Welcome to the Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society's web site. From our humble beginnings in a tin shed to the wonderfully updated venue, our Society offers a Big cutural and entertaining experience in a Little Theatre setting.
The society has a wealth of talented members, aged from 4 to 80+. In recent years the society has really taken off and our membership base has tripled. We are always welcoming New Members and have a lot of families contributing to our progressing society. So if you love the thought of being on stage (or behind) and are looking for a fun way to make new friends, come along and join in - no talent needed - just the love of the thrill of being involved in live theatre.
Congratulations to the following that we cast in the next society production of FOOTLOOSE!
Ren: Morgan Flynn
Ethel McCormack: Christa Radley
Reverend Moore: Neil Westcott
Vi Moore: Shevaun Brown
Ariel: Birdee Sideris
Rusty: Brittni Carroll
Urleen: Maddison Day
Wendy Jo: Chloe Macrae
Willard: Greg Ballantyne
Chuck Cranston: Jacob Townsend
Lulu Warnicker: Sophie Harris
Wes Warnicker: Steve McGrath
Eleanor Dunbar: Katrina Harris
Coach Dunbar: TBC
Betty Blast: Angela Bottaro Porter
Principal Clarke: Duncan Clement
Cowboy Bob: Aaron Kingham
Chuck & Rens buddies
Erin O’Leary (Cowboy Bobs backing singer)
Piper Hennock (Cowboy Bobs backing singer)
Ashley Evans (Cowboy Bobs backing singer)
Hayley Ballantyne (Cowboy Bobs backing singer)
Teenage dance ensemble
2015 Certainly will go down as the year of the juniors. With two massive sell-out musicals, both primarily starring a number of juniors under the age of 23, the strength in our junior ranks has been recognised by CATS this year.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CAT NOMINEES FOR 2015!
MORGAN FLYNN - Best Actor in a leading role in a youth musical (High School Musical)
EMILY GREEN - Best Actress in a featured role in a youth musical (High School Musical)
MATTHEW PROW - Best Actor in a featured role in a youth musical (High School Musical)
GRACIE TOWNSEND - Patricia Kelson Encouragement Award - Choreography (Hairspray)
The Gala Awards ceremony will be held at Llewellyn Hall in Canberra on 21st February 2016.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OUR NOMINEES
An exciting announcement will be made soon about what will be the next big musical for Parkes M&D Society. WATCH THIS SPACE!
In a labour of love, Parkes M & D lifer Sir Tom of Warrick has painstakenly compiled a history of the Society. Originally prepared for the Parkes Champion Post, the articles have been reproduced below for your reading pleasure. The articles detail some of the highlights for what would have to be Parkes' oldest community organisation, which has featured Mayors, Clergy, Teachers, Editors, Scientists and a future star of Australian Stage, TV and Screen among its members. Enjoy!