Meet the Committee
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 and a despondent witch. I’ve also stumbled into backstage roles including lighting design for Rock Eisteddfod (Miles, 2001), stage manager for Rapunzel (Margaret River), lighting for Beauty and the Beast (CTP), and sound for both Spamalot and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (CTP). I’m looking forward to the exciting 2020 season ahead for CTP.
Treasurer – Greg McMahon
Greg moved to the Sunshine coast 10 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.
Wardrobe Mistress – Jenny Gilchrist
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 devise marvellous costumes and do wonders with her needle. Jenny ensures the actors are immaculately costumed to look splendid on stage. Jenny was previously involved in CTPs former Youth Theatre for a number of years. She’s performed on stage, worked backstage, front of house, on the committee and was a former President. Jenny contributes to this company’s stability. She was awarded Life Membership at the Silver Jubilee Dinner in 2013.
Minutes – Fiona Bastion
Fiona first became involved with Coolum Theatre Players in 2004, as a prompt, after her daughter auditioned for Annie Get Your Gun. Together they continued to perform in various musicals at both Coolum Theatre and Noosa Arts, including HMS Pinafore, Barnum, Iolanthe and GiGi. She has also performed in the One Act Plays and The Great Pretenders for CTP.Additionally, Fiona has been involved with bookings and ticket sales, Front of House, Coolum’s Youth Theatre and treasurer on the committee. Currently, Fiona minutes all our meetings.
Julie claims she was ‘conned’ into doing props for The King & I, back in 2003 and subsequently lost 3kgs through that production! After being ‘conned’ again into becoming Stage Manager – she realised she’d found her niche. From numerous shows, Julie’s highlights are The Crucible, The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness, Noises Off, The Mousetrap and The Great Pretenders. A further high was Les Miserables in 2008, when she took charge of 146 cast and crew and an explosives expert! Julie came to Coolum Theatre Players in 2010 for Ma Baker’s Tonic and was so impressed with CTP’s friendliness and acknowledgement of her often overlooked contribution to a production that she decided to stay!
Front of House – Jenn Muller
Jenn’s background is in the creative arts industries, working in advertising, promotions, radio and television. Previously, she has designed sets and compered functions (Miss Australia and Myer Fashion Parades). Jenn’s flair for organisation and love of people, was a natural fit for the role of FOH Manager at CTP and she loves every minute of the unpredictability and pace of live theatre. If you see someone with their head in a box or running around on the phone, organising programmes or raffle prizes or ticketing…that’s Jenn!
Publicity – Janet Marshall
Janet is the most recent addition to the committee. Originally from the UK, she has been involved in theatre for many years as both an actor and director, with comedy being her main love. Her first outing for CTP – and in Australia – was as a cast member of Murder’s in the Heir. Her role on the committee is to manage publicity for productions and CTP’s community activities in the press and on social media. In 2020, Janet will also be directing the first production of the season, Diplomatic Relations.