Dec
15
to Dec 16

A Mutiny of Pirates - Gemco Youth End of Year Shows

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December 15
and Sunday 16 at 2pm

Tickets are $5 per seat - There is no seat allocation.
If your young child can sit on your lap there is no charge for them.

If you don’t want to book online, please text Evie with the number of seats you would like on what day: 0400 327 970. Don’t forget to tell me your name :)

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

A Mutiny of Pirates

Intermediate Youth

The King of Spain's Treasure by Geoff Bamber

Jim Hawkins, now in possession of the tattered map of a distant tropical island, sees a life of adventure and great riches beckoning but, as the story unfolds, he realises that he is not the only one with an interest in the treasure.

Running time: approx 40 mins

Junior Youth

The Pint Sized Pirates adapted by Joy McLeary

This is a pirate play for youngsters which has been adapted from the original, Peggy the Pint Size Pirate by DM Larson, which is a morality tale which illustrates that the size of our bodies matters less than the size of our hearts. As exemplified by the actions of our three protagonists who, prompted by a sense of adventure, loyalty and compassion take on a seemingly impossible task.

Running time: approx 30 mins

Senior Youth

All at Sea by Peter Ayre

Sinbad the Sailor sets out to thwart the designs of Blackbeard the pirate and win the hand of the lovely Charlotte. (All this and a fairy too.)

Running time: approx 35 mins

There will be an interval of 15 mins

We invite you to stay on after the show for our Christmas Party, bring a plate to share.

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Dec
10
7:30 PM19:30

Audition (2) - Extinction by Hannie Rayson

Director: Sharon Maine

At The Theatre, The Gem,
19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC 3782

Auditions

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Sunday 9 December 4-7pm and
Monday 10 December 7.30-10.30pm

Booking essential with the director Sharon Maine at sharonjmaine@gmail.com.

Characters

Dr Piper Ross (30), she is a conservation biologist on secondment from the San Diego Zoo

Harry Jewell (45), CEO of Powerhouse

Professor Heather Dixon-Brown (50), director of the CAPE Institute

Andy Dixon (35), a vet, brother of Heather

Synopsis

Extinction is set on the windswept coast of southern Australia, where the dense temperate rainforest sweeps down to the blue wilderness of the Great Southern Ocean. One wild winter night, Harry Jewell is driving along the Great Ocean Road, when he hits an animal. He stops and discovers that the creature is still alive. He picks it up and drives through the storm to a wildlife shelter, where an American zoologist, Dr Piper Ross, is on duty as a volunteer. Harry Jewell recognizes that the animal is a tiger quoll, once common in these parts, but now on the verge of extinction. The quoll dies, but the two of them are bonded by their attempt to save its life. A week after the quoll incident, Harry Jewell shows up at the CAPE Institute, where he meets with the director, Heather Dixon-Brown. He slaps two million dollars on the table and says that he wants to fund a research project to save the tiger quoll. However, there is a complication. Harry is the Managing Director of Powerhouse Mining. He has a license to explore the Otways for brown coal. Meanwhile Heather Dixon-Brown’s brother, Andy is facing his own crisis of mortality. Getting into bed with Big Coal and letting Powerhouse mine the forest, will happen over his dead body. This is a play about passion, ethics and what it means to live with the shadow of death (our own and other species). Does it matter if the tiger quoll’s days are numbered? Perhaps extinction is just part of the cycle of life or is human intervention necessary? No one in this play is wicked. No one is entirely virtuous. What unites them all is the one urgent question, in the age of global warming, how are we to live?

Presented by Gemco Players

Performance rights for EXTINCTION exclusivley licensed by HLA Management Pty Ltd, PO Box 1536, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 (hla@hlamgt.com.au)

 

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Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

Audition (1) - Extinction by Hannie Rayson

Director: Sharon Maine

At The Theatre, The Gem,
19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC 3782

Auditions

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Sunday 9 December 4-7pm and
Monday 10 December 7.30-10.30pm

Booking essential with the director Sharon Maine at sharonjmaine@gmail.com.

Characters

Dr Piper Ross (30), she is a conservation biologist on secondment from the San Diego Zoo

Harry Jewell (45), CEO of Powerhouse

Professor Heather Dixon-Brown (50), director of the CAPE Institute

Andy Dixon (35), a vet, brother of Heather

Synopsis

Extinction is set on the windswept coast of southern Australia, where the dense temperate rainforest sweeps down to the blue wilderness of the Great Southern Ocean. One wild winter night, Harry Jewell is driving along the Great Ocean Road, when he hits an animal. He stops and discovers that the creature is still alive. He picks it up and drives through the storm to a wildlife shelter, where an American zoologist, Dr Piper Ross, is on duty as a volunteer. Harry Jewell recognizes that the animal is a tiger quoll, once common in these parts, but now on the verge of extinction. The quoll dies, but the two of them are bonded by their attempt to save its life. A week after the quoll incident, Harry Jewell shows up at the CAPE Institute, where he meets with the director, Heather Dixon-Brown. He slaps two million dollars on the table and says that he wants to fund a research project to save the tiger quoll. However, there is a complication. Harry is the Managing Director of Powerhouse Mining. He has a license to explore the Otways for brown coal. Meanwhile Heather Dixon-Brown’s brother, Andy is facing his own crisis of mortality. Getting into bed with Big Coal and letting Powerhouse mine the forest, will happen over his dead body. This is a play about passion, ethics and what it means to live with the shadow of death (our own and other species). Does it matter if the tiger quoll’s days are numbered? Perhaps extinction is just part of the cycle of life or is human intervention necessary? No one in this play is wicked. No one is entirely virtuous. What unites them all is the one urgent question, in the age of global warming, how are we to live?

Presented by Gemco Players

Performance rights for EXTINCTION exclusivley licensed by HLA Management Pty Ltd, PO Box 1536, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 (hla@hlamgt.com.au)

 

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Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Play Reading - Extinction by Hannie Rayson

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All are welcome to attend this Play Reading to listen or participate.

Location: The Theatre, The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald

Synopsis

Extinction is set on the windswept coast of southern Australia, where the dense temperate rainforest sweeps down to the blue wilderness of the Great Southern Ocean. One wild winter night, Harry Jewell is driving along the Great Ocean Road, when he hits an animal. He stops and discovers that the creature is still alive. He picks it up and drives through the storm to a wildlife shelter, where an American zoologist, Dr Piper Ross, is on duty as a volunteer. Harry Jewell recognizes that the animal is a tiger quoll, once common in these parts, but now on the verge of extinction. The quoll dies, but the two of them are bonded by their attempt to save its life. A week after the quoll incident, Harry Jewell shows up at the CAPE Institute, where he meets with the director, Heather Dixon-Brown. He slaps two million dollars on the table and says that he wants to fund a research project to save the tiger quoll. However, there is a complication. Harry is the Managing Director of Powerhouse Mining. He has a license to explore the Otways for brown coal. Meanwhile Heather Dixon-Brown’s brother, Andy is facing his own crisis of mortality. Getting into bed with Big Coal and letting Powerhouse mine the forest, will happen over his dead body. This is a play about passion, ethics and what it means to live with the shadow of death (our own and other species). Does it matter if the tiger quoll’s days are numbered? Perhaps extinction is just part of the cycle of life or is human intervention necessary? No one in this play is wicked. No one is entirely virtuous. What unites them all is the one urgent question, in the age of global warming, how are we to live?

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Oct
6
to Oct 7

Open Stage 2018

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Presented by Gemco Players

Hosted by Carol McCoy and Ted Horton

First Saturday of the Month

Current dates:
October 6
November 10
** Please note this is the second Saturday of November**

Time: 8-11pm

Venue: The Gem Hall, 19 Kilvington Dr, Emerald

Tickets: Performers $3 ... Audience $5
no audience bookings required

Licensed Bar available. No BYO. Bring a plate to share.

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  just turn up and register your interest when you arrive with Carol McCoy or Ted Horton.

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.

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Oct
5
to Oct 20

Season 2 - Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Opening Night fundraiser

Gemco Players will donate profits from the opening night to disaster relief for the people of Sulawesi through Lions Club International. Throughout the run there will be a donations box on the bar for additional contributions.

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Director: David Lawson-Smith

Synopsis

A child cannot feel pain. A man has a secret. A woman wants an affair.
A scientist dissects a brain. Someone tells the police. Another puts an elephant on the stairs. In a series of tantalising vignettes, over 100 vibrant characters search for meaning in their lives. Through sex, death, feeling, thinking, they discover each other. Within their intimate whispers, philosophical exchanges and life-changing revelations, we see ourselves and the people we love.

Show dates:

Friday 5 at 8pm
Saturday 6 at 8pm
Sunday 7 at 6pm (twilight)
Friday 12 at 8pm
Saturday 13 at 8pm
Sunday 14 at 2pm (matinee)
Friday 19 at 8pm
Saturday 20 at 8pm

Ticket prices:

$25; $22 (Children of 15 and under, Students, and concession card holders.); groups of 4 $80 (this ticket has a plus 1 option)

At The Gem Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC 3782

Presented by Gemco Players

An Amateur Production by Arrangement with ORiGiN (TM) Theatrical,
on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

 

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Jul
21
to Jul 22

24th Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival

JULY

 A new logo to reflect the Awards

A new logo to reflect the Awards

Saturday 21

Doors open at 2.15pm
Session 1 at 3pm
Session 2 at 7pm

Sunday 22

Doors open at 10.15am
Session 3 at 11am
Session 4 at 3pm

Awards at 6.30pm

Tickets $15 per session
$35 for whole weekend
also available at the door

Adjudicator: Sharon Maine

Gemco Players is looking forward to holding yet another friendly festival in our theatre The Gem, and we invite you to come along and watch plays from all over Victoria.

We have updated our logo to reflect this years Awards lovingly crafted by Evie Housham

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

Session 1 - Saturday 3pm

Hobo Playhouse - Tuesdays are for Bill by Paul Hannah - Comedy (G)

Two widows visit the graves of their husbands. One has been coming for years, the other is a brand new widow. As the widows reveal how their husbands died, the ghosts of the two husbands appear - the audience can see them but the widows can't.

Nautilus Theatre Project - The Art of Fencing by Chris Dickins - Drama (G)

The Art of Fencing is a short play that explores the relationship of two neighbours over a 12-month period. Over four seasons the audience learns about the long running dispute over a fence between two properties, one owned by Mrs Sherman (played by Christine Skicko) and the other owned by Mr Peabody (played by author Chris Dickins). The play mixes comedy and drama to explore secrets they both hold and Mrs Sherman’s patient endeavours to get Mr Peabody to overcome his obsessions and bitterness to become open once more to people and the world.

Warrandyte Theatre Company - Smitten by Anna Stillaman and Mark Matthews - Comedy (G)

A love story between two adults who can neither bare to be apart nor share.

1812 - Next in Line by Chris Hodson - Drama (M - themes)

A daughter returns home from working overseas, after hearing of the death of her brother. Meeting her father again after several years away is not all they would prefer it to be. Expectations, responsibilities and a dark past now conflict with her current lifestyle.

Session 2 - Saturday 7pm

Powderkeg Players - Slut by Patricia Cornelius - Drama (MA)

Slut was Patricia Cornelius' response to the 2007 Melbourne CBD shootings, and the media's treatment of a stripper who was assaulted immediately prior. A chorus of young women watch and comment on Lolita's rise and final devastating fall from primary school to adulthood. This creatively gritty abstract play powerfully looks at female sexuality, slut shaming and the power of words to offend, label, hurt and influence behaviour.

Dizzy Productions - Ebbed by Mark Lucas - Drama (MA)

John is lost in an unreal world . He has the biggest decision to make. There is a carnival full of unusual character helping and guiding john along his Journey . Who is John?

Gemco Players - Aftermath by Kylie Rackham - Drama (PG)

This play has been withdrawn due to an actors indisposition.

Session 3 - Sunday 11am

Hartwell Players - Lobster Man by Jonathan Cook - Drama (PG)

Mark and Christa are trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, feeling certain that they are the last two people on the planet, but that reality is shattered when a stranger arrives at their residence and Mark is faced with the bizarre fact that this visitor is someone he created in a fairytale he told to Christa earlier that day.

Peridot Theatre Company - On the Edge by Kylie Rackham - Drama (M)

Adrian is on the edge, literally, as he summons up the courage to end it all. Joel is ready to fly off it in a final moment of exhilaration. Can these two strangers change each other's lives in a chance meeting? 'On the Edge' is a play about two men at a pivotal moment as they grapple with the notion of responsibility and the value of their lives.

Shalafron Productions - Acceptance by Alfred Krause - Drama (G)

Acceptance is a play that searches through societies involvement into Multiculturalism, Socialism, and Terrorism, by utilizing the five stages of loss.
The play endevours to take the audience on a path through these given subjects that are prudent to out Society and present an understanding of Acceptance.

Flash in the Pan - Anna Alone by Cat Coxan - Drama (PG)

Anna must try to reconcile who she is to move on from her past.

Session 4 - Sunday 3pm

Here There & Everywhere - Therapy by Phillip A Mayer - Drama (M)

A drama/black comedy about sharing, accepting and dealing with the consequences of our life choices! Kelvin has a problem .. Actually, he has several problems, and he’s trying to sort through them with varying degrees of success! With the help of his new therapy group, he’s hopeful he’ll make some progress and find some solutions! But perhaps his therapist has another agenda, as some unforeseen twists present themselves along the five-step path to accepting his situation!

Warrandyte Theatre Company - A Little Book of Oblivion by Stephen Bean - Comedy (G)

An absurd play about a box, a park bench and four characters, all with a strange view of the world and what could possibly be in the box.

Adelphi Theatre - Another Pair of Spectacles by Victor Bridges - Comedy (G)

An unusual pair of spectacles uncovers a few family secrets.

Awards - Sunday 6.30pm

 Start a pottery class at the beginning of the year with Raquel Carter (Ceramicist). Why not make 14 trophies!!

Start a pottery class at the beginning of the year with Raquel Carter (Ceramicist). Why not make 14 trophies!!

David Greenaway Memorial Award - Best Production - $250 - Barry Plant Emerald / Mitre 10
Best Production - Runner Up - $150 - Stockdale & Leggo
Best Comedy - $100 - Tinkar's Corner and Gemco Players
Best Drama - $100 - TBC
Best New Play - $100  - TBC
Best Director - $75 - Sea Change Natural Health and Gemco Players
Best Female Actor - $75 - Kaye Charles Real Estate
Best Supporting Female Actor - $50 - Kaye Charles Real Estate
Best Male Actor - $75 - Emerald Fruit Barn
Best Supporting Male Actor - $50 - TBC
Adjudicator Award - $50 - Kaye Charles Real Estate

Raffle Prizes:
Laughing Fox Cafe - gift voucher
Effies Fish and Chips - gift voucher
Emerald Village Meats - gift voucher
Custom Framing - gift voucher
Emerald Pharmacy / Simply Wholesome - bathroom products
Cellarbrations - Bottles of wine
Chris Newport - Bottles of wine
Heather Studham - Beaconsfield Netball Club - bathroom hamper
Sea Change Natural Health - gift voucher
 ... and there's more to come

The Gem Theatre, 19 Kilvington Dr, Emerald Vic 3782
Enquiries: 5968 2844

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

Gemco Youth Mid-year Performance

Tickets: $5 per seat.
Seats are not allocated.
If your child can sit on your lap then there is no charge for them.

Twice a year our Youth groups put on a performance to show parents and others, what they have been doing and to give them an opportunity to be in front of an audience. It’s a very exciting time for our young members and a wonderful opportunity to see how they have grown in confidence.

Mid-Year Performance - June
22 and 23 at 2pm

Sometimes a short play or a showcase of skills, or a preview of our Youth submissions to the One Act Play Festival.

This Year we have:
Juniors - Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Inters - Drop Dead Juliet
Intermission - 10 mins
Juniors - Rabbit's Bisy Day
Inters - Spaced Out
Intermission - 10 mins
Seniors - Short films of self written scripts;
10 minute plays filmed during recent 10 minute play festivals;
Rehearsed Reads: Radio Rumble; Coribungus; Crime in Action
Improv: I'm a tree

Program can change without notice

End Year Performance - December

At the end of the year our Youth put on plays either as individual groups or as a combination of all three, for example, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods in 2016, or Snow Queen in 2010.

Tickets $5

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Jun
15
to Jun 17

One Act Play Season - Launch of Gemco Little Theatre

One Act Play Season

To launch our new concept of our Little Theatre we present a One Act Play Season of two short plays written by Kylie Rackham.

Director Sharon Maine

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Ravaged

Ravaged combines three stories – based on the real events of Black Saturday. The characters are confronted with a force which changes everything and results in them needing to re-evaluate their lives and consider what is really important.

Aftermath

Four strangers come together In  the most challenging of circumstances. Responders to a car accident, they must not only deal with the immediate situation, but the aftermath of the crisis. The play examines the notions of responsibility, and explores what we are capable of when we are put to the test.

Tickets: $10 - only limited seats

16+


Gemco Little Theatre - our new Blackbox

The idea behind developing our Hall into an alternative performance space from the main theatre was to encourage new and more experimental works (with less cost to the directors and actors). It could be a teenager wanting to try out their new script; it may be a director who wants to experiment with a collection of short scenes; perhaps our actors want to get in amongst the audience ... but whatever it is we look forward to seeing what appears.

An article from TDF Theatre Dictionary

Black Box Theatre

It’s essentially a magic box.

What do David Mamet, the Wooster Group, and The Vagina Monologues have in common? Not a lot, actually. But they did all get their start in black box theatres.

A black box is a bare room with a movable seating area, a movable stage, and a flexible lighting system. It became popular during the explosion of experimental theatre in the 1960s, when storefronts, church basements, and even old trolley barns suddenly became intimate performance venues. This was an enormous break from the traditionally elaborate proscenium theatres, which still make up the majority of Broadway houses.

The concept of the black box has its roots in the European avant-garde of the early 20th century, through such pioneers as director/playwright Harley Granville Barker and designer Adolphe Appia. Barker’s ideal was, actually, “a great white box,” a vision that Peter Brook brought to life with his landmark 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

As per the name, however, black boxes are often painted black and are square or rectangular in shape, with the idea that this is the most neutral setting in which to give productions a wide array of design and staging choices.

Today, there are scores of black box theatres in the United States alone, including Soho Rep in New York and Steppenwolf’s Garage Theatre in Chicago. They are also prominent at colleges and universities—for example, the Walt Disney Modular Theater at the California Institute of the Arts—where students are encouraged to immerse themselves in a variety of theatre styles and interpretations.

These future artists can tell you that there are five basic ways to stage a play: with the audience on one side (proscenium style), two sides (center stage), three sides (thrust), four sides (theatre in the round), or environmental staging, in which the audience and actors intermingle. The beauty of a black box theatre is that you can have any of those possibilities within one theatre space, sometimes within the same show.

–Andy Buck

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Apr
23
to Jun 22

Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival submissions open

JULY 2018

Friday 20
Saturday 21
Sunday 22

Tickets available online soon and at the door

Adjudicator: Sharon Maine

Co-ordinator: Evie Housham

Dear Theatre Company

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

Please make sure you fill out the submission form carefully, as the information will be directly used for the program and any media relating to the event. Please also read the Rules.

For full details of the theatre’s amenities go to Venue Hire/Spaces and Rages and you will find information 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 0400 327 970.

We're looking forward to another awesome festival.

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Apr
18
4:00 PM16:00

Gemco Youth Group Term 2 Starts

Term Fees are now due $55 - please bring with you to your first class

 Junior and Inters join together for our end of year show 2017

Junior and Inters join together for our end of year show 2017

Juniors (Prep to Grade 4)

4-5pm

Leader: Joy McLeary; Assistant: Amanda Byers

Intermediates (Grade 5 to Year 7)

6-7.15pm

Leaders: Steve Hope and Lachy Castricum; Assistant: Tash Bartley

Seniors (Year 8 to 12)

7.45-9.30pm

Leader: Andrew Tomazos; Assistant: Evie Housham

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Apr
13
to Apr 15

Take Ten Play Writers' Season 2018: 10 x 10 Minute Plays

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 Greg Hedges and Ross Housham in Karma Fairy from 2017. Photo by Focus Light

Greg Hedges and Ross Housham in Karma Fairy from 2017. Photo by Focus Light

Show Dates:
April
Friday 13, 8pm;
Saturday 14, 8pm;
Sunday 15, 2pm (matinee)

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

The vision for Take Ten short play festival was to provide a forum for writers, so it is structured around this, from the initial reading to production and, the ultimate prize for every writer, publication. The publishing of the final 10 plays, so that they live beyond the production, provides an ongoing legacy and spreads the word beyond the narrow confines of a small community. This is the eighth year of Take Ten why not make it the year you take part.
April - during PAVE Festival (8-15 April)

A Rose By Any Other Name
By Sarah Fernee

All Lucas wanted was to buy his girlfriend some flowers for Valentine’s Day, not the crash course in Floriopgraphy that Shelly takes it upon herself to provide.

Chinese Whispers
By Sarah Fernee

Ava and Liam like each other, but it’s difficult to figure that out when their words are lost in translation.

My Perfect Mate
By Ethan Bortman

Sam, 60+ years old, has been mourning the loss of his partner for a year.  His good friend Jake, also 60ish, calls on him in an effort to shake him loose from his “funk.”  The dialogue reveals the depth of their friendship as well as their vast differences in viewpoint.

Outfox
By Rex McGregor

Two rival bloggers finally meet in person. If they can just put their antagonism aside…

Kindness Pays
By Rex McGregor

Brooke is a privileged student experiencing public transport for the first time. Her social conscience is in for quite a workout.

It started with a Thwack
By John Jennings

Ever had one of those days where just one thing has to go wrong and then your whole world is turned upside down?  For Zoe and Sally, it was the surprise test.

A Chick Pic
By Katie Lee

Three women try to navigate the dangers of Tinder and the infamous ‘pics’ that guys keep sending them.

Beige Weddings and Coral Dresses
By Katie Lee

Weddings are romantic and beautiful, and a true expression of love … Actually, weddings are complete bullshit!
Four friends debate the relevance of getting married.

Truth or Dare
By Katie Lee

Four 30 year olds begin playing a game of truth or dare, only to discover there’s an underlying tension between each of them that can’t be fixed be re-reading the script!

So Sorry For Your Loss
By Joe Starzyk

Donna’s husband has died.  At the wake she meets a very interesting stranger.  This meeting reveals things that she never knew about her husband and herself.

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Apr
7
to Apr 8

Theatre for Children - The Owl and the Pussycat

Gemco Players present Theatre for Children

Show Days:
April - Saturday 7 at 10am and 2pm
and Sunday 8 at 10am and 2pm

 Illustrations by Raquel Carter

Illustrations by Raquel Carter

The Owl and the Pussycat

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, however, everyone is welcome.

At The Theatre, The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald Vic

Director: Evie Housham
with assistance of Ash Herring

Music and sounds - Margie Gemmell

Cast for 2018:

Owl - Lachy Castricum
Pussycat - Ash Herring
Parrot - Sonia Morison
Piggy-wig - Candace Peterton
Turkey - Joy McLeary

Chorus - Trevor Mills and Evie Housham

Lights - Ross Housham

Please note:

We looked forward to bringing you another play but unfortunately couldn't organise the Rights with the publisher. We hope to bring you another tale in the future. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive more information about our theatre.

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Murder on the Puffing Billy Express
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express is an interactive dinner experience aboard Puffing Billy. The cast that perform are members of Gemco who rehearse on Monday evenings and perform once or twice a month on Friday or Saturday nights. If you would like more information about upcoming auditions, email Sam Griffiths at puffingbillymurder@gmail.com

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Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

AGM Gemco Players Community Theatre

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

Foyer, The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC 3781

Nibbles from 1pm

AGM 2pm

Agenda

Approval Minutes of AGM 2017
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.
Renewal of current membership can be done until, and including the day of the AGM.
Member is 16 years and over.

Gemco Players Committee - appointed by Gemco Players members at AGM:
President
Vice-President
Secretary
Treasurer
Four general committee members

Sub-Committee Groups - appointed by Gemco Committee:
all of the below areas would welcome new people

Care of The Gem - includes maintenance of building and garden - current appointments: Evie Housham and Ross Housham
The Gem bookings - current appointment: Ross Housham
Gemco Players Publicity - current appointment: Kate McManus
Murder on the Puffing Billy - current appointments: Sam Griffiths and Ash Herring
Day Out with Thomas - current appointments: Carmela Pezzimenti
Little Theatre - production co-ordinator: Ross Housham and Lachy Castricum (Tech); Sharon Maine (Director)
Youth Groups - current appointments: Joy McLeary (Juniors); Steve Hope and Lacy Castricum (Inters); Andrew Tomazos,  Evie Housham and Kylie Rackham (Seniors); Mat Greenaway (Youth productions co-ordinator)
Front of House - current appointment: Vacant (overseeing bar and kitchen); Carmela Pezzimenti (roster)
Take Ten - production co-ordinator: Carmela Pezzimenti (co-ordinator)
PAVE - current appointment: Evie Housham
FunFest committee - current appointment: Ash Herring
DROAPF - production co-ordinator: Evie Housham

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Mar
3
to Mar 25

Day Out with Thomas Cast Expression of Interest

Volunteers Expression of Interest

Here is an opportunity to spend a day around Thomas, socialising with parents and children from all over the world and helping them to have a very memorable day with
Sir Topham Hat, Shunter Charlie and Driver Sam.

Dates for March 2018 are: Saturdays 3, 17, 24 and Sundays 4, 18,25

and then the following November.

If you are interested in being part of this event please email Carmela Pezzimenti at gemcoplayers@gmail.com


Tickets for the Day Out can be purchased from Puffing Billy

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Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Script Workshop - Ravaged by Kylie Rackham

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Local playwright Kylie Rackham's new piece 'Ravaged' is nearly ready for performance and it's premiere will be at the opening of the Little Theatre in June.
Director Sharon Maine is needing males & females aged 18+ to attend this workshop to help Kylie & Sharon fine tune the play and those in attendance will be considered for roles in the production. *Please note that this is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the piece and there is no expectation for you to be involved with the performance. Perhaps you would just like to come and stretch your creative muscles for a night.
No need to book... just turn up, but please express your interest via our facebook event so we can get an idea :)
Performance dates: 15,16,17 June

About 'Ravaged'
Ravaged combines three stories- based on the real events of Black Saturday. The characters are confronted with a force which changes everything and results in them needing to re-evaluate their lives and consider what is really important.

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Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Auditon for Theatre for Children

 Sonia Morison, Evie Housham, Lachy Castricum, Ash Herring, Joy McLeary - Owl 2017

Sonia Morison, Evie Housham, Lachy Castricum, Ash Herring, Joy McLeary - Owl 2017

We are looking for actors with lots of energy, able to interact with children and have a sense of fun. Being able to sing would be a major plus, but enthusiasm takes precedence.

Actors over 16 years.

Each of the pieces we are planning for April will be about 30-45mins long so rehearsals would be approximately 6 hours per week.

Last year we launch our Theatre for Children with The Owl and the Pussycat which was very well received over two days in July.

This year we are presenting two plays in April at the beginning of the PAVE festival.

Show dates: April 7 and 8 at 10am and 2pm

Auditions will take the form of a group session. To express your interest please email Evie Housham or Ash Herring at gemcoplayers@gmail.com, or text Evie on 0400 327 970.

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Jan
29
7:30 PM19:30

Script Workshop - Aftermath by Kylie Rackham

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Local playwright Kylie Rackham's new piece 'Aftermath' is nearly ready for performance and it's premiere will be at the opening of the Little Theatre in June as well as touring the one act circuit this year.
Director Sharon Maine is needing males to attend this workshop to help Kylie & Sharon fine tune the play and those in attendance will be considered for roles in the production. *Please note that this is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the piece and there is no expectation for you to be involved with the performance. Perhaps you would just like to come and stretch your creative muscles for a night.
No need to book... just turn up, but please express your interest via our facebook event page so we can get an idea :)


About 'Aftermath'
Four strangers come together in the most challenging of circumstances. Responders to to a car accident, they must not only deal with the immediate situation, but the aftermath of the crisis. The play examines the notions of responsibility and explores what we are capable of when we are put to the test.
Performance dates: 15,16,17 June and then following months for One Act Play Festival circuit.
***Males only required at this stage****

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Nov
20
1:00 PM13:00

Cinema Classics - Films with U3A

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Hosted by Dale Allen and U3A
Theatre, The Gem Community Arts Centre

Third Monday of the Month

November 20 1pm

Our Last Program for 2018 so try not to miss a very special Movie.
Today's movie is a classic musical comedy from the UK

Genevieve

featuring Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kenneth More, Kay Kendall

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. Along the way, some old jealousies are kindled to the point where the two men decide to have a "friendly" wager on who will be the first back to London

There will, of course, be a selection of short films to make up the first half of the program which will provide a wide range of subjects, some new, some old. We will, of course, be continuing with our 'Saturday Matinee' serial 'Captain Marvel.' Episode 7

Don't worry if you are new to the group, there is a recap at the start of each episode so you will be fully on board within minutes.

I will include trailers for some of the movies we will be seeing in 2018

Remember that as it is a U3A requirement please ensure that you bring and wear your Membership badge. There are newly updated badges available on the notice board at U3A House
Please remember to bring along some snacks to share at the interval where we can chat about movies, have a tea or coffee and prepare for the main feature.
This will be the last Cinema Classic program for 2017, we recommence in February 2018
I Look forward to seeing you there
Dale Allen - Cinema Classics Convenor

  • Enquiries: Dale Allen - 5968 6137 or 0409 976 206
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Nov
20
to Jan 19

Submit your Ten Minute Play by Friday Jan 19

Deadline
Friday 19 January 2018

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 any where in the world.

4. Monologues accepted.

5. No more than three entries per Author

6. Entries must be submitted with the entry form and payment of AUD $10 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

Our process  and people's choice award

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 in April 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 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.

 

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Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

Murder on the Puffing Billy Cast Auditions

Monday 3 July 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 as attending so we have an idea of numbers.
Time commitments for this show are as follows:
Rehearsals Monday nights in Emerald from 7:00pm til 10:00pm
Performances once or twice a month on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings from 6:30pm. If you have any questions, feel free to post them here and we will do our best to answer them. Oh, and don't forget to share the event with your friends!
The auditions will run as a workshop where you will take part in improv activities, so jump in and don't be shy!

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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!

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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

 

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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.

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Jul
15
to 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.

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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

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