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Theatre in the park
strikes the right note

by Cameron Outridge

In spite of the rain, the gala opening of the Montville Theatre-in-the-park went off without a hitch.   Over 1,700 people attended the event, bringing with them their champagne their toast.   Fortunately the rain held off until well into the second half of the show.   Even then, no one wanted to leave.  

Combo Fiasco shared the stage with Karin Schaupp on solo guitar, The View from Madeleine’s Couch, a Latin jazz ensemble, as well as the percussive sound of Karak, which rendered a new piece, Rainforest, specially written for the occasion.   Peter Sumner delivered the Invocation to the First Inhabitants, whose land the stage now occupies.   Senator Richard Alston, the former Minister for the Arts, formally opened the theatre-in-the-park.

James Cowan, the inspiration behind this exciting venture, gave a speech thanking Maroochy Council and MEDAB, the funding sponsors of the event.   He emphasised the changing demographic of the region and the need for more high-quality cultural entertainment.   “The ultimate dream is to play host to the very best that the world has to offer,” he said.   The Montville Theatre-in-the-park is now a reality.

In the coming months it plans to put on the Queensland Orchestra, the Queensland Youth Orchestra, a group of sbandiatori or flag throwers from Italy, and a new ballet by Paul Boyd from the Queensland Ballet.

Anyone who might like to help build up the theatre is invited to contact James or Wendy Cowan at 544 29473.   Volunteers are always needed to organise shows and events. 

The Montville Theatre-in-the-park is now a reality.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.