Malco, Queensland’s oldest theatre, has made a special contribution to the arts by opening a children’s theatre in its old house for the first time in its history.
Key points:The theatre is a tribute to the legacy of theatreMalco Theatre, which was established in 1901, has served the local community for over 100 yearsMalco opened its first children’s stage at the Malco Country Club in 2006Malco, located in the rural area of Maroochydore, opened its second children’s theater in 2018The venue has been open for the past three years, providing a platform for artists and musicians, and has attracted more than 3,000 people to its first night last Friday.
Key facts:Malco has more than 250 theatres in a range of genres including comedy, drama, drama-musical, comedy-relief, musical theatre and children’s plays.
The theatre has hosted a number of events for the local Aboriginal community, including Aboriginal People’s Day, the Australian Indigenous Day, and the Australian Aboriginal Arts Festival.
Its history dates back to 1901, when Malco was established by the Queensland Government to provide a venue for performing arts for the community.
Malco’s first stage was opened in 1901 by a Queensland Government-appointed council, and it opened its doors to the public in 2018.
A community member, Paul Williams, said it was a very special experience for the theatre’s audience.
“It’s an amazing feeling for a young child, it’s an awesome feeling for everyone, especially for the adults who have come in for the last three years,” he said.
“We’re a community that’s built around the arts and this is an opportunity to show the world that we can be a community of art and to show people that we’re capable of doing it.”
Mr Williams said the venue had a strong focus on community arts, with an emphasis on arts education.
“The theatre’s really about supporting our kids, so they can have a strong cultural identity and also a strong artistic identity and be a part of their community,” he explained.
“That’s what it’s about.”
A group of young people also brought their own musical instruments to the stage last Friday, with Malco’s own children’s group performing the opening numbers.
“There’s been so many children coming through here, it was fantastic,” Mr Williams said.
Mr Williams described the experience as “the best of my life”.
“I’ve been here for the longest time, and for the most part it’s been great.”
This is a really, really special place, and they’re just making it their own.
“I’m really looking forward to the next one.”
Mr Kainu said the theatre had grown over the past year and he was excited about seeing the next stage opening.
“Our next one is going to be the most wonderful of all,” he added.
“They’ve done everything they can to make sure we have this venue open to the community, so I’m excited to see what they do next.”