Well-known Australian playwright David Williamson has given Allegro permission to make changes to the text of The Club for its performances this year. Director Steve Thornycroft is looking forward to the challenges of three roles – the president, captain and high-priced recruit – being played by women.
Steve believes the alterations reflect the changing environment not only in women's football, but the increasing importance of women in sport and administration generally.
Kim Reid (president Ruth Parker) and Reg Carmody (coach Laurie Holden) make welcome returns to the Allegro stage, while Kendall Alexandra King (captain Danni Rowe) and Leah Anderson-Byrne (recruit Jess Hayward) bring their experience with Wangaratta Players to the production. Last year's Allegro Talent Award winner Jordan Cook plays administrator Gerry Cooper while Allegro veteran Terry Williams (long-time committee-member Jock Riley) makes sure the football club's history is not forgotten.
Evening cabaret performances are on June 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29, with a matinee on June 23.
Laura Connelly has been announced as the winner of Allegro's Arts Scholarship for 2019.
Laura won a scholarship last year, along with Chris Hindle, and has continued with her dancing classes. She now travels to Wangaratta three or four times each week straight after school, is part of an elite hip-hop group and competes regularly in Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Allegro is pleased and proud to be able to help with the considerable expenses involved.
Laura was presented with a small certificate and a cheque for $1000 by Allegro's treasurer John Halfpenny in front of an audience of year 7 classmates at Yarrawonga College today. Both Laura and her mother Michelle, who was invited to be present, were most grateful for Allegro's donation.
Allegro's first production for 2019 is to be The Club, by famed Australian playwright David Williamson. It is to be performed in the Yarrawonga Town Hall in June and directed by Steve Thornycroft.
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Allegro's Arts Scholarship for 2019.
APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.
Applications are invited for this scholarship for 2019. It is valued at $1000 and aims to encourage and assist an Allegro member to further develop his or her career and performing arts skills by supporting a specific artistic program put forward by the applicant. The scholarship is available for study in any recognised performing arts course. It will be awarded only where a suitable applicant is available.
Applicants must have been Allegro members during 2016, 2017 and/or 2018.
To apply, please send a submission to The Secretary, Allegro Theatre Company, PO Box 114, YARRAWONGA VIC 3730 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive by February 4 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.
Submissions should be no more than one A4 page in length and, in addition to the applicant’s name and contact details, should show the location and timing of the performing arts course being pursued. Details of Allegro experience and, if relevant, other performing arts activities should be included.
The successful applicant will be decided by the Allegro committee at its February 2019 meeting and all applicants will be notified by mail or email of the result of their submissions.
The recipient will be required to address the next Annual General Meeting to report on his or her use of the scholarship.
Those people eligible to apply will receive email invitations by the middle of January 2019.
Allegro's Annual General Meeting was held at Burke's Hotel on November 13. Barb Macdermid presented a report of the year's activities and John Halfpenny spoke of the company's finances. Scholarship winner Laura Connelly explained how her scholarship money had been used to further her dancing successes, and Chris Hindle, who is using his scholarship funds studying at a film academy in Queensland, sent a written report. Bev Buchanan was unable to attend the meeting but also provided written details of the year's costume activities.
Large crowds attended Allegro's final two performances of Beauty and the Beast on Friday and Saturday evenings. Total attendance for the six shows was in excess of 900, and director Loretta Wood was extremely pleased with the result. She thanked everybody involved and explained that Beauty and the Beast had always been a favourite of hers and she was so thrilled that Allegro had offered her the chance to achieve her dream of directing it.
Facebook comments from audience members included "amazing talent", "loved the performance", "very professional" and "Allegro, you've done it again".
On behalf of the cast, Colette Douthie made presentations to both Loretta and Musical Director Julie Denny.
Allegro’s president Barb Macdermid was unavoidably not able to attend the final performance. However, she paid tribute not only to all members of the cast but also to …
“our totally committed and exhausted Director Loretta Wood, over-burdened Production Manager Julie Denny, totally drained costume convenor Bev Buchanan, special character designer and choreographer Diane Wiadrowski, extra volunteers Trish Halfpenny, Sally Curtis, Darlene Fitzpatrick, Hannah Dowling, Narelle and Lucy Bassett and Nerida Mitchell. And of course there was Meleena Thorp and Ash Blake on make-up, Jim Macdermid, sound and lighting gurus Ian Reid, Jackson Fitzpatrick and Bill Wiadrowski, set designers and constructors Shane McBurnie and Ian Reid (and Shane as a magnificent stage manager). Also the team helping back stage, Gordon Powell, Emma Richmond, Matt Denny, Zoe Roberts, over-taxed Musical Director Julie Denny, props maker, finder and ideas inspirational Cate Febey with help from Airlie Preer, financial, program designer, photographer, hall hire coordinator, John Halfpenny."
And to this list should be added Barb herself, for her work as prompt, Marketing / Promotional, and what she herself calls “other bits and pieces”.
At a gathering of cast, crew and friends after the final performance of Beauty and the Beast, Jordan Cook was announced as the winner of the Allegro Talent Award. This award is sponsored by the Central Murray Credit Union and is decided on the votes of all Allegro committee members. It includes a cheque from CMCU to the value of $150.
Unfortunately due to performance dates having to be changed some weeks ago, Allegro's president Barb Macdermid and vice-president Cate Febey were unable to be present, but the show's Production Manager Julie Denny read the names of all nominees – Adrian Ridley, Cooper Ridley, Colette Douthie, Drew Wighton, Freyja Black, John Halfpenny, Jordan Cook, Laura Wilhelms, Shane Douthie and Zak Wood – before asking John Halfpenny to open the envelope containing the winner's name. John was a member of the cast of Allegro's first production, Trial by Jury, in 1978 and was invited to be part of the presentation because of Allegro's 40th birthday this year.
Jordan is shown receiving the award from director Loretta Wood, and the accompanying certificate appears below ...
Allegro is pleased to welcome Jess Febey to manage the company's Facebook page. Jess was involved with Allegro in a number of productions between 2004 and 2010, including both Blackadder shows, Life of Brian, Black Rock, Fawlty Towers and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She won an Allegro Talent Award for her performance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2007. Now she returns to cover the very important publicity role of supervising our "windows to the digital world", Facebook and Instagram. Thank you, Jess, and welcome!
See Allegro's (Jess's) Facebook page here.
Beauty and the Beast opened last weekend in Yarrawonga's Town Hall. Audiences of over 100 on each of Friday and Saturday evenings enjoyed the performances and were very appreciative of the obvious skills and enthusiasm of the entire cast and crew. Singing, dancing, acting and costumes were all highlights and director Loretta Wood said she was extremely pleased with the standard of the whole show. Two more weekends coming up – August 3, 4, 10 and 11, all at 7:30 pm.