Who’s Who in 2022, Music & Arts: Redcliffe Musical Theatre

Published 2:00am 20 December 2022

Who’s Who in 2022, Music & Arts: Redcliffe Musical Theatre
Words by Moreton Daily

The spotlight has shone bright on Redcliffe Musical Theatre once again in 2022, with the theatre group performing another stellar line-up of shows.

The talented cast and crew retold an array of classic tales, such as Charles Dickens’ beloved Oliver, as well as the love story of Sandy and Danny from the hit movie Grease.

About Redcliffe Musical Theatre

The Redcliffe Musical Theatre Company was founded in 2009, and since then has brought an array of quality musicals and theatre shows to the Moreton Bay Region.

Its very first show was The Sound of Music, which was staged in August 2010.

Since then, the theatre company’s array of talented actors, singers, dancers, directors and technicians have taken to the stage to bring to life many famous storylines, including Grease, The Pirates of Penzance, Singing in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, Rocky Horror Tribute Show, Rent, We Will Rock You, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies, School of Rock, Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia!

2022 was another big year for the theatre group, with the group entertaining the crowds with musicals such as Oliver, Turn Up Your Radio, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Beatles Unplugged.

Shows are performed at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre and at Theatre 102.

Redcliffe Musical Theatre has a key focus on young people and provides affordable performance opportunities and training through ROAR Academy, which is for aspiring actors aged between 5-18 years.

Each child is placed in a small group appropriate for their age, previous experience and ability.

Individual tuition is also available for students to help prepare them for auditions, entrance to tertiary courses and to assist with the preparation of performances.

In late September, a cast of 47 young actors from ROAR Academy also took to the stage to present Disney’s Newsies Jr, which was held over four big shows.

Money raised from this show helped send the ROAR Academy team to Newcastle to attend the Junior Theatre Festival in October.

The Junior Theatre Festival is Australia’s largest celebration of young people and musical theatre.

Madeleine Johns is the President of Redcliffe Musical Theatre, and she is assisted by Georgia Burnett as Secretary, Ingrid Keegel as Treasurer, Deborah Rubendra, Ben McShea, Karen Van Den Bos and Jonathan Johns.

Giving back to the local community is also important to Madeleine.

Over the years, Redcliffe Musical Theatre has donated several thousand dollars to the Redcliffe Hospital Foundation, as well as a $1500 donation to the Premier’s Flood Appeal in 2011.

In addition, the group has provided free tickets to each of their major shows to residents in aged care facilities, oncology and dialysis outpatients, an economically disadvantaged members of the community.

In addition, members of Redcliffe Musical Theatre have performed at a host of community and fundraising events, as well as aged care facilities and hospitals to bring some cheer to residents and patients.

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