The Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company Inc.
The Vicar of Dibley
A comedy adapted by Loretta Bishop from the original series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Carter
Directed by Loretta Bishop
2 March to 19 March 2016
Matinees: Sunday, 6 March, Sunday, 13 March and Saturday, 19 March
More information and booking details
Please note: A third afternoon matinee has been added to this season of "The Vicar of Dibley" on SATURDAY, 19th MARCH at 2:15pm, before the Closing Night show on the same date.
The Lilydale Athenaeum
From 1888 onwards the people of Lilydale have constantly re-invented the Athenaeum building to fit in with the community's ever changing needs. As a result it has been a Mechanics' Institute, a library, a community hall, a performance stage, a lecture hall, a place of worship, a meeting room, a cinema, an indoor sports stadium, a roller skating rink, a military drill hall, a work room, a venue for political forums, a polling booth, a ballroom, a concert hall and even a museum.
Since 1975 it has been the home of the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company, regarded as one of Victoria's best non-professional drama companies.
2015 Lyrebird Nominations
12 December 2015
The Lilydale ATC has received twenty-one nominations for Lyrebird awards for its 2015 season. Results will be announced at the gala dinner on February 13.
The nominations are:
2015 VDL Awards
6 December 2015
At the 2015 Victoria Drama League Awards Night the Lilydale ATC scored one Silver and one Gold Award. This year the production submitted for the Awards was Secret Bridesmaids' Business.
The Gold Award went to Eleni Miller as Best Actress in a minor role for her portrayal of Naomi Bartlett.
Eleni (left) receives her award from presenter Alison Campbell Rate
Merinda Backway received a VDL Silver Award for Best Set Design in a Comedy or Drama. In addition to Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Merinda has designed several other sets for the ATC - including Daddy's Dying Who's Got the Will, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Are You Being Served, M*A*S*H and The 39 Steps.
Merinda (left) receives her award from presenter Alison Knight
Apart from Eleni and Merinda there were eight other Award nominations for Secret Bridesmaid's Business. These were:
10 October 2015
In his message included in the latest "News Update" our Chairman, Richard Longmore, reviewed events in 2015, a very busy year.
He reported that the Season 1 production, "The Vicar of Dibley" had been one of our best attended plays ever (95% of seats filled); and that the Vicar will be returning in Season 1 2016 with another Dibley plot.
Apart from the success of all 2015 productions, the ATC Board has addressed a number of other significant issues during the year, he said.
We are always looking for new Front of House volunteers. Please see the volunteers page for more information.
Are you interested in performing with the ATC? Check our auditions page for details of auditions for the upcoming productions of "Breaker Morant" and "Caught in the Net".
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Rochford Winery Partnership
The Lilydale ATC is proud of its partnership with the Rochford Winery in Victoria's Yarra Valley.
Some of Rochford's fine wines are served to patrons, free of charge, after showtime.
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