2020 Season

Artwork by Michael Arvithris

After 64 years of presenting quality Community Theatre in Epping, Theatre on Chester is pleased to announce our 2020 season of three beautiful plays focusing on

LOVE and MARRIAGE

IN DUTY BOUND

By Ron Eisha
Directed by Carla Moore
By Special Arrangement with Smith and Jones Management
17th April – 9th May

It’s Australia 1969 and the sabbath in the Berkowicz household when the extended family gathers joyously for the occasion. Good humour and high spirits prevail around the dinner table but their youngest son has news to impart that will blow this homey scene wide open. At the centre of this family confrontation is Christine, an outsider, a Gentile. Ron Elisha is a world renowned playwright of numerous productions, and a Winner of four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards. In Duty Bound is a funny, thought-provoking and totally absorbing play exploring the dynamics of family and faith.

BLITHE SPIRIT

By Noel Coward
Directed by Cate Cunningham
By Special Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical
24th July – 15th August

Charles Condomine a popular novelist, lives a simple country life with his second wife, Ruth. Searching for inspiration for his newest novel, they invite Madame Arcati and their closest friends, round for a séance. Instead of conjuring up a random ghoul for the night however, Madame Arcati manages to accidentally bring back Charles’ first wife Elvira, who died seven years previously of a heart attack while laughing at a BBC Light Program on the radio. Elvira attempts to disrupt his marriage to Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Exploring themes of deception, love, loyalty, and the complex legacy of past relationships, Blithe Spirit is one of Coward’s most acclaimed plays.

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE

By Andrew Bovell
Directed by Kaye Lopez
Exclusively licensed by HLA Management Pty Ltd
6th – 28th November

One year in the life of an Australian family as they discover the sweet pain of finding out the truth about each other and themselves. Bob and Fran Price have been married for 30 years, brought up four children and kept their sense of humour. Their eldest is married with children of her own, the boys are successfully pursuing careers and their youngest has just left home to backpack around Europe for a year. It should be time to stop and smell Bob’s precious roses. But just when things should be slowing down, it becomes clear that a parent’s work is never really complete. Funny and poignant, Things I Know to be True is a beautifully crafted play from award winning Australian playwright Andrew Bovell.

Subscriptions for LOVE and MARRIAGE 2020 are open now! Look out for your subscription brochure in the mail or complete the form below.

Auditions

In Duty Bound

Written by Ron Elisha
Directed by Carla Moore

It’s Australia 1969 and the sabbath in the Berkowicz household when the extended family gathers joyously for the occasion. Good humour and high spirits prevail around the dinner table but their youngest son has news to impart that will blow this homey scene wide open. At the centre of this family confrontation is Christine, an outsider, a Gentile.
Ron Elisha is a world renowned playwright of numerous productions, and a Winner of four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards. In Duty Bound is a funny, thought-provoking and totally absorbing play exploring the dynamics of family and faith.

Cast

  • FANIA – Jack’s mother 50-60
  • SIMKEH – Jack’s father 50-60
  • JACK – student  22- 26-ish
  • MORDECAI – Simkeh’s brother – 50-60
  • LENNY – (small role) Jack’s older brother- late 20s
  • GIZA – married to Mordecai- 50-60
  • SUZY – (small role)  married to Lenny – mid/late 20s
  • HANNAH – (small role) Suzy’s friend
  • CHRISTINE – Jack’s girlfriend 22-26-ish

TO BOOK AN AUDITION TIME
contact secretary@theatreonchester.com.au
Auditions will be approximately 10 – 15 minutes each. Actors will audition for each part singly. Memorising the script for the audition is not needed, but please be familiar with your character and the appropriate scenes. Audition scenes and script excerpts will be sent on booking.

AUDITION DATES

Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd January 
from 7.30pm

At Theatre on Chester Cnr. Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping

Rehearsals are held at Theatre on Chester
All Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm plus additional rehearsals in the weeks before opening. A full rehearsal schedule will be given at the first reading.

Please advise us at the auditions if you have any prior commitments for rehearsal dates.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

The Theatre on Chester is at the corner of Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping. The theatre is located in the Epping Uniting Church hall, please enter next to the church. The theatre is 5 minutes’ walk from Epping station and street parking outside the theatre is generally easy. Auditions and all rehearsals are held at the theatre.

Audition Times – please let us know your preference for an audition day and time when you book. If you have no preference, please let us know as this helps with timetabling.

Bring to the audition – Your CV, head shot, script and application form in hard copy.

Payment – The Theatre on Chester is a community theatre and as such none of the cast or crew are paid. You will however be rewarded with tea, coffee, biscuits, the occasional pizza and lots of rapturous applause!

Membership of the Theatre on Chester – Actors who are cast for the production will need to be members of the Theatre on Chester, $10 for a year.

Other commitments – Set building for the production will be on Saturday mornings from 9.00am – 1.00pm. It is appreciated if cast members can give a few Saturdays to help with the set. On performance nights, cast members please stay for 5-10 minutes after the show to help the stage manager close up and the FOH team to pack chairs etc. Many hands make light work and then we can all get away at a reasonable time. The Tuesday evening following the final performance is set beak down, help from the cast is appreciated.

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Members

Becoming a Member 

The group encourages new members who can contribute new skills, new ideas or just be willing to lend a hand! We welcome your interest and involvement, no matter what your level of experience or expertise. There are a varied number of roles: lighting and sound operation, front of house, set design and set building, stage and production management, directing and acting.

As a member you will receive a monthly newsletter “Chestie Chatter”, discount rates for opening nights and invitations to all group social functions and club nights.

If you feel you would like to become involved with a highly regarded, well-established theatre group, please download the Membership Form and email it to the Secretary – secretary@theatreonchester.com.au.

If you have any questions about membership please email the Secretary – secretary@theatreonchester.com.au or leave a message on our answering machine by calling 02 9877 0081.