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  • It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved friend and collaborator, Anna Marinelli, after a courageous fight against a long term illness.

Anna, known as ‘Mamma Marra’ or ‘Marra’ to all of us who looked up to her, was a major contributor to WMTC over the years, beginning with her involvement in the inception of the renewed and re-branded WMTC in 2006. She acted as Secretary of the company from 2007 to 2009, returned as a committee member in 2014 and assisted both with our costume department as well as our junior productions in various roles. In addition, she came up with the name for our inaugural Cabaret Festival in 2007 “Mechelec” being a combination of the words Mechanics and Electra Street. Apart from this, Anna was a much loved mentor and friend to all that passed through our doors, whether a performer, volunteer or management member. Her enthusiasm and love of theatre was infectious and no more apparent than when she was directly involved in a theatre production, ten of which were with WMTC as follows: 

‘Work in Progress’ Company Relaunch and Concert (2006 - Director); ‘SHOUT! The Legend of the Wild One’ (2006 - Director); ‘Into the Woods’ (2008 - Director); ‘That Musical Feeling’ Concert (2010 - Director); ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ (2010 - Cast Member “Muriel”); ‘DUSTY - The Original Pop Diva’ (2011 - Director); ‘Red, Hot and COLE’ (2012 - Director); ‘Sweet Charity’ (2013 - Cast Member); ‘Urinetown’ (2013 - Director); ‘WMTC’s 10th Anniversary Concert’ (2017 - Director).

Anna will be incredibly missed by the WMTC family and we thank her with endless love for everything that she has imparted to all of us, as well as to Melbourne’s theatre community.

Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and love to Marra’s family and friends.

Vale our ‘Mamma Marra’
    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved friend and collaborator, Anna Marinelli, after a courageous fight against a long term illness. Anna, known as ‘Mamma Marra’ or ‘Marra’ to all of us who looked up to her, was a major contributor to WMTC over the years, beginning with her involvement in the inception of the renewed and re-branded WMTC in 2006. She acted as Secretary of the company from 2007 to 2009, returned as a committee member in 2014 and assisted both with our costume department as well as our junior productions in various roles. In addition, she came up with the name for our inaugural Cabaret Festival in 2007 “Mechelec” being a combination of the words Mechanics and Electra Street. Apart from this, Anna was a much loved mentor and friend to all that passed through our doors, whether a performer, volunteer or management member. Her enthusiasm and love of theatre was infectious and no more apparent than when she was directly involved in a theatre production, ten of which were with WMTC as follows: ‘Work in Progress’ Company Relaunch and Concert (2006 - Director); ‘SHOUT! The Legend of the Wild One’ (2006 - Director); ‘Into the Woods’ (2008 - Director); ‘That Musical Feeling’ Concert (2010 - Director); ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ (2010 - Cast Member “Muriel”); ‘DUSTY - The Original Pop Diva’ (2011 - Director); ‘Red, Hot and COLE’ (2012 - Director); ‘Sweet Charity’ (2013 - Cast Member); ‘Urinetown’ (2013 - Director); ‘WMTC’s 10th Anniversary Concert’ (2017 - Director). Anna will be incredibly missed by the WMTC family and we thank her with endless love for everything that she has imparted to all of us, as well as to Melbourne’s theatre community. Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and love to Marra’s family and friends. Vale our ‘Mamma Marra’
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  • *** AUDITIONS ***
We are excited to announce further auditions for our rescheduled performance season of MAMMA MIA! to complete our cast. The production will be performed over a four week season at the Centenary Theatre from 5 to 27 November, 2021.

Auditions will be taking place on Sunday 11 July 2021.

Further information including audition requirements can be at the following link - https://wmtc.org.au/mamma-mia-auditions-2021/
    *** AUDITIONS *** We are excited to announce further auditions for our rescheduled performance season of MAMMA MIA! to complete our cast. The production will be performed over a four week season at the Centenary Theatre from 5 to 27 November, 2021. Auditions will be taking place on Sunday 11 July 2021. Further information including audition requirements can be at the following link - https://wmtc.org.au/mamma-mia-auditions-2021/
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  • *** MAMMA MIA! - NOVEMBER 2021 ***

After what feels like a lifetime of theatre and the arts being on pause due to COVID, here is the news we know you have all been waiting for! 

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company is THRILLED to join some of our neighbouring companies and comrades by reopening and returning to tread the boards in November 2021, with our postponed production of Mamma Mia! - Direction by Stuart Dodge, Musical Direction by William Conway and Choreography by Dylan Henry. 

With the hard work and investment of energy that our cast put in before lockdown, we are soon to commence rehearsals, IN PERSON, to bring you 12 jaw-droppingly spectacular performances of Mamma Mia! at the Centenary Theatre from the 5 to 27 November 2021. 

Patrons who had purchased tickets to this production in 2020 will be contacted for advanced bookings, prior to them going on sale to the general public from Friday 6 August. 

Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show and now YOU CAN TOO!! 

We will be on the hunt to complete our cast, so stay tuned for audition information to be released soon.
    *** MAMMA MIA! - NOVEMBER 2021 *** After what feels like a lifetime of theatre and the arts being on pause due to COVID, here is the news we know you have all been waiting for! Williamstown Musical Theatre Company is THRILLED to join some of our neighbouring companies and comrades by reopening and returning to tread the boards in November 2021, with our postponed production of Mamma Mia! - Direction by Stuart Dodge, Musical Direction by William Conway and Choreography by Dylan Henry. With the hard work and investment of energy that our cast put in before lockdown, we are soon to commence rehearsals, IN PERSON, to bring you 12 jaw-droppingly spectacular performances of Mamma Mia! at the Centenary Theatre from the 5 to 27 November 2021. Patrons who had purchased tickets to this production in 2020 will be contacted for advanced bookings, prior to them going on sale to the general public from Friday 6 August. Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show and now YOU CAN TOO!! We will be on the hunt to complete our cast, so stay tuned for audition information to be released soon.
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  • #sentimentalsunday to our 2018 production of 'SIDE SHOW' based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, the production was a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. The very thing that made them different… made them extraordinary.

#wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
    #sentimentalsunday to our 2018 production of 'SIDE SHOW' based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, the production was a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. The very thing that made them different… made them extraordinary. #wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
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  • It's hard for us to remember a time when rehearsals were happening, when we were producing shows, choreographing dance numbers, teaching harmonies and creating heart felt scenes. It’s hard for us to remember a time where we were able to provide a safe space for artists to come and express themselves unapologetically. So forgive us for saying that it is also hard for us to remember how to be true to ourselves when we are not doing any of these above things. But soon we will return to the stage. Soon we will be able to open our doors once again, to offer a home, with a family that we all choose to be a part of. Soon...

#motivationalmonday #musicalmotivation  #theatrequotes #musicaltheatrequotes #weeklyinspo #theatrequotesweekly #wmtcinc #wmtc #everythingIlearnedisbecauseoftheatre
    It's hard for us to remember a time when rehearsals were happening, when we were producing shows, choreographing dance numbers, teaching harmonies and creating heart felt scenes. It’s hard for us to remember a time where we were able to provide a safe space for artists to come and express themselves unapologetically. So forgive us for saying that it is also hard for us to remember how to be true to ourselves when we are not doing any of these above things. But soon we will return to the stage. Soon we will be able to open our doors once again, to offer a home, with a family that we all choose to be a part of. Soon... #motivationalmonday #musicalmotivation #theatrequotes #musicaltheatrequotes #weeklyinspo #theatrequotesweekly #wmtcinc #wmtc #everythingIlearnedisbecauseoftheatre
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  • #sentimentalsaturday to our 2018 production of 'ELF JR' and our first junior production performed at the Centenary Theatre.
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. 

#wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
    #sentimentalsaturday to our 2018 production of 'ELF JR' and our first junior production performed at the Centenary Theatre. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. #wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
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  • Approximately one year ago, restrictions were beginning to be enforced upon us to protect us from COVID-19. Over the last 12 months we’ve all lost ourselves along the way… A little or a lot. But it’s important to remember that when you lose yourself, who knows what you might find. Let’s all choose to use the next 12 months to begin on the path of rediscovery into ourselves.

#motivationalmonday #musicalmotivation  #theatrequotes #musicaltheatrequotes #weeklyinspo #theatrequotesweekly #wmtcinc #wmtc #everythingIlearnedisbecauseoftheatre
    Approximately one year ago, restrictions were beginning to be enforced upon us to protect us from COVID-19. Over the last 12 months we’ve all lost ourselves along the way… A little or a lot. But it’s important to remember that when you lose yourself, who knows what you might find. Let’s all choose to use the next 12 months to begin on the path of rediscovery into ourselves. #motivationalmonday #musicalmotivation #theatrequotes #musicaltheatrequotes #weeklyinspo #theatrequotesweekly #wmtcinc #wmtc #everythingIlearnedisbecauseoftheatre
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  • #sentimentalsaturday to our 2018 production of 'HOT MIKADO' and our first production performed at the Centenary Theatre.
The production was a hilarious and ‘HOT’ updating of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’, and weaved a sharp witted, fun-filled tale where despite life or death stakes, characters still found time to croon their troubles away.

#wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
    #sentimentalsaturday to our 2018 production of 'HOT MIKADO' and our first production performed at the Centenary Theatre. The production was a hilarious and ‘HOT’ updating of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’, and weaved a sharp witted, fun-filled tale where despite life or death stakes, characters still found time to croon their troubles away. #wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
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  • It’s the first day of Autumn and we don't know about you but it's almost as if we blinked and summer just passed us by! So, like Olaf from Frozen, we'll just continue to imagine what it will be like when summer does come.

#motivationalmonday #musicalmotivation  #theatrememes #theatrequotes #musicaltheatrequotes #weeklyinspo #theatrequotesweekly #wmtcinc #wmtc #everythingIlearnedisbecauseoftheatre
    It’s the first day of Autumn and we don't know about you but it's almost as if we blinked and summer just passed us by! So, like Olaf from Frozen, we'll just continue to imagine what it will be like when summer does come. #motivationalmonday #musicalmotivation #theatrememes #theatrequotes #musicaltheatrequotes #weeklyinspo #theatrequotesweekly #wmtcinc #wmtc #everythingIlearnedisbecauseoftheatre
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  • #sentimentalsaturday to our 2017 production of 'RENT - THE  MUSICAL'. Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

#nodaybuttoday #rentthemusical #wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
    #sentimentalsaturday to our 2017 production of 'RENT - THE MUSICAL'. Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. #nodaybuttoday #rentthemusical #wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
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  • After the last week of some gloriously warm and sunny days, the cold winds have returned. However, we hope that whilst the weather was warm and the sun was shining, that you remembered to let that sunshine in, enabling you to get through these darker days.

#motivationalmonday #musicalmotivation  #theatrememes #theatrequotes #musicaltheatrequotes #weeklyinspo #theatrequotesweekly #wmtcinc #wmtc #everythingIlearnedisbecauseoftheatre
    After the last week of some gloriously warm and sunny days, the cold winds have returned. However, we hope that whilst the weather was warm and the sun was shining, that you remembered to let that sunshine in, enabling you to get through these darker days. #motivationalmonday #musicalmotivation #theatrememes #theatrequotes #musicaltheatrequotes #weeklyinspo #theatrequotesweekly #wmtcinc #wmtc #everythingIlearnedisbecauseoftheatre
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  • #ThrowbackThursday to our 2016 production of 'City of Angels', a wickedly funny celebration of the 1940’s film noir genre and dark detective fiction which takes place in two worlds.

The ambitious writer of a Hollywood screenplay, Stine, struggles as he negotiates his demanding film studio boss, compromises on his movie and dealing with the women in his life, while his creation, ‘private eye’ Stone takes on a life of his own and mysteriously gatecrashes Stine’s life.

While screenwriter Stine’s detective story plays out in black and white in the ‘reel world’, he finds the dangerous temptations of ‘real world’ Los Angeles almost too colourful and endlessly alluring.

#wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
    #ThrowbackThursday to our 2016 production of 'City of Angels', a wickedly funny celebration of the 1940’s film noir genre and dark detective fiction which takes place in two worlds. The ambitious writer of a Hollywood screenplay, Stine, struggles as he negotiates his demanding film studio boss, compromises on his movie and dealing with the women in his life, while his creation, ‘private eye’ Stone takes on a life of his own and mysteriously gatecrashes Stine’s life. While screenwriter Stine’s detective story plays out in black and white in the ‘reel world’, he finds the dangerous temptations of ‘real world’ Los Angeles almost too colourful and endlessly alluring. #wmtc #wmtcalumni #musicaltheatre #theatre #wmtcinc #thearts #talent #melbournemusicals #williamstownmusicaltheatrecompany
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This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller-coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Production Manager – Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Assistant Production Manager – Patricia Chetcuti
Director – Chris Hughes
Musical Director – Joseph Beckitt
Set Design – Chris Hughes
Costume Design – Sarah Brunton, Nicole Black
Lighting Design – Deryk Hartwick, Jason Bovaird
Lighting Operator – Daniel Treloar
Lighting Crew – Ash Whelan, Daniel Murtagh, Rohan Dodd, Adam Golland, Daniel Treloar, Jason Bovaird, Deryk Hartwick
Sound Design – Marcello Lo Ricco – LSS Productions
Sound Operator – Steve Cooke
Radio Mic Technician – Jayson Fry
Multi Media Design – Shelley Alexander, Chris Hughes
Set Coordinator – Shaun O’Donovan
Set Construction – Shaun O’Donovan, Jack Neill, Doug Privett, Nigel Edwards
Scenic Artist – Chris White
Properties Manager – Barbara Hughes
Properties Coordinator – Michelle Andrews
Stage Manager – Caroline Behnane
Acting Stage Manager – David Potter
Assistant Stage Manager – Shelley Alexander
Backstage Crew – Patt Ryan, Michelle Andrews, Jayson Fry, Shaun O’Donovan
Armoury Supplier – Len Steele
Armourer – Craig Dixon
Rehearsal Pianists – Joseph Beckitt, Laura Holian
Flyer / Program Design – Nathan Toovey – HLA Design
Photography – Gavin D Andrew
Marketing & Publicity – Marcus Cassidy-Anderson, Chris Hughes
Program Coordinator – Patricia Chetcuti
Ticket Secretary – Ros O’Donovan
Front of House Supervisor – Ros O’Donovan
Ushers and Usherettes – Family & Friends of WMTC Inc
Opening Night Gala Supper – Peter Stanek
he Proprietor – Gavin D Andrew
he Balladeer – Nicholas Kong
Lee Harvey Oswald – Brett Whittingham
John Wilkes Booth – Shaun Kingma
Leon Czolgosz – David Gardette
John Hinckley Jr – Michael Bingham
Charles Guiteau – Angelo De Cata
Giuseppe Zangara – Edward Howard
Samuel Byck – Adrian Carr
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme – Amy Larsen
Sara Jane Moore – Lauren Elise
Goldman – Amelia Rope
Ensemble – Lisa Athans
Ruth Bishop
Colleen Johnson
Scott Dunsdon
Simon Parris
Robert Harsley
Sara Jane Moore’s Son – Elijah Beckitt
Xavier Beckitt