Theatre in the Park came into being during 1999 in the unique Hawkesbury River community, home to many talented and colourful personalities living among a scenic backdrop. The concept of a theatre group emerged from discussions between Ray Bontoft and Peter Hughes after the community lost its live entertainment options when the area’s only hall closed. From these talks a theatrical opportunity has evolved, giving the chance for all community members to take part at any level in creating a local event. Even in the simplest form, being involved in a play has given people a sense of personal achievement, pride and equity in the final result. Theatre in the Park was conceived with an outdoor stage and a vision for a family atmosphere where everyone can enjoy quality live theatre. This vision of a community-driven theatre came to fruition with the enormous success of the first production in 1999.
Brooklyn Community Theatre is an incorporated association run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. Ticket pricing ensures the event remains accessible to all. With donations, both in kind and financial, and ticket sales we are able to meet our production costs.
“Dear Pete and team
Just wanted to say thanks for that lovely generous act of making a piece of community theatre each year – a huge task and one which you all undertake with beautiful enthusiasm. The setting is always stunning (as is the set), and I’m always impressed by how enthusiastic and committed the whole cast are. I can’t imagine that impact it has on your life, each year, and I hope you know how appreciated it is.
Kathryn Heyman, Author
“With huge anticipation I settled into a deck chair on the grassy slope to watch what I was very much looking forward to – ‘That’s the Spirit!’. The Brooklyn Community Theatre is to be congratulated on a totally wonderful production – I was immersed in the story with the very talented actors and the weather had no impact on my overall enjoyment at all. The setting is amazing and the experience not to be missed! To have such a fantastic opportunity out in the open air in a natural amphitheatre encapsulates what Brooklyn is all about – FULL of spirit!”
Judy Hopwood MP, Member for Hornsby
“A great night out for the family and an asset to the shire’s performing arts – It was great to see a community pull together to perform a family friendly event. The standard of the acting, costumes and sets was of the highest level and a credit to all involved – I look forward to future performances.”
Nick Berman, Mayor of Hornsby Shire