A Message From the President:

Dear Members and Friends of the LMS,

Well, Christmas and Summer have come and gone, there is an Autumn chill in the air, daylight savings has come to an end and I have become a Grandmother! Whilst the LMS hasn’t had a newsletter for a while we have certainly been busy. Firstly, we have auditioned and cast our 2019 show, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and rehearsals are in full swing. I am delighted to say that our choice of the experienced but first time Director of a musical, Leigh Oswin was a wonderful decision. Leigh is superbly organised, approachable, and has an attention to detail second to none. The Bee is in good hands! Chris Bryg and Cherie Partridge are making sure that this gem of a show will be musically stunning as well. We welcome back some old friends (into some very childish roles) and also some newbies - I think everyone would agree that the rehearsal process is both stimulating and a lot of fun! Although not very well known, I want to assure you that we have chosen another show that is innovative, musically challenging and very, very entertaining, please get your tickets and talk it up to your friends.

On a sadder note I would like to acknowledge the passing of a great friend to the Launceston Musical Society and co-founder of our Judy Yates award, Robin Yates. Our sincere condolences to Craig, Eliza and their families. He will be missed at our annual presentations- we can only hope he is off dancing with his beloved Judy.

Congratulations to our Judy Yates recipient for 2018, Ashley Draper. It was, as always, a very difficult decision but the lovely and talented Ashley is a most deserving recipient.

I was going to keep this report brief but I still have two more exciting things to tell you. Firstly, that the LMS has entered into a partnership with UTAS and going forward, we will be using one of their buildings at Mowbray to house and build sets. We will be moving over the next few weeks, so if anyone would like to lend a hand please get in touch via the website. Secondly, I would like to thank the Hodgman Government and, most especially Sarah Courtney MP, for choosing the LMS to be a recipient of a community grant to assist in purchasing equipment. While we are not sure yet how best to use the money, we do know that we want to make sure our purchase will benefit the wider theatre community.

Hoping you all had a safe and happy Easter and wishing you a couple of exciting months of theatre and look forward to seeing you at the Bee in June.

Yours in Theatre, Gina McKenzie, President.