Meet The Committee
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 Iva Windybottom in “Shakespeare’s Girly Bits” and as Lord Arthur Saville in “West Moon Street”. Other recent productions include “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.
Noel’s had a 30 year career in air traffic control in Sydney and Canberra. Now on the Coast, he’s into his eleventh season as a voluntary radio officer at Marcoola Surf Club. Since retiring in 1998, he maintained that he would like to have “a committee-free rest of my life”, even though, unofficially, he has been the keeper of the books of accounts for Coolum Theatre Players for the past 6 years. Winding down his commitment as a Surf Communications Supervisor/Operator with Surf Life Saving Qld (over the past 9 years) means he’ll have the time to take on the position in an official capacity. Noel looks forward to continuing to manage their financial operation into another profitable production season.
Having recently returned to Coolum, I thoroughly enjoyed being in the chorus for Rocky Horror Picture Show. I first became involved with Coolum Theatre Players in 2004, as a prompt, after my daughter auditioned for “Annie Get Your Gun”. Together we continued to perform in various musicals at both Coolum Theatre and Noosa Arts, including “HMS Pinafore”, “Barnum”, “Iolanthe” and “GiGi”. I have also performed in the One Act Plays and The Great Pretenders.
Additionally, I have been involved with bookings and ticket sales, Front of House, Coolum’s Youth Theatre and treasurer on the committee. Upon returning I have assumed a role as a committee member with the responsibility of taking the meeting minutes.
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 2015.