President – Mallory Young
Never work with children or animals! I took this advice as a challenge as I have not only worked as an educator within the drama field, but also as a veterinary nurse. The logical progression? Becoming the President of the Coolum Theatre Players! When I have trodden the boards, I’ve been a temptress, an unimpressed matriarch, a despondent witch and a disgruntled widow. I’ve also stumbled into backstage roles including lighting design, stage management, and sound. I’m excited to be the directors assistant for CTP’s Ladies in black.
Treasurer – Greg McMahon
Greg moved to the Sunshine coast 13 years ago and agreed to support his wife’s interests by helping backstage at CTP. This led to roles onstage and his current role as Treasurer. For one 2019 production, Greg scoured the coast to source a Harley Davidson lookalike, proving his dedication! One thing he says he’s learned is that, as with all clubs and community groups, there is something for everyone who’s interested in joining.
Secretary/Minutes – Nikki Middleton
Nikki joined Coolum Theatre Players in 2012 playing Little Sally in our production of “Urinetown”. Her first introduction to theatre was at age 7 playing Gretel in “the Sound of Music” and she has loved theatre ever since. Since joining CTP she has performed in numerous shows including “Adrift in Macao”, “Sweet Charity”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Addams Family”, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “Spamalot” and “Ladies in Black”. Nikki has also spent some time in more of a backstage capacity, helping out as scribe and also on sound.
Wardrobe Mistress – Babs Newton
Babs has been involved in theatre for around 10 years. Four of those with the Mount Isa Theatrical Society, the rest with Coolum Theatre Players. In the four years she was away, she stage managed and wardrobe / props “personned” 15 productions. She is very proud of being the 1st person to complete all those performances without a break!!!In real life, she is a teacher and has done so many different things in her 60+ years but she continues to find enjoyment in community theatre. Each production has a life of its own.
Social Media/Website Manager – Jesse Hana Ellison
After spending many years performing professionally in Brisbane, plus years of studying musical theatre, dance, acting & stand-up comedy, Jesse joined the CTP family in 2010. She has performed in many CTP shows. Favorite’s include: “Urinetown”, “Adrift in Macao”, “Sweet Charity”, “Sylvia”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Spamalot” & “We Will Rock You”. In 2018 she had the pleasure of being the entertainment coordinator for CTPs 30th birthday celebrations. In 2021 she directed the hugely successful season of “Xanadu” the musical. Jesse is very excited to be directing our first musical of 2022 “Avenue Q”, a slightly naughty puppet show.
Committee – Julie Delmore
Julie stepped in to help CTP when we couldn’t find a Stage Manager for Ma Baker’s Tonic. That was April 2010 and she is still here! She says the difference between CTP and other theatre companies is the sense of family. Over the last 11 years, she has been active in 32 shows and has tackled almost all of the back of scenes roles. She has extensive knowledge of the ‘workings’ of theatre and is always happy to share. Julie was awarded Life Membership last year.
Committee – Barbara Ryan
Barbara has been directing and performing in regional Victoria and previously in Coffs Harbour NSW for many years. She is new-ish to Coolum Theatre Players and relocated to the sunny Sunshine Coast with her husband Bob in the year that was! Barb has directed many award-winning players. She was fortunate enough to partner Michael Veitch in ‘What they Said’ in conjunction with Auspicious Arts Victoria in 2019. In 2021 she directed ‘Deckchairs’ and in 2022 she directed the hugely successful season of “Calendar Girls” for CTP.
Committee / FOH Manager – Karyn Sarbach
Karyn is a new to Coolum Theatre Players and keen to be involved in all aspects of the theatre. Originally from Victoria, she became involved in musical comedy at 14. Acting, singing and dancing in shows such as Carousel, The Music Man, Victoria & Her Hussar, as well as acting in original drama plays. She then moved to Sydney and joined Mosman Musical Society for their production of Cabaret. She is very much looking forward to being involved in the theatre.
Committee – Marie Poulton
Marie has lived in Caloundra for 22 years. In that time she has been involved with productions at Caloundra Chorale and Coolum Theatre Players, as well other independent productions. She has been a member of several choirs, most notably New World Rhythm. She has two adult children, as well as two adult cats!
Committee – Zali Barr
Zali joined CTP this year in January for Xanadu the Musical as both her daughters were onstage performing in the ensemble. She had the very important role of the taxi driver, getting the girls to and from rehearsals and shows. Given her children are both heavily involved in theatre, and have been most of their lives, Zali decided to jump on board the committee and help out where she can.