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When she swept in the room, half-drenched and shaking, Tristan looked up from the television and smiled as though he’d been expecting her. ‘Hey beautiful!’ The blue light from the television was reflecting off his fair hair. ‘How was your night?’
Ivyanne reached into her sagging apron, removed the two bound mud crabs she’d absconded with and placed them on the table top before her. She’d worked so hard to develop composure in the face of so much friction, but the rainy, perplexing day was the last straw. She was out of tolerance. ‘What did you say to my boss?!’
Tristan’s eyes widened as he regarded the live crustaceans on his perfectly clean table before gaping up at her. ‘Is this your version of bringing a man flowers? I already ate, but it works.’
Ivyanne scowled at him. ‘They’re females. I just rescued them from the tank. Figured you’re used to dealing with women with crabs so you could see that they get where they need to go.’
Tristan chuckled. ‘Ouch!’


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My novel is being adapted to a theatre-restaurant in June!
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BUDDING actor Brent Dillon loves to lose himself in a role.
He has been performing since high school drama class and from there he took part in community productions before studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay.
So when the opportunity arose to audition for a play written by his friend Samantha Munt, he jumped at it.
The play is a dinner theatre adaptation from one of the novels Mrs Munt, who is a published author, wrote.
Her novel is titled Unchained Melody, while the play is called The Day the Muse-Ic Died.
It was about the nine muses of Mount Helicon, who, rather than inspiring people, are “out of control” in their bid to compete with one another, Mrs Munt said.
The result of a tragic death, one of the muses is sent to earth (the Mackay region) as a mortal where she must help make someone a superstar, she said.
Auditions were held at Ko Huna Beachside Resort on Saturday and Mrs Munt said she was excited by the talent who responded.
“I want lots of new talent,” she said.
The play’s director Cheryl Peppin said she was looking for a strong cast to bring the production to life.
Meanwhile Mackay author and budding playwright Samantha Munt is looking for fresh acting talent to be part of her latest project – dinner theatre.
Mrs Munt, a published author, has transformed one of her books into a play script, which will be performed at Ko Huna Beachside Resort on June 16, 17 and 18 this year.
Auditions for the nine lead female roles and five male roles were held on Saturday, also at the resort.
The production is called The Day the Muse-Ic Died and is based around the nine muses of Mount Helicon from Greek mythology.
Rather than inspiring people, the nine sisters are out of control trying to out do one another.
Tragedy strikes when Calliope, the muse of music, causes the death of her sister Imogen, the muse of literature’s partner, Mrs Munt said.
Imogen wants vengeance, so she puts a curse on Calliope, who is sent to earth as a mortal human where she has to try and help someone become a superstar.
She has no idea who or what she is, Mrs Munt said.
The script is an adaptation from her book Unchained Melody, which has been published for about two years now, she said.
While the book was quite tragic, the production was a “funny theatre restaurant spin off”, she said.
There would be plenty of silly humour and crowd participation was a must.
“Because it’s the first play I’ve ever written, I wanted to adapt something I knew well,” she said.
Mrs Munt was in the process of writing another script based on the life of one of Mackay’s favourite characters – Mick Pope.
“I learned my love of Mackay and everything I know about promotion from (Mr Pope) when I worked for him for 10 years,” she said.
“I always knew he was a character. And I’ve always tried to find a way to put him in my books.”
Mrs Munt began writing the play about Mr Pope last year.
“He was so excited to see it,” she said.
Mrs Munt had always wanted to be a novelist and eventually work her way to writing musicals while collaborating with music composers for the songs, she said.
“Theatre restaurant is a great way to do in the middle because I can take a book I’ve already written and a story I know well and adapt it,” she said.
Her script The Day the Muse-Ic died allowed for a lot smaller lead roles.
While Mrs Munt will be co producing her project, the directing reins have been handed to Cheryl Peppin, who wants plenty of energy from the cast.
“It’s an energetic show. They’ve got to be funny people,” she said.
Ms Peppin, who is a part of Mackay Musical Comedy Players and Red Giraffe Rent Group, is passionate about supporting Mackay’s acting community.
She said plays like Mrs Munt’s opened more options for budding actors in the region.
The cast has been chosen and rehearsals will start in March.

The team includes:
Production Team:
Director: Cheryl Peppin
Choreographer: Madison Reck
Producers: Sammy KM Munt & Amalie Draper
Costumes: Krissy Mulder
Calliope (Muse Of Music) : Danielle McCully
Imogen (Muse of Literature) : Chanelle Redgwell
Ryan Weaver (Rock God) : Brent Dillon
Hunter Marks (Rock God) : James Munt
Animal (Narrator/Rock Star): Nite Johnston
Marnie Winters (Narrator): Michaela Boyd
Hera (Evil goddess) : Pia Larsen
Zeus: Stuart Read
Memoria (Zeus’s wife): Debbie Read
Nicky/Pelvis Presley: (Radio host/ Narrator) Kris Brennan
Nico (Radio host/Narrator) : Andrew Obst
Polyhymnia (Muse of Holy Music): Kristyn Everett
Urania (Muse of technology): Kita Vakatini
Thespia (Muse of comedy/Tragedy) Ashlee Flanagan
Clio (Muse of History) Bryarna Bowman
Hendra (Muse of War): Amanda Van Stralen
Lania (Muse of the Greek Gods) Pia Larsen
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Review: the Summer I turned Pretty, by Jenny han

I absolutely adore the way Jenny Han writes, and she has this awesome gift for re-creating what those awkward teen years feel like. Problem is, she does it too well and too realistically, and I always feel the compulsion to lick wounds that I thought had healed ages ago when I’m reading her stuff. Then I just smile, content in the knowledge that none of THAt will ever happen to me again, and settle in with the popcorn.

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The Summer I turned Pretty is written in a very similar vein to her other series, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I’m glad that I read them first because I went into this book with my hard-hat on, knowing damn well that Jenny Han likes to serve us a ‘Realistically Ever After’ instead of a HEA. Luckily for her, she knows how to frost these ugly truths (for e.g.: Boys lie, unattainable boys usually stay unattainable until they hit 21-ish, awesome best friends don’t exist for teenagers and good things only come to those who wait, wish and play the game like it’s chess etc etc) with lovely girlie things. Whether it’s a description of hair colour, a surge of sentiment or an idealistic summer home, Jenny H knows how to put the ‘Nawwww’ in ‘Girl’ (and yes there is one!) and true to form, she had me sucked in after the first few paragraphs. The way she describes return to her home away from home reminds me of how I felt when I was little, cracking open a Baby-Sitter’s Club Super Special, like the ones set in Sea City or Camp Mohawk, and made me pine for my own childhood days on Bucasia Beach. In Australia, summer homes are few and far between (and are usually tents in caravan parks NOT Victorian manors in cape Cod) but I was lucky enough to live in low-cost housing in a sleepy suburb where other people summered, so the things described are relatable to me. Only it wasn’t someone else’s mis-matched, second-hand bedroom built with old or thrift-store things that I was returning to, but the house I grew up in on a budget – and I love authors who find the romance in this stuff because it truly is there. In fact, Jenny Han’s books sort of are like the BSC, only with the annoying baby-sitting bits edited out.

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In TSITP, the author delivers yet another angst-ridden love-triangle, which I am proud to say that I will always gorge myself upon. It’s a story about a girl who has been summering with the same family her entire life, but focuses primarily on the heroine’s interest in the son’s of her mother’s best friend, Jeremiah and Conrad. She’s always had a crush on the cooler, distant brother Conrad, when it’s as clear as the nose on Barbara’s face that Jeremiah’s the one who would gladly reciprocate her feelings. Neither boy has ever shown much interest in her before, but this is the last summer that they’re likely to spend together thanks to college and other big changes that are on the horizon, and it just so happens to be the first summer in which Belly is not only hot, but her protective big brother will be going away, leaving her with only the sexy boy-buds for company.

It’s a fantastic premise (for me and anyone else who spells Girl with a ‘nawwww’ in it) but unfortunately for me, I felt like the author sort of hit my thumb a couple of times instead of the nail on the head. For starters, another guy is introduced and though he should have made for excellent jealousy-bait, he sort of ends up monopolising way more of the story than his character can command, and those bits got a bit boring, so my attention waned a lot there.

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Secondly, though I love the way Jenny Han writes LJ’s family into her other series, it doesn’t work the same way for me in this one. I feel pained for her real mother, and sad for her ‘pretend’ one, and completely lost as to what was going on with the adults mentioned, even though a huge chunk of the book is put aside for them. Then, when revelations come to light, they’re sort of reallllly depressing, so much so that you actually feel a chill coming on. Know when you have a great day planned at the beach- and then you feel the sunlight dim with an inevitable thunderstorm? Yeah, I had that feeling for a lot of this book and it sucked, ‘cos I wanted more suntan oil and nights on the boardwalk and smoochy’s and jealous outbursts. Nothing was playing out the way I’d hoped it would.

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Thirdly- I wasn’t a huge fan of Belly. Oh sure she was cute and sweet and sentimental and relatable, but she wasn’t adorable or distinctive like Lara Jean in TATBILB, and I’m wondering if this is because the character LJ was easier for the author to relate to, given the Korean background and all. In fact, she could be downright whiny, and said and did a lot of things that although absolutely conceivable for a teenage girl, were sort of like selling out to me. I always loved the way that LJ (yes I know I keep coming back to Cubby but she rocked)
always toyed with the idea of playing games, but never actually did. Belly’s sort of the opposite, and it really got under my skin. Frankly, if I was a guy, I wouldn’t be into her either.

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Now, if this is the point that the author was trying to make than I applaud her, and I really hope that Belly grows the hell up and gets her sassy on and soon, but until she does, I’m feeling a little disillusioned with her. I get why she has a major crush on Conrad, but so far, Jeremiah’s the one who’s sparkling for me and I really, really hope that some romantic time (SERIOUS romantic time not a whole bunch more of ‘almost’ moments) are given to each guy before the series conclusion- and I hope Belly earns them! I want to see all of the characters really evolve and get fascinating 🙂

Okay, I’m off to download the next one ‘cos I can’t help myself! And let’s pray that I get ‘this’ sort of moment by the end!

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They told us that this new world was perfect
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