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Annual General Meeting 2017

Annual General Meeting 2017

2017 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 24th May, 2017
7.30 p.m. sharp
BATS Clubroom, (at the back of the Buderim War Memorial Hall),
Cnr. Main and Church Streets,

  • All current members of the Committee shall 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 and 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 2017

Nomination forms are available from this link: Nomination Form

Nominations must be received by close of business 14 days prior to the A.G.M.,  in this case being Wednesday 10th May, 2017.

Forms can be posted to:

The Secretary,
BATS Theatre Co. Inc.
P.O. Box 223,
Buderim. 4556.

The business to be transacted at every Annual General Meeting shall be;
(i) the receiving of the Committee’s report and the balance sheet and statement of accounts for the preceding financial year.
(ii) the receiving of the auditor’s report upon the books and accounts for the preceding financial year.
(iii) The election of members of the Committee
(iv) the appointment of an auditor

Committee Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.

All positions are up for grabs, so please give it some thought.

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.

If you are unable to attend the AGM and have a genuine interest in electing the 2017 BATS committee you can complete a proxy voting form,
available from this link: Proxy form

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present

Red Riding Hood

Family Pantomime

Written by John Crocker and Eric Gilder

Last day for our family pantomime today. We have had some great feedback from audiences:

Thank you to the cast of Red Riding Hood! We had the best afternoon, watching our kids laughing and loving your pantomime. One of them was laughing so hard he struggled to stay on his seat! (via Facebook)

My children loved it so much and so did I. The script was fantastic and all the actors did an amazing job! It was heaps of fun with lots of laughs and good moments. The costumes were wonderful and the music, everything was great! (via e-mail)

The last shows are at 10am and 4pm today. Book your tickets now on 07 5445 2515 before you miss out!

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical™ on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd. with special permission to perform a condensed version of the show by Samuel French Ltd and Origin Theatrical.


rrhsquareRed Riding Hood runs a farm with the help of some friendly local yokel villagers. Her friend Bo Peep is her shepherdess, and keeps losing her mischievous sheep, Baa and Baa-Baa. Fortunately, they usually seem to come home, wagging their tails behind them. Red pays rent to the Squire, but he is pocketing all the rent instead of sending it to the King. She is celebrating her eighteenth birthday, and struggling to make ends meet, but unbeknownst to her has become heir to a fortune left to her by her ancestor, Robin Hood.

William Wallace; Jacob Shannon

William Wallace; Jacob Shannon

Her grandmother, Dame Trot, suffers from short term memory loss, but with the help of the audience, remembers there is a will, and eventually where to find it. The Prince and his page Poppet come to find out why they haven’t received rent from the region for over a year. The Prince has a curse on him that he is unable to speak to young ladies – he gets tongue-tied, so he decides that he and Poppet should become a woodcutters. Of course being a woodcutter, he has no trouble speaking and he and Red Riding Hood become friends.


Mandi Hardcastle; Alex Tillack

Jacob Shannon; Jack Simpson; Ava Newton; April Newton

Jacob Shannon; Jack Simpson; Ava Newton; April Simpson

Meanwhile, Bo Peep has lost her sheep, and Poppet the Page helps her get them back into line. The Squire plots to get Red Riding Hood in his clutches, as he knows that she has become wealthy even before she does. He elicits the help of his two sons, Hardy and Foolhardy; but the names say it all. They disguise themselves as trees to spy on the woodcutters.

The wolf starts off as a typical wolf minding his own business, but because Demon Sheerspite spelled him to be able to talk, he has to do what he is told by the Demon. The Squire and Demon Sheerspite work together to get Red Riding Hood’s money, enlisting the Wolf to help them. Happily there is the Dowager Fairy Dutiful to thwart all their evil plans, and she even spells the Wolf to become nice. The end scene is the classic “What big eyes/ears/teeth you have” but with a pantomime twist. All ends happily ever after.


Red Riding Hood – Tayla Simpson

squire_rrhRed is hoping for adventure in her life, now she has turned 18. What with meeting a handsome stranger, being chased by a wolf, and being left a fortune in a will, she finds it! Tayla has previously appeared in Addams Family (Coolum 2016), Senses Working Overtime (Festivals Tour 2016), Grease (Show Co 2015), All for One (Lind 2015) and Summer Wonderland (Lind 2013).

Dame Trot – Kennedy Fox

Dame Trot has a terrible memory. Luckily, the audience help her find plenty of Forget Me Not flowers to bring it back. Kennedy has appeared in musicals, comedies, dramas and pantomimes across the Sunshine Coast, including Cinderella for BATS in 2015. He is also a very experienced director including Crown Matrimonial (BATS 2013), Habeas Corpus, Bullshot Crummond, Play On, The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness, Room to Move and Thriller of the Year. He is directing The Fox on the Fairway for BATS later this year.

Bo Peep – Ava Newton

dame_bopeepBo Peep is Red’s shepherdess, but she isn’t very good at it as she keeps losing the sheep. Ava has appeared in many pantomimes with BATS and Caloundra Chorale, as well as appearing in Palmwoods Indee shows. She has previously worked with the sheep Jack and April in children’s theatre as well.

Sir False Hood – Jeff Gowlett

Sir False Hood is the Squire, and Red’s distant cousin, and is scheming to rob Red of her inheritance. Jeff has extensive pantomime experience, and his handlebar moustache makes him perfect for the villain.

Hardy Hood – Alex Tillack; Foolhardy Hood – Mandi Hardcastle

foolhardy_hardy_squireHardy and Foolhardy are the Squire’s non-too-bright sons, who try to help but are just as likely to sabotage his schemes. Together they are a fun comic duo. Alex appeared in And Then There Were None (BATS 2015) as well as a number of pantomimes and one act plays for BATS. Mandi has appeared in Grease (Caloundra 2015), All for One (Nambour 2015), Sweet Fanny Adams (Nambour 2014), West Moon Street (Nambour 2013), An Actor’s Nightmare (BATS 2012). She won silver and bronze medals at the World Championships of Performing Arts in LA in 2015.

Baa – April Simpson; Baa-Baa – Jack Simpson

sheep_1Baa is the white sheep, and Baa-Baa is her brother, the mischievous black sheep who leads her astray. April and Jack have both performed in productions at their school, as well as with Indee Theatre and BYTES.

Prince Florizel – William Wallace

prince_rrhThe Prince is painfully shy, but hits on the trick of pretending to be a woodcutter so that he can talk to girls. Can he manage to propose before his deception is revealed and he can’t speak again? William has appeared in The Private War of Corporal Cooper (Lind 2016) and Four Weddings and an Elvis (Lind 2014).

Poppet – Jacob Shannon

Poppet is the prince’s faithful page, but is also ready to help Bo Peep find her sheep. Jacob has appeared for the Lind in All for One, Keeping Down with the Joneses (both 2015), Sweet Fanny Adams (2014) and Summer Wonderland (2013).

Fairy Dutiful – Diana Meyers

demon_fairyThe Dowager Fairy Dutiful is kept very busy in fairyland looking after all her wards, intervening as required with magic spells. Di has appeared in previous BATS pantomimes Snow White and Cinderella, as well as Alice in Wonderland (Caloundra Chorale) and Music Hall with Merryatrics.

Lupe the Wolf – Pat Boiteux

Lupe isn’t really such a bad fellow. He just finds people pudding a very tasty dish! Pat has appeared for BATS in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast.

Demon Sheerspite – Lachlan Money

The demon is out to cause mischief and mayhem. Let’s hope the good fairy can help foil his schemes. Lachlan has appeared in previous pantomimes including Cinderella, other shows with BATS including Blood Brothers (2016), and Rocky Horror Show (Coolum 2015).

Farmers and villagers – Nan Cameron, Knox Cameron, Adele Truman, Phillipa Hancock, Mitch Lenord

IMG_0535_cropThe local yokels are extremely vocal in trying to help protect Red against the machinations of the Squire. Nan has appeared in the Admirable Crichton. Knox has appeared for BATS in Senses Working Overtime (2016) and And Then There Were None (2015). Adele has appeared for BATS in Blood Brothers (2016).


Director Mary Newton
Stage Manager Dean Wye
Ass. Stage Manager Mitch Lenord
Properties Phillipa Hancock
Backstage James Thow
Lighting Charles Clarke
Sound Anita Tillack
Wardrobe Nancy Moule
Set Construction Cast & Crew
Music Neil Booth


Family pantomime – Red Riding Hood

Family pantomime – Red Riding Hood

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present

Red Riding Hood

A family pantomime

Written by John Crocker and Eric Gilder

Panto time is around the corner at Buderim in January 2017… great for after Chrissie fun.

Starting 7th January for three weekends, BATS Theatre Company in Buderim brings you the wonderful pantomime ‘Red Riding Hood’ by John Croker and Eric Gilder, directed by Mary Newton, well known for her productions of panto’s on the coast.

Red Riding Hood, her granny, the Wolf and even a Demon, a Fairy, the wicked Squire and his comical sons take you on a roller coaster ride through the Woods and even a haunted house.

Prepare to enjoy!

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical™ on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd. with special permission to perform a condensed version of the show by Samuel French Ltd and Origin Theatrical.


January 2017, Saturdays and Sundays

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd

10am and 4pm each day

Ticket Prices: All tickets $15 (no concessions)
Bookings: Book online, or phone Bernadette 5445 2515


Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim

Trivia night

Trivia night

Trivia night

A night of fun

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 6.30 P.M. for 7.00 P.M. start

Where: Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main Street, Buderim

Book a table of six (6) or just come along and join with others on a table.

Only ten (10) tables

Only $10.00 per person & prizes galore!

BYO drinks and nibbles – tea and coffee available

Supported by:

Milans of Buderim My Private Provence
The Coffee Club – Buderim   . Cafe Buderim
Envy Cafe Cotton Tree Australia Zoo
BWS Buderim Liquorland – Buderim
Buderim Chemist Ritz on Buderim
Array Hair Design Kooshka Hair Mooloolaba
Yoga on Monks Buderim Mountain Soap Company

and many more

Bookings: Alice 0427 856 680

Don’t miss And So Say All of Us

Don’t miss And So Say All of Us

assaou_cast_2Disaster at a 25 Wedding Anniversary Celebration. You would never want to be at a celebration like this one.

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is currently presenting the hilarious comedy “And So Say All Of Us”, written by Ian Austin and directed by John McMahon.

Now playing at the Buderim War Memorial Hall, corner of Church St and Main St, Buderim


cast_and_so_say_all_of_usA simple 25th wedding anniversary becomes a riotous disaster with high society hi-jinks, low life double crosses, mistaken identities, old affairs resurfacing, new affairs foundering – AND PIGS.

This is a fast paced, very funny comedy with the action taking place on the back patio at the home of Harry and Dolly Doncaster as they prepare to celebrate 25 years of marriage. This production has a smattering of lovable Australian characters with which you could easily identify — but not at this so-called celebration.

ian_austinIan Austin has over the years a close association with the BATS Theatre Company as performer (including “Noises Off”), director (“Pippin”), and as a playwright. He wrote “Sex …and Other Frustrations” which premiered at BATS Theatre Company in 1985. Austin recalls the present production as:

assaou_cast_1“Then came the jackpot on March 27, 1992: my totally outrageous comedy, And So Say All of Us. There was one written audience reaction: “I laughed so much my jaws are still aching!” Happily, the comedy has since enjoyed many productions around Australia. I am grateful to John McMahon and BATS for reviving the play for a new generation of theatregoers … and for all those who remember”.

assaou_cast_3As a Senior Citizen, Ian Austin is still writing Monday to Sunday, 5 am – 8 pm unless a Broncos or Townsville Cowboys game is on the telly. Currently he has three new novels with Australian and International publishers awaiting their decisions.

Join this all Australian “celebration” and laugh your head off. Bring your friends for one hell of a night out. The play is on again this Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, and also Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm. Book online, or call Bernadette on 5445 2515.

And So Say All of Us

And So Say All of Us

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present
and_so_say_all_of_us_livethtr“And So Say All Of Us”
Comedy written by Ian Austin
Directed by John McMahon

A simple 25th wedding anniversary becomes a riotous disaster with high society hi-jinks, low life double crosses, mistaken identities, old affairs resurfacing, new affairs foundering – AND PIGS.

This is a fast paced very funny comedy with the action taking place on the back patio at the home of Harry and Dolly Doncaster as they prepare to celebrate 25 years of marriage.

John McMahon describes the origins of the play as follows:

This play came about from a discussion in 1992 between the late Beryl Crosby and playwright Ian Austin, when Beryl complained there were no parts for old ladies (she was 82 at the time). Ian turned up with this play a couple of days later and I stage managed because Beryl was my mother in law.


Evening: September 30, October 1, 7 & 8 at 7.30pm
Matinees: October 2 & 8 at 2pm

Ticket Prices: Adults $25 Concession $23 Members $21
Group Bookings – 10 + $22 per person (group bookings must be prepaid)
Bookings: online through this link or phone 54 452 515


Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main and Church Streets, Buderim


Jan Meade, Val Beanland, Jenni McCaul, Wayne Neuendorf, Dale Stephensen, Amy Maguire, Liz Blackett, Glynn Mitchell, Rita Walker and Tom Svensson.

Direct Your Next Show at BATS

Logo“We are now taking submissions for 2017 / 2018.

If you have a one act play, full length play or small musical you would like to direct we would love to hear from you.

Please send two (2) copies of the script  and a completed Production Proposal Form to:  The Secretary, BATS Theatre Company Inc, PO BOX 223, Buderim 4556 or  contact our President Susie Pritchard on PH: 5444 4463 / 0417603369 EMAIL:

Download the Product Proposal Form HERE.


BACKSTAGE CREW, LIGHTING AND SOUND CREW – Contact Susie Pritchard 54444263

FRONT-OF-HOUSE STAFF, BAR STAFF – Contact Patsy Flint 5444 4140

Experience is a bonus – but inexperienced applicants will be trained.

Wages: a sense of satisfaction for a job well done, being part of a great team, having fun, being appreciated for your efforts.

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