Rock of Ages – Auditions

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Audition bookings are now open! Check our Auditions page for more information.

We are excited to announce our first production of 2016 will be Rock of Ages! Rock of Ages will be performed in March 2016, with rehearsals starting in November 2015. For audition announcements, subscribe to our mailing list below.

Rock of Ages will be directed by Jim McMullen with music direction by Max Gambale and choreography by Rachel Thornton.

Rock of Ages

Nominated for five Tony awards, including best musical, Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others.

Rock of Ages opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 7 April 2009 and closed at the Helen Hayes Theatre on 18 January 2015, making it the 27th longest running Broadway show with 2,328 performances.

 "Absurdly enjoyable! About as guilty as pleasures get!" -- The New York Times
"Raucous and outrageous fun!" -- The Las Vegas Sun

Footage from the 2009 Tony Award performance.

Working Bee – 27 Jun

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We had a very successful clean up of the hut on Saturday and filled up another big skip. Thanks to all the people who were able to make it along, and to Annie for the scones.

The aim is to clear enough space inside so that we can build the Pirates set inside and out of the rain. We need another couple of days work to get this done - the next working bee will be on Sat 11 July. Please let us know if you can make it () so we can plan to have enough scones.

2015 AGM

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The 2015 AGM was held on Monday May 18. The 2014 Annual Report is available to members on request. The new committee is:

Executive

President: Peter Karmel
Vice President: Jim McMullen
Secretary: Anne Macleod
Treasurer: Roger Crosthwaite

General Members

Helen Bridges
Beth Deer
Greg Hood
Rhys Madigan
Greg Sollis
Kate Tricks
Esther Ramsay

Cast of Pirates of Penzance

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We are very excited to soon be working with this fabulous cast. A big thanks to everyone who took the time to audition. We were very impressed by the overall standard.

If you would like to be involved in Pirates in an off-stage role (crew, set building, painting, assisting with costumes, etc.), please contact us via .

Principals

Pirate King: Shane Horsburgh

Frederic: Marcus Hurley

Mabel: Maddison Lymn

Sergeant: Greg Sollis

Major General: David Cannell

Ruth: Kate Tricks

Daughters: Karyn Tisdell, Deanna Gibbs, Esther Ramsay

Ensemble

Police:

Lachlan Agett

Nick Beecher

Hayden Crosweller

Brendan Farnhill

Amelia Juniper Grey

Lara Niven

Emma Nicholls

Jessica Stewart

Anna Tully

Jadziah Oakes

Elle Willis

Pirates:

Lachlan Agett

Andrew Barrow

Adam Best

Nick Beecher

Callum Bodman

Dave Collins

Hayden Crosweller

Brendan Farnhill

Alexander Gorring

Nathan Patrech

Dave Shannon

Dale Stam

Production Team

Director: Kelda McManus

Music Director: Rhys Madigan

Choreographer: Annette Sharpe

Production Manager: Kate Tricks

Notice of AGM

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The Annual General Meeting of Canberra Philharmonic Society will be held on Monday 18 May, 7.30 pm at 18 Collie St, Fyshwick.

A new committee will be elected and annual reports and financial statements will be provided to members. Nomination and proxy forms, and the 2013 Annual Report are available here.

Only financial members are eligible to vote at the AGM. Membership can be renewed online.

Production Team for Pirates of Penzance

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Philo's next production will be The Pirates of Penzance, at Erindale Theatre from Oct 22 - Nov 7.

The production team is:

Director: Kelda McManus

Music Director: Rhys Madigan

Choreographer: Annette Sharpe

Audition information is located here. For future notifications of auditions, subscribe to our mailing list (see bottom right).

Evita Tickets on Sale

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Tickets for EVITA are now on sale and can be purchased here. Gift vouchers are also available and would make a great Christmas gift. For further notice of specials and promotions, subscribe to our mailing list by entering your details below.

Memberships now available online

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Philo is very grateful for the contributions of our members, as well as our major sponsor, Ricoh, whose generosity ensures our existence and continued success.

Membership forms and payments can now be processed online through our website. You can support Philo by joining as a 'full' member of the society or as a 'friend of Philo'. Full membership is required to be covered by our public liability insurance (required of cast members and volunteer), and to vote at AGMs.  Click here for more details.

We offer a discount on tickets to Philo members (excluding current cast). To claim the discount, please contact .

Mame 1983 Photos

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We were very grateful to receive photos from Philo's 1983 production of Mame from Roland Butt. We don't have digital prints for many of our previous productions and we love receive more and archive these online. If you have any you could share, please let us know via .

Evita 1988

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Evita 1988 Advert

The last time Evita was performed in Canberra, as far as we're aware, was in May 1988. A Canberra Philharmonic production ran for 6 performances at the Canberra Theatre. Jillian Donaldson starred as Eva Peron, with Stephen Fisher as Che and Phillip Dodd as Juan Peron. The production was directed by Stuart Maunder, with musical direction by Colin Fischer, choreography by Sami Shalom and costumes by Veronica Dzelde. Tickets were $17.

W. L. Hoffmann wrote of this production, "Having been present at the Sydney opening night of the professional production of Evita seven years ago, I can give no higher praise to this current Philharmonic production than to say that I enjoyed Firday night's performance just as much." (The Canberra Times, Thursday 12 May 1988)

If you were involved in this production, we'd love to hear from you (we'd also love to see photos). Please get in touch with us via or leave a comment below.

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