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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

Wated, One Body
Poitively Vile

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:

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

Runing Riot

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. Use the arrows to browse through the photos .

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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

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 and directors of Plaza Suite. Use the arrows to browse through the photos . Click the images to view them full-size.

 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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  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 One Day Of The Year
The Fourth Wall

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.

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

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.

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.