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Teale’s ladder to showbiz success turns out to be a tree

Published:13 May 2019

CQUniversity Theatre graduate Teale Howie recently returned to his home town of Mackay for the 30th anniversary gala concert of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

As Teale Howie ramps up his acting opportunities in Sydney, he acknowledges that his success has been supported by a tree – or to be more exact, a treehouse.

The CQUniversity Theatre graduate has gained plenty of ‘industry cred’ starring in national tours of stage productions based on the Treehouse books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

First came the 78-Storey Treehouse, then the 91-Storey Treehouse.

"There's a lot of calling out from our Treehouse audiences - sometimes we encourage it, sometimes it just takes over,” Teale says.

“Although the target audience is six- to 12-year-olds, there's enough humour for older children and adults to enjoy, too.

“A highlight was definitely our show at the Sydney Opera House.”

While Teale’s happy for renown as a children’s entertainer, he’s also developing other strings to his bow.

He is currently choreographing the Canterbury Theatre Guild production of Tarzan the Stage Musical, directed by another CQUni Theatre graduate, Hannah Barn, and featuring other CQUni graduates in the cast.

“Choreographing Tarzan has been fun and has opened up a whole different world,” Teale says.

Meanwhile, as an actor, he is starting rehearsals for the Australian premiere of Anatomy of a Suicide, a Red Line Productions/Old Fitz Theatre show described as a ‘startling theatrical triptych about three generations of mothers and daughters’.

Teale recently returned to his home town of Mackay for the 30th anniversary gala concert of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

“It was really cool to be back singing on the CQCM stage in Mackay … I was really nostalgic,” he said.

“I also recall touring with CQCM productions of Safety Circus and Choices.”

After graduating in 2015, Teale immersed himself in the Sydney theatre scene, where he featured in Cristina in the CupboardSeussical and Bare the Musical.

“The industry knowledge, skills and guidance I acquired at the CQCM, in addition to family support, solidified my decision to pursue a theatre career,” Teale said.

“I am grateful to have constant work in a typically erratic industry, be surrounded by creative peers and continually inspired by the growing number of Australians making a name for themselves on the international stage.”