After many years in the planning, with community consultations and Council meetings, the renovated Coolum Civic Centre was officially opened by Cr Steve Robinson and Bendigo Bank Marcoola Branch Manager Judy Blackall on Tuesday 29th September 2015.
As a regular venue user since 1988, Coolum Theatre Players certainly had something to sing about! Vice President Chris McMahon opened the formalities with an appropriately scripted rendition of Ethel Merman’s powerful number, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”.
Cllr Steve Robinson and Judy Blackall (Bendigo Bank), with key supporters.
CTP Vice President Chris McMahon hits those high notes
Bendigo Bank’s Judy Blackall & Cllr Steve Robinson
Declaring the facility open
Dear Coolum Theatre Players
Just wanted to again, say a huge thank you for granting me the Bursary last year.
As said in my application, this contributed significantly in the price of competing in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in July this year.
This experience was incredible and I have never been so motivated to work hard and gain more experience in the performing arts.
I stayed in Los Angeles for two weeks. The first few days were spent preparing for the group performance, sight-seeing and practising for the competition. All 56 countries competing were staying in the same hotel and so we met our competitors as well as getting to know the judges and other professionals involved in the competition. I had sessions in dance, acting, singing and modelling. Unfortunately, I became quite ill and lost my voice so I wasn’t able to perform when I was selected at the music theatre bootcamp.
Australia received second place for the largest team category and also received an award for team spirit.
Each day a ‘daily show’ was filmed which featured interviews and footage everywhere in the hotel and performance stages so competitors had to remain camera-ready at all times.
These daily shows can all be found on youtube.
I performed my three vocal pieces: broadway, jazz and open, as well as my classical flute solo. I performed my two original works in the self-accompanied section. We had a ‘World Stars’ celebration where all the countries could celebrate their performances together. I also received ‘go sees’ from a range of different agents. Go-sees’ are requests from agents who want to make contact with you regarding your performance. I received five go sees from a photographer, two universities and two recording producers as well as a private interview request with the director of musical theatre at New York Film Academy.
It was extremely difficult to say goodbye to everyone on the Australian team after the most incredible two weeks of my life. I am so grateful to everyone who made it possible and could not be happier with how I went.
Local Coolum artist Turina Marchant has kindly donated one of her fabulous paintings to be our major Rocky Horror Picture Show raffle prize which will be drawn at the last show on 22nd November 2015.
About Turina Marchant
Growing up in Canada, Turina always had a love of the arts. She was lucky enough to have a mentor at a very young age who nurtured her artistic talent. After receiving a scholarship in year 12 she completed her Diploma of Graphic Design in British Columbia. Turina has lived in Australia for 25 years and in Coolum with her family for 20 of those years. She runs Vivid Graphics Art which is a graphic design studio that has a reputation for creating designs that inspire. “I feel so fortunate that I can do what I love to do and make a living from it as well. My passion is painting, whether it be on canvas, paper, board, sides of buildings or furniture. If I’m not on the computer designing, you will find me at my easel”. Turina has always been involved in charity work, being one of the founding members of the Coolum Kite Festival, and donating paintings to Give Me 5 for Kids each year. It gives her immense pleasure to help the community through her creativity. “I believe that if you truly LOVE what you do then you will excel in it. Be true to yourself and your passion. Your unique personality and style in life is what will make YOUR work different to others”. You can see more of her paintings or contact her via her website www.vividgraphicsart.com
BEST FEMALE ACTOR, BEST PLAY AND $1,000 BURSARY AWARD FOR ‘LABELED’ AT THE SUNSHINE COAST YOUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL
Seventeen year old Cameron Rouse started acting (against her will) at age 11, when her mum made her audition for the school musical, ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’, as a confidence booster.
In 2011 she attended S.O.D.A classes with Mary Eggleston and Sue Davis, involved with 2Muse Productions performing in ‘Cleo Missing’ and ‘Epiphany’ before joining Johanna Wallace, Little Seed Theatre Company, in 2012.
Currently at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries in Brisbane, (an International Baccalaureate school for years 10, 11 and 12 specialising in visual art, theatre, film and music), Cameron has been exposed to a whole new world of theatre. This year she’s had the once in a lifetime privilege of working on a Butoh show.
As part of her final theatre assessment, Cameron and 3 fellow classmates known as Entropy, undertook a specific role (direction, actor, playwright,) and came up with an original piece of theatre. ‘Labeled’ is the product of her experiences as both actor and performance maker and is at the Brisbane FAST Festival October 2nd and 4th.
Coolum Theatre Players’ $1,000 Bursary will go towards an audition workshop with NIIDA plus a bachelor of fine arts in 2016. Cameron hopes to pursue a career as an actor and continue to create art that is thought provoking.
She would like to use her art as a vehicle for making a change to a particular issue close to her heart, the issue of adoption.