If you're not aware as yet, we have a Christmas Craft market coming up this Saturday 13th December at the Croydon Uniting Church Hall at Tallent Street, Croydon.
It appears that the creativity at Croydon is not just on the stage. There are lots of wonderful wears for you to check out and purchase. We are sure you will find the ideal crafty gift for all those special someones in your lives.
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you would like to host a stall, there's still time! Please contact Amy Robertson via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Come one, come all to our Christmas Craft Market - it appears that the creativity at Croydon is not just on the stage. There are lots of wonderful wears for you to check out and purchase. We are sure you will find the ideal crafty gift for all those special someones in your lives.
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you would like to host a stall, please contact Amy Robertson via email - email@example.com
As you may (or may not be) aware, our information night and play reading for our upcoming play, Almost, Maine, is "almost" upon us. It will be this coming Tuesday 18th of November starting at 7.30pm at the hall (Croydon Uniting Church, Tallent Street, Croydon).
The play is set in the town of Almost, Maine on a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter. However, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
Do you have any plans? Doesn't matter if you're not interested in auditioning; it's a great night regardless - good to catch up and a lot of fun. And who knows.... a part might just jump out at you and you may decide to give it a go after all!
Either way, we hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there!
And so the final curtain has closed on Jesus Christ Superstar and what a wonderful season it was... If you had been fortunate enough to come and see the show you would entirely agree when we say it was a FANTASTIC show. The feedback we have received has been amazing, so we are all very glad you enjoyed it!
And, again, a BIG thank you to everyone involved - whether you were cast, crew, front of house, car parking, or support for someone who was involved with our show - no matter what your contribution, large or small, we could not have done it without you so THANK YOU!
Now, onwards and upwards! You may be wondering what's happening next at Croydon Parish Players...??
Well! We have some important dates for you to remember:
Tuesday 11th November @ 8pm - is our AGM down at the Hall at Croydon Uniting Church (Tallent Street). So if you want to hear about how our year has gone, catch up with old (and new) friends and hear a bit about our 2 shows for next year - Almost, Maine & My Fair Lady - then come on down.
Tuesday 18th November @ 7.30pm - is our Information night for Almost, Maine where we will have a read through of the play and you will hear about all the requirements and the directors vision should you be interested in auditioning for the show.
Saturday 6th December @ 7pm - is our end of year Christmas Party - particulars as still to be finalised, so watch this space for more information.
Looking forward to seeing you at one (or several) of these events!
Hard to believe but we already half way through our performance season for Jesus Christ Superstar.
We have received wonderful feedback from our audience, especially via our Facebook page! Here are some examples:
"Wow. !!!! What a fantastic production. Have just seen the matinee performance. What an impressive cast !!!! Cannot wait to see it again next Sat"
"Congratulations to cast and crew of Croydon Parish Players for a fabulous and talent filled opening night! Greatly enjoyed!"
"Congratulations everyone on what is, I think, the best CPP show I have ever seen. Wonderful concept, great direction and powerhouse performances. I thoroughly enjoyed it - well done to everyone involved!"
The cast, crew & creative team have done an amazing job with this show!
As mentioned, there are only 3 performances left! - Thursday 16/10 @ 8pm; Friday 17/10 @ 8pm and Saturday 18/10 @ 5pm - and if you haven't organised your tickets as yet, you best do so pronto! There are less than 40 seats available for each of the last 2 performances!
So, click here to organise your tickets and we look forward to seeing you at the show!
The night is here!
Opening night is TONIGHT! The stage is set, the cast is WELL rehearsed (and sound amazing), the crew is ready to go and the band is ready to ROCK!
Wishing everyone who is involved with our production of Jesus Christ Superstar, no matter how large or small their input a big hearty "Chookas" for what is bound to be another successful season for Croydon Parish Players.
And if you haven't got your tickets as yet, you better get them sorted quickly! Click here to do so now.
See you at the show!
What is your role?
I'm playing Caiaphas.
What has been your favourite part of rehearsals so far?
I will cheat and name three things that aren't all technically about rehearsals. Drumroll, please.
Coming in third is the audition format. Having songs picked, going through them at information night, getting to practise the dance audition routine and being able to sing a few parts at audition is sooo much better than spending most of your time worrying about what song to sing, getting a long dance routine to memorise in five minutes or only singing for 16 bars.
Second is the cast booklet. Yes, the cast booklet. It is great for the time challenged parent type. And I can look up everyone's names when I forget, which is most of the time.
Best, though, was hearing everyone sing. Early on, it was great to hear a large chunk of Act 1 in succession, which you often don't get til late in rehearsals (ie: now), but better to hear the songs sounding so good so early. If I had to do this questionnaire correctly and pick one favourite thing so far, it'd be the "Oh" in "Everything's Alright".
What are you most looking forward to during the season?
I'm most looking forward to costumes. I hope to wear a tall, beehive shaped hat, ala the 1973 movie Caiaphas. (Bare chest and big medallion optional but not necessary.)
What was the first musical you performed in and when was that?
My first musical was Oklahoma when I was fourteen. Can't remember whether I was a farmer or a cow man but I remember that they should be friends (and probably every other song from the show).
Outside theatre, what can you be found doing?
Outside of theatre I can often be found watching my five year old test out his contraptions, chopping firewood, plotting the destruction of the evil weeds trying to take over my property or training for triathlons.
Be sure to come and see Stephen and the rest of the cast perform in this fantastic show! Tickets are on sale and selling fast, so click here to secure yours now! We look forward to seeing you there!
When and what was your first show at CPP?
My first show with CPP was My Fair Lady 1996. This is where I met my wife Belinda.
Favourite scene and why?
My favourite scene that I'm in is "Trial by Pilate" as it really is packed with emotion and drama. However I really also love the positive vibe from "What's the Buzz," and the emotions and questions that are put forward by Jesus in "Gethsemane".
How are you different to Pilate?
That is difficult. Hopefully I'm not as easily swayed by public opinion. I certainly don't have any power like he did, but then again "Everything is fixed and you can't change it."
What are you most looking forward to during the season?
I am most looking forward to having the band/orchestra join us for a rehearsal and then opening night!
Most difficult thing about playing Pilate?
Most difficult part about playing Pilate would have to be getting the timing right for some parts of the songs I sing... at the moment anyway. I'm sure there will be other challenges as the show develops, but that's part of the fun of theatre!
Most enjoyable thing about playing Pilate?
Pilate is a great role, I'm really enjoying the whole experience, challenge and positive vibes from the cast. Everyone has been really supportive and friendly.
Don't miss the show - and of course Pilate Pete! - click here to book your tickets! We look forward to seeing you there!
Croydon Parish Players features in this weeks edition of the Maroondah Leader (see article below). If you haven't booked your tickets as yet for our upcoming musical - which opens in less than 2 weeks! - you should do so ASAP by clicking here. Tickets are selling fast. You won't want to miss out on what is going to be a sensational show!
Introducing our beautiful Angels! Ruth, Cassie, Kate, Amy, Kacey and Jess have been working hard to put together some spectacular dances. With a combined 70+ years of dance experience between them, this is one talented group! The Angels were inspired to start dance for various reasons, but a love of performing is common to all of them. Jess started dancing when she was six, all her friends were having lessons and she didn’t want to miss out on the fun! Kate likes dance as it “tricks the body into being active, whilst having fun.” She’s really enjoyed successfully pirouetting, and motioning flicking Jesus off the stage in Herod’s song.
Amy has been dancing since she was five, and did calisthenics before that. This show has brought about new challenges for her, as she is a cast member as well as choreographer. Amy has loved seeing her ideas come to life, and she’s looking forward to seeing it all come together on stage with costumes, staging and lighting.
Cassie started tap lessons this year, which has been useful for the Herod dance. This style of dance is fitting as Cassie describes herself as a tap shoe, “really loud and looks cool!” She’s always loved the challenge of dancing, rehearsing moves over and over again until she wonders why they seemed so hard in the first place! Cassie can’t wait to share with the audience a story that is so important to her life.
It’s not just the dancing that has been challenging; Ruth has enjoyed the “awesome notes” that the Sopranos have (up to a C6!) in some of the songs. Singing and dancing (and remembering to breathe) at the same time isn’t easy, and it’s been something that the ladies have had to work on during rehearsals. Ruth’s dancing career was put on after knee surgery at age 15. She’s thrilled to be dancing again, and loves sharing the show with new and old friends.
Dance has been a part of Kacey’s life for twenty-four years, “dancing feels like home” to her. She brings a lot of energy and life to the show, her passion shows in every rehearsal. Kacey loves the Superstar chorus, where all the Angels dance in unison. The different poses look very striking up on the platforms!
All of them struggle to pick just one favourite move, as Amy’s choreography has so many highlights! Jess’s favourite move is the kick line in Herod’s song. Cassie loves the Charleston in Herod’s song. Amy loves the Angels interactions with Colin, who is playing Judas, in Superstar. Ruth loves doing “the bounce,” you’ll have to come and see the show in October to know what she’s talking about!
All the Angels are looking forward to sharing this production with you all! If you haven't booked your tickets yet, do so now by clicking here! See you in October!
Croydon Parish Players
We are a not-for-profit theatre group based in Croydon, in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. We have two seasons each year: a play season in May and a Musical season in October. For more information contact us! To be kept up to date with what's on at CPP, enter your email below. You will then receive a notification email whenever a new blog is posted.