It’s a Hit!

November 13, 2013

The North West Theatre Company’s production Pygmalion, opened to great acclaim on Saturday night.  Almost 200 people have already seen the play at the Roxy Theatre, which has introduced some new actors to the stage, with further performances next Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

“It has been our best weekend ever,” North West theatre Company President, John Wearne, who was also the play’s producer, said.

North West Theatre Company Pygmalion Cast
Cast members, Henry Young, Lee Louden, Nedine Young, Rachel fernance, Linda McDouall, Ros Moulton, Henry Martin, Crystal Cooper, Rick Hutton and Mark Everett.

Rick Hutton, who has been in major roles since the NWTC’s inception, took a lessor part this time, as Alfred Doolittle, to devote his energy to directing the play. 

Wendy & John WearneOthers who have appeared before, Nedine Young, Ros Moulton, and in a minor role, John Wearne (pictured left), all carried out their parts with aplomb.

New to the Roxy stage are Wendy Wearne, Henry Martin, Henry Young, Mark Everett, Lee Louden, Linda McDouall and Crystal Cooper, along with the Company’s new treasure, Rachel Fernance, who delighted the audience with her convincing portrayal of Eliza Doolittle.

Rick Hutton was responsible for the set design, which was made work by technical director, Martin Hansford, with set construction by Paul Moulton.

In his producer’s note, Mr. Wearne paid tribute to the skills of Martin Hansford, and others who work ‘behind the scenes’ to make sure the play runs smoothly.

“All NWTC productions involve a major collaboration between a large number of people such as martin Hansfordd, without whom it would be impossible to produce such a high quality set, sound and lighting,” he said.

Others involved were Stage Manager, Carmen Southwell, stage hands – Nic Hutton (who had a walk on part and seven words), and Jessica Russell-Davies, costume design – Susan Hutton, makeup – Nikki Galvin, front of house – Chris Whitfeld, and program and ticketing – Jenny Mead.

Props were loaned by Vintage Rose, Liz Carter, Linda McDouall, Jenny McGowan, Noel and Betty Johnson, Bingara Historical Society Museum, Gwydir Shire Council and the Roxy Theatre.

“Pygmalion is a watershed for the Company with new actors coming forward,” Mr. Wearne said.

“It is 10 years since the NWTC performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The first production of the NWTC was Educating Rita.

The NWTC will be meeting within weeks to plan the next show.  “We are really encouraged,” Mr. Wearne said. 

It is likely the next show will be a comedy, and some have suggested a musical may be planned.

PYGMALION has two more shows, on Saturday November 16 at 8:00pm and on Sunday November 17 at 2:00pm.

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Tickets: Bingara Visitor Information Centre on 6724 0066 and online.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for concessions to pensioners and students.

Don’t miss this comical North West Theatre Company production.