The AGM was held in March setting the ground work for what was to be a very busy and exciting year.
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Warwick Tom returned to the Chair again which he last occupied in the early eighties. Lyn Townsend was again Secretary, Belinda Mcrath was Deputy Chair and Andrew Hunt, Treasurer, a position he had held for quite a few years.
This year was a time of great celebration with the Little Theatre's Golden Anniversary occurring in June, 50 years since the first show was staged in 1957.
However as the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat had been rehearsed once in 2006, it was off to a flying start, all set for an April, May season.
Directed by Lyn Townsend with Neil Westcott, Musical Director with a huge cast, nine principals, eleven brothers, ensemble, choir and children.
Joseph was played by Rod Jones, the two narrators were Belinda McGrath and Jo Mattiske, Andrew Francis was Pharaoh, Potiphar and his wife were Mal Westcott and Angie Fanello, Andrew Hunt was Jacob, Brian Townsend and Al Gersbach were Baker and Butler.
The musical was supported by a strong band of nine members, Kirsten Scherer, Mitch Richards, Alison Westcott, Michelle Stacey, John Henry, Tom Rivett, Steve Evans, Pam Ward and Doug Richards, ably led by Neil.
At the CATS awards in Canberra, Parkes received five nominations, one of which ended up with Neil being awarded best Musical Director for a musical production for great effort in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Our big event, the Golden Anniversary of the Little Theatre occurred soon after the musical with high anticipation.
Old members and visiting guests were stunned by the quality of the theatre and entertainment which included not only the stage but barbecue dinner and a lot of reminiscing.
Highlight of the evening were the two guest speakers, George Pittendrigh and Don McAlpine.
George as President in the 1950's pursued the dream of building a little theatre and with the cooperation of Council and voluntary groups this was achieved in 1957.
Don took an interest in the technical side of staging shows with special interest in lighting.
His skill led him to a career as an international cinematographer with world recognition as one of the leading amateur country theatrical groups for the theatre and productions.
The proposed theatre restaurant review by Liz Matthews for the end of the year didn't eventuate, probably due to lack of male members prepared to contribute, suffering stage fatigue.
Even so it had been a busy year with the Rugby Choir performing earlier in the year and a technical workshop for members in September.
The Little Theatre has also become increasingly popular as a venue for various organizations to hold their functions such as TAFE.
2007 has been a very big year and all members are looking forward to the next twelve months with two musicals listed for production.
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