Voodoo guru mayhem for Debi
PLAYING the Voodoo Witch Queen in the next GTA production The Pirate Prince, Debi Galloway-Richards has a long history with theatre and musical productions.
Her family boasts that she knew words to entire soundtracks at age 2½, and her first show was a solo performance at age five in Goondiwindi.
Loving the stage and wanting to sing, Debi was part of the annual pantomime and school drama productions and competitions.
Debi also studied classical ballet, tap and jazz until moving to the Sunshine Coast at age 13 when she was distracted by the allure of beach and boys.
At 17, Debi briefly returned to the theatre in the role of the rebellious daughter Chava in Fiddler on the Roof.
Debi has since appeared in shows for Gympie Musical Union and Zodiac Theatre group, and then the Gympie Theatre Association for a long and fruitful relationship including being president for a number of years, and roles including numerous leads, producing, directing and musical direction of productions.
During this time GTA produced shows like Butterflies are Free, full-sized musicals, collaborations with Musical Union and Zodiacs, and numerous theatre restaurants.
These included Henry recently presented again as a musical by St Patrick's College, which GTA performed to raise money for the building of the RSPCA Gympie shelter.
Another show, Quest for the Golden Haggis, was an original concept developed and written by the group members.
GTA ran play festivals in Gympie including Murder, Madness and Mayhem, a series of one-act plays, one of which earned the group its first award at their first drama festival.
Work commitments and a stint as a band singer intervened until last year when Debi came back to GTA as music director and choreographer for their last production The Morning After. Having "recaught the theatre bug" she now returns to the stage herself for the current production, in the role of That Hussy Valief- the voodoo guru and island mystic who has a beautiful daughter and a dark secret.