Auditions and Opportunities

Empire Youth Arts 2019 IMPACT Ensembles

IMPACT Senior (Ages 14- Young adult) presents, A series of new works based on “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen, directed by Ari Palani.

Auditions are open for our 2019 Senior IMPACT Ensemble (Ages 14-Young Adult). We are exploring The Emperor’s New Clothes which is a well-known enduring short story made popular in the Western zeitgeist by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Also known under many other names through various cultures across the East, the core of this tale is the same: an emperor who is concerned with the image of his power hires two weavers who promise to clothe him in the finest garments which are only visible to those who are “worthy,” a lie that grows as any and all who obviously cannot see these clothes perpetuates a collective denial. The story culminates as the emperor wears these so-called clothes and parades through his town completely naked, at which point a child speaks what everyone has been denying – “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”

The tale provides a platform for satirical and political commentary on many aspects of contemporary society, and the role of young people inside of those narratives - an exciting stimulus for this years ensemble to explore and create a collection of works within a larger narrative.

This year the ensemble will rehearse from April-Oct and perform Oct 18/19, and will cost $450. Applications will need to be returned via email or in person by 5pm Monday 18th March 2019, with auditions being held March 22nd and 23rd. To book an audition time please email or call Empire Youth Arts on or 46989925.

Audition Information available here


Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Prodigy Project 
Empire Theatre 2019 

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be performing Sounds from the Deep at Empire Theatre, Toowoomba on Saturday 28 September 2019. Selected students will have the opportunity to become an honorary member of Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture and/or Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade in the concert program. In the lead up to the concert, Queensland Symphony Orchestra is inviting a number of Toowoomba and Darling Downs secondary students to become involved in 2019 PRODIGY PROJECT Empire Theatre Toowoomba.

Nominates for auditions are due by Friday May 24. For more information, please download the information form and fill out the application from. 


Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra - 52 Strings Project

52 Strings provides an opportunity for a workshop and performance with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra at the Empire Theatres Armitage Centre: Heritage Bank Auditorium.

Teachers, students and members of the community interested in participating in the ensemble should be AMEB Grade 6 or above with the ability to learn and perform Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Talis.

This project is proudly supported by the Empire Theatres Foundation and the St Baker Energy Innovation Trust.

The project is also supported by SWQ Regional Arts to enable students from the wider South West Queensland Region to access this opportunity. If you live outside of the Toowoomba Regional Council Area you may be eligible for travel and accommodation support to attend rehearsals and the performance.

Reading and Workshop: Tuesday 16th April 4-6.30pm, Empire Church Theatre


-          Tuesday 11 June 6.00-8.30pm 

-          Friday 14 June 2.30-5pm

Performance: Friday 14 June 7pm

Venue: Empire Theatres Armitage Centre: Heritage Bank Auditorium.

Teachers/registrants please note:

To Register:

Fill out the online registration form by 5pm Monday 1 April

All participants will be notified of their success or otherwise by Wednesday 1 May.

Any questions please call Empire Theatre Projects Office on 07 46989925 or email

Every year, the Empire Theatre has several opportunities for local singers, dancers, actors and instrumentalists of all ages and experience levels. In addition to the highly anticipated Empire Theatres musical and Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble production, the Empire Theatre has collaborated with Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Expressions Dance Company and more to provide unique performance opportunities on the Empire stage and beyond.  Find out more about our major productions and projects.