BYTE prides itself on having teachers who are industry professionals and qualified practitioners. Since becoming its own entity in 2001, BYTE has presented such plays as :
The Crucible, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, The Devil In Drag, Daisy Pulls It Off, Pride And Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, My Very Own Story, Shipwreck, The Hypochondriac, The Caucasian Chalk Cirlce, Astro The Fiddle Cat, Granada, The Skin of Their Teeth, West, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Astro The Revolution! Hole in the Wall, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracul, Time Machine, Maschiera, Prospero's Legacy and As You Like It.
Romanov, Metamorphosis, Art, Two Tribes, Pumpkin, Vintage Hitchcock, This is Where We Came In, 1912 Titanic, The Arabian Nights, Lysistrata and Dreamscape, The Collective, Darwin, The Red Eye of Love. Death, The Valley, Troy and The Importance of Being Earnest, Julius Caesar, Arms and The Man and Little Women.
Apart from an annual musical selection concert, BYTES has presented the full
Gone With The Breeze,The Nutcracker, In The Beginning, The Wiz, Annie, The Snow Queen, Little Shop of Horrors and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ,Eurobeat- Almost Eurovision, The Boyfriend, Mulan, Honk! Into the Woods Junior, Aladdin and the Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and Oklahoma! Little Shop of Horrors, Once upon a Mattress, Chicago and OLIVER!
Students also present gala concerts, several smaller one act plays, participate in the eisteddfod and the Sunshine Coast Drama Festival.
In 2006, BYTES won the Youth section of the Sunshine Coast Drama Festival with GRANADA.
They also took out BEST PLAY< BEST DIRECTOR< BEST ACTOR- Tom Jermyn, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR- Daniel Marais, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS- Jordan Barlow.
In the sunshine Coast Eisteddfod Timothy Potter won Senior Drama Champion and Daniel Marais- Intermediate Drama Champion, with Hayley Barker winning the most versatile Actor award and Jeremy Farley Smith top scoring the Eisteddfod with 95 points for his improvisation.
We have been fortunate in having these wonderfully talented children share their abilities with us.
During the 2007 season, the Intermediate Actors won the Sunshine Coast Drama Festival for the second year in a row with ASTRO THE FIDDLE CAT.
Tom Jermyn( Astro) won Best Actor, Katherine Ernst won Best Actress, and Emily Saunders won Best Supporting Actress. Katherine Ernst won an award of distinction for writing the play.
Matilda Davidson took home the Senior Drama Championship and the Award for Versatility at the Eisteddfod. Tim Potter won the Bobby Grono Award.
In 2008 The Odyessy won the Best New Play, Danielle Carney-Best Actress Intermediate,
Nicole Neil- Best Actress Supporting-Inter
-mediate, Joey Lai- Best Actor Senior,
Katherine Ernst- Best Actress Supporting Junior,
Tom Jermyn- Best Actor Junior, Robyn Ernst and Peta Beattie- Best Director, Awards of Distinction for Josephine Harvey and Ben Newth at Sunshine Coast Theatre Fest.
Joey Lai won Senior Drama Champion and Katherine Ernst intermediate Drama Champion- Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod.
2009 was another fabulous year with BYTES taking out the BEST JUNIOR PLAY with THE SILVER SWORD and BEST INTERMEDIATE PLAY with LASCAUX. Tom Jermyn won Best Junior Actor for the fourth year in a row and Katherine Ernst Best Junior Actress for the third year.
Brandon Maday won Best Support Male Actor over 14 and took out the Outstanding youth Performer Bursary. Peta Beattie won Best Youth Director for Silver Sword and Robyn Ernst Best new play script for Lascaux. Ashley Porter, Alex Brooks won awards of distinction.
Danielle Carney won Senior Drama Champion, Jemima Lai won Intermediate Drama Champion, Kelcie Bourne won Junior Speech Champion. Matilda Davidson won BYTE award for versatility and Joey won the most outstanding perfomance of the Eisteddfod.
2010 saw BYTES win the Sunshine Coast Theatre Fest with Prelude to A Time Machine with 97 marks. Dracul won Best New Play, Best Director, Best Actor for Brandon Maday, Best Actress-Tayla Micallef and Best Supporting Actress for Caitlyn Elliott. Tilly Allard received a certificate of distinction and Tayla also won the Bursary. At the Brisbane Arts Fest, Time Machine came 2nd and Lizzy Mahoney won Best Lead Actress and Joey Lai Best Lead Actor for Dracul. Alex Zufic Tillack and James Carroll received Certificates of Distinction for Time Machine.
Riley Cope came 1st in the Junior Drama Championship with Jemima Lai coming 2nd.
Vanessa Fernandez won the Senior Drama Championship with Katherine Ernst coming 3rd. James Carroll won the Senior Speech Championship, while Jade Dempsey came 2nd and Meg Hickey 3rd. Ryan Forbes received the Alan Beattie Trophy for the highest mark of the Eisteddfod-97.To celebrate our 10 years, we had a magnificent masquerade ball in September.
2011 saw ROMANOV win the Sunshine Coast Theatre Fest. Best Lead Actor-Patrick Rykiert, Best Lead Actress- Katherine Ernst, Best Supporting Actor Tom Jermyn, Best Supporting Actress- Lizzie Mahoney, Best Director Robyn Ernst, Best Playwright- Peta Beattie, Awards of distinction to Travers Southwell, Ryan Forbes. Brandon Maday won Best Director 25 under for METAMORPHOSIS and Braydon Munro won Best Supporting Junior Actor.
Huge audiences of the general public turned out for CABARET, which received critical aclaim . BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was another fabulous musical which entranced audiences with great performances and exquisite costumes. Two Tribes was a great piece of physical theatre from our Junior Actors and THE CRUCIBLE topped off the year with mesmerizing performances from our masterclass. A Primary School Tour by half of our masterclass got younger generations enthused about performing and a Rotary Christmas performance had the Sunshine Daily reporting about how our young musical stars had given a" knees up performance for the oldies". We did 26 shows in a month. 2011 was a knockout season!
2012- The epic of the year was undoubtedly 1912 TITANIC which not only reaped the major awards at the Sunshine Theatre Fest winning Best Play , Best Director-Robyn Ernst but saw Peta Beattie win yet again for her script . Rainer Scheu won the Best Actor supporting, Rachel Halverson a certificate of Distinction and Ellie Nunan gained the highest honour with the Adjudicator's Award for the top performance of the Festival. In an unprecedented move, 1912 Titanic had a repeat season in August after its sell out performance in May. The Senior Acting productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and in particular DREAMSCAPE, demonstrated the fine work being done by the Senior Actors; with DREAMSCAPE in particular receiving critical acclaim.
2012 was the year that BYTES attracted massive audiences of general public to all of its shows. End of year musicals PETER PAN and OKLAHOMA saw over 2000 people through the doors of the memorial hall with seats back to the chair cupboard! The production values, fabulous orchestra, costumes, set, lights and the standard of performances had people praising BYTES as the premiere musical company on the Sunshine Coast. BYTES participated in a number of community events throughout 2012 including the Rotary Christmas Party, The B150 Street Party and finished the year by being the main artists at the Buderim Christmas Carols. Congratulations on another magnificently memorable year!
2013 Peta Beattie penned another remarkable play entitled THE VALLEY about the Whiskey Au Go Go bombing whilst Robyn's "Darwin" for the Middle School group dealt with the war time bombing of our Northern city. Picnic at hanging Rock by the Senior Class was very well received with some remarkable performances. Little Shop of Horrors had great support from our audiences, particularly the younger students from BYTES and played in August, giving the Master class two opportunities to be involved in a musical for 2013. Once Upon A Mattress was great fun for all involved. CHICAGO saw record box office crowds extending down to St Marks on the last performance. Critically acclaimed with fine dancing and stunning performances, CHICAGO really had the Sunshine Coast audiences talking about the outstanding standard of musical theatre that BYTES consistently delivered. BYTES were the performers for the Buderim Carols and entertained a huge crowd.
2014 had the Master class actors present THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and ROMEO AND JULIET. These classic works were extremely well received by the general public with school groups attending the performances. Senior Actors presented The SILVER SWORD and the Middle School Masterclass entertained a large crowd with their Commedia Dell Arte antics. For the first time, we had an evening of Duologues, as our Junior Classes prepared for the Eisteddfod. BYTES took out 1st 2nd and third places in the both sections of the Junior Duologue section and also took home first and second in the Senior Duologues, with Henry Jeafresson and Katie Andersson being narrowly pipped at the post by Riley Cope and William Smith. Riley Cope was the Senior Drama Champion with William Smith Second and Baxter Norman Third overall in the Championship. Alli Whitmore won the Senior Speech Champion and Campbell Lennox came second. BYTES had a clean sweep in the Senior Improvisations and the Mime to Music in both age groups.
2014 was the year of OLIVER, the first combined musical since Joseph. Huge crowds and rave reviews accompanied the 12 performance season; the most of any BYTES musical, with four rotating casts. The Senior Actors presented a very entertaining OVER THE WALL and the Middle School Actors presented RABBIT. Peta's epic comedy TROY entertained everyone. The year finished with the Buderim Carols where our HI 5 numbers really raised the roof.
After a huge season of CLASSIC PLAYS including JULIUS CAESAR, ARMS AND THE MAN and LITTLE WOMEN, bytes embarked onto the Eisteddfod. In the Eistedfodd Secondary Musical Competition we received 1st Studio B - Pity the Child, 2nd Senior Musical Theatre -Superboy and the Invisible Girl, 3rd Senior Musical Theatre - How To Succeed In Business
In the Primary Competition 1st - Junior Musical Theatre - Revolting Children and 2nd- Superstars- Naughty
In the Speech and Drama section our students were also successful in Improvisation
1st Master Class, 2nd - Senior Acting, and Hc- Junior Masterclass3rd- Masterclass
Our Junior Mime Group also won their event.
Our Bytes students Oliver Osborne won the Senior Drama Champion, Ally Hickey- the Senior Speech Champion and Giselle Atlas the Junior Speech Champion. Paris Fowler won the prestigious Shakespearean section and Bytes students, Ally Hickey won 16-18 musical theatre, Aryana Krpan won 13 year musical theatre, Louisa Travers Jones- 12 year musical theatre and Eva Murawski- 10 year musical theatre. BYTES students won many other individual awards and places too numerous to mention but our heartfelt congratulations to you all.