May
9
to May 31

Submit your Ten Minute Play by Friday 31 May 2019

Deadline
Friday 31 May 2019

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 AU$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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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Open Stage 2018

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Presented by Gemco Players

Hosted by Carol McCoy and Ted Horton with assistance from Joy McLeary and Mark Caile

First Saturday of the Month

Current dates:
July 6
August 3
Sept 7
Oct 5
Nov 2

Set up: 7.30pm - all help welcome
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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Jul
20
to Jul 21

25th Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival

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JULY

Saturday 20

Information to come

Sunday 21

Information to come

Awards at 6.30pm

Tickets $15 per session - available when sessions have been decided
$35 for whole weekend - available now
also available at the door

Adjudicator: John Jennings

DROAPF Co-ordinator: David Lawson-Smith

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.

Prizes and Awards

Information to come

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

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Immunisation - Cardinia Shire
Mar
20
9:30 AM09:30

Immunisation - Cardinia Shire

Free immunisation service

We provide a free public immunisation service for adults and infants according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Sessions are held monthly at 7 locations in Cardinia Shire.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against many diseases. The risks associated with these diseases are greater than the very small risks associated with immunisation.

No need to book.

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Extinction
Mar
8
to Mar 23

Extinction

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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Immunisation - Cardinia Shire
Feb
20
9:30 AM09:30

Immunisation - Cardinia Shire

Free immunisation service

We provide a free public immunisation service for adults and infants according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Sessions are held monthly at 7 locations in Cardinia Shire.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against many diseases. The risks associated with these diseases are greater than the very small risks associated with immunisation.

No need to book.

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Jan
21
12:30 PM12:30

U3A Classic Films

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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.

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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Puppy School
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Puppy School

Puppy Pre-school

Emerald Vet Clinic is proud to offer Puppy Pre-School Classes in conjunction with Southern Cross Animal Stars.

Socialising your pup and getting them out and about is very important for their early development.

With over 15 years of training Experience, our fun and interactive classes encourage the whole family to get involved in the training and socialisation of your new furry family member.

Puppy pre-school is a 4 week program, that covers all of the topics to help you get through the puppy times and to help set you and your puppy up for a happy future together.

We cover things like: mouthing and biting, jumping up, house training, as well as introducing basic social manners, obedience skills and relaxed compliance-using a release word.

In conjunction with the free Puppy checks that we provide at the clinic you can rest assured that this is a safe and happy environment to socialise in.

We invite puppies from ages 8-20 weeks with a minimum of their first vaccination to enrol.

Classes are held on a Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm.

Please get in touch with our reception staff to book for our next class (03)5968 6600

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Immunisation - Cardinia Shire
Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

Immunisation - Cardinia Shire

Free immunisation service

We provide a free public immunisation service for adults and infants according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Sessions are held monthly at 7 locations in Cardinia Shire.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against many diseases. The risks associated with these diseases are greater than the very small risks associated with immunisation.

No need to book.

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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
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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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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