President’s Spot – June

Hi Everyone,

Have you noticed how quickly time seems to pass these days – or is it just me? No, I didn’t think so! It seems no time since I sat down to write something for the newsletter last month!

As always the theatre has been very busy getting ready for the next production, “Greenwicks!” – an odd name for a musical indeed, but it is the name of the supermarket in which the play is set. I’ve been fortunate enough to look in on a couple of rehearsals, and to say I’ve been impressed is an understatement. The band alone is worth the price of admission! I do hope you have all booked to see this excellent locally-written production. Your committee is constantly working towards making the Limelight Theatre the best theatre in Perth, and we have been lucky enough to be granted some funds as promised by your newly- elected MLA for Wanneroo, Sabine Winton. This will go towards replacing our stage curtains and upgrading the furnishings and décor in the foyer, so expect to see a ‘face lift’ very soon.
Another group in the theatre work tirelessly each Tuesday morning to help keep the theatre in good working order. We call them the “Tuesday Task Force” and, if any of you would like to join in on Tuesday morning, from around 9am to 12 noon, you’d be very, very welcome….
Coffee and chat around 10am!
See you at the theatre….

Kind regards

Shelley McGinn

Audition Notice for Let The Sunshine

Limelight Theatre’s production of “Let The Sunshine”, a David Williamson play, will be presented in August.

Auditions will be group based to explore interactions between characters. The roles of Rick and Emma will be done from 1:15 – 1:45. Toby/Ros and Ron/Natasha will be done in various groupings from 2:00pm.

Details of audition piece will be given at the read through.

CHARACTERS
TOBY, 60.
ROS, mid 50s. His wife.
RICK, 30. Their son.
RON, late 50s.
NATASHA, late 50s. His wife.
EMMA, 34. Their daughter.

For more information contact Tim Riessen using the box below.

ACTORS WANTED

Actors required for a workshop reading of “Forgetting” by local writer Sean Byrne on Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm at the theatre.

Sean can be contacted for further details on 9404 7843 or 0449 923 292 or byr_sean@hotmail.com

“Forgetting” is a play about Alzheimer’s which looks at three generations of a family and the difference in the relationship between a father and son and a grandfather and grandson.

The characters needed for this initial reading are –
Grandfather 60 +,
Father 45 +,
Grandson 18 – 25
and one female 18 – 25

Please contact Sean directly if you are interested in this workshop so he can gauge the interest in this play reading.

President’s Spot

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all saw “It Runs in the Family” – what a delightful romp! Although farce is not usually my thing, I thoroughly enjoyed this production on the final night with a very appreciative audience. The energy and fun that the members on stage were emitting was infectious and engaging. Thank you all for a wonderful night’s entertainment!

So now, for something completely different, we gear up for our next production – “Greenwicks!” a musical set in a supermarket! Bookings will open very soon, so don’t delay getting your tickets.
Hot on the heels of “Greenwicks!” will be Mater Dei’s production of “Grease”. This is our first joint venture with Mater Dei College and I hope it will not be our last. The young people that these productions bring into our theatre are the future of Wanneroo Repertory, so please support both of these musical presentations.
The first meeting of our new committee in April was a lively one with each member showing their commitment to the future smooth running of our wonderful Limelight Theatre; we are fortunate indeed to have this excellent facility. However, even though we have already made this commitment, the theatre is only as strong as its membership and I hope that when asked, other members will step in and volunteer for the many jobs in our organisation.

All the best

Shelley McGinn

Spotlight on Gwen Browning

Each month we like to spotlight one of the members of the Limelight Theatre community. This month, meet Gwen Browning, one of the Wanneroo Rep’s longest serving current members!

Gwen was born in the UK and was introduced to theatre “as soon as she could sit in a seat”. Her parents were both avid theatre goers and Gwen recalls the enthralling visits to the Bristol Hippodrome to see the pantomimes at Christmas and later to The Old Vic.

She joined the Weston-super-Mare Players and the Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society and was involved in many productions before emigrating to Australia in 1982. “When I arrived in Perth, I wanted to find a club to join. I asked around and a friend of a friend gave me Murray Dearle’s phone number. I rang him and Wanneroo Rep were holding auditions in the shed on that Sunday. So, I went along and got into the chorus of “Puss in Boots”.

Never a one to do things by half, Gwen became a member of the Committee, a position she held for nearly every year until taking on the role of Publicity, then Secretary and then President for four years. “I think I’ve participated in every aspect of the theatre over the years both on and off stage, except lighting, which terrifies me!”

Gwen’s been involved with too many productions to list. Her favourites include The Anniversary, Calendar Girls and Noises Off. More recently, 2016’s Old Time Music Hall was the best fun she’s had in years. At the annual Limelight Awards, Gwen has won three Best Actor Awards for Sister Bonaventure (1992), A Pack of Lies (2004), Calendar Girls (2013) and two Best Supporting Actor Awards for Gigi (1996) and The Darling Buds of May (2015). Gwen also won the Best Actress Award at the State Theatre Drama Festival in 1995.

Although Gwen originally started as a performer, in more recent years she has explored other theatrical positions – in particular, directing. ‘As you get older there are fewer roles available,’ she explains. ‘So, I turned to directing and was surprised to find how rewarding it is.’ Gwen won Best Production for Talking Heads in 2012 and Best Technical Award for Speaking in Tongues in 2015.

In the future, Gwen hopes to keep performing. ‘I really enjoy cameo roles which require solid characterisation. I am sure I will return to directing when I find the right play.’

Gwen has found the theatre has been a wonderful source of friendship over the years. ‘I love the way it provides a vehicle for interaction between all age groups. And it’s great to watch the young talent develop and grow!’