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Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask (aka FAQs)

Welcome to the Mercury Theatre Wynnum Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page! Whether you're a first-time visitor, a seasoned theatre-goer, or someone looking to join our vibrant ensemble of performers and volunteers, this page is your go-to resource for all the essential information you need.

How much are tickets?

Tickets are generally around $25.00 per person. Please check the current production ticket prices as there may be fluctuations. Mercury Theatre Wynnum is a volunteer run, not-for-profit community organisation and all proceeds to back into the theatre company. 

How do I prepare for my audition?

Most Mercury Theatre auditions are 'cold reads' - where an actor is asked to read from a script with little to no prior preparation. This allows the Director to evaluate your instinctive acting skills, how you work with others and if you fit a particular role. To prepare,  practice cold reading by looking at various scripts or books and reading them aloud without preparation. Focus on clarity, pacing, and expressive reading.   It might also help to familiarise yourself with the play, the genre, and any available synopsis or script excerpt. Break a leg! Please read the Audition Pack for the play you are auditioning for.

Do I need any previous experience to audition?

Absolutely not! We welcome all levels of experience - all we want is passion and commitment.

What plays will you show next year?

We will announce next year's season towards the end of each year. If you would like to submit a play for consideration, please visit this page!

Do I need to be able to fly to audition for Peter Pan?

Only in your dreams. Just bring some pixie dust for good luck.

What happens if I accidentally turn into my character?

Oh, happens all the time! If you catch yourself ordering pizza in Shakespearean English or wearing a spacesuit to the supermarket, just roll with it. You're probably nailing your role!

What time do doors open?

Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled performance start time. 

What types of productions does Mercury Theatre Wynnum stage?

We stage a variety of productions, including dramas, comedies, thrillers and radio plays. Our selections are aimed at engaging a broad audience and showcasing local talent.

Do you accept divas?

We all deserve a little star treatment now and then! While we can’t promise a dressing room filled with only blue M&Ms or bathtubs filled with champagne, we do offer applause, admiration, and a supportive cast.

Is it true there’s a trapdoor on stage that leads to a secret underground theatre at St Helena Island?

Inconclusive. Testing still underway. Our stage may or may not hide any secret passages, but it’s definitely a portal to new worlds every time we put on a show. 

Is the venue licensed?

A small bar operates at performances, offering a selection of beer, wine and soft drinks. BYO alcohol is not permitted.

Do famous actors ever sneak in to see our shows?

All the time! In fact, they will be at our next performance! Get your ticket and you might even be seated next to them!

Do you have workshops?

Yes, from time to time we hold workshops. Please visit our Facebook page for any notices of workshops.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets usually go on sale about 6 weeks prior to the performances. Ticket sales will be announced on our Facebook page when they go on sale. There will also be a link from our 'Buy tickets' page.

Are there any age restrictions for attending shows?

Some shows may have age recommendations based on content, which will be clearly stated on the event information when booking tickets. However, we strive to offer a variety of productions that cater to all age groups.

Can a child participate?

We currently only accept adults for participation in Mercury Theatre Wynnum. 

Did any famous actors start their career at Mercury Theatre Wynnum?

Absolutely! Haven't you met Oscar, Tony and Emmy?

Where is the theatre located and what are the parking options?

Our performance space is usually at the heritage listed Manly-Lota RSL Memorial Hall at 184 Melville Terrace, Manly QLD.  There is  free street parking available nearby. Detailed directions and parking information can be found here.

What are the membership benefits?

You don't have to be a member to attend our performances. However, only members can operate and participate in the community theatre, be on the Executive Committee, receive invitations to special events, and have the opportunity to vote in our annual general meetings. Membership is a great way to support the theatre and stay connected with our community.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

The Manly Lota RSL Memorial Hall has wheelchair access and toilets. 

How can I be involved?

We are a volunteer-led community theatre and there are so many opportunities to be involved - whether that's an little bit or a lot is up to you! Please visit this page for more details

Can I bring my own food and drinks to the show?

Many of our performances are 'table-style' where you can bring your own food. Please check the performance details for specific information. 

Can I bring my pet parrot to rehearsals if he promises to be quiet?

While we love parrots, especially those with a flair for drama, we ask that you leave your feathered friends at home. Our actors might get upstaged by any impromptu squawks. Pet rocks and goldfish welcome.

Do actors really say 'break a leg' because it's bad luck to say 'good luck'? 

Yes, and because our insurance doesn't cover 'good luck' injuries.

I have a great idea for a production!

As a community theatre company, we are very open to members of the public pitching a play to direct and produce with our help.
Have an idea for a show? 
Visit this page

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