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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

BENDIGO THEATRE COMPANY The Committee of Management acknowledge that the Bendigo Theatre Company is on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. We would like to acknowledge and extend our appreciation for the Dja Dja Wurrung People, the Traditional Owners of the land. Today, we pay our respects to leaders and Elder’s past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and the hopes of all Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples. We express our gratitude in the sharing of this land, our sorrow for the personal, spiritual and cultural costs of that sharing and our hope that we may walk forward together in harmony and in the spirit of healing.

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SUPPORTERS The City of Greater Bendigo The Estate of Peter Ryall The Ulumbarra Foundation Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprises

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THE COMMITTEE Executive Committee President: Abe Watson Vice President: Vern Wall Secretary: Stania Tresize Treasurer: Maureen Fleiner

“Bendigo Theatre Company has been a very welcoming environment and a very positive experience. Through BTC, I have met so many new people and therefore they are to thank for several close relationships I have in my life today, and they have given me experience in a pathway I am passionate about.”

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General Committee Barbara Billings, Colin Brown. Emma Fletcher Keva Lloyd, Bevan Madden, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Ken Wells Patron: Cr. Rod Fyffe Life Members: Anne Ball, Mrs A Ball (dec.), Colin Brown, Grace Cox Gael Emond, Greg Harris, Patricia Lyon (dec.) Jack Paynting (dec.), Annie Smith, Stania Tresize Vern Wall, Ken Wells, Madge Welch (dec.).

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Maureen Fleiner Treasurer

Stania Tresize

DEPT.

Secretary

Wardrobe

Rebecca O’Sullivan

DEPT.

General Committee Member

Governance & Compliance

Ken Wells

DEPT.

General Committee Member

Technical Management

Keva Lloyd

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General Committee Member

Maintenance & Shed Management

Bevan Madden

Abe Watson

DEPT.

General Committee Member

Visitor Experience

Barbara Billings

DEPT.

General Committee Member

Wellbeing & Dispute Resolution

Emma Fletcher

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General Committee Member

Marketing, Engagement & Business Development

Colin Brown

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General Committee Member

OH&S & Risk Management

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT 2018/19

GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

President

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Vern Wall Vice President

DEPT. Operations & Production Delivery

DEPT. Programming

DEPT. Tribe Youth Theatre

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Artistically and operationally, 2018 has been one of our most satisfying and successful yet. Every year, Bendigo Theatre Company strives to play a leadership and community-building role in our region, and in 2018, we aimed even higher - launching our first fully-scoped theatrical season. We pride ourselves on constant evolution, innovation and drive to improve. Record ‘firsts’ were achieved by the company in several areas, setting BTC on a course to grow in all areas of theatrical and organisational practice in the years to come.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

In 2018, we produced over thirteen events, including Tribe Youth Theatre’s Wyrd Sisters and Grease (which received three Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Nominations); complemented by our main stage musical Fiddler on the Roof, a story of tradition, repression, prejudice and diaspora which continues to evoke common ground for audiences today wherever they are; our ever-popular TENx10 Project; our summer pantomime, Beauty and the Beast; our inaugural recital of our newly-formed B Sharp Chorus; and a skilful presentation of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap which delighted audiences. A particular highlight of mine was the introduction of our inaugural Workshop Season which connects our members to industry leaders in their respective fields. Including an audition workshop from Adam Lyon, a stage management workshop from Kyrilee Bodin, a lighting and scenic design workshop from Rob Sowinski and a theatre direction workshop from Dean Bryant, the Workshop Season provided opportunities for our members to enjoy and develop their theatrical talents locally and to gain

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invaluable experience to take into future projects and careers. Being a community arts organisation, all successes are balanced with inherent risk, and budgets come under acute pressure. Box Office takings are still relied on as our primary source of income - ticket sale success is not a luxury, but a necessity to ensure we can continue to provide worthwhile and quality productions for members of the Bendigo community. This year, the company will report a surplus $17,847, a large portion of which has already been allocated to upgrading facilities in the Arts Shed. This is a substantial increase from our 2017 surplus of $148, and is due in no small part to our 26% increase in production revenue. 2018 was a strong year for the company, and it is important to acknowledge the work of the current Committee of Management in regards to responsible fiscal management; however, a key challenge for committees of the future will be to find strategies to diversify revenue streams to ensure we can continue to deliver for our members and the local community. In response to this, it is worth noting, that during the 2018 committee term, income from fundraising, grants, donations and sponsorships tripled in 2018, which enabled us to run projects such as the B Sharp Chorus as well as perform much needed upgrades to our venue and technical infrastructure without running at a deficit. Through this committee term, we have worked hard to solidify the positive work of previous committees, to improve facilities and equipment, to implement good policies, procedures and governance to ensure that BTC remains a stable, efficient, open, and welcoming company in the local community for the next 60+ years. The committee and I are eager to make change which adds value, and aim for a professional approach to our image, communications, and processes. We recognise that we exist, at heart, as a community organisation which enables people to make genuine connections, to be involved, and to become part of the all-inclusive family that we are. This committee

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undertook a structural review and implemented a more solid governance structure to more effectively divide and share responsibilities. Rather than simply a committee made up of four executives and seven general members, we created distinct portfolios in areas including Production and Operations; Programming; Marketing, Business Development and Engagement; Governance and Compliance; Visitor Experience; Maintenance and Shed Management; Risk and OH&S; Wellbeing and Dispute Resolution; Technical Management; and Wardrobe Management. While this new structure is still in its early stages, the aim is to facilitate subcommittees and empower engaged members of the company to take on responsibility in these areas. This year, we made a commitment to produce a more extensive Annual Report which gives a glimpse at our strategic direction, and more clearly represents our aims and purpose. In the past, we have presented our financial statements and a President’s report, which we feel does not tell the whole story. While it is easy to focus on the finances and the dollar figures, that is only one aspect to the story we have to tell. We also need to be talking about the intrinsic cultural value of the arts and the work that we do; we need to be talking about the community-building and self-actualising powers of our work.

people about why it is important. Support community theatre - and I don’t just mean us - support all community theatre. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the entire membership of BTC. I, along with the entire Committee of Management, feel extremely privileged to be part of this incredible company and to have the opportunity to work with you all. Without you, nothing we do would be possible. I would also like to pass on my gratitude to the current Committee of Management who truly embody the nature of community theatre. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with a group of individuals so clearly dedicated to the betterment of our company, you all show such commitment in making BTC the best environment it can be. Thank you.

Abe Watson President, Bendigo Theatre Company Inc.

I have said it before, and I will say it again: we are living in a time where things are becoming complicated, and fear of difference is creeping in; we need to stay focussed and love harder. Theatre is about more than just role-playing; it is about learning varied, versatile and transferable life skills that matter. Being part of a company like BTC, working in the performing arts builds skills and habits of mind which are essential to our wellbeing and to weathering the adversities of life. Fostering compassion and honing creativity and intelligence, community theatre develops a higher level of understanding, empathy, and awareness amongst its participants. It bonds us together, and teaches us the importance of understanding and accepting difference. So, I urge you, tell people about what we do. Tell

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OUR COMMUNITY

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Our company continuously offers opportunities for people to become involved in our theatre community and family - our ever-growing repertoire of programmes continue to inspire. BTC was founded in 1952 as The Bendigo Operatic Society (formed to perform ‘The Chocolate Soldier’ at The Capital). We are aware that it takes people to do what we do: performers, designers, directors, organisers, costumers, stage crews, lighting, makeup, hair, musicians, the list goes on... In 1980, the company changed its name to Bendigo Theatre Company, evolving into a more inclusive community which saw the company stage plays and comedies, not only musicals. These days we engage in a wide variety of theatre; musicals, full-length dramatic and comedic theatre, and one act plays. We have a wonderful volunteer base to draw from to deliver these performances. It’s human nature to learn and grow and we want our people to continue to up- skill and learn new aspects of theatre. We hold workshops during the year and encourage people to explore (often new) aspects of theatre. So many of us here began in a different capacity and have gone on to try other areas, BTC provides a safe place with sound leadership to learn in our theatrical journey. With more skilled volunteers coming onboard, we have more people to relieve the pressure on the existing volunteers. Our more skilled members are also given the opportunity to teach new volunteers, and try their new skills, it’s a very friendly, respectful and synergistic process for everyone involved.

“Being a part of Bendigo Theatre Company has let my creativity continue to flourish in a very positive, encouraging and fun environment with a great group of inspiring members.”

Our programs meet a wide variety of needs in the community. We are lowcost, apart from the initial membership fee, weekly activities are free and workshops provided at a much affordable price than to non-members. At BTC we develop people’s abilities at many levels, from the youth troupe TRIBE through to the dramatic and musical performances throughout the year and our B Sharp Community, those who sing purely for the joy of singing. Our TENX10 program has opened new opportunities for actors, novice playwrights, & directors. The initiative began in 2016 and has flourished way beyond expectations with submissions quadrupling in 4 short years. This exploratory theatre fosters the development of new skills without the pressure of participants having to deliver a full play. By stringing 10 x Ten minutes plays back to back, the audience enjoys in an entertaining variety of performances. This program has been so successful another batch of TenX10 aspirants will have their opportunity in a second season later this year. As well as our people onstage and taking part in production teams, we are extremely grateful of those people, often unseen, who work tirelessly for the company: from the Wednesday morning crew who hammer, drill, saw, fix, and create all the bits and bobs that we are forever needing; the costumers, organisers, sewers, washers; our managers and administrators who pay our bills, organise the memberships, handle correspondence, emails; the silent workers who make sure there’s milk in the fridge and bickies on the table at break time (and then always patiently clean up the used dishes we ‘forget’.) So many, many people bring so much of themselves, and their skills to Bendigo Theatre Company. You’re one of those people, you are cherished. Thank you for being part of our community.

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Bendigo Theatre Company: 2018 Annual Report Section

Content Wyrd Sisters: https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5322481/wyrd-sisters-bringwacky-tale-to-life-on-bendigo-stage/ “Bendigo Theatre Company is a really great

community, and it’s been really nice to work on

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Fiddler on the Roof: https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5507703/bendigossomething I’m passionate about whilst also getting fiddler-on-the-roof-cast-excited-for-opening-night/

to know some gorgeous people! I’ve been well supported and encouraged by the cast and crew Grease: https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5611622/young-theatre-companycelebrates-40th-anniversary-of-grease/ at times when I’ve needed it most. I would love to keep working with the Company in the future!” The Mousetrap: https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5717298/cast-sets-amousetrap-for-bendigo-theatre-companys-new-show/

2018/19 MEMBERSHIP BASE

Bendigo Theatre Company 2018/19 Membership Diane ADDINGTON

Elisha FIELD

Maree KENNEDY

Seamus ALLAN

Christina FINCH

Isobel KINGDON

Alise AMARANT

Connor FINDLAY

Meleesa KIRBY

Kerryn ANDERSON

Ingrid FISHER

Lucy KITCHING

Douglas ANDREWS

Zach FITZPATRICK

Keva LLOYD

Jakoby APPLEBY

Steve FLANAGAN

Sheryn LONG

Denton ARTHUR

Maureen FLEINER

Jan MacDONALD

Jecinta ARULSUTHAN

Dan FLETCHER

Bevan MADDEN

Richard ATKINS

Ella FLETCHER

Brad MADDEN

Layne AUSTEN

Emma FLETCHER

Pam MARTIN

Kody AUSTIN

Milly (Emilia)FLETCHER

Lisa MARTIN

Bronte BAILEY

Alex FRANK

Bailey MATHESON

Josephine Rose BAILEY

Jordan FRENCH

Julie McDONALD

Jacob BAIRD

Aimee FRISWELL

Margaret McDOWELL

Sophie BAKER

Saari FROCHET- CHAUHAN

Katie McGREGOR

Anne BALL

Ian FURZE

Georgia McMILLAN

Vanessa BATE

Jo GASKELL

Lauren MITCHELL

Robbie BAYLISS

Abraham GEYER

Cathy MOORE

Ally BEDSON

Alannah GIBSON

Thomas MOORE

Kristen BEEVER

Jordan GLEESON

Graeme MURRAY

Max BEEVER

Kristen GLEESON

Kerryn NANKERVIS

Millie BENNETT

Bridget GLOZIER

Laura NAYLOR

Barbara BILLINGS

Tara GLOZIER

Lyndall NELSON

Kate BLYTH

Kimberley GODFREY

Kelsey OBERIN

Julia BRASZELL

Lucy GRIMES

Rebecca O'SULLIVAN

Laura BRERETON

Tayla HAM

Lucia PAINTER

Colin BROWN

Mitchell HAMMER

Margaret PARKER

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Bendigo Theatre Company: 2018 Annual Report Emily BROWN

Bridie HANSEN

Robert PARSONS

Kerry BROWN

Innes HARRINGTON

Cheryle Joy PHILLIS

Shannon BROWN

Charlee HARRIS

Stephanie QUIN

Wendy BROWN

Greg HARRIS

Cedar-Rose RUSSELL

Juliana CAFARELLA

Max HARRIS

Pearl SALMON-WATSON

Bob CALDWELL

Ethan HARRISON

Claire SAMPSON

Georgia CAMPBELL

Wade HARRISON

Lenka SCHIRMER

Connor CANTWELL

Ian HART

Ian SCOTT

Damien CARROD

Marg HAYES

Oliver SCOTT

Judy CHALMERS

Anne HENSHALL

Alexander SHORT

Daniel CHISHOLM

Paul HENSHALL

Ross SIMMONS

Gemma CHISHOLM

Gwen HERBERT

Stephanie SLATYER

Taylah CHISHOLM

Natalie HERCUS

Annie SMITH

Bradley CHIVELL

Danika HILL

Carolyn STASZKIEWICZ

Madi CHURCHILL

Mason HINGSTON

Erin TINKER

Jasmine CLANCY

Thomas HODGE

Kate TINKER

Jenni CLOHESY

Mary HOLLAND

Caitlin TRAINOR

Rebecca COLES

Willow HOLLAND

Stania TRESIZE

Erin COLLINS

Emily HOLMES

Keren WALL

Ethan COLLINS

Cynthia HOLSWORTH

Vern WALL

Grace COX

Jacob HOOKE

Jacob WARE

Remy CUGARA

Makaila HOWARD

Abe WATSON

Aoife CUNNINGHAM

Amelia HOWDEN

Ebony WATTS

Conor CUNNINGHAM

Erin HOWELL

Ken WELLS

Finn CUNNINGHAM

Damien HURRELL

Dan WILLIAMS

Jade CUSKELLY

Sally HYETT-LONG

Jenny WILLIAMS

Isla DEVERS

Sue INGLETON

Stephanie WILLIS

Michelle DiCAMILLO

Maddie JACKSON

Joy WILSON

Zoe DiCAMILLO

Elliott JACOBS

Liz YOUNG

Theo DICKONS

Lily JOHNS-HAYDEN

Stania TRESIZE

Julie DRAKE

Adeline JOHNSTON

Keren WALL

Gael EMOND

Shantara JOHNSTONE

Vern WALL

Leonie FERGUSON

Georgia JONES

Amanda FIELD

Annabelle KINGSTON-BROWN

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BEAUTY & THE BEAST: THE PANTOMIME DATES 18 - 28 January 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed TOTAL PERFORMANCES 10 | ATTENDANCE FIGURES 682 SYNOPSIS An enchanted rose, dreams of a happier life and all sort of magical shenanigans form the setting for this much-adored tale of how beautiful young Belle discovered love once she was able to look beyond the mask of the Beast. Adapted by Jordan French, Lisa Fremder and Brodie Wilson, this fable showed us why we should never ‘judge a book by its cover’. Singing, dancing and well-placed innuendos delighted audiences and kids of all ages. Production Manager: Conor Cunningham Director: Jordan French Choreographer: Brodie Wilson Musical Director: Lisa Fremder

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TENX10 2018 DATES 1 - 4 March 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed TOTAL PERFORMANCES 5 | ATTENDANCE FIGURES 255 Community theatre aims to provide high quality performance art and should be a showcase of local talent in all areas. However, alongside this, and equally important, is the responsibility of community theatre to be accessible. It has a responsibility to provide opportunities to all to participate in a production which is also financially accessible. It should engage as broadly as possible, reaching out into the community and embracing collaboration. TENX10 meets these community responsibilities by being the BTC flagship programme that provides opportunities for those who want to test an artistic endeavour. Starting in 2016, the TENX10 mission statement is “to encourage everyone to get involved in local theatre, to give opportunities to, and permission for, people to explore and create.” The 2018 programme included a writers workshop, a directors workshop, a casting evening, rehearsals and four performances of ten ten-minute plays. Over 100 writers, directors, cast and crew were involved in another successful season, with over 40 ten-minute plays being submitted for assessment. As with every TENX10 season a number of innovations and improvements were incorporated, including a trial director mentor programme and a more efficient process overall. Participants in TENX10 2018 included a number of young performers and directors and a number of play submissions were from young writers. It is always gratifying to see that young people in the community continue to be interested in the performing arts and more so when we see that they are keen to write their stories and that the quality of those stories is so high. It was also interesting that for the first time we received a number of play submissions from international writers, with two of those being chosen for performance. Following the season, feedback was sought from all those involved and considered as part of the development of TENX10 2019. Production Manager: Maree Kennedy

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2018 PLAYS

‘Waiting for Gary’ Written by Mark Bolton / Directed by Vanessa Bate ‘Love on the Line’ Written by J W Clark / Directed by Julie Maree McDonald ‘Two Men, One Frypan’ Written by Megan Riedl / Directed by Alice Amarant ‘Time’ Written by Lenka Schirmer / Directed by Anne Henshall ‘Myra’ Written by Bryan Harnetiaux / Directed by Mary White ‘A Shapeshifter? Me?’ Written by Tommy Russell / Directed by Thomas Hodge ‘Long Time Child, First Time Father’ Written by Chris Pedler / Directed by Seamus Allan ‘Slick Dame’ Written by Kay Phillips / Directed by Bevan Madden ‘Mission’ Written by Robert Weibezahl / Directed by Christina Finch ‘My Perfect Mate’ Written by Ethan Bortman / Directed by Sally Shepherd

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF DATES 5 - 8 July 2018 | VENUE Ulumbarra Theatre TOTAL PERFORMANCES 5 | ATTENDANCE FIGURES 2064 SYNOPSIS Fiddler on the Roof is one of the 16 longest- running shows in the history of Broadway and more than 50 years since its Broadway debut, the universal themes of Fiddler on the Roof continue to resonate with audiences of all generations and all cultures. This story of Tevye’s struggle to balance his rigid faith-based traditions with his hidden desire to let his daughters follow their hearts touches on values that are still relevant today. Love, pride and faith help Tevye face the oppression czarist Russia, where their lives are as precarious as the perch of a fiddler on a roof. “In much the same way that “The Diary of Anne Frank” is not just a Jewish story, neither is “Fiddler on the Roof.” “Fiddler’s” strong themes of tradition, repression, prejudice and diaspora continue to evoke common ground for audiences — wherever they are. The well-crafted book and memorable songs don’t hurt, of course, but they are augmented by a plot that has something for everyone, whether it’s the importance of family, friction between generations or the difficult choices that accompany emigration and assimilation.” Barbara Isenberg, Los Angeles Times Production Manager: Kyrilee Bodin Director: Bevan Madden Choreographer: Anita Scott Vocal Coach: Kristie Woodward Orchestra Conductor: Emily Calder 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

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THE MOUSETRAP DATES 25 October - 4 November 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed TOTAL PERFORMANCES 10 | ATTENDANCE FIGURES 583 SYNOPSIS The Mousetrap, a murder mystery written by Agatha Christie opened on London’s West End in 1952, the same year the Bendigo Operatic Society was founded. Both have been running continuously ever since! Bendigo Theatre Company was thrilled to present the world’s longest running play in October and November 2018. A whodunit set in the Great Hall of Monkswell Manor, it is complete with murder, mysterious notes, red herrings and three blind mice. It’s a prime example of a twist ending - and audience members are asked to not reveal the killer. Production Manager: Maureen Fleiner Director: Wendy Collishaw

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WORKSHOP SEASON

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AUDITION PREPARATION WORKSHOP ADAM LYON DATE 24 February 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed ATTENDANCE FIGURES 19

SYNOPSIS They always say there are three auditions. The one in your bedroom, the real one and the one of the way home.In this workshop attendees covered casting briefs, song selection, audition presentation, common audition elements. Our masterclass was led by Adam Lyon who graduated from Victorian College of the Arts Opera Performance degree.

STAGE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP KYRILEE BODIN DATE 16 June 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed ATTENDANCE FIGURES 11 SYNOPSIS The stage manager is key to the success of any theatrical production and in this workshop attendees learned how a production is created from the early stages to house curtain coming down. It covered how the various technical areas of theatre come together into a seamless show at the hand of the stage manager. Our masterclass was led by Kyrilee Bodin who is a long-term BTC member and professional stage manager.

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LIGHTING & SCENIC DESIGN WORKSHOP ROB SOWINSKI DATE 8 September 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed ATTENDANCE FIGURES 13

SYNOPSIS Rob is lighting and set designer based in Melbourne working across all forms of theatre as well as architectural lighting and performance logistics. He is the resident designer for Lyric Opera of Melbourne and Arts Events Australia, and collaborates with a range of companies on national and international projects. Participants were introduced to different lights and effects. They discussed the process required and elements of a fully functional and successful scenic design and were able to critique a number of examples.

THEATRE DIRECTION WORKSHOP DEAN BRYANT DATE 24 November 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed ATTENDANCE FIGURES 24 SYNOPSIS Dean is currently Associate Director at Melbourne Theatre Company. He is Worldwide Associate Director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical and is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Our Theatre Direction Workshop taught participants about the role of the director within a theatrical production. This workshop covered production selection; design for theatre; casting; the rehearsal period; previews and performance; audience and critical response; and examples Dean’s recent productions including Little Shop of Horrors, Born Yesterday, Sweet Charity and Vivid White.

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B SHARP CHORUS DATE 23 November 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed TOTAL PERFORMANCES 1 COMMUNITY BENEFIT Our BTC B# Community Chorus have come together to sing, purely for the love of singing. This has developed into a joyful program for our songbirds, has built friendships & generated a sense of pride and belonging, as well as giving joy to the eager audiences. Every interested person to able to participate in B#, no-one is auditioned, and anyone can be as involved as they’d like; coming weekly, monthly or whenever they can! While many other theatre companies choose to confine their performances to plays and musicals, BTC has addressed a gap in community by engaging those who are (mostly) untrained and have little opportunity to perform. Our vocal facilitator and pianist have nurtured this steadily growing group in building a wide repertoire of songs. Their inaugural sell-out Showcase in November included many of our favourites including ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight?’, ‘I’m Getting Married in the Morning’ and ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ that Man’. The final number of the evening ‘Hey Big Spender’ was a far cry from the (almost shy) first performance of the evening. The B# Community Chorus earned every clap of the thunderous applause – congratulations everyone! We have seen such growth in this group! Their voices have grown from every day, or slightly above everyday singing to joyful participation. This program has built bridges; from heads to hearts and from one heart to another, and it shows; their growth has been enormous, and we are very proud of the B Sharp Community Chorus. 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

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BENDIGO KIDS CHRISTMAS CONCERT DATE 23 December 2018 | VENUE BENDIGO STADIUM ATTENDANCE FIGURES 1354 | FUNDS RAISED $8,162.46 COMMUNITY BENEFIT No matter who you are or where you come from, Christmas has a certain magic to it; a bright spark. The Bendigo Kids Christmas Concert encapsulates that spark for an hour within the community. For the past four years, Bendigo Theatre Company has worked as the entertainment partner alongside the Hindsight Club, the Bendigo Stadium and the WIN Network to produce an accessible show that caters to a wide audience. The Bendigo Kids Christmas Concert is a culmination of community participation, involving various performance and sponsorship groups from the Bendigo region whilst also giving back to those in our community who need it most. All funds raised through the Concert go directly to the Bendigo Health Christmas Appeal and in 2018, these funds of $8162.46 were applied to the purchase of a volunteer patient transport bus that allows Bendigo Health to transport more than 300 patients to their appointments each month. However, not only does the Concert give back to Bendigo Health, it gives directly back to disadvantaged members of our community. For some of the kids in our audience each and every year, attending the show is their Christmas present which pushes our performers and supporters to give every bit of themselves in the creation of a spectacular show. In 2018, the show itself centred on a handful of festively titled characters like Bendigo’s own Tina Tinsel celebrating all things fun and festive, strung together with audience interaction, sequins and a whole lot of spirit. This year, the script for the Concert sought to teach the audience lessons of acceptance, diversity and family as characters explored these themes in their own lives. All performers involved in the Bendigo Kids Christmas Concert offer their time and skills without financial benefit. Alongside this, the Production Team driving this project are an unpaid yet unrelentingly driven group of individuals who came together to make the Concert bigger and better than ever before. We had some cast members returning for the concert after some time away and some for whom the concert is their fifth show this year. Most excitingly, a few cast members had never done a show with the Bendigo Theatre Company before and auditioned just to be a part of the Kids’ Christmas Concert. This combined a range of theatre and dance experience, from those who are seasoned professionals in their own right to youngsters excited to be a part of such a magical show! The scope of age and background of those involved in the event and those who come to watch, shows a blossoming community spirit that promises to continue into a sustainable future. We are proud the show continues to grow, drawing in more performers and attracting larger audiences to solidify itself as a beloved staple of the City of Greater Bendigo calendar. - Jordan French (Event Coordinator), Cedar-Rose Russell and Seamus Allan (Script Writers)

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TRIBE YOUTH THEATRE

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OUR MISSION To foster an environment of opportunity, collaboration and growth; providing mentorship and a training ground where members can develop their performance, technical and backstage skills in a community theatre environment. OUR VISION To stage compelling theatre of a high standard, which audiences will connect with and respond to. TRIBE YOUTH THEATRE In just its second year, Tribe continued to attract participants from Bendigo’s secondary schools and beyond. The April and September school holidays were strategically selected for the staging of Tribe productions so as not to interfere with participants’ school productions, or mid- and end of year exams. Tribe’s first drama, ‘Wyrd Sisters’ attracted 36 candidates for 30 possible cast positions. Scheduled in the Easter school holidays, the play was proposed by Catherine McAuley College’s drama teacher, Kerry Turpie, who had directed it twice previously. Kerry’s enthusiasm for Terry Pratchett’s works was infectious. With sets built from existing flats and costumes mostly sourced from the company wardrobe, it was an extremely low-cost production to stage. Grease attracted 79 audition candidates for a cast of 36, indicating the popularity of the musical. Cast surveys uncovered that the majority of the cast initially learned about the production via Facebook or word of mouth, indicating that social media is a key medium for Tribe students. A good number of the audition candidates were in the upper age bracket (this is attributed to the choice of musical), but the creative team was careful to cast from across the entire Year 7 to 19 years age span. Once again, Girton provided the use of their venue at no charge, meaning significant profit could be made. Grease provided work experience participation for two year 10 students, one from Mildura and one from Weeroona College. Vanessa Bate directed and choreographed Grease with an Assistant Director and two junior choreographers mentored through the production. We also introduced the role of rehearsal coordinator, which the production team found very useful. SKILLS FOSTERED THROUGH INVOLVEMENT IN THEATRE As well as the opportunity to perform, theatre provides off-stage collaborators with vital, transferrable life skills including a willingness to accept responsibility, resourcefulness, self- confidence, motivation and commitment. In 2018 Tribe mentored two junior choreographers, two assistant directors, a stage manager, and debuted a musical director. The aim of this is to give these young people the confidence to take on these roles for future productions, whether that is with Tribe, BTC or any other theatre group. The enjoyment experienced through the rehearsal and performance season of Tribe’s productions is evident in the survey responses from the cast members and their parents. The sold out runs in 2018 are a testament to the emerging reputation of Tribe. FUTURE DEVELOPMENT In the last quarter of 2018 the Tribe committee took the decision to use 2019 as a planning year. This involved not staging a musical, but instead only planning for one production, a drama at Easter, and using the year to consolidate and plan for Tribe’s future. The planning will look at feasibility of internal vs external venues, development of production teams, procedural documents (such as task lists), production selection, committee structure, revision of the Tribe Committee Terms of Reference and the all-important task of ensuring we always reach a new audience. - Kristen Beever (Acting Chair of Tribe Youth Theatre)

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WYRD SISTERS DATES 5 - 8 April 2018 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed TOTAL PERFORMANCES 5 | ATTENDANCE FIGURES 310 SYNOPSIS

From the imaginative workings of the perplexing mind of Terry Pratchett comes this tale of three witches, a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players and a land in peril. With a splash of Shakespeare and a smidgeon of the Marx Brothers, audiences delighted in the Macbethian tale from Discworld. Production Manager: Loretta Kingston-Brown Director: Kerry Turpie

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GREASE DATES 27 Sep - 6 Oct 2018 | VENUE Girton Black Box TOTAL PERFORMANCES 10 | ATTENDANCE FIGURES 1016 SYNOPSIS

Grease turned 40 years old in 2018 and its characters and music are still just as popular today as they were on its initial release. Set against a familiar backdrop of high school, with a well known soundtrack of classic rock ‘n’ roll harmonies, the story of Danny Zuko and Sandra Dumbrowski, cars, fashions, music, hobbies, entertainment, their friends and challenges faced by teenagers and a snapshot of a time in history. Tribe took us on a nostalgic trip to experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in their last term of high school in 1959. Grease is the word! Production Manager: Kristen Beever Director: Vanessa Bate Choreographer: Vanessa Bate Musical Director: Jarrod Handley Vocal Coach: Kerry Lorenz

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OUR JOURNEY

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WHERE HAVE WE BEEN? WHERE ARE WE GOING? BTC has undergone a significant period of change and renewal in the past few years - with the noticeable increase in programmed events, as well as the inclusion of initiatives such as Tribe Youth Theatre, The B Sharp Chorus, and our Workshop Season, it is the ideal time for us to reflect on what is the future direction of the company. Throughout this year, the Committee of Management has worked tirelessly to solidify the positive work of previous committees, to improve facilities and equipment, to implement good policies, procedures, and governance to ensure that BTC remains a stable, efficient, open, and welcoming company in the local community for the next 60+ years. The Committee is eager to make change that adds value, and aims for a professional approach in our image, communications, and processes. We recognise that we exist, at heart, as a community organisation which enables people to make genuine connections, to be involved, and to become part of the all-inclusive family that we are.

WHY IS WHAT WE DO IMPORTANT? Telling stories that are relevant to the current state of affairs, that pose questions, that engender introspection and reflection are all important and integral aspects to the work BTC does. We are living in a time when things are becoming complicated, and fear of “Bendigo Theatre Company is difference is creeping in; we need to stay focussed and love harder. a wonderful, heritage company Theatre is about more than just role- playing; it is about learning varied, versatile and transferrable life skills that matter. Being part of that strives to bring people a company like BTC, working in the performing arts, builds skills and together. It’s so rewarding to habits of mind which are essential to our wellbeing and to weathering see a rich diversity of people the adversities of life. Fostering compassion and honing creativity coming into the Company for and intelligence, community theatre develops a higher level of the various productions and understanding, empathy, and awareness amongst its participants. It events each year” bonds us together, and teaches us the importance of understanding and accepting difference. We are passionate about creating vibrant theatre for the local community, and we are determined to create a safe, all-inclusive, and welcoming environment for all. BTC’S STRATEGIC AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION Given this period of significant change, an important and exciting challenge for the incoming 2019/2020 Committee of Management is the development of a solid and clear strategic vision and direction for the company. We must be proud of our achievements, but not be complacent, we must ensure that we have structure in place and clear communication around our purpose and what we do. Our duty to our members is to ensure that we serve and protect their best interests. We list the committee’s mission, values and goals, as a starting point for this work: 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

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BENDIGO THEATRE COMPANY

VISION To inculcate an appreciation of the live theatre amongst members, the public of Bendigo and surrounding districts, by the presentation of theatrical performances of a worthwhile nature. VALUES Respect, Honesty, Compassion, Inclusivity, Integrity, Positivity, Collaboration.

OUR JOURNEY

GOALS To enrich the local artistic community. To reach as many people as possible. To foster compassion. To hone creativity. To create a safe environment which is open, warm, and accepting.

VENUE DEVELOPMENT The Bendigo Theatre Company Arts Shed was originally a marching drill hall and is leased by special arrangement from the City of Greater Bendigo. The Wednesday & Saturday Workshop crew, members, volunteers and support networks have worked tirelessly to transform the building into the premises we have today. Here’s an impressive list of works in progress and achieved for the period 2018 to 2019: • Re-stump / re-floor of the Green Room and kitchen with a repaint and a fully equipped kitchen to follow, the City of Greater Bendigo is undertaking these improvements for BTC. • Outdoor upgrades with improved vehicle access and more visible signage. • Sound and lighting mezzanine upgrade with secured storage area. • Upper level access and safety improved with purchase of new ladder. • Audience seating purchase and installation. • In the black box, action is underway to have roller shutters installed to vents, several ceiling lights converted to LEDs and the ceiling lining repaired. • A request for an additional toilet has been listed on the council’s capital works improvements program. • In addition to the structural improvements, volunteer work is in progress to improve access to costuming and sets. As a community there are many big ideas to further improve the BTC Arts Shed. The next move forward will be to formalise the ideas into a plan and bring the plan to reality.

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PAST 2019 PRODUCTIONS

SLEEPING BEAUTY: THE PANTOMIME DATES 14-27 January 2019 | VENUE Girton Black Box SYNOPSIS

This classic tale has been retold and refashioned in various mediums including ballet, film, television, animation, music and literature. Bendigo Theatre Company has a history of making their yearly Pantomimes their own by creating a twist in the tale and gearing the production firmly toward kids, while acknowledging the adults in the audience with some not-so-subtle well-placed double-entendres. Sleeping Beauty proved to be no exception! The Royal Family of Paladia are getting ready to christen their baby, Princess Aurora, when the evil Carabossè places a curse on her. On her sixteenth birthday she falls into a deep sleep for one hundred years. Will the court of Paladia ever wake up? Will Aurora be awoken by her true love’s kiss? Will a pantomime villain finally win? Production Manager: Stania Tresize Director: Bevan Madden Choreographer: Kelsey Oberin Musical Director: Charlee Harris

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TENX10 DATES 28-31 March 2019 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed SYNOPSIS

The Bendigo Theatre Company’s TENX10 season is not a competition - but it is a great way to give people a chance to stick their big toe in the ocean that is amateur theatre. Since its inception in 2016, BTC has unearthed some creatively clever original scripts and has given people a chance to not only hone their skills - but to try something new in a safe, nonjudgemental environment. Every year the call goes out for writers, directors, cast and backstage crew and each year the interest has grown. With no barrier to age, gender or experience – TENX10 offers participants the ability to experience the many aspects of theatre within a smaller time commitment - and it’s a great way to meet a whole group of folks who are enjoying being involved in the theatre experience. Production Manager: Maree Kennedy

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BLOOD BROTHERS DATES 11-17 April 2019 | VENUE The Engine Room SYNOPSIS

Confronting the age-old philosophical dilemma of nature versus nurture - Willy Russell’s stunningly crafted, smash hit Blood Brothers tells the waggish, thought provoking and desolate story of Mickey and Eddie, fraternal twins separated at birth and brought up in diametrically opposed circumstances - one a wealthy, educated family - the other a poverty- stricken, unskilled environment. A prophecy made at the time of their birth sets the tone of the narrative and drives the story to its shattering, but inevitable, conclusion. Originally written and developed for the Liverpool school curriculum, Blood Brothers first appeared on London’s West End in 1983 and has since enjoyed success that has spanned over four decades reaching from Broadway all the way to Europe, Mexico, Japan and Korea. Production Manager: Kristen Beever Director: Thomas Moore

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UPCOMING 2019 PRODUCTIONS

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WICKED

DATES 25 October - 3 November 2019 VENUE Ulumbarra Theatre

Production Manager: Abe Watson Director: Paul Watson Musical Director: Matthew Dudfield Choreographer: Lisa Kearin

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B SHARP RECITALS

DATES 11-17 April 2019 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed SYNOPSIS

If you find yourself wandering the house singing show tunes then the b Sharp Chorus is for you. No auditions are necessary to join in this innovative natural voice chorus. With two recitals scheduled in 2019, our chorus will provide an opportunity for you to sit back and enjoy some of the classics whilst weaving in some modern hits along the way.

B SHARP CHORUS

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Every story has a backstory – what happened before we stumbled on the scene. An unravelling of the past – an understanding of how it all came to be. The bit that set the wheels in motion. Oz and its crafty Wizard have always been... Wicked tells the tale of what it was like just before Dorothy and her house fell from the sky. Its pivotal characters are Elphaba, the sensitive, greentinged outsider who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West and Galinda - beautiful, blonde and popular – who grows up to become the Good Witch of the South. The story is Elphaba’s to tell - going back to the time when she and Galinda met in College, eventually becoming friends and travelling together to Oz to meet the Wizard. The pressure of conscience on whether it is better to be ‘right’ or ‘popular’ causes a rift between them that sees Elphaba being misjudgingly cast out as the Wicked one. 27


WORKSHOP SEASON

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PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP ROB SOWINSKI DATE 9 March 2019 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed SYNOPSIS

The Production Manager is the unspoken magician of the theatre, the one who weaves it all together... but how do they do it?! Rob’s Production Management Workshop will teach participants about the role of a Production Manager in theatre, focussing on integral elements such as promoter/personnel relationships, production scheduling and planning, managing staff, and maintaining a positive and cooperative environment in a high-pressure environment.

DANCE WORKSHOP SKYLAR DELPHINUS DATE 8 June 2019 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed SYNOPSIS

Skylar’s workshop will transport you to a day in the life of a professional dancer. Industry conversations surrounding industry expectations, professional conduct, and physical and emotional self-care as a performer, coupled with practical dance exercises and routines which are sure to get the blood pumping will offer you an insight into the skill and craft of professional dancers.

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SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOP HANNIE RAYSON DATE 10 August 2019 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed SYNOPSIS

Hannie Rayson, one of Australia’s most respected playwrights, will take participants on a journey through the processes and steps in creating and workshopping a script for theatre. Hannie’s success is based on her ability to tell simple, engaging stories about ordinary and extraordinary moments and familiar people and places. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP LYNDALL GRANT DATE 23 September 2019 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed SYNOPSIS

Lyndall’s workshop will give you an opportunity to explore the illusions and techniques of stage combat. The craft of dramatic combat takes a lot of practice and good training - and is one of the most fun and exciting forms of performance. The day will throw you through action, movement, illusion and story-telling - with the opportunity to expand your skill base, work with like-minded performers and have a great time in doing so. The workshop caters to performers of all levels of experience and ability.

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT IN THE ARTS WORKSHOP ROB SOWINKSKI DATE 16 November 2019 | VENUE BTC Arts Shed SYNOPSIS

Join Rob Sowinski for an informal and anecdotal workshop and important conversation: what does a career in the Arts look like, and is it sustainable? Using examples from his own career, Rob will discuss career building and maintenance strategies, as well as the importance of professional development, up-skilling and collaboration with a strong focus on ethics, and the importance of self-care and health.

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Financial Report

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BENDIGO THEATRE COMPANY INC. Registration No. A0009998P ABN: 75 957 966 766

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“Bendigo Theatre Company has really shown me what it is like to be in a professional theatre whilst also being such a welcoming and friendly place.”

SUPPORTERS The City of Greater Bendigo The Estate of Peter Ryall The Ulumbarra Foundation Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprises VENUE PARTNERS Girton Grammar School Crusoe College

BENDIGO THEATRE COMPANY INC. 15-17 Allingham Street Golden Square VIC 3555 ph. 0401 678 102

www www.bendigotheatrecompany.org facebook.com/bendigotheatrecompany @bendigotheatrec @bendigotheatrec

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