May 2016 Blog

May 2016

They say time flies when you’re having fun.
How on Earth is it already May? I could have sworn that it was only just January a few moments ago. 2016 is rushing by us and our Diamond Jubilee Year has gone off with a bang.

Vale, dear friends, vale.
Sadly the last couple of months have seen long time Marloovians David Burton and Andrew Warwick pass on. On behalf of all of us here at DTP I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that they will be sorely missed.

60 Years Young
This past April Marloo hosted its Costume Gala to celebrate our 60th Year. What a night! I’m so proud of the turnout I saw there, including faces that hadn’t been seen in a good long while. The costumes were through the roof. The proof is in the photos below! (A little proud that Ashley, my partner, won best costume for his Phantom of The Opera).

The Foreigner, directed by our beloved president, has been receiving rave reviews and trust me when I tell you if you haven’t seen this show yet then hurry up! Tickets are selling out fast. Joe is, simply put, a comedic genius. Do yourself a favour and see it before it ends!

Let’s Get Wyrd!
I hear a whisper in the wind that Wyrd Sisters are well underway in their rehearsal season. Although I’m yet to see a full cast list I am sure Harry has put together a thumping good line up. My only disappointment is that I couldn’t audition! Next time!

One Acts
We hear it every year but here it is and perhaps maybe this may sway your minds. The One Act season is traditionally not well liked. We get very little involvement. This year I hope that we can all band together and give some much need enthusiasm back into the event. I can’t wait to see the line up and get involved myself.
Remember – the One Acts give previously undiscovered talent a chance to spread their wings. Let’s support them as best we can!

Three Cheers for Seventy Years!
I’ve been reliably informed that long time Marloovian Brendan Tobin recently celebrated his 70th birthday. What an auspicious occasion! A big happy birthday to Brendan!

That’s it really for this month! I look forward to bringing you some updates on the One Acts, the end of year Pantomime and more! Plus keep your ear to the ground, I’ll be looking for some great new talent to audition for my play, Gentlemen Incorporated for early 2017!

A side note – if someone is interested in talking with me regarding some set I’d be very keen.
See you all next time!

March 2016 Blog

Spotlight March 2016
As the saying goes when it rains it pours and this is what has prevented me from writing this blog for so long. My apologies to all of you for the absence of Spotlight. Now that I have more time management skills thanks to a flexible work place I hope to have a new post going every two months. So without further ado welcome back to Spotlight!
As you all should know – but if you don’t you do now! – This year is our Diamond Jubilee. This means 60 years of Darlington Theatre Players. What a milestone! You can order your special edition shirts through Iain and Marjan Martin now! We also have key rings and wine glasses for sale plus some wicked events in the pipeline so stay tuned!
Our calendar, as usual, is full to bursting!
Auditions for the next show of 2016, The Foreigner, were well attended and I hear that first time director Rob Warner (Rob Warner, Rob Warner. . .) had a hard task selecting his cast. What a talented bunch he gathered though.
If you are keen to help out with this awesome production I am sure Rob would love any help offered so get in contact with him!
Cast List 
The Foreigner
Joe Isaia as Charlie 
Keith Scrivens as Froggy
Jacqui Warner as Betty
Rodney van Groningen as David 
Kylie Isaia as Catherine
Richard Hadler as Owen
Blake Prosser as Ellard
Auditions are always a tough gig and our next show will be no different. Pratchett is coming to Marloo Theatre in 2016. And who is directing? Well it’s none other than our very own Harry MacLennan! He’s been around for a while now and he is making his full length directorial debut with Wyrd Sisters! I certainly plan on auditioning and I hope to see a lot of familiar faces there! For more information head to the auditions section of the Marloo website.
But by far one of the most exciting events is coming this April and trust me it’s not one you’ll want to miss! It’s a Costume Party complete with dinner and dance! To be held at the Darlington Hall from 7pm on Saturday the 16th April this is a BYO event but a complimentary buffet dinner will be included in the ticket price (a very affordable $50).
Please book and pay with Gwynne by April 1st as tickets are sure to sell quickly! As the name suggests it is a costume ball so come dressed to the nines. Marjorie, our ever wonderful costume mistress, is more than happy to assist so give her a call on 0459522848.
Finally . . . a note to remember. Sometimes things don’t always go the way we plan. I know this first hand and I speak from experience when I tell you all this. Marloo Theatre is essentially a family. A whacky, crazy and loud family that I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of. If you can help with anything just put up your hand. We’d love to have you.
That’s it from me this month,

Hayley J

July 20105 Blog

-July 2015-
Fellow Marloovians I have a disturbing fact to disclose. We are already more than halfway through our calendar year which means there is 162 days until Christmas!
                I know we don’t all share the same excitement about this but at least we can share in the excitement of the great things we’ve got happening for the second half of 2015.
                On Wednesday night I was lucky enough to glimpse a preview of our next show Basin Street Blues which is set to open this Friday, the 17th of July! And from the bottom of my heart I would like to congratulate the cast and crew on a fabulous show – if you can, get along and see it, you will not be disappointed.
                You may even see me in costume at the front of house selling some programmes so I expect to see each and every one of you there!
                One of the best parts about our theatre is how well we all socialise when we get together. The production committee have been hard at work getting another social-club night up and running – this time its karaoke.
                I know, I know – I mentioned it last month but with less than three weeks to go until this awesome event you need to ring Gail Palmer now to secure your spot so we know how much food to order. It is going to be a great night of singing, food and drink so I hope we can all come together and have a good night! So put the 15th of August into your diaries and call Gail on 9252 0665 or miss out!
We’ve got so much more coming up for the rest of the year with the One Act Season – featuring new directors James Forte and our very own Harry MacLennan. This will be followed up by the Hills Festival of Theatre – offering a chance for Marloo to strut its stuff and win some awards, and make some new friends along the way.
                Last month you might recall me mentioning that we would be looking at upgrading our Bijou Box access and if you’ve been around the theatre at all lately you would notice that we have indeed started work on this project! The brand new staircase up to the box is almost complete and will look awesome when it’s complete. See some photos below.
In Loving Memory – Donna Williams (1970-2015)
This month we lost a longstanding member of our theatre in the wonderful Donna Williams. She sadly passed away earlier this month and has left behind many good memories for us as well as big shoes to fill! Those of us lucky to know Donna are truly blessed.
Donna owned and ran her own dance school, Hills Dance School, was able to perform in big shows at the Regal Theatre including “Cats” and “Les Miserables”.  She tried her hand at pretty much anything including directing “Stepping Out” (1999) and “I Am A Camera” (1995), which I am told she was damn good at! She choreographed something close to a total of eighteen shows! Now that’s an achievement.
                I was fortunate enough to first met Donna on the set of Macbeth where we could go on to star as the Witches alongside Lisa Skrypichako and in that short period of time I learned much from this shining star of Marloo. It is a sad loss but in true Donna fashion it is my hope that we can all continue to give our all to our community, just as she did. (Oh and have a little dance too!) 
Donna was always a bright, happy and cheerful person to be around. She threw herself into every project she could in true Donna fashion, never giving any less than 110%. She had this energy about her that couldn’t be quelled. She was a member of Marloo theatre from the age of 15 and always tried to come back as often as she could – to her family.
In her memory I hope we can all commit to coming to see at least one showing of Basin Street Blues as this is a show I know she would have gotten behind had she been able to!
To end on a positive note I will leave you with this lovely little quote I heard;
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s lives.
                Richard Bach.
See you next month!
Hayley J

June 2015 Blog

-June 2015-
Winter is here and so is Spotlight, a brand new monthly blog written by a Marloovian for Marloovians! So first off, hello and welcome from me – Hayley Derwort.

            Most of you have seen me around the theatre at one point or another helping in some way. I was even your Secretary for a year! So I thought, why not add something else to my ‘To Do List’?

            Spotlight is all about showcasing what’s going on in and around the theatre. This includes shows, special events as well as awesome achievements by our members. If it’s happening at Marloo it’ll be in this blog!

            Now that it is getting colder and wetter it’s important to remember to drive safely to and from the theatre, nothing is more important than your safety! We all want to get home safe to our families after an intense rehearsal.

            Also don’t forget to rug up nice and warm – our new reverse cycle units work an absolute treat but jumpers and scarves work just as well!

            During the run of “It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To)” we decided to take the funds from the raffle and donate it to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. I am pleased to let you all know that we raised $1589! What a massive achievement!

            Basin Street Blues is in full rehearsal swing with acclaimed director Aarne Neeme in town to direct this toe-tapping new musical from Marloovian John Beaton. I hope you’ve booked your tickets, they’re sure to sell fast!

            We’ve got an awesome club night coming up on the 15th August as well – a karaoke night! I’m sure we’ll all have a great time and I expect to hear everyone’s singing voices – although I might need a glass of wine before you hear me singing!

            The rumours are true! We have been looking in to improving access to our bijou box! Keep an ear to the ground for further updates in the near future!

            This month I’d like to congratulate Eileen Coleman, our wonderful Treasurer. She was awarded a certificate of recognition from the Commonwealth Bank for her tireless work on our accounts – a well-deserved award I’m sure we all agree!

            I’m sure we all know that our Diamond Jubilee is coming up quicker and quicker. This is a project that will take a lot of work and will be a massive year for Darlington Theatre Players! Any ideas and suggestions should be directed to Iain Martin who will gladly accept any and all help on offer!

            With the One Acts and this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington’s Cat, just around the corner I can safely say that 2015 has practically flown by! Make sure you get involved and have fun! I look forward to seeing all of you around Marloo soon! 

See you next month!
  • Hayley