May
6
8:00 pm20:00

Open Stage

  • The Gem Community Arts Centre
Carol McCoy

Carol McCoy

Ted Horton

Ted Horton

Presented by Gemco Players

Hosted by Carol McCoy and Ted Horton

First Saturday of the month from March to November

2017 Dates: April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug 5, Sept 2, Oct 7, Nov 4, 2016
Time: 8pm

** Special Note: April 1 event will be held in the Bar with Ted Horton**

Venue: The Hall, The Gem Community Arts Centre
Tickets: Performers $3 ... Audience $5
no audience bookings required
Please do not bring your own as we have no license for it.

Licensed Bar available

If you're a budding actor, fire-breather, belly-dancer, singer, comedian, poet, or if you just want to test out your latest guitar piece in front of an audience - this is the event for you. If you're not a performer yourself, why not come along and be part of the audience? Bring some friends and make an evening of it.

If you'd like to perform call Carol on (03) 5968 6720 or just turn up and register your interest when you arrive.

NOTE: Sometimes the above dates can change due to unforeseen events, so please sign up for our newsletter or like us on Facebook so we can notify you easily.

Jun
9
Jun 24

Space Captain Smith

The Cover of the Book

The Cover of the Book

Book written by Toby Frost
Adapted for stage by Ross Housham
Director Ross Housham
with assistance Marc Williams

June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24

Synopsis

In the 25th Century the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil alien-soldiers of the Ghast Empire hive, hell-bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life. Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous, and somewhat asinine new commander of the battle damaged light freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available. Together with his bold crew—a skull-collecting alien warrior, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy, and a hamster called Gerald—he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the laid back New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to safety to Midlight in the Empire. Straightforward enough—except the Ghasts want her too. If he is to get back to Blighty alive, Smith must defeat void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin, and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of New Eden before facing his greatest enemy: a ruthless alien warlord with a very large behind.

Cast:

Mark Caile - Isambard Smith
Sam Griffiths - Carveth
Ben Rizzuto - Suruk
Evie Housham - Rhianna
Damain Perry - Gilead; Ghast
Lachy Castricum - 462
Greg Hedges - Dreckitt; Corveau; Guard
Ian Hughes: Chad; Khan; Francois; Ghast
Carmela Pezziment - W’; Trinny; Morris; Waldo
Alfie Baker: Thadar; Guard; 6542; Ordo; Ashrag
Don Black; Doc Peterson; Praetorian 1; Ghast
Elliot Murphy - Neil; Narzak; Ghast
Chris Newport - Devrin; Andy; Ghast

Jul
7
Jul 8

The Owl and the Pussycat - Theatre for Children

Written by Tim Bray

Written by Tim Bray

Gemco Players present Theatre for Children

A classic tale adapted from the poem by Edward Lear by Tim Bray
Lyrics by Christine White
Music by Margie Gemmell

The owl and the pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat
They took some honey
And plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five pound note.

The wonderfully quirky and nonsense poem comes to life on stage with all the fun of the turkey who lives on the hill and the piggy-wig with the ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose ...

A short story of approx 45 mins, with songs. For children up to 10 years

Show Days

Friday 7 July
and Saturday 8 July

Times: 10am and 2pm

Details on Tickets to come

Director: Evie Housham
with assistance of Ash Herring

Music: Margie Gemmell
 

 


Apr
9
8:00 pm20:00

Golden Cow - Cancelled - PAVE Festival at The Gem

At the Gem during PAVE in April

Golden Cow Awards

Has been cancelled.

THE DEMISE OF THE GOLDEN COW

I felt her hoof crash on the roof
At six o’clock in the morning
It came to me
and plain to see
As the day was dawning .

The Golden Cow had descended
Its ten year life had ended
The very thought did make me shudder
Milked bone dry
You may ask why
But there really is no udder.

I thank all for past support
But really think I ought
To put this cow to bed
Some people will frown
As I put her down
But the poor old cow is dead.

This knowledge to some has passed
But the dream of gold can’t last
With only one booking
And nobody cooking
The Cow Night has faded fast.

The Golden Cow is now dead on the track
Fell right over on her back
She ran out of Puff
As she’d just had enough
All milk drained from her sack.

T.H. 6.4.2017

Apr
9
2:00 pm14:00

Take Ten Play Writers' Season 2017: 10 x 10 Minute Plays

  • The Gem Community Arts Centre
Trevor Mills, Brent Kerr and Margie Gemmell

Trevor Mills, Brent Kerr and Margie Gemmell

Show Dates:
April
Friday 7, 8pm;
Saturday 8, 8pm;
Sunday 9, 2pm (matinee)

Tickets: $15
Book of Plays for sale on the day: $15

Liar

By Chris O’Neill

In the early days of Melbourne and Victoria, a young man walks through the forest of what will become known as the Dandenongs. What he finds and hears there will make a fine story…

Coffee

By Katie Lee

Chloe and Matt met online, but first dates aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Really – you can only get so much from someone’s online dating profile!

Flight of the Cows (or, How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Corned Beef)

By Rex McGregor

Two cows lead an idyllic life. They have a field of succulent grass—and humans to relieve them of their milk. What more could they possibly want?

Beginning With Intent

By Catherine McKernan Doris

Turning your life around can happen in the most unlikely of places”

The Genesis of Ronald Rump

By Ethan Bortman

A teenage boy gets a large gift and some strong advice from his folks on what the future holds for him.  If he sounds familiar, it is only a coincidence.

The List

By Barry O’Neill

A young man finds a novel way of deciding how to spend his money. His mother struggles to understand her son’s logic and method.

Altered Expectations

By Suzy Wilds

A married couple deal with a lifechanging event which challenges their relationship and forces them to face their altered expectations.

Wound Up

By Kate Reynolds

Sienna is in a hotel discussing the stigma surround sex work, and how we should all hold our judgement ; sex is completely natural and helps us all when we’re feeling.. wound up, and paying for it is not a crime.

Pet Zombie

By Martin Stolp

This is a post apocalyptic story about the decline of zombies from flesh eating ghouls to an endangered species exploited as playthings by children

The Karma Fairy

By C.E. Griffin

George has an unexpected visitor…

Mar
25
Mar 26

Audition : Space Captain Smith

Space Captain cover.jpeg

Book written by Toby Frost
Adapted for stage by Ross Housham
Director Ross Housham

Auditions:

Saturday 24 March at 2pm
at The Gem,
19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald 3807

Show dates

June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24

Synopsis

Captain Isambard Smith must rescue a psychic hippy maiden from her hippy world and bring her to the safety of the British Empire where her hippy truth will be revealed, or it will all go to hell in a space cart.

More ...
There is a war brewing between the second British Space Empire and the alien Ghast Empire.
Smith is recruited as Space Captain to deliver dissident (Rhianna) from New Fran (space colony) to Midlight (City in British Space Empire)

Android Carveth escapes the duty for which she has been made and inserts herself into Smith’s crew as pilot and is pursued by Dreckitt.

Suruk (Smiths friend) accompanies them and gathers skulls along the way.  Disaster and much derring-do follow (also some derring-don'’t).

Rhianna is captured by the evil Gilead (human) and turned over to the Ghasts in return for favourable treatment of the Republic of Eden after the war.  Rhianna is rescued and her true half self is revealed.

Characters:

Major Roles
Carveth - female 20s to 30s
Runaway Android

Isambard Smith - male 20s to 30s
Space Captain, rescues damsels in distress

Suruk   - male 20s to 40s
7 foot tall Alien warrior collects skulls as a hobby

Rhianna - female 20s to 30s
Part human part Vorl, wafty tree hugger

Gilead   
Bad guy, Screams a lot, 'God botherer’'

462      
Alien Bad Guy

Minor roles
(each play at least 2 characters unless people available to split them)

Dreckitt: Bounty Hunter (android)
Devrin: had Carveth 'made'
Chad:  Space station attendant   
Andy:  Local yokel (think duelling banjos)
Khan:  Smith's boss    ‘
W’: Spy     
Waldo: Dreckitt’s boss  
Morris: revolutionary
Shop attendant 2   
Thadar:  Alien Good guy   
Francois:  local yokel mechanic
Narzak:  Alien Good guy   
Corveau:  Bad guy / Soldier
Ashrag:  Alien Good guy  
6542:   alien bad guy  
Ghast:   alien bad guy
Praetorian 1:   Big Alien Bad Guy   Doc Peterson
Praetorian 2:  Big Alien Bad Guy   
Ordo:  Martian Bad guy  
Trinny:  revolutionary

various other roles: shop attendant / solidier / guards

For more details please call Ross on 0400 402 449

Mar
24
Mar 25

Macbeth

March

Friday 24 • 8pm
Saturday 25 • 8pm

Mr and Mrs Macbeth web.jpg

by William Shakespeare

Director Sharon Maine

Gemco Players in Artistic Collaboration with Page to Stage

The Gem Community Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald Vic 3782

Enquiries: 5968 2844

Review

Gemco Players in Association with Page to Stage are in the final week of performances of Shakespeare’s Scottish play.
This production of ‘Macbeth’ is directed by Sharon Maine who has created a very smooth running and immersive production.
She has set the play on an open stage with a huge, mainly red, circle on the dark stage floor. The circle is surrounded by wooden benches and stools with more stools on the floor in the area between the stage and the seated audience.
This device, with the easily maneuverable furniture, means that characters not directly involved in the action don’t have to exit the stage and can quickly return to the main scene when required.
Lighting is deliberately kept dim throughout the performance which creates a somewhat sinister air of mystery and intrigue.
Seated in the background, the witches, played by Joy McLeary, Anna St Clair and Katrina Alvarez, become a looming presence on stage with their glowing lamps and when they spring into action their diction and mannerisms augment the ghostly atmosphere.
Swashbuckling, tall dark and handsome Michael Fenemore cuts a fine figure as Macbeth. Michael has graced many stages from Macedon to Lilydale and points in between and plays the tragic hero literally to the hilt.(there is a sword fight).
Other notable performances include Elise D’Amico as Lady Macbeth and Lachlan Mason as Banquo.
This production should be mandatory viewing for anyone studying ‘Macbeth’ and is sufficiently inventive to be satisfying for those wanting to revisit this Shakespearian masterpiece.
There are only two more performances of this eerily gripping production at 8pm next Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March at The Gem Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald.
Book your tickets via www.gemcoplayers.org
Also reviewed by Holi Walsh - Shakespeare Oz

Synopsis:

Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness, and death.

Cast:

Macbeth: Michael Fenemore
Lady Macbeth: Elise D'Amico
Banquo: Lachlan Mason
Fleance: Emilio Maine Hernandez
Macduff: Lucas Thomas
Lady Macduff: Kate McManus
Child of Macduff: Lily Calder
King Duncan: Chris O'Neill
Malcolm: Andrew Tomazos
Witch 1: Joy McLeary
Witch 2: Anna St Clair
Witch 3: Katrina Alvarez
Captain/Porter/Murderer 2: David Coonan
Ross: Harrison Rose
Angus/Murderer 1: Josh Harkness
Lennox/Ensemble: James Walker
Gentlewoman/Ensemble: Tamara Dahmen
Young Siward/Ensemble: Conor O'Neill
Gentlewoman / Ensemble: Henrietta St Clair
Old Man / Ensemble: Don Black
Doctor / Ensemble: Chris Newport
Hecate / Ensemble: Carmela Pezzimenti
Messenger / Ensemble: Emma Newport

 

Please be advised that there will be a lock out at the start of each performance.  Late comers will be admitted at the first suitable break.

Mar
4
Mar 5

Day Out with Thomas

Thomas fans are invited to Gembrook's picturesque railway station to enjoy:

  • 35 minute return train ride with Thomas, Percy and Diesel
  • The Imagination Station - play and create with Thomas and Friends
  • Jumping Castles
  • Animal Nursery
  • Rides on the Bulgy Bus
  • Photo opportunities with Thomas and Friends
  • - plus NEW Autumn activities for all the family!

Tickets include all activities, rides and a chance to shake hands with The Fat Controller.

Don't forget to take home your free personalised Junior Engineer Certificate!

TICKET PRICES

Children 4yrs + and Adults - $35
Children 1-3 yrs - $20
Children Under 1 - FREE 

No concession fares applied.

AUTUMN 2017 DATES

  • Saturday 25 February
  • Sunday 26 February
  • Saturday 4 March
  • Sunday 5 March
  • Saturday 18 March
  • Sunday 19 March
  • Saturday 25 March
  • Sunday 26 March

SESSION TIMES

  • 10:00am
  • 11:20am
  • 12:40pm
  • 2:00pm
Feb
25
7:30 pm19:30

Postponed! Trivia Night

Postponed!

Gather your forces soon ...

we got very busy with AGM ... Take Ten ... Macbeth ... PAVE.

Watch this space :)

.... and be prepared to dig deep into your memory for all those really useful bits of information you always thought you needed ... much like the garage.

Quiz Master: Mark Williams

$15 a head

8 table of 10 only

BYO nibbles / food. Drinks available from the bar.

Table bookings will be available soon - watch this space

Additional fun stuff

Silent auctions
Gold Coin Toss
Count the origami stars
Second hand book stall
Raffle

 

Feb
19
1:00 pm13:00

AGM Gemco Players Community Theatre

We welcome you to attend our Annual General Meeting of Gemco Players Community Theatre.

BBQ from 1pm

AGM 2pm

Agenda

Approval Minutes of AGM 2016
Treasurer's Report
President's Report
Election of Committee

If you would be interested in helping to steer this wonderful group by joining the Committee, or would like to be active in a sub-committee, please express your interest to the current Committee when you arrive at the Meeting.

To be eligible to vote:
New members must be registered and financial 10 business days prior to the AGM (Thursday 9 February).
Renewal of current membership can be done until, and including the day of the AGM.

Feb
6
7:00 pm19:00

Murder on the Puffing Billy Cast Auditions

Monday 6 February 2017
7pm
Nobelius Packing Shed,
1 Crichton Road,
Emerald Vic 3782

We are looking for enthusiastic people who enjoy improv theatre to join our wonderful cast in performing a murder mystery dinner show aboard Puffing Billy. Please RSVP to our Facebook event as attending so we have an idea of numbers.

Time commitments for this show are as follows:
Rehearsals most Monday nights in Emerald from 7pm
Performances once or twice a month on Friday or Saturday evenings from 6:30pm.

The auditions will run as a workshop where you will take part in improv activities, so jump in and don't be shy!

If you have any questions, feel free to post them on the Facebook page linked below and we will do our best to answer them.

If you aren't connected to Facebook then send a message via our email.

Oh, and don't forget to share the event with your friends!

 

Jan
31
11:58 pm23:58

Submit your Ten Minute Play

Deadline January 31 2017

Entry Guidelines

1. Plays can be of any length up to 10 minutes. Any play longer than 10 minutes, in the view of Gemco Players selection group, will be automatically rejected.

2. The play must utilise no more than four actors (more than four characters is permissible if the play allows actors to double up).

3. The play(s) submitted must not have been previously performed or published.

4. Monologues accepted.

5. No more than three entries per Author

6. Entries must be submitted with the entry form and payment of AUD$5 per script (there is a 30c booking fee with Trybooking).

6. Successful writers will have their chosen play published by Gemco Players Community Theatre and performed on condition that they permit their work to be published and performed, at the current festival, without fees or royalties asked for.

7. Authors retain ownership of the copyright.

8. Gemco will publish the winning plays after selection.  Authors agree that they will not receive royalties from the sale of this book.  A copy of the book will be sent to winning authors.  This publication does not prevent authors from publishing the play elsewhere after the Take Ten Festival.

Format for submissions

1. All plays should have a cover page with the name of the play, author's name, email and postal address.  Please do not put your name on any page other than the cover page.

2. The file must be either attached to your email as a .doc or rtf file.  If you do not have email, please contact Carmela on 0419 592 317 to discuss alternate entry.

3. The document must be double line spaced and ranged left.

Any play not received in the above format will be disqualified.  If you need assistance with this please contact us.

For additional information please call Carmela on 0419 592 317 or send an email to gemcoplayers@gmail.com

How to win:

The plays received will be shortlisted by a selection group.  The shortlisted plays will be read to a panel of judges and ten plays will be selected for performance and publication.  The top ten plays will be performed at our Take Ten Festival and the audience will vote for their favourite plays.  The author of the play that wins will receive the Peoples' Choice Award -- a AUD$200 cash prize!!

So ....

Please fill in the Take Ten Submission Form and follow the link (at the top of the page) to trybooking for payment.


If you have any questions please email or call us.

 

Oct
27
7:30 pm19:30

Gemco Forum - The Future of our Theatre Group

You are invited to participate

Gemco Players Committee invite you to participate in this informal Forum to discuss our theatre group and it's vision for the future.

Items to consider:

  • Advertising / marketing - how do we reach interested people?
  • Content - are we putting on shows that people want to see?
  • Artistic philosophy - are we putting on shows that we want to perform?
  • We are not alone - other amateur theatre companies are also questioning their future - do we want to reach out to them to create partnerships? Would they want it?
  • What went before doesn't necessarily work now - the dynamics of our community have changed, entertainment is instant and on a little screen, what would encourage them to the theatre now?

These are a few of the questions that we would welcome feedback on ... please bring your own.

Hosted by Evie Housham, President 2014-2016

We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them
Albert Einstein

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Oct
19
7:30 pm19:30

Play Writers Group

Play Writers Group

Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm

Here is an opportunity to work with other writers to create short plays, long plays, radio plays and more. No experience required, just enthusiasm.

Please bring any unfinished plays or other work you are working on.

Meeting once a month at the Gem.

All welcome

Contact: Peter Saunders by email for more details.

Oct
17
1:00 pm13:00

Cinema Classics - Films with U3A

Hosted by Dale Allen and U3A
Theatre, The Gem Community Arts Centre
No need to be a U3A member to attend (can join up later)

Third Monday of the Month

October Feature:
Next to No Time

with Kenneth More, Betsy Drake and Roland Culver 1958

The program to come:

Intermission.
A break for afternoon Tea - Don’t forget to bring a plate

  • Main Feature: Next to No Time - 1958
     
  • Enquiries: Dale Allen - 5968 6137 or 0409 976 206
Sep
24
8:00 pm20:00

The Monologuies

A competition of monologues

Come along and enjoy this unique evening of live theatre.

Performances are personal and powerful, can vary in length and intensity,
are rarely boring, and often inspirational.

September Saturday 24 at 8pm

Theatre, The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald 3782

Tickets:

Adult $12; Conc $10
Gemco Members $10
Family (2 adults and 2 children) $20

Awards will be presented at the end for
Most Outstanding Performance - Drama - trophy and $120
Most Outstanding Performance - Comedy - trophy and $120

Most Outstanding Performance Youth - Drama - trophy and $120
Most Outstanding Performance Youth - Comedy - trophy and $120
Encouragement Award Youth - certificate and $75

Spring Feast by The General Food Store
Sep
17
7:30 pm19:30

Spring Feast by The General Food Store

  • The Gem Community Arts Centre

Goodbye Winter. Welcome sunshine. Spring brings new produce, fresh flavours and a light approach to dining. Come celebrate this beautiful season of growth with The General Food Store, and shake off the winter blues.

Aug
1
7:30 pm19:30

The Monologuies - Call out

Bring your best monologue

in either the drama or comedy category.
Adult minimum 3 minutes.
Youth minimum 2 minutes (VCE students can do the monologue they are preparing)

Youth and adult prizes will be awarded in each of the following:
Most Outstanding Performance - Drama $120
Most Outstanding Performance - Comedy $120
Encouragement Award - overall $75

Heats will be run to determine the finalists. The number of sessions will depend on the number of entries with a Final (best 10 of each category Drama, Comedy) on Sunday 25th

Rules of the Monologuies

1. All monologues must be first person character pieces.
No narrations.
2. Any copyright licenses applicable must be obtained by
the actor.
3. Judges decisions are final. No correspondence shall be
entered into.
4. Entries are due Thursday 1st September 2016. Please complete entry form online and submit. Email a copy of your monologue to gemcoplayers@gmail.com
5. Entries are limited to two per actor (each entry will incur entry fee)
6. Monologue time limits are:
Adult: 3 – 8 minutes and Youth: 2 – 5 minutes.
7. To be eligible for the youth category you must be under 18 or still in school
8. Monologues that are not within the above time limits will be immediately disqualified
9. Lighting for your monologue will be limited to lights up and down and/or bright to dim.
10. No use of the sound board is permitted
11. Actors are responsible for their own props, costumes, make up and hair. Gemco will have a small amount of furniture available for use. Please contact (SM) to discuss. This must be arranged no later than 5th August 2016
12. Call time is 1 hour before the session starts. Dressing rooms will be available at that time
13. Monologues may not include songs although a small amount of a capella singing is permissible if it is part of the character. If in doubt please contact us to discuss.
14. Entry fee (per monologue): Adult $10 and youth $5 and is due by 1st September. Unpaid entries will be disregarded.
15. Please use your judgement in selecting you monologues. Content which is sexist, racist or otherwise abusive in nature will be rejected.


Useful judging guidelines:
Approach: First impression – Opening moment – How the actor comes out of the gate
Delivery: Use of space (your “where”) – Body Language
Content: Overall performance value – Beginning, Middle, End – Continuity – Emotional Journey
Confidence: How well do you OWN the moments?
Believability & Fit: How well does the monologue fit you? Age/content appropriate? How
believable are you in it?
Use of Time: Flow – How well is the performance “time managed”? Does it seemed rushed or too short?

Jul
22
Jul 24

22nd Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival

JULY

Friday 22;
Saturday 23
Sunday 24

Tickets available at the door
$12 per session
$35 for whole festival - allows you to vote for the People's Choice Award

Adjudicator: Barry O'Neill

Session 1 - Friday 22 at 7.30pm

The Struggles by Youth Gemco - Drama PG
A Suitcase Unclaimed by Peridot - Drama PG
Vale William MacRoy - Dramatic Pause - Drama PG

Session 2 - Saturday 23 at 12 noon

The Peace of Angels by Gemco Players - Drama M - war themes
Wonderwall by Pop Culture Theatre - Comedy PG
The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year by Leongatha Lyric Theatre Inc - Drama PG
While You Were Sleeping by Hartwell Players - Comedy PG

Session 3 - Saturday 23 at 3.15pm

Spotlight by The Mount Players - Drama M - alcohol themes
Four Funerals and a Wedding by Mount Evelyn Christian School (MECS) - Comedy PG
Ebay Doomsday by Pop Culture - Comedy PG
Wow! by Gemco Players - Comedy PG

Session 4 - Saturday 23 at 7pm

Blood from a Stone by Adlib - Drama MA - language, violence, pissed blokes
Snake Bite by Here There & Everywhere TC - Drama M - language, adult themes, weapons
Me & My Friend by Hartwell Players - Drama M - adult themes

Session 5 - Sunday 24 at 2pm

Boise, Idaho by Warrandyte TC - Drama PG
Committed by Peridot - Comedy PG
Glenfiddich Solution by Pop Culture - Drama M - mortality themes
INTERVAL
Something Old, Something New by Warrandyte TC - Drama PG
The Last Bread Pudding by Gemco Players - Comedy PG - language

...

Gemco Players is looking forward to holding yet another friendly festival in our theatre The Gem, and we invite you to participate.

We have brought the Youth Awards back into the Festival this year, so if you have a young group up to the age of 18 years, they are welcome to enter.

Please make sure you fill out the submission form carefully, which you’ll find under DROAPF form, as the information will be directly used for the program and any media relating to the event.

For full details of the theatre’s amenities go to Venue Hire and you will find detail there.

As always, food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the Bar.

If you have any questions please direct them to Evie Housham at gemcoplayers@gmail.com or call 5968 2844

Jul
15
Jul 17

Gemco Players One Act Play Season 2016

July

Friday 15, 8pm
Saturday 16, 8pm
Sunday 17, 3pm (matinee)

One week before the Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival, Gemco Players will put on a Season to show our possible submissions to the Festival and for the One Act circuit.

Wow!

By Marc T Williams
Directors: Marc Williams assisted by Ross Housham

Synopsis: Comedy - A True Story. (... sort of). A sci-fi based in Australia that's a cross between " The Dish" and "Big Bang Theory".
What happens when the most boring thing suddenly becomes the most important thing in the history of humanity ... EVER!?

Last Bread Pudding

By Nick Warburton
Directors: Terri Williams assisted by Evie Housham

Synopsis: Comedy - The committee of an amateur drama group is meeting to discuss a new play. We notice that, strangely, the presentation of the meeting to us is reflecting the ideas put forward by the committee, making the play a demonstration as well as a discussion of those ideas.

Peace of Angels

By John Jennings and Richard Keown
Director Richard Keown

Synopsis: Drama - It's about two friends from country Victoria who are both Australian nurses serving in Vietnam during the war, and through a series of monologues give us an insight into a time when both have to make choices .

The Struggles

by Kendra Thomas (adapted for Senior Youth Gemco).
Directed by Jackson Cowan and Evie Housham

Synopsis: - Drama - This story centers around Megan, a young girl coping with learning challenges.  It’s a world filled with embarrassing read-alouds, late papers, missed assignments and forgotten homework.  As she is confronted by her differences she recognises the relevance of her struggles.

May
22
5:00 pm17:00

Gemco Players One Act Season Auditions

Sunday 22nd May
5pm for WOW! and Last Bread Pudding
7pm for Peace of Angels

Season Co-ordinator: Claudia Witts. If you have any questions please click here to send her an email.

All plays will be auditioned by a cold reading.

Season: Friday July 15; Saturday July 16; Sunday July 17

Wow!

By Marc T Williams
Directors: Ross Housham and Marc Williams

Synopsis: A True Story. ( ...sort of.)
A sci-fi comedy based in Australia that's a cross between " The Dish" and "Big Bang Theory".
What happens when the most boring thing suddenly becomes the most important thing in the history of humanity....EVER!?

Characters: 
Paul Scobie - CSIRO Astronomer: 40-50yo, Cool, calm. been stationed at Parkes a long time, remembers the “good old days”
Charles “Chuck” Fontaine -NASA Liaison: 30-40yo, American, wants to be back home working with all his colleagues, not stuck in some ancient relic in a sheep paddock on the other side of the world
Jess Nash - SETI Astronomer: 19-26yo female, young, idealistic. Firmly believes in extraterrestrial life and wants to be the person to find it.
Harold Kelly- Maintenance: 60-75yo, old local country bloke. Used for general maintenance around the place. Good for fixing fuses, fences and pumps.
Narrator

Last Bread Pudding

By Nick Warburton
Directors: Terri Williams assisted by Evie Housham

Synopsis: Comedy - The committee of an amateur drama group is meeting to discuss a new play. We notice that, strangely, the presentation of the meeting to us is reflecting the ideas put forward by the committee, making the play a demonstration as well as a discussion of those ideas.

Characters:
Kev Mills - neat, dapper, organised, bossy - 30-40s
Denise Boon - straight-talking, bossy - 30 -40s
Fleur Florian - an "actor", artistic, flamboyant, - 50-70s
Jan Cooke - eager, young - 20s
Jack Handy - dogged, practical, old enough to be Jan's father - 40-50s
Phyllis Little / Phil Little - quiet - male or female - 40-60
Tramp - symbolic - male or female - any age.

Peace of Angels

Director Richard Kewon

Synopsis:
It's about two friends from country Victoria who are bothAustralian nurses serving in Vietnam during the war, and through a series of monologues give us an insight into a time when both have to make choices .

Characters: 
Elizabeth and Suzie - Female actors 19 – 35 years

Apr
10
Apr 18

PAVE at The Gem

Sunday 10
FunFest - 10am-4pm, Kilvington Drive ...
Photographic Exhibition - Foyer - Free - 10am-4.30pm ...
Emerald Arts Society Art Fair - Hall - Free - 10am-4.30pm ...
Emerald Citizen of the Year - Theatre - Free - 2.30-4.30pm

Monday 11
Film: On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music - Theatre - $5 - Funds for ASRC - 7.30pm

Wednesday 13
Women in Song - Theatre - $20; $15 3MDR and Gemco Members

Thursday 14
Lilikoi Kaos' Burlesque Cabaret - Theatre - $30 (18+)

Friday 15
Take Ten - Play Writers' 10 Minute Play Season - 8pm - $15 Book your tickets here!

Saturday 16
Woorilla Poetry Prize Presentation - Theatre - Free - 2-4pm
Take Ten - Play Writers' 10 Minute Play Season - 8pm - $15 Book your tickets here!

Sunday 17
Take Ten - Play Writers' 10 Minute Play Season - 2pm (matinee) - $15 Book your tickets here!
Golden Cow Literary Awards - Hall - $25 - 7.30pm

More details on the PAVE website.