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Held every year for over 30 years, the Follies has long been a highlight of the Warrandyte Theatre Company’s annual program. The Follies are staged in March each year to coincide with the Warrandyte Festival and engage the Company’s wide-ranging talents in an evening of comedy, song and dance.
The material for the Follies is all written locally by members and friends of WTC and is based around a theme which differs every year. The show itself is presented cabaret-style, giving audience members the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry whilst being entertained in Warrandyte’s unique style.
The Follies this year have the theme “Follies 2012 – A Space Oddity” and will feature intergalactic characters, earthlings and some well-known faces from TV and the silver screen, all caught up in a comedic and musical romp.
The Follies has also proven to be an ideal introduction for new members of WTC, irrespective of whether they have any previous stage experience. In short, it presents a wonderful opportunity for anyone with even the smallest of thespian inclinations to be part of a truly fun-filled production. It also presents a wide range of off-stage opportunities in lighting, sound, set design and construction, wardrobe and stage management.
Auditions will be held on Thursday 12 January (8pm) and Sunday 15 January (4pm) at the Mechanics Institute Hall, Yarra Street, Warrandyte. Anyone interested is invited to simply come along and join in the fun.
Rehearsals will be every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm till close, and Sundays 4pm - 6.30. We hope to start on Tuesday Jan 17th. Tech and Dress rehearsals will be Saturday 17th March afternoon only and Sunday 18th March ALL DAY.
If you would like to be a part of the Follies (either on or off stage) but can’t come along on those dates, please contact the producer Gail Macrae on 0437 549 772
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
March 22,23 and 24 (Festival weekend)
March 29, 30, 31
Break for Easter
April 12, 13, 14
Everyone in the Company would be delighted to have you join us!
The Theatre Company attracts an annual audience of around 1500 to its three events. Whilst ticket prices help cover most essential costs, each production has its particular needs and it is only with very careful and clever financial management that the show goes on! Sponsorship will help cover costumes, backdrops, promotion and other special effects and props that help make a better production and season for the people of Warrandyte.
Our inaugural leading sponsor is the business Ruby Tuesday, located in the Goldfields shopping precinct. It will be well known to locals for its highly creative and individual jewellery.
Our level two sponsors are Gardiner-Mcinnes Real Estate, the Grand Hotel, the Warrandyte Café and Warrandyte Osteopathy.
Level three sponsors are Chapman Gardner builders, Love Living Landscapes and Character Building.
Level four sponsors are the IGA, Riveresque, Warrandyte B&B, Bradley J Curtis Electrician, Essentially Hair by Emma, I and S Ransom Electrician, NWD Carpentry, Robert McKellar Plumbing, Warrandyte Extensions & Renovations and Warrandyte Glass.
David Tynan, (then) President of the Theatre Company expressed his enormous gratitude to all sponsors, emphasising how popular sponsorship was. This is probably a great reflection on the work of the actors and crew and the enjoyment the productions bring to the community, he said.
The first play supported by the new sponsorship programme was the fabulous Follies, the Theatre Company’s most popular annual event. This year it was The Follies Goes to Town, a night of great skits, music and dancing in one fun-filled production.
For enquiries regarding 2012 Sponsorship Packages