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That's a wrap - Beauty & The Beast

Well the sun has set on MMuDS’ Production of Beauty and the Beast. Apart from the usual post production blues, we have to say that it all went well … actually, it was, quite simply, fantastic!

They say it takes a village to raise a child, well, it takes a community to stage a musical. There are many, many, many, people to thank for the success of Beauty and the Beast. A few require special mention:

Michael Isbister – Director: for his vision, drive and determination

Monica Sketcher – Musical Director: for her commitment, enthusiasm and sharing of chocolates!

Bernadette Gifford – Vocal Coach: for moulding a diverse group of oldies and first timers into a harmonious ensemble and principals that knocked our socks off

Matt Godding – Stage Manager: for dedication, perseverance and sheer hard work.

Cathie Smith - Costumes: – weren’t they extraordinary?

Some fun Beauty and the Beast facts:

  • Over 1900 people saw the show
  • From a cast of 26, 9 were new to the stage – including 3 principals
  • 13 people were new to MMuDS
  • The sliding flats required ‘people power’ to operate them
  • The orchestra quiet enjoyed being ‘back in the pit’!
  • Everyone got made up – including the stage crew
  • The BATB team consumed:
    • 6 kilos of sugar
    • 3 kilos of coffee
    • 500 tea bags
    • 20 litres of milk
    • 17 watermelons
    • 30 kilos of apples
    • and numerous slices, cakes, dip, chips and lollies
  • And, our Front of House people sold over 1,000 ice-creams!

And, of course an enormous thank you to the cast, crew, and support teams and their families; and, most importantly, our thanks to you, our audience, for making Beauty and the Beast the success it was.

Expressions of Interest sought

Jekyll & Hyde

Register your interest for either cast or crew for the MMuDS production of Jekyll and Hyde, to be presented in October 2017.

An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, JEKYLL & HYDE is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father's mental illness lies in the separation of Man's evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.

More information on the Jekyll & Hyde page.

Presenting in June 2017...

Lyfe of Bryan ~ The Musical


For those interested in a chorus/crowd role for Lyfe of Bryan, please register your interest here before December 15th.

"Lyfe of Bryan ~ The Musical" brings to MMuDS the opportunity to work with a professional Australian dramaturge adapting a favourite film to the stage.

 "Lyfe of Bryan ~ The Musical" is a show based on a biblical story line featuring original songs written for the show. The plot is loosely based on the 1979 Monty Python movie ‘The Life of Brian’ but is totally reimagined to work as a live stage performance. Many scenes will be created ‘in the moment’ and will vary from performance to performance.

The idea of the show is to include as many local people, many of whom have never been on stage before. The aim of the show is to encourage local participation, inspiration and a happy community.

Cast information on the Lyfe of Bryan page.

Lyfe of Bryan - the musical - showing June 2017

Enquiries to Producer, Karen Pirie: karenpirie@bigpond.com

Play Reading Group - Mon 28 November

Parallel universes

After a month’s recess to ease the load on our members who were taking part in the brilliant MMuDS production of “Beauty and the Beast”, the playreading group will resume in November.

This month’s choice is a one-act comedy by Woody Allen entitled “God”, which explores the notion of reality with a light touch.

The scene is an amphitheatre in Athens, approximately 500 BC. Diabetes, an actor, and Hepatitis, a writer, sit on stage lamenting that Hepatitis’ new play lacks a good ending.

Suddenly they ask if the audience have any suggestions. Alarming abysses open. What if the audience are characters in another play, and somebody is writing THEM?

Diabetes and Hepatitis ask the author of the play, Woody Allen, if he has any advice. But before he can respond, other playwrights and actors from different periods and different places join the action.

In the ensuing melee of shifting realities, time and space become inextricably mixed.

Finally the curtain falls on “God” but not on the audience. The play ends where it began, suggesting that reality exists in an infinite loop.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reading at the Delatite Hotel on Monday, November 28, starting at 7 pm sharp.

For more information phone Janet Mackenzie, 5775 2988.

The MMuDS Committee would like to give Janet a great big thank-you for running the play reading group again this year. After three and a half years outstanding service to the group, Janet has decided to step down as convenor. If you are interested in taking on this role, please express you interest by emailing the Secretary.

MAD Orchestra

What a brilliant job the MAD Orchestra did in providing the backing for Beauty and The Beast!

If you play a musical instrument and would like to join the MAD Orchestra please get in touch with Monica Sketcher madorchestra@mmuds.org.au

Here's a picture of the Orchestra marching in the recent Mansfield High Country Festival parade:

Photo credit: Ross Vaughan


Local Vocals

Local Vocals has started rehearsing for Christmas Carols in December. We're going to be performing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus with the MAD Orchestra on Friday 2nd December at Mansfield's annual Carols by Candlelight. With only three rehearsals to go, we welcome anyone interested in singing carols to come along.

We meet at Nobian Place each Wednesday 7.00 to 9.00pm during school term. For more information contact Bernadette on localvocals@mmuds.org.au

From the Archives

Oklahoma! - 1999

We still miss you Rosemary.

Thank you to our invaluable patrons...

MMuDS relies on the support of our patrons to be able to continue investing in resources, training and equipment, and of course produce and support the dramatic arts within the Mansfield community and beyond.   MMuDS has recently made a purchase of a new (fully sick) sub-woofer, sounds leads and a radio microphone, which was first used in our last production Man of La Mancha.

Our deepest thanks is extended to our patrons.

For an annual fee of $200, Patrons enjoy Full Family Membership status, complimentary tickets to MMuDS productions and most importantly the knowledge that you are supporting a great community-based performing arts organisation. To become a MMuDS Patron or Member click here or contact our Secretary at secretary@mmuds.org.au


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Keep in Touch!  How to contact MMuDS...

MMuDS is always looking for volunteers and people interested in assisting or taking part in any of our programs or productions. Even if you don't want to be on stage, you could usher, help with hair or makeup, assist at the box office... the list is endless!

You can find information on MMuDS productions, membership and lots more by exploring this web-site or our Facebook page

You can also contact the committee at any time by emailing here. We would love to hear from you.

Amateur Theatre in North East Vic

Did you know that there are a number of excellent amateur theatre companies in the North East? (i.e. apart from MMuDS :-)

Here are some links to follow:

Allegro Theatre Company - Yarrawonga

Wangaratta Players

Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

Benalla Theatre Company

Benalla Performing Arts Centre (BPACC)

Albury Wodonga Theatre Company

Yackandandah Theatre Company

Euroa Little Theatre

The Other Theatre Company

Chiltern Lions Amateur Players

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