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Dear Friend,


Welcome to our last edition of Cues & News for 2014 bringing you a wrap on the year, with the announcement of various awards from both the Victorian Drama League and our own WLT gongs.

Our final production, The Kitchen Sink, finished a very successful run on 6 December, capping off a stellar year of theatre here on Albert Street. Congratulations to Lois Collinder, Bernadette Wheatley, cast and crew for their hard work on this finale to the year.

With auditions completed, we have a cast announcement for The Other Place, our Kris Weber directed first production for 2015. This promises to be a compelling piece of theatre with mystery and elusive truth!

Cues & News has had a good year too. We're now reaching out to nearly 1000 people with close to 40% opening and no doubt reading all about the latest from WLT. We are happy with this 'reach' when the industry average opening rate for this type of newsletter is around 14%. The monthly mailing is supplemented by frequent postings on the WLT Facebook page which at last count had around 350 members and requests to join coming in steadily all the time. If you haven't linked with us, do put through a request - it's easy.

We're remembering the dramas of last December too, when we had to redo Cues & News (December is always a big issue) due to the vagaries of our provider then, Vertical Response. This year, having switched to MailChimp, we expect it to be plain sailing and with no such hiccups!

Just a reminder folks, if you want to look more closely at any of our pictures or text simply Zoom your screen. 

To go straight to the article of your choice just click on one of the links below.

The Other Place

2015 Opening Production


WLT is proud to announce our outstanding cast for The Other Place, directed by Kris Weber:

Janine Evans - Juliana
Chris Baldock - Ian
Clare Hayes - The Woman
Wesley Forke - The Man

Congratulations to all four, with Janine and Chris making welcome returns to our stage and Clare and Wesley, welcome to Williamstown Little Theatre!

Season dates: 12-28 February


Cast bonding  l-r Clare Hayes, Wesley Forke, Kris Weber, Chris Baldock, Janine Evans
 

In the usual custom of WLT, as The Kitchen Sink moved (or splashed ?) its way into its last week, The Other Place had a read through and first bonding session - see above.  

Director Kris Weber is known to our audiences from her performance in Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean some years ago, and of course most recently as director of the delightful Almost, Maine in February this year. 

Janine is our regular poster designer, was Assistant Director of Farragut North, and was most recently on our stage in God of Carnage (people in the front row may remember her most vividly perhaps – that projectile vomiting was often shared!). 

Chris is also no stranger, both as actor, most recently Farragut North,  and as director, the most recent of many, being 33 Variations

We welcome Clare and Wesley to WLT, and certainly hope you enjoy your first production here!

The Production Team includes John Burrett as set designer, Craig Pearcey as lighting designer and Roger Forsey as technical officer.  Kris will be assisted by Neil Williamson in designing audio.  Jake Privett is Stage Manager. Costumes will be by Shirley Sydenham, assisted by Kay Hambling, who is also to be rehearsal prompt. 

Now that The Kitchen Sink is over, Peter Newling has resumed as Production Coordinator.  At this stage we are still to confirm a lighting/sound operator, and we are looking for someone to assemble props. Expressions of interest welcome, please let Peter know.  

Email Peter

Set Construction commenced a day or so after the last set came down on 9 December. 

In last month’s issue we included an appeal by John Burrett and David Dare for old fence palings for use in constructing the set of The Other Place…. Well, I’d hardly finished reading Cues & News when emails started arriving with offers of palings!  These emails were all passed on to a very happy John and David for action.

Thanks to: Wendy and Tony McRaeRoss DuftyJanet HallRob Edwards and Wesley Forke.

John Burrett discusses the set model with Kris, Clare and Wes

 

Shirley Sydenham
Interim Production Coordinator

Ending the year on a high note

The Kitchen Sink Review

 

Williamstown Little Theatre
The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells 
Directed by Lois Collinder
Performance - Friday 21 November 2014 (Opening week)
Reviewer – Jennifer Paragreen

 

Theatrically speaking the term ‘kitchen sink’ conjures up visions of drama based in the grime and grim reality of the domestic life of the British working classes.

Tom Wells’ play, The Kitchen Sink, is set in the tired and drab kitchen in coastal Yorkshire, complete with a metaphorically troublesome kitchen sink subject to blockages and later the victim of a mother’s pent up frustration. The sink was a masterpiece for the construction team – complete with taps that could wilt under a battering and spurt water on cue.

The play was advertised as having ‘something for everyone – Dreaming, dramas and dirty dishes’.  I went along somehow expecting a comedy and found myself treated to a production with far more warmth and richer characters than anticipated, provoking genuine sympathy at their plight and an engrossing story line which led to intense speculation as to where to from here for the characters.

Lois Collinder’s skillful direction concentrated on realistic scenes of domestic life played with a sincerity which had us aching for the characters’ travails. It established right from the onset that the family members’ genuine love and concern for each other despite problems with inadequate communication skills.

The play is set in four scenes, one for each season, as we witness the trajectory of each character over the course of a year. 

Helen Ellis is outstanding in the pivotal role as Kate who is far more prescient and socially astute than her husband and children.  Her unconditional love for them is quite palpable as she strives to ensure that their personal dignity is in no way undermined while endeavouring subtly to prepare them for, or to protect them from, the inevitable pitfalls they face. 

Helen turns in an impressively uninhibited performance as the hardworking mother, affectionate, compassionate and committed to looking out for her family’s wellbeing. Her warmth is also extended to her daughter’s boyfriend and encourages reciprocation by the rest of the family.

Peter Newling creates a vivid portrait of the gentle and bemused milkman steadfastly determined to provide for his family but unable to deal with the fact that his ageing and dilapidated milk float, and the service he has taken pride in providing, are fast becoming anachronisms. 

The rapport between husband and wife is impressive as she gently leads him on the journey to the realisation that the milk run is a lost cause.  In the meantime they banter and they laugh, comfortable in each other’s company.

Their son, Billy, is gay, a fact accepted as a given by all members of the family. Charlie Collopy-White’s performance has just the right touch of vulnerability and takes us intelligently from his hopes of being accepted into a London art school using his affectionate portrait of Dolly Parton as his folio piece.  We see his excitement at gaining a place and his disillusionment when he realises that his work is being lauded only as a satire on kitsch. He eventually chooses to return home on his own terms.

Gemma Panteleo plays the angry daughter with verve. Unfortunately the motivation behind her resentment is revealed only very late in the play. 

The scenes with her awkward suitor, beautifully played by Rowan Howard, are among the production’s highlights – carefully paced with their halting, unfinished phrases and, eventually, an expressive explosion from Sophie.

Rowan’s Pete gradually develops a little confidence as his plumbing skills increase and his career prospects are enhanced by having his own van, even if it is pink. He considers emigration to Australia and there is even a suggestion that Sophie might finally accept his tentative courting.

Tom Wells employs some interesting metaphors to tell his story. The mother’s indication of the need to adjust with the times is shown with serving sushi for Christmas lunch, a bridge too far for her family, whose rejection of the meal provokes the attack on the kitchen sink.

There are some picturesque phrases like Kath’s declaration that it is “Time for a leap” and comparison with a hobbit.

Wells also indulges in an embellishment to the story by having Pete’s recently departed grandmother exposed as drug dealer. The resultant pot smoking scene between Pete and Kath is entertainingly acted and absolutely hilarious without contributing to the sensitive characterisation found elsewhere in the play.

WLT has made the most of the play’s appeal with a strong cast and a support team which ensured that every element was appropriate.

The layout of David Dare’s set design allowed for fluid stage movement. The faded décor and set dressing with vintage mix master etc. spoke volumes about the socioeconomic situation.

The Dolly Parton paintings were impressive. The costumes really augmented the characterisation, particularly when one of them was soaking wet. Music choices were wise and witty. 

The Kitchen Sink ended Williamstown Little Theatre’s theatrical year on a high note.

Thank you and congratulations.

Jennifer Paragreen

2014 Theatre Awards


 

Victorian Drama League Awards 

 


Williamstown Little Theatre congratulates all nominees and awardees for the 18th annual VDL Awards 2014.

Williamstown Little Theatre's entry to the awards this year was the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, directed by Peter Newling. The following people associated with the production received nominations for various awards and were successful in achieving some Gold and Silver awards. We are thrilled with this recognition and congratulate the members involved.

 
We also want to congratulate Melissa New who was awarded the Gold Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for The Basin Theatre Group's The Other Place, Madeleine McKinlay who was awarded Gold Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for Strathmore Theatre Arts Group's Barefoot in the Park, Janine Evans for her nomination as Best Actress in a Comedy, Gaetano Santo for his nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy and Peter Newling for his nomination as Best Director of a Comedy production, each for As Bees in Honey Drown at Brighton Theatre Company.
 

VDL Awards coming live to you!




Thanks to Social Media we were once again able to bring members and friends a running commentary on the nights award announcements via our Facebook page. With grateful thanks to both Peter Newling, WLT President and Connie Bramm (Stage Management Farragut North) for their flow of communication during the evening. Pete was using Twitter and Text and Connie was texting from her iPhone before the battery gave up and she moved to her iPad.

This real time flow of messages had your Editor hopping around on several different platforms and devices, cutting and pasting, taking screen shots and trying to keep up. So as the ceremony unfolded in Chadstone the communications were being received in Daylesford and reposted on Facebook. Early in the evening a slew of postings were relayed back via Facebook before the realisation that they were in fact Tweets from the 2013 VDL Awards! They were quickly deleted and we moved on. Main course and dessert provided a break to regroup and makes sure the postings were okay. Connie started to take images of the PowerPoint presentation with nominations and ultimate Awardees and these were easily transferred to Facebook.

Given the spread of theatre companies across the state and their loyal followers the VDL might like to explore how they can use Social Media to broadcast the evening's proceedings from future VDL Awards nights.


Cordell Day 2014


 

This year Williamstown Little Theatre marks 68 years since establishment. Cordell Day, when we honour all who have contributed to another successful year of theatre, hasn't been around for quite as long. The tradition does go way back and to give you the context for our awards, the following provides the background to the people after whom the awards are named.
 

 
The first three awards are chosen by our in-house Adjudicators, while the Grahame Murphy Award for Excellence is chosen by the Committee, and acknowledges sustained excellence in any offstage field. The following are Nominations, Award winners and Special Recognition Awards.











Cordell Day was yet again the traditional celebration of another year of excellence at WLT. Complimentary champagne flowed as Cordell-ites trickled in from 5 pm and by the appointed hour we had an almost full theatre for the formal proceedings. President Peter Newling was Master of Ceremonies, ably shepherding us through the program, including thanking the plethora of people who each contribute so significantly towards making WLT, not only about the oldest, but also one of the most recognised and respected theatre companies in southeastern Australia.

We had a foretaste of the 2015 season, with several of next year's directors sharing their thoughts on the plays they will direct. From the future we returned to the past and the Adjudicators took us through their critiques of our 2014 season. For their commentaries on the productions of this year CLICK HERE. We laud the work of our three adjudicators - such a difficult task is theirs. We also salute Frances Devlin-Glass and Marian Sinclair who will step down as Adjudicators this year. Peter spoke for all of us in thanking them for their commitment and dedication to this difficult work. We were delighted to hear that the two new Adjudicators joining Ray Hare for 2015 will be Deborah Fabbro and Shane Ryan, who we know will bring their unique and special perspective to our arena.

With the formalities concluded it was time for our annual barbecue in the courtyard and our thanks to the Committee for their contributions of salads and an exotic array of sausages. Big thanks go to Bernadette Wheatley and partner Alex Begg for the amazing work done in pulling together the Cordell Day BBQ.

Everyone is special on Cordell Day, a day to pat ourselves on the back and reflect on a great year. We had two special guests join us on Sunday. City of Hobsons Bay Deputy Mayor, Councillor Paul Morgan was welcomed to our ceremony. He presented Brian Christopher with the Grahame Murphy Award for Excellence. We were delighted that our in-house Reviewer, Jennifer Paragreen was also able to be with us for the ceremony and barbecue that followed. Jennifer's commitment to WLT is very much appreciated, especially knowing that her journeys to Williamstown involve around four hours driving for the round trip.
 

We have a few images below that will give you a flavour of the day.  If you would like to see more of Roger Forsey's excellent pictures from Cordell Day click the button below.
Click for Roger's Cordell Day pictures

Surprise Fifth Play Revealed


We are pleased to announce that we have Play 5 now confirmed.
 


Over the River and Through the Woods

By Joe DiPietro
Director: Helen Ellis


Nick is a single, Italian-American man from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida, but both sets of grandparents are still in New Jersey, four oldies who eat, talk and argue. Nick's routine is that he sees Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma every Sunday for dinner. But now he's been offered a dream job, the job he's been waiting for - marketing executive. However, it's in Seattle and would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. They don't take the news at all well and launch into a series of schemes to keep their adored grandson around, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely, and single, Caitlin O'Hare as bait. Nick is torn, and has a panic attack, resulting in having to stay several days with them, and as a result really gets to know his grandparents.

A funny and poignant play that addresses the issues of family relationships that change with each generation.

Poster by Plaza Theatre Company, USA.
Our favourite creative Poster person,
Janine Evans is working on WLTs poster currently.

 

Quiet Please There's a Lady on Stage

 

Vale Amy Grove Rogers (Joseland)


This Peter Allen song appropriately opened the funeral service for Amy Grove-Rogers (now Joseland). A fitting tribute to the actor, director, long-serving Committee member and Life Member of Williamstown Little Theatre, who passed away on 19 November 2014. Life Member and former President of WLT, Laurie Gellon has written the following Obituary, fondly remembering the great contribution made to our theatre by Amy. We send condolences and sympathy to son David and all of Amy's family.

 

Williamstown Little Theatre life member and my dear friend Amy Georgina Lavinia Brundrett Grove-Rogers Joseland (I would always address her birthday cards with all her names) - died on Thursday 19 November at 2.30am surrounded by her family. She was ninety three and a half. She had been in reasonable health (and remained basically as bright as a tack) until her last week when she died of respiratory phenomena.

Whilst Amy had associations with both Debney Players and Powderkeg Players, her ‘main group’ however was Willie (WLT). Amy joined the theatre in 1977 and at the 1978/79 AGM (mid year in those days) was elected Secretary and Publicity Officer. She held these positions in 1978/79 and 1979/80. At the 1980/81 AGM she was elected Treasurer which she held for 11 years until 1990/91. This makes her our second longest continuous Treasurer (Brian Christopher holds the record from 1994 until today - wow what pills are you on Brian!? - Ivor Porter did seventeen and a half years but these were spread over four periods).

I cast Amy in her first production at Willie in 1978 (now 36 years ago!) in Simon and Laura.  She played Jessie the cook-house keeper in a large cast which included Vin Foster, Mary Little and Alex Begg; Doug Lindsay did the set and David Dare was the stage manager.  She then appeared in the following production A Flea in Her Ear directed by Grahame Murphy. Included in this cast were Robyn McNally, Mary Little, Ray Hare and Ellis Ebell. Her then husband Ted Grove-Rogers (who was also the theatre’s caretaker/handyman for many years) was also in that production and I remember him whizzing around and around in that bed on the revolve.

Over the years Amy appeared in many other productions and then also took to directing. There was Move Over Mrs Markham (1984), The Bandwagon (1986), Bedroom Farce (1987) and her triumphant production of A Pair of Claws (1988).

For so many years in so many ways Amy was a great theatre member.

Amy was also a great friend, which I very much appreciated. For example, when she was Secretary and I was President, after every committee meeting she would phone me at work the next day (from her work) to let me know that this and that had already been done. Then at other times when I might be working alone during the day set building she would get me around to her home to feed me dinner. Thanks Amy.
 

Amy and son, David Brundrett at WLT's 60th Anniversary Gala evening

There was also their holiday house at Jan Juc where many Willie members spent several weekends having a ball. And Amy was also quite a party gal – who can forget all those parties on The Strand (where one night Trisha Wadds even had to be taken home in hysterics!) through to her 90th birthday party in Altona which several Willie members attended. Fantastic times.

I am so pleased to have had an Amy in my life and now Amy, at your final curtain call, you, my lovely friend, take a well deserved bow.

Laurie Gellon
 

Ivor Porter

A remembrance, by Gillian Wadds

 

I have just re-read the obituary I wrote for Dot Porter, who died back in June, 2010 and now I find it’s my sad duty to write something for her dearly loved husband, Ivor.

Ivor had already been part of the theatre since its inception when I met him in 1949. I think he and Dot were already engaged to be married and he was always there – either onstage as an actor or working behind the scenes, backstage or on committee – eventually becoming an extremely valuable treasurer for many, many years.

In 1951 Dot and Ivor were married, four weeks after a production of This Happy Breed in which they had played the roles of the sweethearts, Billy and Queenie. From that day they were a team. They had three children, David, Ian and Bettina and, like all of us during those early years, the children became part of the theatre family.

When the WLT found itself homeless in 1965 and we at last found a possible home at ‘the bakery’ in Albert Street, Ivor was our treasurer. He and the committee spent long hours discussing the possibility of taking on the huge task of actually buying a property. How would we pay for it? Could we take on such a debt? Negotiations went on between the committee and the very co-operative owners and eventually, the decision was made – we would do it!

A special committee was set up to manage the process and for many years Ivor was the man in charge of finances. He kept an extremely close eye on everything to make sure we were paying our way, not overspending, and making proper provision for the future. He wasn’t always the most popular person when he asked difficult questions about the money we wanted to spend on a production – but that never stopped him from asking them!

As the theatre grew – and the older members grew older! – committee work was taken over by younger members and Ivor was able to step back from that responsibility. However, he continued to help in any way possible and he and Dot were always present at almost every show and our Annual General Meetings.

They were both presented with Life Membership for their service to the theatre and, in 2006, they accepted the roles of Matron and Patron of the theatre’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations where they attended every function held during that gala year.  

After Ivor lost Dot in 2010, he was obviously lonely but we still continued to see him at every production. A group of about 15 of us ‘Golden Oldies’ go to the theatre on the second Thursday of each show and our evening out always begins with a dinner. Ivor has been a regular member of that group and was always happy to meet with old mates. From my memory, his last dinner with us was also celebrating Joan Lindsay’s 80th birthday in July this year and we have lovely photos of Ivor on that occasion. We all go back a very long way!


This story of Ivor is only a small part of his life and I can’t give you all the details of his other interests. I seem to remember him doing many years of night school, with a young family at home, to gain his accountancy qualification. He and Dot bought shares in Sunday Island, off the Gippsland coast, where the family would spend holidays close to nature in a tent or cabin. As a Signalman with the Royal Navy and a D-Day survivor , in recent years he took part in trips to France (an image below was taken at a Normandy anniversary several years ago) and marched almost every Anzac Day. His friendships were wide ranging and in his later years, he would relate stories from old wartime mates.

We’ll miss Ivor at our dinners but I’m quite sure that if it’s at all possible, he and Dot are at last together again. 

Members and friends of Williamstown Little Theatre send condolences and sympathy to David, Ian, Bettina and all of Ivor's family.

2015 Memberships now due

 

Whether a new member or renewing your membership, please fill in a membership form and return to: 

Membership 2015
PO Box 35
Williamstown 3016

Click here for Membership Form

For Pete's Sake


It’s the end of the year as we know it.
 

I thought it might be appropriate that, in my final FPS for 2014, I acknowledge all those people and groups that I am grateful to, for their contribution to making 2014 so memorable for me. This is always dangerous as I’m sure to leave out some individual, or an entire population. But here goes.
 

Thank you to the Committee of WLT, to the hardworking front of house staff, to the amazing set construction teams, to the casts that have graced our stage, to the backstage crews that kept the casts in line, to the four individuals who directed the plays that I didn’t, to our magnificent Play Selection Committee, to the suppliers of the choc gingers and cherry ripe equivalents, to our valued and revered subscribers, to the lovely audience members who attended the plays, to the lovely audience members who attended the plays and came back after interval, to the people who ran courses for us in back stage and tech stuff, to the people who attended courses for us in back stage and tech stuff, to the people who attended courses for us in the responsible serving of alcohol, to our lovely in-house adjudicators, to our equally lovely in-house reviewer, to our talented costume wranglers and sewers, to our set and lighting and sound design folk, to the wig tamers, to those who embarked on the development or procurement of props and set furnishings – especially the painters of paintings of Dolly Parton, procurers of wine barrels, makers of snowballs, makers of mathematical symbols, Italian restaurants and cous cous – to the designer of the posters and programs, to our talented webmaster, to the providers of the on-line ticketing system, to the coordinator of our not-so-on-line ticketing system, to those who provided sustenance during set builds or between performances, to those who designed and proof read the subscription form, to the person who nags Samuel French about rights, to the reimburser of expenses and keeper of the books, to our lovely auditor, to all those who attended the AGM, to all those who attended the AGM and stayed awake, to our OH&S guru, to the installer of the new ‘time to come in’ bell, to the person who figured out how to stop the ‘time to come in’ bell from ringing, to our neighbours for not complaining too much about the incessant nature of the ‘time to come in’ bell, to the rehearsal prompts, to those who administered psychological assistance to rehearsal prompts, to those who organised the social events throughout the year, to those who made sure the plants in the courtyard lived long enough to see another Christmas, to the provider of National Lampoons movies, to the restocker of biscuits and FoH supplies, to the updaters of the facebook page, to the editor of Cues & News, to the readers of Cues & News, to our lovely Life Members, to those who paint sets, to those who repaint sets, to those who vacuum the foyer and dressing rooms, to the guy who puts the bins out, to the guy who cleans out the gutterings on an annual basis, to the possums for not crapping on me this year, to the archivist, to the photographers, to those who host cast parties, to the neighbours of those who host cast parties, to our scenic artists, our graphic artists, our bullshit artists, and the spouses and families and significant others of all the above, I say thank you. 
 

So many people, such a small theatre. Go figure.
 

See you in the foyer in 2015!
 

Peter  






 

Members & Friends



Some of our longer term members will remember Patsy Martin - actor, The Anniversary, The Killing of Sister George and The Ballad of Angel's Alley being a few of her WLT appearances. It must have been our 60th anniversary celebrations in 2006 when we last saw Patsy at the theatre. Patsy will be turning 80 later in December and has just had an early celebratory party, to avoid a Christmas clash. Patsy is still going strong, notwithstanding some health issues. Her memorable wit and humour is still strongly in evidence. We wish Patsy a very happy birthday for her eight decades and hope that she'll join us when we mark WLT's 70th year in two years time.

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Patsy's party was also an opportunity to catch up with several other folk who represent some of our WLT history. Firstly Paul King, director, Hate and Copenhagen being two of his productions. Paul is also remembered for designing and helping build the set for the 1980 production The Ghost Train, remembered as one of the best sets ever at WLT! We had to give Paul a plug because he was so complimentary about Cues & News which he thinks is the best newsletter ever! We thank him for that little accolade. Marian Sinclair is known to many of our members not only for her many stage appearances at WLT, Elephant Man, Lady Windemere's Fan and A Woman of No Importance being a few, but also as one of our in-house awards Adjudicators. Marian is an old friend of Patsy's and catches up with her regularly. Great to see both Paul and Marian sharing the celebrations.
 
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Another well received announcement at the recent VDL Awards was relayed by the following Tweet from Peter Newling; "Life membership of the VDL awarded to the lovely Deborah Fabbro by Patron Hannie Rayson." (both pictured below with Deborah standing behind Hannie) This was a popular and wonderful accolade for Deborah, a charming and well respected friend of theatre across Melbourne and the state. All her friends at WLT send hearty congratulations on this well deserved recognition. It was great to welcome Deborah and partner Ewen Crockett to Cordell Day this year. We mention elsewhere that Deborah will be one of the WLT Adjudicators for 2015.


 
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We send condolences to Life Member Ray Hare at the recent passing of his brother Gavin. Our thoughts are with Ray and family.
 
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With thanks to Barbara Hughes for organising this affectionate recognition of Amy Grove Rogers and Ivor Porter in the theatre outer foyer for Cordell Day.


 
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Ivor Porter's funeral took place in Daylesford on Monday of this week. Ivor's brother Roy lives in Daylesford and their parents are both buried in the Daylesford Cemetery. Life Member and WLT identity Ellis Ebell took part in the funeral service with a special reading. He followed this with a moving eulogy for Ivor from a Williamstown Little Theatre perspective and reflecting the special bond he shared with Ivor.
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Diary Dates














The Other Place
By Sharr White
Director: Kris Weber

Open Rehearsal:
11 January  3.30 pm

Season: 12-28 February 2015



 



The fabulous Tuesdays in January…6th, 13th, 20th, 27th…are looming!

Come along and join us in the annual clean and tidy and maintenance working bees.

People turn up from about 5.30/6.00 pm and pitch in to a diverse range of tasks. Evening meal is provided, and is always a most mellow time as we sit in the early evening with good company and great refreshments.  Last year Bernadette orchestrated the ‘summer of cocktails’ – we wonder what this summer entails! Come along and find out!








Annual General Meeting
Friday 6 February  8.00 pm

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Backstage Workshop

If you've ever wondered what a Stage Manager does, or what Assistant Stage Managers do, this is for you! Similarly for sound and light operation.

We ask for volunteers from time to time, but if you've never been backstage, how do you know if it's for you? We understand! 

So, on Tuesday 6 January at 6.30pm Alex Begg and Neil Williamson will answer all your questions about backstage!

They'll walk you through our backstage operations, and if you're interested, will organise training and some backstage work to get you started.

So come along to find out, and then stay on for an evening meal with members.  Tuesdays in January are legendary!

If you think you might like to come along, contact Alex CLICK HERE for backstage and Neil CLICK HERE for sound/light operation.

Inner Wheel Williamstown Charity Night

 

After our nearly 70 years here in Williamstown we at WLT are always conscious of the part that we play in this historic and vibrant community. Over the years we have formed partnerships with various organisations when the opportunities have presented. The Inner Wheel Club of Williamstown is one such organisation and we were delighted to again welcome them to the final Dress Rehearsal of The Kitchen Sink. Thank you to Inner Wheel for the following information on the great outcomes of their fund raising via WLT.

 

A cooperative partnership has developed over several years between the Williamstown Little Theatre Inc. management and their casts and crews, and the Inner Wheel Club of Williamstown Inc., resulting in a considerable sum of money being raised on these charity nights and then donated to local causes.  

This of course has created enormous goodwill in our community.   Each proposed activity is well researched by the Inner Wheel members prior to the final decisions being made.

Recent causes we have collectively supported have included purchasing iPads for autistic children, and providing financial scholarships for two girls whose families were experiencing difficulties whilst the girls were moving from primary to secondary school.

This year the funds raised by the November charity performance are being directed to the Holy Trinity Church, Williamstown outreach services, which provide a midday meals program and emergency food relief to people in need.  

The meals program is coordinated entirely by volunteers, who make big boilers of nutritious hot soup, rolls and sandwiches, and also provide morning tea and coffee, to the many people in our community who sometimes just need that little bit of extra help weekly to keep going.  For some people this will be the only hot and nutritious meal that they may have that day. The sessions are very friendly as our volunteers always have time for chat, remembering that sometimes people really just want someone to talk to whilst they enjoy their lunch.   There are of course other lunch program attendees who require more concentrated assistance and every effort is made available to them to be put in touch with the appropriate local organisations. 

The lunch program runs alongside the Williamstown Emergency Relief Program, also auspiced by Holy Trinity in partnership with Anglicare.  By running from the same venue, the needs of people seeking our help are better met with added relief and financial counselling.











Holy Trinity is most grateful to the many local businesses that supply bread, cakes, fruit and vegetables, for our volunteers to collect for this outreach service.  The food that is not actually eaten at the lunch service is packed and distributed to the attendees for their support during the week.

Enquiries: wltsec@tpg.com.au
Website: http://wlt.org.au

Editor: Frank Page  M. 0417 010 817  E. frank@pagebell.com

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