Sweet Road Open Rehearsal -          Sunday 17 January 3.30pm
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Dear <<First Name>>,

Another big year at WLT is quickly drawing to a close and what a year it has been. To reprise the year and recall all the highlights you need go no further than read our reports on both our in-house awards, announced on Sunday at Cordell Day, and those of the Victorian Drama League, announced one week earlier.

Our very successful year has been honoured and thoroughly recognised. Congratulations and thank you to the countless dedicated and hard working people who have created all these productions for our enjoyment. A big shout out to Brett Turner and his team from Visiting Mr Green for their success at the VDL Awards.

With only a few days to Christmas, we're all shifting our focus to that event and with satisfaction that we've had a great year. As we say above, our Christmas greetings go to you all.

Hard to believe that here at WLT we will be marking our 70th anniversary, throughout 2016 - it only seems like yesterday when we were doing this for our 60th! The extraordinarily talented Janine Evans has created this wonderful WLT logo to be used throughout 2016. As the sapphire represents a 70th anniversary Janine has placed our own familiar logo on a sapphire. You will have seen this on the 2016 Playbill and posters, and it will appear regularly throughout next year. Look out for details of the various activities being planned to mark this important milestone.

One feature of the year is that each of the five directors has directed at WLT in the past, with the first being Peter Newling directing Sweet Road by Debra Oswald. Details of this production appear in this edition of Cues & News.

Click on any of the links below to go straight to the article of your choice.

They're on the road...

...Sweet Road by Debra Oswald that is.

Debra Oswald
After director Peter Newling's announcement of his great cast and production team for our first 2016 play it all started happening.

The first reading of this play took place on 29 November. Some of the production team were on hand too. Costumier Jayde Hollingworth was measuring up the cast for their costumes. Our Props man, Rob Edwards was also there and he took these first cast photos and thanks to him for that.

If you've not seen the cast and production details on either Facebook or our website here are the details.

Jo:                           Sarah Milway
Michael:                  Div Collins
Frank:                     Ellis Ebell
Carla:                      Stephanie Gonelli
Andy:                      Travis Handcock
Yasmin:                  Stephanie Morrell
Curtis/Mechanic:    Gilbert Gauci
Policewoman:         Rosalin Shafik-Eid
Production Coordinator:    Shirley Sydenham
Stage Manager:                Liz Buckley
Set Design:                       David Dare
Lighting Design:                Craig Pearcey
Sound Design:                  Neil Williamson
Costume Design:              Jayde Hollingsworth
Lighting/Sound Operator: Kay Hambling
Props & Set Dressing:      Rob Edwards

Back L-R: Peter Newling (director), Div Collins (Michael), Sarah Milway (Jo), Rosalin Shafik-Eid (Policewoman), Gilbert Gauci (Curtis/mechanic)
Front L-R: Travis Handcock (Andy), Stephanie Morrell (Yasmin), Ellis Ebell  (Frank)

Missing from the first read through was Stephanie Gonelli (Carla), with some random images of the cast below.


Review -
Over the River and Through the Woods


Williamstown Little Theatre
Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro 
Directed by Helen Ellis
Performance: Friday 20 November 2015 (Opening week)
Reviewer:Jennifer Paragreen

Over the River and Through the Woods is a delightful play by Joe DiPietro who first came to notice back in 1996 with the book and lyrics for the off-Broadway revue, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.  His Broadway debut came in 2005 with the script for All Shook Up and he has since created multi-award-winning books for Memphis and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Over the River and Through the Woods first appeared off-Broadway in 1998 where it enjoyed a two year run. It has since become very popular on the community theatre circuit and Williamstown Little Theatre’s excellent staging of it amply demonstrates the play’s appeal.

Set in Hoboken, New Jersey, the birthplace of Frank Sinatra and home to many Italian immigrants and also a strong Irish contingent, Over the River and Through the Woods tells the tale of 29 year old Nick Cristano whose parents have retired to Florida leaving him to the tender mercies of two sets of loving Italian-American grandparents who turn on a family dinner for him every Sunday, as they have done for the past 29 years.

The catalyst for the action is that Nick has been offered a promotion entailing relocation to Seattle - and out of their lives - so the grandparents immediately set about finding inducements to make him stay.

Director, Helen Ellis, created a beautifully paced and engaging production which did justice to both the hilarity and the quiet drama of the situation with a skilled cast well able to explore and expose the humour, heart and soul of the script. 

Joe DiPietro supposedly wrote Over the River . . . as an affectionate tribute to his own Italian-American grandparents and it is immersed in the value Italian immigrants place on "Tengo Famiglia" and what Nick lists as the three Fs - Family, Faith and Food. 

The play began with Dean Martin’s vocals establishing an aural context and Rowan Howard, as a relaxed and likeable Nick, bemusedly taking us into his confidence about his grandparents’ foibles. Rowan created a nice mix of bewilderment and resignation represented by Nick’s rhetorical question, "How could I come from these people?" 

The combination of love and exasperation in his feeling for them was clearly evident and had us, for the most part, firmly on his side though there was a telling reaction to the line, “there’s nothing to keep me here”, from the audience as well as the grandparents. 

His grandparents in combination were loud and exuberant, each couple bound with a rapport that comes with the familiarity of a long marriage and the quartet linked by strong bonds of friendship, shared values and heritage.

The grandmothers, played by Sandy Green and Carol Shelbourn, are a formidable pair each of them alternating between loving concern for Nick and blatant manipulation. 

Aida believes that every problem can be assuaged with food and lovingly cooks with this in mind. Sandy played her with lots of bustle and efficiency timing impeccably the requests to eat as a defence against the possibility of anything she doesn’t want to hear. Eye contact spoke volumes especially between her and her husband.

Paternal grandmother, Emma, is the loudest and least subtle of the lot. Carol made her enthusiastic and entertaining as she personified the faith aspect of Italian values with the Mass cards whipped out for every wish she hopes for Nick. Her enjoyment of senior citizens bus trips and bit of a gamble was clear and her ruthless cunning exposed with her matchmaking and telling delivered lines like "I want to see you married before I'm dead."

The grandfathers, as performed by Richard Pannell and Robert Harsley, really brought the soul and passion to the peace. Each utterly devoted to his wife and indeed his entire family.

Richard made the tale of how Frank finally came to understand his own father movingly compelling and the little cuddle with his wife afterwards was charming.

Robert‘s characterisation of Nunzio was initially far quieter than his flamboyant wife but his facial expressions conveyed emotional detail. Later, when he realised that he held the trump card which might make Nick stay, the decision to withhold it was quite heartbreaking. 

All four of his grandparents place the ultimate priority on family and see paid work as merely a means of providing for the family whereas the younger generation, personified by Nick, considers a career as an end in itself.

When his grandparents set up a blind date with a good Catholic girl, albeit Irish, we have sufficient understanding of Nick’s situation to accept the shouting which so appalls her.

Francesca Bianchi provided a physically attractive and polite Caitlin with qualities well suited to the grandparents’ task but also principled and discerning.

Some of the liveliest scenes involved huge amounts of physical interaction and immaculate timing to enhance the emotional context. The Trivial Pursuit game was absolutely hilarious and the “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” sequence with Frank providing ukulele accompaniment was a contagious delight. 

George Tranter’s design for the living room of Nick’s maternal grandparents was most impressive, particularly as complemented by excellent set dressing.  Tucking the all important dining room table in the back corner near the kitchen worked well for functionality and also freeing space for other social activities. The front porch was nicely situated and a tree draped with lights added balance to what would otherwise have been a black hole to the audience’s left. 

The set décor hit the mark with heavy red or gold wallpaper, family photos galore, an ornate gold and bone brocade lounge suite and cabinets filled with porcelain figurines each carefully positioned on a doily.  It was all very reminiscent of the home of the Italian girl next door when I was young, except that they also had antimacassars.

At various stages characters broke the fourth wall to present the audience with their interpretation of events. Each occasion was seamlessly introduced with lighting which hit the spot precisely in terms of time, location and intensity.

Also impressive was the amazing array of food emerging from the kitchen supposedly under the ministrations of grandma Aida and the Italian red white and green colour scheme for the poster and programme.

WLT’s charming staging of Over the River and Through the Woods proved to be heartwarming entertainment with emotional impact bringing tears of joy and laughter to its audience. 

With Christmas in the wings its emphasis on family values was prescient and the quality of every aspect of the production should send audiences scurrying to book tickets for next year’s theatrical treats.

Jennifer Paragreen

Director Helen transcends generations


We asked Helen Ellis to give us some thoughts on her experience with her third production at WLT.

It’s a long drive from Croydon to Williamstown. That is a fact and it can feel even longer at the end of a big day. However, the joy of directing Over The River and Through The Woods kind of snuck up on me and the drive didn’t seem so bad. 

I love theatre and I pretty much live and breathe it and over the years I have finished one play and moved onto the next without the blues setting in but occasionally a production really resonates , sometimes when you least expect it.

Damian Coffey and I chose Over the River and Through the Woods because we just couldn’t come up with a play that we thought was right (we rejected at least 50 between us). I had seen the play a number of times and thought it was sweet and suggested it in an off hand sort of way and Damian said yes. I immediately thought, "Ooh dear, do I really want to direct this?" And if I am being completely honest, I even considered withdrawing because it wasn’t one of my first choices or even one of my top ten choices. But I had given my word so I thought “Suck it up and do your best”. So I got on that freeway and lo and behold …..Tengo Famiglia.

I knew there was something that I could bring to the play that I felt had been missing when I had seen it before.  Noise! There are so many hints in this play about what it should be “the loudest people I had ever met”; “I would never describe these people as relaxing”; “We’re not loud, we’re passionate” and “Who’s hungry”? Heart and Soul and Love and the sort of frustration that only family can create and ultimately the cacophony created by putting all of those things together. 

How lucky was I that the cast and crew we put together would be everything  we needed and more. But the beauty of this production is that they, the cast and crew, have become a “Family”. 

Theatre friendships transcend the norm. We discussed this one night in the foyer after a performance of OTRATTW.  I have a photo at home from a night out with five friends. In it are 5 women from 5 different generations.  How many interests or activities bring so many different types of people together and there is no judgement, just respect and a mutual love/obsession with theatre. The Over the River and Through The Woods team had someone in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s (well he turned 80 the day after the final show) and everyone, without exception, could be found, at any given time, to be chatting comfortably with someone from a completely different generation. How amazing is that and how lucky are we? Personally, I came away with at least 7 new friends and had fun playing with some old/pre-existing ones.

I have now done three plays at Williamstown Little Theatre and each one has been a hoot. Over The River and Through the Woods will certainly hold a very special place in my heart and I have a little reminder sitting on my kitchen bench. The title says it all. 

Thank you Williamstown Little Theatre for inviting me aboard. Thank you Damian.

Helen Ellis 

The Culinary Over the River
and Through the Woods

Shirley Sydenham worked with Production Coordinator Peta Ripper  and Director Helen Ellis on props for this show. In particular Shirley took care of the food and here's what that involved!

160 pces crumbed chicken (‘veal’); 5 cakes (originally calculated as 10, but using smaller slices meant we were able to revise that number); 4 x 5kg bags frozen mixed veggies (thank you Costco!); 23 sandwiches and 114 cannoli shells. I didn’t keep tally of the quantity of custard filling - which was used every 2-3 days to fill the cannoli because the shells don’t freeze, and go soggy after about 3 days!

As often happens, the Full Dress Rehearsal performance for Over the River and Through the Woods was a charity night. On this occasion, the very active Williamstown Inner Wheel Club hosted the evening. Here are a few of the photographs they took on the night, including the actual performance! The title of this play was a bit of a mouthful and we were amused with the subject heading of the email sending us these photos - 'Over the Bridge & Into the Woods' - we knew what they meant.

2015 Theatre Awards

Victorian Drama League Awards

Williamstown Little Theatre congratulates all nominees and awardees for the 19th annual VDL Awards 2015. Indeed we celebrate the impressive range of theatre companies across Melbourne and the state and the wonderful work they do in the practice of theatre craft.

The WLT entry to the awards this year was the Jeff Baron play Visiting Mr Green directed by Brett Turner. We were delighted with the recognition VMG received through both nominations and awards, detailed in the following table. We are thrilled with our two Gold Awards. Congratulations to Barbara Hughes and Maria Haughey for winning the inaugural Props in a Comedy or Drama Award and to Brett and his VMG team for their triumph with Best Drama Production. Note that this was shared as a tie with Sunshine Community Theatre for their production of Ruben Guthrie. Our two other nominations are also detailed below and big congratulations to George Tranter and Kieran Tracey as well. At the same time congratulations to other WLT friends for their nominations and wins at the VDL Awards.
The WLT table at the VDL Awards. Standing L-R Emma Hunt & Bernadette Wheatley.  Seated L-R Brett Turner, Adrian Valenta, Stacey, Kieran Tracey, Tony Tartaro, Shirley Sydenham & Trevor Hanna. Thanks to Alex Begg for this and other photographs on the night.
Brett Turner being presented the Gold Award by Alison Knight, with the excited WLT contingent and awards & photographer Alex Begg with Bernadette Wheatley.
Thanks to Social Media and texting, once again we were able to deliver a 'live feed' from the unfolding VDL Awards ceremony via the WLT Facebook page. With lots of LIKES and Comments, it seems plenty of you were following proceedings. If you study the collage below you will see where Marianne Collopy thought we may have stopped posting! It was time for main course so no messages were being received.

A big thank you to the WLT table at the VDLs, especially to Shirley, Brett and Alex for tweets, text messages and images. Cues & News editor Frank Page was reposting all this material on the WLT Facebook page as quickly as he could. At several stages this was quite intense and exciting too. Thank you to all our Facebook audience for your interest and feedback.

This is a good time to remind you all about our WLT website which is your go-to place for all and anything you want to know about WLT. We have a NEWS tab which is regularly updated with current activity and stories. If you CLICK HERE you'll find a write-up on the VDL Awards evening, with some similar images to the ones seen here.  Check it out and don't forget the website.
While on the subject of awards, congratulations to Tony Tartaro for his Lyrebird nomination for Best Costume in a Comedy and to various other WLT friends for their nominations too.
To see all nominations
. Well done all.
The 2015 Awards will be announced on 13 February 2016.

Cordell Day 2015

In our 69th year Williamstown Little Theatre celebrates another successful year with the traditions and awards of Cordell Day. Although not quite 69, the ceremony and awards have been around for a long time. For newcomers to WLT, the following will provide context for the awards and the identities that they are named after.

The first three awards were chosen by our in-house Adjudicators; Ray Hare, Deborah Fabbro and Shane Ryan. President, Peter Newling, thanked the Adjudicators for their work in 2015. He also paid tribute to Ray Hare for his commitment to this role over recent years as he is now retiring from the panel. He announced that Ray's successor on the Adjudication Panel will be Lois Collinder.

A report on Cordell Day 2015 follows.  Peter Newling as WLT President and MC for the days proceedings introduced the WLT Adjudicators. The following are their award nominations and winners. A link to the Adjudicators presentation appears below.

WLT Committee Award
and Gifts of Appreciation

WLT President Peter Newling made the following presentations on behalf of the Committee.
Cordell Day is always exciting and interesting; the culmination of a big year of five productions, all of which were of a very high standard in 2015. The vibrancy of WLT was well and truly on show this past Sunday with a bumper crowd turning up for this annual traditional event. Every seat in the auditorium was filled and more people were standing. Further people arrived following the ceremony.

WLT President, Peter Newling, is many things and Master of Ceremonies par excellence is up there near the top! A very happy crowd greeted his opening remarks which set the tone for a bouncing and bubbly (everyone had been served bubbles prior to moving into the theatre) event.

Peter announced the winner of the WLT Committee Award (Grahame Murphy Award for Excellence) and a range of Gifts of Appreciation, detailed above.

As is now customary, the 2016 season of plays were introduced by all five directors and an exciting year awaits us for this 70th Anniversary.

The Adjudicators then followed with their critiques of each of this year's productions followed by the announcement of nominations and winners of the three major awards along with the Adjudicator's special awards. CLICK HERE to go to our website to read the Adjudicator's Critiques, a further report on Cordell Day and see some more images. Nominees and Winners then assembled for the group photograph.

Images from the auditorium and courtyard come thanks to Roger Forsey and Frank Page.

Thanks as always to our Catering team; Bernadette Wheatley, Peta Ripper and Alex Begg for presenting a fabulous barbecue with delicious salads prepared by various committee members.

The courtyard was abuzz with such a big crowd and the spill over of people headed into the bar to have counter meals with all tables taken outside. There was lots of catching up amongst friends and fellow thespians, not seen in a while. This bonhomie extended well into the evening sipping wine and chatting, rounding out an excellent Cordell Day 2015.


The Nance Auditions

The Nance
by Douglas Carter Beane
Director: Chris Baldock
Auditions Sunday 24 January and Monday 25 January 2016
Season: 21 April - 7 May 2016
Production Coordinator: Barbara Hughes
Set Designer: David Dare
Lighting Designer: Jason Bovaird
Costume Designer: Tony Tartaro

New York. 1937. The burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. A headliner called ‘the Nance’ was stereotypically camp and master of comic double entendre - usually played by a straight man.

A recent Broadway hit starring Nathan Lane, The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. At a time when it is easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey's uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.

For full details on characters go to the Audition notice on our website CLICK HERE
Please note:  Although this is definitely not a musical, most characters sing snippets or parts of a song. The ability to SELL a musical number, despite your level of singing and movement ability, will be looked at if you are successful at making call-backs on Monday 1st February, 2016.
Other information:  When you attend the audition, please bring with you an Audition Form already filled in, and a non-returnable photograph (please write your name on back of the photo in case it gets separated from the form). A Download link for audition forms can be found on the website. 
Rehearsals will be at least two nights during the week and on Sundays, commencing late February. Days and times will be determined by cast availability. Please do not audition if you have major commitments between late February and mid-May.
All queries to the Director - click button below for email.
Email Chris Baldock

For Pete's Sake


Welcome to December and the end of another terrific theatrical year down at WLT. A big heartfelt thank you to everyone involved throughout 2015 – from my Committee colleagues to everyone who has done front of house to everyone who’s appeared onstage or backstage to those who have constructed sets and to those who have cheered us on – thank you, thank you, thank you. A theatre is only as strong as its volunteer base – and we’re doing pretty well. 

On November 21 I was chuffed to attend a book launch. The book is called “Dare To Dream” by Dr Peter Cliff, and tells the story of his growing up in and around Williamstown. What made it special was that the launch was conducted at our little theatre!

Peter’s family owned the bakery which used to occupy the buildings which we now call Williamstown Little Theatre – so much of his upbringing was conducted in the space which we now call home.

During the launch, Peter was able to clearly identify how the buildings were used during its time as a bakery. In the area which is now the stage, Peter showed us where three huge bread ovens were located. In the wall behind where the audience sits there used to be a doorway which connected the bakery to the family home which still exists today facing onto Douglas Parade. The flour for the bread was stored upstairs in what is now our wardrobe and props storage area. Peter spoke of how the dough was prepared upstairs then dropped down a chute from the upstairs directly to where the ovens were – now on the stage. The horses for the bakery carts were stabled where we now store our furniture.

I was quite taken by the photo above which Peter had on display in the foyer at the launch. It shows bakery staff standing in our courtyard, and behind them you can see out through our sliding door onto Albert Street. To the left you can see the horsedrawn carts parked where we now store our flats and timber.

It’s great to think that generations of people have loved our little theatre – even before it was a theatre. They had the same attachment to the place that we have now. It’s a place where cherished memories have been created for decades – a place that people have looked upon as a second home across generations.

We truly are just the current stewards of a remarkable place. Our job is to nurture it and its spirit, and hand it on to the next generation in better condition than we found it. I’d like to think that the people in the photo would be pleased with what we’ve created. It’s a great place to be.

See you in the foyer in 2016!


For more background to the Dare to Dream book see our website CLICK HERE.

Members & Friends

Very exciting news came through in late November regarding Gabriel Bergmoser. Gabe, as we all know him, appeared in our 2013 production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Gabe had won the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. Here's a picture of a proud and, no doubt, delighted Gabe on the red carpet at the New York International Emmy Awards. If you would like to read more about the excitement and activity in New York associated with the win CLICK HERE to go to Gabe's fascinating blog. All WLT send congratulations to Gabe on this triumph and success. also ran this story CLICK HERE.

Some time ago, Secretary Shirley Sydenham received an email via our website asking if we'd sell The Kitchen Sink poster. This was forwarded to Janine Evans as the copyright holder. She agreed and sent a high res version. Seems that this man’s nephew, a chef, was opening a small eatery in Beacon, New York state called The Kitchen Sink. CLICK HERE for website. Anyway, it’s now open and here's two photos of the framed poster in situ. Congratulations yet again to Janine our graphic princess!
Judi Clark recently performed an item for the first programme of the 2015 Madwomen Monologues produced by Baggage Productions. These monologues are all written by Australian women though not all performed by women. Judi’s monologue, written by Bridgette Burton, was called Angels in Weixian, about a child survivor of the Japanese concentration camp in Weixian, China during World War 2. Apart from Judi, WLT was represented by Emma Hunt as SM for the first programme and Ness Harwood for the second. Baggage Productions is the company founded by Christina Costigan and Bridgette Burton, with Maureen White on lighting. 


Recently, long time member, Irene Gittens, donated a large number of theatre programmes to WLT which Judi Clark found to be a veritable treasure trove. Not only did she find several older WLT programmes to add to our own archives, but there were many from Williamstown Musical Theatre Company which have been passed on to them for their archives. Many familiar names were there including Grahame Murphy, Vin Foster and Ellis Ebell. There were old Tivoli ones and ones from companies no longer in existence. There were also programmes from overseas 
touring companies and artistes from the 1960s. Many of these will go to the State Library for their theatre programme collection as they are especially interested in amateur and fringe theatre shows. The bigger professional companies already provide theirs to the collection. Judi says that she had a wonderful snapshot of Australian theatre history, both professional and amateur, so thank you, Irene.

Peter extended thanks above to his committee. Last month we highlighted Shirley Sydenham's particular and varied contributions. It's time to salute the whole committee of WLT! Where would we be without this dedicated bunch of people. There is no job that they don't turn their hand to and the success of our theatre is very much thanks to them. It's Cordell Day so who makes the salads - the Committee. In their various specialist capacities they get all these jobs done. So from everyone at WLT a big thank you to the Committee. Because they're always working so hard it is very difficult to get a photo of them all together. We'll try and rectify that and publish one in January's Cues & News.

While we are thanking people let's again salute our fabulous Front of House team. Their smiling welcoming faces are the first contact audiences have with WLT and they do it all superbly and we really appreciate their work. So, a big thank you to the following folks who worked on Over the River and Through the Woods.

January RSA Course

FOH Coordinators Bob Harsley & Peta Ripper are planning to run a Responsible Serving of Alcohol course in January. Any folks aspiring to join our happy band of Front of Housers are invited to contact Bob for details - click the button below. 
Email Bob Harsley

It's all about the Costumes!


Members of our costume team, AKA “The Roman Sewers”, met for our annual celebratory end-of-season afternoon tea recently. It’s good to be able to get together and have a laugh without worrying about hemlines, waistlines and deadlines. And, because there are no sharp instruments or machinery involved, we can enjoy a glass or two of bubbly. 

Pictured from left are Maggie McInnes, Barb Hughes, Peta Ripper, Jayde Hollingsworth and Shirley Sydenham while Tony Tartaro (pictured right) is behind the camera. Kay Hambling, one of our regular team, was travelling overseas and so was granted “travel leave” while Moira Smith and Kirsten Willoughby also had to be with us “in absentia” because of other commitments.

We also planned our work costuming the 2016 season at WLT and it is terrific to have some newer members stepping up to take on the costume designer role next year. Any member who would like to join the team is most welcome. Just contact Tony, Shirley or Barb via WLT.

Email Tony

Backstage Workshop

To coincide with the Costume Workshop Alex Begg and Neil Williamson will again be conducting one of their Backstage Workshops. This will take place at the theatre at the same time.

Saturday 6 February 2016

Please contact Alex by email  with your expressions of interest - use button below.
Email Alex

Membership 2016

Memberships are now due!


In order to be able to vote at the Annual General Meeting on 5 February 2016, you need to be a financial member of the Company. 


To renew or become a new member, use button below to download a membership form, fill it in and follow the directions to send with cheque or pay by EFT and email the form.

Click here for Membership Form

Subscriptions 2016


The Subscribers Playbill has been emailed out and is also available for download from our website - use button below. For those who didn’t receive it by email and who can’t download/print from the website, hard copies will continue to be available in the theatre foyer.

In addition, information about each of our 2016 productions can be found under the Productions tab on our website.  Bookings for casual ticket sales for 2016 will be open online from 11 January. After that date we can’t guarantee subscribers will get their choice of dates/seats.

Click here for Subscribers Playbill 2016

Wheelchair bookings

Booking for a wheelchair plus adjacent seat for a friend must be booked early in each season as they will be sold if still unbooked close to a show’s opening. To book, call David Dare 9885 9678.

Farewell 60th Birthday Wall, and Hello 70th Birthday Wall!


Our first 70th Birthday event will take place on Sunday 17 January, all welcome!

The 60th Birthday wall has been a highlight of our courtyard for the last 10 years. Here are a bunch of WLT luminaries in front of the wall during our 2006 celebrations: l-r Brett Turner, Gillian Wadds, Doug and Joan Lindsay. And now it’s time to say farewell to that decade and that wall design. We’re happy to announce that the talented Kerry Drumm (actually, that is Dr Kerry Drumm, Ph.D Animation!) is finalising a gorgeous new design for the wall as we speak. 

And this time you get to help!  Kerry is going to paint in the outlines and on 17 January you can drop in any time during the day from 10 am onwards and do some ‘painting by numbers’ to colour in outlines. We’ll fire up the barbie around the middle of the day to feed whoever’s there, and there will be snacks. And of course that is Open Rehearsal day for Sweet Road, so for those who are coming to that, you can paint before and/or after you’ve watched it.

Stay for as little or as long as you like, paint as little or as much as you like…it’s an opportunity to share ownership of a unique piece of art work that will be there for the next ten years!

Diary Dates

Online bookings for Season 2016 open 11 January 2016

70th Birthday Wall Project
Sunday 17 January
From 10am onwards

Sweet Road
by Debra Oswald
Director: Peter Newling

Open Rehearsal
17 January 3.30pm

Season: 11-27 February 2016


The fabulous Tuesdays in January are just around the corner - 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Do come along and join us for the annual clean and tidy and maintenance working bees. Our one opportunity to address all those jobs there isn't time to do during the year.

Turn up from about 5.30/6.00pm and pitch in to a diverse range of tasks. Evening meal is provided and is always a most mellow and social time as we sit in the early evening with good company, food and wine. Catering expert, Bernadette Wheatley with Alex Begg, always has surprises for us and we eagerly await 2016's offerings.

The Nance
By Douglas Carter Beane
Director: Chris Baldock

Auditions: Sunday 24 January & Monday 25 January
Season: 21 April - 7 May 2016

Annual General Meeting
Friday 5 February 8.00pm

The Hare's Annual BBQ
138 La Cote Road, Greendale
Sunday 7 February from 1pm
BYO Meat, Drinks, Chair & optional Salad or Dessert to share.
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