As at 19th May 2015…5pm

OLIVER-Landon Broadley
FAGIN-Graeme Speed
NANCY-Jaime Sheehan (Assistant Choreographer)
BET-Sarah Shanahan
SYKES-Dylan Wheeler
MR BUMBLE-Rod Ramsay
NOAH-Sebastian Gallagher
WIDOW CORNEY-Judith Brazenor
CHARLOTTE-Peta Grobler
MRS BEDWIN-Jane Curran
OLD SALLY-Diana Mason

Oliver Payne
Reuben Adlington
Lachlan Saul
Xion Jarvis
Will Simmonds
Harry Green
Keani Smith

Alaska Jarvis
Ayala Eden
Belana Broadley
Cassie Eady
Lirra Eady
Ella Peart
Sylvie Peart
Lola Saul
Gina Puglisi
Sophie Brazenor
Maiya Stotter
Elli Dillaway
Hanna Waters
Emily Kay
Chelsea Joynson
Mia Smith

Callum Allsop
Josh Green
Jordan Stotter (knife grinder)
Lachlan McGeary
Sebastian Gallagher (Noah)
Greg Crane
Mike Ball
John Hannaford
Trevor Stone

Jane Curran
Angelina Marchant
Diana Mason
Cathy Puglisi
Carley Tanner
Jacinta Hunter
Sheena Felton
Jennifer Briguglio
Iesha Williams
Peta Grobler
Belinda Toth

OLIVER Auditions



Date: Sunday 22nd March

Time: 10am to 5pm

Where: Ballina Players Theatre 24 Swift St Ballina

Contact: Clem Halpin at  clemshellyhalpin@gmail.com

To see a list of characters click here

Show Dates: JUNE 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, JULY 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Rehearsals: Mondays & Thursdays (early evenings for children)

What’s New!!

  • AGM Feb 17th 7pm at the Theatre
  • Alice In Wonderland 7 shows nearly SOLD OUT!
  • It’s A Wonderful Life rehearsals start in earnest
  • Preparations for OLIVER start as Clem Halpin appointed Director
  • New Committee to look at major refurbishment in some areas: upstairs area over new kitchen, disabled toilet, new kitchen area
  • Advertising to go at Council Operated venues around the CBD for “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Marie WINS major award at Theatre Awards

As some of you may know, our own MARIE CALDWELL was the winner of The Platinum Palm Award at the Gold Coast Theatre Awards on Tuesday 16th December at the Gold Coast Arts Centre

Kate PETERS (Convenor and announcer of the award) praised Marie for her commitment to being Ballina Players Pianist for 41 years. In her emotional speech, Marie said that Ballina Players was her family.

Sharing the award with Marie was a lady from Spotlight who has worked Front Of House for many years.

Unsuccessful on the night were Mary Richards (Director, Cash On Delivery), Geoff Marsh (Lighting..SUPA North, Downtown) and Mike.Sheehan (Leading Actor, Cash On Delivery)

Marie was surprised totally, even when Kate started talking about a company outside the Gold Coast region, being a long-term rehearsal pianist, playing musicals for 41 years, and only became aware when Kate mentioned Ballina Players!

Congratulations to a wonderful woman, a Life Member, and a great friend to all Ballina Players members.

If you would like to see video of Marie at the awards, click the following links to YouTube.

In the first, Marie has no idea that she is to receive the award, and is totally surprised.

In this 2nd video, Marie accepts the award and makes a speech.

CAST – It’s A Wonderful Life


Dylan WHEELER– George Bailey, Young George Bailey

Jaime SHEEHAN – Clarence

Liz Van Eck – Mary Hatch Bailey

Tim ROBERTS – Announcer, Uncle Billy, Toll-Taker

Ian McCAUSLAND – Superintendent, Carter

Bill GRAHAM – Mr Potter, Officer Bert, Eddy

Diana MASON – Ernie, Dr Campbell, Martini, Charlie, Janie

Geoff MARSH – Pop Bailey, Mr Welch

Ben BROWN – Sam Wainwright, Harry Bailey, Nick, Sheriff

Liz DARGIN (Cal McDonald on 15th March)- Violet Bick, Mrs Hatch, Mrs Davis

Fran LEGGE – Ma Bailey, Cousin Tilly, Bank Teller, Impatient Neighbour, Mrs Thompson

Mike BALL – Mr Gower

Jo FLETCHER – Eustace, Peter Bailey, Randy, Zuzu


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JC Superstar opens Fri Oct 24

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Classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has always sparked debate over its interpretation of the gospels, and the latest Phoenix Ensemble production is set to cause an even greater stir when it opens at Beenleigh’s Pavilion Theatre.

Traditionally, the musical is loosely based on the gospels’ account of the last week of Jesus’ life, highlighting political and personal struggles that are not in accepted biblical narratives.

Director Morgan Garrity, who last year brought us Phoenix Ensemble’s production of Reefer Madness, is going one step further by delivering a version based on the Gospel of Barnabas – itself a controversial and much-debated text.

‘This gospel is largely untold in general, and only recently available to the wider public,’ Morgan says.

‘Is it controversial? Yes, definitely, but I’m hoping people will appreciate the fresh take on the old classic.’

She said her 17-strong cast was fully committed to the production’s non-traditional approach.

‘I haven’t seen this level of joy in a cast for a long time. The cohesion among the group is outstanding which of course makes for an amazing on-stage presence.’

Pictured are Adam Bartlett (Jesus), Ashley Jarman (Mary) and Frog Johnson (Judas)

Season: 24, 25, 31 October & 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 November

Book tickets here

Jesus – Adam Bartlett
Judas – Frog Johnson
Mary – Ashley Jarman
Pilate – Michael Skelton
Ciaphis – Doug Rumble
Annas – Carly Quinn
Peta (Peter) – Tyjana Wormleaton
Simon – Lachlan Dalby
Herod – Eva Bartlett
John – Darcy Morris
Jane (James) – Kate Davis
Drew (Andrew) – Ranni McQuade
Phillipa (Phillip) – Aliyah Booth
Thomas – Simon Ah-Him
Mattea (Matthew) – Sabrina Mariott
Jane (James the less) – Nicola Crawford
Barnabas – Pete Keavy

Alice In Wonderland CAST

Cheshire Cat 1——-Georgia Wise

Cheshire Cat 2——-Tifhany McGeary
Cheshire Cat 3——-Hannah Stock
Mathilda————–Ellie Braybrook
Alice——————-Jamaika Smith
Tall Alice————–Lainey Baldwin
Small Alice————Lirra Eady
White Rabbit———-Rebekah Johnson
Doorknob————–Wil Simmons
Dodo Bird————–Lily Trims
Rock Lobster———–Sebastian Trims
Tweedle Dee———–Jade Rushwood
Tweedle Dum———Kairo Byrne
Rose——————–Audrey Campisi-Ross
Petunia—————-Brehahn Tulloch
Lily———————Emily Cook
Violet——————Samantha Miller-Smylie
Daisy——————-Chelsea Joyson
Caterpillar————-Lachlan McGeary
Mad Hatter————Sebastian Gallagher
March Hare———–Dani Reeks
Queen Of Hearts——Kate Bye
King Of Hearts——–Sylvan Feeney

Helena Barton
Lauren Boyce
Jordan Dobrich-Jones
Christie Howarth
Bryce King
Brahmani Manning
Xanthe McDonald
Rhiannon Murphy
Hannah Murray
Grace Pateman
Gina Puglisi
Bieka Radovak
Raelan Radovac
Hannelle Rodovac
Bella Russell
Jacinta Russell
Ciaro Saxon
Charlotte Shepherd
Carmen Stock
Carley Tanner
Mikayla Tierney
Amelia Trims
Hanna Waters




The Addams Family auditions


Sunday 26 October 2014

Pavilion Theatre, James St, Beenleigh

Season: 13 February – 14 March 2015

Director – Morgan Garrity
Musical Director – Julie Whiting
Choreographer – Laura Baker

Roles available

GOMEZ ADDAMS: A man of Spanish descent who takes great pride in his family and revels in all it means to be an ‘Addams’. Smart, comedic actor with tenor vocals.
MORTICIA ADDAMS: Attractive, leggy, the strength of the family. An easy comedic actress with a sexy, dry wit. A strong dancer/mover with alto/mezzo soprano vocals.
UNCLE FESTER: The androgynous family member who serves as the musicals narrator. He is larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence. A vaudeville style comedian with tenor vocals.
WEDNESDAY ADDAMS: Wednesday is an attractive girl who has the same dry wit and sensibility of her mother. She finds love with a ‘normal’ boy (Lucas) and wants to introduce his family to hers. Strong pop belt vocals.
GRANDMA: She is a feisty 102 year old woman. Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma. Comedic actress with strong character vocals.
PUGSLEY ADDAMS: Male actor who plays 12 years old. A charming, funny, husky boy who loves being tortured by his sister. He wants to ensure he won’t lose his sister to her new boyfriend so he takes matters into his own hands. Strong, high vocals. Voice not yet changed.
LURCH: A very tall male character, the Addams butler who knows all. He speaks in moans and groans without becoming a cartoon version of himself. His movement is always very slow. Character actor with a low bass vocals to Eb.
MAL BEINEKE: Stuffy father of 19 year old Lucas and exasperated husband to his rhyming wife, Alice. At one time was a follower of The Grateful Dead but has lost that side of himself. Always looking out for his family. Male actor with high baritone/ tenor vocals.
ALICE BEINEKE: Mother of Lucas, devoted to her family so she puts aside her own desires. Quirky female who often speaks in rhyme. While at the Addams family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her truth. Comedic actress with soprano/belt vocals.
LUCAS BEINEKE: Attractive, in shape young man. Fell in love with Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her. Experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love and struggles with the differences between his family and the Addams family. Contemporary pop tenor vocals.
THE ANCESTORS: Male and female ensemble singer/dancers. Trained dancers who sing and have a fun, quirky sensibility. All ensemble members will understudy principal roles. Knowledge of tango and flamenco dancing a plus.


Will be held between the 2 November and the 13 February, with a break between 21 December and 4 January.

Please email Addams.phoenix@hotmail.com to book a time and receive full audition information.

Further information regarding dance and singing requirements available here


On Thursday 18th September and Friday 19th September, 4 of the local High Schools had their Presentation Ceremonies for Year 12.

Ballina Players has, for  6 or 7 years now, sponsored an award for the top Drama student in Year 12.

ALSTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: Suzannah Scott with Graeme Speed

Alst Suzannah Scott with Graeme



EMMANUAL CATHOLIC COLLEGE: Tahlia Fell with Lyn Gale. Tahlia has appeared in Ballina Players shows, first appearing as young Cossette in Les Miserables (2006)

Emmanual Lyn Gale & Talia Fell


SOUTHERN CROSS Hugh School: Gabe Francis with James Webb

Southern Cross James & Gabe Francis


XAVIER CATHOLIC COLLEGE: Hannah Flannery with Mike Sheehan. Hannah has appeared in Ballina Players Shows, originally in “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” (2013)

Xavier Mike & Hannah Flannery