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Book to see “Tinder Surprise” on Saturday August 26th

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You need to grab your tickets for the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival and come to see our entry, “Tinder Surprise” on Saturday August 26th, at The Lind between 1pm and 4pm timeslot.

This fabulous locally-written play by Sherelle Scott, directed by Linda Gefken has plenty of laughs with a few twists and turns.

There’s only ONE performance and it’s less than two weeks away.
Book now!

Paige Fallu awarded $1,000 Arts Bursary

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Sixteen year old Coolum State High School student Paige Fallu has been awarded the 2017 Coolum Theatre Players $1,000 Arts Bursary.

Paige recently auditioned and competed at the World Championships of Performing Arts in New York City where she completed a four-week musical theatre course.  The musical theatre programme was run for students through the New York Film Academy to help develop their dance, acting and singing skills.  Having been awarded this $1,000 Bursary will enable Paige to pursue her dream of a career in musical theatre.  She is looking at attending a course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Australia’s premier performing arts academy.

“The musical theatre programme through the New York Film Academy was a really good experience;  not just for Broadway and training, but also life experience.  I’ve always been singing and dancing but I got really into it after I saw my first musical.  I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.  New York really reignited that passion.  Now thanks to Coolum Theatre Players, with this Bursary I’m one step closer”, Paige said.

Meet the cast of “Tinder Surprise”

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“Tinder Surprise” a One Act Play by new playwright Sherelle Scott, directed by Linda Gefken, has been cast!


Cast List

  • Stella:  Liz Bear – Lawyer. A sexy but stylish persona. Confident, bitchy but funny.
  • Meg:  Sarah Blaikie – Teacher. A conservative but fun demeanour. The matron of the group.
  • Pip:  Emma Morgan – Makeup Artist. (baby of the group). Not academically smart but quick witted enough to fit in.
  • Barb:  Lisa Blair – ‘Gold Digger’, wealth gained from marrying sugar daddies. She is good fun but oblivious to the world around her.
  • Chad:  Sean McBride – Personal Trainer. Confident but respectful. Has a tendency to talk like a walking motivational ad.
  • Kate:  Nikki Middleton – young Lawyer. Conservative, stylish. She is a confident introvert.
  • Harry:  Jacob Shannon – young Lawyer. Corporate, sex-on-a-stick type! Confident, respectful approach.

The Plot Synopsis:

A bunch of girlfriends that have known each other since high school get together once a month to go out for drinks. Life has taken some funny turns over the years and the girls, all aged now in their 50s, find themselves single and discovering love in crazy places.

Coolum Theatre Players are entering “Tinder Surprise” in the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival, in the Open Section, 25-27 August at The Lind Theatre, Nambour. This year’s Adjudicator is Lucas Stibbard.

Having a ball

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More than 120 business, tourist attractions, community and voluntary personnel attended last night’s Coolum Business & Tourism Network Night hosted by Sunshine Coast Destination at the Coolum Surf Club.

Netball Coach & Trophy Coolum Theatre Players publicity Julia Loaney and treasurer Noel Loaney had two winning grins last night.  Meeting Noeline Taurua, coach of the Lightning, Sunshine Coast’s  Netball Premiers and being acknowledged by Councillor Steve Robinson with the news that the Coolum Civic Centre will be air conditioned by the end of this year.   Watch this space for updates on the progress.

Two new playwrights ‘One Act Plays’ get an airing

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The rehearsed play readings of “Board Games” by Andrew Moon and “Tinder Surprise” by Sherelle Scott attracted approximately 50 people to the Coolum Civic Centre on Saturday evening, 10th June.  Cabaret seating set the scene with guests bringing their usual nibbles and drinks.  Both were very polished performances with all cast in costume, sceneries and props set in place, lighting and sound operational.  The only difference was that the cast had scripts in their hands!  The feedback has been very beneficial with some comments being:  “I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed both plays. They were certainly good enough, in my opinion, to be part of the NATs One Acts.”   In Board Games:  “Jokes were great, liked the humour throughout especially the twist at the end”.  Tinder Surprise:  “Thoroughly enjoyed the play, the characters, the storyline, humour.  Impressed with ‘Stella’ character”.

Overall:  There was overwhelming support for both plays.

  • “They were impressive”,
  • “Congrats to both writers – good scripts and characters”
  • “Look forward to seeing both plays in the future”

Princesses for an afternoon, thanks to Belle and friends

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How many little girls can say they’ve shared afternoon tea with a beauty named, Belle?

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Well, there were smiles all round last week when the winners of the recent colouring-in competition sat down and did just that. Sitting outside the Marcoola Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank, mascot Piggy came along as well as manager, Kerryn Vincart and Coolum Theatre Players’, Julia Loaney to provide extra giggles.

Fairy, Goody-Two-Shoes also made a guest appearance to help present the winners of the beautifully coloured-in masterpieces with their prize packages. Telina Ellis (Coolum State School), Indianna Winter (Coolum Beach Christian College), Lucy Schaber (Pacific Paradise State School) and Lana Charles (Peregian Springs State School) were the standout entries, but thanks must go to all who entered the competition.

Beauty and the Beast is taking place during the upcoming school holidays. Director, Johanna Wallace said the production is a particular favourite of hers.

Opening with two shows on Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 June and Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 at 11.00am and 2.00pm Coolum Civic Centre, this pantomime promises to warm the heart of all who go along.

The shows will be performed in theatre style seating on a first-come basis. Gelato Mio Ice Cream vouchers will also be on hand for the fanciest dressed young audiences

It’s a tale as old as time – don’t miss it!


Photos thanks to Ian Williams (Bendigo Bank)

Meet our panto director, Johanna Wallace

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As a little girl I loved bedtime stories.  Fairytales filled my imagination and led me on a path towards storytelling as a writer, actor and director.  I’ve never grown up enough to stop loving fairytales.  “Beauty and the Beast,” is a particular favourite of mine, with a heroine who has more than just good looks, possessing a strong will, fierce family loyalty and a wise and kind heart. The tale of a Beast who learns to love and to overcome his inner ugliness was always captivating to me.  Having the chance to bring this story to life for the stage, with a terrific group of young performers has been huge fun.  A big thank you to Coolum Theatre Players for having me back again and I hope you all enjoy the show.