Newsletter – Issue 10 2018

A few words from your Z-PAC Committee:

  • NEW AIR-CONDITIONING – keeping our Actors cool under pressure!

    Our actors now have new and super quiet air-conditioners in their backstage dressing rooms! Thank you to Mid Coast Air Conditioning for their support of Z-PAC Theatre.
  • SECURITY AT Z-PAC


    Hervey Bay Security Continues to provide amazing service to Z-PAC, totally free. We so appreciate their continued support over the last four years. If you are looking for Security, you couldn’t do any better than Hervey Bay Security. http://ohmy.com.au
  • Z-PAC at the Seniors Expo August 3rd


    Look out for the Z-PAC Stand at the Seniors Expo August 3rd at the Baptist Church Hervey Bay.
Best wishes and see you at Z-PAC soon! Liane Mills President

Wolf Lullaby

Directed by Jonathan Dunn

Auditions: August 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2018 - Wolf LullabyIntriguing! Gripping! Breathtakingly audacious. WOLF LULLABY by Hilary Bell is coming to ZPAC. This play unapologetically packs a punch and will grip audiences until its final moment.
In a bleak, remote town, a small child is murdered. Suspicion falls upon nine-year-old Lizzie. Angela, Lizzie’s young mother, is convinced her daughter is guilty. She must make the torturous choice between ignoring what her intuition tells her, and presenting Lizzie to the police, with painfully extracted information. Lizzie is constantly haunted by a ‘Wolf’, which seems to overwhelm her and, in her words, ‘swallow’ her.
For the four characters of this play, all their accepted beliefs about the world are challenged. WOLF LULLABY explores the disturbing question “can someone be born evil?” The situation for these characters tests the bonds between parent and child, society and individual.
This is a unique opportunity for local artists to extend their skills and immerse themselves in a classic of Australian Gothic literature. With a small cast, the experience for both actor and audience will be intense. For more information, download an audition package. Auditions occur August 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Z-PAC Theatre – 15 Zephyr St Scarness.

It’s Only a Play – by Terrence McNally.

July 27-August 11 (8 shows only)

Directed by Mark Thomson and Theresa Saunders Some Adult language and Adult Themes. Not suitable for children. It's Only A PlayA sizzling comic celebration of theatre at its best and theatre people at their not-so-best. It’s the opening night of “The Golden Egg” on Broadway and there’s a lavish party at the producer’s townhouse as they await the first reviews. The action takes place in the bedroom above the party where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to be the first to hear the reviews. In the group are the excitable playwright, the unstable director, the pill popping, aging star with an ankle monitor, the playwright’s supposed best friend, the show’s producer, the acerbic drama critic and a wannabe young actor who combine to create a sharp and comic comment on theatre and the people who inhabit it. Tickets selling fast. Book today. Online Book or at the Box Office at the theatre Fridays 9-12

Sponsorship – Helloworld Travel

Go on Holidays and support Z-PAC!

HelloworldBook your next holiday at Helloworld Travel Hervey Bay and raise funds for Z-PAC Theatre! Every time you book a holiday with Helloworld Travel Hervey Bay, mention Z-PAC Theatre and they will record your details and make a donation of 1% of their profits to Z-PAC! (see more details at the end of this newsletter!) Z-PAC Theatre Travel Bank

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Newsletter – Issue 9 2018

Dear Z-PAC Members and Supporters
  • HELP NEEDED URGENTLY!

    If you have some free time on a Tuesday Morning, Z-PAC would be most grateful for your assistance with set building and general maintenance. Thank you so much! Just come along and say Hi to Derek. You don’t have to sign up for life! Just come and lend a hand when you are free. He will make you most welcome.
  • Z-PAC at the Seniors Expo August 3rd

    Look out for the Z-PAC Stand at the Seniors Expo August 3rd at the Baptist Church Hervey Bay.
Best wishes and see you at Z-PAC soon! Liane Mills President

Sponsorship – Helloworld Travel

Go on Holidays and support Z-PAC!

HelloworldBook your next holiday at Helloworld Travel Hervey Bay and raise funds for Z-PAC Theatre! Every time you book a holiday with Helloworld Travel Hervey Bay, mention Z-PAC Theatre and they will record your details and make a donation of 1% of their profits to Z-PAC! (see more details at the end of this newsletter!)

Country Rock Blues Club

Club Nights Every Sunday from 6pm

Come along on a Sunday from 6pm. Everyone welcome to attend. Weekly Club nights are FREE for Z-PAC members; $5 for Visitors.

DUETS – By Peter Quilter Final shows this weekend June 29-July 1 4 shows, Fri and Sat Nights 7:30 Sat and Sun Matinees 2pm

Directed by Graeme Roberts, Katanee Lillette Draheim and Jamin Eggerling A gloriously funny examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships and why the grass is never greener. Four sets of characters, four crucial moments.
  • Jonathan and Wendy are on a blind date and hoping to get it right this time even though they’ve never got it right before;
  • Barrie is not really interested in women but Janet sees that as no reason to stop trying;
  • Shelley and Bobby have decided to holiday in Spain to finalize their divorce whilst drowning in cocktails;
  • Angela is marrying for the third time to the dismay of her sister Toby and amidst a barrage of bad omens and a dress resembling a parachute.
Tickets selling fast. Book today. Online Book or at the Box Office at the theatre Fridays 9-12
It's Only A PlayEarly Bird Discount ($5 discount on all tickets) ENDS July 6th. BOOK NOW TO SAVE

It’s Only a Play – by Terrence McNally.

July 27-August 11 (8 shows)

Directed by Mark Thomson and Theresa Saunders Some Adult language and Adult Themes. Not suitable for children. A sizzling comic celebration of theatre at its best and theatre people at their not-so-best. It’s the opening night of “The Golden Egg” on Broadway and there’s a lavish party at the producer’s townhouse as they await the first reviews. The action takes place in the bedroom above the party where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to be the first to hear the reviews. In the group are the excitable playwright, the unstable director, the pill popping, aging star with an ankle monitor, the playwright’s supposed best friend, the show’s producer, the acerbic drama critic and a wannabe young actor who combine to create a sharp and comic comment on theatre and the people who inhabit it. Tickets selling fast. Book today. Online Book or at the Box Office at the theatre Fridays 9-12
Z-PAC Theatre Travel Bank

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Newsletter – Issue 8 2018

Dear Z-PAC Members and Supporters

Report from our latest Z-PAC Management Meeting:

  • Graeme Roberts New Artistic Director

    Due to heavy work commitments, Louise Fantinel has had to step down as Artistic Director at Z-PAC Theatre. Z-PAC Committee has appointed Graeme Roberts to the Position. We thank him for accepting this position and know the Z-PAC Community will give him their full support. We thank Louise for her support and appreciate her remaining on the committee.
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Newsletter – Issue 7 2018

A Few Words from the President, Liane Mills

It is with a heavy heart we share the sad news of the recent passing of one of our wonderful supporters, George Mclean, partner of Suzanne Geddes. For many years George contributed greatly in the technical area of the theatre, before illness made him largely settle back as a patron. However, he still managed to assist with Front of House and back stage where he could (pictured with Suzie and Director, Judith LaForest working on the show The Odd Couple in March 2017). We will all miss his friendly manner and cheerful smile which always brightened those around him. Rest in Peace George.
George Mclean George Mclean, Suzanne Geddes and Judith La Forest
Moving on to some cheery news – our second show for the year, Driving Miss Daisy was a huge success with audiences delighted. Hope you had a chance to see it! Ticket sales reached 901 with the final two shows sold out. We are so upset having to disappoint people when they call for tickets and the show is sold out. Please book now for our next show, Duets. The Show is a wonderful sweet comedy and runs for only two weekends, June 22 to July 1. Click here to book (more info below). Best wishes and see you at Z-PAC!

Liane Mills President

Sponsorship

Fraser Coast Regional Council logo
Cr George Seymour
Cr George Seymour
A BIG Thank you to our new Mayor, George Seymour for providing funding in the sum of $2,500 to assist with monies towards the replacement of the stage curtains and tracking. And a Special Thanks to George who has agreed to “Act” in our upcoming Production “It’s Only A Play”. He will be the voice-over of a TV Announcer that comes on periodically throughout the show. We needed an American Accent and immediately thought of you! Thanks for your help with this George!

DUETS – 2 weeks only – June 22 to July 1

Directed by Graeme Roberts, Katanee Lillette Draheim and Jamin Eggerling Tickets selling fast. Book today. Online Book or at the Box Office at the theatre Fridays 9-12 A gloriously funny examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships and why the grass is never greener. Four sets of characters, four crucial moments.
  • Jonathan and Wendy are on a blind date and hoping to get it right this time even though they’ve never got it right before;
  • Barrie is not really interested in women but Janet sees that as no reason to stop trying;
  • Shelley and Bobby have decided to holiday in Spain to finalize their divorce whilst drowning in cocktails;
  • Angela is marrying for the third time to the dismay of her sister Toby and amidst a barrage of bad omens and a dress resembling a parachute.

Country Rock Blues Club

Club Nights Every Sunday from 6pm

Come along on a Sunday from 6pm. Everyone welcome to attend. Weekly Club nights are FREE for Z-PAC members; $5 for Visitors.

NEXT CONCERT October 21st

Concerts run Sundays 1pm-6pm and feature guest artists along with our local club members.

Karaoke

Performance Karaoke - 2018

Friday June 15th from 6:30 pm

Come join us for a fun-filled night of singing and lots of laughter at Z-PAC’s Karaoke Night! Everyone welcome. Free Entry. Licensed Bar.

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Newsletter – Issue 6 2018

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A Few Words from the President, Liane Mills

What a fabulous first weekend for Godspell! The audiences for this sellout show have been so enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations to Directors Tim Holstein and Cherie Treloar and the entire cast and crew for this brilliant production. Hope you have seen the show and if not, there are a few tickets left for next weekend, so book here https://www.trybooking.com/TJIS At a Zonta Breakfast for International Women’s Day recently, I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing actor, teacher and director Dawn Albinger. It would be wonderful to have Dawn come up and do some workshops with our actors, and we are in discussions now to see if we can make this happen. Great meeting last week with our Mayor George Seymour, Councillor David Lewis and FCRC Director of Development and Community Toni Averay. Z-PAC Vice President Derek Barrington and I have a wonderful time showing them around the theatre and discussing the Theatre’s needs now and into the future. Lots of positive energy and progress to be made together. Stay tuned for more on this. Secretary Steve Dixon has been working with Roger Jennings on plans for a new Curtain at the front of the Stage – woohoo! Haven’t had one since we extended the stage several years ago. Preview Night for Volunteers is always something they look forward. Having a special preshow viewing for our hard working volunteers, along with a complimentary drink from the bar and some nibbles is just one small way Z-PAC can say thank you to our active volunteers, and the Preview Night for Godspell was Fabulous! If you are interested in being part of ZPAC, contact me for more information. Strategic Planning Meeting on the weekend with our re-elected Committee was very productive with lots of procedural fine tuning to assist with the year ahead. Your committee is feeling really excited and humbled by the overwhelming support we have received from our members and the community in general. Please always let us know how we can serve you better. Liane Mills President

Sponsorship

Torquay Hotel LogoA BIG Thank you to the Torquay Hotel Hervey Bay For their fantastic support and donations in 2017. Their assistance with drink prices during the year and all their help catering for our Christmas party (food, venue, drinks) was wonderful. We are so grateful for their help! We look forward to their continued support in 2018. Please support those who support your Community Theatre.

Godspell The Musical – March 16 – 25

Godspell PosterDirected by Cherie Treloar and Tim Holstein One week left. Tickets selling fast. Book today. A well-loved musical based on the Gospel according to Matthew, Godspell, features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age through parables, games, and tomfoolery. Online Book: https://www.trybooking.com/TJIS or at the Box Office at the theatre Fridays 9-12

Country Rock Blues Club

CRB PosterClub Nights Every Sunday from 6pm Come along on a Sunday from 6pm. Everyone welcome to attend. Weekly Club nights are FREE for Z-PAC members; $5 for Visitors. CONCERT First concert April 15 Concerts run Sundays 1pm-6pm and feature guest artists along with our local club members.

Auditions Coming Up……

Auditions LogoApril 14 10-12 for It’s Only a Play by Terrence McNally, Directed by Mark Thomson and Theresa Saunders. Cast required 5 Male, 2 Females Show Running July 27-August 11. For More information, visit our website.

www.zpactheatre.com

Newsletter Contacts: For feedback and general enquiries, please contact Lian Mills President 0418 712636; www.zpactheatre.com; https://www.facebook.com/zpactheatre/

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Newsletter – Issue 5 2018

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A Few Words from the President, Liane Mills

New Life Member – Robert Garland

Robert GarlandTo be eligible to be nominated as a Life Member, the person so elected shall be one who has rendered conspicuous service to the Theatre in an active or administrative capacity during a minimum of 10 years. Robert has certainly full-filled that Criterion, having performed in numerous show at Z-PAC since 1994. As a past member of the Fraser Coast Regional Councilor, and with the arts portfolio, Robert always promoted and supported the theatre. In 2017, he assisted in obtaining the grant of $5,500 from the council to help pay for the backstage air-conditioning. When not acting, Robert volunteers regularly for Front of House and can often been seen cheerily chatting with patrons from behind the Bar. A big Thank You to Mayor George Seymour who officiated at the AGM. We thank him for his time and positive feedback on the Theatre.

Z-PAC New Committee 2018

Congratulations to our Z-PAC Committee who were all re-elected at our AGM with overwhelming support. Thank you to all those who attended – we had over 70 at the AGM which in itself is a wonderful indication of the support of our members.
  • President – Liane Mills
  • Vice President – Derek Barrington
  • Secretary – Steve Dixon
  • Treasurer – Deb Hunter
  • Artistic Director – Louise Fantinel (assisted by Mark Thomson)
  • Technical Director – Jeff Sweeney
  • Promotions Co-Ordinator – Joanne Spencer
  • Committee Member – Graeme Roberts
THE AGM was a Celebration of the wonderful success story that is your Z-PAC Theatre. Some of the points raised at the AGM included:
  • Attendance and Engagement Numbers More Than Doubled in Last 3 Years

    • Attendance numbers rising from avg 43 persons per show in 2014 to 109 in 2017. (our theatre holds 128)
    • Two shows in 2017 sold out completely, with one show, Sex Please We’re Sixty that I directed, having a record breaking 1,440 people attending.
    • Total attendance rose from 1,799 in 2014 to 4,929 in 2017.
    • Financial Membership rose from 9 in 2013 to to 227 in 2017.
    • Supporters on our mailing list rose from 45 in 2013 to 862 in 2017.

    Over the last 3 years, received over $35,000 in Grants including ones providing additional support for those with disabilities

    • 2016 Indy Foundation $5,500 to fund advertising in the newspapers for two years. Money raised with a raffle at the Indy Masquerade ball. Thank you to Liane Mills, Steve Dixon and Robert Garland and all those who made generous donations to this raffle.
    • 2016 Gambling Community Benefit Fund $18,000 Hearing Loop System in the main theatre + Hearing packs.
    • 2016 RADF regional arts development fund $750 for Acting Workshop with Jonathan Dunn
    • 2017 Fraser coast regional council $3,000 For the Disability ramp for theatre access
    • 2017 FCRC & Councillor David Lewis $5,500 Air conditioning back stage (special thanks to Robert Garland for his assistance with this application)
    • 2018 RADF $3,000 Acting Workshop Fingers Crossed – in Application. (Thank you to Robyn Edwards for assistance with this.)

    Lifted Z-PAC’s Profile in the Business Community

    Our Z-PAC President is actively engaged in the Business Community, attending Chamber of Commerce Meetings, as well as weekly and fortnightly Breakfast meetings (currently with Business Connections Hervey Bay) on behalf of Z-PAC Theatre. This has led to an increased awareness and support of the theatre from the business sector, and sponsorship and support from local businesses.

    Lifted Z-PAC’s Profile in the Community

    • Our Z-PAC President is actively engaged with Senior Community Groups, giving talks at monthly meetings of groups including:
      • Probus (both Fraser Coast Combined and Hervey bay City). We have helped them with skits and have such a good relationship I am invited to their Christmas Parties as a special guest.
      • National Seniors
      • Rotary (two Hervey Bay Rotary Groups)
      • NSW Retired Police Group
      • Fraser Coast View Club
      As a result, these groups and others often come as a group booking to most shows. One new innovation was offering groups over 10 supper/afternoon tea at no extra charge, this has helped increase group bookings.

      Country Rock Blues Club

      Developed, with Ken Sutton, the Country Rock Blues Club which has brought a whole new group people to the theatre and who provide the pre-show music our Patrons enjoy so much. They hold weekly Sunday Night sessions as well as several concerts every year.

      Z-PAC Reaching out to the Community

      • Z-PAC Performanace at Torbay, Urangan Community Centre and involvement in the Hervey Bay Community Centre.
      • I’ve welcomed the Home Schooling students to the Theatre for a day of fun with a tour of the theatre and theatre games.
      • We have opened the theatre to Dance Schools, Singing Schools, and other community groups including last year a wonderful Jon Vea Vea Concert.

      Season Passes

      • For $140 (concession) or $175 (adult) patrons receive that value in tickets, along with one free drink per show, free program and Annual Membership
      • These provide our patrons with a great way of saving money on tickets, while Z-PAC receives an annual commitment from patrons.

      Volunteer Show Nights

      Volunteers are invited to a special show preview night and are given food and drinks and a special pre-show screening of each show. It’s the theatre’s way of saying thanks.

      Financial Security

      Our Treasurer reported that we generated over $125,000 last year, with surplus of $40,000 and our budgeted income for 2018 is $180,000. This financial security means we are able to keep our equipment and theatre in excellent repair.

      Front of House Innovations

      When patrons walk into the theatre now, they are greeted by smiling faces in uniforms, great drinks at the bar, live music, decorated tables, walls and ceilings and a general atmosphere of warm and community. We receive so many comments from many long-term theatre goers, on how much they enjoy these improvements.

      Finally

      Before the Current Committee, there was no money in the bank, member numbers were extremely low, show numbers low, it was difficult to get Directors, actors, and general volunteers. We didn’t even have such simple things as online booking, a working photocopier, or even Internet. Today we have a vibrant active theatre with a wonderful community of volunteers, and our reputation for quality theatre is secure. Congratulations to your wonderful committee and all the many many volunteers who have worked so hard together to make this happen. Liane Mills President

      Godspell The Musical – March 16 – 25

      Godspell PosterDirected by Cherie Treloar and Tim Holstein 7 shows only. Don’t miss out. Two of the performances are almost sold out so Book today. A well-loved musical based on the Gospel according to Matthew, Godspell, features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age through parables, games, and tomfoolery. Online Book: https://www.trybooking.com/TJIS or at the Box Office at the theatre Fridays 9-12

      Country Rock Blues Club

      CRB PosterClub Nights Every Sunday from 6pm Come along on a Sunday from 6pm. Everyone welcome to attend. Weekly Club nights are FREE for Z-PAC members; $5 for Visitors. CONCERT First concert April 15 Concerts run Sundays 1pm-6pm and feature guest artists along with our local club members.

      Auditions Coming Up……

      Auditions LogoMarch 17 9-12 for The Games Afoot by Ken Ludwig, Directed by Liane Mills Cast required 3 Males, 5 Females Ages 20-50 (1 F 70) Show running September 7-22. April 14 10-12 for It’s Only a Play by Terrence McNally, Directed by Mark Thomson and Theresa Saunders. Cast required 5 Male, 2 Females Show Running July 27-August 11. For More information, visit our website www.zpactheatre.com and click on Membership and Auditions. Bookings are now open for:
      • New Memberships & Renewals
      • Season Passes ALL Shows for 2018
      Go to our redesigned website at www.zpactheatre.com for more information.

      www.zpactheatre.com

      Newsletter Contacts: For feedback and general enquiries, please contact Lian Mills President 0418 712636; www.zpactheatre.com; https://www.facebook.com/zpactheatre/

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