BTC Newsletter Dec 2023
Our year is almost over, although we are planning a General Meeting/Christmas celebration at the end of November. This will be an opportunity to meet others and celebrate our year. Details to follow.
In late September we performed Laura Wade’s satire Home, I’m Darling. Although we did not have full houses we certainly had some enthusiastic audiences. It is a major task to put on a production with actors who may be working or studying. Our production manager pulled out as did our two stage managers and one actor! We carried on bravely with our Director Gabiann Marin stepping into the role of the estate agent and Myra Hutton and Sabine Erika stepping into the roles of Production Manager and Stage Manager. Despite all these challenges the play was a success, albeit not financially owing to the high cost of the Hall (over $4000). The play required many rehearsals in the hall as it was quite complicated. The set was superb, mostly sourced by the director. The old fifties frig and cupboards were much admired by audiences, some of whom wanted to take them home! All in all we were pleased we took the plunge and put on a little known modern play. As usual our front of house team, under the direction of Christine Watts, produced a stunning fifties atmosphere.
In October we were honoured with a wonderful Characterisation Workshop led by Margaret Davis. Those of us who took part learned a lot and we hope she will do another one next year.
As mentioned in our previous newsletter we are putting on an old favourite in April 2023, The Inspector Calls by J B Preistley which will be directed by Sabine Erika and Assistant Director, Peta Toppano. There is already a great production team in place consisting of Gail Stephenson as Production Manager, and Elizabeth Giddey and Georgina Pretty as Stage Managers.
Our very busy Short Play Director, Liz de Koster, together with committee members and general members, read the submitted short plays and four have been chosen: Shafted by Tim Fahey; Two Chairs by Lucy Twomey who you will remember as one of the Coco Chanels in More Than a Little Black Dress last year; Tongue Tied by Mark O’Flynn; and Variations by David Caplice. These will be performed in July next year.
We look forward to seeing you all at the General Meeting/Christmas Party at the end of November, and wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and 2024.
If you would like any more information please contact the President, Arwyn Kamarudin.
Arsenic and Old Lace & Workshops
Our last production ARSENIC AND OLD LACE directed by Dot Ward was a sellout success over five performances.
We have just completed a highly successful workshop was held over two weeks, LET’S WRITE A PLAY led by Aubrey Mellor the former head of NIDA. Sixteen keen participants worked hard and the theatre hopes that some short plays may come out of it.
For those interested in acting the next workshop will be held in October with Margaret Davies. It will emphasise the development of character. Margaret has wide experience in acting, directing and writing for theatre.
SPEAKING FOR STAGE
SHOUT OR WHISPER BUT COMMUNICATE WELL WITH THE AUDIENCE AND EACH OTHER.
SATURDAY 10 JUNE, 9.30 – 12.30
BAPTIST HALL, KUBYA ST BLACKHEATH
Morning tea included.
Contact Sabine on 0414 185 332 or email@example.com.
A WORKSHOP FOR CURIOUS ACTORS
CREATING CHARACTERS for stage
‘Actors must reach out from their habitual selves towards a character, rather than imposing themselves on a character,’ Mike Alfreds
Saturday 7 October
10am – 4pm
Bring your lunch
Cost and venue to be announced on application to 0414 185 332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With excitement mounting about the production of Arsenic and Old Lace
With excitement mounting about the production of Arsenic and Old Lace we are collecting costumes, props and studying lines.
Rehearsals begin on 30 January and will be regular until opening night on the 13 April. Dot Ward is the Director, a person of considerable experience both in directing and acting and as our foundation Dramaturg.
This is a challenging play, a fast-paced black comedy with some unique characters. They include two sweet ladies who do away with their potential boarders, their nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt, another nephew who is dangerous, a doctor who does plastic surgery and an engaged theatre critic plus several others.
On 21 February we will have a general meeting to chose a new director, a committee member, a Treasurer and directors of the various areas we operate with, technical, publicity, professional development, artistic and short play coordinator.
At the 2022 AGM the committee reported on the happenings of the past two years during which they met 29 times. Sadly Covid restricted our programmes but we were able produce two plays, The Peach Season by Debra Oswald, a delightful play set in an Australian orchard and More Than a Little Black Dress by Jo Denver based on the life of Coco Chanel. Audiences were delighted with both of these Australian plays. We have been lucky to have a hard-working committee, actors, production teams and technical directors. Special thanks to our retiring Treasurer, Philia Portelli who did a magnificent job keeping us afloat.
We acquired, after months of searching, a garage to store our valuables. We have introduced a new method of choosing our plays by advertising for a Director with a play that he or she would like to direct. Happily we have found the highly experienced Gabiann Marin for our September 2023 production season. The play will be announced soon on our home page. Gaby had directed, acted, written plays, run workshops, and been a stage manager and a mechanist in Canberra and Sydney. She did her training at the Ensemble, the Stables and the Actors Studio. We are delighted to welcome her aboard.
We have also established a grievance committee and a code of conduct. Copies can be obtained from the Secretary, Bronwen Stinson on 0418 693 786.
Over the seven years we have existed we have brought 17 plays to fruition, 5 full length and 12 short plays.
On 21 February we will have a General meeting to elect a treasurer, a president and several directors of our different areas of operation.
Interested people can contact Sabine Erika 0414 185 332 for further information.