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NTC – another busy year.

It seems to be just as well that we’ve reduced the number of shows this year, because NTC has been a very busy place.

A well attended Working Bee on 10/11 January kickstarted everything. Anyone who hasn’t yet seen the Green Room will be amazed with what was achieved. I’m attaching a few photos  here and there that I took on the day in between jobs.

We need coffee

We need coffee

We have to move that?

We have to move that?

Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by John Wood was a successful Opening Play for our 2015 season. The ensemble cast made it a very memorable visit to the theatre – and the technical aspects totally complimented their work, or was it the other way around?

 

 

In February we had our AGM and had a some changes in our Committee. John Wood has stepped down but is still involved in the Artistic Development Sub-Committee (ADSC). They have already started play readings for possible selection in 2016. If you’re interested in attending the readings, let John know (johnpond_1989@hotmail.com). New to the Committee are Michael Byrne; David Ebert and Janine G. Mullins. We also welcomed back Life Member John McFadden to the team. Committee Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month @ 7:30pm (except for April when it’s the 2nd Monday). Members are welcome to attend but cannot vote. Executive Meetings are held the Monday after @5:30pm.

Where to start?

Where to start?

The job begins

The job begins

Keep or toss?

Keep or toss?

In March, lauded director Julie Black mounted the intriguing drama, Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton. Audiences were once again impressed with the variety and talents on show in our theatre.

Julie must be a serious workaholic as she was also preparing a return season of Emma Wood’s successful play, Mr Bennet’s Bride, which has a brief encore season before beginning an exciting tour. We expect updates of the responses from the audiences as well as interesting touring gossip.

Elsewhere, Woy Woy Little Theatre is building on the success it had with its Flash short play festival last year, and is doing it again in 2015. This year’s theme is Free. To get writers in the mood they held a weekend workshop run by wordsmith and playwright, Alex Broun. Two members from NTC attended the workshop – Peter Oliver and Debra Hely.

Man stuff

Man stuff

What tools did you say to bring?

What tools did you say to bring?

Meanwhile, Cactus Flower by Abe Burrows and directed by the esteemed Brian Wark, is bumping in, getting ready to open on on 2 May. It promises to be a fun night with lots of comedic episodes, with an essentially heart-warming story at its heart.

Michael Blaxland and his team are in rehearsals for Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde. What an evening that promises to be!

Janet Nelson, and her AD Louise Johnson have just cast Dancing at Lughnasa. Successful auditionees include: Amy Wilde, Brian Randell, Howard Rawlinson, Matthew McFarlane, Pearl Nunn, Tracey Gordon, Tracey Owens & Tracy Ebbetts.

Nutrition and a smiling face

Nutrition and a smiling face

Crowd favourite, Isobel Denholm is getting ready to hold auditions for The Female of the Species by Joanna Murray-Smith. Details have been emailed out.

I don’t have the time to even begin to start on the successes members have also been having with other theatre groups. However, congratulations all of you.

Phew – now to get on with updating Membership work…

cheers

Debra Hely

Paint changes everything

Paint changes everything

Here’s the last of the photos from the Working Bee – apologies if I neglected to shoot / include you.

[This is my first go at adding photos here – not so good a job. But it’ll do for now.]

All work and no silly business like photo bombing

All work and no silly business like photo bombing

Sweat, sweat and more sweat

Sweat, sweat and more sweat

You go gals

You go gals

Just one more coat

Just one more coat

Keep or ?

Keep or ?

Back from the tip

Back from the tip

Fill 'er up for another tip run

Fill ‘er up for another tip run

Lunch break and that smiling face again

Lunch break and that smiling face again

Carry that load

Carry that load

Trying to psyche up to get back to work

Trying to psyche up to get back to work

Toasting a job well done

Toasting a job well done

Love this hard yakka

Love this hard yakka

Brief haitus

Brief haitus

Lunch

Lunch

One moment

One moment

Cake delivery and that smiling face again

Cake delivery and that smiling face again

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Looking for volunteer power

Our last Bunnings barbeque, two weeks ago now, was nearly a disaster. Despite the best efforts of Viv, Cheryl, Natalie and Amanda, we went into the barbeque day without a full roster. Amanda came to the rescue, pulling a double shift but missing an important family event to keep things running. I’m guessing Natalie put in an extra shift as well. On an exceptionally hot day. Of course, many of our regular people were unavailable. Richard Murray and I were at HSC marking, David Murray, Tracey Gordon and several other barbeque regulars were unavailable as well… but this is still an issue.
Could I first of all thank most sincerely the people who made the barbeque work, particularly Amanda and Natalie. And now, the hard part: could I ask other club members to have a think about giving up some time to be more involved. It’s difficult, I know, trying to find a balance between life and theatre. I don’t think anyone expects people to give up weeks of their time. But every time someone volunteers some time, it means that the theatre runs more smoothly and we can keep moving the company forward.
Coming up in the next few months there’s a lot to enjoy. I was at the opening of Sherlock on Saturday and had a great time. I dropped in on the rehearsal of Season’s Greetings which promises to be a fantastic season closer, especially on the Christmas Party night.
But there’s also a lot to do. Over January, we’d like to get some work done out the back of the new theatre, improving our storage so that we don’t have to carry everything up and down from the old theatre. We want to cull a lot of our costumes. There’s other work to be done building set pieces to replace ones that have become badly worn. We still don’t have a Repartee editor – I’m supposed to be just filling in.
What the committee would like is more involvement. We’re going to keep using facebook and e-mail to ask for people to help out but we’d also like our members to take the initiative and start looking for the things that need doing. When the AGM comes around in February, we will need more committee members than we’ve got this year to organise front of house, productions and theatre resources. Committee members working on a project are likely to phone members directly to ask for their help with a project. If you have some time and expertise, please let us know. Debra Hely is currently working on updating our member information so that we have a clearer picture of who is free to do which job, when. And who has particular skills to volunteer. So let us know – an e-mail to the company would be a good start.
Helping out with something at the theatre is a great way to stay in touch with people and to get to know what’s happening at NTC. You’ll be hearing from us. We hope we’ll be hearing from you, too.

Stewart McGowan
President

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Famous in Newcastle!

Seen at the launch of Newcastle Theatre Company’s 2015 Season!

Arlene Richards introduces Gaslight

Arlene Richards introduces Gaslight

Beyond Therapy Pearl and James

Beyond Therapy. Pearl and James perform the opening

Gaslight launch

Gaslight excerpt. Rosemary and Alison

Blaxland launch

Michael Blaxland introduces Lady Windermere’s Fan

Brian Wark launch

Brian Wark introducing Cactus Flower

Gaslight launch 2

Richard and Rosemary on stage together in Gaslight

 

Janet Nelson launch

Janet introduces Dancing at Lugnasa

Isobel Denholm launch

Isobel Denholm introduces Female of the Species

Howard Rawlinson launch

Howard Rawlinson peruses the wine list

John Wood launch

John Wood introduces Doubt

All photographs by Debra Hely

Season 2015 Launched!

Newcastle Theatre Company has launched its 2015 season. (Actually, we launched it two weeks ago but the editor of Repartee has been busy working fourteen hour days!)
In 2015, Newcastle Theatre Company has eight plays in its season. It’s also supporting three return performances of Mr Bennett’s Bride ahead of its tour to Sydney and Canberra.
The season is put together by our Artistic Development team, who read extensively and then vote on the plays to be included. It’s a tough job, but the success of our last few seasons is due in no small way to their work.
Noel Grivas put together the 2015 brochure – thanks Noel. The brochure is reproduced below.
Season 2015 1
Season 2015 2Season 2015 3Season 2015 details

Season Launch this Friday

2015 Directorial  Team (minus 1)

2015 Directorial
Team (minus 1)


What’s the collective noun for a group of directors? A torquefest? A vision? An ego? (no that’s probably actors)
Whatever the term, NTC has yet another coup of talented people readying their spiels in time for this Friday’s launch of the 2015 season.
It’s all happening at NTC; 6:30pm gather in the foyer for nibbles and thirst quenching; then in the theatre at 7:00pm, where in 60 minutes or less, all shows will be revealed along with the identity of the missing director in the snap above. Followed by more thirst quenching and nibbles in the foyer.
Please let Vivien know if you’re attending so adequate nourishment can be provided, 4952 4958.

Season 2015 – Auditions for ‘Doubt’

NTC is pleased to announce the first production in its 2015 season will be ‘Doubt: A Parable’ by John Patrick Stanley.

‘Doubt’ (winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony for Best New Play), is set during the 1960’s at a Catholic school in the Bronx. The school’s long standing and deeply conservative Principal, Sister Aloysius, has fears of misconduct by the recently appointed Father Flynn, a progressive and personable parish priest. With the young and naive Sister James by her side, Sister Aloysius seeks out the truth on whether Father Flynn has preyed on the school’s first African-American student. It’s a strong play that deals with how far we go to confirm our suspicions when the power of those higher up can limit our reach.

‘Doubt’, directed by John Wood and assisted by Sally Davies, will run from 31st January to 14th February 2015.

NTC is holding auditions for the major three roles of the production (the ages listed are a guide only):

– Sister Aloysius (50-60). The stern and deeply conservative school principal with unwavering convictions.
– Father Flynn (30-40). The new priest. Popular with parishioners, he wishes to change the negative outlook of the church and be more welcoming to the public.
– Sister James (20-30). A young teacher whose inexperience and naivety make her vulnerable to being swayed by those around her.

Auditions will be held at NTC on 13th and 14th of October from 6-9pm, with each auditionee allocated 15 minutes.
Those wishing to apply for an audition package, please email johnpond_1989@hotmail.com with a preferred rehearsal date and time.

Editor’s note: details of the new season will be revealed soon – the launch is on in late October!