Singing and skating make ‘world go round’ in Conservatorium production

Published:04 September 2018

TOP and BELOW: Rehearsals are underway for CQCM’s next production titled 'The World Goes Round', which will be on stage from 14 September. MIDDLE: Bachelor of Theatre students Jeremy Adams and Sophie Burton-Clark will perform 'Arthur in the Afternoon' from the musical 'The Act' under the expert direction of Dale Pengelly in CQCM’s upcoming production 'The World Goes Round'.

Musical theatre star and former Queensland Ballet performer Dale Pengelly will mentor CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Theatre students to present The World Goes Round in Mackay.

As director, Dale said this ‘spectacular’ musical revue would showcase songs from Kander and Ebb's great works including Chicago, Cabaret, New York, New York and more.

It will also include a roller skating scene!

“Unlike previous productions, which involve the delivery of a storyline and character development, a revue is rather a collection of diverse songs and performances,” Dale explained.

Dale has been a leading light in the Australian and international theatre scene, spanning more than three decades. As such, Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) lecturer Nicole Thomson believes students could not be in better hands for this production.

The World Goes Round was Dale’s choreographic debut at Sydney Opera House in 1996 and in this production he worked with an exceedingly talented cast including Todd McKenney, Maria Mercedes, Jodie Gillies, Leonie Page and Darryl Lovegrove, to name just a few,” Nicole said.

“We strive to offer our students real-world performance experiences, and with Dale’s expert assistance for this production we have certainly achieved that,” she said.

Bachelor of Theatre student Jeremy Adams acknowledged the opportunity to be mentored by Dale was ‘extraordinary’.

Jeremy is one of the nine-strong cast who will present The Rink, which requires all performers to wear skates.

“Personally, I haven’t put on a pair of skates for about five years and for others it’s been a longer so this has been both a challenge and a whole lot of fun,” Jeremy said.

“Singing is my strongest skill, followed by acting and dancing – least of all skating – but we’re all really excited to bring something unique to the stage.”

The World Goes Round will be on show at CQCM (CQUni Mackay Ooralea campus, Boundary Road) on 14, 15, 21, 22 and 23 September.

The production will be delivered in a theatre-restaurant style, with audience members seated at tables and able to enjoy drinks and delicious snacks catered by the Fifth Floor Restaurant.

For more details and to book, visit or phone 4940 7800.