In celebration of the Empire Theatres 20th Anniversary Season, we are throwing open the doors on June 25 to give the community a rare chance to peek behind the curtain.
The day will give those familiar with the theatre and perhaps those who aren't so familiar the opportunity to take in performances, workshops, screenings, tours and demonstrations, face painting and even a few secret surprises.
Open Day features an array of performances in various spaces throughout the precinct during the day, including The Australian Army Band- Brisbane, Cool Nights Big Band, Toowoomba Youth Choral Society and a dance performance by Jacob Watton.
Doors are open from 10am-3pm on Sunday 25 June.
Click HERE to download a full program of events.
Activate Entertainment – Augmented Reality Ghost Hunt.Location: start in the Lower North foyer and follow the clues around the precinctTime: 10-3pmCome and join the augmented reality ghost hunt and find the lost treasure hidden at the Empire Theatre. Use smart devices and follow the clues to find the characters and figure out the secret word to win a prize!
Erth’s PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOPSHands-on classes in puppet building are conducted by Erth performers/makers. Make a puppet with pre-prepared components. Using materials and methods supplied by Erth, everyone walks away with a puppet they build themselves. On completion, the maker/performers are able to show you how to operate what you have made. Armed with new skills and new puppets, create your own performance.DURATION: 45 minutesVENUE: Empire Theatre Studio NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Maximum of 16 participants per workshopAGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Recommended for years 6-10. Participants must be over 5 years of age.PARTICIPANTS TO WEAR: Clothing suitable for art and craft activitiesSCHEDULE: 11.30amCOST: $10 per participant, observers free
Empire Youth Arts Drama WorkshopGet a taste of the things we do in Empire Youth Arts, join in or just observe.Location: Empire Church TheatreTime: 10am
Stage Make-up demonstration – Creating a WitchFind out how much work it took to make Elphaba green! Professional make-up artist Aaron John will once again apply the grassy hue to our resident Elphaba Louise Fraser.Location: Lounge BarTime: 10.30am
Contemporary Dance Makers Workshop with Jacob WattonJacob will lead participants through a dance makers workshop. This workshop will be focused on the creation of story through choreography, how we can develop characters and relationships through contemporary dance. This workshop is suitable for beginner to intermediate levels, all are welcome.Location: Empire Theatre StudioTime: 12.30pmFREE but registration essentialTo Register, click here.
Storybook Theatre Workshops
Join Empire Youth Arts facilitators in interactive theatrical readings of some of the world’s best children’s books. Staged performances of these books will appear at the Empire Theatre over the next year.We’re Going on a Bear Hunt By Michael RosenLocation: Geoffrey Rush RoomTime:10:15amDiary of a Wombat By Jackie FrenchLocation: Geoffrey Rush RoomTime:11:15amJosephine Wants to Dance By Jackie FrenchLocation: Geoffrey Rush RoomTime:1:15pmThe Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric CarleLocation: Geoffrey Rush RoomTime: 2:15pmStage Make-up demonstration – Broadway MakeoverWatch professional make-up artist Aaron John create a classic stage look before your very eyes.Location: Supper RoomTime: 2pm