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Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky

This play, featuring a multi-talented ensemble of players and directed by the experienced and highly credentialed, Catherine Steer-O’Neill.

Catherine is from the UK, where pantomime is strongly traditional in theatres all over Britain around Christmas time. She has directed several pantomimes in Australia as well as countless other productions with her company, the Queensland School of Performing Arts. She produced and directed Jabberwocky at the Lind Theatre in 2011, with Lind Lane Youth theatre, with great success. Catherine holds a Masters in Performing Arts and runs her own actor training centre on the Sunshine Coast. BATS welcomes Catherine back in the role of director for our pantomime season.

Performances will run from 11th January till 18th January.

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Sessions at 10am and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays 11, 12, 18 and 19 January 2020. Online ticket sales close one hour before each performance, but seats can also be bought at the door.

LOCATION

Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim, QLD 4556

Gaslight update

Congratulations to the cast and crew, under the direction of Bruce Olive, for the recent production of Gaslight. The play was very well received by the large capacity audience. Bats raised $3017 from opening night ticket sales for the Buderim Foundation. We acknowledge the wonderful philanthropic work the Foundation does for our community.

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

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.