IT’S a cheerful ninetieth birthday at this time (September 28) for one of many Nationwide Capital’s grandest previous girls – Canberra Repertory Society.
The theatre society, one of many very oldest in Australia relying on the way you do the sums, took place due to a monetary dispute a couple of manufacturing of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” in September 1932.
A breakaway group left the Canberra Society of Arts and Literature, known as itself The Canberra Gamers, and staged “Hay Fever” earlier than renaming the corporate the Canberra Repertory Society on September 28, 1932.
Yesterday, (September 27) a talkative group of stage managers, administrators, actors, set and costume, designers and makers, lighting operators, and former REP presidents gathered on the society’s theatre in Acton to reminisce concerning the good, the dangerous and Rep’s many well-known alumni, not least former governor-general the late Sir Paul Hasluck, head of Musica Viva Paul Kildea and Tim Ferguson of Doug Antony All Stars’ fame.
Amongst these available have been actress, stage supervisor, stage crew member and lighting designer, Sue Gore-Phillips, who had been married on Rep’s stage, head of wardrobe Jeanette Brown and her husband Russell, former Rep president, MC at “Outdated Time Music Corridor”, head of set development and designer of greater than 120 units.
Council member and veteran backstage employee, Wolfgang Hecker, mentioned that in March this yr it was determined at a council assembly to “do one thing”, but it surely had fallen to him to convene the birthday program.
The principle celebration will happen later this month with a gala dinner to be held at CIT in Reid, accompanied by the efficiency of a scene from – what else? – “Hay Fever.”
The 90th birthday dinner, Operate Room on the Canberra CIT, Reid, 6pm, October 20. E book right here or 6257 1950.
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