Cats Directorial Team Announcement

Holiday Actors and Warrnambool Theatre Company are delighted to announce the directorial team for their joint production of CATS, 2021.

We welcome Geoff and Anne De Manser, bringing together over 15 years of directorial experience, having directed 15 musicals. They lead the team featuring HA veteran Nicky McKenzie’s debut as Choreographer, 2019 Guild nominated Elana Agnew as Vocal Director (Wicked, Boy From Oz, Les Mis, Mamma Mia) as well as Dean Mulholland, who is making the switch from talented orchestra musician to his debut as musical director.

HA 2020/21 Survey

It’s getting late in the year, and we know people are waiting patiently to hear from us to see if we have an alternate plan for this summer.

Well, after many hours of meetings and different ideas and plans, and with the ever-changing COVID situation, the committee have finally come up with a workable idea to get all of our members involved in something fun over the summer.

But obviously, the 12 of us can’t make the final decision by ourselves, so we’d like your input as well. Please fill out this very short survey so we can find out who is interested.

https://forms.gle/WK5ys7a5yMBnn6ur6

Mary Poppins Update

It’s September! Traditionally, we would be heading into our information sessions and our auditions for our Summer Show. But 2020 has bought challenges for us all. Sadly, the HA committee along with the directorial team have made the tough decision to postpone our 2021 show of Mary Poppins.

This is not a decision that we have made lightly, but feel it will keep everyone safe in light of COVID.

We love our performing arts, and feel passionate about celebrating the amazing talents of our region. And are excited about a couple of things we are planning for this year.

So stay tuned and stay safe!

2021 Show Announcement

We are very pleased to announce our Summer 2021 production of Mary Poppins! Our incredibly talented directorial team of HA stalwarts, Ali McLaren, Maja Pearson, Brooke Chambers, Eloise Simpson and Sonia Beal are all very excited to get this show on the road!

Based on P.L. Travers’ beloved book series of the same name, Mary Poppins became an immediate hit when it premiered as a movie musical in 1964. Forty years later, Cameron Macintosh conceived of an enchanting stage musical that combines elements of Disney’s film with material inspired by Travers’ books. In the musical, Bert, a jack-of-all-trades, invites us into the world of London, England in 1910 — and, specifically, into the dysfunctional home of the Banks family. Jane and Michael, the young Banks children, have sent yet another nanny packing, dismissing these children as hopelessly and irrevocably spoiled and misbehaved. With a father who works constantly and mother who is always distracted, Jane and Michael have suffered without strong caretaking forces in their lives. Then the magical Mary Poppins flies in on the wind, bringing with her a combination of whimsy, magic, and disciplined common sense to the children’s lives. Together, they go on memorable and magical adventures — and also learn the importance of a tidy nursery and of taking the medicine they need (with a spoonful of sugar, of course.) Mary Poppins’ transformational influence does not stop with the children — eventually, she teaches the grown-ups, as well, to open up and realize that “anything can happen if you let it.”

Stay tuned for more details about our info day and auditions which will be held in September.


Please note, we are well aware of the current COVID-19 situation, and we’re remaining cautiously optimistic that restrictions will be lifted enough such that rehearsals and shows can run unimpeded. We will reassess and adjust plans prior to auditions should the need arise.