Posts Tagged ‘Sunshine Coast


Why saying no is hard and when to say yes


I thought I would have a little break, slow down, step away from the crazy busy stuff of life, and take a break from it all. I didn’t plan to spend three weeks in Greece (although that would be nice), and I didn’t intend to switch off completely from social media (although that would be sensible). I just decided to not do so much. Well, let me tell you how that is working out. It’s not.


I’m finding it really difficult to STOP.


Why is it so hard to stop? To say no? (I can’t answer that. Can you?)


This morning I caught up with a couple of friends at the groovy, cosy, completely rebranded BV Pizzeria & Wine Bar on Kawana Island. It used to be the Thai Islander Beach Café. I used to live in an apartment across the road. It was the perfect place for a catch up after the mad rush of rainy day school run traffic. To be honest, I felt like staying in bed and watching the chickens singing and dancing in the rain. But getting up and getting Poppy to school so I could enjoy a long overdue coffee with a couple of girlfriends turned out to be the right choice.



This is actually what I felt like ordering. Is it ever too early?

I should clarify, I don’t actually drink coffee anymore, so when I say, “Let’s go for coffee,” what I actually mean is, “Let’s meet somewhere and you have coffee and I’ll find out how they make their chai and probably end up, when they say they make it with syrup or powder, ordering a soy hot chocolate or an Earl Grey instead.”

Like, when I say I’m taking a break, I’m not actually taking a break.


I ordered Earl Grey without asking about their chai. I wanted no complications. I didn’t take a photo for Instagram and I didn’t check in on Facebook. I KNOW! I was feeling overwhelmed and outta’ control – not crazy outta’ control, but dreamy, floating, coasting, fairyland outta’ control (I would like to call it “surrender” but you and I both know I’ve got a way to go before I can claim “surrender”), as if nothing today would matter. But here’s what matters.


All three of us had a busy day on the cards, and we stopped. We didn’t stop for long but we each committed to teasing open a little crack in time, in between our other appointments and deadlines to say, “Yes, let’s!”


Let’s enjoy stillness rather than rushing about.


Let’s cherish each other’s company rather than quietly, politely ignoring each other’s just as crazy busy existence.


Let’s imagine for just one hour that we have several hours to spend together, to hear about each other’s joys, fears, successes and challenges.


Let’s feel supported, admired and valued for whom we have become.


Let’s leave feeling nourished, inspired and reenergised.


Let’s promise to catch up again soon and actually catch up again soon.


While we were chatting away and finishing tea and coffee (and chocolates – hot beverages at BV are served with a chocolate and doesn’t that just make your day?), a tiny sparrow came in out of the rain. It perched on the back of a chair nearby and appeared to be listening in. I don’t profess to see anything profound in that; it’s just that a tiny sparrow came in from the rain and found warmth and a safe place to be for a moment.


It seems it’s just as difficult for me to say yes as it is to say no. But knowing when to say yes, and feeling happy rather than guilty about doing so, is maybe more important at the moment. They say the lessons you need to learn in life keep turning up until you learn them. Looks like I’m staying busy for a bit longer.




Reality Bites – Australia’s Premier Literary Nonfiction Festival launches tonight! The program is online today! Check out


The Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival Youth Section begins tonight and continues until Sunday. Details on the website. Check out






Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival and the question of reviews and social media…


Remember when I said I was going to post every Friday, my column from the local rag, the Sunshine Coast Daily? Yeah? No. That hasn’t happened and you haven’t asked for it! But here’s my column from last week (Friday August 8 2014), which they actually printed without editing very much. Mostly, this column, somewhere between submitting and printing, has become a dead easy “What’s On?” list of things to see on the Sunshine Coast and often I’ll begin it with a comment on the state of the local arts scene. But I always wanted to throw into this space some of the harder questions too. Like, what is it we’re all doing? And, why are we doing it? And, what’s the use of reviewing what we’re doing if we continue to do just exactly what we’ve always been doing? #justasking


What makes this much more interesting than the fact that I felt the need to write it in the first place, is the way it was presented on the page, beneath a photo I didn’t submit, beside a “review” that no one saw coming because the other columnist on the page tends to write exclusively about his own theatre company and their productions. Isn’t media manipulation a funny thing? Separated, and published over different weeks, a parallel would not have even been drawn, but due to savvy editing and fascinating timing (could be a full moon thing), I came under fire on social media for presenting an opinion with which some people didn’t agree.




As I’ve explained to concerned friends and family over the weekend, I’m a blogger, I’m a writer, I’m a reviewer, and because I’m confident enough to put myself out there, it’s no surprise (and certainly not the end of the world!), when somebody has a problem with something I’ve said. I know they’d like to think they are all-powerful and all-knowing, with a convincing enough argument to band together a legion of fans in a vitriolic thread (for what purpose, I don’t know), but you know what? I’ve come to realise the trolls and haters who comment without thinking first are just little wizards of oz, hiding their insecure, trembling, self righteous little selves behind a great big curtain called a keyboard. Sam and I agree (What? I know! Surprise!), I must still be so naive! Because it genuinely surprises me every time to see somebody’s true colours online. Do they actually think they’re anonymous on Facebook?! Do they genuinely not realise that everyone knows everyone on Facebook?! OOPS! HA! I used to worry more about them and their opinions, and I do – of course I do – feel the awful sting of a snide remark or cruel comment. Who doesn’t? But then, and I thank you Brisbane community for helping me to move on after some interesting learning experiences, including Jekyll & Hyde and The Truth About Kookaburras, I take a breath and look at how wonderful every day is. Other than travelling the world (and we’re working on it!), we actually have everything we have set out to get. And we do love giving back. It makes me wonder what sort of lives the haters have. I learned very early, at school, that kids with less confidence would say whatever it took to make themselves feel better (but did they really feel better? Really?)… It’s actually laughable. I actually can’t believe some of the things people feel comfortable saying on social media. I wonder why they don’t say them to my face? I see them often enough! The Sunshine Coast is not a big pond! Isn’t it funny to really see someone for who they are? Luckily, I’m blessed with actual friends, and a supportive family and husband who are able to point out to me if I ever forget it –






Now let’s get some things straight, just in case you’ve been following the wrong Facebook threads.


Sam and I have only ever been supportive of local community theatre but the truth is, we are in the game now for slightly different reasons. In addition to “having fun” and being social, we want to continue to produce professional productions. We’re so proud of our original pieces, and of our recent success at Noosa Long Weekend Festival. It’s true, we expect a higher standard from everybody involved in our productions and THAT’S WHY WE PAY THEM. This is the fundamental difference between what we do and what is accomplished by the haters involved in their amateur groups. There is always going to be merit in treading the boards for free and for fun – it’s how we learned a heap of basic skills and developed enormous confidence too – but we decided a few years ago to try to make it pay, and now that it does so we’ll continue to focus on doing more of the same. You can argue that the quality of the productions are the same as your amateur efforts but in actual fact they’re usually not. How do I know? Because I’ve seen what you’ve been doing. And in the past there have been times when you’ve asked for feedback and I’ve offered it. Whether or not you’ve taken it on board, or even used it as a starting point to simply reconsider or reflect on what it is you’re doing, has been up to you. And we’ve certainly seen you improve…or not.


To see that I’m right, you should really get out more. Go see “good” theatre. Go see MORE theatre so you start to see for yourself what “good” looks like. You never have to take my word for it! Quite simply, Sam and I set our own standards and with a production budget we can afford to see that we reach them. We have a core ensemble – and it’s a true ensemble – and we will always welcome into that awesome little team, people with a professional approach to match our own. If you’re a performer (or stage manager or designer or techie) aspiring to greater heights, let us know. You don’t have to work for free anymore on the Sunshine Coast! Hooray! On the other hand, if you’re happy to do so, if you’re totally okay with the way you’re currently presenting on stage (and off), go ahead and keep supporting your local community group and having a ball! Cheers!




So. Sam is still the President of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, I’m still writing the column for the paper, we are both on the Noosa Long Weekend Festival board and programming committee, I’m on the Matilda Committee, and we are still directing, coaching, consulting, emceeing, promoting and supporting many local artists and events for free. We actually do far more for free, still, than for dollars. And that’s okay too, although we are more selective now about the people and charities we choose to support. We can only do so much. But we truly value community theatre so we continue to support it. We’ve always walked the talk. I thought that much was pretty obvious but I guess when some-unenlightened-body gets a bee in their bonnet they forget the big picture. It actually infuriates me momentarily, to see and hear criticism from those who purport to know us or to know better. But, sure, you’re entitled to your opinion too. Just maybe think twice before putting it online.




SCD Arts Friday August 8 2014


We know the Sunshine Coast has talent, and some of us can even recognise excellence when we see it on stage, however; I miss the days of legitimate local theatre reviews, which we used to enjoy via this publication, thanks to an arrangement with Ian Austin, professional playwright and critic. Those of us involved in theatre at the time remember our early Saturday morning race to buy the Sunshine Coast Daily for Mr Austin’s insightful write-ups of local productions. Not only did the reviews provide valuable feedback from a respected theatrical identity, they gave potential audience members valid reasons to consider which productions they might be interested in supporting.


It’s all very well for each community theatre group to promote their own production, or for enthusiastic cross-promotion to continue happening – after all, we should be supporting each other’s endeavours – but to blatantly mislead the public and the talent about the standard of a local show when one has recently attended no other local shows with which to compare it is outrageous and irresponsible.


To my understanding, a review is certainly one’s personal response to a production, but it should also offer some truth in terms of what audiences may expect to experience at a show. This requires broad knowledge, an open mind and the acceptance that honesty does not necessarily initiate or nurture friendships.


Amongst my peers, the theatre reviewers feel a degree of responsibility to the creatives, but also to audiences. Over the last five years I have attended, on average, 1-2 professional theatrical productions a week, and during festival time that number increases. What kind of reviewer would I be if I proclaimed every production just as excellent as the next? Or a mediocre production the most impressive? I don’t presume to help box office sell tickets – that’s what marketing collateral is for – but I do appreciate the opportunity to offer people a fair assessment of a show, allowing them to make up their own minds as to whether or not they might enjoy it.


It’s an unfortunate fact that theatre reviewing in this country is not valued enough by the industry, nor by the publications who seek content (both in print and online) to provide any remuneration for the job. Perhaps if it were a paid position, and genuine feedback was taken on board by those who insist on putting productions together, our audiences could reasonably expect a greater degree of excellence on local stages and attend the theatre more often, which in turn would help to sell tickets and keep our local theatre thriving. I wonder what the theatre companies, venues, councils and arts funding bodies might think of that? What do you think?






Next up, Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance is hosting the largest theatre festival on the South East Queensland Drama circuit. This means, starting this Friday, we’ll be at The Lind, Nambour, for 10 days of workshops, forums, debates and one-act plays. We have a record number of youth entries across the final weekend of the festival and some new and familiar faces competing in the open section, which takes place this weekend.



Forum Panellists are Mahana Currie, Robyn Ernst (BYTE), Ian Mackellar (Noosa Long Weekend Festival) and Ian Williams, discussing Sunshine Coast Theatre – Past, Present, Future. The debate will see Mark Darin (MIX FM), Joy Marshall and Marina de Jager argue the merits of musical theatre with Gail Denver, Errol Morrison and Frank Wilkie. These events cost just $5 to attend and give you the chance to mix with the local makers and lovers of live theatre.



We welcome special guest adjudicator, Margi Brown Ash, Director of Hedonism’s Second Album, which opens on Thursday night at La Boite.



For SCTF14 details and bookings check out






Unlock Your Style with Nikki Parkinson from


Unlock Your Style

by Nikki Parkinson




You know I’m a big fan of Sunshine Coast friend and phenomenal blogger businesswoman extraordinaire, Nikki Parkinson, from




Now based in Brisbane and set to take over the world with her no-fuss, back-to-basics approach to styling women everywhere, Nikki launched her debut book – a style bible inspired by her blog – in Maroochydore and Noosa this week. Taking the time to stop by two completely contrasting venues to catch up with friends and fans, Nikki appeared on Wednesday night at Tony Kelly’s hip new Ocean Street burger joint, Hello Harry, and on Thursday at beautiful berardo’s in Hastings Street, Noosa, for a lunch event co-hosted by Mary Ryan’s Noosa.




I stepped out on Wednesday night with darling Min of White House Celebrations, with whom we’re currently planning the RACQ CareFlight Sunshine Coast Gala Ball (y’all better book for it! You know this event sells out!), after changing out of Lorna Jane Active flashies (I had my first aid update all day, kids; stylin’ at NFTI!) and into black leather pants and my fave brown leather jacket – that’s right #doubleleather – adding the Anna Purna, which features in Nikki’s book, and a pair of three-seasons-ago from-the-vault vintage black ankle boots. Thanks to my boot guy in Buderim (he’s your boot guy too, if you have any sense at all), they are allowed out again. Min and I arrived with time to spare, so we chatted with owner, Tony Kelly, outside on the street before heading into his groovy venue for bubbles and lots of fun with, naturally, our most stylish friends. WE MISS YOU, GENINE!




Our emcee for the evening was the beautiful Kim Morrison, of Twenty8 Essentials, who reminded us of when she and Fleur Whelligan were researching their book, Like Chocolate for Women, they realised the key to their message lay in little Mia’s take on beauty (“Beauty is being yourself with a sparkle”), and how Nikki so easily, with her styling initiatives, including The Model and Me and #everydaystyle, inspires women to put the sparkle into their unique style regardless of age or budget. Heartfelt words of congratulations came also from Simone Merlo and Maria Faulder. MARIA, I’M SORRY ABOUT THE HAIR! I should never have opted for punctuality. #suitethreehairandbeauty #ambassadorfail






So many gorgeous women, so many gorgeous, wise words; it’s easy to feel grateful for yet another opportunity to be in the presence of so many inspiring women. Now, if only I could get my act together and step up too!


Nikki is a terrific speaker; I never tire of hearing from her. She is one of the most authentic “authentic” women I know (I tire of the term being overused!), and she has genuinely worked her way to the top of the Australian blogosphere, picking up awards, an agent and a publisher along the way. Nikki has also made a point of always stopping and supporting others on their blogging and styling journeys, earning extra street cred for her boundless generousity.


Nikki noted that her book is a sign of a major shift within the publishing industry, or perhaps it’s an additional layer – I wasn’t live tweeting so I’m not quoting – in that we are beginning to see more and more blogs become books. (Lorelei Vashti’s Dress, Memory is the next one we’ll look at here. Pre-order it online). I’m sure I’m not the only one to subscribe to the blog, follow on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, buy the e-book and then race out to buy the book in its printed form as well! I love Rhonda Hetzel’s blog as well as her first couple of books so I recently did exactly that! I often remind Mum when she tells me, “Oh, you don’t need that!” that I do, I really do; I need my own (signed) copy! #firstworldprivileges




Unlock Your Style has something for everyone. It’s a workbook, outlining simple steps to guide you through the process of literally unlocking your style, based on your history, shopping habits, lifestyle and budget. It’s also a personal story that elicits frequent smiles because we can all relate to the classic style “mistakes”, which Nikki recounts unapologetically. We’ve all been there; we’ve all sported THAT fringe, THAT perm, THAT maternity dress, THOSE SHOES. HA! I love Nikki’s comments regarding social media – her thoughts on envy and “the time vortex that is Pinterest” especially – and I will admit that I read Chapter 4: The Wardrobe Edit twice before deciding to write this piece rather than open a bottle of wine and BEGIN IT. THE WARDROBE EDIT I MEAN. But begin it I will because BACK TO BASICS, Y’ALL! #butilovemythreethousandshowponyseasonalpieces



In Unlock Your Style, Nikki includes a heap of real life, tried and tested products, which have been featured on the blog, and fave brands separated into user-friendly categories including Occasion Wear, Effortless Casual (so essential for life on the Sunshine Coast!), and Modern Corporate. Add to that an extensive list of beauty tips, and a couple of handy cheat sheet morning beauty routines (The Two-Minute Routine, The Seven-Minute Routine), and this easily becomes a book you can justify buying multiple times. If you don’t end up with a few copies to pass onto sisters, daughters, friends, your mum and Grandma, I guarantee you’re going to end up replacing your own copy more than once!


Written with good-natured humour and jam packed with amusing anecdotes and hot tips, this is a Trinny and Susannah type style guide in the best sense of the word, marketed to women over twenty-eight but nevertheless, in content and tone, encouraging women of all ages to strip their wardrobe back to basics and discover the confidence to give us the “spark” that comes from wearing well selected garments and accessories we love.


True style comes from within. When we’ve finally recognised it, why not project it to the world with a great outfit and a pop of perfect colour on the lips? Who are we not to shine? We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?



Are you ready to shine?




Join Nikki’s #UYS community online


Attend one of the remaining launch events


Buy Unlock Your Style in print or online




Additional images by Alicia Aberley. Check out more event pics on Facebook





Sunshine Coast Arts April 11 – 18 2014


SCD Arts Friday April 11 2014


Xanthe Coward



There is always so much on, is it any wonder we struggle to fit it all in? But with the new-look Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance website, at least we have no more excuses when it comes to finding out about what’s on. The website ( has all the audition, production and booking details you need to see and be involved in local live theatre. With tickets just a click away it makes scheduling a fun social night out or a hot date at the theatre a no brainer. Enjoy full-scale musicals, dramas, comedies, reviews and one-act plays at a theatre near you. Get involved by emailing your local theatre company or jumping onto their Facebook page and offering your skills and enthusiasm. Community theatre is a hobby for some and a training platform for a professional career for others. No matter your level of involvement, from audience member to cast member, you’ll be glad you connected with other local theatre lovers and theatre makers. For details check out



Ira Levin’s intriguing murder mystery, directed by Chris Mills, will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Suspense mounts steadily as the plot twists and turns with devilish cleverness in this play within a play. Season continues April 9, 11 & 12 at 8pm and April 12 at 2pm. Bookings or call 5441 1814


Pirates to Pinafore

It’s an all-star cast of performing the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan in just 89 minutes! Starring Philip Gould as Sir Arthur Sullivan, alongside veteran comic actor, Brian Hannan as W.S. Gilbert, Pirates to Pinafore delivers all the hits and highlights of the thirteen G&S operettas we have come to know and love, including songs from Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado. Noosa Arts Theatre April 11 &12 at 7:30pm. Matinees April 12 at 1pm & April 13 at 2pm. Bookings or call 5449 9343


The Gentleman Magician

Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, says, “Magic isn’t just for children – why should they have all the fun?” It’s a one-man magic show for adults only, which will challenge you to explore your imagination without a single top hat or rabbit involved. Noosa Arts Theatre Saturday May 3 at 1pm & 7:30pm. Bookings


Mothers’ Celebration Concert

Treat mum to a very special concert featuring Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir and Oriana Youth Choir singing all her musical favourites from their extensive repertoire. A scrumptious afternoon tea is included in the ticket price. Buderim Memorial Hall Sunday May 4 at 2pm. Bookings



Directed by Anne Grant, Barmaids is about Val and Nancy’s response to change when management decides to replace them with topless popsies. Saturated with humour, karaoke, and a chook raffle too. The Lind from May 16. Bookings




Sweet Charity

Charity Hope Valentine is a taxi dancer who longs for love, but has bad luck with men. Auditions at Coolum Civic Centre Monday April 7 at 8pm and Wednesday April 9 at 7pm. Details


Jerry’s Girls

Jerry’s Girls celebrates the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer, Jerry Herman, in a two-hour musical evening. Information night at Noosa Arts Theatre Wednesday April 16 at 7:30pm. Auditions at Noosa Arts Theatre Wednesday April 30 at 7pm (soloists) and Sunday May 4 at 10am (ensemble). Details


 SCD Arts Saturday April 19 2014



The King and I


Local performer, Patrice Tipoki (Fantine in the upcoming touring professional production of Les Miserables and recently seen in A Little Night of Music for MontroseAccess and Tipoki Productions’ Songs For a New World), made her professional musical theatre debut as one of the Royal Children in Gordon-Frost’s 1991 production of The King and I.


Tomorrow night John Frost and Opera Australia present the Australian premiere of the acclaimed revised production of The King and I at QPAC. Final tickets for the limited seven-week season were released this week so I hope you got online and got yours. Why is it important to see this production? For the same reasons it’s always important to see as much excellent live theatre as possible. A wonderful show with a rich story and endearing characters, sumptuous costumes and memorable music (with songs dubbed by Marni Nixon, you’ll recall, for Deborah Kerr in the movie version), which lifts us up and carries us away for a little while to another world. Live theatre is the ultimate escapism. And for those of us who are involved at some level in the industry, it also helps us to recognise and appreciate what “good” looks and sounds like. And we must know what good is if we’re going to claim to produce it!


This particular production features 37 Brisbane children on stage. Many of them, just as Patrice did, are making their debut professional appearance. There are so many reasons to catch this lavish production. Bookings



James Millar Joins Jesus Christ Suoper


Special guest at this year’s Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Soiree, James Millar, has secured a role in the US Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which we saw here last year.


James is first understudy to Pontius Pilate, and joins Incubus lead singer, Brandon Boyd (Judas), Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams (Mary Magdalene) and Ben Forster (Jesus) in a 50-city tour. For details check out



Bruce Glen The Gentleman Magician

This is a truly intriguing one-man magic show without involving a single top hat or white rabbit. Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, will challenge you to explore your imagination. Marvel at extraordinary magic, together with “tall tales and true”, inspired by the charm and wonder of some of our greatest storytellers. Noosa Arts Theatre Saturday May 3 at 1pm & 7:30pm. Bookings


Mothers’ Celebration Concert

Celebrate mum with Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir and Oriana Youth Choir and enjoy a lovely afternoon tea at Buderim Memorial Hall Sunday May 4 at 2pm. Bookings



A great Australian comedy written by Katherine Thompson and directed by Anne Grant, Barmaids tells the tale of Val and Nancy as they face the prospect of being replaced by topless popsies. The Lind from May 16 at 8pm. Bookings




Jerry’s Girls

Jerry’s Girls celebrates the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman in a two-hour musical entertainment. Auditions Wednesday April 30 by appointment via



Sunshine Coast Arts Friday April 4 2014


Well, I haven’t been very consistent with this column going up here have I? (I’ve been consistently late with it!). I don’t know who actually reads it in print either, and I’m feeling disillusioned about promoting anything of any calibre on the Sunshine Coast when it sometimes seems, at least from where we are standing, that quite often people here just can’t be bothered to support the arts, or their friends who are creating it and bringing it to their back yard, despite their supposed love of theatre and live music. And friend status. Oh, did I type that out loud? I know. I’m wrong, obviously. Whatever. Prove it by turning up to things again. We’ll go on making things and bringing things because we love live entertainment, and we believe wholeheartedly in supporting the artists who are interested in building industry. But it’s disheartening to say the least, when the no-shows, those who are apparently completely uninterested, are so many of the people we know. I KNOW. IT’S THE SUNSHINE COAST. WE KNOW PEOPLE. DISAPPOINTING.














Also, there is actually no excuse for not knowing what’s on. Not in our hyper-connected, immediate world of news feeds and links to events. So leave your excuses out of it. You either care enough to click on a link and find out the details for an event (and make arrangements to be there), or you don’t. And if you’re one of those who don’t give a rats about what’s on, don’t be the same person who complains that there is nothing on. It’s simply not true. Yes, we’re all busy. SO WORK IT OUT.  Manage your week so that live entertainment is scheduled and becomes a part of the week! Check Facebook, Twitter, Insta and and go see something. READ THE PAPER. PHONE A FRIEND. AND GO SEE SOMETHING. It’s likely there is one degree of separation between you and the artist in any show on any stage here . The friends involved will be delighted to see you there and they’ll be more likely to take an interest in what you do too.


Here is most recent arts column to have appeared in the Sunshine Coast Daily. If you pick up a paper on Fridays and see it in print, and if it elicits any sort of response from you at all, do let me know.


SCD Arts Friday April 4 2014


Xanthe Coward


During school holidays there is usually a heap on for younger children but what about the tweens and teens? This Sunday, music fans have the chance to catch award-winning performers in Caloundra and Noosa. Popular artists of the calibre of Emma Dean and Francesca de Valence don’t often swing by the Sunshine Coast. We know what a challenge it is to find a live music venue locally, but singers must sing, so XS Entertainment brings the two enchanting songtresses to Noosa Arts Theatre for an intimate “house concert” on Sunday at 6pm. On the same afternoon, catch our very own Oriana Choir and Oriana Youth Choir in a special showcase concert at Caloundra Uniting Church at 2pm. Details below.


Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir Showcase Concert


In the lead-up to the Queensland Eisteddfod, where they’ll defend their title of Grand Champion, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir presents a one-off showcase concert on Sunday April 6 at 2pm at Caloundra Uniting Church. All ages. Bookings call 0431 542 343




Songs of Love and War


Award-winning Brisbane/New York based songstresses, Emma Dean and Francesca de Valence perform new songs and old favourites from their extensive repertoires, exploring themes of love, heartbreak and what it truly means to be a fighter. Start the holidays with friends and fantastic music. One night only Sunday April 6 at Noosa Arts Theatre. Tickets $25 ($20 concession). Cash bar open from 5:30pm. All ages. Bookings email






Ira Levin’s intriguing murder mystery, directed by Chris Mills, will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Suspense mounts steadily as the plot twists and turns with devilish cleverness in this play within a play. Gala opening night tonight at The Lind at 8pm. Season continues April 5, 9, 11 & 12 at 8pm and April 6 & 12 at 2pm. Bookings or call 5441 1814




Pirates to Pinafore


It’s an all-star cast of performing the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan in just 89 minutes! Starring Philip Gould as Sir Arthur Sullivan, alongside veteran comic actor, Brian Hannan as W.S. Gilbert, Pirates to Pinafore delivers all the hits and highlights of the thirteen G&S operettas we have come to know and love, including songs from Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado. Noosa Arts Theatre April 11 &12 at 7:30pm. Matinees April 12 at 1pm & April 13 at 2pm. Bookings or call 5449 9343




Sweet Charity

Charity Hope Valentine is a taxi dancer who longs for love, but has bad luck with men. Auditions at Coolum Civic Centre Monday April 7 at 8pm and Wednesday April 9 at 7pm. Details


Jerry’s Girls

Jerry’s Girls celebrates the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer, Jerry Herman, in a two-hour musical evening. Information night at Noosa Arts Theatre Wednesday April 16 at 7:30pm. Auditions at Noosa Arts Theatre Wednesday April 30 at 7pm (soloists) and Sunday May 4 at 10am (ensemble). Details



A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen



A Little Night Music – Songs from the Silver Screen


Flinders Performance Centre

Friday March 21 2014






Well THAT happened! WOW!



On Friday night at Flinders Performance Centre we welcomed some of Australia’s top musical theatre talent for A Little Night of Music – Songs From the Silver Screen for MontroseAccess.

Thanks to Patrice Tipoki, Simon Gleeson, Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb, Mark Vincent and Laura Tipoki.

Thanks to our host, HOT91FM’s Todd Widdicombe, our SM Guy Harrison, Venue Manager, Sarah Sullivan, and thanks to everybody who managed to get a ticket and support MontroseAccess.

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We heard songs from the movie soundtracks of Frozen, Ghost, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Moulin Rouge and more! And the glorious thing about a show like this is that it’s so good you get that lovely feeling, wishing it would go on forever.

But there is NOTHING like the calibre of this night happening again on the Sunshine Coast until MEOW MEOW returns on April 5 at The J, Noosa. SEE YOU THERE! And in the meantime, I hope you booked your tix for Patrice and Simon’s Les Miserables because the rest are about to sell out!

Thanks to Leanne Liesegang and  MontroseAccess for having us along for the fabulous ride this year!






A Little Night of Music – Songs from the Silver Screen coming soon to the Sunshine Coast!

Are you ready for this? Some of Australia’s best musical theatre talent for ONE NIGHT ONLY!


For ONE NIGHT ONLY in Buderim at Flinders Performance Centre on Friday March 21 we welcome the following stars to the Sunshine Coast!



Patrice Tipoki – Fantine in the upcoming professional touring production of Les Miserables

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Simon Gleeson – Valjean in the upcoming professional touring production of Les Miserables

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Amanda Harrison – Wicked, An Officer and a Gentleman

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Chelsea Gibb – Chicago The Musical

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Mark Vincent – Australia’s Got Talent


Laura Tipoki – Associate Musical Director Wicked

It’s not often we see this calibre of world-class talent together on a Sunshine Coast stage! 

Leanne Liesegang, of MontroseAccess, says, “Any one of this incredibly talented group would be a huge drawcard and MontroseAccess is privileged to have them all performing in our fundraiser for local children with disabilities.” 

To enquire about special prices for student groups and members of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance email

BOOKINGS or call (07) 5477 3200