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No. 5. November, 2016                                                                         64th Year


5_HTC_2016_415 1M2G  poster 8by Richard Bean
based on A Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Chris Baldock
18th Nov. – 3rd Dec., 2016
Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm
Matinees: Sundays 20, 27 Nov. & Saturday 3 Dec. at 2pm, Groups of 10+ $22 per tkt.
Groups 50+ - $10 per tkt. Preview & First Wednesday Night  Adults: $27 Concession Card Holders & Members $24
For further information check our website:
or call the Box Office on 9457 4117
There is much excitement happening down at HTC at the moment as we ready ourselves for a massive end to 2016 with the hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors. A huge hit on the West End, Broadway, three UK tours and an international tour, Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors is based on A Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini and made a star out of its leading man, James Corden.
          This internationally-acclaimed smash hit has a wonderful mix of satire, slapstick and witty one liners. With its roots in commedia dell'arte, the play cleverly manages to play homage to classic British comedy like the Carry On films, Fawlty Towers, On The Buses and even The Importance of Being Earnest!
          It's 1963 and England is swinging! One easily-confused and ever-ravenous Francis Henshall finds himself a minder of two men, a gangster and a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, extortions and romantic associations. To prevent discovery Francis must keep his two guvnors apart at all costs. But it’s tricky. Mistaken identities, cross dressing and multiple mishaps soon coalesce to engulf him in pandemonium.
          Fresh from our wildly successful Twelve Angry Men and known for his acclaimed productions at HTC of The Grapes of Wrath, Cloudstreet and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest among others, director Chris Baldock finds himself a complete change of pace with this deliriously funny play. For his last production in Melbourne, he has assembled a top-notch cast to bring the craziness to life. Audiences will remember the talents of Benjamin Watts (Twelve Angry Men, A Streetcar Named Desire), James Antonas (Moonlight and Magnolias, Three Sisters), Cat Jardine (Amadeus, Steel Magnolias), Llaani Poor (Three Sisters), Jonathan Best (Twelve Angry Men), Sam Howard (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Ken McLeish (True Minds) and Gavin Baker (Don't Dress For Dinner). HTC welcomes the following talented actors to our stage: Dianne Algate, Katey Lewis, Liam Gillespie, Nick Cheadle, Wem Etuknwa, Christian Rhodes-Wolfe and Thalia Cairns Dudek.
In addition to the cast, the production will have a stunning quartet of musicians on stage for the entire evening, making up a 1960s skiffle band. Lead by James Chappell on guitar and vocals, we also have Tom Campbell-Dick on guitar/vocals, Robbie Finch on double bass and Ryan Evans on drums/percussion. Expect to see a washboard, harmonica, steel drums and a whole array of instruments make guest appearances!
          Having collaborated with the director on many occasions, Bruce Akers is giving his experience, passion and watchful eye to the role of Production Coordinator. Gavin Williams has climbed on board as Assistant Director and Dianne Algate will be choreographing some groovy '60s moves as well as acting in the show. Owen Evans is once again leading the set building team to construction glory as they rise to the challenges of the director's innovative set design.
          Melanie Belcher, as Stage Manager, will be leading her small army of dedicated minions behind the set to ensure everything runs smoothly and professionally, namely Sheelagh Belton, Ann-Marie Geros and Katrina Symes. Chris is teaming up once again with lighting designer extraordinaire, Deryk Hartwick, who will produce his special illuminating magic. A very talented and clever newcomer, Louise Anthony, is creating the scenic artwork required for the various scenes.
A colourful array of costumes are being sourced and made by the trusty and experienced team of Wendy Drowley and Maureen McInerney with assistance from Louise Anthony. The myriad of props needed are being sourced by Bronwyn Parker, Rhonda Huckel and Bruce Akers and Bobbie Parish will be brandishing her script and pencil as the best prompt in town.
          With two extra performances already added and the season selling like hotcakes, we can assure you tickets will be hard to come by soon. So grab them now to join us for an uproariously funny and joyful end to the year!
Early Rehearsal shots from the Show by David Belton.
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(above left): Nick Cheadle & Ken McLeish
(above right): Liam Gillespie, Ken McLeish & Nick Cheadle
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HTC 2017 temp posters_6PLAY 1: Australia Day - Feb 17 to Mar 4
by Jonathan Biggins directed by Joan Moriarty.
Australian Comedy
PLAY 2: Pride and Prejudice - Apr 28 to May 13 Adapted from the Jane Austen novel by Simon Reade. directed by Tim Scott.
English Drama/Romance
PLAY 3: All My Sons - Jul 7 to Jul 22
by Arthur Miller directed by Chris McLean.
American Drama
PLAY 4: The Club - Sep 8 to Sep 23
by David Williamson directed by Gavin Williams. Australian Comedy
PLAY 5: Blood Brothers - Nov 17 to Dec 2
by Willy Russell directed by Bruce Akers.
English Comedy/Drama
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We would appreciate the return of your subscription form before Monday, 9th JANUARY, 2017.  Or if you prefer, you may book subscriptions through our Box Office on 9457 4117.
(from 9th Jan. 2017 NON-SUBSCRIBER bookings will be available to all patrons via our website, or through the Box Office 9457 4117)
          The Playbill includes details of the plays for the 2017 Season. It sets out Subscription options; including generous discounts to Subscribers and Members, as well as Group Bookings,Gift Subscriptions and Gift Vouchers.
          Thank you to all who supported The Company in 2016; onstage, backstage, front of house, as subscribers, members & audiences. The Company looks forward to welcoming you back in 2017.

HTC’s 2017 Playbill
PLEASE NOTE: HTC has discontinued the bulk mail-out of Playbills.
          Patrons who chose pay a fee to have Prompts posted to them in 2016 will receive a copy of the 2017 Playbill in the mail with their next issue of Prompts.
          Playbills can be collected from the foyer of the Theatre during the season of One Man, Two Guvnors and the HTCYouth production, The Wizard of Oz, from branches of the Banyule Library & the Banyule Service Centres, download a copy from the HTC website, or call the Box Office on 9457 4117 if your require additional copies and they will be mailed to you.


HTC 2017 temp posters_1Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins
Directed by: Joan Moriarty
Audition Dates: Sunday 20th November at 7.00 pm,
                          Monday 21st November at 6.30 pm

Where: Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna
             (Melway 32A1)
Performing: February 17 to March 4, 2017:
                    Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm,
                    Sundays at 2:00 pm
                    Saturday March 4th at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm.
Auditions are by appointment only.
          This contemporary play is set in a small country town. The six committee members are planning the Australia Day celebrations. On the big day things go from bad to worse.
Brian Harrigan. 45 plus. Local mayor and pre selection candidate for the Liberal
                         Party – very ambitious.
Robert Wilson 45 plus. Deputy Mayor - a decent citizen.
Maree Bucknell 60 plus. President of the local C.W.A. and a long serving member. Wally Stewart 55 plus. A local builder, aggressive and outspoken.
Helen Mc Innes 35 plus. A Local Greens Councillor and new to the committee.
Chester Lee 25 plus. Newly arrived Aust. Born Vietnamese primary teacher and new
                    to the Committee.
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HTC YOUTH presents:

2016_416 HTCY Wizard of Oz poster The Wizard of Oz
Adapted by Ryan Purdey from the novel by L. Frank Baum
Directed by Morgan Thomas-Connor
                    & Julian Adams
9th – 18th December, 2016
Evenings:   Dec 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7pm Matinees:   Dec 10, 17, 18 at 2pm
A Message from the Directors of the Show:
     "Morgan and I have been in Heidelberg Youth for a while now and it's really exciting to give directing a go.
     HTC has given us so much experience and fond memories, and we're really excited to have the opportunity to give back to the company.
     We've got a great ensemble cast, some awesome technical staff already asking to be a part of the fun, so it's gearing up to be a great show.”  
                      TICKETS: ADULTS $10  CHILDREN  $5
                           Bookings: online at  Box Office 9457 4117

Dorothy- Christina Savopoulos             Claudius - Jordan Abuzar
Wicked Witch- Kate Lange                  General Meero - Joshua Fernandez
Glinda- Beth McLaughlan                     Uncle Henry - Aaron Gallagher
                                                      Aunty Em - Kristen Robertson    
Scarecrow- Robbie Nicholson                Ms Kismet - Holly Pretorius
Lion- Mathew Arter
Tin Woodsman- David Peters                Odd - Lakshmi Ganapathy
Wizard- Simon Nixon                            Bod - Andrea Lashini
Maddy Hill
Alyssa Trombino
Ellie Martin
Marina Labib     
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REVIEW - A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE                               
HTC_Steetcar DressRhsl LR 0001         by Tennessee Williams.
          Directed by Karen Wakeham
         Heidelberg Theatre Company presents Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Streetcar Named Desire until September 24.
          Set in a steamy, late 1940s New Orleans summer, Bruce Akers’ impressive set of Elysian Fields (realised by Owen Evans) cleverly depicts the Kowalski’s simple apartment, including their bedroom, bathroom entrance, kitchen,. front door, and the Hubbel’s neighbouring apartment entrance.
          The storyline centres around elegantly dressed but now penniless, schoolteacher Blanche DuBois, arriving from Mississippi to visit her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski. Blanche’s arrival and upper-class behaviour unsettles Stanley, threatens his control over Stella and their humble abode, and friendships with his mates. The theme ‘desire’ penetrates the play from various character perspectives, leading to conflict, betrayal, violence, rape, and Blanche’s mental breakdown.
          The mellow tones of Tim Overton’s saxophone intensify the narrative with emotive poignancy, and his collaboration with composer David Cheshire has produced a striking, musically atmospheric result.
          The strong cast assembled under Karen Wakeham’s direction includes Claire Benne in the pivotal role of Blanche. Petite Claire exuding power over tough, rugged Stanley increases dramatic effect, and she delivers a fine performance, skilfully portraying delusional Blanche’s pseudo refinement, conflict with Stanley and breakdown.
          Warren Logan is great as Stanley, his uncouth rawness emphasised by an ordinary, everyday appearance, rather than a stereotyped singlet, and Aimée Sanderson contrasts nicely as personable, loyal Stella. Benjamin Watts presents a particularly strong portrayal of Harold Mitchell, and fine performances are enjoyed from Katie Hall (Eunice), Don Nicholson (Steve), Paul Mamone (Pablo), Sam Howard (Young Collector) and Stephanie Gonelli (Mexican Woman/Nurse).
          Critically speaking, the similar high pitch levels of Stella and Blanche’s voices risk irritation during their scenes together. Slight tonal modification of one voice would be helpful.
          Heidelberg Theatre Company’s production of Williams’ masterpiece is another example of the company’s high quality performance standard, and well worth seeing.

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    Above: The cast of A Streetcar Named Desire
                in scenes from the very popular production                Photos: David Belton.

Saturday   5th 10.00am Working Bee with Lunch
Saturday 14th 10.00am Working Bee with Lunch
Friday      18th  8.00pm OPENING NIGHTOne Man Two Guvnors
Sunday    20th  7.00pm AUDITION: AUSTRALIA DAY
Monday    21st  6.30pm AUDITION: AUSTRALIA DAY
Thursday    1st          
                                   (Subscriptions will be processed in order of receipt –
                                   Bookings open for non subscribers on Monday 9th Jan.)
Saturday      3rd  8.00pm CLOSING NIGHT - One Man Two Guvnors
9th 10th 16th 17th 7.00pm HTCYouth THE WIZARD OF OZ
10th 17th 18th       2.00pm HTCYouth THE WIZARD OF OZ
Sunday      11th       3.00pm

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AGM at 3pm
followed by the
at the Theatre
36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna

at the WORKING BEES for
Saturday 5th & 12th November
from 10.00am

Lunch is provided.
So come along, it’s a great experience and a fun time too!
Working Bees not your style?
 How about assisting backstage or front of house.
Like to know more – call the Theatre on 9455 3039

Heidelberg Theatre Company Inc                                             web bookings: www. 36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna, Vic, 3084                                    General Enquiries: 9455 3039 Box Office: 03 94574117 Melway Ref. 32 A1                                           email: Hurstbridge line – Rosanna Station                                                     website: Inc. No. A008432X ABN: 70 112 958 020                                     P.O. Box 141, Rosanna, 3084

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