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Breaker Morant
A play by Kenneth G. Ross
Directed by Alan Burrows
25 May to 11 June 2016
Matinees: Sunday, 29 May and Sunday, 5 June
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Upcoming productions:
Caught In The Net (2016/3)
Yes, Prime Minister? (2016/4)

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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.

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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:

  • Best Sound in a Comedy - Nicholas Ryan - Secret Bridesmaids' Business
  • Best Set in a Comedy - Merinda Backway - Secret Bridesmaids' Business
  • Best Set in a Comedy - Merinda Backway - Daddy's Dyin ... Who's Got the Will?
  • Best Set in a Musical or Variety under $30,000 - David Dare - The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Best Lighting in a Comedy -Robin le Blond - Secret Bridesmaids' Business
  • Best Costume in a Comedy - Sylvia Carr and Margaret Bayley - Secret Bridesmaids' Business
  • Best Costume in a Musical or Variety under $30,000 - Dina MacNamara - The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Highly Commended performance in a Comedy - Patricia McCracken - The Vicar of Dibley
  • Highly Commended performance in a Comedy - Phillip Stevenson - The Vicar of Dibley
  • Highly Commended performance in a Comedy - Andy Fry - Secret Bridesmaids' Business
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Claire Hanley - The Vicar of Dibley
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Sheonna Gregg - Secret Bridesmaids' Business
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Donna Pope - Daddy's Dyin ... Who's Got the Will?
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy - James McRae - The Vicar of Dibley
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy - Andrew McIver - The Vicar of Dibley
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy - Kieran Tracey - Daddy's Dyin ... Who's Got the Will?
  • Best Actress in a Comedy - Rhiannon Leach - Secret Bridesmaids' Business
  • Best Actress in a Comedy - Angela Glennie - Daddy's Dyin ... Who's Got the Will?
  • Best Director of a Comedy - Loretta Bishop - The Vicar of Dibley
  • Best Director of a Comedy - Catherine Carr - Secret Bridesmaids' Business
  • Best Comedy Production - Secret Bridesmaids' Business


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:

  • Best Lighting in a Comedy or Drama - Robin le Blond
  • Best Costume Design in a Comedy or Drama - Sylvia Carr and Margaret Bayley
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Candice Sweetman
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Angela Glennie
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy - Andy Fry
  • Best Actress in a Comedy - Rhiannon Leach
  • Best Director of a Comedy Production - Catherine Carr
  • Best Comedy Production


2015 Retrospective
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.

These included:

  • a review and formal establishment of emergency procedures;

  • installation of LED lighting in the foyer and auditorium;

  • back stage plumbing and electrical modifications;

  • plans for a boardwalk to improve safety in the theatre ceiling; and

  • revision of the ATC Constitution to comply with Department of Consumer Affairs requirements.
Volunteers wanted!

We are always looking for new Front of House volunteers. Please see the volunteers page for more information.

Auditions
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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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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