Stanwell Arts Theatre (SPAT) provides an ‘acting and stage craft outlet’ for our many talented thespians resident in our ‘coastal villages’ area. SPAT is divided up into special interests groups. During each year we stage two (or sometimes three) plays. In addition to these plays we produce an annual pantomime which is performed in December.
We passionately encourage the skills of local play writes, directors, production teams, stage-design and theatre staff to bring their talents to SPAT. We all acknowledge that we live in a most beautiful area and the aim of SPAT is to add to our enjoyment of ‘our place’ by giving an outlet for the diverse talent of our community.
Performances and rehearsals are generally at the CWA Hall in the Drive at Stanwell Park. Please note that we also take ‘our’ theatre to the city so look out for additional venues on our website.
SPAT Theatre originated in 1974. The main purpose of SPAT Theatre is to produce high quality shows for our local and extended community. We offer the opportunity for those members of our community interested in writing, directing, stagecraft, wardrobe, props, producing, lighting & sound, and of course acting to collaborate with the SPAT team to have fun and stretch themselves in a theatrical setting.
Each year we try and produce 2 or 3 theatrical shows which includes our famous Christmas Panto. You can check out our past productions under SPAT Past on this website.
Producing a show involves so many talents and skills in addition to this listed above including marketing, website design and management, financial management, social and print media communication. We welcome your involvement if you can bring these skills.
Involving the youth in the area is a key objective of SPAT – there are many theatrical performances that may happen at home that could be focused on the stage!! Each year we hold a children’s workshop in the school holidays – perhaps your young actor or actress might be interested??
As a special footnote, SPAT supports the Working With Children NSW Kidsafe Policy and as such adult roles in productions that involve children, such as Panto, will require a WWCC check prior to attending auditions. To view our full Working With Children Policy click here.
SPAT Film Society
SPAT Film Society is a group within SPAT which screens four or five films each calendar year. You will be given plenty of notice of our screening dates by email. In addition we always publish the screening dates on our website as well as erecting street signs in the local area.
We aim to show a wide range of films showcasing the best of Australian and international movies. We also include foreign language screenings. We also welcome ideas and suggestions from our members – email us your suggestions and if it is available for film society screenings we will included it in our program.
Our movies are screened in the CWA Hall, 15 The Drive, Stanwell Park. Doors open at 7pm and the screening begin at 7.30pm.
We gratefully acknowledge The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) for funding for our new high quality video projector. We appreciate the support of ANSTO.
SPAT Acting Workshops
During the year we provide both adult and young people’s acting workshops. Perhaps you want to hone your acting skills, or find that ‘inner thespian’ while having heaps of fun? Then this is for you.
The workshops will focus on a range of stage craft skills:
- Release – Physical, Vocal and Emotional: How to relax on stage and access the full potential of your voice, your body and you feelings.
- The Mechanics of Drama – Objectives, Obstacles, Stakes and Beats: How to make sense of a scene and get the most out of it.
- Creating a World – What’s, Where’s, and Why’s: Techniques for a creating a rich imaginative world for you to inhabit on stage.
The tone of the workshops will be playful, encouraging and focused – we’ll create a space that allows people to make some real breakthroughs! Class sizes will be limited so don’t miss out.
SPAT Photography Club
Everyone of any age, experience level or camera type, including your handy phone or drone, are very welcome. We enjoy learning about each others’ ideas and techniques and generally improving our understanding and grasp of photography by getting together, having fun and sharing our knowledge.
We meet on the first Saturday of the month.
SPAT themes 2018
We set a theme for each month to enable you to focus on a theme and take photos at your own convenience. There is an opportunity during the month to get together for a photo shoot on the month’s theme We generally meet on the last Friday of each month to share our photos and expertise.
May 18 – Street Photography
June 18 – Still life
July 18 – Winter
August 18 – Reflections
September 18 – Black and White
October 18 – Trees
SPAT Music is a local orchestra that welcomes musicians in our region to share their love of music and give them a opportunity to perform in a local orchestra for our community.
Under the musical direction of 2017 ARIA nominee and local music teacher – Alison Garvie – you can be assured of a great musical direction in a fun and collaborative environment.
SPAT Music was established in mid 2017 as the result of suggestions from the local community. The orchestra now consists over 26 members and we are always keen welcome new members.
SPAT Singers are a mixed voice singers who perform under the musical direction of Rod Lander. The group is essentially a group of like-minded people who simply enjoy the fun and social experience of raising their voices together in song.
If you resonate with any of the quotes below or they bring a smile to your face perhaps you should come along and join in as we make music. The group’s repertoire is varied and exciting. Suggestions for new songs are always welcome.
“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” ― Stephen Sondheim
“Those who wish to sing always find a song.” – Swedish Proverb
“He who sings scares away his woes.” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“I only sing in the shower. I would join a choir, but I don’t think my bathtub can hold that many people.” ― Jarod Kintz
SPAT Singers meet on Friday nights at the CWA Hall, at The Drive, Stanwell Park at 7.30pm.
Each year we perform for our community. This performance is a gala evening when the singers will be performing some of their favorite songs and we hope yours. The evening is a combination of great music and great food in the form of a three course dinner.
This event is always fully booked so we would encourage you to make your reservations as soon as details become available.
Our door is always open to new members and we don’t have a formal membership structure – just come along and sing! To find out more about joining SPAT Singers or to book the SPAT Singers for a performance, simply use the contact form above, call 0429 921 562 or send us an email.
The SPAT Singers were formed in 1984 as an offshoot of the Stanwell Park Arts Theatre.