the show two days prior due to injury, the cast banded together with support for understudy Nola Adam who put on tremendous performance as Thelma O'Keefe, Johnny's mother.

The Events Centre Presents '2008 Theatre Season Launch'
Following on from the record breaking 2007 Theatre Season, The Events Centre Board is pleased to present the Events Passport for the first half of 2008.  This is the new guide to high-quality events and entertainment in Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast.
Our Events & Entertainment for 2008 include:
• Diverse Theatre Shows & Entertainment  • Sunshine Morning Melodies Series
• Cabaret Dinner Shows [New]   • Special Events & Entertainment
• Classic Music Series [New]    • Sinema Film Club (Licensed)
• Children's Theatre & Workshops   • Movies & More
  (New Release Arthouse Movies) [New]
In 2008 The Events Centre is inviting patrons to become members of The Centre.  Members will be entitled to 10% discount off selected Events Centre shows as well as food and beverage discounts. In addition to this The Centre will arrange a number of 'Members Only' experiences such as meeting performers and casts, Behind the Scenes tours & social occasions. is our online ticketing agent allowing you to purchase tickets to shows and events directly online. Just a few clicks on the internet and you can purchase tickets to any one of our great shows.  Car and coach parking facilities are located on-site and adjacent to The Events Centre. Save time in queues by pre-ordering your intermission drinks before evening shows and don't forget you can now join us for dinner before many of our evening shows where you can enjoy great food with live music. There is a delicious buffet lunch available after all morning performances. Bookings are essential.  We invite you to review our exciting upcoming shows and events, and on behalf of The Events Centre Board and staff look forward to welcoming you through 2008.
See you at the show!

The Events Centre 2008 Theatre Season is on sale now! For Bookings, Memberships and Information contact the Box Office on (07) 5491 4240.  Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-6:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm, Box Office opens 1 hour prior to performances.  For more information or to book through 'e-tix' online visit our website 'Etix
The Events Centre are offering a 'Groups' package for pre-show dining.  We are offering a table of 10 for $560 all inclusive:
• Tickets to the show for 10
• Pre-show Dining for 10
• 2 complimentary bottles of wine
• 10 complimentary programmes
• Chance to have programme signed at the end of the performance
'Groups' dining will be only be available on Fridays and Saturdays:
• Friday September 5th
• Saturday September 6th
• Friday September 12th
• Saturday September 13th
This package is for Groups of 10 only.  Regular Pre-Show Dining will still be available for $25.00 ($22.50 for centre club members)

Latest News:

The Events Centre regrets to announce that due to illness Rowena Wallace is physically unable to perform in SHOUT! The Legend of the Wild One, opening at The Events Centre tomorrow. Rowena was set to play the role of Johnny O'Keefe's mother, Thelma O'Keefe.
Rowena is suffering from a severe knee injury involving some ligament damage and arthritis.  The problem is recurring and, although she has consistently received treatment for the pain and discomfort throughout the heavy rehearsal schedule, the weekend proved too much and she has now been forced to withdraw.
"I am extremely disappointed I will not have the opportunity to take to the stage, having gone through all the rehearsals and now not being able to perform it in front of an audience - which is what performers absolutely love to do.  Unfortunately I may have pushed a little too hard on the weekend and I'm now on strict doctors orders to do what is best for my health. Being a part of a production such as SHOUT! has given me the opportunity to work with members of the local community, and my heart goes out to all the performers - I know they are going to put on a fantastic performance on Wednesday" Rowena said.
Nola Adam, Rowena's understudy, and will perform in the role the mother. Nola has appeared in many musicals such as, Kiss Me Kate, No No Nanette, South Pacific, Irene, Anything Goes, 42nd Street and Pirates of Penzance, which she also choreographed.
Dale Pengelly who is playing the role Johnny O'Keefe said, "I am disappointed that Rowena has had to withdraw from the show due to circumstances beyond her control. Nola has shown a great dedication to her role as understudy and I have no doubt this dedication will shine on the stage and will amaze our audiences". 


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