A Message From the President at the 2015-2016 AGM...
Thank you to our members and dedicated friends who have joined us this evening. I wish you all a warm welcome to this year’s AGM. I would particularly like to acknowledge our Life Members here this evening and thank them for their ongoing support. We were saddened during the year to lose our longest serving Life Member, Barry Birtwhistle. Barry was instrumental in forming the LMS and acted as its Executive Musical Director in excess of 15 years. He will be missed by the LMS as well as the wider musical community. We offer our condolences to his family and friends.
It is 16 months since our last AGM and in that time we have staged 3 full scale musicals, two on the Princess Theatre Stage and one at the Country Club Tasmania– I think that might be a record for the Society!
At out last AGM in June 2015, we were less than two month out from presenting Legally Blonde to Northern Tasmania for the first time, and, as I predicted in last years’ report, this show was, indeed “a hit” on many levels. The Society and all involved in LB, must be congratulated on an outstanding show that not only paid off at the box office but on stage as well. There were too many people involved to single any out – especially as I have 2 more shows to cover, but I would be remiss not to mention our lead Abbey Hannson whose amazing role as the endearing, gutsy Elle Woods went a long way to making the show the success it was.
The Executive decided that in 2016 it was time to revisit Country Club Tasmania as a venue. The show DUSTY was chosen for its cabaret style, the fantastic songs and the fascinating story of one of history’s true music legends. Georgie Todman was invited to direct for the first time and did the LMS proud. Once again we had a huge success on our hands with every production area excelling to deliver an extraordinary show. The talented and dedicated cast lead by our Dusty, Jade Howard were amazing as was the orchestra and all other design elements of the show. It was an expensive show to stage and we just broke even financially but no one can deny it was over all a triumph!
Thanks must go to The Country Club Tasmania who bent over backwards to help make show a success. The venue has some technical issues, but should certainly be explored again in the future.
Hot on the heels of DUSTY came our Newstead College collaborative project THE LITTLE MERMAID. I am extremely proud of LMS’s involvement in this show. Late in 2015 the Executive saw a way to work with Newstead College that would benefit both parties. I don’t think we envisaged at that time just how much we would both eventually get out of the show. On a personal level, it was so much fun being part of such a happy, energetic, enthusiastic production and I know all the Executive involved felt the same. It was wonderful seeing so many up and coming stars as well as many others just enjoying the experience. I sincerely hope we can continue our partnership going forward and congratulate Newstead College and our Christine Gilmour on the show.
In 2015 the LMS was nominated for 5 Tasmanian Theatre Awards. We took a somewhat larger group South for the Awards early this year and, once again were disappointed to miss out on winning an Errol, but were delighted to be nominated in so many categories.
The TTA also encouraged companies to nominate a “hero”, someone who has worked tirelessly for the group with often little or no recognition. We nominated Phil and Leonie Crowden this year and were delighted to have them there with us on the night to see their names up in lights!
Vox Harmony have had another great year. I don’t want to spoil their report but I know a huge amount of work went into preparation for their mid-year tour. By all accounts it was a satisfying and emotional experience. Well done Denise, Judy and choir and their hard working committee.