Performing Arts News

Gold Coast Theatre Awards - Seven Nominations!  December 9 2013

 The 5th Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards will take place at the Paradise Room, Arts Centre Gold Coast on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

The Awards Night acknowledges the Gold Coast area's commitment and contribution to the local community's entertainment life, by presenting awards to participants in shows staged and produced by theatre groups, schools and colleges throughout the year.

A panel of judges visits dozens of musicals and plays staged by local companies from Beenleigh  to Ballina  - and awards winners in categories covering set, costume, lighting and sound design, music and show direction, leads and support actors and actresses and many others.

Here are the A.B. Paterson College nominees for this year's musical The Wiz:

Category 2 Best Costumes: Lisa Wise and Janet Burrage

Category 6: The Jock and Beverly McIlwain Special Encouragement Award: Sebastien Golenko

Category 10 Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a School/Youth Musical: Justin Tan

Category 11 Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a School/Youth Musical: Christie-Lee Wise

Category 14 Best Actor in a Leading Role in a School/Youth Musical: Sebastien Golenko

Category 15 Best Actress in a Leading Role in a School/Youth Musical: Ruby Sethi

Category 17 Best Production of a School/Youth Musical: The Wiz


Congratulations to all of the nominees.





Pacific Fair Carols for Kids Choir Competition Winners 9 December 2013

Another wonderful result for the Year 2 Choir, achieving 1st place in the Junior Category and winning $500.

The Year 2 Choir has now been invited to perform at the Broadbeach Christmas Carols, Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, on Saturday, 14 December.

Congratulations also to the Years 4/5 Choir, who were awarded second runner up in the Senior Category, winning $200. Well done to our Year 2 and Years 4/5 choirs!

Thank you to Ms Rachel Newcombe for her expert direction and leadership of the Year 2 Choir, and also to Mrs Candace Kruger for her fine repertoire selection and piano accompaniment.


For One Night Only .... 

Don’t fly too high, or the sun will melt your wings.

Juice is a well-known young adult play about ‘coming of age’ in the ‘new age’.

When 15-year-old Rodney and his friends decide to celebrate the end of Year 10 with a bang, things start to go downhill fast. Through the chaos that follows on that fateful night, Juice reveals the hidden dangers and pressures that face young people in our society. The play is a cautionary tale using the morals in the Greek myth Daedalus and Icarus.

Performed and produced entirely by a dedicated troupe of Year 11 and 12 Drama students, the play will be a great opportunity for members of the College to show their support for the Arts at A.B. Paterson College.

Directed by Mrs Emily Fletcher, Juice combines live action performances with video in order to create a truly unique experience.

Juice will be performed on Friday, 23 August at 7pm in the College's  Performing Arts Centre 

Admission is $5.00 per person and tickets are available now on this website under DLPAC bookings at http://www.abpat.qld.edu.au/index.php?page_id=88






We're Off to See the Wizard!

Tickets on sale from Thursday, 28 March, on this site. Don't miss out, this is certain to be a great show - go to News & Events DLPAC Bookings to purchase your tickets now!

Performance Dates:

Friday 10th May at 7pm
Saturday 11th May Matinee at 1pm and Evening at 7pm
Cost per ticket $22 per person

The countdown to the performance of this year’s spectacular musical, The Wiz, has begun. This year’s musical is unique, exploring rich concepts that create surprises in every scene. There will be an explosion of rainbow colours, as the cast of over 100 sing and dance their way through energetic routines that celebrate A.B. Paterson College’s students’ talents.
Activities will spill out onto the foyer so that patrons will be able to enter the wonderful world of Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz before they become enchanted as they enter the auditorium. The story of Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, as they journey on the Yellow Brick Road to see The Wiz, is timeless.
The production includes a unique drumming routine, acrobatics and upbeat songs that will keep the audience spell bound. This is a whole school musical that will delight all age groups and will appeal to all families.
Don’t miss out!
Come on and Ease on down the Road for a wonderful night of entertainment. Come and discover the secret of the Green glasses, the identity of the lean green machine and see if Dorothy gets her wish to go back home.




Ease on Down the Road with The Wiz in 2013 - 15 January 2013

Going upbeat with  The Wiz, A.B. Paterson College's whole school musical production for 2013 is  based on Frank Baum’s original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wiz created by William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls was a Broadway sensation in 1975 and, later, became the vehicle for Michael Jackson’s memorable Scarecrow and Diana Ross’s Dorothy in a spectacular film produced by Quincy Jones.

The Wiz has never lost its appeal, with hundreds of productions being performed worldwide. The universal story of Dorothy, who is whisked away to the enchanting Land of Oz, where she meets the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion, has been interpreted in many different ways.

Our amazingly talented Arts Faculty is creating a highly original and exciting version, a spectacular visual feast, full of surprises and creative punches that will keep the audience mesmerised.

The whole school musical will draw its cast from the Senior and Junior Schools, performing together as Munchkins, Citizens of Emerald City, Sunflowers, Winkies, and a living joyous band of performers who will form the Yellow Brick Road.  The key element to this year’s musical is participation.

Audiences will tune in to memorable songs , including Ease on Down the Road and Brand New Day, all backed by a full school orchestra. The good witch Glinda’s song Believe in Yourself  delivers the message of the show.

Auditions will take place in the first two weeks of term.  Once again we will be working with a talented cast and crew to produce another memorable show.

Jacqui Fry


Silver Medal from World Choir Games 6 July 2012

Hot off the press news - our USA Choir has won a Silver Medal at the World Choir Games in the Youth section.

This section included choristers aged up to 24 years - our choir was aged 12-16 years. Considering the number of choirs who entered and the incredibly high standard of the Games, this is a spectacular achievement.

Congratulations to Rachel Newcombe and her choral group. Everyone is understandably very excited and elated at the news.


The final day of the World Choir Games on Saturday 7 July saw our tour group taking part in a full day performance and workshop programme, followed by the Awards Ceremony in the afternoon.

As the USA Tour draws to a close, there are still plenty of opportunities to set up and make music in the open air.

Back in Brisbane tomorrow morning at 6.10am, our weary travellers will have much to tell their friends and families about their adventures in the US.

Watch out for the final word on the tour in our upcoming newsletter Illalong and, Term 3's Vision Splendid magazine.



Now in Cincinnati for the World Choir Games, our USA Tour Choir is enjoying performing together, meeting with choirs from all over the world, and making friends in an informal international sing-along.

That iconic yellow school bus ...... well, it just had to be photographed!

Enjoy the photos! Our students look absolutely incredible and we are all very proud of them.




New York! New York!

 From treading the boards at the famous Apollo Theater to meeting Billy Mitchell, Mr Apollo himself, visiting the World Trade Centre, and taking in The Lion King on Broadway, as well as a little bit of retail therapy, and so many more wonderful sights along the way, every day is a day to remember.


The tour group arrived in the USA safe and well. They are now enjoying a busy schedule of performances and visiting the sights.

Take a look at the images below and share in their wonderful experiences.





College Musical 2012 – Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!was the first collaboration of composer, Richard Rodgers and librettist, Oscar Hammerstein II and is based on the 1931 play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lyn Riggs. It centres on settlers in the Oklahoma Territory in the early 1900s and tells the story of cowboy, Curly McLain and his tempestuous relationship with farm girl, Laurey Williams.

The original Broadway production opened in March 1943 and it ran for a record 2,212 performances. It became an Academy Award winning film in 1955. Today’s audiences may be most familiar with Trevor Nunn’s 1998 revival starring Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman. Rodgers and Hammerstein were awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for Oklahoma! in 1944.

Songs include Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey with a Fringe on Top, I Cain’t Say No, People Will Say We’re in Love and the title song, Oklahoma!

Mr Mark Weber – Musical Director


2011 Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards

Our College musical productions Thoroughly Modern Millie and Beauty and the Beast Jr were nominated for the 2011 Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards in the following categories:
Best Production of a School MusicalBeauty and the Beast Jr
Best Actress in a School Musical – Breeanna Lavin as Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr
Best Actor in a School Musical Award - Timothy Crisp as Jimmy in TMM

The awards ceremony was held on Tuesday 6th December at the Gold Coast Arts Centre where, for the second year, Timothy Crisp was successful in his nomination. Congratulations, Timothy!

Congratulations also to all our wonderfully talented students and staff involved in both musicals in 2011. We look forward to enjoying further successes for our forthcoming musical and its stars in 2012.