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Beauty and the Beast – March 2019

We're excited to announce that our March 2019 production will be BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Beauty and The Beast will be performed at the Erindale Theatre from 7 - 23 March 2019.

The Artistic team is:

Director: Casey White
Music Director: Caleb Campbell
Choreographer: Madelyn White

Auditions will be held on Sunday 30 September and Monday 1 October 2018. Click here for audition details and to book an audition.

Strictly Ballroom


We're excited to announce our October 2017 production will be Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL!

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann created as a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney back in 1984.

FEATURING SONGS FROM THE 1992 HIT FILM including "Love is in the Air", "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" and "Time After Time", as well as new songs from internationally acclaimed artists and composers such as Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect.




The ARTISTIC TEAM for this Canberra premiere production are:

Director: Chris Baldock

Originally from New Zealand and based in Melbourne for nearly 25 years, Chris arrived in Canberra earlier this year and is currently directing A View From The Bridge for Canberra Repertory. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Mockingbird Theatre and a director of over sixty productions in Australia and in NZ. He directed the acclaimed production of The Laramie Project at Chapel off Chapel, which won the Victorian Green Room Award for Best Independent Production, Melbourne theatre’s highest honour.

Chris received critical praise for his productions of the Victorian tour of Black Diva Power: Nina Simone & Billy Holiday starring Ruth Rogers-Wright, Love! Valour! Compassion! for the Midsumma Festival, The Dining Room at the Victorian Artists Society, Burning for Mad As Us and starring two-time Logie winner Libby Tanner, the Australian premiere of Shining City for Hoy Polloy and Foreign Bodies for Sly Rat. Other acclaimed and award-winning productions include The Grapes of Wrath, Cloudstreet, One Man Two Guvnors, Twelve Angry Men, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Nance (Australian premiere), 33 Variations (Australian premiere), Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Three Days of Rain, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Master Class, Amadeus, Blood Brothers, Of Mice and Men, Shirley Valentine and Under Milk Wood.

He has also directed many musicals and concerts including Chicago, the NZ revival of Hair, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Mame and the hugely successful Melbourne premiere of A Slice Of Saturday Night.

Choreographer: Emma Nikolic

Emma has been dancing for more than 30 years. When she was convinced to try musical theatre more than 15 years ago, she was instantly hooked and has gone on to perform in and choreograph a variety of shows, and even turned her hand to directing Supa's Eurobeat - Almost Eurovision. Emma recently choreographed Philo's critically acclaimed production of Anything Goes, and danced in Philo's productions of Rock of Ages and Cabaret.

Music Director: Rhys Madigan

Since moving to Canberra from Adelaide six year ago, Rhys has played a part in various Canberra music theatre productions, as a cast member, repetiteur, and music director. Rhys has music directed Philo's productions of Pirates of Penzance and Cabaret, and Phoenix Players’ production of Next to Normal. Outside of theatre, Rhys works as a technology consultant with Accenture, and enjoys tennis, running, and paddleboarding.

AUDITIONS will be held on the weekend of May 20-21. More details and booking form available here.

Chicago 2017

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

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

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

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

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 Auditions

Auditions for Evita will be held on the weekend of 6-7 September. To request an audition time, please fill in the form with your details.

For more details, please read the EVITA Audition Pack.

Evita will be directed by Jim McMullen, with music direction by Casey White, and choreography by Shasha Chen and Eliza Shephard. Production dates: March 5-21 (13 performances).

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