Posts Tagged ‘performing arts collective


Sunshine Coast Arts January 25 2014


SCD Arts January 25 2014

Xanthe Coward


Jordan Russell in West Side Story

Jordan Russell as Maria in Noosa Arts Theatre’s West Side Story


Give your child the chance to shine 


When I was growing up in a creative household I never considered myself lucky. I wasn’t ungrateful, but I thought my family was like everybody else’s, hosting closing night parties, learning in primary school to do my own hair and makeup for ballet concerts and musical productions, and spending most afternoons at dance classes and rehearsals. Before there was a shopping hub across the road from Buderim Memorial Hall, there was a single shop. It was a fish and chips shop and a convenience store (conveniently, it stocked Smith’s crisps as well as hot chips). After school, a bunch of us would order $2 worth of hot chips to share on the grassy lawn out in front of the hall. The kids came from all the local schools, from as far away as Nambour. I can attribute some of my most memorable friendships and a great deal of confidence to hanging out at BATS.


From the perspective of teacher, parent and theatre critic, there is nothing more valuable than supporting our kids’ creative pursuits. Being involved in a theatrical production is like any team sport, teaching vital social skills and developing children’s confidence as an individual performer and as a member of a team. There are many roles backstage too so if your child shies away from the spotlight, get them along to learn the technical side of making theatre. It’ so exciting to be a part of Wardrobe, set design and construction, or lighting and sound!


BYTES YOUTH THEATRE will be holding a Registration afternoon on Tuesday 28th January from 3.30pm – 6.00pm at Buderim Memorial Hall. Auditions for their Master Class acting and Musical Theatre Program will also be conducted on this day.


With Robyn Ernst at the helm, BYTES has been 13 years in operation, with over 160 productions staged and over 4000 young performers through its doors. BYTES has won multiple awards in production, direction, playwriting and performance, and alumni include graduates of WAAPA, VCAE, AIM, QUT, USQ & USC. Details

PAK Fundraiser

USC’s Performing Arts Kollective (PAK) is holding a super fun fundraising BBQ sausage sizzle today from 10am – 4pm outside Woolworths in Currimundi on the corner of Bellara Drive and the Nicklin Way. Support PAK performers and find out what they’re up to in 2014. Details on Facebook.

NT Live – The Habit of Art


The Habit of Art screens on January 31 at 1pm and 7.30pm. Alan Bennett’s play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, WH Auden and Benjamin Britten, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. The telegraph’s Charles Spencer said, “The Habit of Art is another absolute cracker, often wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny (this is not a show for the prudish), but also deeply and unexpectedly moving.” Directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Richard Griffiths and Alex Jennings, this is a screening not to be missed. Bookings online or call 5449 9343


Start spreading the news – Jordan Russell sets her sights on New York City


Speaking of New York City, Jordan Russell, who played Maria in Noosa Arts Theatre’s West Side Story and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls at Matthew Flinders Anglican College last year, is off to NYC. In New York, Jordan will audition for four universities: The Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, PACE University and Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts. We wish Jordan well!


Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance President Acting Up in 2014


Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance President and Co-Artistic Director of XS Entertainment, Sam Coward, has accepted a role in a major movie being filmed this year in Nambour for a 2015 release…but due to strict publicity guidelines we can’t tell you what it is yet! Producers of the horror slasher film have shared the news across multiple social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, so if you were thinking it’s time to open an account you’re right! Theatre companies, artists and filmmakers are using social media more and more effectively to get their news out to fans. Details here soon, but in the meantime, get online to get all the goss.