For Pete's Sake
As we speak, I’m actually sitting at the auditions for our fifth production of the year – the hilarious London Suite, directed by Gaetano Santo. No, I’m not typing whilst watching auditionees – I’m doing the meet and greet thing in the foyer, and so I’m typing in between welcomings. Of course, sitting in the foyer, I’m surrounded by the paraphernalia that has been assembled for the 70th anniversary celebrations.
I love looking at the list of plays WLT has done over the years, which hangs in the foyer. It brings back wonderful memories of productions past. Looking at that list today, one important thought has stood out to me…….. This time, ten years ago, I was also here overseeing an audition process – auditioning my production of 'Allo 'Allo – which was our fifth production for 2006.
Goodness, 10 years goes quickly these days. It really doesn’t seem THAT long ago. I have such lovely memories of that production that they all seem really clear – and recent!
(Editors Note: Although Peter directed 'Allo'Allo on some nights he made a cameo appearance as one of the airmen. Here he is getting ready for one such appearance.)
It’s lovely that so many people who were part of that production are still strutting their stuff at WLT and in the wider theatre world. The mercurial Ellis Ebell is still acting and directing here. Ray Hare is still an essential part of our set construction and front of house teams. Oleh Kowalyk still graces the front of house roster. Janine Evans, Steve Shinkfield and Melanie Rowe are still regulars on our stage. Chris Baldock directed for us earlier in the year. Some of the others have moved interstate or overseas, some have reduced their stage work due to family circumstances. Some just haven’t made it back yet. All of them are still in touch. Surely it can’t be a decade ago.
Of course, none of us has changed a bit…..
I’ve been loving the snap-shots of past productions that have been turning up on our Facebook page and in this esteemed publication. Each show has such wonderful memories attached for those involved, and those who saw the production. If you haven’t logged onto the history page of our website - www.wlt.org.au/history - it’s well worth a look!
Don’t forget that the last of our three salutes to WLT’s first 70 years, covering the years 1990 to the present – is happening on Sunday 25 September - details elsewhere. Come down and reminisce. I’m guessing I might even run into some of my 'Allo'Allo cast!
In the meantime, enjoy spring – and enjoy Sitting Pretty!!
See you in the foyer.
Members & Friends cont.
Speaking of Roger Forsey, he and wife Wendy are currently exploring Scandinavia. Roger has sent us back several exciting travellers tales. One from Oslo involves the Opera House
and an intrepid wheel chair rider; "...young, black African in a foreign country and trapped in a wheel chair." Compelling reading and we thank Roger for sharing this story - CLICK HERE to read what Roger entitled The Ride of the Valkyries in Oslo. Roger and Wendy always manage to have adventures when they travel. If you don't believe us read their other story Climbing Mount Rundemanen - CLICK HERE. Both articles are found on our website with thanks to Shirley Sydenham.
If you find any punctuation errors in today's edition please forgive us. One of our proofers and the punctuation expert, Tony Tartaro is currently touring Viet Nam. Wishing him a great holiday and safe return and trusting he will cross roads safely with all those motorbikes.