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Adieu to our stage sweethearts

Pauline and George Holehouse say goodbye to Coolum. Photo: scw 934/Mike Garry
Pauline and George Holehouse say goodbye to Coolum. Photo: scw 934/Mike Garry

Two of Coolum’s best known faces are saying goodbye.

After 24 years of starring as central characters in the local community, Sunshine Coast theatre identities George and Pauline Holehouse are leaving Coolum to live in Beachmere, on the shores of Deception Bay.

Pauline said the move was partly to be closer to their daughter in Brisbane and also because George had a heart problem and could no longer maintain their Mt Coolum home and garden.

They said they would miss the area and their many friends but they were looking forward to the challenge.

“We won’t be bored. We’re not that sort of people,” Pauline said.

But George joked he was a bit concerned he would not be able to decide what to do each morning: whether to go fishing, bowling, swimming, cycling, play snooker or wandering over to Bribie Island for lunch.

Pauline met George 50 years ago while on holiday in Skegness in the UK.

“I literally fell at his feet while attempting to roller-skate,” she said.

“He picked me up and the rest is history.”

The couple married four years later.

George and Pauline immigrated to Australia with their children Ruth and John in 1972. After living in Beenleigh long enough to help found the Beenleigh Theatre Group, the couple moved to Coolum in 1986. It wasn’t long before they helped found Coolum Little Theatre, which is now known as the Coolum Theatre Players, and boasts George and Pauline Holehouse as very proud life members. Pauline’s love of theatre started when she was a young girl and would queue for hours to gain “a seat in the gods” at the local repertory theatre.

“I would sit spellbound throughout all their wonderful productions,” she said

“I sang in the chorus of the Nottingham Operatic Society for a while then love came along and put my theatre life on hold for a few years.”

While Pauline was heavily involved in directing and performing, George enjoyed a lower profile, backstage out of the limelight.

He was also the popular caretaker of the Coolum Civic Centre for 14 years, retiring in 2006.

The couple don’t hesitate when asked to name their favourite theatre memories.

“Our most memorable experience was being chosen to take part in the combined theatre groups’ production of Les Miserables, a truly wonderful production,” Pauline said.

“I cannot explain how we felt being part of this talented cast.

“This was followed with 42nd Street, where I had to tap dance for the first time for many years.”

“These productions have been the two highlights of our theatre life.

“We shall never forget them.”

And Coolum will never forget George and Pauline.


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