What Country Friends is this? Workshop and show

Holiday Actors has partnered with BackYardTheatreEnsemble and Lighthouse Theatre to bring you this exciting opportunity to participate in an acting workshop and see a preview of an upcoming new theatre production. One night only.

WORKSHOP: HOLIDAY ACTORS – What Country Friends is this?
DATE: November 16th , 2018

  • Workshop 5.30 -7.30pm
  • Show 8.00 – 9.15pm

COST: $6
CONTACT: Lyle Russell, HOLIDAY ACTORS, 0408549095
BOOKINGS: LIGHTHOUSE Theatre, 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool PH: 5559 4999
BYTE’s new theatre piece will be touring in early 2019.
What country friends is this? is a new theatre piece devised by the 2019-ensemble and
Joachim Matschoss with music by young composers Tom Pitts and Olivia Smith. It features
Casey Bohan, Anna Lyons, Megan Mitchell and Olivia Smith.
What country friends is this? sees Viola (Twelfth Night’s heroine) to land in Illyria which
looks part forest of Arden, part contemporary city. Viola disguises herself to explore this
strange place and tries to find employment and bumps into Juliet (who has just met Romeo
at that infamous party). Love hits and a confused Cesario (Viola) runs away, meeting other
Shakespearian heroines along the way. The theatre piece deals with identity, relationships,
love, gender and what it means to be young in today’s times. Above all it explores
Shakespeare’s themes in a fun way. Soliloquies become songs and the audience will not
escape the magic of love.

It is presented by BYTE (BackYardTheatreEnsemble), an independent company that
produces theatre dedicated to devised issue-based work nationally and internationally for
many years.
What country friends is this? will be shown on a bare stage with an ensemble of four
actors/singers. They share their thoughts and their innermost feelings with the audience.
This is a piece of theatre that includes original songs. It part comic, moving and thought-

What country friends is this? will premiere in Melbourne/Australia, before touring in late
February to April 2019 to HongKong, China, Thailand, Singapore, Germany, the United
Kingdom, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, the USA and the Netherlands.
Joachim Matschoss is a poet and playwright from Melbourne/Australia. He has collaborated
with Melbourne based composer Tom Pitts on many projects.

Contact: byteensemble@gmail.com
Web: www.byteensemble.com

2018 Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our AGM at 2.00 pm Sunday May 6th at the Anglican Church, Dennington (opposite Fonterra). Wicked 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 Tuesday 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 another current committee or paid cast members to nominate and second the nomination.


Cabaret at the Convent

Warrnambool Theatre Company are looking for performers for a special show on Saturday June 30.

  • There are 2 one hour shows on the same day (matinee in the afternoon and a night show).
  • There will be around 15 acts (around 4 mins each) – and the show will showcase some of the great songs from musicals ranging from the 1920s to present day.
    • Final details on what these acts will be are yet to be decided – suggestions are welcome.
    • Most cast will be in at least 2 acts.
  • There will be an 8 week rehearsal period – commencing the start of May
  • Rehearsals will be at Mozart Hall at a time of convenience to the cast

If you’re interested, or would like more information, please contact Ailiche by email at warrnambool.theatre.co@gmail.com or phone 0438 044 927.

Thank you volunteers (Front of House Roster)

Youth theatre wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of our volunteers. Every year, an army of people come together in support of the stars on stage to fill rolls such as costume making, set design and construction, backstage crew, orchestra and front of house. We appreciate each and every one of you, and the hard work you put in to help our stars shine.

Here you will find the roster for our FoH team. Please contact Jenny if you have any queries.

WICKED Builders

Any parents of this year’s cast of WICKED who would like to help with the building of the set, we are going to start the planning this Saturday, October 21st, 1.00pm at the Warrnambool Theatre Company shed at the South Warrnambool oval. We’ll have a look at the designs, pull out some set that can be re-used and make plans to start building. Hope to see you there. Lyle Russell

Wicked Audition Materials

Thank you to everyone who came to our information and workshop day yesterday. It was great to see so many new and returning faces in the crowd.

Below you will find all the info you need to prepare for your audition next weekend.

General Info

Audition Form

Information Sheet

Schedule Example

Sheet Music










One Short Day – Piano Backing

Dance These videos are also available on our Facebook Group

Section 1 – One Short Day

Section 2 – Dancing Through Life

Photos from the day