RED HAT WINNER 2020 - 2021
It is with great pleasure, that the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance presents the 2020/1 RED HAT AWARD to Shirley King. Shirley is a hardworking, long-time member of Spotlight Theatre, respected for her very fair and balanced views and for always giving people the benefit of the doubt. She never enters into confrontation or gossip and her kind, gentle nature is loved and respected by the Spotlight family.
Shirley is a classically trained singer, and when you see the graceful way that she carries herself, it’s no surprise to learn that she is also a trained ballet and tap dancer.
Shirley has performed in theatre restaurants, community theatre, seniors homes and nursing homes, and in doing so, has brought pleasure to tens of thousands of people over many decades.
She took the lead role of ‘Mame’ in 1982 and Lois in ‘Kiss me Kate’ in ’83 while also acting as Spotlight Theatre President. Shirley worked as our production chairperson for ‘Music Man’ and assistant to the director for ‘Irene’ in ’86 and ’87 while also starring in ‘Sweet Charity’. From 1988 to 1990, Shirley performed in productions like ‘The Sentimental Bloke’, ‘Dames At Sea’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ while also working as Choreographer for ‘Steps In Time’ and Production Manager for ‘Camelot’. In 1998 she played Mother Superior in ‘Nunsense 2’ , performed in ‘Follies’ and ‘Working’ then acted as Assistant to the director on ‘Applause’ in 2004.
In addition to Shirley’s creative talents, her administrative skills are endless. For example for several years in the 80’s she ran our youth theatre. She first became editor of the Spotlighter newsletter in 1982 , then became editor again in the year 2000 and still holds that position today. This 21year uninterrupted tenure in a huge, time-consuming job is an incredible achievement. From 2006 to 2010 Shirley produced the programs and flyers for all Spotlights shows and co-ordinated the production of theatre banners for 8 years until 2018. To this day, Shirley organises flyers, posters and postcards for each show and liaises with the Licensors to get the correct promotional material.
Shirley spent many years as a dedicated and efficient secretary for Spotlight, often trying to retire but stepping back into the seat many times to make sure the position was never vacant , all while travelling from NSW to perform her duties.
Despite the thousands of hours Shirley has volunteered to Spotlight, she’s busy on the home front too and manages a large property. In fact, her lawn mower is so big, it cost more than her car!!
Shirley has been tireless, selfless and generous beyond words to Spotlight and we are deeply indebted to her for decades of service. Shirley, we love you and thank you. You are one of a kind and you thoroughly deserve to be recognised as 2020-2021’s GCTAI Red Hat Award recipient.
EAGLE YOUTH AWARD 2020 - 2021 Millie Talbot – Spotlight Theatre Company
It is with great pleasure that the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance Inc award the talented Millie Talbot as the Eagle Youth Awardee for 2020 - 2021
The Citation for Millie Talbot submitted by Spotlight Theatre
Millie has been a constant blessing since she started with Spotlight Theatre when she arrived on the Gold Coast in 2008. During her time in Youth Theatre Millie was involved with costuming and back stage crew and part of the cast of many main stage performances as well as a regular on the pantomime scene.
Although Millie graduated from Youth Theatre her involvement with the theatre did not stop there, if anything it grew. Millie has graduated from performer to director and in true Mille style excelled.
Millie not only volunteers many hours in costuming, directing, performing, backstage crews, set design, to name just a few but in 2020 not only did she perform in “Firebringer” she has taken on the mammoth task of co-directing, sourcing and making all the Costumes, set design and building and also being a mentor to another Youth Theatre Graduate to direct his very first Pantomime.
Millie has a pure soul and as the saying goes “is beautiful inside and out”, she is loved by everyone. We as a theatre family are truly blessed that she chose us so many years ago and continues to enrich our lives with her presence.
YOUTH AWARDS 2020 - 2021
Congratulations to our Youth Winners
Millie Talbot – Spotlight Theatre Company
Samantha Price – Spotlight Theatre Company
Georgia Beck - Spotlight Theatre Company
Samantha Price Georgia Beck
Congratulations to our Distinguished Service Award Winners - The HEROES for 2020 - 2021
Diana Gibson – Spotlight Theatre
Kay Hawker – Spotlight Theatre
Dianne Robinson – Murwillumbah Theatre Company
Ralph Naudi – Tweed Theatre Company
Ken Corbitt – Murwillumbah Theatre Company
Judith Dautel – Spotlight Theatre Company
Pina Omeros – Spotlight Theatre Company
Julie Burnett – Tweed Theatre Company
Cherie Goosey – Tweed Theatre Company
Ted and Dorothy Henderson - Comedy Players, Gold Coast Little Theatre; Gold Coast Theatre Alliance
Lawrie Yakimoff – Gold Coast City Choir; Gold Coast Theatre Alliance
Gillian Crow – Javeenbah Theatre Company
Pamela Payne – Tugun Theatre Company
Duncan Sims – Spotlight Theatre Company; Gold Coast Theatre Alliance.