THE DRAGON OF WANTLEY - A PANTOMIME
The Parks Theatre

Written By: Norman Robbins
Directed By: Director: Fran Edwards
Musical Director: Bec Mason

This spectacular pantomime, based on an English legend involving real people, was beloved by Victorian audiences and has now been adapted for the 21st century by that master of pantomime – Norman Robbins. With vengeful fairies, knock-about bailiffs, a romantic leading lady and a handsome Principal Boy, plus the outrageous Dame, all the ingredients are here for a wonderful evening’s entertainment!

Roles Available:
MAUXALINDA - A vengeful fairy

SIR WALTER DE WARTHOG - Mayor of Wantley

RAGS - Sir Walter's Bailiffs (preferably children)

TATTERS - Sir Walter's Bailiffs (preferably children)

SQUIRE BENJAMIN MOORE

GRANNY GUBBINS - Housekeeper to the squire

LADY JOAN - Sir Walter's ward

MADGE MERRY - Lady Joan's lady-in-waiting

VENDETTA - Mauxalinda's servant

JINGO - Squire Benjamin's valet

RADISH - The Squire's horse

MOTHER SHIPTON - the famous Knaresborough Witch

The Dragon

Chorus of Villagers, Servants, Dancers and Children

Rehearsals:
Fridays for adult cast members, Sundays for adult and youth cast members

Performances:
Performances 18th - 21st of December

Venue:
The Parks Theatre

Information Night:
11th of September, 6pm

Auditions:
15th of September

Venue:
The Parks Theatre

More Information:
Contact Bec Mason on 8406 2951 or email bec.mason@ymca.org.au

WICKED SISTERS
The Stirling Players

Written By: By Alma De Groen
Directed by Megan Dansie

WICKED SISTERS is set in the present, in the Blue Mountains in N.S.W. This Australian play by Alma De Groen was shortlisted for the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Award and takes place over one evening.

A humorous and acutely observed story of the friendship between four middle-aged women, refracted through their relationship to the late husband (Alec, a renowned intellectual and scientific genius) of one of them, Meridee. The once-university pals meet in the Blue Mountains at the house of Meridee after Alec's death. As the evening progresses, long buried secrets surface and events take a somewhat wicked turn. De Groen's black comedy begins with laughs as the wine flows, but becomes an increasingly tense and convoluted piece that is given an absorbing workout as long -buried secrets are revealed and moralities of various kinds are questioned.

Roles Available:
ROLES

All characters are female and stage age around mid 50's - some leeway to form the right ensemble.

Meridee: Uptight, still apparently grieving the death of Alec, her darker
secret is revealed during the play

Lydia: an energetic real estate agent with a very active post-divorce love
life, a bit rash, she is currently dating a 30 year old.

Judith: unruffled, well-groomed publicist who has made deceitfulness an art,
ducking for cover from the truth. She regards men her age as Neanderthals
and admits to being "so desperate for human contact I started going to the
dentist. He used to give me gas and stroke my arm."

Hester: a clever, aging hippie type who seems to have led a feckless life of
activism with not much to show for it since being Alec's student. She is the
sardonic outsider to the group. Hester believes that there's a moral
universe, not a moral vacuum, and that's what she acts upon.

Rehearsals:
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm starting 8 December 2019 with break over Christmas and resuming 12 January 2020. Some Sunday rehearsals later in the rehearsal period

Performances:
Fridays and Saturdays: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 March 2020 at 8pm
Sunday matinees: 8 and & 15 March 2020 at 4pm

Venue:
Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling

Auditions:
Monday 16 September at 7pm

Venue:
Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling

More Information:
Contact Viki Burrett , Stirling Players' Secretary on 0418 237 011 or email stirlingplayerssecretary@gmail.com

THE GHOST TRAIN
St Jude's Players

Written By: Arthur Ridley
Directed By: Patsy Thomas

The Ghost Train is a comedy/thriller dubbed as one of the world’s scariest plays. The plot revolves around a party of assorted railway travellers who find themselves stranded in the waiting room of an isolated country station late one evening. The station master tries to persuade them to leave the site as he is closing the station for the night. They refuse to leave, citing the lack of alternative accommodation for several miles around. He warns them of the supernatural danger of a spectral old railway carriage train, the ghost of one that was fatally wrecked in the locality several years before that, sometimes haunts the line at night bringing death to all who set eyes upon it. Incredulous of his story, they still refuse to leave, and he departs leaving them facing a night at the station.

The main body of the play is then taken up with the interaction of the varied assortment of the passengers: strangers thrown randomly together in the odd social intimacy of happenstance that rail travel involves, representing a cross-section of English 1920s society. There are a variety of escalating dramatic incidents combined with a heightening tension as the latent threat of the spectral train's possible appearance is ultimately dramatically realised, bringing disaster and death to the group as foretold.

Roles Available:
RICHARD WINTHROP (Male) 28+
Comes across as a rather bad-tempered looking man, He is married to Elsie, the marriage is not going well, and they are looking for a fresh start apart. He likes to try to take control of the situation and is fairly aggressive at the start.
On for all 3 Acts.

ELSIE WINTHROP (Female) 25+
A somewhat sulky girl married to Richard. Now looking for a separation, does not really get on with Richard and snaps lots of answers back to him.
On for all 3 Acts.

SAUL HODGKIN (Male) 50+
The station-master and general gofer of the station staff. Saul is a short, bearded older man, dressed in a worn out-of-date uniform, been at the station for a long time. He clearly does not want anyone to stay, and happily relates a Ghost Story.
Act 1 and a couple of lines in Act 3.

CHARLES MURDOCK (Male) 25+
A good-looking young man in his mid-twenties but has lost his job due to the 1920's crash. He intends to leave England in a week to seek new work, leaving Peggy his new wife behind.
On for all 3 Acts.

PEGGY MURDOCK (Female) 20+
A pretty girl in her 20s, just married that day to Charles who will be leaving her in a week. Dressed in "splendid new clothes" and clearly wanting to be in the Exeter Hotel on her Honeymoon rather than stuck in the Station.
On for all 3 Acts.

MISS BOURNE (Female) 50+
An elderly lady, carrying a large parrot-cage with a concealed Parrot, can be played slightly dotty, and happily falls asleep in Act 2 and misses nearly all of Act 3. Wakes up only at the end of Act 3 for the last punch line.
Acts 1 and 2 and two lines in Act 3.

TEDDIE DEAKIN (Male) 25+
A fashionable young man, complete with eyeglass and a long cigarette holder, He has caused the train to stop, and receives a lot of complaints, but is constantly cheerful and tries to keep the whole party going. But has a secret identity which is revealed in Act 3.
On for all 3 Acts.

JULIA PRICE (Female) 28+
She is young to middle aged and is dressed in a beautiful evening dress and wearing an opera cloak. She arrives at the station during Act 2 wanting to see the ghostly apparition go through the station.
On for Acts 2 and 3

HERBERT PRICE (Male) 60+
An elderly, clean-shaven man, in evening dress. Father of Julia, comes looking for her with John Sterling anxious to find her.
On for Acts 2 and 3

JOHN STERLING (Male) 30+
A tall thin man, in evening dress. Introduces himself as a Doctor, a friend of Herbert both wanting to find Julia and take her away from the Station. Both are surprised to see others at the Station
Acts 2 and 3

JACKSON (Male) 25+
A Police Constable, helps apprehend the villains of the play. Arrives near the end of Act 3 and has only a few lines.
Act 3 a few lines only.

Two Officers – cameo roles – middle-aged men

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals will commence on Sunday 16 February2020 with a read-through and introduction of cast/production team/crew. Rehearsals will then be:

Tuesday’s 7pm to 10pm
Thursday’s 7pm to 10pm
Sunday’s 2pm to 5pm

All rehearsals will be at St Jude’s Hall, 44 Brighton Road, Brighton 5048

Performances:
Thurs 30 April (8pm), Friday 1st May (8pm), Sat 2 May (2pm & 8pm)
Thurs May 7 (8pm), Fri May 8 (8pm), Sat May 9 (twilight 4pm)

Venue:
St Jude's Hall
444 Brighton Road, Brighton.

Information Night:
For further information or to book an audition please contact Patsy Thomas - details below

Auditions:
Excerpts from script for auditions will be emailed when booking an audition. It is expected that you will be familiar with this excerpt at your audition. You may also be asked to read for another character and/or another excerpt from the script.

Sat Oct 19.
Book a time from 10am

Venue:
St Jude's Players
444 Brighton Road, Brighton.
In the Father's Hall (Dressing Room) behind the main hall(theatre)

More Information:
Contact Patsy Thomas on 0498677761 or email dth27480@bigpond.net.au