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Stars to shine for 44’s 50th

Thursday, 4th July, 2013

(From left) Eleanor Williams; who was at the opening of Theatre 44, Doug Jones; a member of the Board, and (back) Marilyn Harris; Repertory Society secretary, would like locals to attend their celebration next week. (From left) Eleanor Williams; who was at the opening of Theatre 44, Doug Jones; a member of the Board, and (back) Marilyn Harris; Repertory Society secretary, would like locals to attend their celebration next week.

Theatre 44 and the Broken Hill Repertory Society have influenced many lives and next weekend they will be celebrating 50 years.

Fifty years ago Broken Hill Repertory Society opened their brand new premises - Theatre 44 in Wills Street. 

It was the result of much effort on the part of people like Bob Cawdle, Vic Bindley and Eleanor Williams.

In those 50 years, Theatre 44 has seen over 250 productions - plays, musicals and concerts.

It has produced several actors who have gone on to professional acting.

Thousands of people have participated in productions, and spent many enjoyable hours rehearsing and performing.

A celebration of 50 years of Theatre 44 will be held at the Theatre at 2pm on July 14.

This will take the form of a concert and afternoon tea, with opportunities for reminiscing.

Former stars of Theatre 44 will be performing. Megan Hendy (nee Pollard), Stacey Hendy and Ann Clarke will return from Adelaide, and locals Don Mudie, June Bennett, Diane Cotterill, Marilyn Harris, Adrian Bartley and Dylan McLachlan will all take part.

“Anyone who has previously had connections with Theatre 44, or been in the audience over the years is invited to attend the celebrations,” Repertory Society secretary, Marilyn Harris said.

“Tickets to the concert and afternoon tea are $20, and are available from Broken Hill Music in Oxide Street or myself on 8087 9585.”

Mrs Harris said the theatre had been struggling for quite a few years to stay afloat financially.

“To bring back drama to the Theatre, funds are desperately needed to maintain and refurbish the Theatre and to support productions,” she said.

“If you have been a former participant in Theatre 44 productions, or have appreciated the contribution of the Theatre, you may like to support the Theatre with a donation or your attendance at the celebrations, or both.

“Either way you can show your appreciation for the many happy hours you spent there.”

The history of Theatre 44 is being researched by Doug Jones, and he would appreciate any contributions at dougjones@spin.net.au.

Doug will present his research at the concert.

Any other ex-performers who would like to contribute to the concert would be welcome to contact Marilyn at thestudio@westnet.com.au.

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