After moving to Uki from Pottsville last year for a tree change, and having both of my young children at school for the first time this year, I actively started looking for something for ME to connect deeper to my joy and passion for life. I saw the audition poster in a shop window, and I love Shakespeare, so thought "what the heck". I have never done anything like this before, unless you count the time I fell off the stage in Primary School attempting to be a flying monkey in the Wizard of Oz... and I so wanted to be Dorothy!
I am really enjoying the process of the Dream production and watching it all come together at rehearsals. It's very exciting and everyone has been warm and friendly and encouraging which has helped to diminish the nerves. Now all I have to do is keep clear of the edge of the stage! Enjoy the show!
In 2013 Melanie received the Gold Coast Area Theatre Award for "Best leading actress in a Musical" for her portrayal of Christine Daae in Spotlight theatre's production of Phantom of the Opera. In 2014 Melanie is thrilled to be tackling Shakespeare in her debut performance with Murwillumbah Theatre Company. Melanie would like to thank everyone involved in the production for this wonderful opportunity."
Melanie is currently busy preparing for the local event “Opera At The Beach” which will be held shortly. We look forward to that performance where Melanie’s singing will be showcased.
In a former life, I worked as an actor. My biggest claims to fame are securing guest roles in several popular Australian TV shows and a myriad of irritating television commercials. The last time I performed in a Shakespearean production was as ‘Ophelia’ in The New Theatre’s 1997 production of ‘Hamlet’ in Sydney. Yes. 1997. It’s been a while!
These days I spend my days doing the best I can to survive the rigours of the modern high school classroom. There’s not much time for play. But I do have a special affection for Shakespeare and the chance to do one of his comedies could not be passed up. So here I am playing Helena!
As a ‘grown up’ the opportunities to ‘play’ diminish ever more and more. Life’s responsibilities have a way of taking over and it’s easy to forget the joy that comes from play. So, for me, doing ‘A Mid Summer Night’s Dream’, is a way of claiming back some of the wonder and excitement that is conjured in our youth when we utter those magic words, “ And let’s pretend that…”.
I hope you enjoy the production.
Carole can still remember her first role in a play in England was "None so Blind' in 1967 with the local amateur Dramatic theatre, despite having absolutely no theatrical experience what so ever!
Since coming to Australia Carole took a course in Dee Why at the Film and Television Academy, purely as a hobby. A year or two later in 1992 she completed a course with Capital Training in Sydney. Although thoroughly enjoyed her involvement Carole did not join a theatre company until moving to Stokers Siding in 2001, and let slip to her neighbour that she enjoyed amateur dramatics. Little did Carole know who her neighbour was. It did not take long for her neighbour "Lydia" (yes THE LYDIA PLIM) to cajole Carole into joining the Murwillumbah Theatre Company.
When time and commitment allow, Carole looks forward to being part of the MTC team. Appreciating the funnier side of life, Carole enjoys comedy and one of the most appreciated roles has been Edith, Renee's wife in 'Allo, Allo', and pantomimes which are a pleasure in which to be involved.
My interest in theatre began in the mid 80’s when I lived in Grafton. My first role was Aunt Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace; followed by The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Jeanette) & Run for Your Wife. (one of the wives)
I joined MTC shortly after moving to Murwillumbah in 1996 & my first play was Under Milkwood. That was when MTC operated out of an old scout hall next to what is now the Sikh Temple. Over the next few years we did a few shows at Greenhills on Tweed & I performed in Do Vulcans Rock and Roll, The Icing on the Cake and Ship’s Company. There followed some one-act shows (which we toured around the villages) in which I had small parts. At this time I also became Publicity Officer, which takes most of my time.
My favourite roles have been Claire in Neil Simon’s farce Rumors, Liz in The Clearing House, the grandmother in Garden of Granddaughters, and Scarlett’s mother in Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot (David Williamson) where I had a pizza slammed over my head at the end of each performance! I loved being Letitia Cropley in The Vicar of Dibley (anyone for gherkin and strawberry jam sandwiches?!)
I have worked a range of capacities for MTC over the years, including Stage Manager & organizing Front of House.
I am happy to be involved as Philostrate in MSND, a role that gives me time to follow all my other interests which have now become part of my life since retiring from preschool teaching last year.
Born by the Tigris river, not far from Babylon, & raised in the Sceptered Isle, I came to this demi-paradise, the beautiful Tweed Valley, in 2001.
I acted in comedies for fun whilst studying at uni, but that was more than 20 years ago. Having recently felt the urge to act again, I searched online for a local theatre group, & discovered the MTC. They were holding auditions! For Shakespeare no less! I jumped at the chance, & was delighted to get a part, my first Shakespeare play.
I'm really enjoying rehearsals & getting to know the cast & crew. Also really enjoying the play itself. It's a lot of fun, & the language is beautiful. Having to read the lines over & over gives me a greater appreciation of just how clever it is - the man was a superb juggler of words.
Trudy was attracted to the Murwillumbah Theatre Company by the welcoming feeling of community & family that, from her viewpoint as an audience member, she felt was evident in productions. She was thrilled at the prospect of being involved in Midsummer Night’s Dream - one of her sentimentally favourite Shakespearean works.
Having been dedicated to the raising of two young boys & a hectic job as an events coordinator since she moved to the Tweed Coast from the Illawarra 6 years ago, ''Dream'' marks an exciting return for Trudy to her theatre passion & she is thrilled to join a great ensemble for this fun production.
Trudy's previous stage experiences include comedies, dramas, & numerous musicals including Les Miserables, Chess & Jesus Christ Superstar for the Arcadians Theatre group, & the role of Brooke Ashton in Noises Off for the Guild Theatre. Trudy has also spent time in production roles having a stint as director of the pantomime ''Alice'', as well as working with the Australian Film & TV school & other professional theatre groups as a theatrical makeup artist, completing her certification at Sydney's Three Arts Make-up Centre.
According to Trudy, one the best parts of playing the role of Titania is to have the opportunity to be a part of such a welcoming community theatre group who have a commitment to bringing great shows to the area, & to sharing the benefits with other local organisations & people.
'Theseus' to be played by David Sunter
'David made a move to Stokers Siding eighteen months ago after finishing a long career in the public service and is now thriving on the tree-change. He took part in a Shakespeare tragedy a number of years ago and feels fortunate to have another opportunity to work with the challenges of Shakespeare’s words, this time in a comedy. He is pleased to be able to actively support the artistic life of the local community.'
'Peter Quince' to be played by Ken Corbitt
'A newcomer to MTC, Ken acted in The Tinder Box and The King and in his youth. He went on to study drama at UNSW, appearing in Everyman at Philip Street Theatre and Uni. Centre. A career in media beckoned, with many years in radio and journalism. Ken is excited at the prospect of working with the talented cast and crew of A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
'I am a freelance landscape photographer and writer by profession, and have published four books on Australia. I recently moved to Murwillumbah from Western Australia about 18 months ago. My acting experience is limited to a few small roles while I was in school 25 years ago; and a couple of short church plays. So acting in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is definitely out of my comfort zone! I am excited to be involved in the production though and am looking forward to opening night'.
'I first came to the company in early 1993 when I saw an article in the local paper for people to become invloved in a play to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of WW1, which was to be performed in 1995. That play was called “The Long Goodbye”. Prior to “The Long Goodbye” we did several short plays over the intevening 2 years. The first one being “Double Entredre”. I loved it (being on stage from the beginning) and was very involved with the compny until about 2005 when family commitments meant I took a rather long break, until now. I am very happy to be back, especially in this production'.
'Jim Ronchetti is a newcomer to MTC. In the '60s he was in high school productions in Illinois, USA, which included "The Diary of Anne Frank", "Dino" and "Oklahoma!"
The '70s were with the Taipei Drama Club in Taiwan with productions of "Boys In The Band", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", "Dirty Work at the Crossroads" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor".
The '80s were quiet in Colorado with a production of "A Thousand Clowns".
The '90s included a single performance at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY of "Which Way Is Heaven", an original play written by a friend.
He's glad to be back on the boards...'
'Taking the step into community-based theatre is a very exciting one for me. My theatrical repertoire ranges from the ever-professional world of primary-school aged drama groups to a handful of performances in senior high school, but my admiration for theatre & dramatic media is profound. I successfully completed a major work for the HSC consisting of four theatre reviews (one of which was for the MTC’s intimate production of ‘The Shoe-Horn Sonata’) & was inspired to pursue theatre as a hobby. I look forward to working my hardest to embody the high standard of creativity & professionalism that a small town like Murwillumbah is blessed to have.
I am an 18 year old prospective university student, & beginning May, I will be studying in the field of international relations. I hope that playing in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will provide me with the creative outlet that I crave in the interim. I want to make my experience an exercise in focus and confidence to prepare me for what lies ahead!
My more regular pastimes include reading & digesting a healthy serving of pop culture. I write not nearly as many reviews & short stories as I would like to, but writing is both my most comfortable & my most invigorating hobby. I also enjoy playing video games & wasting time on the internet'.
'I am a local lad who spent some years out of the area. I have been in the entertainment scene since 1988, doing live theatre plays & theatre restaurant with different companies up & down the East coast of Australia. 'Jest at the West', 'Midsummer’s Mink', 'The Mikado', 'Run for your Wife', 'Little Shop of Horrors' are just a few of the plays I have been involved in.
As a singer musician I have sung in various choirs, coral society’s, pubs and clubs over the years. Off stage and back stage I have aided in set & prop design and building, lighting & stage hand.
Hobbies - I design and build my own detailed models of the HQ Holden 1 Tonner. I draw & I like to sing and play my guitar. For a time I rebuilt Holden 6 and V8 engines and rebuilt wiring systems for cars from 1980 back to 1948. I have even fitted a valve radio to an FJ Holden Ute.
I am an active member of Rotary (Rotary central of Murwillumbah) and a member of the Murwillumbah RSL'.