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Logos compiledWaratah is a musical comedy set in 1965 Sandy Point.
It’s summer and love is in the air.

With an entertaining original script crammed with iconic 1960s rock music plus lots of laughs, t
he story featured vibrant characters from two families  holidaying together on Waratah Bay over the summer break.
The action is played out over one summer which will alter several lives forever.

FAMDA staged Waratah as part of the 2015 Prom Coast Seachange Festival over three weekends between April 17 and May 2 at the Foster Arts Centre.
It delivered a fun-filled production suited to the whole family – mums, dads, kids – and the grandparents too. Baby-boomers had their toes tapping and their eyes watering with nostalgia.

Waratah rehearsal 1Photo by Robert Paragreen

 WARATAH THE MUSICAL
17 April – 2 May 2015

                   THE CAST
   The Fisher Family
Nick Fisher . .   Terry Lay
Ava Fisher . .   Nicole Cooper
Tyler (Fly) Fisher . .   Mungo Trumble

   The Player Family
Les Player . .   Bruce Grainger
Lucy Player . . Joanne Street
Gerry Player . .   Connor Epifano
Tim Player . .   Leuca Maclean
Barney Player . .   Taj Cooper

   The Whetstone cousins of the Fishers
Phyllis Whetstone
. .   Sarah Maclean
Alex Whetstone . . Noel Stringer
Susan Whetstone . .   Taliya Barker

   The Vile Family
Ken Vile . . Sean Webb
Audrey Vile . .   Sarah Maclean
Phoebe (Poison) Vile . . Harley McDonald-Eckersall

   The New Girl
Caralyn
. .   Evy Nye

   The Ensemble
Siobhan Cooper, Ben Fletcher, Emma Fletcher
Bon Maclean, Cas Maclean, Amy Tudor
Brielle Tudor, Daniel Watson, Hannah Watson

                     THE BAND
Keyboards & Vocals  . .  Chris Gale
Drums  . .  Chris Dunn
Bass  . .  Ricky Hurst
Lead Guitar  . .  Pete Barker
Rhythm Guitar & Vocals  . .  Andy Mitchell
Backing Singer  . .  Peter Epifano
Backing Singer  . .  Naomi Cantwell

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WARATAH CREATIVE TEAM

Director . . Chris Dickins
Musical Director . . Chris Gale
Choreography . . Megan Williams, Nicole Cooper
Set Design . . Chris Dickins
Lighting Design . . Andrew Oldroyd
Sound Design . . Brett Van Hoorn
Costume Co-ordination . . Judy Barnard
Props Design . . Kim McDonald
Stage Manager . . Annette Walker
Production Manager . . Sarah Maclean
Assistant Director . . Harley McDonald Eckersall
Publicity, Marketing & Programme . . Jennifer Paragreen
Video Editor . . Peter Clyne
Hair & Make Up Design . .
Tania Pell

                     THE CONSTRUCTION TEAM
Set Construction Manager . . Ben Cooper
Set Construction & Painting . . Peter Barker, Taliya Barker, Peter Clyne, Chris Dickins
Eliza-Jane Johnson, Peter Maclean, Sarah Maclean, Kim McDonald
Harley McDonald-Eckersall, Mike Street, Mungo Trumble, Annette Walker
Props Construction & Painting . .  Kim McDonald
Video Footage . . Chris Dickins, Peter Clyne
Audio / Visual Communication . .  Robert Paragreen

                     THE STAGING TEAM
Backstage Assistants . . Peter Clyne, Ray Dower
Lighting Operators . . Andrew Oldroyd, Josh Vitols
Sound Operator . . Brett Van Hoorn
Make-Up . . Tania Pell
Dressers . . Judy Barnard, Liz Fletcher, Kim Nye

                     FRONT OF HOUSE 
Front of House Manager . . Tim Fletcher
Ticket Sales . . Deborah Harris – Main Street Revelations
Venue Box Office . . Joanne Stringer
Programme & Foyer Photography . . Robert Paragreen
Production Photography . . John Banikos

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GIPPSLAND ASSOCIATED THEATRE AWARDS
Most Outstanding:

  • Youth Performance Male – Over 13 and Under 18 – Leuca Maclean
  • Youth Performance – Under 13 – Taj Cooper

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FAMDA’s youngest GAT winner, Taj Cooper, at the GAT night with fellow cast members – his sister and mum, the very proud Siobhan and Nicole.

GIPPSLAND ASSOCIATED THEATRE JUDGES’ AWARDS

  • Sophie Cuttriss – Chris Gale and his Band
  • Jill McCubbin – Peter Epifano & Naomi Campbell as backing singers

GIPPSLAND ASSOCIATED THEATRE NOMINATIONS
Most Outstanding:

  • Director of a Musical – Chris Dickins
  • Lead Female in a Musical – Nicole Cooper
  • Youth Performance Male – Over 13 and Under 18 – Connor Epifano
  • Youth Performance Female – Over 13 and Under 18 – Harley McDonald-Eckersall

 

Photos by R A Paragreen Photography

Photos by R A Paragreen Photography

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