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Now open: Edythe Brook Cooper 2020 National Playwriting Competition

Now open: Edythe Brook Cooper 2020 National Playwriting Competition


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Edythe Brook Cooper
2020 National Playwriting Competition

Fostering Australian Playwrights

Presented by

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Would you like to see your play performed on the BATS Theatre Co Inc. stage?

Start writing now for the 2020 One Act Play competition.

The play must contain some Australian content.

The entry form document contains background information, full rules and conditions for entry, guidelines for adjudicators and directors, and assessment criteria, as well as the entry form to be completed. It is now available from the following link:

ENTRY FORM ONE ACTS 2020

Entries close 31st October 2019.

The winners will be announced in January 2020.

The top three plays will be produced for a 5 performance season at BATS Theatre Co. Inc in Buderim in 2020.

First Prize $3,000
Second Prize $2,000
Third Prize $1,000

During the 5 performances of the plays the audience will be asked to vote for their favourite play and the “Audience Choice Award” winner will receive a trophy.

Presentation of the awards will take place on the final night.

Enquiries contact co-ordinators:

Jacqui Mata Luque: 0431 025 920 / jacmata5@gmail.com
Susie Pritchard 0417 603 369 / pritchardelec@bigpond.com

Wrong Window

Wrong Window

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is proud to present

Wrong Window

By Billy van Zandt and Jane Milmore

Directed by Peta Beattie

Van Zandt & Milmore pay tribute to Master of Horror Alfred Hitchcock, with this comedy whodunit. Off-and-on New York couple Marnie and Jeff enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their cross-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife. After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes, and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt. The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbour’s apartment – 39 steps away – and the fun begins.

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical™ on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

Performances

Evenings: Friday April 5, Saturday April 6, Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13 2019, at 7:30pm
Matinees: Saturday 6 and Saturday 13 April 2019, at 2:00pm

Ticket prices: Adults $30, Seniors $24, Members / Students $22
Group Bookings – 8+ $22 per person (group bookings must be prepaid)
Book a table of 8 or book and share a table
BYO Nibbles
Tea/coffee and snacks available for purchase
Belfry Bar open for all performances.

Bookings: Book online, or in person at the Old Post Office, Buderim, or phone 0466 923 395

Venue

Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim

Director

Peta Beattie

Peta has taught Drama to over 3000 students privately, in youth theatre and at various primary and secondary schools on the Sunshine Coast since 2000. She is currently studying Social Work and Drama Therapy and has a keen interest in promoting the Arts that connect to social issues. Peta has directed over 50 productions and has written numerous plays and adapted works for the stage. She also has a keen interest in classic literature and world history and many of her plays reflect this love. Shakespeare is one of Peta’s not-so-secret passions and the obsession extends to her knowing several plays word for word having acted and directed them on multiple occasions.

For BATS, Peta directed The Crucible (2007) (STAAR Award for Best Drama), To Kill a Mockingbird (2008), Pippin, Midsummer Night’s Dream (STAAR Award in 2000 for Best Production, Lighting, Stage Management), Oklahoma, Pippin, and Theatre Festival, One Act Play seasons. She taught BATS Youth Theatre from 1998 to 1999 before it became BYTE. Her acting credits for BATS include Eponine in Les Miserables in 2008, and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet earlier this year.

Previously Peta has been on the BATS committee from 2005 until 2009, and joined the committee again this year as Production Manager.

Assistant Director


Martin Fogarty

Cast

JeffTom Jermyn
MarnieCaitie Elliott
RobbieEwen Cameron
MidgeJessi Schmidt
ThorNick Smith
LilaAlice Rea
Detective Thomas  Samuel Rees
LoomisKnox Cameron


Crew

Stage ManagerAdele Truman
Stage Assistants  Georgi Truman
Cameron Halliday
PropsWendy Wilson
CostumesNancy Moule, Maureen Brown and cast
Front of HouseJenni Campbell and friends of BATS
Bar ManagerWendy Wilson

BATS AGM 2019

BATS AGM 2019

2019 Annual General Meeting

Date

Time

Venue

Tuesday 19 March, 2019

7:30pm

BATS Club Room
The Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr. Church and Main Streets
Buderim

All current members of the committee will retire from office, and are eligible for re-election.

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is looking for nominations for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Committee members

We would very much welcome some new people to the committee with fresh ideas and energy.

We would also love to have on board a Grants Officer, Publicity Officer and Sponsorship Officer. These do not have to be Committee positions.

In order to be eligible to nominate, you need to be a financial member for 2019

Nomination forms are available from this link: Nomination form 2019.doc

Nominations must be received by close of business 14 days prior to the A.G.M., in this case being 5th March 2019.

Forms can be posted to The Secretary, BATS Theatre Company. P.O. Box 223, Buderim. 4556.

The business to be transacted at every Annual General Meeting shall be:

  1. the receiving of the Committee’s report and the balance sheet and statement of accounts for the preceding financial year.
  2. the receiving of the auditor’s report upon the books and accounts for the preceding financial year.
  3. The election of members of the Committee
  4. the appointment of an auditor

Committee Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. At the time of nomination all nominees, proposers and seconders must be financial members approved by the committee.

Hope to see you at the meeting. Remember this is your Theatre Group so your participation is encouraged and welcome.

Alice Rea
President

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?

Performances

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.

Venue

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.

Cast

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.

Chorus

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.

Fundraiser success!

Fundraiser success!

BATS recently concluded its very successful season of The Fox on the Fairway. This is a modern American farce, but written very much in the mould of classic farces with lots of scheming, misunderstandings, accidents, thwarted love, coincidences, and of course long lost children. It was very well received by audiences, as well as being great fun for cast and crew.

A special aspect of this season was that the opening night was run as a fundraiser for The Buderim Foundation. The Buderim Foundation is a local not-for-profit philanthropic community foundation, which raises money in order to build an investment fund. The fund is carefully managed so that earnings can then be given as grants to community organisations such as the Coast Guard, Life Flight, Scouts and Legacy. BATS has benefited from this, most recently receiving a grant for equipment to help repair and maintain costumes.

For the opening night of The Fox on the Fairway, all ticket sale proceeds were dedicated to The Buderim Foundation. In support of this, the Buderim War Memorial Hall (owned by the Buderim War Memorial Community Association) also waived their normal hall hire fee. BATS is excited to announce that we were able to raise $2,487.21 for The Buderim Foundation from this fundraiser event.

In the photo for the cheque handing over is (from left) Gary Dillon, Chair of the Philanthropy Committee of the Buderim Foundation, Dr Russell Stitz, Chair of the Buderim Foundation, and BATS President Alice Rea. A great wrap to a very successful season!

The Fox on the Fairway

The Fox on the Fairway

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present

Ken Ludwig’s

The Fox on the Fairway

A comedy

Directed by David Wilson and Peta Beattie

BATS Theatre Company Inc. are pleased to present The Fox on the Fairway, a farce by Ken Ludwig. The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy, on par with a great night out.

Quail Valley Country Golf Club prepares to take on archrival Crouching Squirrel in the Annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. With a sizable wager at stake, the contest plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, objectionable sweaters and general mayhem. A cast of six players take you through this delightful romp, which opened in Virginia USA in 2010.

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical™ on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

Performances

Charity Fundraiser Opening Night – Friday 28 September – 7:30pm
All tickets $30. All ticket proceeds go to the Buderim Foundation.

Evenings: Saturday 29 September; Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October 2018, at 7:30pm.
Matinees: Sunday 30 September and Saturday 6 October at 2:00pm.

Ticket Prices: Adults $30, Seniors $24, Members / Students $22
Group Bookings – 8+ $22 per person (group bookings must be prepaid)
Book a table of 8 or book and share a table
BYO Nibbles
Tea/coffee available for purchase
Belfry Bar open for all performances.

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

Venue

Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim

Directors

David Wilson

David is originally from Tasmania. His baptism in theatre came from university in both revue and straight drama, to be followed after graduation with amateur productions of dramas, musicals and character roles in ballet.

After emigrating to Canada in 1969, like so many teachers, he immediately became immersed in amateur and college theatre productions, until in 1980 he quit teaching to enrol in the Masters in Directing programme at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. For the next ten years he worked with professional fringe companies travelling as a theatre consultant, directing, acting and doing workshops. With time passing and no fortune in sight, be returned to teaching English and Drama until retirement in 2010.

He now resides in Buderim. David has performed and directed a number of times for BATS, most recently directing Night Must Fall in 2017, and we welcome him back directing in this production.

Peta Beattie

Peta has taught Drama to over 3000 students privately, in youth theatre and at various primary and secondary schools on the Sunshine Coast since 2000. She is currently studying Social Work and Drama Therapy and has a keen interest in promoting the Arts that connect to social issues. Peta has directed over 50 productions and has written numerous plays and adapted works for the stage. She also has a keen interest in classic literature and world history and many of her plays reflect this love. Shakespeare is one of Peta’s not-so-secret passions and the obsession extends to her knowing several plays word for word having acted and directed them on multiple occasions.

For BATS, Peta directed The Crucible (2007) (STAAR Award for Best Drama), To Kill a Mockingbird (2008), Pippin, Midsummer Night’s Dream (STAAR Award in 2000 for Best Production, Lighting, Stage Management), Oklahoma, Pippin, and Theatre Festival, One Act Play seasons. She taught BATS Youth Theatre from 1998 to 1999 before it became BYTE. Her acting credits for BATS include Eponine in Les Miserables in 2008, and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet earlier this year.

Previously Peta has been on the BATS committee from 2005 until 2009. This year we welcome Peta Beattie once again to the BATS Committee in the capacity of Production Manager.

Cast

Bruce OliveHenry Bingham

Bruce has been involved with BATS for eighteen years, where he has had a hand in most aspects of the group, including, acting, writing, directing, backstage and administration. He is currently the BATS Treasurer and an avid playwright, with many of his plays having been produced by BATS. He last performed on the BATS stage in the comedy, A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone, directed by David Corben in 2017. Bruce is grateful to have the very talented and experienced Peta Beattie as director in The Fox on the Fairway, sixteen years after they performed together in the BATS production of The Bear by Chekov.

Hayley Waylett – Pamela Peabody

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is pleased to have Hayley as a member and new on the BATS’ stage. The last time she stood on a stage was twenty years ago when she was in a dance troupe for a musical theatre group in the United Kingdom.

Having moved to the Sunshine Coast two years ago and auditioning for the role of Pamela, Hayley never dreamed her first acting role would be so big! She has welcomed and loves the challenge and is grateful to her co-members for their wonderful support.

Hayley has had a big year of personal and professional change, including leaving her nursing career behind and opening a vintage shop in Buderim – pushing herself out of her comfort zone one more time – and joining BATS!

We love having Hayley on board and hope to see her again on our stage. Hayley hopes you enjoy this show as much as she does.

Knox CameronDickie Bell

Knox performed in Savoyards Brisbane’s productions of The Mikado (2011), Miss Saigon (2012) and The Pirates of Penzance (2013). With BATS, he appeared in the Agatha Christie classic And Then There Were None (2015); the award winning play by Rob Attenborough, Senses Working Overtime (2016); the pantomime Red Riding Hood (2017); and the drama Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams (2017).

BATS Theatre Company is delighted to have Knox back in a performing capacity as he has been a BATS Committee member for a couple of years and is now in the role of Vice President.

Nan Cameron – Muriel Bingham

BATS Theatre Company Inc. welcomes back to the stage Nan Cameron performing in the role of Muriel Bingham. Nan last performed for BATS in the childrens’ pantomime Red Riding Hood, in January 2017. She has loved theatre since appearing in The Admirable Crichton and also enjoys singing in choirs with her husband Knox.

Nan has been a BATS member for several years and recently joined the committee of BATS as Secretary.

Ewen CameronJustin Hicks

Ewen started his acting career in the fourth grade where his first breakout role was his school’s production of the musical Barnum, where he played the important role of a Tiger number 3 (who had a whole 2 lines!). He was eventually cast in bigger roles in subsequent school musicals, which started his lifelong passion for performance and theatre.

BATS first recognised Ewen’s talent in 2015 when he participated in the season of short (ten minute) plays. This led him subsequently to perform in the one act award winning play, The Knock on the Door, by Bruce Olive; the Agatha Christie classic And Then there Were None, and most recently in 2017 the comedy A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody by Ron Bernas. Ewen has immensely enjoyed his time with BATS Theatre Company Inc. and cannot wait to perform in more plays with this group.

Kyria GahanLouise Heindbedder

This is Kyria’s second play with BATS, having also performed in our most recent production Romeo and Juliet. During her time at University in Brisbane, she 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.

Crew

Rob AttenboroughTech Manager

Kiti Bruinsma – Sound

BATS welcomes back Kiti who has performed in a number of plays on this stage. She has performed in many plays including Cinderella, Long Story Short (2015), Million Dollar Question, and Old Fashioned Manors, to name a few. Kiti asks ‘Why do we have “tongue twisters” when we have Shakespeare?’ – she recently performed in Romeo and Juliet in June 2018 playing the Nurse, and describes the ensemble as like a bag of ‘mix-ups’. Thanks Kiti, and BATS loves having you back on board in the capacity of our Sound Technician for The Fox on the Fairway. We are sure we will see more of Kiti in the future.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present

Romeo and Juliet

A drama

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Catherine Steer

This classic tragic love story is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. An exhilarating and engaging production, incorporating live music and dance scenes from the early 1960’s.

Please note: this production includes music and adult themes

Performances

Preview Night – Friday 15 June – 7:30pm
Special online-only prices

Evenings: Saturday 16 June; Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2018, at 7:30pm.
Matinees: Sunday 17 and Saturday 23 June at 2:00pm.

Ticket Prices: Adults $30, Seniors $24, Members / Students $22
Group Bookings – 10+ $22 per person (group bookings must be prepaid)
Belfry Bar open for all performances.
Bookings: Book online, or phone Nan on 0466 923 395.

Venue

Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim

Director

Catherine Steer

Catherine Steer is a working theatre practitioner, with 25 years of experience in directing and developing actors for the stage.

She has a lifetime of working in theatre, starting as a Butlins’s Redcoat, then starting a children’s entertainment company, touring as a puppeteer across England for 12 years which sustained university life, studying for a degree in Performing Arts. Working in Theatre in Education for The Wolsey, Ipswich and then forming Impact Theatre Company to bring shocking and moving productions to the public, Catherine then left touring to settle down for a bit after having two sons. She applied to be a volunteer teacher at her local high school and was offered the full time post of Head of Drama instead:

“I think that moment was a huge turning point in my life, I’d underestimated my ability as a theatre practitioner probably because I’d always found it so easy to create and get on with projects, so I took the job and ran the Drama department for 6 years, rewriting the outdated entire drama curriculum taking on all the examination work before deciding to emigrate to Australia. I’m not very good at settling down, I always have to have a challenge!”

Arriving in Nambour in 2009, with husband, two sons and the dog, she ultimately wanted to continue as a high school teacher but passion for acting and directing led her down another path. She had to wait three months for her teacher registration to come through and so while she was waiting decided to start up a youth theatre at Lind Lane Theatre. She ran it for two years and then opened a private theatre school, Queensland School of Performing Arts, in Nambour. She never got to take on a full time contract in high school as she liked running her own business too much.

“Life is always exciting, I manage my sons rock band, Led Angels and held the first Youth Shakespeare Festival last year with my company. Specialisms are Shakespeare for Young people, mask work and Commedia Dell Arte. Oh, and dogs. I can’t live without dogs. Dogs and Theatre have never let me down.”

For BATS, Catherine directed Blood Brothers in 2016.

Assistant Director

Alaxzandra Allen

Alaxzandra is a fourth year Bachelor of Creative Industries student at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is Assistant Director and Stage Manager for this production on internship from the University. Alaxzandra recently worked with acclaimed director Daniel Evans in “Cosi” as Cherry and is president of Ursa Major Theatre Association. She has performed in the 2017/2018 Anywhere Theatre Festivals and aims to create more original theatre productions for the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

Cast

Tom JermynLord Capulet

Tom has spent eleven years performing in youth theatre, in such productions as Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracul, Romanov, and many other well known plays. Tom is not new to Shakespeare, as this will be his second time performing in Romeo and Juliet where he previously played Paris and Benvolio. Tom is enjoying playing Lord Capulet on this occasion as well as being involved in this ensemble.

Tom is an avid supporter of community arts and looks forward to being a part of more productions on the Sunshine Coast and beyond, and we hope to see more of Tom at BATS.

Sian AytonLady Capulet

Sian is studying for a Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Arts at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her experience in theatre has been through the University, Queensland School of Performing Arts and BATS doing shows such as Hamlet, Blood Brothers and various contemporary and physical theatre performances through University.

She is excited to be playing Lady Capulet as well as for the first time singing in front of an audience. She has immensely enjoyed working with such a large ensemble and the idea of reimagining ‘a tale of old as time’ play such as Romeo and Julie and giving it a fresh new look with mafia, disco and tribal people. Sian hopes that by the end of the degree, she will be teaching youth drama as well as directing her own shows and performing in others. Theatre will always be a strong part of who Sian is. She does not plan to stop soon! Welcome back Sian, BATS loves your work.

Peta BeattieTybalt

Peta has taught Drama to over 3000 students privately, in youth theatre and at various primary and secondary schools on the Sunshine Coast since 2000. She is currently studying Social Work and Drama Therapy and has a keen interest in promoting the Arts that connect to social issues. Peta has directed over 50 productions and has written numerous plays and adapted works for the stage. She also has a keen interest in classic literature and world history and many of her plays reflect this love. Shakespeare is one of Peta’s not-so-secret passions and the obsession extends to her knowing several plays word for word having acted and directed them on multiple occasions.

For BATS, Peta directed The Crucible (2007) (STAAR Award for Best Drama), To Kill a Mockingbird (2008), Pippin, Midsummer Night’s Dream (STAAR Award in 2000 for Best Production, Lighting, Stage Management), Oklahoma, Pippin, and Theatre Festival, One Act Play seasons. She taught BATS Youth Theatre from 1998 to 1999 before it became BYTE. Her acting credits include Eponine in Les Miserables for BATS in 2008.

Previously Peta has been on the BATS committee from 2005 until 2009. This year we welcome Peta Beattie once again to the BATS Committee in the capacity of Production Manager.

Peta is enjoying playing the part of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. This role is one she relishes as she does the challenge of presenting this villain with a unique twist.

Audrey RoseJuliet Capulet

Audrey starred in her high school’s production of Oliver, and Grease, where she played the roles of Oliver Twist and Sandy Dumbrowski, respectively. This is her first adult production and first with BATS. She has enjoyed this experience of being in an ensemble and meeting fantastic and talented new people and loves how hard everyone works to make the show a success.

Audrey plans to audition for the Griffith Conservatorium later this year in the hope of being accepted for the Bachelor of Musical Theatre course, a goal she has had for several years. BATS welcomes Audrey.

Samantha RoseMercutio

Samantha has played numerous roles throughout High School. Since returning to the Sunshine Coast she has been active with BATS, as stage manager in And Then There Were None, and performing in Love in a Food Court, one of the Edythe Brook Cooper finalist plays. Samantha enjoys being part of this ensemble and loves characterisations. BATS is pleased to have Samantha back in this active part and she hopes to be in more productions with BATS in the future.

Alice ReaPrincess of Verona

Alice studied in Sydney with the Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Jesters, and Phillip Street Theatre. She was with a casting agency in Sydney and performed in a few plays. Since arriving on the Sunshine Coast, Alice has performed in over forty plays, mainly with Airmar Theatre, The Lind, Coolum Theatre Players, Caloundra Chorale and now with BATS.

She enjoys all aspects of theatre and the arts. Alice has also directed and written plays, which she loves to do as well as perform. She won an award for her first written play and hopes to write more in the future. She has been active in dance and sang in a choir at Maleny for many years.

Alice has performed in many plays with BATS, most recently A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody. She was in Catherine’s previous play Blood Brothers, and enjoys the experience greatly. She is always up for a new challenge and particularly working with Catherine in this innovative and creative production of Romeo and Juliet. Alice is passionate about art (as an artist), yoga (as an instructor), and dance. She has been on the Committee of Airmar, The Lind and is now President of BATS.

Martin FogartyRomeo

Martin is currently a drama student at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Recently he played Doug in a USC production of Cosi. He is excited to be involved with this production and learning how to cooperate with a large ensemble to put on a memorable show. Of course, he doesn’t like the experience of killing himself!! Martin says that playing the role of Romeo is far beyond anything he has ever done. It has enabled him to become more confident as he has had to challenge himself greatly in creating a memorable and unconventional, iconic character. He has loved working with Catherine and the rest of the amazing ensemble. BATS loves having Martin on board, and hopes to see more of him in the future.

Felix NichollsBenvolio

Felix spent three years with BYTES. He played Captain von Trapp in Sunshine Coast Grammar School’s The Sound of Music. He has attended a number of acting workshops, most notably with Shake and Stir Theatre Co, as well as professional coaching with the Meisner Acting Technique and studying the Howard Fire method of acting at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Felix says he has learnt that maintaining good relationships with your fellow actors is vital to the cohesion of the performance, and is enjoying working with a passionate cast.

Sam BustonLord Montague

Sam has attended Stagecoach and is trained in acting, singing and dance. He has had roles with Harvest Rain and workshops with Black Swan Theatre Company, WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Sam played Tha in The Play Lovers production of The Jungle Book. He feels fortunate to be a part of this wonderful production of Romeo and Julie and has really enjoyed working with the director Catherine. He looks forward to what the future has in store for him. We hope Sam auditions for more shows with BATS.

Lloyd SteerSampson

BATS is pleased to have Lloyd return, whom you may recall from Blood Brothers. Lloyd is a musician and actor and decided to use his free time between studying a double Bachelor of Management and Marketing degree and rocking out with his band Led Angels, to perform in Romeo and Juliet. He has been in two musicals, one in the band for NHS Production of Little Shop of Horrors and the other as the star of The Wiz, plus multiple gigs throughout the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane with his band.

Nicholas SmithParis

Nick has acted on and off in the UK, Argentina and Australia for many years. He performed in a number of plays in South America (both in English and Spanish) and in the UK, starting at university, in plays ranging from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie. He has been involved with BATS from when he moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2015.

His first production with BATS was a One Act Play called Love in a Food Court, and followed that up, amongst others, as one of the brothers in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, the Inspector in Night Must Fall and now as Paris in Romeo and Juliet.

With his second time working with Catherine Steer as director – he believes she is highly motivating and innovative, and the ensemble method works beautifully for the cast in general and for Nick, in particular.

Nick has learned a huge amount in this rehearsal process, and has found the cast to be, without exception, motivated, talented and great fun!

Nick feels sure the audience will love this production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Ethan Farquharson1st Servant, Cupid, Musician 1

Adele TrumanPeter, Watchman 2

Adele has been with BATS for the last couple of years and we are pleased to welcome her back in this wonderful play in the role of Peter. Her first production with BATS was in Blood Brothers, also directed by Catherine. Adele has been in the pantomime, Red Riding Hood. Adele loves entering a new world and stepping away from normality. We would love to see Adele again at BATS.

Lauren WillettApothecary, 2nd Citizen, Watchman 1, Musician 3

This is Lauren’s first play with BATS. Lauren is studying a Bachelor of Social Work/Criminology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Being involved in Romeo and Juliet is a welcome reprieve from her busy life and having the opportunity to be a part of the ensemble has reinvigorated her love for theatre. She has previously acted in productions such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a part of BYTES for over eight years during primary and high school years. She has enjoyed meeting new people in this production and the talented actors. Lauren hopes she will be able to use the skills she has learned during her time in Romeo and Juliet and be involved in more acting and theatre opportunities in the future, such as this wonderful production.

Holly WileyPotpan, Lady Montague, Angel

Holly has been involved in numerous plays including OZ and Alice in Wonderland, both presented by The Little Seed Theatre Company, and The Miracle Worker at the Lind Theatre. Her most recent production was in the play Metamorphosis which took part in the Anywhere Theatre Festival. She has attended an intensive holiday course at NIDA, and a masterclass at NIDA. She has previously been part of The North Shore Drama Academy in Sydney. Recently Holly attended weekly classes at The Little Seed Theatre Company and now the Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence. She loves being involved in this ensemble and working with talented actors where everyone shares the same goal supporting each other, and, of course sharing a love of theatre. This production has intensified Holly’s passion for acting, allowing her to appreciate the magic of theatre, which she has not previously experienced. We hope to see more of Holly in the future.

Cameron Halliday2nd Servant

Cameron and his family have recently moved from Victoria to the Sunshine Coast. He is enthusiastic about exploring his interest in theatre. Previously Cameron has completed ten adult acting classes with Catherine Steer and is a talented pianist. He is pleased to be involved in this ensemble and working with BATS has found the atmosphere friendly and accommodating with the amateur and advanced members involved in this production. We hope to have Cameron involved in further productions. Welcome Cameron.

Samantha WhittakerFriar John, Musician 2

This is Samantha’s second play. The last play which she performed in and really enjoyed was Blood Brothers in 2016, which was also directed by Catherine and produced by BATS, hence wanting to be in Romeo and Juliet. She loves the ensemble and being part of a team working together, where everyone is able to express their ideas openly. She loves the mix of people from all walks of life and ages; leaving the real world behind for a few hours. Samantha says ‘her memory is very poor and she won’t be in any lead roles unless there is little to say.’

Dominique PahudFriar Laurence

Dominique commenced community theatre in 2015 and had previously only acted in school productions, some 35 years prior. Her first adult play was as the dizzy Fairy Godmother in Alice in Wonderland for Coolum Theatre Players. Since then she has appeared in 10,000 Cigarettes, Moving Shortly, Mad Woman of Athens in Lysistrata, and Waiting for Godot. She has attended classes with Little Seed Theatre Co, Suzuki Method with Jo Loth, as well as clowning workshops in the U.K. BATS sees Dominque back after her last performance in Blood Brothers. Playing Friar Laurence is Dominique’s biggest part to date, where she has learned discipline to learn lines, having a greater appreciation of the huge amount of work that goes into being an actor and producing a play of this calibre. BATS is hopeful Dominique will be back in future productions.

Sangita GhodkeFriar John, Gargoyles, Angel

Sangita is a first timer with ‘real’ theatre and with BATS of course. There is nothing that Sangita does not love about ensemble theatre, except, perhaps, when it is time to stop, and getting up early the next morning for her job at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Outside of theatre and her paid job, Sangita helps her husband with his business and is a chauffeur with an attitude to her two teens.

Kiti BruinsmaNurse

BATS welcomes back Kiti who has performed in many plays on this stage including Cinderella, Long Story Short in 2015, Million Dollar Question, Old Fashioned Manors to name a few. Kiti asks, “Why do we have “tongue twisters” when we have Shakespeare?’ – she describes this ensemble as like a bag of ‘mix-ups’. Some crispy, some nutty and others colourful. She believes there is no better leader than Catherine, to bring humour and tragedy to BATS in this production. Thanks Kiti, and BATS loves having you on board.

Kyria GahanAbraham Balthazar

This is Kyria’s first play with BATS. During her time at University in Brisbane, she 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. We will be seeing more of Kyria as she has successfully been cast in our next production in late September/October, The Fox on the Fairway, playing a major part as Louise.

Jeremiah MarlandGregory, Cousin Capulet

Jeremiah has been a student of drama for many years as he made his way through high school. He became completely immersed in stage production and truly found his niche amongst theatre friends, putting on amazing and exciting productions for all the world to see; well friends and family at least! As an adult, it has been a few years since his last rush of adrenaline on the stage. When an opening came for him to be involved in Romeo and Juliet, he came on board and could not hesitate to accept this role and being part of this wonderful ensemble. This is Jeremiah’s first play with BATS. We love having him on board.