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A beauty, a beast, a bank and a school…

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Partnering once again with our sponsors Bendigo Bank Marcoola, happy faces seen here at Pacific Paradise State School….just one of the local school assemblies we visited during the week with Fairy Beaver Boots and the Beast to promote the kids colouring in competition and the Beauty and the Beast pantomime for the June/July school holidays

Pacific Paradise School and cast

“Sylvia” major raffle prize winner

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Congratulations to S. Ormerod of Buderim, who won the major raffle prize drawn at the last Sunday matinee of “Sylvia”.   The prize consisted of a “Family Pet Portrait” sitting by photographer John Sheridan together with “My Life as Your Dog” diary by Belinda Marinus and a 3kg bag of dry dog food from Coolum Vet Surgery.  Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets during the six shows, the prizes all being generously donated.

Bendigo Bank & CTP – stronger together

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The partnership between Coolum Theatre Players and Bendigo Bank is stronger than ever.


It was opportune for this year’s $2,000 cheque to be handed over by Bendigo Bank Branch Manager, Kerryn Vincart to President David Coleman, at the exclusive performance of Motherhood the Musical for 160 of the Banks VIP customers and guests.

“Puss in Boots: The Panto,” at the J, Noosa

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Johanna Wallace, friend of Coolum Theatre Players who directed that wonderful pantomime “Alice In Wonderland” for us in 2015, is back to work with CTP in 2017 directing another pantomime for the June/July school holidays, “Beauty and the Beast.”

In the meantime, Johanna opens, “Puss in Boots: The Panto,” at the J, Noosa January  12th at 11am and 13th at 11am and 6.30pm. Tickets via

This is suitable for adult and children and children can have their photos taken with their favourite actors in costume after the show.


Here’s to the “Coolum Connection”

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Winners at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival over the weekend!


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(L-R) Daniel Evans, Joy Marshall, Jennifer Rousset, Sam Coward

Brisbane Adjudicator Daniel Evans, awarded Jennifer Rousset, Best Director for “Golf, Marriage and Other Murderous Affairs”, which was also awarded Second Best Play.


Whilst Rob Attenborough aka Uncle Fester in our recent production of “The Addams Family” won the Philip Chappell Memorial Award for Best Unpublished Script – “Senses Working Overtime”.  Well done, congratulations to you both and all your cast.


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(L-R) Daniel Evans, Rob Attenborough, Sam Coward

Senses Cast

(L-R) Morgen Addams, Tayla Simpson, Liz Bear, Andrew Moon, Rob Attenborough, Rochelle Cameron and Colin Donnelly

Harper Ramsay awarded CTP $1,000 Bursary

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HARPER RAMSEY, aspiring new talent, was awarded the Coolum Theatre Players $1,000 Arts Bursary at the Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre Festival Awards Sunday 14th August, by Brisbane Adjudicator Daniel Evans

harper ramsey bursaryFiona Bastion, Harper Ramsey, Julia Loaney with Adjudicator Daniel Evans

We are thrilled that fifteen year old Harper Ramsey, who played the March Hare in our pantomime ‘Alice in Wonderland’ last year, was awarded this prestigious bursary.  He comes from a family with long involvement in the arts and started acting with Drama Fun’s home school drama class when he was 8 years old. His first notable role was the following year as Scar in an adaptation of ‘The Lion King’.

Harper was with the Eumundi Indee Theatre for 3 years, performing in multiple pantomimes and plays, including the role of Bunty in their centenary production of ‘Seven Little Australians’. He also began to study other aspects of performing including dance and voice.

In January, 2015, Harper joined Johanna Wallace’s 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, musical theatre, and Stanislavsky Method.

He currently takes part in the Secondary Acting Masterclass and Musical Theatre and is a teen mentor to the Primary Acting Masterclass. His roles with Little Seed so far have been Narrator 2 in ‘The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza’ (winning 2nd Best Play at the 2015 Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre Festival), the Albatross in ‘Alice Dreaming’, and most recently the Comedian in this year’s SCTF winning play, ‘A Dollar’, on 14th August. Harper will next be on stage as Joseph in Little Seed’s December Musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’.

Coolum Theatre Players acknowledge that today’s youth are the future of local theatre and wish to encourage their passion for the performing arts. This Award will be used for skills development courses, mentoring programs and relevant items which may assist in Harper’s art’s development.  Congratulations from us all.

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Harper Ramsey as the March Hare in Alice in Wonderland pantomime

Call for Directors for 2017

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Are you a director with a hunger for great community theatre?  Are you interested in joining the Coolum Theatre Players family?  If so, we want to hear from you with your expressions of interest for our 2017 seasons (approx March and November 2017).

Full length comedies or musicals are preferred by our audiences but this is not an absolute need.
Please complete the contact form here or call the David Coleman, the president, on 0408 074768.

Welcoming Coolum Bowls Club as a Sponsor

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New Sign Launch

Linda Gefken, Director and Coolum Beach Bowls Club Chairman of the Board Jack Smith

The recent renovations at the Coolum Civic Centre meant that we had to find a new home for our sign that we use to promote Coolum Theatre’s productions.

Tasked with this challenge was our publicity manager Julia Loaney and after discussions with Jack Smith and approval by the Coolum Beach Bowls Club, we now have a permanent new external sign at the entrance to the Club’s car park.

Seen above celebrating the erection of this new sign in time for ‘The Addams Family’ musical, are the show’s Director, Linda Gefken with Club Board Chairman Jack Smith.

Coolum Theatre Players are delighted to acknowledge Coolum Beach Bowls Club as another valued theatre partner.  Keep a look out, as this sign will alter with each upcoming production.