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.
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 Story, Showtune, 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 .