Come along and celebrate the Cairns Junior Choral Society’s 65th Birthday!

“WE HAZ JAZZ!” will see past and present members of the CJCS come together to put on a show that will have audiences bopping and bouncing in their seats – this event is not to be missed!

A swingin’ entertaining musical by John Jacobson & Kirby Shaw that traces the history of America’s own music.  From New Orleans to Chinatown, from the cotton fields to the Cotton Club, you will learn about such jazz greats as Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and more!

“To bop, or not to bebop, there is no question!  We haz it, folks.  We Haz Jazz!”

When – September 15 2018
Times – 2:30pm and 7pm

Where – Bentley Park Performing Arts Centre

Interested in helping with costumes or make-up?

Do you have a flair for design, making costumes or stage make-up…

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Sound Engineer – Mr Nigel Pegrum : Pegasus Studios Cairnsnigelpegrum

Nigel Pegrum has been the Cairns Junior Choral Society sound engineer for several years, and with his experience and expertise, is able to provide individual radio microphones and performance training for all lead performers to help them develop the skills and confidence needed.

After a misspent youth playing in rock bands in London in the 60’s, including stints with The Small Faces (later to become Rod Stewart and Faces) and heavy metal band Uriah Heap, Nigel joined the British folk rock band Steeleye Span.   Nigel recorded and toured internationally with Steeleye for seventeen years, earning five gold and seven silver albums. The band also had their-own television show in England.   During this time Nigel created his own record label producing some thirty five jazz, blues and folk albums in addition to producing material for other labels, film, television and radio, including Torvill and Dean’s legendary version of Ravel’s Bolero.

Since emigrating to Australia, Nigel has, in his Cairns studio, produced over one hundred CD’s. In 2004 ‘Perfect Pearl’ by Torres Strait Islander, Seaman Dan, co-produced and engineered by Nigel, won the ARIA award for best world music album.

Nigel has also been recognised by the Queensland Recording Association, being awarded at various times, Best Producer, Best Engineer, Best Indigenous Album and Best Album Overall.

In addition to his involvement in Australian Sun Records Nigel continues to run his own recording facility ‘Pegasus Studios’ and production company ‘Hysterical Cat Productions’ in partnership with Mark Mannock.

Mask Creator – Bronte Dickson: 

Bronte Dickson – whilst only 17 years old, her passion is the creative arts and in particular the visual arts.  She has been involved in mask making, costume design, computer animation and stage design. Recently she has been working on numerous plays, including the Cairns Junior Choral Society and school productions.  In her spare time she also spends many hours developing her own creative styles.  She has produced numerous artworks using a variety of mediums and techniques.  Currently she is experimenting with water colours. 

When asked what her future plans are, Bronte says she hopes to pursue a career in the Arts.  “Where this will take me I am unsure, but this is my passion.”


Oh Rats! is a musical adaptation of Robert Browning’s much loved poem, ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’. It is through-composed (no spoken words) and is similar in format to ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in that it makes use of many different musical styles; in this case from rapping to the Charleston! Although essentially an exciting and light-hearted show, it nevertheless does contain reflective and poignant moments, and its message of morality and hope is clear.

When – September 10 2016
Times – 2pm and 7pm

Where – Bentley Park Performing Arts Centre

2018 – We Haz Jazz!

2016 – Oh Rats!

2014 – Cinderella & Rockerfella

2013 – Aladdin Jr

2012 – Alice in Wonderland

2011 – Jungle Fantasy

2010 – Oh Rats!

2009 – A Trip Through Storyland

2008 – Phantom of the Music Room

2008 – Listen to the Lambs