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EVEN those not associated with the Wont-
haggi Theatrical Group will know that Karen
Milkins-Hendry and Will Hanley are stal-
warts of the group year after year.
So that when they were lampooned by the
group, during their annual variety show last
weekend, ‘Bend It Like Broadway’, for not
being part of the production this year, every-
one was in on the gag.
And “even without Karen and Will” this year,
the production, across three performances at
the weekend was light, bright and entertaining.
Taking the reins this year was the very ca-
pable Brad Boucher as conscripted direc-
tor, and he used the theme of friendly com-
petition within for lead roles as a chance to
showcase the talent of all involved.
And Brad even shouldered some of the per-
formance load himself, having a crack at the
exacting theme from Jekyll and Hyde, ‘ This
is the Moment’ in commendable style.
Another of the company’s experienced per-
formers, Sophie Cuttriss, also provided one
of the highlights of the night with her rendi-
tion of ‘Send In The Clouds’ from Sondheim’s
A Little Night, with the help of Roy Trumble
and Finn Donohue as clowns; a song popu-
larised by Barbra Streisand among others.
But it was the company’s younger crew who
really took it up to the audience throughout
the night, much to the delight of the WTG’s
management and the local theatre-loving
community, pleased to see the next genera-
tion of performers coming along.
Brad’s daughter Abi joined together with
Emma Ward in a harmonious duet, the en-
ergetic Sam Bowden paraded his song and
dance prowess, Roy Trumble, Mack Williams
(with a great rap from the musical Hamil-
ton) and Finn Donohue featured throughout
while the strongly developing vocal talents of
Emma Vollard and Bronte de Lacy-Vawden
also on show.
It was all wrapped up in a fun, slightly
adlib package with natural dialogue to keep
the action moving.
A major strength of the production was
Jake Amy on piano.
It’s easy to forget that Jake only completed
his VCE last year and is off to Monash Uni
this year to undertake a Batchelor of Music
majoring in the jazz stream.
Going by what he is already producing, he
could skip straight through to third year!
All-in-all it was a fun night’s entertainment,
whetting the appetite for what lies ahead
from our local theatre groups; Miss Saigon
first at Wonthaggi in May, Hairspray at Le-
ongatha in July and then, later in the year,
Chicago at Wonthaggi. Don’t miss them!
Members of the cast of Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s production of ‘Bend It Like Broad-
way’; including Sam Bowden, Roy Trumble, Finn Donohue and Mungo Trumble, contributed
strongly to a highly entertaining variety show last weekend. M100717
Brad Boucher, Sam Bowden, Emma Vollard, Sophie Cuttriss and Finn Donohue sing out
during the finale to their Wonthaggi Theatrical Group variety show last weekend. M110717
Wonthaggi’s variety show full of fun
FRIENDS of Inverloch Library (FOIL) will wel-
come award winning author, Garry Disher to In-
verloch Library on Friday, February 24 at 5.30pm.
Garry is one of Australia’s best-known authors.
He grew up on a farm in South Australia and has
said he was influenced to become a writer by his
father’s bedtime stories and the isolation of farm
He has published 50 books over a long and var-
ied writing career.
He is best known for his crime novels that have
earned him an international reputation and led to
his books being published in several European
countries and in the USA.
Garry has received rave reviews for his Challis
and Destry crime novels that are set on the Morn-
The latest in this series, Signal Loss, was pub-
lished in 2016 and is already very popular with
readers. He is also been acclaimed for his well-
known Wyatt Novels. The last book in this series
The Heat was published in 2015.
Garry travels widely in Australia and over-
seas and is always in demand as a speaker at
Come along to an evening of Wine and Crime at
Inverloch Library and hear Garry talk about his
books and his extraordinary career.
Some of Garry’s books will be available for sale
and he will be happy to sign copies.
Admission is $5 and wine and cheese will be
served before Garry’s talk.
Author Garry Disher will visit the Inver-
loch Library later this month.
Wine and crime
AWARD-WINNING Aussie vocalist Tina Harrod
will visit South Gippsland for one very special per-
formance next month.
Delivering songs in a way few other performers
can match, Tina has been regarded by many as one
of the country’s finest singer-songwriters.
For example, if she’s crooning her way through a
jazz standard, you’ll hear elements of Nina Simone
and Sarah Vaughan, without compromising Tina’s
own individuality. And when she’s performing her
own material, Tina delivers finely-structured songs
that are highly inventive, soulful gems.
Tina has appeared as a headline artist at many
major festivals around Australia over the past two
years, including sold out performances at the Perth
International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festi-
val and Mullumbimby Music Festival.
She also recently wowed audiences with two
huge Sydney Festival shows alongside the Orszac-
zky Budget Orchestra (aka OBO).
Arts critic John Shand from the Sydney Morning
“Harrod’s singing was all tension and edge, but
you sensed the show could explode to another
level. When she and her band returned for the sec-
ond set the glass did shatter – and kept shattering.
Suddenly shards of raw emotion were spearing
through the air and, if you didn’t quite duck, you
found yourself gripping the person beside you a lit-
tle more tightly than was necessary. Harrod didn’t
occupy the stage, she prowled it.”
Don’t miss her performance at the Meeniyan
Town Hall on Friday, March 31 at 8pm where she
will be joined by a powerhouse trio: Jex Saarelaht
on piano, Phil Rex on bass and Sydney-based
drummer Nic Cecire.
Tina plans on performing tracks from her four
acclaimed solo albums, along with a taste of mate-
rial from an album she plans to record early this
Tickets are $40 for Lyrebird Arts Council
members and concession or $45 for non-mem-
bers. You can book by emailing lyrebirdarts@
hotmail.com or by visiting Gecko Studio Gal-
lery, Fish Creek; Duck Hutt, Meeniyan; Main
Street Revelations, Foster; The Rusty Windmill
Cafe, Leongatha. For more information, phone
5664 9239 or 0427 060 219.
Tina bound for Meeniyan
Get ready for an unforgettable night of
jazzy goodness when acclaimed vocalist
Tina Harrod takes to the stage at Meeniyan.
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