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Walk With Us – Unknown Castlemaine

Rehearsing & Performing November 2021

After lengthy lockdowns and covid chaos, CTC bids adieu to 2021 with a fun, thoughtful, outdoor theatrical journey. Led by four flamboyant guides, the audience will travel in covid- safe groups through the backstreets of Castlemaine, stopping in hidden spots to be entertained by six scenes written for this production.

 

The playwrights are –  Kevin Cook, Lisa D’Onofrio, Toby Heydon, Samantha Bews, Graham Pitts & Brenda Addie. The scenes are short – under 5 minutes – and inspired by the theme of ‘what brings our community together’.  Although based on real events or stories from the community this is definitely not a history tour. It is imaginative and adventurous.

 

The production is optimistic. It’s not that we don’t see present problems but for this production, we’re using art to elevate. Our objective is to make the audience see that things aren’t all bad, to feel more connected to the community and have a good night out. We’re ending 2021 on an upbeat.

 

The audience journey starts at The Market building, progresses through Victory Park, walks up Mostyn St, then via Uniting church, to the Art Gallery, through the back alley behind the Presbyterian Church to Templeton St, down the hill to the Hub garden, around to the Phee and the concluding in the Village Square. (Which is the new outdoor area recently created by the council. It’s in front of the Town hall building.)

 

We are now looking for six directors to work on one script each. CTC is especially looking for new voices: Females, People from Castlemaine’s First Nation community, Queer community, directors from a culturally diverse back ground and people with disabilities. If you don’t fit into the above and you’re thinking, ‘What about me?’ – you’re in too! We’ll try to bring everyone together.

 

Timeline: Rehearsals

The idea is to rehearse it over 2 weekends. Each group meeting for one day on both weekends. I know that’s tight and we might need more time but on the other hand, it is a 5 minute script and keeping it short, sharp and lively is sometimes a good way to work.

Rehearsal Weekend 1           6th, 7th Nov

            Rehearsal Weekend 2           13th 14th Nov

 

Performance Dates

 

Dress Rehearsal:                   Thursday 18th Nov.     7.30pm

 

Weekend 1:                                        Fri, Sat, Sun                19, 20, 21        7.30pm

 

Weekend 2:                                        Fri, Sat, Sun                26, 27, 28        7.30pm

 

Admin & Contact Details

Suzanne Kalk will head the production/admin and Mark Penzak will be the lead artist.

For further information and to register interest contact:

Mark Penzak                                                

markpenzak@gmail.com

 

Walk with Us: Untold Castlemaine

Imagine watching short stories unfold on street corners and behind shops, along alleys and in front of monuments. In a town with the history and ever-changing culture that Castlemaine boasts, those stories are likely to be varied indeed.

Coming in November 2021

Currently in development by head writer and CTC committee member, Mark Penzak, with local producer, Suzanne Kalk, this is a new project focussed on local stories. Six writers have been recruited and they are currently working on original scripts exploring different ideas about what makes Castlemaine the place where we want to live.

The plan is to engage with a number of local groups and organisations, in order to have different perspectives of life in Castlemaine and as wide a representation of the community as possible.

We’ll soon be gathering directors, cast and crew to bring the whole thing together; we would love to hear from you if you’d like to be involved in any way.

If you are interested in directing one of the short pieces, see here:

Call out for Directors – Castlemaine Theatre Company

If you’d like to be involved in any other way with Walk with Us: Untold Castlemaine, email us at: castlemainetheatreco@gmail.com

The Tempest: A Sound Project

Directed by Kate Stones, with original music by David Thrussell.

Radio Broadcast & Ticketed Exclusive Listening Event 16 & 17 October, Castlemaine Goods Shed, Kennedy Street, Castlemaine.

There are two ways to enjoy our magnificent audio production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Come to an exclusive listening event: 

Buy a Ticket

OR listen to it over four weeks on the radio!

The Tempest will be broadcast on 94.9MAINfm our fantastic Castlemaine station!

Listen to Around the Wireless, Wednesdays at 1pm and repeated on Dark Moments at 10pm ( you can stream it live here). Broadcast Dates:

Episode One: 22 September & 25 September

Episode Two: 29 September & 2 October

Episode Three: 6 October & 9 October

Episode Four: 13 October & 16 October

(Love hearing our production on the radio? Become a member of CTC or throw a coin in our hat – help us keep making innovative theatre in Castlemaine!)

Support Us

If you can’t catch the broadcast or you missed the show on radio, come along to our exclusive listening event on Saturday 16 October and Sunday 17 October at Goods Shed Arts (21 Kennedy Street, Castlemaine).

UPDATE! The Saturday 16 event has now Sold Out! There is now limited seating available for Sunday 17 October.

Meet the cast, enjoy a drink while you lie back and let the luxurious sounds of Prospera’s magical island wash over you. This fundraiser will include an extended 90 min interval for a meal break; bring a picnic, get a drink at the bar (no BYO alcohol, please), and meet the cast of the production. Each ticket includes 2 entries to a raffle, to be drawn on the night.

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Is blood thicker than water? Two charismatic sisters, one mad (perhaps…), the other bad (perhaps…) embark on contrasting paths to power; drawn into a festering conflict, they take a winding and magical route to redemption. David Thrussell’s original score paints an expansive, dangerous and intoxicating landscape encompassing driving electronic beats and magisterial, mystical themes.

Cast:

David Farrington (Alonso, King of Naples); Toby Heydon (Sebastian, his brother); Lisa Martin (Prospera, the rightful Duke of Milan); Sally Guildford (Antonia, her sister, the usurping Duke of Milan): Edwin Lavery (Ferdinand, son of the King of Naples): David Watson (Gonzalo, an honest old councillor); Stephen McMahon (Adrian, a lord and a naturalist); John Cosgriff (Caliban, a native of the island, enslaved by Prospera); Tim Ratcliffe (Trinculo, a jester); Jonathan Conquest (Stephano, a drunken butler); Aston Elliot (Master Boatswain); Orvokki Britton (Miranda, daughter of Prospera); Hannah Jeffcoat and John Willis (Ariel, an airy spirit); Elizabeth Scanlon (Iris, a Goddess)

Our Changes:

In production since April, this innovative project was inspired by a New York theatre company who created an episodic podcast version of Richard II. One of Shakespeare’s last works, The Tempest was first performed in 1611. It takes place on an enchanted island where a banished duke plots to get revenge on his usurping brother. In our version we have adapted the original script altering the gender of the main character, who now becomes Prospera, with her sister Antonia. This shifts the dynamic of the work, and enhances the subtlety of the characterisations. The tension between Miranda, the adolescent daughter of Prospera, a menopausal mother is palpable.

Original Plot:

The themes of the plot revolve around a major act of betrayal, ill treatment, the development of magic arts and a plot of revenge.

Twelve years ago, Prospero was Duke of Milan. Being of a bookish disposition, he withdrew more and more into his studies, leaving the management of his state to his brother Antonio. Eventually, with the help of Alonso, King of Naples, and the King’s brother Sebastian – inveterate enemies of Prospero – Antonio usurped the dukedom for himself. Prospero and his baby daughter Miranda were put to sea in a rotten boat and eventually landed on a distant island once ruled by the witch Sycorax but now inhabited only by her son, Caliban, and Ariel, a spirit.

Since then Prospero has ruled the island and its two inhabitants by the use of magic arts derived from his studies. His daughter Miranda has grown up seeing no other human being.

Prospero divines that fortune has brought his enemies close to the island and he sees an opportunity to work his revenge. He uses his powers to raise a storm which shipwrecks them. When Miranda questions this, he tells her the story of their arrival on the island and assures her that no real harm will come to the survivors.

The shipwrecked travellers are separated. At Prospero’s bidding, the invisible Ariel directs their wanderings. He leads Ferdinand, the King’s son, to Prospero’s cell, where he and Miranda fall instantly in love. Prospero sets heavy tasks to test Ferdinand.

The King of Naples searches for his son, although fearing him to be drowned. Sebastian, the king’s brother, plots to kill him and seize the crown. The drunken butler, Stephano, and the jester, Trinculo, encounter Caliban and are persuaded by him to kill Prospero so that they can rule the island. However, Ariel manages to make mischief between them and they are soon bickering amongst themselves.

Satisfied that Ferdinand has met all his challenges, Prospero presents the young couple with a betrothal masque celebrating chastity and the blessings of marriage. He is distracted from this, however, when he remembers Caliban’s plot.

As Prospero’s plan draws to its climax, he vows that upon its completion he will abandon his magic arts. Ariel brings Alonso and his followers to the cell, and Prospero, in his own persona as Duke of Milan, confronts his enemies and forgives them. In the betrothal of Ferdinand and Miranda, the rift between Naples and Milan is healed.

Peter Panto

or One Flew Over the Second Star on the Right (adapted and directed by Kate Stones)

Currently on hold until 2022

About the Production

This is the story of Peter Pan told in the form of a traditional Pantomime. Which means a Dame in drag, plus lots of audience participation, local references and slapstick humour. A traditional aspect of Panto is that characters from different stories can show up. We’ll be drawing on One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest to source our Dame (guess who!), and find other places to weave in themes from the iconic movie/novel. JM Barrie will no doubt turn in his grave! We will also interrogate outdated aspects of the story, the ‘Redskins’ will be a local footy team, the Pirates will be female, and Wendy will be a child prodigy animal psychologist. Our story begins in the youth psych ward of Castlemaine Hospital…oh yes and there will be a few songs.

 

Characters and casting

Peter (can be played by a male or female), Wendy, John, Michael and the Lost Boys will hopefully be played by young people aged 14-30. Or those who can play ‘young’

There are 6 Lost Boys

Instead of ‘Redskins’ we will have Castlemaine’s Magpies footy team, with Tiger Lily their captain. Can be male or female. Minimum 3. Any gender. As much diversity as possible amongst them.

Captain Hook is the leader of the Pirates. Mature female, tallish

Other main pirates include Smee and Starkey (all female, any age)

Tinkerbell – A sassy man in a sharp suit

Nana – a therapy dog (think Wilfred)

Crocodile

Nurse Ratched (our Dame) – male actor, large stature. Should be played butch rather than overly camp

Chief Bromden (Asian man)

Mermaids

 

We are looking for an ensemble of about 15 with some doubling up

 

Production week and performance dates (you must be available for all these dates):

TBC until post Covid

Tech run: Sat

Dress: Sun

Dress: Tues/Thu

Opening night: Fri

Evening perf: Sat

Mat perf: Sun

Evening perfs: Fri /Sat  /Mat Sun

Final weekend: Fri /Sat /Mat Sun

 

Rehearsal days:

Monday and Thursday evenings, 7-10pm beginning Thursday

plus additional Sundays as required (approx. 3)