2020 - Present

Here are the productions we've staged in the current decade. The 'top-notch twenties' is the Group's eighth decade. The list below contains all of the Group's productions from 2020 - NOW.

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GLORIOUS!

By Peter Quilter

Directed by Ruth Jordon & Howard Oxley

Performed May 2021

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Breaking a long hiatus on productions due to government restrictions from the COVID-19 Pandemic (starting March 2020) the Group staged Glorious!, directed by Howard Oxley and Ruth Jordon.

 

Glorious! is the hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world In 1940's New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as 'the first lady of the sliding scale', she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.

Based upon a true story, the play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy. 

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DIRECTED BY:

Ruth Jordon & Howard Oxley

CAST:

FLORENCE - Polyanna Forshaw

DOROTHY - Margaret Holdom

ST CLAIR - Stephen McLaren

COSME - Patrick Wells

MRS VERRINDER-GEDGE - Ruth Crawley

MARIA - Ruth Jordon

BIRTHRIGHTS

By David Williamson

Directed by Julie Bailey

Performed February 2022

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Birthrights was rehearsed and continuously postponed over the cours eof more than a year due the COVID-19 pandemic. It was finally staged in early 2022, and directed by Julie Bailey.

 

Williamson is Australia’s most prolific playwright. His vast body of work includes classics such as Don’s Party, The Removalists, The Club and Travelling North.


Birthrights, although published in 2003 and described as a ‘bittersweet play about motherhood’, explores many themes which are very relevant today. When Helen (Francesca Radice) discovers she is unable to have children, her career-driven sister Claudia (Rebecca Sharples) offers to be the surrogate mother.

 

The play addresses the ethical and emotional complexities of this act of generosity along with the impact on the sisters’ very different partners, Mark (James Chambers) and Martin (James Hunter). Kelly (Jacinta-Rose Burley), the daughter, proves to be a challenging child whilst Margaret (Sally Bartley), the feisty mother of the sisters, attempts to smooth the waters.


Birthrights, an engaging play with strong characters and thought-provoking dialogue, was a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining theatre experience.

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DIRECTED BY:

Julie Bailey

CAST:

CLAUDIA – Rebecca Sharples
HELEN – Francesca Radice
MARTIN – James Hunter
MARK – James Chambers
MARGARET – Sally Bartley
KELLY – Jacinta-Rose Burley

NUNSENSE II

The Second Coming...

By Dan Goggin

Directed by Margaret Holdom

Performed April 2022

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The Little Sisters of Hoboken returned in April 2022, following Wyong Drama Group’s sell-out season of Nunsense in 2018. Like the first Nunsense, this sequel to the original was again directed by Margaret Holdom and featured mainly the same cast.


Nunsense 2 – The Second Coming takes place six weeks after the sisters have staged their first benefit. The sisters are back presenting a "thank-you" show for all the people who supported them in the past. But now, they're a bit slicker, having been 'bitten by the theatre bug'. Things get off to a rousing start, but before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers’ Clearing House Sweepstakes) as one of their own. At the same time the nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience to see them strut their stuff.


Musical Direction was by Maryellen Gillard and Choreography was by Madeline Stephenson. This show was a joyful and funny look at life in the Convent. 


Popular WDG performers Ruth Jordon and Cathy De Vries headed up the cast, which also included well-known Central Coast performers Amanda Daniel, Karen Pendleton, Gabbie Magee and Maddie Stephenson.


Nunsense II was presented as part of the WDG's 70th Birthday celebrations.

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DIRECTED BY:

Margaret Holdom

CAST:

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SISTER MARY REGINA, REV MOTHER - Ruth Jordon
SISTER MARY HUBERT- Cathy De Vries
SISTER ROBERT ANNE - Amanda Daniel
SISTER MARY AMNESIA - Karen Pendleton
SISTER MARY LEO - Gabbie Magee
SISTER JULIA, CHILD OF GOD - Maddie Stephenson

Maryellen Gillard

MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

Madeline Stephenson

CHOREOGRAPHER:

Geoffrey Preece

RÉPÉTITEUR:

Marion Ella

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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.