Take Ten 2018

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Another wonderful collection of pieces written by local and overseas playwrights.

Ethan Bortman - My Perfect Mate. Comedy - M    

Sarah Fernee - A Rose by Any Other Name. Comedy - PG           

Sarah Fernee - Chinese Whispers     Comedy - G

John Jennings - It Started with a Thwack. Comedy - M    

Kathie Lee - A Chick Pic. Comedy - MA     

Winner of the People's Choice award

Kathie Lee - Beige Weddings and Coral Dresses. Comedy - M

Kathie Lee - Truth or Dare. Comedy - M    

Rex McGregor - Kindness Pays. Comedy - G    

Rex McGregor - Outfox. Comedy - M    

Joe Starzyk - So Sorry for Your Loss. Comedy - MA  

We would like to thank Carmela Pezzimenti for co-ordinating the whole event and creating all the thank you gifts; all the actors who gave up their time to bring this diverse collection together; John Sheills for being our MC; all our volunteers to looked after the Box Office and Front of House; Margie Gemmell for creating delicious things to eat.

If you would like a copy of this Anthology for $15 plus postage, please email us.

Vale David Greenaway

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It is with great sadness that Gemco Players farewells its founding member and inspiration - David Greenaway.

In 1980 David, who'd come to Australia a few years earlier from England, called a meeting of people who'd be interested in forming a community theatre group. Gemco Players was literally born that night, its name coming from the initial letters of Emerald and its  surrounding towns - Gembrook, Emerald, Menzies Creek and Cockatoo.
From the outset Gemco included all comers - their ideas, their varying abilities and their ages - and it was David's enthusiasm and belief in all that drew them in.
Productions in those early years were rehearsed in people's homes and small halls in Emerald and Clematis. This naturally meant packing, unpacking, packing again and carting around all that was needed to take a performance to the outlying areas.
It was with great excitement and after overcoming many obstacles that Gemco gained its first permanent home where, through the voluntary work of many helpers, the small hall was erected. This saw a huge expansion of the youth groups take place and it was a place in which Gemco was able to easily perform many different styles of theatre.
However, David's dream of a large, permanent theatre in the area was still well and truly alive and was pursued by him and the various groups of people working with him over many years and many setbacks. His dogged determination was finally rewarded with the amazing space we have today.

David's greatest legacy however will be the impact that Gemco has had and continues to have on the lives of so many people, particularly young people, whose tributes have flowed on Gemco's Facebook page. Gemco's youth groups today continue and honour the traditions established all those years ago.
Many people instrumental in the various stages of Gemco's growth over thirty-eight years have  come and gone but David has been the only constant and will be remembered and sadly missed by all.

Margie Gemmell

Vale Don Black

 Mr Pritchard - Under Milk Wood May 2014

Mr Pritchard - Under Milk Wood May 2014

It is with heavy hearts we share the sad news that our valued member Don Black passed away earlier this week. He was 72.

Funeral Friday 18 August at 1.30pm Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong South.

Don will forever be remembered by those that knew him as a welcoming and enthusiastic member of not only Gemco but our entire hills community. He threw himself into numerous creative and social endeavours and his presence will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

He was the first to welcome anyone that entered the Gem with a smile and friendly greeting, offering help wherever he could. Don was a great supporter of the arts for all ages, attending many shows by local groups and assisting in our youth theatre program. You would be hard pressed to find a more prolific performer in recent years.

Although Don has lived with chronic ill health for the last 20 years he never allowed it to dampen his spirit and he would always be there with a ready smile and a bit of a joke. His energy and passion will be sorely missed. He loved and was loved by all. Always in our hearts.
R.I.P Don.
Your Gemco family x

Don's Involvement in Theatre and more

Under Milk Wood - 2014 - Mr Pritchard

Behind the Face - One Act Play festivals 2014 - Adjudicators Award - chutzpah for a solo piece and a mime

 Curtain call for Maskerade 2014

Curtain call for Maskerade 2014

Maskerade 2014 - Mr Pounder and Ensemble

While Their Names are Still Spoken 2015 - Stage Manager

 While Their Names are Still Spoken - Stage Manager 2015

While Their Names are Still Spoken - Stage Manager 2015

 cast of canterbury tales

cast of canterbury tales

 as placebo with john piggott's Lord january

as placebo with john piggott's Lord january

Canterbury Tales 2016

- The Steward and Placebo

Take Ten 2016 - Director of "Whistler and his Mother" and Steve in "Selling Point"

 Award for the silent character

Award for the silent character

The Last Bread Pudding - One Act Play festivals 2016 - Phil
Adjudicators Award - for silent character

 The Last Bread Pudding

The Last Bread Pudding

 Moon Over Buffalo

Moon Over Buffalo

Kyneton One Act Play Festival 2016 - Best Monologue: Don Black for “To the Western Front” (Gemco Players)

Monologuies 2016 - Julius Caesar and To the Western Front

Moon Over Buffalo 2016 - The Basin Theatre Group

 Moon Over Buffalo with The Basin Theatre2016

Moon Over Buffalo with The Basin Theatre2016

 Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas 2016/2017 - Sir Topham Hat

Macbeth 2017 - Ensemble

 the roaring boys (and girls) of Macbeth cast

the roaring boys (and girls) of Macbeth cast

Take Ten 2017 - He played a horse in "Flight of the Cows" and made his costume out of a onsie and a dinosaur costume

Open Stage - Don always attended and was a keen supporter of Carol McCoy and Ted Horton. He often presented the most surprising and polished sketches even if he'd only found it that afternoon.

Youth Group Leader since 2015

 1920s Night with 3MDR

1920s Night with 3MDR

Gemco Players Committee Member 2014-2016

3MDR

 Pirates at 3MDR

Pirates at 3MDR

An enthusiastic interviewee, promoting all our shows and was keen to get his own slot, which was achieved only last week

 

 

Space Captain Smith 2017 - Neil, Announcer, Ghast, Guard

 Cast of Space Captain Smith

Cast of Space Captain Smith

 Neil ... dude !

Neil ... dude !

The Inaugural Monologuies

 L to R: Emma, Luke, Aimee, will, jackson

L to R: Emma, Luke, Aimee, will, jackson

 Emma Newport - Drama

Emma Newport - Drama

 Jackson - comedy - the smile says it all

Jackson - comedy - the smile says it all

What a surprising and thoroughly enjoyable evening.

All the monologues were wonderful. It was very interesting to see performances when the actor chooses their own piece, you see a completely different aspect to them, and in a good way. We had drama, reflection, tears, dry humour, anger, rousing speeches, and naughty words. The audience was right behind everyone.

Ross Housham MC'd, stage managed and chased around looking for Don (who arrived at the 11th hour to deliver his two offerings). He also gave his opening speech from Canterbury Tales to warm everyone up.

Contenders for the five prizes were: Kat Alverez; David Greenaway; Aimee Achten; Luke Slade; Don Black; Andrew Tomazos; Ash Herring; Emma Newport; Jackson Cowan; Will Gardner.

Our adjudicators Sharon Maine and Jacqui Greenaway gave positive and encouraging critiques at the end of the evening, and the winners were ...

Most Outstanding Drama
- Emma Newport.

Most Outstanding Comedy
- Jackson Cowan.

Most Outstanding Youth Drama
- Luke Slade.

Most Outstanding Youth Comedy
- Will Gardner.

Encouragement Award - Youth
- Aimee Achten

We look forward to doing it all again next year.

 

Looking after our garden

 Mel - the ground was really hard to break

Mel - the ground was really hard to break

 Karen with seedlings - would you believe we planted 50!

Karen with seedlings - would you believe we planted 50!

Karen Alexander and Mel from John Hill Landcare Group Inc came and cleared weeds and planted native seedlings in our Sign Garden at the end of last Summer. We are looking forward to some new planting this Spring.

Although the Council have the care of the carpark Gemco Players are responsible for the gardens, so if anyone would like to give us some assistance with the Spring Planting and garden design that would be wonderful.

Watch this space for the call out.

One Act Play Festival Update

I've only put the Gemco awards and nominations (if mentioned) as there are lots of Awards out there. However, if you want to see who else on the circuit has done well please click on the heading of the festival and it will take you to the results.

Kyneton

Best Play: “Peace of Angels” by Gemco Players

Lynette Brown Memorial Award for Best Director:
Nominations: Richard Keown for “Peace of Angels” (Gemco Players)

Best Actress: Michelle Drinnen as Elizabeth in “Peace of Angels” (Gemco Players)
Nominations: Jacqui Greenaway as Suzie in “Peace of Angels” (Gemco Players)

Best Supporting Actor: Greg Hedges as Ken in “The Last Bread Pudding” (Gemco Players)

Best Supporting Actress: Evie Housham as Tramp in “The Last Bread Pudding” (Gemco Players)

Best Costumes, Props & Settings:
Nominations:  “Peace of Angels” by Gemco Players; “The Last Bread Pudding” by Gemco Players

Best Australian Play: “Peace of Angels” by Gemco Players

Best Monologue: Don Black for “To the Western Front” (Gemco Players) 

FAMDA Awards (Foster)
Victorian Drama League Encouragement Award: Gemma Tripp as Jess Nash in "Wow!" ~ Gemco Players

Dandeong Ranges One Act Play Festival

Our own One Act Play Fest with all sponsors - click above