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15 November 2014
Dear Friend,

Well we're almost there! Our last production for the year, The Kitchen Sink, opens next Thursday. This promises to be another fine production, capping off a wonderful year of theatre here at WLT. Chookas to Director Lois Collinder, Assistant Director Bernadette Wheatley and their cast and crew for a triumphant finale to 2014. Production Coordinator, Barb Hughes has given us a final update on this production and company, aka "The Drips".

WLT President, Peter Newling and also cast member of The Kitchen Sink talks about what happens at the end of the year in theatre-land in his piece below. Don't forget Cordell Day, our own annual awards ceremony - your invitation appears here. Make sure you send us your RSVP for catering purposes and we look forward to seeing you there.

As a bonus, we also have another review of our last exciting production, Farragut North. Thank you to the Victorian Drama League publication Theatrecraft for allowing us to share this with you.

For your entertainment and enjoyment we also include an extract and link to Roger Forsey's amusing travellers tales - check it out.

You know how hard it sometimes is to get seats for WLT productions. Well, here's your chance to get in early for Season 2015 - details of the season and a link to a Subscriber Booking Form are contained in this edition.

Don't forget, if you see an email link and want to respond, click on the link and an email form will appear ready for you to send off.

And, we nearly forgot to acknowledge last month's typo, missed by the trusty Proof Readers and the Hon. Editor - we had misspelt 'theatre' as it appeared in the subject line in your Email INBOX!  Sorry about that.

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



With just five days to go till opening night, Lois Collinder and her cast and crew are busy putting the final touches to The Kitchen Sink.  This heartwarming play is sure to be an audience favourite. The humour is gentle but it is the pathos that catches you by surprise and we've all had to reach for the tissues on more than one occasion.

Lois, with assistant director Bernadette Wheatley, expects, and gets, the best from her cast.  Peter Newling Martin, Helen Ellis Kath, Gemma Pantaleo Sophie and Charlie Collopy-White Billy have developed a real rapport as the family facing life’s ups and downs.  Add Rowan Howard as the sweet, awkward Pete, and the result is totally believable and delightful.

The cast will be supported backstage by Lizzie Buckley (SM), Alex Begg (ASM) and Patrick Slee (lighting/sound operation). 

Thank you to the many people who worked so hard to produce this very lovely play.

Barb Hughes

Production Coordinator

Editor's Note: We always like to get some images of the cast into Cues & News, but on this occasion as Barb wrote: 

"I wouldn't be able to get shots of the cast in costume till next week but I thought it might be funny to include a photo of the eponymous Kitchen Sink, which I've been told has its own spotlight."



Season starter 2015

Director Kris Weber is very excited by the creative genius of John Burrett’s set design for The Other Place!  John’s amazing set for Proof caused gasps and comments earlier this year, and this design will dazzle you in February. Especially when Craig Pearcey’s lighting design works its magic, in combination with Roger Forsey’s additions to the visual effects. 

John is fired with a most infectious enthusiasm, and he and David Dare have been converting the set model into a floor plan blueprint and ordering materials.  They will be ready to move in and get started as soon as possible. 

We are happy to welcome back Jake Privett as Stage Manager, fresh from his stage management of Six Dance Lessons...on and off stage.  However, this time we don’t require a Hawaiian shirted ‘house boy’ to dust and tidy the set ! 

We welcome hearing from anyone who’d like to do costumes (or assist as you learn), operate sound/light, or prompt. We’re not sure if an Assistant Stage Manager is required, but if you’re interested, do call anyway!   Until Peter Newling has finished his milk float duties in a few weeks, you can contact me  if you are interested in being part of The Other Place team.

Shirley Sydenham

Editor's Note: At the time of publication casting details are yet to be announced. Keep an eye on Facebook for same.

If you have a lead on paling fencing please shoot off an email to Shirley. 
Email Shirley


Theatrecraft Review Farrugut North

Cues & News acknowledges and thanks VDL Theatrecraft for sharing their review.


For catering purposes,
RSVP essential - 1 December

to Bernadette Wheatley
Tel. 9399 1692

Email Bernadette
BYO drinks for the barbecue



Williamstown Little Theatre is proud to announce its 2015 season! Our season Playbill will be in your InBox shortly.

Go to the Subscriptions page on our website CLICK HERE for all you need to know about subscribing.


12 - 28 February 

The Other Place    by Sharr White   

Director: Kris Weber

Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist - a woman who’s spent a lifetime making her case before sceptical, hostile tribunals, and always winning the day - but whose life seems to now be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But what is fact and what imagined? Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

* Kris directed this year’s whimsical and delightful Almost Maine.


23 April - 9 May 

Visiting Mr Green   by Jeff Baron

Director: Brett Turner

Ross, a young up-and-coming account executive with American Express, is involved in a car accident and ordered by the court to do community service for the victim, Mr Green, a retired dry cleaner. At their first meeting tensions rise, but Ross is determined to win Mr Green over, and every Thursday over the course of three months he arrives with food and companionship. Slowly tensions abate, secrets are revealed and a close bond begins to form between two people who have more in common than either one of them would have thought on their first meeting.

Brett was part of the Farragut North stage management team in September this year.


2 - 18 July

Time Stands Still   by Donald Margulies

Director: Ellis Ebell

The power of photo journalism.  Who can forget the image of a lone student confronting military tanks in Tiananmen Square, the little girl running naked down a path in Vietnam after a napalm bomb attack, the plane hitting the Twin Towers in New York?  Images, that need no words!  What effect do these events have on the photographers who take them?

Time Stands Still gives us an insight into the difficulties one such photo journalist has after covering the war in Iraq and her adjustment to life back home, NOT seen through the lens of a camera.

* Ellis is a familiar face at WLT, both onstage and off! Last year he directed The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and diverted us onstage in both A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and 33 Variations.

10 - 26 September

Buffalo Gal by A. R. Gurney

Director: George Werther

When Hollywood diva Amanda returns to her home city of Buffalo, New York, to play the lead in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard,  life begins to imitate art.  Both her career and personal  life are at a watershed as she revisits the world that shaped her. In the midst of rehearsals for The Cherry Orchard, we are transported between the relationships and  regrets  of both Amanda and her alter-ego Madam Ranevskaya. This is a delightful and poignant piece which speaks to both the world of the theatre and the ephemeral nature of opportunities and choices we make over the inevitable passing of time. 

*George delighted us in his performance last year as Beethoven in 33 Variations.

19 November – 5 December



To be announced here in Cues & News and on our website.  

Details were not available at time of publication.

Posters by Janine Evans

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Online public bookings for 2015 open on 12 January 2015.


The Victorian Drama League are once again promoting their very worthy 8th Performing Arts Summer School. As VDL members Williamstown Little Theatre is keen to support this excellent program, ushering the next generation on to the stage, so to speak.

The program is designed for 13-19 year olds and is a 7 day intensive going through the whole Page to Stage - auditions, rehearsal and performance. CLICK HERE for full details. All enquiries to Joanne Watt, Coordinator, Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited.
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                         Open Section - Nominations 2014

The first award nominations for the year have just been announced.  We are delighted that three people closely associated with Williamstown Little Theatre have been nominated.


Jason Bovaird, The Phantom of the Opera, Babirra Music Theatre
Jason Bovaird, Crazy for You, Babirra Music Theatre
Jason Bovaird / Deryk Hartwick, Frankenstein, Williamstown Musical Theatre

Female Performer in a Supporting Role

Barbara Hughes, Tessie Tura, Gypsy, Williamstown Musical Theatre

Chookas to Barb, Jason and Deryk for the big awards night on 13 December.


                                             Barb Hughes
as Tessie Tura in Gypsy



November. When the thoughts of theatre folks turn to the last production of the year, getting the Playbill together for the following year, and developing a survival plan to cope with the endless stream of award ceremonies between now and the end of December. 

It’s a tricky job being an adjudicator of theatre – or any form of the arts for that matter. There will always be an element of subjectivity to the decision-making processes, ensuring that a percentage of the population won’t agree with you - and that’s pretty much unavoidable. Equally unavoidable is the problem of trying to compare apples with oranges. How do you compare a “Whoops-where’s-my-trousers-here-comes-the-vicar” English farce with a gut wrenching, tear jerking, heart breaking drama? Or a musical? It’s tricky stuff.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have adjudicated at some of Melbourne’s finest theatre companies (including WLT), and for the Victorian Drama League. To me, there’s a couple of things you need to be able to do…..

Firstly, you need to be able to separate the play from the production. When adjudicating, it’s the production adjudicators are looking at – not the play. Everyone has styles of play that they love, and plays that they detest. It’s important for the adjudicator to be able to look past what he/she thinks of the play itself, and instead look at what the director, cast and crew did with it. Were they true to the author’s intentions? Were they true to the characters? Did they make it accessible to the audience?

Secondly, the adjudicator needs to be able to view the production in front of them with no pre-conceived notions. There’s no right and wrong way to do a play. Just because you’ve enjoyed it done a certain way in the past, that should not influence your approach to the production in front of you. And that’s not an easy thing to do!

Thirdly, the adjudicator needs to call it as they see it. Non-professional theatre is a smallish community. It’s unusual to see a show where you don’t know someone involved in it. The adjudicator needs to be able to put personalities and relationships aside, and make the most honest decisions they can. Once again, no mean feat.  

So hats off to all adjudicators out there. It’s a difficult job, and we appreciate your willingness to put yourself and your decisions on the line. You play an important role in helping to identify and celebrate excellence.

And if I don’t agree with your decisions, what would you know about theatre anyway?

See you in the foyer!




Our condolences to Maureen White, whose father died some weeks ago.  We’re sorry to hear of your loss Maureen, and our thoughts are with you.


Our condolences to Judi Clark, whose mother died on 1st November in the UK at the very laudable age of 95.  Judi said, "Although not mobile for some time, there was nothing wrong with her ‘little grey cells’". Her mother had been unwell for just a couple of weeks and passed away peacefully.  Judi is currently in the UK, return time at this stage unknown. We’re thinking of you at this sad time, Judi.


Jennifer Piper, WLT Committee member, actor and the talented lady who puts together our fabulous programs is involved with an ensemble of professional actors and theatre-makers in an upcoming theatre production at the Bluestone Church Arts Space in Footscray. Louis Nowra's best-loved play Cosi will run from 27 November to 6 December. Chookas to Jenn for a great run with this show.

Bookings CLICK HERE  Enquiries




Bump out of The Kitchen Sink 
Everything cleared ready for Cordell Day and the start of the next set!

Delightful BBQ meal will be provided.
Tuesday 9 December from about 5.30/6.00pm.


The Other Place
By Sharr White
Director: Kris Weber

Open Rehearsal:
Sunday 11 January  3.30 pm

Season: 12-28 February 2015




Current memberships are due for renewal by 31 December.  To renew, you can download the form, simply click the button below and either send a cheque or pay by EFT.

Note: New memberships received in the last few weeks are designated as 2015 membership.

Shirley Sydenham

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Staffing of, and training for, the 2015 backstage positions are currently under consideration

Would you like to operate sound & lights or stage manage any of our shows listed for 2015?   Maybe you would just like to assist and find out how easy it is to do? Training provided.

Our coordinators Neil Williamson (Operation) and Alex Begg (Stage Management) are currently looking at allocating the backstage personnel for the five shows of 2015.

They would love to hear from you if you are interested, either to put your hand up or to enquire! Click one or both buttons below to email them directly.
Email Neil
Email Alex

2015 Season dates are:

Play 1: 12 – 28 Feb
Play 2: 23 April – 9 May
Play 3: 2 -18 July
Play 4: 10-26 September
Play 5: 19 Nov – 5 Dec


Back in August we farewelled Roger and Wendy Forsey (pictured here) on their two month European odyssey. Well they're back now and Roger is already applying his tech savvy approach to the myriad of challenges our theatre presents. Thank God for Roger!

We asked Roger to share some snippets from their travels, which he has kindly done. After leaving a Melbourne winter, Singapore's heat and humidity was a bit of a shock. Roger reckons Singapore is amazing and leaves Australia for dead! Well that probably depends on the criteria you apply and what you're comparing it with. A night time visit to the Gardens by the Bay (pictured) was pretty special.

Once they got to Budapest, the start of their river cruise, the fun began. Roger got separated from Wendy while photographing the sunset at the Chain Bridge over the Danube. A Turkish chap came up to him and started waving a map around and asking for directions. After a short conversation Roger left him and went in search of Wendy. Suspicions were heightened when he followed Roger to the bridge ramp. Next thing he knew the Turk was tugging on "my belt and jabbering something about my belt buckle." It was soon obvious to Roger that he had been relieved of his wallet! Grabbing him by the wrist Roger asked him politely for his wallet back. This appeared out of the dark and after an animated conversation, Roger gained the impression that he wanted a 1000 Hungarian Forint reward for the wallet's prompt return!!! That's about AU $5. After some discussion they shook hands and Roger went off, a little shell shocked, in search of Wendy. He passed his Turkish mate who was already fishing in the pocket of a Chinese tourist. It seems that the Turk's modus operandi was not to make a scene if caught and to move on the next victim in the crowd.

After all this excitement, the Forseys thought it was nice to see the stately Parliament House in Budapest sitting so large and dramatically on the famous Danube River and just opposite where they joined their river cruise.

For more travellers' tales from Roger, click on the button below which links back to the full story on our own website. There, you'll read about dodgy and illegitimate ticket inspectors in Budapest, "Aussie sheilas with a few sherbets under their belt" on the river cruise and the street urinals (pictured) of Amsterdam.

Roger's Traveller Tales!

Editor: Frank Page   M. 0417 010 817  E.

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