​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Central Queensland ​Regional Final

Finalists for the Central Queensland region have been announced​.​

Saturday 21 July 2018

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
Alfred Street, Mackay

Tickets sales are now closed.​

​Direct all event enquiries to:
Natasha Sturdy, Central Queensland regional coordinator​
Telephone: (07) 4842 8379 or 0467 735 478
Email: centralqld.qta@det.qld.gov.au​

Master of Ceremonies


Jay Laga'aia

Jay Laga'aia is a much-loved actor and children's entertainer. His film credits include Nim's Island and Star Wars, and television credits on Home and Away, Bed of Roses, Legend of the Seeker, Xena Warrior Princess and Play School.

A gifted musician, Jay has written and recorded four children's albums with ABC for Kids; he's performed his music with Queensland, Melbourne, Western Australia and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.

In 2017 Jay appeared in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, and drama series Fighting Season. He filmed the fourth season of his children's television show Jay's Jungle and starred in the Sydney Opera House Classic Christmas Concerts.

Jay, a proud father of 8, is the Queensland Government's 'The Early Years Count' ambassador and is a passionate advocate for early childhood education and early literacy.



Strong Images

Strong Images founder, Brenda Strong is an AIPP accredited photographer and grown the business with self-taught knowledge for over 10 years, with officially opening her first studio just a few years ago.

With a passion and drive vastly expanding into a local One stop weddings and event shop, Brenda, a Gladstone entrepreneur is out to create your dreams. She has been involved in a number of community events and fundraisers around the region with great success. Brenda not only specialises in events with photography, planning and decor but also weddings and all things family and children.



Tate Obst

Tate has loved playing music, singing and performing for as long as he can remember. In fact you could say it's in his veins, with a long span of local musical history on both sides of his family. Since early childhood he's had a broad list of cultural experiences from school bands to theatre, solo performances to collaborations with other local musicians including Felix Hadock-Quadrio and his brother Jasper.

When you catch him at a gig around town every other weekend, you'll see he's a talented and experimental acoustic guitarist and vocalist with a particular passion for contemporary Australian music. He's honed his skills in song writing in recent years, with a knack for bringing interesting rhythms and melodies together to make original songs that you won't easily get out of your head!

He was overall grand final winner for Mackay's Got Talent 2017 and since then has performed at Wintermoon Festival, Timberfest and Airlie Beach Music Festival and the successful fundraiser - Farm Raiser.

He has a new single on sound cloud 'You before me' - check it out.


Joel Bow Productions presents Brand New You featuring Molly Rossetto and Kelly Cooper

Molly is an established young performer and educator in Mackay. Having completed her Bachelor of Theatre (Music Theatre) Molly continued her studies in Secondary Education in Brisbane before returning to the cane fields of north Queensland to teach music and drama. Molly recently appeared as Lucy Barker in Sweeney Todd, was the Featured Vocalist in Songs For a New World and brought the house down as Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar. Molly wrote and starred in her own cabaret show - Man Songs to rave reviews and was a major part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival Award winning cabaret show, Timber Dreams with Kurt Phelan, and the Mackay Cabaret Festival - all proudly for Joel Bow Productions.


Originally from the Gold Coast, Kelly has performed in many shows in her time. Her most recent role was for the Mackay Musical Comedy Players as Glinda in Wicked that blew the roof off the MECC to dazzling applause. Prior to this Kelly has played Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Kate Monster in Avenue Q, Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain, Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Christine Daae and Mary Poppins in A Night of the Poms, Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening and Johanna Barker in Sweeney Todd. Kelly also excels in directing. She directed an awarding winning production of Beauty and the Beast in 2014 and productions of Ivy Shambittand the Sound Machine and Musical Mania Cabaret for Whitsunday Anglican School where she works as a Drama teacher. Kelly will star in the Mackay Cabaret​​ Festival opening for headlining act - Michael Griffiths at The Residence at The Dispensary for Joel Bow Productions.


Joshy J and the Richochets

A rock and roll and rockability group, Joshy J and the Richochets rock! All the hits from Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Wanda Jackson, Johnny Cash, the Stray Cats and many, many more. Put on your blue suede shoes, there's gonna be a whole lotta shakin' going on. ​​

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Last updated
05 July 2018