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15 November 2016


November already and busy weeks ahead before we get to the end of the year, especially here at WLT.  London Suite, directed by Gaetano Santo, opens in two day's time and that's exciting. We also have the Victorian Drama League Awards on 4 December, with our entry being If I Should Die Before I Wake. Then on 11 December we have our annual Cordell Day - the 2017 season launch and WLT in-house awards. This will be the last occasion we are able to celebrate our 70th Anniversary year and salute the fabulous celebrations that have unfolded over the last 12 months.


Look out here for details of auditions for our first 2017 production - Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, directed by Tess Maurici Ryan.


Select the article of your choice from the table of contents below to go straight to it.


London Suite

By Neil Simon
Director: Gaetano Santo

Wishing "Gates" (Gaetano Santo) and all his cast and crew "chookas" for a great run and close to our 2016 season of plays.

London Suite opens on Thursday night and is a sell-out season. There is always the possibility of cancellations so we encourage you to check with Ticket Secretary David Dare 9885 9678.

Can't Use Your Ticket?

Or if you know ahead of time that you can't use your ticket please call David Dare   9885 9678.



Bad Jews

By Joshua Harmon

Director: Tess Maurici Ryan

Audition dates :
Saturday 19 November 1-4.30pm
Sunday 20 November  12-3.30pm

Season 9-25 February 2017

Auditions will be by appointment only. For an appointment please email the director (Click email address).

As for any WLT audition, please bring with you an Audition Form (CLICK HEREalready completed along with a non-returnable photograph on the back of which you have written your name.


  • New York accents required.
  • If you are offered a role, you must not have any holidays or work trips planned during the rehearsal and production period.
  • Rehearsals will be Monday & Tuesday nights and Sunday afternoons


Daphna Feygenbaum - 22, Liam & Jonah's first cousin. 2/3 body, 1/3 hair. Thick, curly, frizzy, long brown hair. Passionate about Judaism. She's very connected to her Jewish heritage. She's highly opinionated and easily allows her defensiveness to turn into aggression towards her opponents. Subtlety is not in her nature. She’s argumentative. The actor must have the ability to approach the material with a sense of humour and wit and possess strong comedic timing.

Liam Haber – 25, Daphna's cousin: his mother is the sister of Daphna's father. Wire-rim glasses.  Attractive, put-together young professional on a trajectory for success. University of Chicago, Asian Studies Ph.D student. Former Fulbright scholar in Japan. Has as much of a sense of humour as an overdue library book. Clearly lost his tolerance for Daphna a long time ago and isn’t discreet about the way he feels.

Jonah Haber - 21, Liam's younger brother. Sometime University of Vermont sophomore (2nd year student). Just a regular guy, less lanky than his brother. Less brainy. More brawn. More heart. Sensitive.  Doesn’t always speak up but when he does; it makes a strong impact. Caught in the middle.

Melody - 24, Liam's girlfriend. Short, stick-straight blonde hair. Mousy. All-American, sweet, tries hard. Works for a non-profit.



The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and somewhat physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, volatile, self-assured and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow.

Stuck in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam, Jonah, and Daphna are left to determine who ends up with a precious family heirloom in the wake of their grandfather’s death, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.​

Exploring the ties that ultimately keep families knotted together, Bad Jews is a biting comedy about family and faith that questions what you choose to believe when you're the chosen.

Tess Maurici Ryan (pictured) is a new director at WLT but is certainly not new to directing. She has several times won Best Production, Comedy at the Victorian Drama League Awards. We are delighted to welcome her to Williamstown Little Theatre.

The play runs for 90 minutes with no interval

Stage Manager is Ness Harwood.

Backstage call out - help needed
We are looking for lighting/sound operator (for whole or half season) and rehearsal prompt. If you are interested, please contact me on 0402 231 724. 

Shirley Sydenham
Production Coordinator


Click Button below for full details from our website.

Bad Jews Audition Details

Sitting Pretty Review

WLT is grateful to VDL Theatrecraft for their permission to republish their review.

Cordell Day


We hope to see you at Cordell Day. For those who have been part of any production through the year, it is an opportunity to have a reunion and to cheer on the nominees and award winners.

Email RSVP to Bernadette

Congratulations Brian Christopher!

We've always known what a treasure we have with our Treasurer Brian Christopher and now such recognition has gone much wider afield! Brian has been nominated for the 2016 Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurer's Awards Certificate of Appreciation.

The nomination reflects the appreciation and high esteem in which Brian is held by the members of WLT as well as the wider community. This is what we said about Brian in his nomination:

    "For being Williamstown Little Theatre's Treasurer for 21 years.              He's not just our treasurer, he's our treasure."

This year, 1500 nominations were received with the Awards again being endorsed by all eight Australian state and territory government treasurers. These numbers show the growing acknowledgement of the important role community group treasurers' play in the wellbeing of our nation.

Below is the 2016 Certificate of Appreciation for Brian and his name will also be featured in the honour roll of the 2016 Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Award Tribute booklet.

All of us at WLT warmly congratulate Brian on this nomination.

2017 Playbill

The 2017 Subscription Playbill is now online - Click the button below.  Hard copies are also now available in the foyer.

Two ways to get your subscription choices and preferences to us: fill in the subscription form (it’s part of the playbill) and either post to the given address with cheque OR scan and email to

NOTE: subscriptions are not done over the phone because of the complexity and number of them.

2017 Subscriptions

Anniversary Despatches

Marking our 70th year, the last opportunity to rummage through the Archives and find some material from past productions. These are also appearing under the History tab of our website CLICK HERE. You are able to see all this material in a larger format there. If we are able to scan more they will appear on the website.


For Pete's Sake

It’s November and our final season for the year is up and running. The madcap events that are occurring in Suite 402 are being beautifully exposed by our talented director and cast. What a great way to end a great year.

One of the things I love about this time of year is that theatre companies all around Melbourne town have started releasing their season for the following year. I hope you’ve received your copy of our 2017 Subscription Playbill, and have started filling in the subscription form. As always, seats are going to be hard to come by so the best way to ensure you get to see the shows is to subscribe and it’s cheaper!!

Once again, our wonderful Play Selection Committee, headed up by Damian Coffey, has handed us a fascinating mix – truly something for everyone. I thought it might be timely to reflect on what I am most looking forward to when looking at our 2017 offerings.

Season one is a cracker. Bad Jews has only just finished its professional run in Melbourne where it received critical acclaim. But the really exciting thing for me is that WLT gets to welcome a fantastic young director – Tess Maurici Ryan. Tess has been doing great stuff around the traps and I’m really looking forward to seeing her work on our stage.

Season two we welcome back director and all-round nice guy Brett Turner. Following the success of Visiting Mr Green last year, Brett is once again teaming up with playwright Jeff Baron to bring us the premiere of When I Was Five. We can look forward to the lovely, warm, relationship-driven stuff that this author and director both excel at.

I love plays that speculate about episodes in history, so I’m really looking forward to Vincent in Brixton in season three. Our revered company Secretary Shirley Sydenham is at the helm of what looks to be a fascinating glimpse into the life of Van Gogh and nineteenth century London.

Irish playwright Conor McPherson excels at taking flawed characters and bleak circumstances and weaving them into gripping, entertaining theatre underpinned by that Irish penchant for wit and mischief. With director Bruce Akers calling the shots, I’m looking forward to being on the edge of my seat during The Seafarer.

For those who like a quiet, understated end to the year I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed! 39 Steps is a madcap reimagining of a Hitchcock classic. From the director who brought us A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum a few years back, the inimitable Barb Hughes, we can expect this one to be high energy, high class and highly amusing!

What a year. What a season. Bring it on!

See you in the foyer,


Diary Dates

17 Nov -     Season London      3 Dec        Suite

19/20 Nov   Auditions Bad                          Jews

11 Dec        Cordell Day from                       5.00pm

13 Dec        Bump out London                    Suite from                                5.30pm,                                    dinner provided

Late Dec     Bad Jews set                            construction                              commencing late                      December,
                   Saturday                                    afternoons. Check                    dates with                                  Brian                                        Christopher                             0458 134 469

8 Jan           Open Rehearsal                      Bad Jews  3.30pm

Members & Friends

Our hearts go out to our long term member, Life Member and friend Robyn Legge with the sad and shocking news of the death of her husband John, after a short illness. We send love, warmth and comfort to Robyn, Alexander and family at this very difficult time. We thank Barbara Hughes for her tribute below.

The WLT family is sending positive thoughts in the direction of our lighting design guru Craig Pearcey. Craig has not been experiencing the best of health recently, so we're sending good vibes, and we hope he's back on deck in the very near future. Picture of Craig, without his lighting!

2016 has not only been WLT's 70th birthday it has also been several members' 70th birthdays as well. The latest significant birthday celebration marking seven decades occurs today. Happy birthday to Life Member, WLT Secretary and much much more, Shirley Sydenham. Best wishes from all your friends at WLT for health and happiness and lots more theatre here on Albert Street. Here's Shirley celebrating this big event with Maria Haughey on her left, Bernadette Wheatley, Barb Hughes and Kerry Drumm on her right. Rest assured Shirley's significant birthday was well celebrated!


What a treat it was for those of us who saw WLT favourite Tim Constantine (pictured) playing Lady Bracknell in Boutique Theatre's all-male cast season of The Importance of Being Earnest. This Oscar Wilde play was juxtaposed against an all-female cast season of another of his plays An Ideal Husband. Earnest was a great production with some fine performances. Read Director Tim Driver's thoughts about this interesting theatre project - CLICK HERE.

Another of our mates is the redoubtable Wayne Pearn who can be seen in January in an Out Cast Theatre production of Distinguished Gentlemen (But Really Just a Couple of ***ts) at The Butterfly Club. This production sounds like fun and is described thus:
Just a little butt tease. Okay so now you know. We're open for bookings at the gorgeous Butterfly Club. With the lusty Tosh Greenslade, gouty gusset Wayne Pearn and a very drippy Steven Dawson. 6 shows only. What a spankingly wicked xmas gift.

A riotous, ribald, Regency romp.

A plague on both their houses! 
Almost fresh from their sell out Edinburgh Fringe season, the disgusting tale of lust and lunacy as two very distinguished gentlemen set out to destroy each other’s reputation and hopefully bang a mysterious young gentleman at the same time.

Completely over the top. 
It’s buggery but with class. 
From Australia’s longest running LGBTI theatre company.



Remembering John Legge

9 January 1942 - 2 November 2016

Our thoughts are with our dear friend Robyn Legge on the recent death of her husband, John, after a short illness. Robyn and John's was a WLT romance. They met at the theatre in 1982 when John came to take photos for The Second Mrs. Tanqueray. They then appeared together in King Lear and, as Robyn said, 'friendship turned into a deep love'.  

John was given a wonderful farewell by his family including Robyn and John's son, Alexander, who spoke fondly of his dearly loved father.

John and Robyn with their son Alexander and his partner Alejandra

Words by Barbara Hughes


Special Wine Deal!

Scotchmans Hill Wines, sponsor and wine purveyor to Williamstown Little Theatre, is very excited to offer readers of Cues & News the opportunity to enjoy the wines from our 70th Birthday Gala Dinner Dance* at home with our exclusive Friends of Williamstown Little Theatre offer. 

With the festive season approaching, make your wine choice convenient and easy. Receive Friends of Williamstown Little Theatre pricing on Scotchmans Hill wines with a portion of every sale going back to the Williamstown Little Theatre by way of a rebate. 

Scotchmans Hill follows a winemaking philosophy of restraint, elegance, balance and purity. Established in 1982 and located in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsular, Scotchmans Hill has been a leading winery for over thirty years and is rated among James Halliday'sTop 100 Australia Wineries. 

All purchases are made online with a credit card via the Scotchmans Hill website - follow the steps below.

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Offer available until 15 December


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*The Swan Bay wines enjoyed at the Gala were the Cuvee Brut, the Sauvignon Blanc and the Shiraz.

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