2000 - 2009

The noble 'noughties', the first decade of the new millennium, is the sixth decade of the Wyong Drama group. The list below contains all of the Group's productions from 2000 - 2009.

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WANTED, ONE BODY

By Charles Dyer

Directed by Val Stanton

Performed April 2000

Wanted One Body is set in England in the gloomy lounge of Greenacres (the home of the late Mr Barraclough). The action takes place over a winter’s afternoon and evening during the 1920s.

The play is a classic mystery of disappearing bodies, sliding panels, howls in the night and lots of laughs. It’s a comedy/thriller which will appeal to fans of both comedy and thrillers, certainly making it a play not to be missed.

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The cast of Wanted, One Body (View Full-size Image)

DIRECTED BY:

Val Stanton

CAST:

MISS BARRACLOUGH - Fay Carter
MR BLUNDELL - Marc Calwell
MR NICKLEBY - Duncan Mitchell
TED JOHNSON - Andrew Stanton
MABLE - Helen Schumann
ANNE - Fiona Summerell
AGNES - Jenny Sharrock
DOCTOR BROWN - Carl Martin
MR SORELL - Peter Kocan

 
 

Bush Bash 2000

POSITIVELY VILE

By Brenda Bryant

Directed by Fay Carter

Performed 24th June 2000

The play chosen for the Bush Bash in 2000 was Positively Vile, a melodrama written by Central Coast thespian Brenda Byrant, and it was directed by Fay Carter.  The date of the night was 24 June 2000.

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The cast of Positively Vile (View Full-size Image)

DIRECTED BY:

Fay Carter

CAST:

CHARIMAN - Howard Oxley
SIR JASPER - John Czerniecki
BELLE - Robert Brown
LAWRENCE - Sarah Brown
LADY MAUDE - Polly Murphy
OLD JOAN - Debbi Clarke
PLACARD MAN - Duncan Mitchell

 

RUNNING RIOT

By Derek Benfield

Directed by Ron Baker

Performed August 2000

Running Riot was directed by Ron Baker, and opened in August 2000.

The Cast and Director of Running Riot
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DIRECTED BY:

Ron Baker

CAST:

NICOLLETE - Jodie McSweeney
FELIX - John Czerniecki
AGNES PODMORE - Denise Pastor
BASIL TRENT - Brad Williams
BRUCHIK - Hagen Heinrich
MISS HACKETT - Jenny Sharrock
HUMPHREY PODMORE - Peter Deane
PAULINE MARYOT - Vanessa Williams
VISITOR - Simon Lee

 

PLAZA SUITE

By Neil Simon

Directed by Carol Jordan, Prema Carpenter & Bonnie Bryant 

Performed November 2000

Plaza Suite was a collaborative effort, with three directors each taking an act of the play, and directing each one individually.  However, there was no doubt that Carol Jordan (vale) was the driving force for the entire production.  She took on the role of not only director of her act of the play, but the production designer, programme producer, publicity machine and injector of general energy.

The Cast of Plaza Suite
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 The production is well-remembered, especially by the set builders having to meet Carol's exacting standards.  But it was fun.

Prema Carpenter and Bonnie Bryant also chipped in with another act each, and bingo, we had a suite of plays to open as Neil Simon's Plaza Suite. 

DIRECTED BY:

Carol Jordan, Prema Carpenter & Bonnie Bryant

CAST:

KAREN NASH - Pam Campbell
SAM NASH - John Pastor
JEAN McCORMACK - Jodie McSweeney
WAITER
& BORDEN EISLER- Duncan Mitchell
BELLHOP - Kyle Walbank
JESSE KIPLINGER - John Czerniecki
MURIEL TATE - Cathy DeVries
NORMA HUBLEY - Julie Bailey
ROY HUBLEY - Marc Calwell
MIMSEY HUBLEY - Nicole Price

THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR (2001)

By Alan Seymour

Directed by Peter Deane

Performed April 2001

The play was produced in April 2001 and directed by (your current scribe) Peter Deane.  I had previously presented it eleven years ago in 1990 with the same actors playing Alf and Dot Cook (Laci Weidlich and Julie Bailey). Despite the parents being able to be played by actors eleven years older, the younger roles of Hughie and Jan had to be re-cast, and this time they were played by Annishka Oska and Duncan Mitchell.

This play is dedicated in memory of Don Moran.  Don played Wacka and would describe the Gallipoli Landing in such detail he would actually be in tears while doing it.  It was witnessed by Alan Seymour (who actually came to see the first Saturday Matinee performance).

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This shows all members of the cast during an actual performance.  From left, Annishka Oska (seated), Duncan Mitchell (standing); Laszlo Weidlich; Julie Bailey and Don Moran (vale). 

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We were deeply saddened to learn that Don passed away within two weeks of closing night.  He had been attending medical appointments in Sydney during rehearsals, and actually missed a Dress Rehearsal due to illness, but we had no idea he was that sick.

It's not all bad news, however.  I'm really pleased to have given Don the chance to go out on such a high note.  He put a lot of effort in to the play, and seemed to be enjoying himself, so good luck to him.  It's unfortunate he didn't have the chance to perform more roles.

Use the buttons below to access the show poster, character schema, director's notes, and media releases for this production.

DIRECTED BY:

Peter Deane

CAST:

ALF COOK - Laszlo Weidlich
WACKA DAWSON - Don Moran
DOT COOK - Julie Bailey
JAN CASTLE - Annishka Oska
HUGHIE COOK - Duncan Mitchell

 
 

THE FOURTH WALL

By A. R. Gurney

Directed by Ron Baker

Performed August 2001

The Fourth Wall, by A. R. Gurney, was directed by Ron Baker in August 2001.  This was billed as "A Musical Play" and included quite a few songs all written by Cole Porter.

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The cast and crew of The Fourth Wall. Use the arrows to browse through the photos . Click the images to view them full-size.

DIRECTED BY:

Ron Baker

CAST:

ROGER - Marc Calwell
JULIE - Pollyanna Murphy
PEGGY - Cathy De Vries
FLOYD - Cori Hopper

 

Norfolk Island Drama Festival

2001

In early October 2001, Wyong Drama Group sent two plays to the Norfolk Island Drama Festival.  They were Face the Music by Barry L Hillman and What's for Pudding by David Tristram.  What's for Pudding was directed by Ron Baker and performed on 3 October 2001 and Face the Music directed by Fay Carter and performed on 4 October 2001.

The performers, backstage crew and accompanying partners travelled over at their own expense, but by all accounts had a wonderful time.

Whilst on the island, our intrepid investigators had a wonderful time, by all accounts. Below, you can see some photos taken of their time on the island.

Wyong Drama Group members enjoying themselves on Norfolk Island. Click the images to view them full-size.

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The Drama Group members who went on the Norfolk Island tour.

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Norfolk Island Drama Festival 2001

WHAT'S FOR PUDDING (2001)

By David Tristram

Directed by Ron Baker

Performed 3rd October 2001

What's for Pudding featured Bob Farmer, Julie Bailey, Stephanie Weidlich, John Czerniecki and Ron Baker himself.

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Julie Bailey & Bob Farmer.

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Julie Bailey, Stephanie Weidlich, Bob Farmer & John Czerniecki.

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Bob Farmer, Stephanie Weidlich, Julie Bailey, John Czerniecki & Ron Baker.

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Julie Bailey & Bob Farmer.

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The cast of What's For Pudding. Use the arrows to browse through the photos . Click the images to view them full-size.

Ron Baker

DIRECTED BY:

CAST (in unknown roles):

Bob Farmer

 Julie Bailey

 Stephanie Weidlich

John Czerniecki

Ron Baker

Norfolk Island Drama Festival 2001

FACE THE MUSIC

By Barry L. Hillman

Directed by Fay Carter

Performed 4th October 2001

Face the Music featured Pollyanna Forshaw, Pam Campbell, Judith La Forest, Erin Carter, Premalata Carpenter and Debbi Clarke.

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Prema Carpenter, Pam Campbell & Pollyanna Forshaw.

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Pollyanna Forshaw & Pam Campbell.

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Erin Carter, Pollyanna Forshaw, Pam Campbell & Prema Carpenter.

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Prema Carpenter, Pam Campbell & Pollyanna Forshaw.

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The cast of Face The Music. Use the arrows to browse through the photos . Click the images to view them full-size.

Fay Carter

DIRECTED BY:

CAST (in unknown roles):

Pollyanna Forshaw
Pam Campbell
Judith La Forest
Erin Carter
Premalata Carpenter
Debbi Clarke

 
 
 

THE LAST TANGO IN WYONG SHIRE (March 2002)

A Revue

Directed by Ron Baker

Performed March 2002

The Last Tango in Wyong Shire was produced, along with other selected pieces, for the opening of Wadalba Community School.  It was directed by Ron Baker.  This was an extra performance for the group to both publicise its fiftieth anniversary, and to use a potential new theatre space, in this new "Community" school.

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Cast and Directors of the Revue at Wadalba Community School.

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DIRECTED BY:

Ron Baker

PERFOMANCES:

The Last Tango in Wyong Shire -  See programme for cast.

French Flies A monologue read by Patricia Dunbar.

Poetry Reading -  By Helen Schumann.

 

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE

By Steve Martin

Directed by  John Czerniecki

Performed April 2002

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Cast of Picasso At The Lapin Agile.

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This was presented in April 2002, and directed by that character of an actor, John Czerniecki. It was John's first foray into directing at the time, having previously acted in dozens of plays over more than a dozen years for the group.

DIRECTED BY:

 John Czerniecki

CAST:

FREDDY - James Chambers
GASTON - Hagen Heinrich
GERMAINE - Ruth Jordon
ALBERT EINSTEIN - Marc Calwell
SUZANNE - Susan Reynolds
SAGOT - Michael Middlemiss
PABLO PICASSO - Cori Hopper
SCHMENDIMAN - Alan Rumsey
THE COUNTESS - Marianne Hamilton
THE WOMAN - Prema Carpenter
THE SINGER - David Rowe

 

Bush Bash 2002

THE LAST TANGO IN WYONG SHIRE (June 2002)

A Revue

Directed by Ron Baker

Performed June 2002

Use the buttons below to see the extra-special programme tray-mat produced as a souvenir of our third last Bush Bash.  We also have the poster produced for this the Fifteenth Annual Bush Bash.  The Bush Bash was held on Saturday 22 June 2002.

DIRECTED BY:

Ron Baker

CAST:

GORDON - Howard Oxley
JOYCE - Pam Campbell

MARGARET - Fiona Summerell
BERNARD - Shaun Martin

 

US

GOLDEN JUBILEE PRODUCTION

Pride in The Past - Stepping Out To The Future

A Revue

Directed by Julie Bailey & Various Others

Performed in August 2002

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Cast and Crew of Us.

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This revue was in celebration of 50 years of continuous entertainment. The running order and programme can be accessed using the buttons below.

DIRECTED BY:

Julie Bailey & Various Others

PERFOMANCES:

50 Years Ago  - Poem - Read by Helen Schumann.

Early Days Of WDG

'Holiday Eve'  (1957) - 
Millie Sampson, Paul Blenheim, Barry Sampson, Darlene Cole, Jodie McSweeney.

Early State-Wide Festivals

'The String of Amber' (1970) - Directed by Bonnie Bryant. With Gwen Clarke, Kathy Izzard and Pollyanna Murphy. Bonnie and Gwen were in the original cast.

'No Sex Please! It's a Luxury!' - Tribute to the great tradition of the British farce. Written by Pollyanna Murphy and Pam Campbell (2002). With Angela Bam, Nikki De Vries, Duncan Michell, Demse Pastor, John Paslor and Barry Sampson.

- INTERVAL -

'WDG and Wyong's Centenary (1987) - 'The Master and the Maid' - Performed by the original cast. With Pollyanna Murphy, Laci Weidlich, Ruth Jordon and Howard Oxley.

'WDG and the Bicentenary Tribute to Peter Kocan - 'Who Do You Think You Are? (1981, 1989, 1996)' - Performed by the original cast. Pam Campbell, Suzy Reynolds, Miriam Oosten and John Czerniecki.

The Art Of Coarse Acting - 'Henry V' - Duncan Mitchell, Robert Brown, Paul Blenheim and John Czerniecki.

Snippets From Macbeth (1994) - Prema Carpenter, Denise Pastor,
Nikki De Vries, Duncan Mitchell, John Pastor and Pollyanna Murphy.


Stepping Out (1997) - Emmakate de Henau, Michelle Pastor, Angela Bain, Miriam Oosten, Julie Bailey, Pam Campbell, Marc Calwell.

FINALE - Wyong Wyong

 

The Comedy Trio

THE DEAR DEPARTED
 

By Stanley Houghton

Directed by Millie Sampson

CAST:

AMELIA SLATER - Cathy De Vries
HENRY SLATER - Duncan Mitchell
ELIZABETH JORDAN - Susan Reynolds
BEN JORDAN - Barry Sampson
VICTORIA - Nina Flint
ABEL MERRYWEATHER - Hagen Heinrich

The Comedy Trio

DARLINGS, YOU WERE WONDERFUL

By Derek Lomas

Directed by Millie Sampson

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Prema Carpenter, Miriam Oosten and Marianne Hamilton rehearse for Darlings, You Were Wonderful. This is the highest resolution of this image available.

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CAST:

JUDY - Denise Pastor
IRENE - Marianne Hamilton
VANESSA - Darlene Cole
EVE - Prema Carpenter
LESLIE - Miriam Oosten
LIZ - Nikki De Vries
VOICEOVERS - Howard Oxley
& Ron Baker

The Comedy Trio

SANDCASTLES ON THE BEACH (2002)

By John McColl

Directed by Pam Campbell

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Pam Campbell, Bob Farmer, Darlene Cole and Marc Calwell, from Sandcastles on the Beach. This is the highest resolution of this image available.

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CAST:

BUTTER - Bob Farmer
MARGE - Pam Campbell
WESTON - Marc Calwell
TRISH - Darlene Cole

The pressures of producing a major production for November were too much for the group, so we decided to get three directors to produce three one-act plays instead.  This meant we could prepare for November in much less time than usual (I think this year we only had six weeks of rehearsals before the show went on).  The three plays were Darlings, You Were Wonderful, The Dear Departed and Sandcastles on the Beach.

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The cast of The Comedy Trio - a set of three one-act plays.

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Performed November 2002

Access The Comedy Trio poster and programme below. If you would like to access press releases for this production, please contact us, using the appropriate button below.

 
 
 
 

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

By Ray Cooney

Directed by Pam Campbell

Performed April 2003

Access the porgramme, poster and biographical notes for Ray Cooney below. If you would like to access press releases for this production, please contact us, using the appropriate button below.

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The cast of Run For Your Wife

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DIRECTED BY:

Pam Campbell

CAST:

MARY SMITH - Denise Pastor
BARBARA SMITH - Cathy De Vries
JOHN SMITH - Bernie O’Brien
DETECTIVE SERGEANT TROUGHTON - Barry Sampson
STANLEY GARDNER - Howard Oxley
REPORTER - Nikki De Vries
DETECTIVE SERGEANT PORTERHOUSE - Ray Hendley
BOBBY FRANKLIN - Shaun Martin

 

 

SANDCASTLES ON THE BEACH (2003)

By John McColl

Directed by Pam Campbell

Performed June 2003

We took this to Canberra Repertory Theatre's 2003 Festival, held at the Southern Cross Club at Woden over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend (6, 7 & 8 June 2003).  I can assure you the performance was incredibly moving.

 

Weston was originally played by Marc Calwell when done for the Comedy Trio in 2002.  He was unavailable for the tour, and his role was taken by Shaun Martin.

DIRECTED BY:

Pam Campbell

CAST:

BUTTER - Bob Farmer
MARGE - Pam Campbell
WESTON - Shaun Martin
TRISH - Darlene Cole

 

LIFE GOES ON

By Peggy Caine

Directed by Ron Baker

Performed August 2003

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The cast, crew and action of Life Goes On. Use the arrows to browse through the photos . Click the images to view them full-size.

If you would like to access press releases for this production, please contact us.

DIRECTED BY:

Ron Baker

CAST:

MINNA - Joan Dalgleish
GABY - Julie Bailey
SOPHY - Pam Campbell
HUGH - Hagen Heinrich
SARA - Jodie McSweeney

 

THE FARNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD DRAMATIC SOCIETY MURDER MYSTERY

By David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin Junior

Directed by Millie Sampson

Performed November 2003

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The cast and crew of "Farndale".

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If you would like to access press releases for this production, please contact us.

DIRECTED BY:

Millie Sampson

CAST:

MRS. REECE (Playing RÉGINEPATRICIA BISHOP & MRS. GOODBODY) - Pam Campbell
GORDON  (
Playing
INSPECTOR O'RILEY) - Stuart Mortimer
FELICITY (
Playing
PAWN & COLONEL KING) - Ruth Jordon
AUDREY (
Playing
LADY DOREEN, VIOLET BISHOP & JOAN BISHOP) - Denise Pastor
THELMA (
Playing DAPHNE) - Susan Reynolds
RITA (
Playing ROSE BISHOP, MRS. KING & LETITIA BISHOP) - Helen Schumann

 

BLITHE SPIRIT (2004)

By Noël Coward

Directed by Denise Cooper

Performed April 2004

Blithe Spirit, by Noël Coward was our first show of 2004 and was directed by Denise Cooper.  The show opened on 22 April 2004.

The play was first performed at the Opera House, Manchester in 1941.  It is one of Noël Coward's most skillfully crafted and best loved comedies.

In the play, Charles Condomine has arranged a dinner party and séance to help him research his latest mystery book. As he says to his second wife Ruth, he wishes to meet "a real professional charlatan - a complete impostor" on which to base the lead character of his book. To this end, he invites Madame Arcati - psychic, medium, author and general eccentric - to entertain them with her "tricks of the trade".

Unfortunately for everyone, Madame Arcati's tricks work too well and an uninvited guest puts in an appearance - Charles' first wife Elvira - who has been dead for seven years!

It's the wit of Coward, his genius of combining the petty ridiculous with the dramatic, which makes this drama just perfect. Coward's practical views on the supernatural are absolutely irresistible. The play is a must for the occult believer and for the sceptic as well!

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The cast of  the 2004 production of Blithe Spirit. Use the arrows to browse through the photos . Click the images to view them full-size.

The programme and poster for the production, as well as some biographical notes about Noël Coward, can be accessed below. If you would like to access press releases for this production, please contact us.

DIRECTED BY:

Denise Cooper

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CAST:

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EDITH - Premalata Carpenter

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RUTH - Cathy Stone

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CHARLES - Howard Oxley

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DOCTOR BRADMAN - John Pastor

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MRS. BRADMAN - Jenny Sharrock

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MADAME ARCATI - Joan Dalgleish

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ELVIRA - Christine Vale

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE:

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Graham Vale

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PRODUCTION MANAGER - Wendy Potter

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STAGE MANAGER - Ros Ellis

 

DAY TRIPPERS (June 2004)

Bush Bash 2004

By Jean McConnell

Directed by Millie Sampson

Performed June 2004

Patronage for the Bush Bashes was distinctly tapering off over the last four or five years.  In 2004 we held the seventeenth and what proved to be the LAST Bush Bash on Saturday 26 June 2004.  The play chosen was Day Trippers by Jean McConnell, with Pam Campbell and Denise Pastor, directed by Millie Sampson.

Bush Bashes were originally intended to raise funds for the group.  Since we have much larger houses now, we make enough money through producing the shows themselves.  Our project at about this time of the year is now a Theatre Festival.

If you would like to access press releases for this production, please contact us.

DIRECTED BY:

Millie Sampson

CAST:

DORIS - Denise Pastor
BERYL - Pam Campbell

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With thanks to Ros Ellis, Peter Deane and other long-time members of the Wyong Drama Group for the collation of this history.