Jesus Christ Superstar

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We're excited to announce that our March 2018 production will be JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR!

The creative team are:

Director: Jim McMullen
Music Director: Casey White
Assistant MD: Caleb Cambell
Choreographers: Courtney Whitcombe and Charlie Gearside

Click here for audition details.

2017 AGM

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For Philo Members: our Annual General Meeting this year will be held on Monday 8th May 2017, 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.

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


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

Notice of AGM

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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.

Evita 1988

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Evita 1988 Advert

The last time Evita was performed in Canberra, as far as we're aware, was in May 1988. A Canberra Philharmonic production ran for 6 performances at the Canberra Theatre. Jillian Donaldson starred as Eva Peron, with Stephen Fisher as Che and Phillip Dodd as Juan Peron. The production was directed by Stuart Maunder, with musical direction by Colin Fischer, choreography by Sami Shalom and costumes by Veronica Dzelde. Tickets were $17.

W. L. Hoffmann wrote of this production, "Having been present at the Sydney opening night of the professional production of Evita seven years ago, I can give no higher praise to this current Philharmonic production than to say that I enjoyed Firday night's performance just as much." (The Canberra Times, Thursday 12 May 1988)

If you were involved in this production, we'd love to hear from you (we'd also love to see photos). Please get in touch with us via or leave a comment below.

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Cast of Evita 2015

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Philo is excited to announce the fabulous cast of Evita 2015.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to audition. If you would like to be part of this production in an off-stage role (crew, set building, painting, assisting with costumes, etc.), please contact us via .


Eva Peron: Kelly Roberts

Che: Grant Pegg

Juan Peron: Tony Falla

Mistress: Beth Deer

Magaldi: Michael Hansen

Understudy to Eva: Shell Tully

Understudy to Che: Lachlan McIntyre


Tony D’Abrera
Ian Bartlett
Hayden Crosweller
Neil Forbes
Sign Hanson
Michael Jeffries
Peter Karmel
Rhys Madigan
Lachlan McIntyre
Richard Niven
John Potter
Luis Santos
David Shannon
James Tighe
Jake Willis

Cara Bessey
Theresa Buetre
Deanna Gibbs
Adele Haussmann
Amelia Juniper-Grey
Kitty McGarry
Anne McLeod
Kelda McManus
Frances McNair
Emma Nichols
Eliza Niven
Lara Niven

Tessa Niven
Katie Phillips
Esther Ramsay
Shennia Spillane
Salote Temu
Fiona Tregoning
Kate Tricks
Shell Tully
Anna Tully
Karyn Tisdell
Jenny Watson