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 people who made the Cast of High School Musical....time to get your head in the game...
Troy – Morgan Flynn
Gabriella – Maddison Cooper
Ryan – Matthew Prow
Sharpay – Emily Green
Chad – Jack Ford
Taylor – Shannon Green
Zeke – Connor Murphy
Martha – Gracie Townsend
Kelsi – Kasey-Lee Murphy
Ms Darbus – Katrina Harris
Coach – Greg Ballantyne
Ripper – Max Maier
Jonas – Nic Ryan
Jennifer - Maddison Day
Iris - Birdee Sideris
Mongo - Karina Allan
Ally - Molly Cowan
Cathy - Shannon Toole
Cyndra - Brittni Carroll
Susan - Sophie Harris
Roley - Lachlan Sense
Poley - Jasmin Carroll
Kratnoff - Amy Dearden
Cracker - Maddison Blockley-Ireland
Parkes Musical & Dramatic Society's next Production will be High School Musical; show season October 2015.
Auditions will be held at the Little Theatre from 6pm on Friday, 12 June, and 12noon on Saturday, 13 June.
People wanting to audition for a lead role will be required to sing either What I've Been Looking For or Breaking Free.
People auditioning for a minor or chorus role will have to sing We're all in this Together.
Everyone will need to learn the We're all in this Together dance and perform it within a group at auditions.
Backing tracks and dance instruction will be in links below.
If you would like to audition but can not make it at these times, please call or text Greg on 0434 986 624 to arrange an alternate time BEFORE the auditions.
We are looking for people aged over 13, and will cast the best person for each role regardless of age. We are looking for people who love to dance, have high energy and who don't take themselves too seriously.
If you've never been in a show before, this could be the one! This could the start of something new…
Troy Bolton - basketball star and leading man, singing high, dancing high
Gabriella Montez - sweet, innocent, supersmart leading lady, singing high, dancing medium
Sharpay Evans - arrogant but funny, overdramatic, singing medium, dancing medium
Ryan Evans - Sharpay's brother and fellow thespian, singing medium, dancing high
Chad Danforth - basketballer and Troy's bestie, singing medium, dancing high
Taylor McKessie - Science nerd, singing medium, dancing medium
Kelsi Neilson - creative and quiet, ability to play piano preferred, singing medium, dancing low
Ms Darbus - overly dramatic drama teacher, non-singing, non-dancing
Coach Bolton - grrrrrrrrrrr, non-singing, non-dancing
Zeke - he loves to bake, singing medium, dancing high
Martha - loves to pop and lock and jam and break, singing medium, dancing high
Ripper - plays the cello, singing medium, dancing high
The rest of the roles are small speaking and chorus roles which can be any combination of male and female (including all female) however we are looking for at least three males for the chorus to play basketballers.
There are eight small speaking (or deliberately bad singing) roles, and the size of the chorus will be capped at around 20 depending on numbers at auditions.
Chorus members need to be willing to sing a bit and be prepared to dance A LOT!
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!