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Performances and events


The Conservatorium has an exciting, vibrant and diverse annual events calendar featuring some exceptionally talented performers, teachers and scholars.

Enabling us to showcase the skills and talents of our music, theatre and multimedia students and staff as well as visiting stars and touring performing artists, the Conservatorium hosts approximately 100 performances each year on CQUniversity's campuses. These performances range from full musical theatre productions to drama productions and plays, children's theatre, jazz performances, recitals, concerts, art and media exhibitions, seminars and community events.

Supported by the Conservatorium Friends, our events program makes an important contribution to the local community and provides a professional platform for students to perform in public while they are preparing for a career in the performing arts. It also provides opportunities for staff and visiting artists to perform to supportive and appreciative audiences.

Purchase tickets

To attend any of our performances you can book through our online system. A booking fee may apply if you book directly through our office.

For information about CQCM performances contact our CQCM office or phone: +61 7 4940 7800.

Sold out performances

If a show has a 'Sold Out' sign, phone +61 7 4940 7800 as tickets may still be available or transferred over for sale at the door.


Paul Tabone - Nastalgia

featuring Lara Martins & Judith Brown

Friday 15 March


Direct from Her Majesty's Theatre in London's glittering West End, Queensland singer and CQUniversity Alumni, tenor Paul Ettore Tabone returns home for a one night only event at The CQCM Theatre, in Nostalgia - The Jewels of The Stage and Screen.  Bringing home with him, Lara Martins, who together, form The Opera Couple from London's’ The Phantom of The Opera. Having been dubbed The Dream Team from London's The Phantom of The Opera by Maybe Musical Magazine as Carlotta & Piangi, join this iconic duo as they take you on a journey through the songs of the Stage and Screen in an evening of music you won't forget.  Songs from musicals, opera and films such as, The Student Prince, Chess, Cabaret, Beauty and The BeastLa Boheme, Tosca, and much, much more.

The Evening will be accompanied by Professor Judith Brown.

CQCM Theatre, Building 21, Boundary Road, Ooralea

Adults - $40

Seniors - $35

Students - $30

Groups of 10+ - $35

Tickets can be purchased from the CQCM website

In combination with this event CQUniversity  are proud to offer a FREE Community Masterclass lead by Paul Ettore Tabone & Lara Martins on 'Audition Techniques for The West End' between 9am-12pm  on Saturday 16th of March at CQCM Foyer. Professor Judith Brown, head of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music will be on hand accompanying the event, and to answer any questions about the CQU Bachelor of Theatre Degree. To register your interest please email before 1 March, 2019.

2nd Mackay Chamber Music Festival: Glenn Christensen and Stewart Kelly in Concert

Sunday 24 March


Following on from the success of the inaugural Mackay Chamber Music Festival in 2018, former Mackay local and violinist Glenn Christensen returns to Mackay to perform in this special recital of 20th century classical masterpieces. Glenn will be joined on stage with long-time collaborator and friend, pianist Stewart Kelly, to present a thrilling and emotionally charged program of Stravinsky, Poulenc, Szymanowski and Sibelius. This recital will launch the 2nd Mackay Chamber Music Festival and all ticket sales will go towards funding the festival and its performances and educational activities in 2019. Thanks must go to the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music for their very generous ongoing support of the Mackay Chamber Music Festival.

CQCM Theatre, Building 21, Boundary Road, Ooralea

Adults - $40

Seniors/Con Friends/Students - $30

Tickets can be purchased from the CQCM website

Bells Are Ringing

Thursday 20 June - 7:30pm

Friday 21 June - 10:30am & 7:30pm

Saturday 22 June - 2pm & 7:30pm

Sunday 23 June - 2pm

This hilarious golden age musical comedy takes us back to a time when telephone answering services kept busy people in touch. Ella Peterson is a bright and imaginative woman who spends her days working for a telephone answering service company. Fortunately for Ella, her switchboard existence is made bearable by the connection she makes with her customers and the different identities she brings to each of them – until she falls in love with one of her customers, sight unseen. Further complications arise when her friend Sue, who also works for the company, becomes mixed up with a charming man who fronts a gambling ring. The vice-squad become interested in their answering service company and suddenly there is mayhem galore.
The show features the iconic choreography of Bob Fosse, famous for Sweet Charity and Pajama Game and is full of songs by Jule Styne, the writer of the famous musical Gypsy. This show is suitable for all ages, and is directed by Dale Pengelly, a professional Australian director/choreographer whose credits include Tap Dogs, The Boy from Oz, Singing in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, and the Lounge Suite.

CQCM Theatre, Building 21, Boundary Road, Ooralea

Adults $40

Concession $35

Con Friends $30

Student/Child $25

Family (2 adults & 2 students/children) $115

Tickets can be purchased from the CQCM website

Mr Burns, a post-electric play

Friday 27 September - 7:30pm

Saturday 28 September - 2pm & 7:30pm

Sunday 29 September - 2pm

A play with music by Anne Washburn (Queensland premiere production)
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors reminisce about the life they once knew. To console themselves they relive an episode of The Simpsons with hilarious consequences. Fast forward seven years and we’re in a post-apocalyptic society. A troupe of players wander the land, providing connection with a mythic past – by playing out the classic Simpsons episodes: Springfield has become a Golden Age.
Directed by leading Australian director Jason Langley, this play with music will amuse and charm you. It will get you thinking about the stories we tell ourselves – the things that are important, the things that connect us all.

CQCM Theatre, Building 21, Boundary Road, Ooralea

Adults $25

Concession $20

Con Friends $15

Student/Child $15

Family (2 adults & 2 students/children) $70

Tickets can be purchased from the CQCM website