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28 Apr 2015

VALE LIFE MEMBER– Ros O’Donovan – 15.2.1965 – 28.4.2015

It is with great sadness that we report well known Williamstown Musical Theatre Company identity and Life Member Ros O’Donovan has passed away.

Ros first became involved with the Williamstown Light Opera Company when her three children became performers and volunteers with the company.

From the freckled faced lady dropping off her clan she quickly became a fixture at the theatre and joined the committee of management in 2000. Between 2002 and the relaunch of the company as WMTC in 2006, she was heavily involved in the transition of WLOC to WMTC, with no shows being performed but lots of working bees to keep her busy.

Apart from being a member of the committee of management, Ros also became Ticket Secretary in 2000, a role she continued in until the end of 2010 – becoming a well-known face to all our patrons at the Box Office as well as organising our Front of House Team. While being Ticket Secretary she even managed to squeeze in the role of Treasurer from 2006 until 2010. During this time Ros helped manage our shift from Manual to Electronic Accounting and Ticketing systems.

Ros felt a deep connection with the company due to her children’s involvement and wanted to give back to WMTC in equal proportion to what her children had gotten out of our environment. WMTC had become her second family and home.

Some personal memories of Ros (“Frozzie” as we liked to call her) are numerous and varied and include her manual ticketing system which comprised of an A5 Notebook and coloured floor plan of the Theatre – the intricacies of which she only knew; a new outfit every Opening Night Gala in the colour of the theme of the show; her own special Champagne Glass waiting for her every performance; cleaning the dressing rooms and painting sets with us late into the night – including deciding to paint the Theatre Foyer at 3 am one morning – and her obsession with lavender freshener for the Foyer/Supper room carpets. Ros was always ready to help out no matter what and was a great friend not just to the company but to many of us who have worked both on and off the WMTC stage.

In 2013 it was a great honour for WMTC to bestow on Ros Life Membership. We will miss her and are very proud she was and always will be part of the WMTC Family.

Vale Frozzie

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9 Apr 2015

MAY 2016 PRODUCTION ANNOUNCEMENT – CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

WMTC is thrilled to announce our May 2016 Victorian Premiere Production of ‘Catch Me If You Can – The Musical’.

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can, is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Nominated for 4 TONY awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a TONY Award-winning “dream team”, with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abignale, Jr. runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.

Production Team Expressions of Interest will be sought in the coming months.

*Information correct at time of publication.

7 Apr 2015

AUDITIONS – THE LITTLE MERMAID JUNIOR

We are please to announce the release of audition information for our July/ August 2015 production of The Little Mermaid Junior.

Information on auditions can be found here.

9 Mar 2015

Works Notice – Hobsons Bay Community Workshop

Our set building and storage facility based at the Hobsons Bay Community Workshops is having some major works completed.

Hobsons Bay City Council, in partnership with the resident user groups of the Hobsons Bay Community Workshops, have been working over recent months to prepare for necessary construction works to be undertaken on the workshops. These works are scheduled to commence in March 2015.

Works to be undertaken include:

    • Replacement of the workshops roof
    • .Removal of asbestos
    • .Building compliance works and
    • .Other minor building modifications

Due to safety concerns, the building will need to be vacated from Monday 2 March 2015 until Tuesday 30 June 2015 while works are undertaken.

There will be no access available to the workshops for any member during the construction period, as the site is deemed to be a construction zone.

Where are WMTC going?

The Hobsons Bay City Council has given Williamstown Musical Theatre Company special permission to operate out of our theatre, the Williamstown Mechanics Institute. Set building for our May 2015 production of ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ will proceed within the theatre space working around rehearsals.

If you would like to offer to assist us with set building/ painting, and the list goes on, during this time, we would love to hear from you. Click here to make contact.

13 Feb 2015

Early Bird Tickets Released! – The Witches of Eastwick

Early Bird Tickets have now been released for The Witches of Eastwick running from the 8th to 23rd May 2015 at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute Theatre.

BOOK TICKETS NOW!

Early Bird Ticket Prices

From Friday 13th February to Thursday 12th March, 2015

    • Adults – $32.00
    • Concessions & Groups 10+ – $28.00
    • Black Tie Gala Opening Night – Adults $35.00 / Concession & Groups of 10+ $31.00

 

Comedy, drama and horror all come together in John Dempsy and Dana P. Rowe’s musical adaptation of The Witches of Eastwick. In the sleepy New England town of Eastwick, our three (not-so-wicked) witches Alexandra Spofford, Sukie Rougemont and Jane Smart are divorcees feeling trapped in their everyday humdrum lives. One stormy night, high on martinis and brownies, they make a crazy wish – for a man to make their own. But their wish has consequences they could never have dreamed…

A few days later, the mysterious and charismatic Darryl Van Horne arrives in Eastwick with a bang, taking over the local historical mansion to the horror of town doyen and president of the Eastwick Preservation Society, Felicia Gabriel. The stranger from New York wastes no time in seducing the three women, and setting them free to plan their revenge on the conservative town. Darryl encourages them to find the magic within themselves, and they finally ‘fly’ across the New England night.

But too much of a good thing can’t last forever…soon Alex, Jane and Sukie must face the consequences of their newfound passion for Darryl and the magic he can teach them. Felicia Gabriel and her Husband Clyde are the unfortunate victims of their power. When Darryl is deserted by his ‘three little ladies’, he turns his attentions to Clyde and Felicia’s daughter, Jennifer and soon a wedding is announced. Shocked, the three women must harness their power and face down the devil in disguise…

 

 

30 Jan 2015

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT – The Witches of Eastwick

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc is pleased to announce the cast of our May 2015 production of ‘The Witches of Eastwick‘. 

The production will run from the 8th to 23rd May, Early Bird Tickets released on Friday 13th February.

ROLE –  NAME
Daryl Van Horne –  Dave Barclay
 Alexandra Spofford –  Stephanie Powell
Jane Smart –  Nadia Gianinotti
Sukie Rougemount –  Rachel Rai
Felicia Gabriel –  Kelly Windle
Jennifer Gabriel –  Ursula Searle
Michael Spofford –  Joseph Spanti
Clyde Gabriel –  James Davies
Little Girl (Claire) –  Madeleine Checketts
Marge Perly –  Britt Lewis
Brenda Parley –  Sarah Kate Hanley
Greta Neff –  Laura Pearce
Gina Marino –  Kathleen Durongpisitkul
Eudora Bryce –  Eadie Testro-Girasole
Marcy Wills –  Mattie McLeod
Joe Marino –  Robbie Wilton
Ed Parsley –  Steven Edwards
Homer Perly –  Bradley Dylan
Raymond Neff –  Hammond Buckland
Toby Bergman –  James Howe

Further information is available on the production by clicking here.

19 Jan 2015

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – PRODUCTION TEAM ANNOUNCED

We are please to announce the production team for our November 2015 production of ‘The Addams Family’ – Stay tuned to the website or our Facebook page for further information and audition details soon.

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12 Jan 2015

Notice to Members of WMTC of Annual General Meeting

To all Members of Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc

Please be advised that the next Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held on
Tuesday 24th February 2015
at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute
Cnr Melbourne Road and Electra Street
(please enter from the double gates on Electra Street)
at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

AGENDA

    • Welcome
    • Present and Apologies
    • Minutes of the Previous AGM
    • Correspondence pertaining to the AGM
    • Presidents Report for 2014
    • Treasurers Report for 2014
    • Election of Office Bearers
    • General Business

At the Annual General Meeting all positions on the committee become vacant and are available for nomination.

The positions available are:

    • President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • General Committee (up to 10 positions are available)

All positions are for a one year term. The committee of management meets up to 12 times a year (once a month). Committee Meeting dates are decided each year by the newly elected committee. The first meeting date for the newly elected committee will be on Sunday 8th March at 5.30pm. Further information on the committee of management roles and responsibilities can be found here.

You must be a current financial member/life member of the Company and at least seventeen years of age to stand for a position on the committee.

You must be a current financial member/life member of the Company and at least sixteen years of age to nominate or second a nomination.

Only financial members/life members who are at least sixteen years of age are entitled to a vote at the Annual General Meeting.

You can renew your membership with Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc for 2015 now by clicking here.

If you cannot attend the Annual General Meeting and would like to vote on any issue that may arise, you can vote by proxy.

Committee nomination forms and proxy voting forms are available to download here or by contacting the company Secretary, Carla White on 0430 811 292 or email.

Nomination forms and proxy voting forms should be received by the Secretary NO LATER than Tuesday 17th February 2015.

They can be posted to:
WMTC Inc Secretary,
Carla White,
PO Box 119, Williamstown 3016

If you have any enquiries regarding the Annual General Meeting, committee nominations or proxy voting please call 0430 811 292 or email.

Kind Regards

Carla White
Secretary – WMTC Inc

 

23 Dec 2014

AUDITIONS – The Witches of Eastwick

We are please to announce the release of audition information for our May 2015 production of The Witches of Eastwick.

Information on auditions can be found here.

14 Dec 2014

2014 Music Theatre Guild Winners – Congratulations!

The 2014 Music Theatre Guild Awards were held on Saturday 13th December 2014 at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre – Yarra Valley Grammer.
A big congratulations to the below mentioned people on receiving your awards.

2014 Winners

Lighting
Jason Bovaird & Deryk Hartwick, Frankenstein

Female Performer in a Supporting Role
Sarah Kate Hanley, Louise, Gypsy