Kiss Me, Kate Auditions!

Queanbeyan Players are excited to announce auditions for our (hopefully) second production for 2021 – “Kiss Me, Kate”!

“Kiss Me, Kate” is the Broadway hit musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music and lyrics by the brilliant Cole Porter. It was Porter’s response to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” (QP’s third production for 2021) and other “integrated musicals” and was the first show he wrote in which the music and lyrics are firmly connected to the script.

The show opens with a theatre company preparing to stage a musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”.  The conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer and star, and his leading lady (and ex-wife!) Lilli Vanessi, parallels their roles in the play as Petruchio (the suitor) and Katharine (the Shrew). To add to the hilarity is the strange romance between, Lois Lane, the flirty actress playing Bianca and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some “old school” gangsters who teach us how to “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”!

This is a classic “golden era” musical comedy but refreshed for and set in the 21st century. We are happy to consider gender-swapping a number of the supporting roles including casting them as LGBTQI+. These roles are identified in the Audition Pack.

There are a couple of really great dance numbers in Kiss Me, Kate where we are looking to showcase highly talented dancers.

Director: Michael Moore

Assistant Director: Joe Moores

Musical Director: Leisa Keen

Choreographer: Lauren Chapman

Auditions will be held on 14th, 15th and 21st November, with callbacks on the 22nd November as required. All auditions will be held at Gowrie Primary School.

To book an audition spot, please contact auditions@queanbeyanplayers.com. Information for all auditionees regarding commitment to the show can be found here and the Audition Pack can be found here. The production team look forward to meeting their potential new cast members!

Season 2021 Announced

Queanbeyan Players are excited to announce their musical theatre line up for 2021, a bumper three show schedule which will be played at home-theatre The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre in Queanbeyan: The Sound of Music (March), Kiss Me Kate (June) and Oklahoma (October).

“It is exciting to be able to start planning again and to announce a three-show year for the Queanbeyan Players is a wonderful first,” says Alison Newhouse, Queanbeyan Players President “three shows means we have more theatre opportunities for local actors and musicians and we can offer our audience a range of theatre experiences.” she said. “Queanbeyan Players enjoys a supportive and engaged community and, like everyone, we are all looking forward to reconnecting and getting back into rehearsals and production as soon as health guidelines allow. We can’t wait to get back on stage and see all those smiling faces again – on stage and in the audience!”

The Sound Of Music was already well into production when the global pandemic forced rehearsals to be postponed and the show has been rescheduled into early 2021. The cast has remained together and there will only be a couple of new faces joining the talented local cast/crew.
Notably after the unexpected passing of Musical Director Michael Politi, Musical Director Jenna Hinton (whose last QP show was Oliver! in 2019) will be joining the production team and continuing on the wonderful work Michael had started with the cast early in 2020.

Queanbeyan Players will announce final dates for The Sound of Music in the coming weeks and auditions and performances for Kiss Me, Kate and Oklahoma at a later date.

“Kiss Me, Kate” Production Team
Directors: Michael Moore and Joe Moores
Choreographer: Lauren Chapman

“Oklahoma” Production Team
Direction and Choreography: Christina Phillip and Belinda Hassall
Musical Direction: Jenna Hinton

For more information contact us through our contact page or queanbeyanplayersinc@gmail.com

Christmas Choir 2020 – Expression of Interest

The Queanbeyan players invite you to register your interest to join our Christmas Choir. We will be rehearsing* some fantastic songs in the lead up to December where we will perform on a one night only event (Date either 5th or 19th December 2020 TBC) and having just a good old fashioned sing.

Use the form on the page here to register your interest to participate in our Christmas Choir or email queanbeyanplayersinc@gmail.com for more information.
Please note, the Expressions of Interest applications will close Midnight Wednesday 29/07/20.

*Pending COVID Restrictions

The Passing of Michael Politi

Michael Politi. Headshot for The Sound of Music, Taken in 2020

It is with much sadness that we bring you the news that one of our long time QP family members Michael Politi passed away at the South Coast in his favourite place on the beach. It has come as a great shock to us all. There is no news as yet when his funeral will be. It seems Michael had a massive heart attack while walking along the beach.

Michael was the Musical Director for QP’s next show The Sound of Music and over the years performed with QP in shows and was Musical Director for our last performance of Mikado.

He touched many lives and was a lovely, gentle man. Michael in all his wisdom would say let’s all keep going and enjoy life. He was a very special man and will be greatly missed.

2020 AGM – And some more

What an unusual start to 2020 we have all had! In amongst it all Queanbeyan Players are still here!
We had a very successful AGM in early March and would like to introduce our new committee:
President: Alison Newhouse
Vice President: Christina Philipp
Treasurer: Benjamin Martin
Secretary: Janette Humphrey
Committee:
Carmel Bourke
Tony D’Abrera
Gail Giuliano
Anna Greenwood
Jenna Hinton
Janetta McRae
Joe Moores
David Tricks

Congratulations to all!

In 55 years this is the first time QP have had to postpone a show. The Sound of Music Commenced rehearsals in early February. With an amazing cast and dedicated production team we accomplished a great deal in six weeks of rehearsals, so much so we had had a run of Act 1. This was before everything came to a screeching halt with COVID-19.
We had stopped rehearsals 2 weeks prior to the official Social Distancing measures came into play. We made this decision for the health and safety of our cast and production team.
Then we got notice from the Queanbeyan Palerang Council that The Q was postponing all future shows for at least 6 months. All going well our new dates for Sound of Music is in October.
The whole cast were naturally disappointed but are all enthusiastically waiting to return to rehearsals and we are all looking forward to bringing Sound of Music to The Q stage.
Keep safe and healthy and we will be back soon!

Sound of Music Cast Announcement

Queanbeyan Players are proud to announce the cast for our June 2020 show – The Sound of Music. Co-Directed by Alison Newhouse and Anthony Swadling, Musical Direction by Michael Politi and Choreographed by Jodi Hammond.

Principals-
Maria – Lydia Milosavljevic
Abbess – Louise Gaspari
Captain – Michael Jordan
Elsa – Tina Robinson
Sis Berthe – Sarah Powell
Sis Margaretta – Dale Rheynolds
Sis Sophia – Lauren Welfare
Max – Terry Johnson
Franz – Peter Smith
Frau Schmidt- Rachel Horne
Admiral – Chris Bennie
Baron – Hugo Walker
Herr Zeller – John Potter

Rolf – Samuel Dietz
Liesl – Kay Liddiard
Freidrick – Joss Kent
Louisa – Charleigh Byrne/Sienna Heaver
Kurt – Willum Hollier-Smith
Brigitta – Ebony Gagel/Erin Stiles
Marta – Anneka Hollier-Smith/Gabriella Heron
Gretl – Lola Hamlyn-Harris/Edith Baggoley

Nuns Chorus –
Katrina Wiseman
Tara Davidson
Christina Philipp
Maria Dennehy
Jill Young
Christine Rufflet
Kath Temple
Jane Faulder
Lenore Cupitt
Shelley Salzke
Cathy Cleary
Pip Russell-Brown
Debra Byrne
Margie Roser
Alana Wade
Mary Mullamphy

Postulants –
Lauren Evans
Kate O’Brien
Jackie McIntyre
Annika Presser-King
Anna Tully
Brittany Lewis
Emily Hosie
Annabelle Ferrington
Lillee Keating

Male Chorus –
Ben Martin
Rylan Howard
Joe Moores
Zac Izzard

Annual General Meeting Announcement

The Queanbeyan Players AGM is on Tuesday 10 March 2020 in the The Acacia Room at The Kangaroo Leagues Club
Richard Avenue & Stuart Street, Crestwood Qbyn NSW
Time: 6.00pm Dinner – Dining area – everyone welcome to have dinner first
7.30pm The Acacia Room – AGM

We would love to see you all at the AGM!
All positions will be declared vacant.
For more information and nomination forms please contact our Secretary Janette Humphrey at queanbeyanplayersinc@gmail.com

Annual Shed Clear-out!

Come one come all!!!

When – Sunday 23 February
Time – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Place – 18 Barrow Place, Queanbeyan
Lunch and Drinks will be supplied

Below is a list of some of the things we will be endeavouring to get done on the day:
 Cutting down dead vegetation.
 Breaking up pieces of set no longer needed
 Raking up leaf litter and rubbish.
 Possibly dismantling the giant stairs
 Taking all steps/stairs out and checking depth for safety standards.
 Going through paint cans and either keep or throw out.
 Rubbish timber in the skip.
 Tidying up and sorting the screws.
 Travel trunks need finding and decisions made about which ones to keep.
 The Glass Chandelier needs to assemble so a photo can be taken, ready for sale!

Things we are looking for to make improvements:
 If anyone has some spare sections of roofing material eg Colourbond fence pieces, a new cover needs erecting over the lean to at the back of the sheds.

Volunteers need to wear suitable clothing and covered shoes. Volunteers also need to bring tools and safety glasses etc. QP has limited tools.

Unfortunately the day will not be suitable for small or younger children. With all the large pieces to be moved around the she there will be safety issues. We would love to see people coming out to help even if it is only for a short time that you can spare.

Come and Sing – The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance A Queanbeyan Players event supporting bushfire recovery

Saturday 29 February 2020

Rehearsal from 10.30am – performance at 7.30pm

Acacia Room, The Roos Club, Queanbeyan

Come and sing The Pirates of Penzance with the Queanbeyan Players on Saturday 29 February to raise much needed funds for bushfire relief. 

All singers are welcome to come and join the chorus. There are no auditions, and you don’t need to know the music – we will spend the day learning the chorus parts before a concert-style performance in the evening, featuring principals from past QP productions. You won’t need to memorise any music, as we’ll perform with books. Matt Greenwood will teach the vocal parts and conduct the performance. You’ll also be sent the music and a link to midis beforehand.  

The suggested donation for participation is $20. All funds raised will go to St Vincent de Paul NSW’s Bushfire Appeal. 

To participate or for more information, contact Anna Greenwood at annamgreenwood@outlook.com with your contact details and voice type, and she’ll send you more details. (You don’t need to contact Anna again if you’ve already emailed her.)

If you love Pirates but don’t want to sing, come and join the audience. The performance will start at 7.30pm, and tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $15. 

Thank you to The Roos Club for allowing us to use the Acacia Room at no cost.