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      Empire lawn to be a hive of activity for THRIVE ON ARTS!
      The Empire Theatre will once again come alive with creativity this school holidays for the annual Thrive on Arts festival. Thrive on Arts, held at the Empire Theatres Precinct from September 23-26, is a creative festival for young people, families, and the wider community, celebrating play, imagination, creativity, and storytelling. This year, Thrive will be abuzz as the festival celebrates everyt...
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      (Pictured: Sandra Miller (centre)  and the cast of the 2018 IMPACT Ensemble)    Former Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble member and Empire Theatres Youth Bursary recipient, Sandra Miller has been awarded the 2021 Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwrights’ Award for her deeply moving, coming of age story, Paradise Dreaming. Paradise Dreaming won the top prize in what Queensland Theatre described as on...
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      Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Queensland and the State Government’s advice not to  travel from South-East Queensland, this weekend’s performance by Queensland Ballet is unable to proceed as scheduled. This performance, Tutus on Tour, has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 26 at 7.30pm. Existing tickets will remain valid for the new date without the need to exchange. If you are no l...
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      Are you ready to Rock?
      It is with great excitement and pleasure that the Empire Theatre announces the 2022 Major production will be Queen and Ben Elton hit jukebox musical, We Will Rock You. This highly energetic rock and roll musical will be performed across six shows from Friday March 18- Saturday March 26. We Will Rock You is a rock and roll jukebox musical based around the music of legendary band Queen and written b...
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      Youth Bursary Recipients - Where are they now?
      WHERE ARE THEY NOW | while we're currently taking applications for the 2021 Youth Bursaries we thought we would look back and see what some past recipients are up to now and how their bursary ultimately helped their career... Applications for 2021 Youth Bursaries close on Friday, 6th August. For more information see Empire Youth Bursaries 2021.       lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll      C...
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      NAIDOC Week 2021
      It's NAIDOC Week and the 2021 theme is Heal Country! This theme calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.   In honour of NAIDOC Week and the First Peoples of this Nation who express their culture through music, dance and storytelling, the Empire Theatres ...
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      Help us make more dreams come true!
      Why not consider the Empire Theatres Foundation for your end of financial year donation. A Youth Bursary provided by the Empire Theatres Foundation was just the beginning of Sophie's dreams coming true. Read more about Sophie here... Your kind donation assists us to provide opportunities and allows people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the arts and benefit from creative expression. To...
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      Due to the lockdown in Melbourne that is expected to continue for at least seven days, next weekend’s performances by comedian Kitty Flanagan have been postponed until September. The Empire Theatres thanks patrons for their understanding and apologises for the inconvenience the postponement creates, particularly for those travelling long distances in order to attend. Current ticketholders have b...
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      More tickets available to Jenny Woodward one woman show.
      Due to popular demand, one woman show Weathering Well will now take place in the main auditorium of the Empire Theatre, with more tickets to the event now released. The performance will be on stage on Friday, 11 June at 7.30pm. This charming one woman show by revered weather presenter and University of Southern Queensland alumna Jenny Woodward, combines comedy, live music, video projections as...
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      Guy Noble returns to Empire Theatre with QSO
      Well known conductor and musician, Guy Noble returns to the Empire Theatre with Queensland Symphony Orchestra on May 6 to host a night of music inspired by the world’s best dramatic works. Shakespearean Classics explores the incredible musical pieces inspired by the Bard, including Mendelssohn’s iconic music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream through to Prokofiev’s extraordinary ballet music for Rom...
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      Nicky takes on Term 2 Workshops!
      For Empire Youth Arts new Lead Teaching Artist, Nicky Hauesler, carving out a career working both with young people and the arts has been years in the making. Nicky took on the new role following the departure of much-loved former Empire Youth Arts Director, Ari Palani at the end of January and although she officially commenced with the start of Term 1 Youth Arts workshops, Nicky has been a fixtur...
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      Vote for YOUR Theatre!
      YOUR Empire Theatre has been nominated for a Queensland Music Association People's Choice Awards for Best Regional Venue!   Our application for Best Regional Venue has been submitted but now it’s up to you… Queensland's best venues and festivals will be decided by 60% public vote, and 40% by an expert industry panel.   Public voting is now open and closes on Sunday 18 April at 11:59pm....
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      Registration are open for the Empire Theatres newest choir project, Sing On. Sing On will challenge local classical singers with interesting repertoire and provide the performance opportunities that were not available in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sing On will develop across the year over three rounds of rehearsals, all of which will have their own Vocal Leader and performance, culminating...
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      Empire Youth Arts Podcasts Series Now Live
      The hard work of Empire Youth Arts 2020 Junior IMPACT Ensemble has paid off with the release of their Podcast project, Moodscapes. Created in partnership with University of Southern Queensland, this project was undertaken during 2020 while the live performance option was unavailable due to the pandemic. In keeping with the Empire Youth Arts philosophy of creating work for, with and by young people...
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      John Butler Postponed
      Due to the announcement of a positive COVID-19 case in Brisbane overnight, tonight’s performance by John Butler has been postponed to Saturday, 29th May. John Butler was due to play the Empire Theatre on Saturday 13 March. The Empire Theatres apologises for the inconvenience this last minute change will create, especially for those travelling.  A statement from John Butlers management: “It is with...
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      Live Music Back at the Empire Theatre
       Live music is officially back at the Empire Theatre with a host of well-known performers announcing upcoming performances this week. Returning to the Empire Theatre six years after his last Toowoomba appearance, Australia’s highest selling independent artist, John Butler will take to the stage for a solo one-off performance, on Saturday March 13. This performance is part of a limited number of sp...
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      Year of Youth Arts Kicks off in February!
      An exciting year of Youth Arts begins at the Empire Theatre this February! Empire Youth Arts workshops are run by highly qualified and experienced facilitators and teach students communication, and teamwork skills, while gaining a deeper understanding of their world through drama and performance. Term 1 Classes are offered in a number of age ranges from Grades 2 through to Young Adult commencing...
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      Christmas Operating Hours
      Oh what a year! The Empire Team are taking a very well deserved break after a year like no other. The Box Office and Administration Offices will close at 1pm Wednesday 23rd December and re-open at 9am Monday 11th January. Don't forget you can always purchase gift vouchers online if you are looking for a last minute gift! Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and looking forward to 2021!...
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      2021 Homegrown Independents Program
      Homegrown is the Empire Theatre’s Independents program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works and allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event and the program is flexible and responsive to the individual needs of the producer. Homegrown is designed to provide access, develop commun...
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      Empire Theatre back to 100% capacity
      Following the Queensland Government’s easing of restrictions on live performance venues, the Empire Theatres are once again able to host events at 100% seating capacity across all spaces. As of 4pm on Tuesday November 17, indoor venues across the state can operate with one person per 2sqm or up to 100% of seated venue capacity with patrons in allocated seating. Empire Theatre ticketing staff are w...