From left, clockwise, Mitchell Runcie, Allycia Staples, Maddy Blair and Karina Fenwick - Photograph by Kathy Walker

From left, clockwise, Mitchell Runcie, Allycia Staples, Maddy Blair and Karina Fenwick – Photograph by Kathy Walker

The Sunshine Troupe Inc’s latest production, High Court Musical, launched Disability Action Week at the Maleny Community Centre and entertained audiences with their unique and innovative original show at their Gala Theatre Restaurant on Saturday night and a matinee show on Wednesday.  The East Coast TAFE Outsiders Band provided the music together with a special guest appearance by the Sunny Coast’s MC Wheels.

The Troupe have gone from strength to strength this year providing creative opportunities for people with intellectual disability and growing inclusive participation in the performing arts with the support of the On Track Cooperative organisations, Parent to Parent, Inclusion Plus, Spiral, Equity Works and SCILS.

The Maleny Community Centre’s Ann Koenig and Ken Munsie manned the bar for the evening performance and thoroughly enjoyed their evening.

“What a great night of entertainment – equal to any of the productions we have seen here at the Centre.  The Outsiders music was fantastic as well,” said Mr Munsie.

The performers delight in entertaining their audiences and have grown in confidence. The singing, dancing and acting are integral aspects of supporting on going learning for the troupe of actors.

“It’s just such a great feeling being on stage.  Dancing and acting are my life!” says Allycia Staples when reflecting upon her enjoyment as a performer.

The Troupe attained a Regional Arts Development fund to continue to develop their Sunshine Coast Community Inclusive Theatre Restaurant (SCCITR) this year and decided to schedule their performances to coincide with Disability Action Week and bring their show to the wider community.

Disability Action Week is held in September each year, with the aim of empowering people with disability, raising awareness of disability issues, and improving access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

With 1 in 5 Queenslanders having a disability, and disability touching the lives of most Queenslanders in some way, the week is an important celebration.

Contact – Veronica Wain  0433 433 204

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