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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.

Smelle & Carlos

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Oh dear, Smelle, Belle’s not so beautiful sister, played by Paris Williment, is trying to win the heart of Carlos, the town’s handsome bachelor played by Harper Ramsey!

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Paris Williment was the 2014 recipient of Coolum Theatre Players’ Bursary and Adjudicator’s (Margi Brown Ash) Award for her performances in the Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre Festival.  She played Alice in Coolum’s 2015 production, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, also directed by Johanna Wallace.  Her bursary was invested into a NIDA course and Queensland Theatre’s residency week, before beginning the first of three years completing her high school education at specialty arts school QACI (Queensland Academy for Creative Industries).  Through QACI she has studied Theatre and Film, and performed in Steven Mitchell Wright’s adaption of ‘Girls Like That.’  Paris is in charge of creating and maintaining QACI’s costuming department.

 

Harper comes from a family with long involvement in the arts and started acting with Drama Fun’s home school drama class at age 8.  His first notable role was playing Scar in an adaptation of The Lion King.  He spent 3 years with the Eumundi Indee Theatre, performing in multiple pantomimes and plays;  he also began to study other aspects of performing including dance and voice.  In 2015, Harper joined Little Seed Theatre Company.  Since then he has immersed himself in the varied classes and workshops with guest tutors covering physical theatre, character development, improvisation and musical theatre.  He’s currently participating in the Secondary Acting Masterclass and is a teen mentor to the Primary Acting Masterclass.  Harper was awarded CTPs $1,000 Arts Bursary at the Youth Theatre Festival 2016, by Brisbane Adjudicator Daniel Evans.

Meet our “Beauty and the Beast”

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Meet Colum Theatre Players lead cast of “Beauty and the Beast” for this school holiday entertainment:   Belle the beauty;  played by Taylor Rouse and the Beast, is Luka Burgess.

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Taylor, a 9th grader at St Andrew’s Anglican College in Peregian Springs, was born in Tennessee in the USA, adopted 2 weeks after birth and moved to Australia.  At age 6 her parents encouraged her to start performing.  Acting is her number 1 passion and Taylor wants to continue this as a career.

She recently performed in “Romeo and Juliet” with Little Seed Theatre Company, as Peter, the serving man.  Taylor has been in many productions including “Peter Pan the Panto”, Alice Dreaming and “Waterspout Hero,” for which she was awarded Best Actor at the 2015 Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre Festival.

Luka is a 15 year old actor and student at the Good Shepherd Lutheran College.  He’s been studying with Little Seed Theatre Company for the past three years, performing diverse roles in a myriad of productions including “Common Ground”, “Man of La Mancha and “Saturday Night Live”.  Luka won a distinction for playing a bully at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2016.  He’s very excited to be performing his first titular role as “The Beast”.

 

Directed by Johanna Wallace with Musical Director Heather Groves, audiences will be entranced by this musical production starring many talented youngsters.

Beauty & The Beast and Play Readings

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We’re well into rehearsals for eight performances of Beauty and the Beast panto during the school holidays.  We hope youngsters have been vigorously colouring in and submitting their masterpieces due today,  2nd June.  Four winners will be invited to afternoon tea hosted by Bendigo Bank at Marcoola next Friday 9th at 4pm.  Prizes include bank account packages, panto tickets and Gelato Mio ice cream vouchers.

 

On the social scene, you’re invited to a casual evening of rehearsed One Act Play Readings, directed by Linda Gefken, on Saturday 10th June, 7.30pm, Coolum Civic Centre.  Entry is free.   “Tinder Surprise” by Sherelle Scott (who played the Mad Hatter in CTPs Alice in Wonderland two years ago) will be entered in the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival in August.  The other play is “Board Games” written by Andrew Moon (who played Lurch in last year’s Addams Family). Usual cabaret seating plus BYO nibbles, drinks and glasses on this occasion, please.  It’s free, informal and entertaining.  Come along and support our talented playwrights as we give their plays their first public airing.

TINDER SURPRISE

A bunch of girlfriends who’ve 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.

BOARD GAMES

Richard’s just been appointed as Chairman of the Board and sees a great opportunity to get rid of his nemesis, James, the Managing Director.   Richard has a special someone in mind as James’ replacement and he starts a very devious game to achieve his ambition.  It very nearly works.

There’s no need to book, just turn up at the door, Saturday 10th June, see you there.

“Colour Me Beautiful” Competition

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Calling all primary school age kids, download the “Colour Me Beautiful” template, get busy with your colouring skills and return your masterpiece to Bendigo Bank Marcoola by 4pm Friday 2nd June.

There are 4 fab prizes to be won including Bendigo Bank Account Packages and double passes to see the panto.

Winners will receive their prizes at an afternoon tea in the park adjoining Bendigo Bank Marcoola on Friday 9th June at 4pm.

Our fairy tale cast has been found…

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so watch this space for more information on our wonderful school panto “Beauty and the Beast”.  The cast is confirmed as:

  • Belle: Taylor Rouse
  • Beast: Luka Burgess
  • Smelle: Paris Williment
  • Claude: Clarke Groves
  • Carlos: Harper Ramsey
  • Chico: Curtis Bock
  • Pierre: Jack Ryan
  • Goody Two Shoes: Angelique Turner
  • Fairy Beaver Boots: Eden Tregear
  • Town Crier: Gus Alexander
  • Dobbins: Gus Alexander

Crew

  • Johanna Wallace: Director
  • Edward Manning: Assistant Director
  • Emily Potts: Choreographer
  • Heather Groves: Musical Director and Stage Manager