Information and image courtesy of Therese Wilkins
Information and image courtesy of Therese Wilkins
Due to popular demand, following a successful season at the 2017 Newcastle Fringe Festival, Clark Gormley is putting on another performance of Dial N for Nerder in Newcastle. This is a show about love, death and telecommunications, featuring original songs, a nerdy slide show, and classic film noir high drama. Audiences will be on the edge of their devices.
Friday 19th of May
The Royal Exchange
32-34 Bolton St
Information and image courtesy of Clark Gormley
Charity Hope Valentine works at a seedy Times Square dime-a-dance joint. Charity is an incurable optimist with a golden heart who longs for love but never seems to look for it in the right places, until one day the fickle finger of fate intervenes and she falls in love with Oscar, from whom she must hide her chequered past and sordid dance hall job.
Leading the creative team is Director Margaret Holdom, Musical Director Maryellen Gillard and Choreographer Zachary Webster.
Margaret Holdom, Director – “I was surprised and honoured to receive a phone call from WMTC asking me to direct their production of Sweet Charity, and I took very little time considering my reply. I have seen this show many times, and have always been enchanted and intrigued by the enduring optimism of a woman who has very little support, who only wants to be loved, but who faces ongoing indifference from those she trusts. She asks “Where am I going?” and the answer is always nowhere!
To do a show set in the swinging sixties is a special bonus for me. This would have to be my favourite fashion era, and I was a young fashion conscious teenager in that decade. It was a time when the world was changing rapidly, and women were making themselves heard. Perhaps many of us could relate to Charity’s plight, and knew there was something better than this!
I have enjoyed the most wonderful opportunity to work with the extremely talented Maryellen and Zachary, along with all the other members of my Creative Team. The big question when putting on this show is will a triple threat actress turn up at auditions for the lead role? We were immediately put at ease when Monique Donath performed for us, and she is supported by an extremely talented cast.
WMTC has been my second home for the 17 years that I have lived on the Central Coast. Many wonderful friendships have been formed here, and I have had the opportunity to perform dream lead roles, put my creativity to work as a director and sing my heart out. You never stop learning from the theatre people around you, and I am constantly amazed at the talent, both young and older, we experience here at WMTC. I am humbled and honoured to have recently been granted life membership of WMTC.”
Recently elected President of WMTC Kim Rowley said “My journey with WMTC started in 2005 as a parent wanting to give my son a chance to sing. Now I consider myself a part of the WMTC family, I am wanting to ensure our continued success in prroducing quality musical theatre productions in a family friendly environment for the Wyong and surrounding communities and this production of Sweet Charity has the best of everything.”
With hits including ‘Big Spender’, ‘Rhythm of Life’ and ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’, join WMTC for Bob Fosse’s iconic Sweet Charity to see if our heroine can live ‘Hopefully Ever After”…
Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano
Produced for the Broadway stage by: Fryer, Carr and Harris
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse
“Sweet Charity” is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical
On behalf of Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
Wyong Musical Theatre Company is thrilled to be back at The Art House after its successful first season with Oliver! and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast last year.
Strictly Limited season Friday 5th May till Saturday 13th May 2017.
The Art House
Cnr Anzac Ave & Margaret St
Information and image courtesy of WMTC publicity
This gallery contains 38 photos.
Photos taken at Kooindah Waters, Wyong, yesterday. The exhibition continues until April 23rd. For more info, visit https://www.kooindahwatersgolf.com.au See also Sculpture on the Greens at Kooindah Waters for more photos taken at the exhibition in 2015.
The 5 Lands Experience is back for April. A regular monthly community event, at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, each month, the 5 Lands Experience begins with a free community drum circle, at 5pm all ages and levels encouraged. Bring your own drum or have a go with ours! We’ll have loads of different percussion for everyone to try.
A well established, well known local band, the 5 Lands band has run for over 9 years around the Central Coast – from Terrigal, to Erina, to Gosford. Named after originally forming to perform at the popular Central Coast 5 Lands Walk in Terrigal, the ever changing line up of The 5 Lands Band, lead by Rendra Freestone, brings together some of the top musicians from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle. The unique band doesn’t practice, nor write music together, but rather create improvised jams, based on funk, jazz, folk and groove. Well known for getting the dance floor filled, the 5 Lands Band kick off music at 6.30pm.
Feature artist this month is Chaika.
What do you get when you throw together the prowess of six highly creative musical minds? In the case of Chaika the result is a powerhouse of musical innovation. Chaika are an ensemble of six young musicians who are drawn together with a desire to create a uniquely captivating sound. Sensuous, cinematic and at times irresistibly danceable, their music is a rich tapestry of spine-tingling vocal harmonies that weave seamlessly into instrumental dialogues and draw influence from the Balkans and contemporary jazz. Clarinet, violin, piano, double-bass, guitar, accordion, vocals and percussion create soundscapes that go beyond the folk and jazz genres, recalling the textures and dynamic temperament of classical music and certainly with the same demand of technical agility. They have toured extensively nationwide to great acclaim, performing at many high profile venues and festivals including opening for Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass festival in 2014, and in 2016 closing for the Jungle Love Festival.
Chaika have been described as “deeply touching and meditative” as well as “exuberant, virtuosic and uplifting.” Individually their members have written for and performed with artists such as Monsieur Camembert, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Nicky Bomba, Mara! & the Martenitsa Choir, Baby et Lulu, Riley Lee, The Rhythm Hunters and The Song Company on national and international stages. Together they create music of spellbinding beauty and exhilarating energy.
“It is easy to be enchanted” – The Australian
“Mesmerising… Extraordinary” ★★★★ – Fine Music FM
As a not for profit community space, The Rhythm Hut is dedicated to supporting the arts and music on The Central Coast, and this monthly event is open to the whole community, with entry by donation. Suitable and affordable for the whole family, patrons are encouraged to pay whatever they can afford to help keep this unique space running, and such events happening on The Central Coast. Delicious home style cooked dinners and desserts are available for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is fully licensed with assorted beers, wines and ciders, including locally made Six String beers. Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
WHAT: The 5 Lands Experience ft. The 5 Lands Band and Chaika
WHEN: Sunday 30th April, 5pm
WHERE: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford
COST: Entry by donation
Information and image courtesy of The Rhythm Hut publicity
BOOKINGS FOR “THE CHILDREN’S HOUR” ARE NOW OPEN!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS CALL 1300 665 600 OR VISIT
Directed by Andy Kabanoff
MAY 19 – 27, 2017 @ Wyong Grove Theatre
CHILDREN IN STARRING ROLES – BUT THIS IS NO CHILDREN’S PLAY!
One could easily think that Wyong Drama Group’s upcoming production of ‘The Children’s Hour’ was a sweet childhood comedy, but nothing could be further from the truth. When left-wing firebrand feminist Lillian Hellman wrote the play in 1934 she gave her dark story an ironic title – a suggestion that this is what might happen if children took control, unchecked by the wisdom that should come with maturity. She based the story on events which had taken place over a hundred years previously, but the story could well have been written yesterday. Audiences will find the story line disturbing familiar.
Like Dalton Trumbo (the subject of the recent film ‘Trumbo’), Lillian Hellman and her partner, detective writer Dashiell Hammett, were blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee. No doubt Lillian had strong left-wing leanings, but in this play she raises a flag for Feminism decades before it was fashionable to do so. Her cast of 13 has one male character, 5 adult females and 7 girls between the ages of 11 and 14.
She examines prejudices which still hold sway in society today as two teachers at a girls school are accused of having a lesbian relationship. So controversial was the play that it was not filmed with the plot unchanged until 1961 because of the strict censorship rules which applied in US cinema. Hopefully we are somewhat more broad-minded today but small town narrow thinking still infects today’s society. Gossip becomes fact overnight, people are guilty until proven innocent, trial by media wins out in our post-truth world.
Sally Bartley, most recently seen in WDG’s ‘Steel Magnolias’, and newcomer Kathryn Peterson explore great emotional depths in the roles of Martha and Karen (played by Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film) – two women who run a small boarding school for the daughters of wealthy families and who become the subject of malicious allegations.
Pam Campbell (WDG’s ‘The Shoehorn Sonata’) and Annie Bilton (seen recently in Woy Woy Little Theatre’s ‘When Dad Married Fury’) are both icons of Central Coast theatre and totally convince as the righteous society matriarch and the self-centred actress-turned-teacher whose blindness and insensitivity each contribute to the tragic unfolding of events.
Newcomer Bill Mifsud shines as Karen’s fiance, a voice of sanity amidst the madness, and Marta Cabarrus who debuted last year as Herta in WDG’s ‘Sepia Secrets’ brings commonsense and humanity to the role of Agatha.
Kay-lea Sims (soon to appear in Jopuka Productions ’13 The Musical’) is truly frightening as Mary, every parent or teacher’s worst nightmare. Harmony Davies evokes sympathy as the major victim of her bullying. Chloe McWilliam (recently seen in Jopuka’s ‘Hating Alison Ashley’), Emma Peterson (recently in Wyong Musical Theatre Company’s ‘Oliver’), Jacinta Cormie, Jorden Hynes and Isabel Purser complete the ensemble of children whose self-devised scenes will entertain and amuse against the dark backdrop of unfolding events.
Direction is by Sally Bartley and Andy Kabanoff (recently seen in ‘When Dad Married Fury’ at Woy Woy and in his own play ‘Sepia Secrets’ at Wyong.)
‘The Children’s Hour’ runs from May 19th – 27th at The Grove, Wyong. Details can be found on the Wyong Drama Group website. Bookings are now open. Please join us to be entertained and confronted by this timeless theatrical triumph.
KAREN WRIGHT Kathryn Peterson
MARTHA DOBIE Sally Bartley
DR JOSEPH CARDIN Bill Mifsud
MRS AMELIA TILFORD Pam Campbell
MRS LILY MORTAR Annie Bilton
AGATHA Marta Cabarrus
MARY TILFORD Kay-lea Sims
EVELYN MUNN Emma Peterson
ROSALIE WELLS Harmony Davies
PEGGY ROGERS Chloe McWilliam
LOIS FISHER Jacinta Cormie
HELEN BURTON Jorden Hynes
CATHERINE Isabel Purser
GROCERY BOYS Jacinta Cormie & Jorden Hynes
Information and image courtesy of WDG publicity