We moved swiftly on with auditions for our production of Les Misérables, with auditions being held over the June long weekend. There was a huge turn out, with an incredible amount of talent on display, and it was very encouraging to see so many new faces, and for once, plenty of men! You can see the full cast list below.
This marks the first time we will have had two productions in rehearsal at the same time, with rehearsals having started for Les Mis, and continuing with Alice in Wonderland Junior. The Juniors are on stage in September, with much of the organisation and teaching done by the young people themselves, with supervision. We thank all you parents for your support of the Juniors during the busy rehearsal period, and can't wait to see the results!
You can get a sneak peek at Alice at the annual theatre Fundraiser and Open Day on Sunday July 8th. Join us for a sausage sizzle and an open rehearsal of Alice. You can also browse the stalls and check out the theatre program for the year. Prior to the Open Day, a working bee is planned at the theatre on Saturday June 30th, all and any help would be appreciated.
That weekend promises to be a big one, with a Fundraiser event being held for a popular friend and long-time member, James Hall on Friday July 6th at the theatre. James has recently been diagnosed with bowel cancer, and the Fundraiser is to assist his family with medical costs. Many CHMCC and CHATS members will be performing, so keep an eye on Facebook for details of tickets or how to donate. If you'd like to get involved with the event, please contact Angela Robinsen for details on 0423 350690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Calling all Rentheads! If you'd like to be involved in singing 'Seasons of Love' for the finale, please contact Maureen Burgess.
We're dying to announce that our annual Gala Arts event this year is a Murder Mystery Night, to be held at the Park Beach Surf Club on August 25th! Tickets for this fun social event can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/WNUB, $70 per head for individual tickets or tables of 10; this includes the evening's entertainment, a three-course meal and a drink on arrival. It's a fairytale theme and costumes are highly encouraged, with the usual best-dressed prizes to be had. It promises to be a fun night, and we will also have an exciting announcement which the lucky ticket holders will be the first to hear! Scroll down for more details of this fun event.
Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of CHMCC will take place on Sunday 26th August, 12:00 noon in the "O" Block theatre at Coffs Harbour Education Campus. All positions on the committee are open for election, and we would like to see as many members as possible. Join us before the meeting for a sausage sizzle!
And that concludes the wrap of recent news, we look forward to seeing you at these various events over the winter.
There has been an influx of overwhelming positivity coming from the community making the whole experience worthwhile. There are too many people to thank individually so a collective thank you to everyone that poured some love into the show and helped to make it what it was and bring my vision to life. One very happy first time director contemplating what is to come next.
From the President
Our Junior Committee are deep in rehearsal mode for their September production of Alice in Wonderland Jr. I continue to be impressed by the never-ending enthusiasm displayed by the production team for this exciting venture. I would ask that our membership support these amazing young people and purchase a ticket for Alice in Wonderland Jr. Tickets are now on sale through the Jetty Theatre website.
I am also very pleased at the talent that has been assembled for our Les Miserables cast. Thank you to every single person who auditioned, the competition was very tough and for those who missed out, please keep auditioning because your show will be just around the corner. Rehearsals have commenced and tickets are on sale already. Warning!! Get your tickets early because this is sure to be a popular show.
It would be great to see you st our AGM on Sunday August 26th. Details below.
From the Directors, Les Misérables
I want to acknowledge my thanks to John for bringing me on board as his co-director. I am also thankful for the support, encouragement and advice I have received from people within our broader theatre community. I had no appreciation of the work that goes on for a director prior to now, and John and I would both confess that we’d be lost without you.
CHMCC has so many talented people – so many of whom have already invested considerable time in design, promotion, sets, costumes, administration and all the many pieces of work that are vital in a project of this size.
I am grateful to all the exceptional and talented people who came to auditions. For those of you that are part of our team, each of you is playing a vital role in turning the impossible into a reality. Many have said that Coffs Harbour cannot attract the talent needed to bring Les Miserables to this town; your auditions prove the doubters wrong and I look forward to continuing to smash expectations (and box office receipts) with you.
Whichever way you look at it, there is a magic to this show. Each person I speak to has a story about how they came to love Les Mis. It is, on its surface, a simple story of redemption, but, as one of our cast, Dee Tune, recently stated to me so poignantly, the theme of this flawless musical drama is more than that. It can be summarised quite simply in one line from the finale: “to love another person is to see the face of God”.
John and I look forward to an amazing production with you.
Les Misérables Cast List
Fundraiser for James
A Fundraiser event will be held for our friend and long-time member, James Hall on Friday July 6th at the theatre. James has recently been diagnosed with bowel cancer, and the Fundraiser is to assist his family with medical costs. Many CHATS & CHMCC members will be performing, so keep an eye on Facebook, for details of tickets or how to donate. If you'd like to get involved with the event, please contact Angela Robinsen for details on 0423 350690, or email email@example.com for information.
Jetty Theatre Fundraiser
Gala Arts Murder Mystery Night
Tickets are $70 per head and include the evening's entertainment, a drink on arrival and a 3-course dinner. There will also be a cash bar operating, with drinks at club prices.
Call the Surf Club directly on 02 6652 9870 if you have special dietary requirements.
Costumes can be hired from the Murder organisers for collection from the Surf Club on the afternoon of the 25th, and must be returned at the end of the evening (so bring a change of clothes to go home in!). View costumes at: http://www.thecostumepartyshop.com.au.
A fairytale or Disney character would be appropriate. Contact Murder Mystery Parties directly for costume hire: 0428 520 319. There is a charge of just $10 for costume hire.
Visit the Gala Arts Page for more information and costume options.
If you would like to nominate to be on the committee this year, download a nomination form here. Please consider getting involved, volunteers are welcome and much needed!
Nomination forms must be received by the Secretary by August 19th. You can email your form to us or mail it to PO Box 1466 Coffs Harbour 2450.
Please come along and support your theatre company. Join us for a sausage sizzle before the meeting!