Right On Cue Choir Ready for the New Year

The Devonport Choral Society choir, Right On Cue will be kicking off the year in style with it’s first rehearsal being a social sing, before diving in to this years all new repertoire.

New members are very welcome to attend.  For more information about the first rehearsal on Thursday 4 February, please contact us at dev_choral@hotmail.com.

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Meet The Addams Family Orchestra

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Meet our new Family!

Congratulations to our wonderful cast for The Addams Family!

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The Addams Family Auditions

Thank you to all of the talented people who auditioned for The Addams Family over the past weekend.  The panel was very impressed with the auditionees.

Thank you also to the very hard working Production Team.  It was a marathon effort by the creative team.

The cast list will be released when all cast members have confirmed their roles.  Watch this space.

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An information session for those wishing to audition for Devonport Choral Society’s 2016 production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY will be held at Forth Primary School Performing Arts Centre, Wilmot Road on Sunday 25 October.  The session will start at 2pm.

The information session will be a great opportunity to meet the Production Team, find out more about the show and get some tips on what the Team will be looking for at auditions.

The production will be directed by Sid Sidebottom with musical direction by David Turner, vocal direction by Shayne Lowe, and choreography by Elizabeth Viney.

Anyone thinking of auditioning or wishing to find out more should attend.  Nominated cast to be 15 years and older.

No bookings for auditions will be taken prior to the information session and additional information is not available until then.  Auditions will be held 13 – 15 November at the same venue. Auditions are by appointment only.

Rehearsals will commence in mid-January.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY will be performed at the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre 13 – 28 May, 2016.

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President’s Report 2015

From the Annual General Meeting held on Monday 21 September.

Welcome to the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Devonport Choral Society.

Firstly, I would like to thank my fellow Committee Members for their support and assistance during the year. Additionally I would like to thank those members who have offered their talents, assistance, time and support in several special projects throughout the year.

We have had another eventful year, with many opportunities for the Society to be showcased in our community. We have continued with our Heads of Agreement with Devonport City Council and thank them for their backing.

Our main production for the year was All Shook Up. Breaking box office records for the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, due to public demand, the original 10 show season was increased by an additional show. Over 4300 patrons saw the production, which ran from 15-30 May.

Director, Sid Sidebottom gathered an impressive cast of 32 to the stage, some of whom were seasoned performers, others, novices on stage. All on-stage performers were required to act, dance and sing their way through 24 Elvis Presley hits, while telling the story of a guitar playing roustabout who transforms a dreary mid-western American town with his hip-swivelling dance moves and his love of rock and roll music.

The cast were very strong vocally, with several of the lead characters having had professional band experience. The choral power in the ensemble was exceptional. Shayne Lowe, Vocal Director, had the group singing in six and eight-part harmony for many of the songs. The arrangements of the Elvis hits, while all very recognisable and treated with a great deal of respect, were renewed, as the cast made them their own.

From beginning to end, the energy being projected in every dance number, choreographed by Phoebe Wootton, had toes tapping in the wings and in the auditorium, as well on the stage.

The 15 piece band, led by Musical Director Bronwyn Darvell, was outstanding. Again, the band utilised the talents of some previous members, however many of the musicians were new to the Society. The band boasted a full brass and woodwind complement, alongside a rock band line-up.

The set design, by Jenny Slater, turned the Town Hall stage in to a giant juke box, even taking in the front of the proscenium arch. All the elements on stage reflected records and music while still giving glimpses of the fictional town. The vibrant costuming by Vicki Purnell also added to the visual and auditory feast.

The back stage crew consisted of 10 members, guided by Stage Manager John Lee­Archer, while the technical crew utilised the skills of the DECC staff, Matt Groom and Tom Rippon, along with newcomer Dean Mainwairing, the lighting operator.

The front of house team provided by the Society, led by Gráinne Hendrey, worked closely with the front of house staff at the DECC. Those working in the box office, ushering and selling programs dressed up in 1950′s inspired clothes and accessories, adding to the theatre experience for patrons.

This production also benefited from the recent purchase of new microphones and audio equipment using a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund. The new equipment enhanced both the singing and the dialogue. This equipment is vital to the Society and the delivery of high quality sound for our shows and we appreciate the TCF’s contribution to its purchase.

During the run of the show, Guy Carey and I took great pleasure in announcing our newest Life Member, Shane Wolfe. Shane has featured in many DCS shows, has choreographed several shows and, more recently, has been involved behind the scenes, designing and painting sets and specialised set pieces.

The recipient of this year’s Life Members and Patrons Bursary was All Shook Up cast member Caitlin Singleton. Caitlin was recognised by the Committee for her dedication to the production and willingness to assist others. She is an outstanding talent and we hope that she will continue to work with the Society in to the future.

Jenny Slater is currently working with the Devonport Repertory Theatre Society combining our wardrobes at the Uniting Church. There are still a few things to be moved in and Jenny will continue to work with Rep as our wardrobes are merged.

Right On Cue has had another very busy and successful year with performances at the Empty Stocking Appeal in Launceston, Ulverstone Carols By Candlelight, the Devonport Australia Day Ceremony, the ANZAC Day Centenary Celebrations, Gospel Song at Devonport Jazz, at the Devonport and Burnie Eisteddfods and at the Cancer Council Gala Dinner. The choir is very excited to be hosting another workshop weekend with Brett Weymark in October. Thank you to ROC Musical Director Petrina Jahnz, Assistant MD’s John Lee-Archer and Erin Benson and ROC Committee Chair Jake Jacobson, along with the ROC Committee for their hard work and enthusiasm.

We are looking forward to a thrilling 2016, with auditions coming up in November for our production of The Addams Family. There will be opportunities for everyone on the Committee to help out with this production and I would encourage everyone to contribute to this show in any way they can.

Very recently, we lost Life Member, Meg Titmus. Meg was one of the founding members of the Devonport Choral Society. She was the leading lady in many productions and was also the Musical Director in many of the Society’s best remembered shows. We should be very proud of the legacy Meg has left, both for the Society, as well as the NW Coast’s musical community.

Again, my thanks to our Life Members, Patrons and members of the Committee for their ongoing support of the Devonport Choral Society, and my personal thanks to Treasurer John Lee-Archer, Secretary Gràinne Hendrey and Minute Secretary Melanie Woods.

Maree Brodzinski
PRESIDENT

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2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting of Devonport Choral Society Inc. will be held on Monday 21 September from 7pm at the Education Union offices, 63 Best Street, Devonport.

All members and interested parties are invited to attend.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY – INFO SESSION & AUDITIONS

An information session for those wishing to audition for Devonport Choral Society’s 2016 production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY will be held at Forth Primary School Performing Arts Centre, Wilmot Road on Sunday 25 October.  The session will start at 2pm.

The information session will be a great opportunity to meet the Production Team, find out more about the show and get some tips on what the Team will be looking for at auditions.

The production will be directed by Sid Sidebottom with musical direction by David Turner, vocal direction by Shayne Lowe, and choreography by Elizabeth Viney.

Anyone thinking of auditioning or wishing to find out more should attend.  Nominated cast to be 15 years and older.

No bookings for auditions will be taken prior to the information session and additional information is not available until then.  Auditions will be held 13 – 15 November at the same venue. Auditions are by appointment only.

Rehearsals will commence in mid-January.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY will be performed at the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre 13 – 28 May, 2016.

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ALL SHOOK UP A HUGE SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who supported our 2015 production ALL SHOOK UP!
Well over 4000 people saw the show, many performances were sold out (including an additional show added to the last week of the season), smashing all box office records for the Society and the DECC.
Congratulations to the outstanding cast, band and crew!
And thanks to our fantastic audiences who laughed at the jokes, cried in the emotional bits, clapped along to the music and got up and danced in the aisles.
Well done to all involved!

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Tasmanian Community Fund Grant Makes a Difference

Devonport Choral Society recently received a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund to purchase new microphones and audio equipment. This was used for the first time in its highly successful production of All Shook Up. A total audience of well over 4000 were able to enjoy the resulting high quality sound.

The Independent community funding body, The Tasmanian Community fund, was established following the sale of the Trust Bank in 1999 to give back to the community proceeds from the sale of a community asset. Since that time the TCF has allocated approximately $58.6 million to approx 1700 statewide projects.

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