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

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