Category Archives: Society News

Cast Announcement – Jersey Boys

After a huge few days of auditions, we're thrilled to announce the cast of JERSEY BOYS. We are very excited to soon start working with these fabulous people. Thanks to everyone who took the time to audition - it was a very competitive process and we're sorry we couldn't include all of you.

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

To be the first to be notified when early bird tickets go on sale, sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of the site.

Principals

Frankie Valli - Jared Newall
Tommy DeVito - Dave Smith
Bob Gaudio - Jonathon Rush
Nick MassiZach Johnson
Bob Crewe - Bradley McDowell
Gyp Decarlo - Tim Stiles

Featured Roles

Back up Tommy DeVito / Four Seasons - Angus Saunders
Back up Nick Massi / Four Seasons - Steven O'Mara
Back up Frankie / Four Seasons - Marcel Cole
Back up Bob Gaudio / Four Seasons - Darcy Kinsella
Mary Delgado / Angel / Dancer - Emma Nikolic
Lorraine - Kellee-Rose Hand
Angel / Dancer / Miss Frankie Nolan - Jayde Fromholtz
Angel / Dancer - Nicola Wetselaar
Angel / Dancer - Mackenzie Rae
Angel / Dancer - Jenny Goodare
Angel / Dancer - Elloise Reardon
Francine Valli - Jessica Coote
Frankie's Mother - Shennia Spillane

Supporting Roles

Luke Ferdinands - Frankie Understudy
George Belibassakis
Jake Kalleske
Jason MacKenzie
Rodwell Faulkner
Ash Syme
Thomas Lee
Henry Gregory
John Whinfield

2020 AGM

Philo Members:

Our Annual General Meeting this year will be held on Monday 29th June 2020, 7.00 pm, at 18 Collie St, Fyshwick. Please arrive a bit beforehand so that we can start the meeting on time.

Being involved in theatre isn’t all glamour, glitzy opening nights and champagne! There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes and it’s worth knowing about these things – how we performed during the previous year, what money went where, what worked for us and what didn’t, who does what, and our future plans. There is also the opportunity to have your opinion heard and even the chance to join the committee to help make decisions about the future direction of the Society,

The agenda for the meeting is:

  1. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM
  2. Receive committee reports and the statement of accounts covering activities in the last financial year
  3. Elect a new committee
  4. Receive nominations for life members

COVID-19 Restrictions: 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that you please advise the Secretary via email, , if you will be in attendance at the AGM. This is to ensure appropriate social distancing measures are in place.

Please note:

  • Only current financial members can vote at the AGM.
  • Please email :
    • If you would to review a copy of the reports and accounts ahead of the meeting. These will be available a week prior to the meeting.
    • If you have any business to raise at the AGM (not requiring a special resolution), please email the secretary one week prior to the meeting.
    • With nominations for committee and proxy nominations. These must be submitted to the secretary one week prior to the meeting. The form is available to download here.

Notices to Members and Patrons

Firstly, the committee at Philo hope that you are all coping with the strange world we live in at present. We trust you are all staying safe and looking after your mental and physical health so that we can all provide and enjoy a vibrant theatre scene in Canberra in 2021.

2020 is a year of buying time and conserving strength. We have endured fire and storms. We now suffer a pandemic.

None of us can say what will happen in the coming months but what we can say is that Philo's greatest strength is our people and their  connection to the Canberra Theatre community. This is not the year to exhaust that strength, but allow people to take care of their loved ones and remain healthy.

Yet the show must go on. It must. Thousands of seats, every year. People who need time to stop for a while, to hear a perfect moment in sound and story, to see and share a show.

The show will go on. Perhaps not night to night, but certainly year to year.

Philo has been a major part of providing theatre to Canberrans for seven decades and Philo will be here next year.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

With the restrictions imposed by Government, the Philo AGM has been postponed until October 2020. A date will be announced when we are certain the required gathering can happen. We hope you will all attend to support our theatre community.

Jersey Boys

Philo has postponed 'Jersey Boys' to March 2021. We are hopeful that auditions will take place in early October, please watch this space for announcements.

Come and join us then for Jersey Boys.

Please take care and look after yourselves. We are looking forward to seeing you all in a theatre soon.

Jim McMullen
President

Jersey Boys – Artistic Team

After much anticipation, Philo are thrilled to announce the Artistic Team who will bring you 'Jersey Boys' in August 2020.

Director: Jim McMullen
Musical Director: Caleb Campbell
Choreographer: Madelyn White

Information regarding Auditions and Ticket sales will be released in the near future! To keep up to date, follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@Canberraphilo).

CANCELLATION of SHOW – The Who’s Tommy

 

CANCELLATION OF CANBERRA PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY’S PRODUCTION OF THE WHO’S TOMMY

Due to the current extenuating and devastating circumstances that have impacted Canberra over the last few months and its continued impact into the unforeseeable future – it is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of Canberra Philharmonic Society’s production of The Who’s Tommy.

On behalf of the committee we would like to acknowledge and thank the dedication, hard work and overall commitment of all stakeholders involved – especially the artistic team, cast, crew, orchestra and the production team.

During this State of Emergency, we hope that all our members and patrons stay safe. We look forward to seeing you across the Canberra Theatre community soon.

 

Jim McMullen

President

Cast Announcement – Tommy

After a huge few days of auditions, we're thrilled to announce the cast of TOMMY. We are very excited to soon start working with these fabulous people. Thanks to everyone who took the time to audition - it was a very competitive process and we're sorry we couldn't include all of you.

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

To be the first to be notified when early bird tickets go on sale, sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of the site.

Principals

Tommy/Narrator - Liam Jackson
Captain Walker - Max Gambale
Mrs Walker - Romy Turner
4yr Old TommyJune Tattam
10yr Old Tommy - Caitlin Jorritsma
Uncle Ernie - Pat Gallagher
Cousin Kevin - Tristan Davies
Young Cousin Kevin - Callum Doherty

Featured Roles

Sally Simpson - Fionn Stagg
Specialist  - Declan James
Specialist's Assistant - Rachel Thornton
Hawker - James Rueda
Harmonica Player - Emily Byass
The Gypsy - Shell Abdoo

Ensemble

Jake Fraser - Tommy Understudy
Sarah Hull - Mrs Walker Understudy
Glenn Brighenti
Lauren Chapman
Luke Ferdinands
Ben Fullerton
Jake Kalleske
Darcy Kinsella
Silvana Moro
Elloise Reardon
Angus Saunders
Nicola Wetselaar
Stephanie Wilson

Cast Announcement – LEGALLY BLONDE

After a huge few days of auditions, we're thrilled to announce the cast of LEGALLY BLONDE. We are very excited to soon start working with these fabulous people. Thanks to everyone who took the time to audition - it was a very competitive process and we're sorry we couldn't include all of you.

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

To be the first to be notified when early bird tickets go on sale, sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of the site.

Principals

Elle - Charlotte Gearside
Warner - Patrick Galen-Mules
Emmett - Nick Valois
Professor Callahan - Ian Croker
Paulette - Hannah Maurice
Brooke - Caitlin Schilg
Vivienne - Katherine Bramston
Enid - Meaghan Stewart
Margot - Amelia Juniper-Grey
Pilar - Amy Campbell
Serena  - Courtney Hayden

Supporting Roles

Aaron - Zach Johnson
Sundeep - Robin Seewooruttun
Kyle - Liam Jones
Elle's Dad - Tim Maher
Dewey - Zach Dowse
Pforzheimer - Tobias Price
Lowell - Michael Jordan
Winthrop - Tim Maher
Chutney - Elizabeth Caddy
Grandmaster Chad - Zach Dowse
Nikos - Zach Johnson
Carlos - Angus Saunders
Judge - Seb Winter
Sales Manager - Seb Winter
Sales Assistant - Jadziah Oakes

Delta Nu/Greek Chorus

Kate - Katherine Berry
Lailani - Sarah Bevan
Gaelen - Erin Gough
Quinn - Sarah Copley
Avery - Jennifer McRae
Dana - Erin Davis
Harper - Lara Pulciani
Addison - Elizabeth Caddy
Phoebe - Hannah Pengilly

Ensemble

Georgia Leiper
Jayde Fromholtz
Tori Matthews
Elsa Howell
Emily Byass
Taylah Matesa
Stephanie Bailey
Thomas Lee
Rogan Eulatic
Jake Lennon

2019 AGM

For Philo Members: our Annual General Meeting this year will be held on Monday 15th April 2019, 7.30 pm, at 18 Collie St, Fyshwick. Please arrive a bit beforehand so that we can start the meeting on time.

Being involved in theatre isn’t all glamour, glitzy opening nights and champagne! There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes and it’s worth knowing about these things – how we performed during the previous year, what money went where, what worked for us and what didn’t, who does what, and our future plans. There is also the opportunity to have your opinion heard and even the chance to join the committee to help make decisions about the future direction of the Society, PLUS you get wine and nibbles afterwards.

The agenda for the meeting is:

  1. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM
  2. Receive committee reports and the statement of accounts covering activities in the last financial year
  3. Elect a new committee
  4. Receive nominations for life members

Please note:

  • Only current financial members can vote at the AGM. If you are receiving this, you are currently a financial member. We have separately emailed those whose membership will expire before the AGM.
  • If you would to review a copy of the reports and accounts ahead of the meeting, please request this by emailing the secretary via . These will be available a week prior to the meeting.
  • If you have any business to raise at the AGM (not requiring a special resolution), please email the secretary one week prior to the meeting.
  • Nominations for committee and proxy nominations must be submitted to the secretary one week prior to the meeting. The form is available to download here.

Legally Blonde – August 2019

We're excited to announce that our August 2019 production will be LEGALLY BLONDE! Legally Blonde will be performed at the Erindale Theatre from 22 August - 7 September 2019.

The Artistic team is:

Director: Jim McMullen
Music Director: Richard Daley
Assistant Music Director: Caleb Campbell
Choreographer: Sarah Tulley

Auditions will be held on 06 and 07 April 2019. Audition bookings will be available from Wednesday 20 March 2019.