Archive | November, 2018
The Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the Goblin

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is proud to present

The Princess and the Goblin

A musical comedy for children

Written and directed by Rob Attenborough

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is proud to present the premiere season of this new children’s musical, written and directed by Sunshine Coast playwright Rob Attenborough. It is refreshingly funny, with many memorable and catchy songs.

Why is Wilma the witch trying to prevent Nosy the clown and Pickle the pixie from attending the Princess’ birthday party? Why have so many princes suddenly disappeared? Why is Gus the goblin getting so many headaches? Is there a connection between these mysteries?


Saturdays and Sundays 12, 13, 19 & 20 January 2019 at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Ticket Prices: Adults at children’s prices All tickets $15

Bookings: Book online, or phone Nan on 0466 923 395.


Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim

Playwright and director

Rob Attenborough

Rob’s one act play Senses Working Overtime won the Edythe Brook Cooper playwriting competition at BATS in 2016. The same play won the Philip Chappell Award for ‘Best Unpublished Script’ at the 2016 Sunshine Coast Drama Festival. He dedicated most of 2017 to writing, although his performance as the Easter Bunny in Caloundra with the Red Carpet Theatre Company is still being talked about by those who weren’t there to see it. The Princess & The Goblin is Rob’s first musical. He hopes 2019 will see production of his first full length play Backpackers By The Sea, a comedy based on his time working at a Sunshine Coast hostel in the mid-90s.

Assistant director and choreographer

Tayla Simpson

Tayla has been an active member of the Sunshine Coast theatre community since the age of 15. Since then she has directed, choreographed and performed in numerous plays and musicals for various theatre companies on the coast. Some highlights from her time on stage include Grease the Musical, The Addams Family Musical, the title role in the pantomime Red Riding Hood (BATS 2017) and Chook Chook. 2016 saw her directorial debut with the 10 minute play Death Takes The Train at the Lind Theatre in Nambour. In 2017 she wrote, directed and choreographed her first full length production Cirque de Seduction Cabaret at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has enjoyed fulfilling the multiple roles given to her in The Princess and The Goblin and hopes you enjoy the production.


Kyria GahanThe Princess

During her time at university in Brisbane, Kyria was a member of the mass ensemble for the productions of both Hairspray and Grease with Harvest Rain Theatre Company. She also performed in musicals in her hometown of Bundaberg such as Into the Woods, Fame and 13 The Musical. Kyria is very happy to continue her passion for theatre by teaching dance and drama to high school students on the Sunshine Coast. This is Kyria’s third appearance in a BATS production this year after she performed in Romeo and Juliet and The Fox on the Fairway.

Kathryn BarnesNosy the clown

Kathryn Barnes has always had a passion for the energy and atmosphere of live theatre. She is a versatile actor and director who has been involved in productions at many theatres and venues on the Sunshine Coast. She recently performed in Balloonacy! a solo mime and directed Chook Chook for the 3b Creative touring production of Penned In. Kathryn is delighted to bring the comic antics of Nosy the Clown to life in The Princess and the Goblin.

Wendy SilvesterPickle the pixie

Trained in theatre at the University of New England, Wendy has performed in a diverse array of shows over the last three decades including Shakespeare, musicals, street theatre and cabaret. She is a regular actor for Aussie World’s special events, and works behind the scenes on many local festivals. Her most recent role in children’s theatre was as Snowballs the dog in 3B Creative’s That’s Not Santa! When not onstage, Wendy is a primary school teacher. She is looking forward to seeing many familiar young faces enjoying the characters of The Princess and the Goblin come to life.

Susan M BrownWilma the witch

Susan’s association with BATS started 20 years ago, during which time she has displayed her comedic flair on the Buderim stage & with various other troupes including 3B Creative, Red Carpet Theatre Company & Commedia Costiero. A particular highlight was performing the much-loved role of ‘Co-ordination’ in Rob Attenborough’s award-winning play Senses Working Overtime for BATS in 2016.

William WallaceJasper the cad

Will is an enthusiastic community theatre performer on the coast. Since 2007 he has been involved in multiple coastal theatre companies alongside completing a Diploma of Music Performance at TAFE in 2009 and a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at CQU in 2013. His latest roles have included Chip Tolentino in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Lind (2018), Dan in Night Must Fall at BATS (2017), and Corporal Cooper in The Private War of Corporal Cooper as part of Echoes of the Great War at The Lind (2016). He cites touring with the Gondwana Chorale in 2009 and singing the national anthem at CQU Mackay campus graduation ceremony in 2012 as the highlights of his musical experiences.

Thomas BirchGus the goblin

Thomas has pursued the art of acting ever since he was 8, loving the idea of escaping into the life of someone or something completely different. He has performed in drama classes inside and out of school, including roles such as Torvald from the Henrik Ibsen play A Doll’s House, and Laertes, the lead character’s rival from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He has also written and co-starred in a short film which was featured at Caloundra Film Festival, and was an extra in the film San Andreas where he silently shared a scene with Paul Giamatti, and was an extra yet again for local Australian Mako Mermaids.

Chrissy HughesNoodle the guard

Chrissy Hughes’ first stint in children’s theatre was touring around various London schools with an original play about bullying. She then went on to join Big Wheel Theatre Co. and performed shows across Holland, Belgium and Sweden for high-school aged kids. This is Chrissy’s second production with BATS, the first as a part of the one act play series Deckchairs in 2017.

Donna SmithElf 1

Donna is a primary school teacher with a love for the performing arts. She currently teaches year 3, but in the past has taught drama to year 5 and 6 students. Before having her beautiful daughter she used to be heavily involved with her local amateur theatre group and has performed in many productions. Now that her daughter is getting older the time is right for her to get back into the things she enjoys doing… being a drama queen!

Tayla SimpsonElf 2

Tayla has been an active member of the Sunshine Coast theatre community since the age of 15. Since then she has directed, choreographed and performed in numerous plays and musicals for various theatre companies on the coast. She has enjoyed fulfilling the multiple roles given to her in The Princess and The Goblin and hopes you enjoy the production.

Audrey RoseElf 3

Audrey is a seventeen-year-old theatre enthusiast who has loved music and storytelling since she was a young age, and has only recently gotten into community theatre after her high school graduation in 2018. She hopes to be accepted into the Griffith Conservatorium for a Bachelor of Musical Theatre and then go on to pursue musical theatre as a career. Audrey has had the honour of starring in school musicals such as Oliver! and Grease! where she played Oliver Twist and Sandy Dumbrowski, respectively. In her first role with an adult company, she was Juliet Capulet in BATS’ recent production of Romeo and Juliet. Audrey has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this cast and is very grateful for the opportunity she has been given to be the assistant musical director of this fun, high energy production.

Rebel Rayner-StephensElf 4

With a strong artistic education, Rebel enjoyed studying theatre at U N E Armidale in her early days. Thanks to the wonderful inspiration of the theatre community on the Sunshine Coast, she is now enjoying the discovery of theatre all over again in her later and greater years. With a special interest in physical theatre she has been fortunate to be a member of Comedia Costerio, involved in clown workshops, worked for Aussie world Halloween events, and is now enjoying being a member of BATS in this seriously wonderful and funny play for all to enjoy.


Rochelle Cameron

Rochelle has been passionate about performing on stage and screen since being cast in a major role in a school production many moons ago! Since then she has been actively involved in local theatre groups in the Whitsundays, performing in Old Time Music Hall and Mystery on the Orient Express. Rochelle has had many extra roles in feature films and television series as well as being cast in feature roles in television commercials. She is currently on air in a Youi commercial. Rochelle is, however, more passionate about performing on stage. She was in the one act play Love in a Food Court with BATS in 2016 as well as being cast in ‘Senses Working Overtime’ written and directed by Rob Attenborough. Rochelle is excited about being back on stage after having a little time off and is extra excited about sharing the experience with her daughter Alex!

Alex Cameron

Alex is a very keen performer who is excited about getting involved in The Princess and The Goblin and gaining lots of industry experience. She was cast in a minor role in her school musical The Little Mermaid this year and is now addicted to the stage! Alex currently studies Hip hop and Jazz, and has been accepted to start a certificate III in dance through RAW Dance Company in 2019. Alex is excited about pursuing a career in the performing arts industry and is enjoying being part of the cast for The Princess and the Goblin.

Sharon Dunne

Making her stage debut at age 4 in a ballet production of Pussy in the Well, Sharon found herself more recently drawn into the world of musical theatre. She has been cast in the Broadway version of Mary Poppins, and a number of short plays, musicals and dinner theatre productions. Sharon was Assistant Director and Costume Co-ordinator for a youth theatre production of Shrek the Musical Jr, and wrote and directed the street theatre production, The Little Christmas Gum Tree, performed in Gympie. In addition, she has also worked on costumes for a number of theatre productions. Sharon is an ex-primary school teacher and is currently studying Occupational Therapy at USC. This is Sharon’s first time in a BATS production and she is delighted to be performing alongside her daughter Grace and the rest of the cast and crew.

Grace Hill

Grace won her first talent competition at age 5, singing Happy Together in a duet with her dad. Now at age 15, Grace loves being on stage, putting smiles on people’s faces, and she aspires to be a professional performer. Grace has 7 years of theatre training and experience, starting off as a drama and musical theatre student at Little Seed Theatre Company. She has been a student of the Coast Academy of Song and Dance for 4 years, with roles in a number of productions including Grease the Musical and Alice’s Adventure. As well as taking private singing classes for 3 years, she has also performed in Mary Poppins and Shrek the Musical Jr in which she played Pinocchio. This is Grace’s first BATS production and she loves working with such a brilliant and friendly cast and crew.

Bonnie Stewart

Bonnie has always had a big passion for performing ever since she was a little girl. Over the years, she has been involved in several choirs both in and outside of her schooling. She has also been a part of many school productions such as Back to the 80s and The Wiz. During her time living in New Zealand over the last seven years, she has been mainly involved at the Globe Theatre in Dunedin performing children’s theatre productions. Her most recent role was in February 2017 where she portrayed Hero in a modern take on Much Ado About Nothing.

Sangita Godke

Sangita’s first stint with theatre was with the BATS production of Romeo and Juliet this year. She played the bumbling Friar John, and various ‘filler’ roles, her favourite being that of a dancer/waitress at the Capulet ball. She’s very excited to be able to dance and sing with the chorus in The Princess and the Goblin.

Audrey Stephens

Audrey is passionate about dancing and is studying jazz and contemporary dance at Amy Becari Dance Studio. She also attends lyra classes at Just Acrobatics and theatre/writing workshops around the coast. She has been in many school musicals and plays, including Seussical Jnr and Leave Me Alone. She is thrilled to be in the chorus for The Princess & The Goblin and hopes everybody enjoys the show.