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