About

About Williamstown Musical Theatre Company

 

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc is a non-profit incorporated association, which has the support and endorsement of the Hobsons Bay Council and is administered by a volunteer committee of management.

 

Formerly known as Williamstown Light Opera Company, we have staged numerous productions for both theatre-lovers and the Hobsons Bay community for fifty years at our theatre, The Williamstown Mechanics Institute on the corner of Melbourne Road and Electra Street.

 

Williamstown Light Opera Company was first formed in 1954 and our first production was “The Pirates of Penzance” in 1956. Since then we have staged three show per year until 2002 when our theatre underwent renovations to improve our facilities.

 

Re-Launched in 2005 under our new name, Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc we aim to establish and develop, nurture and encourage the performing arts and musical theatre within the City of Hobsons Bay and the broader community.

 

Our company membership is comprised of people of a wide range of ages and backgrounds with a common interest in vocal music and theatre.

 

The productions and events that we have and intend to produce are of a diverse nature, and are being conducted and planned as part of the overall strategy.

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Productions include:

  • Two major theatrical productions per annum
  • One Variety Concert / Cabaret Festival or Pantomime per annum

 

We believe our company is an ideal opportunity for local community involvement, at any level, with musical theatre.  A theatre company isn’t all about acting, dancing and singing, we offer the opportunity for all aspects of the community to get involved, from performers, musicians to set builders, scenic artists, lighting designers, production team personnel, local businesses, and promoters – even people who can sew – to get together and support the local community whilst putting on a great show.

 

A successful theatre company is the sum of all its parts; it cannot work without a supportive network.  We welcome anyone who can help out in any way from volunteers to sponsorship.

 

 

 

Executive Team 2017

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President
Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Life Member
Secretary 2005
President since 2006
Vice President
Marco Fusco
Committee since 2008
Vice President since 2010
Treasurer
Cameron Sharp
Committee since 2013
Treasurer since 2015
Secretary
Jayson Fry
Committee since 2013
Secretary since 2017

General Management 2017

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Peter Stanek
Life Member
Committee since 2001
Mark Spencer
Committee 2008
Vice President 2009
Treasurer 2010 / 2011
Committee since 2015
Ang Cuy
Committee since 2007
Patricia Chetcuti
Life Member
Committee since 2007
Secretary 2009 / 2011
Treasurer 2012 / 2014
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Stuart Dodge
Committee since 2015
Lynne Podesta-Muir
Committee 2014
Committee since 2016
Bianca Giorgetti
Committee since 2016
Shane Foster
Committee since 2015
Secretary 2016

 Support Roles

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Norm Cassidy-Anderson
Member since 2010
Jack Neill
Life Member

PAST COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

2016
President: 
Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Vice President: 
Marco Fusco
Secretary: 
Shane Foster
Treasurer: 
Cameron Sharp
General Committee: 
Patricia Chetcuti, Mark Spencer, Peter Stanek, Ang Cuy, Jayson Fry, Stuart Dodge, Lynne Podesta-Muir, Bianca Giorgetti

 

2015
President: 
Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Vice President: 
Marco Fusco
Secretary: 
Carla Gianonitti
Treasurer: 
Cameron Sharp
General Committee: 
Patricia Chetcuti, Mark Spencer, Peter Stanek, Brett Somerville, Ang Cuy, Jayson Fry, Shane Foster, Stuart Dodge

 

2014
President: 
Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Vice President: 
Marco Fusco
Secretary: 
Carla Gianonitti
Treasurer: 
Patricia Chetcuti
General Committee: 
Peter Stanek, Brett Somerville, Ang Cuy, James Harley, Cameron Sharp, Jayson Fry, Pamela Eastland, Anna Marinelli, Jessica Quayle, Lynne Podesta-Muir

 

2013
President: Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Vice President: Marco Fusco
Secretary: Carla Gianinotti
Treasurer: Patricia Chetcuti
General Committee: Peter Stanek, Brett Somerville, Ang Cuy, James Harley, Cameron Sharp, Jayson Fry

 

2012
President: Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Vice President: Marco Fusco
Secretary: Caroline Winicizenko
Treasurer: Patricia Chetcuti
General Committee: Peter Stanek, Ang Cuy, Shelley Alexander, Carla Gianinotti

 

2010/ 2011
President: Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Vice President: Marco Fusco
Secretary: Patricia Chetcuti
Treasurer: Mark Spencer
General Committee: Peter Stanek, Ang Cuy, Shelley Alexander, Ros O’Donovan, Ezra Tepania, Caroline Winicizenko

 

2009/ 2010
President: Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Vice President: Mark Spencer
Secretary: Patricia Chetcuti
Treasurer: Ros O’Donovan
General Committee: Peter Stanek, Ang Cuy, Marco Fusco, Shelley Alexander

 

2008/ 2009
President: Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Secretary: Anna Marinelli
Treasurer: Ros O’Donovan
General Committee: Mark Spencer, Peter Stanek, Patricia Chetcuti, Ang Cuy, Caroline Behnane, Marco Fusco, Shelley Alexander

 

2007/ 2008
President: Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Secretary: Anna Marinelli
Treasurer: Ros O’Donovan
General Committee: Peter Stanek, Wayne Harris, Patricia Chetcuti, Ang Cuy, Caroline Behnane, Shaun O’Donovan

 

2006/ 2007
President: Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Secretary: Margaret Hammon
Treasurer: Ros O’Donovan
General Committee: Brett Somerville, Shaun O’Donovan, Peter Stanek, Sarah Douglas, Lydia Gardner, Barbara Simpson

 

December 2005 to July 2006
President: Peter West
Secretary: Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Treasurer: John Taylor
General Committee: Linda French, Margaret Hammon, Doris Cassar, Barbara Simpson, Ros O’Donovan, Peter Stanek, Sean Stanek, Lydia Gardner, Robyn Mather, Brett Somerville

What is the management committee’s role?

The Management Committee is the governing body responsible for ensuring the long-term health and success of Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc. The Management Committee acts on behalf of our members to ensure that our organisation remains viable and effective both in the present and for the future. The Management Committee has the ultimate authority for financial operations and budgeting to ensure the achievement of strategic objectives and also has the responsibility of ensuring that the various activities of our organisation are in compliance with the law and expectations of stakeholders and that risks are managed.

 

What are the major responsibilities of our Management committee?

The Management Committee’s key governance responsibilities include:

    • Strategic Planning – set and review the short, medium and long term goals of the organisation in consultation with key stakeholders
    • Financial Oversight
      • approve budgets; monitor business performance;
      • approve large investments and any major financial decisions;
      • ensure there is accurate financial reporting
    • Policy Formulation – establish a Management Committee level policy framework for governing the organisation within which all operational plans and actions are developed
    • Legal Compliance – ensure that the organisation complies with all aspects of the law, including legislation covering such areas as employment, trading, occupational health and safety.
    • Risk – ensure major risks are identified and managed, ensure a risk management plan is established and monitored to ensure compliance and effectiveness
    • Organisational Performance – monitor management and organisational performance
    • Succession Planning – for the Management Committee and oversight of members and management
    • Stakeholder Relations – identify key stakeholders, build relationships, communicate and seek stakeholder views on strategic direction
    • Promotion of the organisation – positive ambassadors externally and role modelling internally
    • Reporting to members and other stakeholders at the annual general meeting

 

What are my legal duties as a Management committee member?

As Committee Members are appointed to act on behalf of the organisation, a high level of trust is placed in them to act appropriately. Committee Members are required to act with a high degree of trust, honesty, care and diligence and to act in the best interests of the organisation at all times.

The detailed duties come from the legislation under which our organisation is incorporated – the Associations Incorporation Act and from common law and general law.

In summary the duties are:

    • To act with good faith and honesty in the best interests of the organisation
    • To act with reasonable care and diligence

 

What skills and attributes can effective committee members exhibit?

Highly recommended skills and attributes include:

    • Commitment to the organisation’s objectives
    • The ability to think critically and analytically
    • The ability to think creatively and laterally
    • Ethical and moral behaviour
    • An understanding of basic finance
    • Understanding of stakeholders and their needs
    • Independence of thought
    • Ability to think strategically
    • Ability to operate as part of a team
    • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
    • Familiarity with the organisation and operation of productions, or willingness to familiarise yourself with it
    • Organisational awareness, or willingness to learn about it

In addition, ideally a Management Committee Member would have:

    • Management / business experience
    • General Legal knowledge
    • A general interest in the performing arts and the community.

Do not join the Management Committee if you have identified a major conflict of interest which you believe would compromise yourself or our organisation.
A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has a personal, professional or business interest that is likely to influence decisions made by them or has the potential to interfere with the proper performance of official duties.

 

What does this commitment involve?

Term of office

There is a set term of office for Management Committee members which is 1 year. It is important that you are able to commit to the set term of office, as it affects Management Committee performance, succession planning and organisational health.

Management Committee Meetings

Regular meetings are held monthly. You may not realistically be able to attend all of them but as a ‘rule of thumb’ it is recommended that the minimum attendance be 80% of meetings.

If you cannot make this commitment, due to other commitments, you may not be a useful Management Committee member, despite your skills and experience. You may be able to contribute as a member of a sub committee or in another volunteer role.

Management Committee activities

From time to time, Management Committee members must participate in activities such as strategic planning days, Management Committee performance evaluations, large fundraising events, etc. Depending on your role on the Management Committee, you may also be required to speak to the media on behalf of the Management Committee or the organisation.

Sub-committees

You may also be asked to join subcommittees. Sub-committees are groups responsible for managing particular programs or functions related to the governance or operations of the organisation.You may be expected to attend separate meetings and activities for each sub-committee.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The presence of Management Committee members is required at all AGMs. This demonstrates to members and stakeholders your commitment to the Management Committee and increases confidence in the Management Committee. AGM’s occur annually usually between the months on February and April.

 

So what now?

If you believe you would be a good Management Committee member and have made the decision to commit to providing your service to the Management Committee, the next step is to nominate yourself for election at the next AGM (note that you must have been a member of the company the previous calendar year in order to be elected for a role on the management committee).

Once successfully elected onto our management committee, you will go through an induction process, including receiving information about our organisation, your duties and responsibilities, legal and compliance issues, etc. You will also meet the other members of the Management Committee in which you will be working alongside. Then you are ready to start!

As a Management Committee member, you will need to continually update your knowledge about the context in which the organisation operates, and about best practice in governance. The information in your induction pack should be a useful reference for you to use during your time on the Management Committee.

 

Management Job Descriptions

Obviously no document can entirely list the tasks and responsibilities our volunteer committee of management put into the running the company each year but here is a brief overview of our formal roles.

President

    • Chair meetings of the Committee.
    • Delegate tasks between Committee members depending on office, expertise and availability.
    • Ensure each Committee member fulfils their position description and completes all tasks given to them.
    • Liaise with the Hobsons Bay City Council in regards to theatre booking and relationships between WMTC and the council.
    • Inform applicants for positions with WMTC, of their selection or non-selection.
    • Constantly have an understanding of the company’s situation in terms of finance, morale and place in the community and to bring issues to the company’s attention accordingly.
    • Ensure the welfare of all members is looked after at all times and that visitors are made to feel welcome.
    • Ensure the goals of WMTC, especially those regarding community involvement, are met to the best of the company’s ability.
    • See also: General Committee Member

Vice President

    • Deputise for the President in their absence and, in the event of absence, for its duration, be awarded all powers and responsibilities conferred on the President by the company’s agreement.
    • Lead the company’s sponsorship and fundraising initiatives.
    • Maintain company’s existing sponsorship partnerships, maintain sponsorship packages, negotiate sponsorship agreements and draw up contracts with secured sponsors.
    • Ensure that all contractual obligations on both sides are fulfilled in regards to sponsorship. Guide the company’s publicity team in conjunction with the company’s Publicist, Graphic Designer and Ticket Secretary.
    • Constantly have an understanding of the company’s situation in terms of finance, morale and place in the community and bring any issues to the company’s attention accordingly.
    • Ensure the welfare of all members is looked after at all times and that visitors are made to feel welcomed.
    • Ensure the goals of WMTC, especially those regarding community involvement, are met to the best of the company’s ability.
    • See also: General Committee Member

Secretary

    • Distribute and receive Membership, Emergency Contact and Photo Release forms.
    • Keep the Emergency Contact forms with them at all times at WMTC events, in the case of any incidents, or in the case of non-attendance, ensure another Committee member possesses the forms.
    • Keep the membership database up-to-date.
    • Receive notice of a member’s request for a Special General Meeting, and follow the Constitution on the matter of the Annual General Meeting.
    • Keep minutes at each meeting of the Committee.
    • Be the custodian of the common seal of WMTC.
    • Keep all documents and forms etc. in their custody. They should be kept with due care for the sensitive nature of some of the information, and with regard to the Privacy Act and the responsibility the Secretary has to the members of WMTC to safeguard their personal information.
    • The Secretary is the Public Officer of the association, and must ensure that their details, and the associations, are up to date with Consumer Affairs.
    • As Public Officer, is responsible for the managing the completion of the Annual Statement for the financial year of their service (i.e. the financial year in which they completed the majority of their role).
    • The Secretary is in charge of receiving, distributing and answering correspondence – including the WMTC PO Box.
    • Should be aware of the content of the Constitution and the Protocols of WMTC. The Constitution cannot be changed without a vote by the members of WMTC at a Special General meeting or at an Annual General Meeting. The Protocols of WMTC are suggestions for each Committee from past Committees and the WMTC membership.
    • See also: General Committee Member

Treasurer

    • Manage the finances of WMTC in all company accounts.
    • Issue payments, along with a second signatory for:Create and oversee the budget for the company during the Committee year in accordance with company budget guidelines.
      • Invoices made to Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc.
        OR
      • Expenses paid for WMTC business, providing that the costs associated have been previously approved by the Treasurer, and that a receipt for the exact cost is provided – which the Treasurer must retain a copy of.
    • Create and oversee the budget for the company during the Committee year in accordance with company budget guidelines.
    • Create invoices for services provided by WMTC to external parties.
    • Issue receipts for all payments made to Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc, including direct deposit into the WMTC bank account.
    • Handle any money given to WMTC responsibly and deposit all cash and cheques received within two weeks.
    • Ensure that cash-in-transit does not exceed $3,000.
    • Liaise with the sponsorship team to ensure sufficient funds are raised to cover general company expenses, exclusive of ticket sales for show budget.
    • See also: General Committee Member

General Committee Member

    • Assist with the running of the Company.
    • Attend Committee Meetings and actively partake in discussions and decisions relating to the best interests of WMTC.
    • Assist with the running, logistical and organisational aspects of WMTC events (including Rehearsal Camps, Social Nights and Major Productions).
    • Take responsibility for smaller miscellaneous tasks, allowing the office bearers to focus solely on their positions.
    • At the office bearers’ request, assist with certain duties that their role may require.
    • Filling in if a Committee member is unable to complete a task or attend a meeting for a certain reason (e.g. If Secretary is away, take minutes).

WMTC Life Members

Aina Breedon
Arthur Donohue
Barbara Freebody
Debra Taylor
Doris Lalor (dec)
Elaine Bird
Eva Pearce (dec)
Jack Neill
Jim Maloney
Jessica Beckman
John Marks
Les Kelham (dec)
Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Margaret Fyfe (dec)

Patsy & Ian Thomas
Peter Harrington
Peter Lalor
Peter Stanek
Ros O’Donovan (dec)
Roy McQuade
Trevor McKay (dec)
Verlie Banova
Yvonne Hawkins (dec)

 

The quest for musical excellence has seen WMTC productions consistently recognised by the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria. With over sixty member companies, the Guild awards are an annual celebration of achievement in non professional theatre. WMTC has received the following nominations.

2016

Choreography
Ashley Tynan, The Addams Family
Steven Rostron, Catch Me If You Can

Sound
Marcello Lo Ricco, The Addams Family

Female Performer in a Supporting Role
Rachel Rai as Brenda Strong, Catch Me If You Can

 

2015

Choreography
Steven Rostron, The Witches of Eastwick

Cameo Performance
Sarah Kate Hanley as Brenda Parley, The Witches of Eastwick

Ensemble Performance
The Ensemble, The Witches of Eastick

Junior Female in a Leading Role
Sheridan Adams as Ariel, The Little Mermaid Jr

Junior Female in a Supporting Role
Madison Peake as Ursula, The Little Mermaid Jr
Gabriella Barbagallo as Sebastian, The Little Mermaid Jr

2014

Production of the Year
Frankenstein

Director
Shaun Kingma, Frankenstein

Lighting
Jason Bovaird & Deryk Hartwick, Frankenstein (Winner)

Technical Achievement
Frankenstein

Male Performer in a Leading Role
Mark Doran, The Creature, Frankenstein

Male Performer in a Supporting Role
Lee Threadgold, Herbie, Gypsy

Female Performer in a Supporting Role
Sarah Kate Hanley, Louise, Gypsy (Winner)
Barbara Hughes, Tessie Tura, Gypsy
Jessica Barlow, Justine, Frankenstein

Dancer’s Award
Robbie Smith, Tulsa, Gypsy

Cameo Performance
Andrew Roberts, Uncle Jocko, Gypsy

Ensemble Performance
The Ensemble, Frankenstein

2013

Settings
Norm Cassidy-Anderson, Urinetown

Female Performer in a Leading Role
Alana Kiely, Charity Hope Valentine, Sweet Charity

Male Performer in a Supporting Role
Blake Testro, Vittorio Vidal, Sweet Charity

Female Performer in a Supporting Role
Ashley Tynan, Nickie, Sweet Charity
Stephanie Hickey, Little Sally, Urinetown

2012

Production of the Year
Next to Normal

Direction
Shaun Kingma, Next to Normal (Winner)

Musical Direction
Tyson Legg, Next to Normal

Settings
Shaun Kingma, Next to Normal

Lighting
Jason Bovaird and Deryk Hartwick, Next to Normal

Male Performer in a Leading Role
Paul Watson, Next to Normal

Female Performer in a Leading Role
Rosa McCarty, Next to Normal (Winner)

Male Performer in a Supporting Role
Bradley Dylan, Next to Normal

2011

Production of the Year
Chicago

Direction
Paul Watson, Chicago

Musical Direction
Daniel Heskett, Chicago

Choreography
Venessa Paech, Chicago

Settings
Paul Watson, Chicago

Wardrobe
Suzanne Ellt, Chicago

Lighting
Jason Bovaird, Chicago (Winner)

Female Performer in a Leading Role
Rosa McCarty, Dusty, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva
Erin Cooke, Velma Kelly, Chicago
Katie Weston, Roxie Hart, Chicago (Winner)

Male Performer in a Supporting Role
Angelo De Cata, Billy Flynn, Chicago (Winner)

Male Performer in a Supporting Role
Stuart Dodge, Amos Hart, Chicago

Female Performer in a Supporting Role
Philippa Chalke, Mary O’Brien, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva

Junior Performer in an Open Production
Campbell Bonello, Lefou, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr

2010

Male Performer in a Leading Role
Nick Kong, Freddie Benson, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Female Performer in a Supporting Role
Anna Marinelli, Muriel, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

2009

Production of the Year
Assassins

Direction
Chris Hughes, Assassins

Choreography
Daniel Heskett / Scott Ponsford / Mark Spencer, Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision

Wardrobe
Sarah Brunton, Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision

Technical Achievement
Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision

Male Performer in a Supporting Role
Shaun Kingma, John Wilkes Booth, Assassins (Winner)
Angelo De Cata, Charles Guiteau, Assassins
David Gardette, Leon Czolgosz, Assassins

Female Performer in a Supporting Role
Lauren Elise, Sara Jane Moore, Assassins

Ensemble Award
Estonian and Russian ensembles, Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision
The assassins, Assassins (Winner)

WMTC Inc also received a Judges Award for “The Hosts” in Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision – Awarded to- Lisa Pilkington and Blake Testro (Winner)

2008

Technical Achievement
The Wedding Singer

Cameo Performance
Paul Henry Basilio, Imelda Marcos, The Wedding Singer
Blake Testro, Ronald Reagan, The Wedding Singer
Ezra Tepania, Tina Turner, The Wedding Singer

2007

Technical Achievement
Little Shop of Horrors

2006

SHOUT! The Legend of the Wild One
Choreographer – Danielle Carlisle
Musical Director – Adrian Szondy
Male Performer in a Leading Role – Chris Hughes

WMTC Inc also received a Judges Award for “The Delltones” in SHOUT! The Legend of the Wild One – Awarded to- Patt Ryan, Scott McConnell, Adam Tonking & Eric Wawra (Winner)

2000

The King And I
Dancers Award – Nicole Ryan

1998

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Production of the Year
Director – Andrew Johnson
Male performer in a Leading Role – Andrew Roberts – Pseudolus

The Wiz
Junior Production of the Year
Wardrobe
Junior Performer – Chantelle Fava – Scarecrow
Junior Performer – Liam Wilson – Tinman

1997

Brigadoon
Wardrobe
Male Performer in a Leading Role – Glenn Ritchie

1996

The Fantasticks
Male Performer in a Supporting Role – Phillip Hartley

1995

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Production of the Year
Musical Director – Sigmund Sokolowski
Choreographer – Harold Doran

1993

Pippin
Production of the Year
Choreography – Tamara Finch
Male Performer in a Leading Role – Andrew Wild – Pippin

1992

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Female Performer in a Supporting Role – Carmel Gleeson