Meet The Committee
|President – David Coleman
David’s introduction to Coolum Theatre Players was his direction of the romantic comedy, “Four Weddings and an Elvis”. He is happy to grow his theatre family with Coolum and enjoyed directing “STiFF”, another comedy, in March 2015. David’s most recent performances were at The Lind as Sergeant Plod in “Inspector Drake and the Black Widow”. Other recent productions include “Shakespeare’s Girly Bits”, “West Moon Street”, “Crown Matrimonial” at BATS, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” with the Caloundra Chorale & Theatre Co, “Keeping Down with the Joneses” at Act 1 in Brisbane and “Rumors” with Samford Valley Theatre. David has also directed productions for BATS (including the award winning “Once Bitten”), The Lind (“Keeping Down With The Joneses”) and the Samford Valley Theatre Group (“Unoriginal Sin”). David continues to love all things theatre.
|Secretary – Jenny Gilcrist
Jenny is the longest continuous serving member with Coolum Theatre Players. She arrived on the Coast in 2002 and has been on the committee in numerous capacities ever since. During this time she has been involved in all aspects of every production. As wardrobe mistress she continues to put her hand on every “bib and bob” and ensures the actors look splendid on stage. Jenny was also very involved in CTPs Youth Theatre for a number of years. She’s also performed on stage, worked backstage, front of house, on the committee and as President. Jenny contributes to this company’s stability. She was awarded Life Membership at the Silver Jubilee Dinner in 2013.
|Treasurer – Greg McMahon
Greg moved to the Sunshine coast 10 years ago and agreed to support one of my wives interests by helping backstage at CTP. This led to roles onstage and now my next role as Treasurer. At least I do have some “experience” for this role! One thing I’ve learned is that as with all clubs and community groups, there is something for everyone. If you want to know more, come along to our next audition, show or coffee catch ups
Julie was “conned” into doing props for “The King & I”, back in 2003. She lost 3kgs through that production! Then, she was “conned” into being Stage Manager and realised she had found her niche. There are too many productions to list, but the highlights for her have been “The Crucible”, “The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness”, “Noises Off”, “The Mousetrap” & “The Great Pretenders.” She realised she had “graduated” when she did “Les Miserables” in 2008, where she was in charge of 146 cast & crew, oh and one explosives expert! She says “something went wrong in practically every show! But to the audience, it was flawless!” She came to Coolum Theatre Players in 2010 to do “Ma Baker’s Tonic” and was so impressed with the friendliness and acknowledgement of her often overlooked contribution to a production that she decided to stay!
Sonia has always had a love of acting and began her acting career with Airmar Productions in 2000. She has done numerous full length and one-act plays with Coolum Theatre and performed in both “The Great Pretenders” and “The Great Pretenders – The Sequel”. Sonia has been involved with Coolum in all aspects, being a committee member, actor and FOH Manager. She has had a break from acting and the committee to raise her small family and now feels it is time to return. She has accepted a committee role this year and is looking forward to returning to the stage.
In a previous life, Sheila was a drama teacher, bread maker & realestate agent!After seeing the light & moving to the coast in 2014, she was delighted to find so many theatre groups. Performing as the Duchess in Little Seed/ Coolum’s Alice in Wonderland, ensured that Sheila was once again hooked by theatre. The Coolum Theatre Players were so welcoming, worked together well and were so very friendly.
I have also enjoyed performing at Noosa Arts & BATS & am now honing my questionable singing and dancing skills for Coolum’s Spamalot!
When Kath joined Coolum Theatre Players in 2010, she realised she’d found her ‘tribe’. She enjoys being a part of the theatre community, whether it’s performing on stage or helping backstage, to directing or sitting on the CTP committee, through to actually attending and supporting the many wonderful shows on offer on the Sunshine Coast.On stage, Kath has pretended to be a wide range of characters including a prostitute, Prince Charming’s Valet, a crooked 1920’s nightclub owner, Nancy Sinatra, Janet from Rocky Horror, the Queen Mother and even a suspected murderer as Mollie in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. Her most recent performance was as Kate in CTP’s Sylvia.