April 30th, 2013
Performance Dates – 13th September to 28th September
Audition date – Monday 1st July 2014 at the theatre at 7pm
Audition Bookings – Judee (Production Manager) 6681 1505
Cast – 10 women (ages 25-70), Men (ages 20-45)
Synopsis – When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members, Cora, Celia, Ruth and Jessie, to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of the new-found fame.
April 9th, 2013
SOUND OF MUSIC CAST as at 26-4-13
Maria:……………………. Lilli Lowry
Mother Abbess: ……. Amanda Isaac
Captain Von Trapp:…Mike Sheehan
Rolf: ……………………..Liam Visman
Elsa Schraeder:………Veronica Lovejoy
Max Detweiler:……….Rod Ramsay
Frau Schmidt:………… Jane Curran
Sister Margaretta:…..Ann Staughton
Sister Berthe: ………….Liz Van Eck
Sister Sophia:…………..Emily Williams
Baron Elberfeld:……….Mike Ball
Baronness Elberfeld: ……..Diana Mason
Herr Zeller: …….Peter Harding
Frau Zeller: ……….Iesha Williams
Admiral Von Schreiber:…….Allen Ennew
NUNS- Fiona BLACK, Pippa CRANE, Liz DARGIN, Joanna FLETCHER, Diana MASON, Del McALLISTER, Ava MOMTAZIAN, Cathy PUGLISI, Wendy SAVILLE, Joy SCHEEREN, Jennifer SHELDON, Nikki TREANOR, Belinda TOTH, Iesha WILLIAMS
POSTULANTS- Erin BAKER, Jenny BRIGUGLIO, Vanessa CRANE, Taylor DALEY
Friedrich – Brad Somerville
Louisa– Audrey Campisi-Ross
Kurt – Jackson McMaster
Brigitta – Jamaika Smith
Marta – Jessica Chate
Gretl – Sylvie Peart
Friedrich – Joe Brookes
Louisa – Grace Tetley
Kurt – Sam Green
Brigitta – Laren Bigg
Marta – Hannah Murray
Gretl – Alaska Jarvis
March 26th, 2013
Opportunity for Ballina Players Members
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: BALLINA'S 2nd SINGING MASTER CLASS
A most successful 1st Master Class was held last year so I am pleased to announce that at 6pm on Monday 15th April (the day before the workshop) a 2nd singing “Master Class” is planned be held at Ballina Players Theatre.
A selected number of singers will be invited to attend a live singing lesson
on stage whereby they perform individually and are critiqued in front of an audience.
This is an opportunity for both the singers and the audience to learn in an entertaining live session.
Nathan Butler, a highly
qualified and professional performer and successful singing teacher from the Central Coast will be conducting the Master Class (and he will be the the Singing Teacher at the FunSing workshop).
The singing lesson/performance fee/MasterClass is $70 (cost of a singing lesson) while the cost to be in the audience is $20 for adults and $10 for students.
Please book tickets by calling Kim Hernage 66811149, 0413 128 750
If your child is interested in singing individually on stage at the MasterClass let me know and I will call you to explain how it all works.
Please note that performing on stage is restricted to eight, 14 to 25
year olds but younger children can be a part of the audience.
March 26th, 2013
Where: Ballina Players Theatre
When: 2pm on Sat 27th April, Sun 28th April
“>Cost: Gold Coin (All proceeds to Legacy)
Synopsis: A 2-Act concert celebrating songs of the 2 World Wars, both English and American, with a couple of French & German as well.
Director: Paul Belsham
Cast: Mike SHEEHAN, James WEBB, Rod RAMSAY, Paul FARRELL, Lynn GOUGH, Di ENNEW, Narelle HAYTER, Kim HERNAGE, Jaime WHITTINGHAM
True Blue Queensland Canecutters come to Ballina
Legendary ‘larger-than-life’ 1950’s Queensland canecutters Roo Webber and Barney Ibbot will descend on Ballina in March as part of the Ballina Players production of the renowned Australian classic play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
For sixteen summers they have spent their long layoff between seasons in Melbourne with barmaids Olive and Nancy. One of their many traditions is that each year Roo brings Olive a kewpie doll on a stick. In the summer of the seventeenth doll things have changed and all must face up to some truths.
The two Aussie canecutters Roo and Barney will be played by well known local theatre identities Carl Moore and Graeme Speed.
Ballina audiences will remember Carl as the lawyer Henry Drummond in Inheri
t the Wind and, more recently, his award nominated performance as Hipockets Duncan in The Buddy Holly Story. Carl has an extensive theatre background.
Graeme’s stage career began in Perth during the 70’s and he has appeared in numerous stage musicals including Chicago, Guys and Dolls and Shout. Although musicals are his declared passion, he is excited to be playing the role of Barney in The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
The play has a special relevance for Ballina audiences as the sugar industry and especially canecutting are an important part of the colourful history of the Richmond valley.
The Doll will be directed by David Addenbrooke (Inherit the Wind, 2009 and The Importance of Being Earnest, 2011) with set design by Eddie Richards. The season opens with a gala premiere on Friday March 8th and continues until March 22 at the Ballina Players Theatre in Swift Street. Book at Just Funkin Music, telephone 66 862440.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC – AUDITION INFORMATION
(Show Dates are below)
PLEASE PHONE LYNN GOUGH TO BOOK AN AUDITION TIME
0409 031 641
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE 2 SEPARATE SESSIONS FOR AUDITIONS
PRINCIPALS – FRIDAY 5 APRIL 7PM-10PM & SATURDAY 6 APRIL 10AM-3PM
Maria, Mother Abbess, Sister Berthe, Sister Margaretta, Sister Sophia, Captain Von Trapp, Franz the Butler, Frau Schmidt, Liesl (aged 16), Rolf, (aged 17), Elsa Schraeder, Max Detweiler plus neighbours of the Von Trapps and nuns
PRINCIPALS PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SING THE SONG AS INDICATED:
MARIA – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
MOTHER ABBESS – CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN
SISTERS BERTHE, MARGARETTA, SOPHIA – HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA
CAPTAIN VON TRAPP – EDELWEISS
LIESL AND ROLF – SIXTEEN GOING ON SEVENTEEN
ELSA AND MAX – HOW CAN LOVE SURVIVE.
AUDITION PACKS CONTAINING SONGS AND DIALOGUE FOR AUDITION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT JUST FUNKIN’ MUSIC, RIVER STREET BALLINA FROM 4 MARCH.
TO BE COLLECTED IN PERSON, PLEASE
CHILDREN – SATURDAY 20 APRIL 10AM-3PM
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SING: – MY FAVOURITE THINGS
VON TRAPP CHILDREN :
FRIEDRICH – AGED 14, LOUISA – AGED 13, KURT – AGED 10, BRIGITTA – AGED 9, MARTA – AGED 7, GRETL, THE YOUNGEST – AGED 5-6
PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE 2 FAMILY GROUPS OF CHILDREN WHO WILL REMAIN IN THAT GROUP TO DEVELOP A STRONG BOND . EACH GROUP WILL BE PERFORMING ON ALTERNATIVE NIGHTS. TO MAINTAIN THIS BOND, CHILDREN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SWAP BETWEEN FAMILY GROUPS ACCORDING TO OUTSIDE COMMITMENTS. ON AUDITION DAY, PLEASE INDICATE WHICH GROUP YOUR CHILD WILL BE AUDITIONING FOR ACCORDING TO YOUR PERSONAL COMMITMENTS.
PERFORMANCE DATES FOR EACH CHILDREN’S GROUP:
GROUP A – JUNE FRI 14 – OPENING NIGHT, SUN 16(MATINEE), THURS 20, SAT 22, WED 26, FRI 28, SUN 30 (MATINEE), JULY THURS 4, SAT 6 (MATINEE) (AS WELL, BE AVAILABLE TO TAKE PART IN BOWS ON SATURDAY 6 NIGHT PERFORMANCE IF POSSIBLE)
GROUP B – JUNE SAT 15, WED 19, FRI 21, SUN (MATINEE) 23, THURS 27, SAT 29, JULY WED 3, FRI 5, SAT 6 EVENING PERFORMANCE – CLOSING NIGHT
On Tuesday night, 4th December, Ballina Players received the PLATINUM PALM AWARD at the Gold Coast Theatre Awards at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. This award was for the best Theatrical company in the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance, in terms of all facets of Community Theatre…ie Front Of House, meet-and-greet (well done Malcolm and team), ambience, comfort, and consistent quality performances over the entire year 2012
This was the last award of the night and is left to that time because of its prestige.
Our President, Warwick, accepted the award on behalf of Ballina Players and made an excellent spur-of-the-moment speech, which echoed the feelings of the members who were there on the night…there were tears, hugs and lots of emotion. Congratulations to us!!
Also winning an award was Joy Miller for her role in The Mousetrap, in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a play…this was accepted by the directors Allen & Di Ennew.
While many missed out on winning, we were comforted by the fact that many people repeated the mantra “it’s an honour to be nominated”. A great time was had by the 20 members present. The entertainment, provided by samples from other companies’ performances, was eye-opening, and we are amongst quality amateur theatre…but we hold our own.
Well done Ballina Players!
OLIVE – Natasha Kilby
PEARL – Christianne Hopley
EMMA – Mary Richards
BUBBA – Clare Mason
JOHNNY – Chris Crane
ROO – Carl Moore
BARNEY – Graeme Speed
Ballina Players has been nominated for 2 shows in the 2012 season: Mousetrap & Buddy
ALLAN ENNEW- Best Director of a play
JOY MILLER- Best female supporting actor in a play
PAUL BELSHAM- Best Technical Achievement (Non-lighting or sound) in a play
MIKE SHEEHAN- Best male supporting actor in a play
PETE HARDING- Best male leading actor in a play
CARL MOORE- Best male supporting actor in a musical
GEOFF MARSH- Best technical achievement in a musical, Lights
BRITTANY PHOLI – The Jock and Beverly McIlwain Special Encouragement Award