Announcement: Wicked Directorial Team

The Holiday Actors Advisory Committee are happy to announce the team that will lead us through this summer’s production of Wicked.

Congratulations to director Toby McKenzie, vocal director Elana Agnew, choreographer Martinique McKenzie, assistant choreographer Tobin Varley and musical director Nikki Nuske on their successful application.

Toby and Martinique have an extensive on-stage history with Holiday Actors and have recently directed and choreographed a very successful season of Seussical with Camperdown Theatre Company.

Tobin also has many years of on-stage experience with Holiday Actors, and was co-director for our 2017 production of Sweet Charity.

We welcome Nikki back for her third stint as musical director for Holiday Actors, having previously worked with us on Godspell and Sweet Charity.

This will be Elana’s first time working with us as vocal director, but with 25 years teaching, stage and performance experience, we’re sure she’ll be up to the task.

We look forward to working with this team and wish them the best of luck.

Stay tuned for more announcements regarding information days and auditions.

2018 Show Announcement

Holiday Actors is proud to present our 2018 summer musical Wicked!

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

We are looking for an experienced directorial team to guide our cast of talented young actors. If you think you have what it takes please get in contact with us using one of the methods below.

Holiday Actors
PO Box 1242
Warrnambool 3280


Applications must be received by July 14.

2017 Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our AGM at 2.30 pm Sunday May 21st at the Warrnambool College Auditorium. Sweet Charity DVDs ($5) will be available for purchase. We will have a screening of the DVD at the conclusion of the meeting.

All current, past and future members, families and any interested people are welcome to attend.

We will also be electing a new committee to guide us through the next 12 months.

Committee members are hard working, passionate people dedicated to helping the whole group put on the best local performances possible. We hold monthly meetings, usually on the third Wednesday of the month, often lasting an hour and a half to two hours.

If you’re interested in joining us, and are able to put in the work and attend meetings for the next 12 months, please download the form below. You will need to get other current committee or paid cast members to nominate and second the nomination.


Would you like some “Company”?

Holiday Actors is proud to announce our 2017 Young Directors production of ‘Company‘. The directorial team will be headed up by Gabby Good, with music direction by Jack Quail, choreography by Sarah Hall, and vocal directors William Bonney and Eden Agnew.

We will be holding an information day and pre-audition workshop on Saturday February 11, 1pm-4pm at the Dennington Hall.Company final

2016 Camp and Sitzprobe Highlights set the scene for ticket sales

With tickets on sale now, cast and crew members are eagerly working towards bump in and dress rehearsals, while spreading news of our musical in mid-January. Already word has circulated successfully enough to have a vast majority of our final show seats booked, which is very exciting news, and rewards the amazing hard work of our talented cast!

Zara and Phoebe

This season’s ‘Sweet Charity’ cast, at Holiday Actors, has been powering through rehearsals since late September. With quite a variance of age and impressive influx of ‘newbies’ in the production, cast and crew seem to be satisfying directorial objectives to a high standard. Completing a great deal of the choreography, blocking and songs before the beloved cast camp in early December, the guidance and vision of debut directors, and experienced ones alike, have led this year’s cast to a healthy condition before Christmas break.
Maddie, Lauren, Eden and Angela

However, this silly season has been an unconventional one of sorts due to our relocation of camp. After learning of some bad news, it was with heavy hearts the director’s would reveal camp would be conducted at Warrnambool College Auditorium instead of Brucknell Scout Camp. Despite being confronted by this disappointment, our cast and crew were able to have just as much fun, and do just as much work, over the camp weekend.

If we were to break tradition with location, we would be consistent with our new, colour co-ordinated groups – as opposed to the traditional Harry Potter themed dress up. Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Black teams were to become our refreshing innovation of the 2016/17 camp. Open to interpretation, these groups morphed in to ideas associated with their colour. Red became Red Things (from Dr Seuss), the ‘Jean pool’ for Blue group, ‘The Midnight Crusaders’ for Black group, Green team became ‘Team Mint’, and Yellow *****. Organised by our zestful Junior Committee (JC), day one activities saw us collect for warm ups and point-oriented games, before splitting into our groups for more. Regardless of the ability to gain points for wins, the group reward-system was also devised for production team members to award points to teams whom participated in helpful chores. This remained a factor of Red Team’s victory at the end of camp!

Amongst these camp festivities also lay time to do some dedicated practise and revision. The main focus of these rehearsals was the exuberant ‘Rhythm of Life’ dance, choreographed by our talented dance director – Emily Trigg. It would take both days to secure the foundation of, what is generally conceived to be, the biggest chorus number of the show. In addition to this, rehearsal time would be devoted to scene blocking and vocal direction for harmony revision. A lot of cast members were doing well to step up and have their scripts down by camp, as well as be able to confidently perform choreography and scenes. Time was also made to practise for our carolling sessions rolling up to Christmas.

Another feature of our Holiday Actors’ camp would be Red Faces Acts – a camp highlight for experienced cast members. This year, each group would perform their own act to the judges, as well as being encouraged to take the stage individually to win points for their team. Hosted by JC members Angela Kenna (President) and Maddie Solly, some very creative acts were devised, including a Dr Seuss inspired remake of ‘Mean Girls’’ Jingle Bell Rock, a group cover of Shrek’s ‘Allstar’ – which was a crowd favourite – and a performative, confessional-type drama delivered by the Midnight Crusaders. Solo acts consisted of sassy dance routines to beautiful ballads, with acoustic accompaniments, sung by the likes of Annabel Ziegeler, Aiden Morley and our overall winner of the Red Faces competition – Lyndon Hurley! These were followed by a creative ‘Directors’ edition of Billy Joel’s Piano Man that sealed the end of the first camp day.

We owe much of our gratitude, and energy on camp, to the lovely production/committee members and volunteering family members of cast, whom helped set us up with a great deal of food for breakfast, lunches and dinner!

Moving on from camp, the cast arrived at Sitzprobe weekend recently and managed to integrate quite successfully with the band, led by our gifted musical director, Nikki Nuske. Aspects of the show were really starting to fall in to place once we were able to combine the orchestra and on-stage action and continued to improve throughout the weekend. Small alterations and additions to choreography would be made, as well as more work on our harmonies and focus on stage. After a mid-weekend slump, Sunday afternoon was to be a massive highlight, performing two of our biggest chorus numbers, ‘Rhythm of Life’ and ‘Brass Band,’ to friends and family of the cast. The energy and success of this showcase was cause for a sense of accomplishment, and to be repeated at our final rehearsal before break. A massive thankyou to all of the visitors who were able to come along! The game of the cast is certainly enhanced when placed in front of an audience, which makes for an even more productive rehearsal.

Zara, Caleb and Tobin

Our Sweet Charity show will be suitable for the whole family and we hope that you can all come and see this incredible musical.