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2010 - 2019

The terrific 'teens' is the seventh decade of productions for the Wyong Drama group. The list below contains all of the Group's productions from 2010 - 2019.

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COSI

By Louis Nowra

Directed by Ruth Crawley

Performed April 2010

Our April 2010 production was the Australian play Cosi, written by Louis Nowra, directed by Ruth Crawley, assisted by Pam Campbell.  The show opened on 15 April 2010.

Ruth is a local teacher from St Peter's Catholic College at Tuggerah.  WDG Audiences may remember the play Means of Happiness presented at the 2008 TheatreFest on the Friday Night by students from St Peter's College, which, although not technically entered in the TheatreFest, was considered good enough by the adjudicator to win the John Axford Memorial Award.

Cosi was an HSC play this year.  We offered special prices for students ($5 discount on regular prices), and if a teacher wished to arrange a group visit, they were entitled to free admission themselves.

The performance dates for the show were Thursday 8pm (15 & 22 April - $17 tickets), Friday 8pm (16 & 23 April - $20 tickets), Saturday 2pm & 8pm (17 & 24 April - $17 for the matinee and $20 for the evening) and Sunday 2pm (18 April - $17 tickets).

The cast and crew of Cosi. Use the arrows to navigate and click the images to view them full-size.

It is 1971 and Lewis, a young director, agrees to stage a production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte with a cast of patients from a mental institution. There is no orchestra, no one can sing and the theatre is nothing more than a burnt out shell.  Beyond the walls of the institution, citizens march against their government’s involvement in a war and Lewis’ own relationship falters.  As the production lurches forward, Lewis realizes it doesn’t hurt to be a little crazy.

DIRECTED BY:

Ruth Crawley

CAST:

LEWIS - Stephen McDonald
ROY - Laszlo Weidlich
CHERRY - Debbi Clarke
RUTH - Pam Campbell
ZAC - Les Besseny
DOUG - Mike McLeod
HENRY - John Czernieki
JULIE  - Sophie Berry Porter
NICK  - Justin Stafford
LUCY - Sara Brown
JUSTINE - Cathy De Vries

Cosi
TheatreFest 2010

Central Coast TheatreFest

2010

Performed 2nd - 3rd July 2010

The Theatrefest this year was held over the weekend of Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July.

 

On Friday there was a night of presentations from the XtrAct Drama Academy to break the ice, get the ball rolling, and give all competitors a chance to familiarise themselves with the venue, other competitors and Wyong Drama Group itself.

Shots of XtrAct Academy Performances on the first night of TheatreFest 2010. Use the arrows to browse through the photos.Click the images to view them full-size.

Wyong Drama Group entered two shows this year, Three Chairs! by Roger Gimblett (directed by Julie Bailey - two awards) and The Boat by Jill Shearer (directed by Howard Oxley - six awards).  A number of Wyong Drama Group members were also involved in productions entered by other theatre companies.

The competitive section of the Theatrefest was held on the Saturday in three sessions, and following that, the all-important Awards Ceremony was held. There were three sessions on the Saturday:  10am, 2pm and 6pm.  The awards ceremony was then held an hour after the final session concluded.

The Whoops Award this year WAS awarded!  Barry Sampson, who actually makes the trophies, was given the Whoops Award for omitting to close the rear traveller curtains after setting the stage for Karma Street Kitchen, the second-last production of the festival.  Obviously the strain of stage managing all day was getting to him!

Terry Brady

ADJUDICATOR:

Awards (click the photos to view them full-size):

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BEST MALE ACTOR: Laszlo Weidlich  (The Boat)

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BEST FEMALE ACTOR Denise Pastor (The Boat)

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BEST DIRECTION: Julie Bailey (Three Chairs)

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BEST PRODUCTION: The Boat
(Wyong Drama Group) (Howard Oxley, Director)

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BEST PRODUCTION RUNNER-UP:

The Sex Life of Snails
(XtrAct) (Pictured: Robyn Weidlich: Director)

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BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE:

Joining the Club
(Woy Woy Little Theatre) (Steve Killeen, Jen Francis - cast; Marie Sellers - director)

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BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Marc Calwell (The Boat)

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BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Ruth Jordon (Three Chairs)

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BEST SET: The Boat
(Wyong Drama Group) (Pictured: Howard Oxley, Director)

BEST COSTUMES: Murder at Church Hill
(XtrAct) (Pictured: Director Pam Campbell)

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BEST UNPUBLISHED PLAY: Josh Aspinall &
Duncan Mitchell
(You Can't Pick Your Friends)
(Jopuka)

ADJUDICATOR'S SPECIAL AWARDJen Francis (Joining the Club) (WWLT)

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JOHN AXFORD MEMORIAL AWARD:

War Letters (Phoenix Productions)
(Pictured: Maree Sellers (cast) and Linda Williams (director))

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APEX 40 AWARD: Laszlo Weidlich

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WOOPS! AWARD: Barry Sampson - Stage Manager (WDG)

Note: For archived resources, such as the info kit and rules provided to directors for this festival, please contact us.

Central Coast TheatreFest 2010

THE BOAT

By Jill Shearer

Directed by Howard Oxley

Performed 3rd July 2010

Sel spends all day fishing from a boat in his living room after his nervous breakdown. The
love from his son and the support from his wife make confrontation with Jane difficult. An emotional rollercoaster of love in its many forms.

DIRECTED BY:

Howard Oxley

CAST:

SEL - Laszlo Weidlich
MARY - Denise Pastor
BRIAN - Marc Calwell
JANE - Sally Bartley

Central Coast TheatreFest 2010

THREE CHAIRS

By Roger Gimblett

Directed by Julie Bailey

Performed 3rd July 2010

Patty and Tom are newly married. Patty has a surprise for Tom. However, that shock is nothing compared with the revelations in store for this newly married couple.

DIRECTED BY:

Julie Bailey

CAST:

PATTY - Sara Brown
TOM - Stephen McDonald
BERNADETTE - Ruth Jordon
DOROTHY ATTENBOROUGH - Millie Sampson
GEORGE BAKER - Howard Oxley

The Boat
Harp On The Willow

HARP ON THE WILLOW

By John Misto

Directed by Ron Baker

Performed August 2010

This was Wyong Drama Group’s August 2010 production, directed by Ron Baker.

Irish folk singer Mary O’Hara was a star at 18, a bride at 20 and a widow at 21.  Her concert tours had played to full houses worldwide. Her love affair, with the poet Richard Selig was legendary for its beauty, its intensity and its tragedy.  Then, at the age of 26, at the height of her fame, she abruptly disappeared.  

If this story wasn’t, in fact, true you wouldn’t believe it!

The play is largely set in the early 1970s amongst the wimples, sacred brandy and confessions of the strict Catholic order of nuns at Stanbrook Abbey.  The global village of the time is one equally fraught with terror and social cultural change, IRA bombings, Richard Nixon’s Presidency, Mick Jagger and heaven forbid - ABBA fever.

The cast, crew and action of Harp On The Willow. Use the arrows to navigate and click the images to view them full-size.

Misto writes “I had to tell this story before Hollywood beat me to it, a story no writer would dare create, a story about those missing years, when Mary O’Hara entered an austere monastery in the English Midlands.  Here, as an anonymous nun, unable to see visitors or even listen to a radio, she began a journey of self-discovery, a journey both humorous and harrowing.  I spent six years searching for this extraordinary lady and located her finally in the heart of Africa.  One of the world’s most beloved and famous singers was living literally in the jungle.

 

John Misto is also the author of the play The Shoe Horn Sonata, the mini series Day of the Roses the story of the Granville train disaster, and the telemovie Heroes’ Mountain about the rescue of Stuart Diver in Thredbo.

 

The Melbourne 2007 production of the play featured none other than Marina Prior in the role of Mary O’Hara.

DIRECTED BY:

Ron Baker

CAST:

SISTER MIRIAM PERPETUA SELIG & MARY O’HARA - Rose Cooper
YOUNG MARY O'HARA - Tamara Abbott
MOTHER RAPHAEL WALKER - Julie Bailey
TYRONE KANE - Brad Talbot
RICHARD SELIG - Rohan Smith

Note: For more information and archived resources, such as the audition notice used for this production, or ticket and show times, please contact us.

Caught In The Net
Three Chairs

CAUGHT IN THE NET

By Ray Cooney

Directed by Peter Deane

Performed November 2010

The play opened on 11 November 2010 and was directed by Peter Deane.  Previous shows from this director for WDG include Kid Stakes (1989), The One Day of the Year (1990 and 2001), Other Times (1996), Hot Taps (1999), Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (2005) and Pass the Butler (2007).