Our Community

We exist for with and by our community. Our connections and collaborations are the lifeblood of The Empire.

Family clapping along with the show
Family clapping along with the show
Two young people being handed script by staff.

Supporting the Future

We are committed to supporting and developing the skills and interest in the arts of the young people in our community who will be the performers, writers and creatives of tomorrow through programs catered to the next generation.

As some of the most arts engaged people in the country, our Australian youth have been recognised to be quicker to give time and resources to the arts than other age groups and also quicker to recognise the positive impacts of creativity.

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Regional Arts Services Network

The Empire proudly continues to be the service provider for the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) for Southern Queensland, empowering Queensland’s regions to realise arts and cultural priorities and drive change through arts-led initiatives.

Sam Nester playing trumpet.

Rewarding Excellence

We endeavour to elevate the exceptional and to promote potential in the performing arts. Through our Brian Boak Bursary program, The Empire Theatres Foundation exists to provide professional development at a recognised university, specialist tertiary institution or other centre area of excellence in the areas of acting, dancing, signing or instrumental music.

#Major Productions

Performers from we will rock you singing on stage.
Large number of cast members posing for photo on set of Mamma Mia.
Performers acting out Basketball huddle during performance.
Cast marching and singing on stage.
Two cast members in the forefront with large number of cast dancing in the background, during performance.
Pirates of Penzance cast posing for promotional photo.
Actor mid scene performance phantom of the opera
Large number of the cast performing and singing on stage.
Cast performing a dance number on stage.
Boy from oz cast performing on stage

#Professional opportunities

The Empire has produced annual major productions since its reopening in 1997.

It is our aim to provide entertainment and opportunities for local actors, singers, musicians and dancers to work with a professional production team and extend their performance experience in the arts.

With an emphasis on staging challenging and high quality productions, The Empire team of experienced and creative professionals along with a talented team of volunteers, who make up both cast and behind-the-scenes personnel, are committed to bringing a professional performance to our local audience.

List of Major Productions

2023 The Boy from Oz
2022 We Will Rock You
2020 Mamma Mia
2019 Kinky Boots
2018 Essgee's Pirates of Penzance
2017 Wicked
2016 Legally Blonde The Musical
2015 Mary Poppins
2014 The Phantom of the Opera
2013 Hairspray
2012 The Female of the Species
2012 The Wizard of Oz
2011 Secret Bridemaid's Business
2011 The Boy from Oz
2010 Monty Python's Spamalot
2010 April's Fool
2010 Cosi
2010 Disney's High School Musical on Stage
2009 Cats
2009 Singin' in the Rain
2008 Cabaret
2007 Disney's Beauty and the Beast
2006 Sweet Charity
2005 Grease
2003 Chicago
1999 Jesus Christ Superstar

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The Empire acknowledges the Traditional Custodians, the Giabal, Jarowair and Western Wakka Wakka peoples, where we work and present stories. We would like to pay respect to the Elders, past and present and to all First Nations peoples.

Artwork: We Are Yuree by Adrian Bauwens

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