Big ambitions for local musical

The home-grown musical “A Girl’s Guide to World War” is destined for big things. Written and produced right here on the Sunshine Coast, the show recently received funding to get the show ready to tour throughout the region – and beyond.    

The show’s writer, Katy Forde (a Maleny resident), has been overwhelmed with support for the show.

“The community here on the Sunshine Coast is so supportive. We received funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund to create a tour-ready show. We also just found out that Cr Jenny McKay is supporting us with funding to help us create costumes and props. There’s a lot of super-fast costume changes, so it really helps to have great costumes!”

Katy wrote the show with her partner Aleathea Monsour. Aleathea has big ambitions for the show. 

“Our five-year plan is to take it to the Edinburgh Festival,” she explains. “We’re passionate about sharing this story with the world.” 

The show first hit the Sunshine Coast in 2018. The musical sold out and the season was extended to accommodate the crowds. 

 Now it’s back by popular demand, with a season at The Events Centre, Caloundra in October. 

“A Girl’s Guide to World War” tells a remarkable true story: during World War One, a handful of eccentric, courageous Australian women try to join the army. 

The army tells them to “stay home and sit still.”

But these women have other ideas. 

This musical features all-girl band “Vix and the Slick Chix” who recently rocked the Blues Tent at the Gympie Muster. The show stars musical theatre legend Susie French (“Mamma Mia”, “Menopause – the Musical”) and Zoe Georgakis (voice actor on “Babe, Pig in the City”). 

With rollicking humour and unforgettable music, this musical had audiences standing and cheering in 2018. 

Skye Leong
Author: Skye Leong

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