For Pete's Sake
Hi everyone and welcome to June. Winter has well and truly settled in, the opening of the snow season is just around the corner, and it feels like the snow season could be opening over Williamstown!
Thank you to everyone who braved a cold Melbourne Sunday to attend the Open Rehearsal for IISDBIW. I really enjoyed the bits of the rehearsal I saw. Ellis certainly has his talented cast firing on all cylinders.
I love the fact that this is an amateur premiere. No other company has been able to share this story with its audience, no other actors have been given the chance to create this beautifully drawn family, and this gives the actors and directors wonderful scope and flexibility. They get to determine how these people will be portrayed into the future, they are the production to which future productions of this play will be compared. How cool is that!!
I have the opposite situation happening at the moment. Many of you will know that I’m directing Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Peridot Theatre Company over in Mt Waverley. Being better known as a film than a stage play, people will already have expectations of these characters based on the decisions made a long time ago by Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Malkovich et al along with the director Stephen Frears. My challenge is to what degree do we try and emulate what people already expect? Or do we give a completely different account of these people and their story?
Earlier in the year, I saw a delightful production over at Brighton Theatre of a play called Bette and Joan. It starred two great friends of WLT – Julie Arnold and Marianne Collopy – and was directed by the lovely Alan Burrows. The play traces the relationship (or lack thereof) between two Hollywood deities, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. In committing to tell this story the cast and director would have needed to make a decision as to how much of the show would be impersonation and how much would be interpretation.
The audience will have certain expectations in well known pieces or in pieces about well known people. The quandary for those involved is to determine whether to meet those expectations or to offer something new and different. Maybe a bit of both. What do you think? Where would you draw the line?
Ellis, Shirley, Sass and Ros we can’t wait to see what you create for us. We have no preconceived ideas about what you’re bringing us. But we know you’ll set an impossibly high bar for future productions to aim for.
See you in the foyer.
Front of House Heroes
We salute our wonderful Front of House team who volunteered through the run of The Nance, our last production. Their dedication and commitment to our patrons is greatly appreciated.
Jane Harris Ray Hare
James Rodrigo Linda Smart
Lizzie Buckley Robert Harsley
Marise de Quadros Bernadette Wheatley
Margaret Hammon Jo Jansen
Sarah Berry Mark Riley
Marjorie Munn Neil Williamson
Kay Hambling Ann Chadwick
Sandra Fitzpatrick Jane Harris
Shirley Sydenham Julie Rees
Oleh Kowalyk Ross Dufty
Evelyn Robertson Barbara Hughes
Not a lot of Anniversary activity since our May edition of Cues & News apart from the planning for our Gala Dinner on Saturday 20 August - see ad that follows. We're also assembling the prizes for the Gala Raffle, on sale from our next production, 30 June onwards - more details below. We have more material scanned from the Archives and some of this will be published via Facebook, Instagram and our website in the coming weeks.
We are delighted with the bookings coming in for the Gala Dinner. Be sure you don't miss out though. Don't dilly dally and get your booking email off to Adrienne Williamson (click here) as soon as you can. You can book in a group, or as a couple, or as an individual. All combinations welcome.
Members & Friends
Not a lot of news this month with seemingly everyone hunkered down for the winter, except of course the travelling WLTsters.
returned rather quickly from her amazing 'pack everything into this holiday' in the US. Too quickly for some of us who had been enjoying her engrossing Facebook postings and photos. Here's Barb with Tim Minchin
and friend and former WLT President, Celia Meehan,
at a chance meeting in New York. Barb has a penchant for meeting celebrities.
Meantime, Judi Clark is still overseas now in the UK after 'doing' Canada amazingly. Looks like Judi was keeping her hand in at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto where she saw an Elvis Presley concert called Return to Grace with actor Steve Michaels who has toured Australia.
As with Barb those of us who get to see her Facebook postings are living the dream with her!
is also back from both Canada and a New York stint where she caught some Broadway shows. She is pictured above, horse drawn, with friend and Australian actor Elspeth Ballantyne
in New York.
Bali was the other international location to feature for some WLTsters. Birthday boys Peter Newling
and George Tranter
both celebrated their anniversaries while on the island paradise. Happy birthday to both of them of course. Partners Alex Almond
and Paula McDonald
were both on hand to celebrate too and here's a happy snap at what looks like a temple and we couldn't resist showing you Pete's carved Water Melon.
Cues & News
Editor Frank Page
is just back from his week in Bali travelling with Daylesford friends. He's wondering if Alex and Paula considered taking advantage of this Ubud establishment - Husband Day Care! Frank attended the final day of the Ubud Food Festival which was fantastic. The solo shot is taken at Sari Organik, a wonderful café in the middle of Ubud's rice paddies. After a great break Frank is now noticing the contrast with a full-on Daylesford winter! Frank is also psyching himself up for a significant birthday in ten days' time when he will be escaping with Ellis down to Hobart.