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Auditions for Anything Goes

We're excited to announce that our second production of 2016 will be Anything Goes! Anything Goes will be held at Erindale Theatre in August 2016.

Audition bookings are now open. Head to our auditions page for to make a booking.

Artistic Team

Director - Martyn King

Marty has been involved in theatre from a young age performing in local theatre productions of Black Rock and the Laramie Project. After finishing school Marty studied a Bachelor of Performing Arts and majored in Acting. During this time he performed in productions of Much Ado About Nothing, the Bacchae, The Meteorite and a seven hour production of Charles Dickinson's Nicholas Nickleby. After graduating, Marty continued working in theatre as a Stage Manager for productions of Oklahoma, A Glass Menagerie and A Terrible Madness. He has also had success as a self-taught musician and has performed drums in productions of Parade and Spring Awakening. Over the years Marty has had the privilege to work alongside some of Victoria’s most talented directors and actors and looks forward to doing his first Canberra production with Canberra Philharmonic Society.

Music Director - Jim McMullen

Jim McMullen is an Educator, Musician, Conductor and Theatre Director who has a Masters in Education and Degree in Music Education through The University of Canberra and the Canberra School of Music. Jim has taught, played and conducted music in several countries over the past 30 years as well as developing careers in Theatre and Arts Management. During the 80’s and early 90’s he was involved in many shows with Philo and Rep and was Philo’s Director of Music for several years. After leaving Canberra in the early 90’s, Jim was Head of Theatre at CSU in Wagga before heading overseas. Whilst abroad, he ran his own theatre company, Directed and Music Directed a myriad of musicals and plays in several countries until returning to Canberra in 2005. In recent years Jim has Directed Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, West Side StoryShowtune, 42nd Street, Les Miserables, Cabaret, and Rock of Ages with Philo, and the highly acclaimed Cosi and three years of Jazz Garters with Rep. He is currently Vice President of Philo and conducts traXion Big Band.

Choreographer - Emma Tattam

Emma has been dancing and performing for the last 30 years. After 20 years of calisthenics, she was bitten by the musical theatre bug 16 years ago and has been involved ever since. Emma directed and choreographed two different productions of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision. She has also choreographed such productions as Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Urinetown and The Wizard of Oz. Emma has most recently been seen on stage in Philo’s Rock of Ages and Cabaret. Emma is a big fan of Cole Porter and is delighted to be working with Philo on Anything Goes.

2016 AGM

Philo members and friends are advised that the 2016 AGM will be held on Monday 11 April 2015 at Philo’s premises at 18 Collie Street Fyshwick, starting at 7pm.

Nominations for election to the Committee need to be submitted no less than 7 days before the meeting (per the Society’s Rules). A nomination form is available here and needs to be returned to us at PO Box 1320, Fyshwick ACT 2609.

You must be a current financial member of the Society to vote at the AGM. If your membership has recently lapsed, please login and renew, or for new members, please see registration details here.

Please direct any enquiries about membership or the AGM to

Rock of Ages – Auditions

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

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

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


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

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 .


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



Lachlan Agett

Nick Beecher

Hayden Crosweller

Brendan Farnhill

Amelia Juniper Grey

Lara Niven

Emma Nicholls

Jessica Stewart

Anna Tully

Jadziah Oakes

Elle Willis


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

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

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

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

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 .