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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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Eurobeat – the Eurovision Musical is an original adaptation of the infamous Eurovision Song Contest. Set in Sarajevo and hosted by the glamorous Boyka and her tall, dark, handsome and dumb cohost Sergei they present for the enjoyment of the audience 12 acts representing an eclectic mix of countries.

Whether it be the Swedish pop stylings of Avla, the Russian boy band KGBoiz, from the Hungarian triplets the Molnar Sisters with their powerful folk music (sung in Hungarian of course) to the heartfelt longing of the song for Ireland presented by Ronan Corr, audiences are treated to a smorgasbord of entertainment presented by a cast of  performers who sing, dance and whip audiences up into a frenzied state.

In true Eurovision style at the end of the performances the audiences have the opportunity to vote (having been endowed with a nationality on the night and handed a voting form upon entry). The audiences votes are tabulated and then counted down as each country’s votes are given out ’live via satellite’. The event is reinvented every night as the audience dictates who the winners are. Once they are identified by the end of the voting the winners return to the stage for a triumphant reprise of their winning entry.

Production Manager – Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Assistant Production Manager – Patricia Chetcuti
Artistic Team – Daniel Heskett, Scott Ponsford, Mark Spencer
Set Design – Edward Hosken
Costume Design – Sarah Brunton
Lighting Design/Operation – James Holt
Sound Design – Marcello Lo Ricco – LSS Productions
Sound Operator – Steve Cooke
Radio Mic Technician – Jayson Fry
Lighting Rigging – James Holt, Mark Crick, Daniel Treloar
Audio Visual Design – James Holt, Shelley Alexander
Audio Visual Operation – James Holt
Set Coordinator – Shaun O’Donovan
Properties Manager – Patricia Chetcuti
Stage Manager – Shelley Alexander
Assistant Stage Manager – Greg Erwood
Hair and Make-Up Design – Ang Cuy, Sarah Brunton
Flyer/Program Design – Nathan Toovey – HLA Design
Photography – Shirley Wodson Photography
Marketing & Publicity – Marcus Cassidy-Anderson, Patricia Chetcuti
Program Coordinator – Patricia Chetcuti
Set Construction – Shaun O’Donovan, Edward Hosken, Nigel Edwards, Jack Neil, Doug Privett, Ross Spencer, cast and crew
Costumes – Sarah Brunton, Elizabeth Brunton, Carmel Buttling, Jacinta Undy, Alana Beck, Barbara Freebody, Dior Deumer, Lynn Hamilton
Puppet Design and Construction – Scott Ponsford
Backstage Crew – Carmel Buttling, Denise Hughes, Patricia Chetcuti
Ticket Secretary – Ros O’Donovan
Front of House Supervisor – Ros O’Donovan
Gala Supper Sponsor – RiverHouse Catering
Ushers and Usherettes – Family & Friends of WMTC Inc
Bridget Shaw
Cathy Patti
James Harley
Joe Main
Katy Roose
Lauren Doutch
Marco Fusco
Matt Skinner
Minna Ikonen
Narelle Bonnici
Patt Ryan
Rachel Cronin
Samantha Symons
Sarah Gray
Tanya Mammo
Tony Cassar