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Launceston is a city of about 88,000 people located at the head of the Tamar River about 50km from Bass Strait at the confluence of the North and South Esk Rivers.

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Three River Theatre

Three River Theatre is a Launceston community thratre group that was formed in 1951 as The Strolling Players. The group changed its name to The Launceston Repertory Society in 1954, and again to the current Three River Theatre in 2003. Stan has been an active member of the Company since 1986, serving ain various Committee roles, and regularly performing and directing. He was made a Life Member in 2006.

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Some of Stan's Past Shows


Of Mice and Men

Stan directed and produced John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men at the Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, in November, 2021. Actor James Harrison said in his review: “John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a masterpiece. Whether reading the book or watching the play (a rare example of a stage adaption written by the author of the source material), one can never escape the feeling that you are experiencing a work of genius. It is realistic and gritty, while being rich in poetry, epic in emotional scale, and yet reserved and understated. It is this dance of opposing forces that gives Of Mice and Men its authority to explore the existential, and Three River Theatre’s production, directed by Stan Gottschalk, does this beautifully...Overall, this production succeeds in delivering a classic with energy and meticulous attention to detail, and it very much feels like this is Steinbeck’s masterpiece done right. Don’t miss it.” The show was nominated for 4 Tasmanian Theatre Awards in 2022: Outstanding Male Leading  Performance, Outstanding Female Supporting Performance, Outstanding Male Supporting Performance, and Outstanding Direction.


 The Season at Sarsaparilla

 Stan was Producer for director Leigh Oswin's production of Patrick White's The Season at Sarsaparilla at them Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, in September, 2017. University of Tasmania  senior lecturer Dr. Deb Malor said: "...Three River Theatre's production of The Season at Sarsaparilla is a brave undertaking with an extremely satisfying outcome. It is very good entertainment indeed.  Somewhere in Mildred Street you will find someone to love or to despise, to weep for or to laugh with. If you're not happy in one house, move on to the next; there will always be something reassuring, quiet, intense, well-behaved, contained within its bubble. . Relationships between couples are beautifully drawn, without almost without fault…Perhaps go along more than once, just to make sure you catch everything that's going on behind the facades of Sarsaparilla.". The show was nominated for 2 Tasmanian Theatre Awards in 2018: Best supporting Performance (Female) and Best Design - Set or Costumes.



 Twelve Angry Men

Stan was Director and co-Producer (with Stuart Loone)  for Three River Theatre's production of Reginald Rose's classic Twelve Angry Men at the Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, in September, 2016. Reviewer Leigh Oswin  said that the play:  was " enjoyable, well-crafted and precise production with powerful nods to nostalgia and moral dilemma delivering a masterclass in great ensemble work..." Tasmanian theatre legend Michael Edgar commented: "...Terriffic performances all round. A real piece of ensemble theatre. And very tight direction. The blocking was an object lesson in cleverly manipulated naturalism. It never looked stagey but the space was used so dynamically...". The show was nominated for 10 Tasmanian Theatre Awards in 2017: Best Production, Best Ensemble, Best Direction, Best Design (set), Best Design (lighting), Best Performance in a Leading Role - Male (2 nominations) and Best Performance in a Supporting Role -  Male (3 nominations), and was awarded Best Production, Best Ensemble, Best Direction, Best Design (Set) and Best Performance in a Supporting Role - Male.




Stan was Producer for director Peter Hammond's production of Caitlin Richardson's Disclosed  at them Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, in November, 2015. The Launceston Examiner said that the play: "...promotes deeper thinking and discussion...the issues it exposes are as relevant today as they were in out penal beginnings...". The show was nominated for 3 Tasmanian Theatre Awards in 2016: Best Ensemble, Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male), and Best Original Script.




Calendar Girls  

Stan directed Tim Firth's Calendar Girls   for Three River Theatre  at the Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, in August, 2013. The Launceston Examiner said: "...Stan Gottschalk's cast and crew have created an engaging, enjoyable and life-affirming production that should not be missed..."  




A Mad Affair

 Stan directed the first stage production of noted Hobart author Robert Dessaix's first play,  A Mad Affair,  for Three River Theatre at the Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, in April, 2013. The Launceston Examiner said: " ...Robert Dessaix has delicately harvested love, longing and madness from a brief secret encounter in his play, A Mad Affair..."




Waiting for Godot

 Stan directed Samuel Beckett's classic Waiting for Godot  for Three River Theatre at the Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, in October, 2011. The Launceston Examiner said: " ...Stan Gottschalk’s Waiting for Godot was an intelligent, provocative and ultimately rewarding dissection of the human condition where nothing happened-but everything did. It is a significant addition to Three River Theatre’s enviable body of work and should not be missed..." 



The Crucible

Stan directed Arthur Miller's The Crucible for Three River Theatre at the Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, in August, 2009. The Launceston Examiner said: "...Director Stan Gottschalk has assembled an eclectic group: seasoned professionals, community thespians and some fine up-and-coming talent. They did not disappoint..'




Underneath the Lintel

 Stan performed Glen Berger’s monodrama Underneath the Lintel  (dir. Stuart Loone) for Three River Theatre and Centr Stage at the Annexe Theatre, Inveresk, in March, 2004. The show was reprised for Mudlark Theatre in August, 2007. The Launceston Examiner said:  "…Stan Gottschalk holds our attention master­fully in this 1 1/4 hour New York play, skillfully directed by Stuart Loone…In this play Gottschalk trans­forms an obscure li­brarian into an epic hero whose journey leads us towards our own best dreams and highest ideals…"







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