Cast of CHICAGO 2017

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We are very excited to soon start working with this fabulous cast. A big thanks to everyone who took the time to audition. To those who missed out: we're so sorry we couldn't include you.

If you would like to be involved in CHICAGO in an off-stage role (crew, set building, painting, ushering, assisting with costumes, etc.), please contact us via . We'll also be putting out calls for volunteers at various times through our Facebook group Friends of Philo.


Velma Kelly: Kelly RobertsCHICAGO-v2

Roxie Hart: Vanessa de Jager

Billy Flynn: Will Huang

Matron "Mama" Morton: Shell Tully

Amos Hart: Jonathan Rush

Mary Sunshine: Ben Wilson


Mona: Amelia Juniper-Grey

Annie: Emma Nichols

June: Michelle Norris

Hunyak: Brittney Gould

Liz: Courtney Whitcombe

Ensemble & Supporting Roles

Rachel Burrage

Erin Davis

Charlotte Gearside

Tessa Grimmond

Samantha Marceddo

Breanna Macey

Jennifer McRae

Georgia O’Neill

Colette Neumann

Emma Roberts

Ali Rosenfeld

Demi Smith

Jess Waterhouse

Nina Wood

Andrew Barrow

Patrick Galen-Mules

Greg Hood - Emcee

Pierce Jackson

Liam Jones - Sergeant Fogarty

Andrew McMillan - Fred Casely

Rhys Madigan

Peter Karmel

George Pulley

Vivek Sharma

Greg Sollis

Alexander Thorpe

Jake Willis

Production Team

Director: Jim McMullen

Music Director: Chris Ronan

Choreographers: Emily Appleton and Hannah Carey

Production Manager: Jill McMullen


Chicago 2017

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We're excited to announce that our first production for 2017 will be Chicago. The fabulous creative team are:
Director: Jim McMullen
Music Director: Chris Ronan
Choreographers: Emily Appleton and Hannah Carey

Tickets are now on sale.


Cast of Anything Goes

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We are very excited to soon be setting off to sea 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 Anything Goes in an off-stage role (crew, set building, painting, assisting with costumes, etc.), please contact us via .


Reno: Kelly Roberts

Hope: Amelia Juniper-Grey

Billy: Marcus Hurley

Moonface Martin: Ian Croker

Erma: Emma McCormack

Lord Oakleigh: Jonathan Rush

Eli Whitney: Steven Galinec

Mrs Harcourt: Anita Davenport



Riley Gill - Angel

Samantha Marceddo - Angel

Esther Ramsay - Angel

Demi Smith - Angel

Kate Tricks

Jess Waterhouse

Katherine Berry

Colette Neumann

Adele Haussmann

Nina Wood

Jadziah Oakes

Jess Thomas

Lexie Gorman

Rhiannon De Marghereti

Jenny Watson - Luke

Sarah Aston

Anne Macleod

Madelyn White

Alan Moxey - Ships Captain

Samuel Thompson - Ships Purser

Jake Willis - Quartet

Rhys Madigan - Quartet

Peter Karmel - Quartet

Ash Syme

Jason Sarossy - John

Erwin Jungen

Alex Thorpe

John Potter

Ben Wilson

Simon Rutledge

Andrew Macmillan

Production Team

Director: Martyn King

Music Director: Jim McMullen

Choreographer: Emma Tattam

Production Managers: Mick Andrews, Jill McMullen

Auditions for Anything Goes

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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

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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

Cast of Rock of Ages

We are very excited to soon be rocking out 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 Rock of Ages in an off-stage role (crew, set building, painting, assisting with costumes, etc.), please contact us via .


Drew: Dave Smith

Sherrie: Emma McCormack

Lonny: Tim Stiles

Dennis Dupree: Ian Croker

Stacee Jaxx: Will Huang

Justice: Shell Tully

Hertz Klinemann: Berin Denham

Franz Klinemann: Hayden Crosweller

Regina: Anita Davenport

Mayor: Pat Gallagher

Ja'Keith/Ensemble: Andrew Haese

Joey Primo: Max Gambale


Emily Appleton

Hannah Carey

Deanna Gibbs

Emma Nichols

Sophie Hopkins

Amelia Juniper-Grey

Lara Niven

Emma Tattam

Fiona Tregoning

Shennia Spillane

Nina Wood

Lachlan Agett

Ian Bartlett

Alexander Gobbo Gorring

Andrew Haese

Robbie Matthews

Rodwell Faulkner

Rowan Mitchell

Ben Wilson

Production Team

Director: Jim McMullen

Assistant Director: Carolyn Smith

Music Director: Max Gambale

Choreographer: Rachel Thornton

Production Managers: Mick Andrews, Jill McMullen

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:


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 .


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