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
28
to Apr 29

Encounters - Three Short Plays

Presented by Hobo Playhouse Theatre Company

Tickets: $25/15

 Belinda Winthrop, Susan Casey and John Piggott in 'Tuesdays Are For Bill'

Belinda Winthrop, Susan Casey and John Piggott in 'Tuesdays Are For Bill'

April
Saturday 21
at 8pm
Saturday 28
at 8pm
Sunday 29
at 2pm

Following its great success with ‘Outsiders’ and ‘Come Back for Light Refreshments After the Service’, Hobo Playhouse theatre company is returning to the hills with ‘Encounters’ which features three terrific short plays.

Upwardly

The show opens with a superb drama, Upwardly by Mark Cleary. It stars Di Addington as an aspiring actress auditioning for the role of a lifetime and it is bound to totally captivate audiences.

Tuesday's are for Bill

Director Jeff Jones says Tuesday's are for Bill features four very strong performances.

“Susan Casey and Belinda Winthrop are hilarious as the widows and I think our resident ghosts, John Piggott and Loz Clarke, will have you rolling in the aisles with their antics,” Jeff said.

A Poster of the Cosmos

 Mat Greenaway in 'A Poster of the Cosmos'

Mat Greenaway in 'A Poster of the Cosmos'

Tom, played by Mat Greenaway, has been accused of killing his lover and he is being interrogated by two cops.

Throughout the interrogation, Tom offers insight into the couple’s lives prior to and during their relationship. His story also with attacks on an uncaring and ignorant society. All is revealed in the stunning climax in the final moments of the play.

In fact, all three plays have surprise endings.

“I believe Mat’s performance in A Poster of the Cosmos is outstanding – don’t miss it!” Jeff said.

Hobo Playhouse will present Encounters at The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald on Saturday April 21 and 28 at 8pm. There also be a matinee at 2pm on Sunday, April 29. We would love to see you there!

And any help you can give us in spreading the word about our show would be sincerely appreciated!

For further details call Jeff on 0457 843 551.

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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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Jun
22
to Jun 24

Gemco Youth Mid-year Performance

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

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

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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Jul
20
to Jul 22

24th Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival

JULY

The following dates have been put aside for this event:
Friday 20
Saturday 21
Sunday 22

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.

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

Details to come

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Oct
5
to Oct 20

Season 2 - Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

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Director: David Lawson-Smith

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 at 8pm

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

Tickets:

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

Audition date to come

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, taxidermy and karaoke they discover each other. Within their intimate whispers, philosophical exchanges and life-changing revelations, we see ourselves and the people we love.

Presented by Gemco Players

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

 

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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
8:00 PM20:00

Open Stage 2018

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Presented by Gemco Players

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Hosted by Carol McCoy and Ted Horton

First Saturday of the month from March to November

2018 Dates:

March 3
April 7
May 5
June 2
July 7
August 4
September 1
October 6
November 3

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Hall, The Gem Community Arts Centre

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

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Licensed Bar available. No BYO. Welcome to bring snacks or your dinner.

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.

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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
9
to Mar 24

Season 1 - Falling from Grace by Hannie Rayson

 From left: Victoria Bonte, Kate McManus and Elise D'Amico

From left: Victoria Bonte, Kate McManus and Elise D'Amico

Director: Sharon Maine

15+

Show dates:

Friday 9 at 8pm
Saturday 10 at 8pm
Sunday 11 at 2pm (matinee)
Friday 16 at 8pm
Saturday 17 at 8pm
Sunday 18 at 2pm (matinee)
Friday 23 at 8pm
Saturday 24 at 8pm

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

Tickets:

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

A play with a bright comic surface and mysterious depths. It is about women in medicine, in the media and in the office - power and authority in female hands. It is also about public morality and a struggle between women to see who should be its guardian. These women are best friends in a professional world. They are witty and erudite, passionate in pursuit of success and relentless in their pursuit of passion. They juggle careers, children and lovers. They are forty and their friendship is about to be tested.

Cast:

Suzannah Brompton - Kate McManus
Maggie Campbell - Victoria Bonte
Janet Brock (Brock) - Elise D'Amico
Tessa Brompton-Storey – Eilish McGregor
Dr Hugh Storey - Lucas Thomas
Michael Beresinski - Tim Byron
Miriam Roth - Kylie Rackham
Nurse - Cath Tregillis

Presented by Gemco Players

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

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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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Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Gemco Social Club Night - Special Event

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Dore to Nowhere

John Dore is offering a FREE Trial night show at the Gem at 7.30pm

For one night only

Doors open at 6pm

Friday 2 March

FREE

 

This is instead of our

Gemco Social Club Night

An evening of old fashioned entertainment which could include board games; card games; films; play reading; grandmothers footsteps; improv ... anything goes.

Doors open 6pm.
All ages welcome. Members Free.
Non-Gemco members $5.
Bar available.

Gemco will provide a simple supper, but as we have no idea of numbers it might not be enough for all so please bring nibbles to share.

You could also go and participate in Open Stage after you’ve enjoyed a game etc. Conditions of Open Stage apply.

Presented by Gemco Players

First Saturday of the month from February to November

2018 Dates:

February 3
March 3
April 7
May 5
June 2
July 7
August 4
September 1
October 6
November 3

Time: 6-9pm

Venue: The Foyer, The Gem Community Arts Centre

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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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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Dec
12
to Dec 17

Audition - Falling from Grace by Hannie Rayson

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A play with a bright comic surface and mysterious depths. It is about women in medicine, in the media and in the office - power and authority in female hands. It is also about public morality and a struggle between women to see who should be its guardian. These women are best friends in a professional world. They are witty and erudite, passionate in pursuit of success and relentless in their pursuit of passion. They juggle careers, children and lovers. They are forty and their friendship is about to be tested.

Auditions will be at The Gem, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC 3782

ROLES:

Suzannah Brompton - 41 yo editor of Metro Magazine, mother of Tessa, divorced from Hugh

Maggie Campbell - 40 yo sub editor, single mother of two children Zac 10 and Milly 15 (these children never seen)

Janet Brock (Brock) - 37 yo features writer, seven months pregnant, married to Robert Morton

Tessa Brompton-Storey – 16 yo daughter of Hugh and Suzannah, still at school.

Dr Hugh Storey - 42 yo ex husband of Suzannah, married to Wendy, Community Health doctor

Michael Beresinski - 45 yo barrister, Suzannah’s lover

Miriam Roth - early 40s, gynaecologist and head of medical research team trialling Zed400

Written by Hannie Rayson
Directed by Sharon Maine
Presented by Gemco Players in Emerald
Auditions will be in group format.
Please email pagetostageaustralia@gmail.com to book an audition time and let Sharon know if you have a preference for a particular character and which session you would like to attend
Please allow a minimum of one hour for group audition.
Auditon sessions:
Tuesday 12 Dec in Theatre from 7.30 pm
Sunday 17 Dec in Hall from 2 pm

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Dec
9
to Dec 10

Gemco Youth End of Year Shows

December 9 and Sunday 10 at 3pm

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

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

Junior and Intermediate Youth

Christmas Spirit - The Conversion of Mrs Scrooge

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by Sue Russell

The Spirit of Christmas Past, Present and Future (the other two are sick, so he's doing all three) tries to get the grim Mrs Scrooge into the spirit of Christmas, but it takes a lot of jokes and a visit from Santa and his wife to bring her round.

Running time: approx 25 mins

Intermediate Youth

I'll be Cloned for Christmas

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by Jerome McDonough

Original Synopsis: A family is preparing to set off on a holiday trip, much to the chagrin of the children, who really don’t want to go along.  Fate intervenes with the arrival of three space/time travelers who think it’s July, 1958.  Since they want to study the holidays, the American teenagers convince them that Christmas would be the best choice.  The aliens "clone" themselves into roles as two members of the family, leaving the teenagers to spend the holiday visiting with the third member of the group from space.  The aliens experience a host of holiday adventures and come back with plans to celebrate Christmas on their own planet when they return.

This play has adaptions to make it more Aussie.

Running time: approx 30 mins

November Wednesday 29 at 7.45pm

There is no charge for this showcase as it falls within the Wednesday class session

Senior Youth Showcase

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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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May
25
10:30 AM10:30

Biggest Morning Tea

Thursday 25 May

10.30am to 12.30pm

This year we are hosting a morning tea, and you're invited!

Come and enjoy tea, coffee, cake and a friendly gathering.

Entry Gold coin.

Please join us in raising vital funds for Cancer Council. Any donations welcome.

RSVP to Ash Herring by text 0417 143 027 so we can bake enough cake.

Thank you.

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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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Apr
10
to 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.

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