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.


Holiday Actors Opens Sweet Charity and There is No Sweeter Sound

Sweet Charity Review by Aradie Walters

32 years and 40 musical productions. Holiday Actors has a rich history of not only putting on quality shows, but of nurturing young people in their skills and confidence, and giving them opportunities to lead. As a past “HA kid” myself, I have experienced firsthand the value of peer-mentoring that this company offers. This summer’s production of Sweet Charity is not only yet another first class theatrical experience for Warrnambool audiences, but it is the product of a group of young people who have “stepped up” in every sense of the word.

HA326As the overture begins, the audience is struck by the large, full sound of an enormous 24-piece orchestra led by 19 year old, Nikki Nuske. Fresh off the back of musically directing Godspell in 2016, this production marks Nikki’s first time actually conducting – something you would never guess to watch her as she smoothly guides the polished orchestra through each rousing chorus, with the subtleties of dynamics and articulation making those well-known songs larger than life.

The lights come up on the title character, Charity Hope Valentine, played by 15 year old Zara Lukeis. Again, there is surprise to learn that this is Zara’s first lead role, as she is mesmerising to watch. Her vocal tone is clear and pitch-perfect, but it is when she dances that you can feel her joy.

The dancing in this show is something worth mentioning all on its own. 22 year old choreographer, Emily Trigg, is the only veteran on the young direction team with Sweet Charity marking her fifth production with Holiday Actors. Emily is a master interpreter, and has really brought her own flair to the Bob Fosse style. The dances are not only polished and well-executed, but visually interesting to watch, with different layers of focus.

Something that struck me about Sweet Charity is how funny it is, in absurd and surprising ways. Stand out performances that had me giggling out loud include Lyndon Hurley, 17, in the role of the Italian movie star, Vittorio Vidal. Last time I saw Lyndon on stage, he was Jean Valjean. He could not be more different now with his over-the-top accent, soap-opera smiles and little winks to the audience. There is also the nervous and socially awkward Oscar, played by Gabriel Tejano, 17 – another newbie to musical theatre, having impulsively decided to audition for the school musical last year.

One of the biggest moments of the show is the opening song of Act 2, with that song made famous by Sammy Davis Jr., Rhythm of Life. This scene is loud and colourful, and led by the very funny and very talented Keelan Mast, 17, in the role of the enigmatic leader of the Rhythm of Life Church. I had been looking forward to seeing this song and it surpassed all my expectations.

There are way too many excellent cameo performances in this show to name, although I would dearly love to! Something that first-time directors Caleb Ziegeler, 23, and Tobin Varley, 19, have excelled at is encouraging the ensemble not to just be “background people”. They each have their own quirky characters and little moments to shine, never drawing focus from the main action, but instead adding authenticity to it. That, together with their masterful vocal performances, overseen by Vocal Director Rebecca Fullerton, 19, this ensemble act as a team, and you can see in every moment how much they’re enjoying themselves.

This whole production is simply a lot of fun. Slightly tweaked to be family-friendly, Sweet Charity is a rollicking, not-to-be-taken-too-seriously show about hope and optimism, that will leave the audience smiling and humming to themselves.

Sweet Charity opens tonight at the Lighthouse Theatre and continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, all at 7:30pm, with a matinee also on Saturday at 1:30pm. Tickets available at the theatre or at www.lighthousetheatre.com.au.

MEET THE CAST: Gabriel Tejano introducing Oscar from Sweet Charity

Gabriel headshotTELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: Hi everyone! I’m Gabriel and I play the supporting role of Sweet Charity, Oscar Lindquist. I’m 17 years old and enjoy playing guitar, which initially got me involved in musicals. After playing in two shows in the orchestra (LSOH and Big Fish), I decided to join Warrnambool College’s musical Legally Blonde and was cast as Emmett Forrest.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER: Oscar is quite an odd character, funny, but odd. We are first introduced to him in the “elevator scene”, where we quickly discover his vulnerability in “small, tight places that you cant get out of”. Out of this, Charity and Oscar begin a roller coaster of a relationship. Madly in love, we see Oscar change from a shy and anxious tax accountant into a protective, comforting and more confident man.

TELL US ABOUT REHEARSALS: Sweet Charity Rehearsals are something no doubt I and many others look forward to throughout the week. We start rehearsals with a few quick games which, sometimes (most of the time), end very hectically, with people grabbing and not letting go in order to win a game of Traffic Lights. It’s fun. We usually continue the day with dancing, acting and lastly singing.

WHY DO YOU LOVE HOLIDAY ACTORS? Joining Holiday Actors for the first time has been quite a thrill. The super-friendly cast has made it easy to settle into because you’re around people who share the same interests with you; hobbies, music.. musicals – and even if you don’t know many lyrics from musicals, you’ll finish the show knowing more lyrics than ever. *cough* Hamilton. *cough*

WHY SHOULD WE SEE SWEET CHARITY? Sweet Charity is a quirky, emotional and constantly funny musical about determination, hope and love. We follow Charity Hope Valentine and her adventures, or better yet, misadventures in the hopes of finding where she truly belongs and through this, discovers her own rendition of love.

WHY IS SWEET CHARITY GREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY? Sweet Charity is for the whole family because it’s packed with exciting dances, a hilarious story and characters and above all, it’s fun! Though it’s not as commonly known as the other big musicals, it definitely deserves to be! Come see for yourself!

Book by Neil Simon / Music by Cy Coleman / Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano / Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris / Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse

MEET THE CAST: Zara Lukeis introduces Charity Hope Valentine

Zara headshotTELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: My name is Zara Lukeis, I’m 15 years old and attend school at Emmanuel College here in Warrnambool. This year in the Holiday Actors production of Sweet Charity I will be playing the role of ‘Charity Hope Valentine’. This is only my third show with Holiday Actors and is my first time ever playing a lead role in a show! I love everything to do with performing arts, whether it be musical theatre or dance I always enjoy getting up on the stage and performing for people.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER: The show is a story about my character, ‘Charity Hope Valentine’, the girl who just wants to be loved. Whilst Charity faces plenty of ups and downs throughout her life she always manages to stay optimistic, although many of the situations she finds herself in often get the better of her.

TELL US ABOUT REHEARSALS: Rehearsals, as always, have been really fun this year but also a lot of hard work. It has been a really great experience so far to be able to develop my character and to work with the incredible cast and team of people that I am surrounded by.

WHY DO YOU LOVE HOLIDAY ACTORS? I love Holiday Actors because it brings together an amazing group of people who share a love of performing and musical theatre. I have made so many friendships throughout my 3 years so far with Holiday Actors that I know will last a lifetime. I hope to make so many more wonderful friendships and memories in years to come.

WHY SHOULD WE GO AND SEE SWEET CHARITY? Everyone has to come see Sweet Charity at The Lighthouse Theatre in January! It’s such a bright, fun and entertaining show with a lot of new faces in the cast that you may have not seen perform with Holiday Actors before! Sweet Charity is a show for the whole family and I guarantee that everyone will love it!

Book by Neil Simon / Music by Cy Coleman / Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano / Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris / Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse

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.