The Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre (GECC) hosted a double celebration last week with a cast party to acknowledge the 20th Gladstone Combined Schools Musical and the launch of the venue’s Hall of Fame.
Over 4900 Gladstone locals filled the theatre over the past week to see the famous kids’ movie turned into combined school musical – Shrek, the musical.
It was a busy week for the performing arts community, after months of rehearsals, when the curtains lifted the show was a success.
Combined School Musical has been happening in Gladstone for 20 years this year. Starting with Pirates of Penance in 1995, Oliver in 2009, Addams Family in 2016 plus many more in-between. Shrek, The Musical was a perfect show to celebrate the 20th year.
A memorable donkey, played by Lee Sharp from Trinity College, made the crowd laugh and the other wonderful characters put on a show that will go down in history as one of the greats.
Benjamin Behrendt from Gladstone State High played Shrek complimented by Delany Burke as Princess Fiona from Chanel College. Bradley Carr from GSHS is a rising star to watch with his successful lead role as Lord Farquaad following some other impressive roles in previous stage shows.
A special mention to the Minor Lead Cast, Orchestra, Knights, Women, Wedding Choir, Duloc Performers, Angry Mob, Fairy Tale creatures Chorus Dance Ensemble, Backstage Crew and all of the parents who have been listening to the lines for months and doing endless rehearsal pick-ups and drop offs!
Another big celebration was for GECC’s first Hall of Fame inductee, Mrs Jeannine Butler.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said it was an exciting moment for Gladstone Regional Council to welcome the GECC Hall of Fame’s first inductee.
“Once a year, one person will be inducted into the Hall of Fame who has been instrumental in the development of Performing Arts in our region. “Jeannine is highly regarded in the region’s performing arts circles and has been a driver of Council’s Combined Schools Musical Program for the entire 20 years it has been running
The GECC Hall of Fame is a permanent wall fixture in the Box Office.