AGM – Positions vacant

Vice President 2 year appointment
Secretary 1 year appointment
Treasurer 2 year appointment

5 committee members to fill the one year positions of – 
Publicity & Marketing
Publicity coordinator & Newsletter editor
Theatre Manager
Membership secretary & volunteer coordinator
Production Manager

Plus non-committee positions which include-
Bookings officer, webmaster, wardrobe officer, Front of House manager, lighting manager, sound manager, properties manager and soft furnishings manager.

Committee members continuing in their current 2-year appointment are – 
President, Shelley McGinn; and
Theatre Maintenance Manager, Patrick McGinn

As our new Rules (previously ‘The Constitution’) are now enacted, full information regarding the processes and procedures for the AGM will be circulated to members shortly.

Spotlight on Maddy and David

Each month we like to spotlight one of the members of the Limelight Theatre community. This month, however, we would like to feature two members who have been heavily involved in bringing sold out musical ‘The Wedding Singer’ to life. Meet Dave Nelson, co-director of The Wedding Singer and current Vice President of Wanneroo Rep, and Maddy Innes, ‘The Wedding Singer’s’ Musical Director.

Maddy has been involved in the performing arts since she was very young with dance classes and youth drama clubs. Her first role onstage was in The Wedding Singer when she was 12 years old and this sparked her love of musical theatre. Since then she has played roles such as Gabriella (High School Musical), Satine (Moulin Rouge), Lucy (Snoopy! The Musical) and others. She is a qualified primary school teacher and has had her first contract this year with a gorgeous year 2 class, as well as working hard to balance this new chapter in her career with her first experience as a Musical Director.


Maddy has been involved with Wanneroo Rep since 2014 when she played the role of Miss Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. This role was the beginning of a great relationship with both the theatre and many of its members and she has been an active participant in different ways since then. She has worked both backstage and onstage and have found a great team of people to make every show fun. As well as Pride and Prejudice, Maddy played Pauline in The Darling Buds of May and Lucy in Snoopy! The Musical (both 2015), and has worked backstage for Sweet Charity (2015) and Blitz! (2016) before taking on the role of Musical Director for The Wedding Singer this year.


Maddy has found The Wedding Singer to be incredibly fun and energetic and has something for everyone. Whether it’s the big, bright colours, the awesome songs that tip their hats to the great 80s pop ballads or the quirky and fast paced comedy of the show. She has loved working on this show and experiencing life as a Musical Director.

Dave has been involved in theatre both amateur and professionally since he was 14 yrs old, and currently works for HBF.


Dave’s partner Brad Beckett and he have been members of Limelight Theatre for 16 years. His first show with the theatre was Chicago where he played Amos. He has been a committee member of Limelight and is currently the Vice President. Dave has seen many changes over the years at Wanneroo, both good and not so good. Shows Dave has been involved in are many and varied. His favourite shows have been Chicago; playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, where he won Best Actor in a musical; Stillborn Lover where he won Best Actor in a play; Talking Heads; Oklahoma, where he played Jud Fry; and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Dave has directed Sweet Charity, where he was nominated for Best Director of a musical, Life x 3 and also Boeing Boeing at Playlovers.


Dave is currently co-directing The Wedding Singer with close friend Jen Edwards. He has thoroughly enjoying working with a great team of people, a lot of whom are new members to the club. Dave believe people should see The Wedding Singer because of the great costumes set and music. ‘This has been a real team effort from everybody involved,’ says Dave. ‘The music is worth the price of admission alone!’


The Wedding Singer runs until the 9th of December at The Limelight Theatre.

President’s Spot – December

Hello everyone,
I hope all of you managed to get tickets for The Wedding Singer, our first sell-out show in a very long time – the power and phenomenon of social media at work here I think! It’s a great show and an upbeat way to end our season for 2017.

Inevitably, at this time, we reflect on all that we have done and experienced in the past year. For our theatre, 6 excellent productions entertained our members and friends, and brought new audiences to the Limelight Theatre. The Sunday matinees with afternoon teas have certainly proved to be popular and will continue in 2018. We have been happy to support two charity organisations during the year and hope to continue our association with Inner Wheel and the Soroptimists in 2018.

If you have visited the theatre recently you will notice the foyer is changing! Very soon the green, maroon and wood panelling will disappear giving way to a dramatic black, white and gold theme! It will be completed for the first show next year.

We have been able to re-vamp the foyer, replace our aging stage curtain and will eventually build an additional storage area thanks to the generosity of the WA Labour Government. A couple of weeks ago David Templeman, Minister for Culture and the Arts, visited the theatre and was delighted to see how the money donated to us would be used. He met with members of the Tuesday Task Force and enjoyed ‘kicking up his heels’ on the stage! David is a keen thespian himself and understands community theatre very well. Our thanks must go to Sabine Winton, our local MLA, (and ex-student of mine!) who was the prime mover in securing this grant for us.

Finally for 2017 I’d like to wish all our members a very happy and safe Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the Limelight Theatre in 2018.


Shelley McGinn

The Wedding Singer – Additional performance!

Due to an incredible audience turn out, the cast and crew for The Wedding Singer have decided to put on an additional performance!
Wednesday, the 6th of December, is open for bookings, so get in quick as all other shows are now sold out!

Spotlight on Jen Edwards

Each month we like to spotlight one of
the members of the Limelight Theatre
community. This month, meet Jen Edwards,
Member of Many Hats – committee member,
performer, choreographer, poster designer
and now co-director of the final show of the
year, ‘The Wedding Singer’!

Originally from the UK, Jen moved to Perth in 2009 after meeting her now husband Daniel whilst travelling South East Asia. She found him under a waterfall in Thailand and he convinced her never to go back to Blighty again! They now have three wonderful kids – Cooper (6), Georgia (4) and Billy (1) and all run hectic lives. Jen runs her own graphic design business ‘Chick & Egg’ (which designs all of the Limelight season posters) and also last year launched herself as a face painter under the name ‘Wonderland Arts’. Jen’s ability to be a part of the committee and shows at the Limelight Theatre is down to Daniel and his acceptance that he is a theatre widower (and single parent) for a large amount of the time!

Jen has been on stage since she was 3 when she played a bunny in Alice In Wonderland and her tail fell off. ‘The audience laughed and that was it, I was smitten!’ says Jen. The following thirty-something years have been filled with pantomimes and musicals, plays and recitals where Jen has enjoyed many memorable roles such as Nora in ‘A Dolls House’, Miss Mona in ‘The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas’, Mrs Lovett in ‘Sweeney Todd’, Jackie in ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ and Red Riding Hood in ‘Into The Woods’. Jen studied Theatre at university in London and following graduation toured the UK and Ireland as a professional actress for two years in ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Accidental Death of An Anarchist’. Jen is honoured to say that she has performed in the West End, in two showcase musicals at The London Palladium and Her Majesty’s Theatre London.

In 2009 Jen played Michelle in ‘‘Allo ‘Allo’ at the The Regal Theatre and there met some members of Wanneroo Rep (Bob & Sue Mainwaring, Alan Brock, Ros Guye, Colleen Hopkins). ‘They talked about this theatre in Wanneroo where they had the luxury of 5 week long, on stage rehearsals and a multitude of facilities at their fingertips and I was intrigued,’ says Jen. ‘Being new to Perth, I first had to find out where Wanneroo was then rocked up to audition for the next Wanneroo Rep musical. I was fortunate to land a role which has become my all-time favourite, the forgetful, country singing, ventriloquist Sister Mary Amnesia in ‘Nunsense’!’ Amnesia won Jen nominations for Best Actress Finley awards twice and Best Actress in a Musical awards at Limelight.

At Limelight, Jen’s most notable roles include Sister Mary Amnesia in ‘Nunsense!’ (2009) and ‘Nunsense II The Second Coming’ (2014), Julia in ‘Kindly Keep It Covered’ (2010) & Reno Sweeney in ‘Anything Goes’ (2014). In 2015 Jen directed and produced ‘Snoopy The Musical’, a sweet musical for children of all ages. ‘I had the pleasure of working with an inspiring team of amazing individuals who brought to life some memorable characters from my childhood,’ says Jen. ‘The musical was “small but perfectly formed” in my opinion, and we happily received recognition from The Finleys and several Limelight awards including Best Set’.

Jen became a committee member this year, and amongst her achievements she has introduced the EFTPOS machine to the venue! She also previously initiated the installation of a high-profile projector. She has also designed and produced the posters and programmes for each show since 2015 and strives to maintain a smart, effective marketing presence for each show.

Yet another role that Jen is currently fulfilling at the Limelight is that of co-director of ‘The Wedding Singer’, the final production for 2017. ‘I ‘inherited’ the director’s chair (or should we say two-seater couch) for ‘The Wedding Singer’ and I am excited to bring such an upbeat musical to the stage, top full of 80s kitsch and retro cliché!’ says Jen. ‘We have a cast of over 30 extraordinarily talented performers who are working tirelessly, many who are newcomers to the Limelight stage and some who return after a long sabbatical! It is great to welcome so many boys to our stage too, all of who are fabulously talented and hard working.’

Jen feels that ‘The Wedding Singer’ crew is second to none. ‘Maddy Innes heads a band of funky musicians who flocked to play for her. Maddy’s calm, intelligent approach to her first musical direction role has earned her respect and admiration,’ explains Jen. ‘Our stage manager, the highly-organised Elinor King, brings her knowledge of professional theatre to her role and keeps us all in touch. It was Elinor’s idea to put on ‘The Wedding Singer’ and her input in this production is fundamental, especially when dealing with 80’s references!’ [this newsletter editor can vouch for Elinor’s love of 80s references]. ‘We have welcomed many new volunteers to Limelight, in the form of new seamstresses, back stage crew and set builders. This show has forged a partnership also with The Men’s Shed in Wangara as they bring set pieces to life. People have flocked to work with us and for that I am very thankful.’ ‘Primarily though I am grateful to be working alongside David Nelson, my friend, a stalwart of the theatre. David has an abundance of theatrical experience and he shares my artistic vision. He is paramount to this production and keeps my feet on the ground when I dream up crazy ideas!’

Directing always comes with challenges and a largescale musical like ‘The Wedding Singer’ brings many challenges. ‘The rehearsal period is long and often takes its toll on the company in the form of sickness
and other commitments, but it is necessary to produce a tight, confident performance,’ says Jen. ‘The logistics of producing many sets and remaining within budget is no mean feat, as we start to build I will no doubt be challenged by new obstacles! The hardest challenge though is finding that effective family-work-theatre balance and although I am constantly riddled with mumguilt and often wish I could wave a magic wand and claw back another 12 hours in each day, I will strive to produce an excellent production and have you all partying like it’s 1985!’.

Spotlight on Jacob Turner

Each month we like to spotlight one of the members of the Limelight Theatre community. This month, meet the director of ‘Pygmalion’, Jacob Turner!


Jacob has been interested in theatre since he was very young. As he got older that interest evolved and he started studying theatre at school, followed by university, where he recently completed a Bachelor of Education majoring in Drama Teaching. Over the past six years, Jacob has been involved in eight full scale theatre productions including an entirely original ensemble creation, which possibly the biggest project he has been a part of to date.


Jacob first became involved at the Wanneroo Rep. in 2012, when he was asked to join the cast of Sunset Boulevard. ‘It was an enormously positive experience for me,’ says Jacob, ‘and I’ve been involved here ever since’. This is very true. Since Sunset Boulevard, Jacob has also been involved in at least one show a year at Limelight, including Hairspray (2013), Pride and Prejudice (2014), The Darling Buds of May (2015) and Skylight (2016). His favourite role so far has been playing Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. ‘Not only did I have the chance to work with a fantastic group of people, but it was a dream role in a classic and very well realized play,’ says Jacob. ‘I committed more to that production than I think I’ve ever given to another production which resulted in a set of performances I was (and still am) very proud of’.


This year, Jacob will have his directorial debut with George Bernard Shaw’s classic play, Pygmalion. ‘I’ve spent a lot of time being directed during my time in theatre and I wanted the opportunity to try it for myself,’ Jacob explains. ‘I always want some new experience that will challenge me and directing seemed like the next big step I could have taken’.


So why did Jacob decide to take on directing such a famous play as his debut? ‘When I first read the play a few years ago I absolutely fell in love with the combination of sharp wit and a genuine understanding of the human condition that George Bernard Shaw incorporated into a captivating story,’ says Jacob.

So far, the experience has been positive. ‘Directing has been a fantastic experience! I have been very lucky to work with a team of very talented people both on stage and behind the scenes who have dedicated enormous amounts of time and energy to working on this production,’ says Jacob.

And after it’s all over? ‘Well at this point I will be working on the production of The Wedding Singer directly after Pygmalion finishes. After that I would like to go back to acting until I make up my mind about what to direct next!’.