The Rondo Theatre

All gatherings at The Rondo have been postponed due to the current Corona Virus restrictions

Dear Members and Friends

Please read this important announcement from President Kevin Shorey...

Hi All

Well, we’ve had an emergency meeting between ourselves, the CLT Committee, and the Cairns Municipal Band regarding ‘Brassed Off’ and its performances set down as the next production in our 2020 Season in April.
Given that CLT and the Band are responsible community driven and community minded organisations, we’ve decided postponing and/or cancelling both ‘Brassed Off ‘ and the CLT Season until such time as this current health crisis is over. Where they will appear in our season just depends on the unknown at this time as we all try to respond responsibly.

This, of course, will also include postponement of the Club Night set down for 4th April and for which we have been rehearsing for a couple of weeks now. We have a cast of lovely people gathered together, ready to present a show Narelle and I have put together under the heading of ‘Relationships’,so you’ll have to wait to see the likes of Wayne & Patrice Hogan, Alice Bredhauer, Cath Willacy, Amanda Vaccaneo, Peter Edson, Kevin Morrissey, Frank Joel and Alyssa Byrne strut their stuff for a Club Night later in the year, when hopefully public gatherings can be enjoyed once again.

Cath Willacy will be postponing auditions for 'Extinction" due to occur in April.

Stay well everybody and enjoy touching toes or bumping elbows for the time being.


BRASSED OFF AUDITIONS February 9th and 10th at The Rondo

Our second show for 2020 is auditioning in a few weeks. BRASSED OFF by Paul Allen is going to be big, all agents and talents needed...come and join the fun!
This is a collaboration with Cairns Municipal Band. Directed by Wayne Rees with Peter Caldwell as Musical Director.
You can register your interest on our website now and get all the audition info from Wayne.
Feb 9th and 10th, 7.30pm. See you there...

The Story
A heart-warming story about community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity, Brassed Off is funny and poignant and features rousing live music played by Cairns Municipal Brass Band.

1994. Yorkshire, England. Returning to her hometown up north, Gloria discovers a community in crisis. The local Pit is on the brink of closure, money is scarce and morale is at an all-time low. Only the Colliery Brass Band is keeping spirits up, sights set firmly on reaching the national brass band championships at the Royal Albert Hall, but as conversations turn to talk of picket lines and redundancy packages, the miners are falling out of tune… Flugelhorn-playing Gloria brings hope to the band and the town.
But is she all she seems? And how will the miners react when they find out who she works for? The award-winning smash-hit film captured the hearts of a nation when it was released in 1996 and this new version of the BAFTA-nominated story is sure to captivate Cairns audiences.

The Cast
Gloria. 20- 25 years of age. Attractive. Flugelhorn player.
Danny. 50-70 years of age. Ex-Miner. Conductor of Grimley Band.
Phil. 30 – 40 years of age. Danny’s son. Trombone player.
Sandra. 30 – 40 years of age. Phil’s wife
Jim. 45 – 55 years of age. Miner. Euphonium player.
Vera 40 -50 years of age. Jim’s wife
Harry. 45- 55 years of age. Miner. Tuba player
Rita. 40 -45 years of age. Harry’s wife
Andy. 25-30 years of age. Tenor horn player
Shane Junior. 8-12 years of age. Son of Phil and Sandra
Shane Senior. 20 -25 years of age. Storyteller
Craig. 5-6 years of age. Son of Phil and Sandra. Shane’s brother (non-speaking)
Melody. 3-5 years of age. Daughter of Phil and Sandra. Shane’s sister (non- speaking)
Bailiffs, Nurses, Miners
The age of the characters is a guide only.
Actors who play an instrument on stage will have to learn the basic of that instrument, to look like they are actually playing the instrument.

Actors - Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Band – Rehearsal will be Tuesday and Thursday
Rehearsals start 24th February 2020

Auditions 9th & 10th February 2020 at 7.30pm at the Rondo Theatre for both Actors and Musicians

Performance dates - 24th April – 9th May
at the Rondo Theatre.

Wayne Rees
Phone. (07)40547220, Mob. 0407166744

Save the date before the silly season kicks off!

Reminder about AGM and Christmas Party date – Tuesday Dec. 3 @ 7:00 for 7.15pm start.

All committee and volunteer positions become vacant at this time. It is up to you to elect a strong committee for 2020 and also an opportunity for you to sign up to volunteer in all areas that support our theatre – FOH, Bar, Back Stage, Set construction, Props, Play Reading Committee, Wardrobe, etc. etc.

Bring finger food and your choice of beverage – no bar. This is also a ‘wrap’ party for the season with Kevin Morrissey’s hilarious overview of the season of plays and surprise entertainment not to mention a rare social occasion to let your hair down! 

Ser you there


You are invited!

Annual General Meeting and Preview 2020 Season of Plays

Tuesday 3 December 2019

It’s that time again - Annual General Meeting of Cairns Little Theatre Inc (CLT) is on 3 December starting at 7:15pm.

At this year’s event we will preview the 2020 season with a rehearsed reading of all five plays!

Each Director will introduce the play and an excerpt will be read by several readers/actors. It will be fun.

Before the entertainment, we will attend to the business of the AGM which generally takes about 20 minutes.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community organisation and The Rondo is no exception. Every year, we elect a Management Committee from our cohort of members.

This group volunteer to help steer our wonderful organisation through the coming year of theatre activity, with the main responsibility being attendance at monthly Committee meetings (12 for the year, held second Thursday each month).

At the AGM, all current positions are vacated and nominations are put to the membership and (if necessary) elections are held on the night.

You must be a financial member in 2019 to nominate and be nominated.

The current 2019 Management Committee is:

President: Mike Gleed

Vice President: Frank Joel

Secretary: Lynn Cropp

Treasurer: Anne Maclennan

Asst Treasurer: Cath Willacy

Members: Narelle Shorey, Kevin Shorey, Helen Lavis, Noelene Rees, Sarah Speller and Paul Hynes .

We strongly encourage you to nominate a member you think will help and add value to the CLT for the coming year.

And if you are nominated, please do get involved! It is fascinating and varied work.

The Nomination Form (attached) should be completed and sent to the Secretary Lynn Cropp by 18 November 2019:


We are now on Instagram!

We are now on Instagram!
Find us, follow us, heart us, hashtag us !!!
For everything going on 'round the Rondo...
See you there...

#therondotheatre #livetheatre #cairnstheatre #cairnstalent #therondo #tuesdayswithmorrie

Tuesdays With Morrie is coming to the Rondo October 3, 4, 5

An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson...

We are so excited to announce a surprise addition to our 2019 season at The Rondo.

'Tuesdays With Morrie' by Jeffrey Hatcher & Mitch Albom,

based on the book by Mitch Albom, directed by Lynn Cropp.

With Andy Bramble as Morrie Schwartz and Michael Lee Porter as Mitch Albom

Save the date Cairns, this is one not to miss...

Stay tuned for more about how to book online...

It's Pantomime time at the Rondo again!


Auditions are now Closed.

Please let us know if you would like to be involved backstage... contact the Stage Manager, Abhi Beckert 0434 823 058.

Rehearsing from September; Performing 29th November to 14th December.

A fresh hilarious twist on an age-old pantomime for the whole family, Aladdin, about true love, terrible greed, a struggle for power and a fiesty Kung Fu fighting princess...and A Panda!

Director Cath Willacy is busy writing terrible jokes and puns for this hilarious show.  She will be on the look out for lots of men, women, boys and girls at this year auditions...

And for the first time in Rondo Panto history the Baddie will be A MAN!

Do you think you can't sing or dance, but just fancy having fun on stage, or never done it before?  This is just the show for you! 

It's Pantomime time, it's fun, fun, fun!

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VExpo today at the Tanks!

Did you go down to Tank 3 today? The yearly Expo for volunteer organisations in Cairns was a great success.

A big thank you to Lynn Cropp for organising the day, and all our wonderful volunteers who gave their time today to promote our lovely theatre...

Want to get involved yourself?  So many skills are needed to bring a show together...come and join in working bees for bump outs and meet the family, Front of House always need friendly faces, producing a play will be a fun learning curve, or perhaps you can sew or paint or like op shopping for props...maybe you can tag and test or would like to learn to use our fabulous new lighting and sound equipment...or are you a hairdresser or make up artist? or maybe you want to be on stage?...there's something for everyone 'Round The Rondo!

Contact Lynn on for more info on how to get involved...and don't forget to follow us on facebook to get all the latest news at your fingertips...




Fringe Auditions at The Rondo 4th & 5th August

SUNDAY 4th and Monday 5th AUGUST - A Cairns Little Theatre Fringe Production

The Committee & Gravy Trains

Two one-act contemporary social satires by Ken Cotterill, directed by John Hughes

7.30pm at The Rondo Theatre, Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill


The Committee

Peter - male, 40+, self important, bossy, chairman

Bob - male, 40+, not too bright waffler

Simon - male, 30+, bright, attractive, the outsider

Kelly - female, 30+, attractive, not too bright

Sarah - female, 40+, experienced motion-mover


Gravy Trains

Ron-  40+, station master, dour, working class, English

Mortimer Fox-hound - 50+, pompous, upper-class politician

Fiona Malthrop - 40+, confidant, failed politician

Mary Mugggledon-Jones - 40+, nervous, insecure, failed politician

Production team

Assistant director - Matt O’Connor

Stage Manager - Rosa Powell

Lighting - Ron Powell

Sound - Barry Cantelo

Costumes - Wendy Robbins

Hair - Robyn Richards

For more information and scripts contact John Hughes on 0448 756 066

Working Bee at The Rondo Sunday 30th June 9.30am


The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds opens Friday 5th July

Come along and help set up the green room for our next show and the theatre seats need a clean up after some repairs and renovations...

Many hands make light work and it's always fun 'round the Rondo...
You'll get a sneak peak of the set and our renovations and it would be a big help to Kevin Shorey and his team


Let's give our 5 talented ladies a green room!

The Effect Of Gamma Rays On
Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds

See you there... 

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Get Involved!

Come and join the fun at The Rondo

You can become a financial member of The Cairns Little Theatre if you would like to start volunteering with us.  This can include Front Of House duties such as ushering and box office, assisting in our bar for those who have an RSA, set building, costuming, props making, hair and make up, producing plays, acting and lights and sound operation; there is something for everyone, come and share your skills!

Contact for more details…


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