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Repertory Society celebrates five decades of fun

Tuesday, 16th July, 2013

June Maree Bennett doing her Carmen Miranda impersonation. June Maree Bennett doing her Carmen Miranda impersonation.

By Emily Roberts

Theatre 44 celebrated 50 years of entertaining locals over the weekend by putting on a show.

In 1963, the Broken Hill Repertory Society opened its brand new premises - Theater 44 in Wills Street.

During that time, the theatre has seen over 250 productions and several of the actors have gone on to act professionally and hundreds of locals have been entertained.

The celebration to acknowledge the 50 years was held on Sunday at Theatre 44.

Repertory Society secretary, Marilyn Harris said the afternoon was very successful.

“It was fantastic, it was really good. I am thrilled with everything,” she said.

“Former stars of Theatre 44 all performed including Megan Hendy, Stacey Hendy and Ann Clarke who returned from Adelaide, and locals Don Mudie, June Bennett, Diane Cotterill, Adrian Bartley, Dylan McLachlan and myself all took part.

“Everyone told me how beautiful the afternoon was.”

Mrs Harris said about 65 people attended the event.

“We had some very enthusiastic people (come along) who have been attending for years,” she said.

“Eleanor Williams cut the cake and Doug Jones, Don Mudie and John Harris read the history of the Theatre.

“There was a power point of about 400 photos from shows and actors - people loved that, some of the photos gave them a good laugh.”

Mrs Harris said she also read out messages from former locals who were involved with the theatre.

She said they also raised $500 for Theatre 44.

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