This page is all about the society including membership, meetings, history, etc.
Membership runs from January to December each year. The cost to join our Society is $10 student $20 Single and $40 Family. Members can participate in all Society productions and will receive a copy of the newsletter. All members over 18 years of age must submit a Working with Children Check to the Membership Registrar for verification.
If you wish to become a member, download, print out and hand in the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM, or post together with the appropriate membership fee to PO Box 376 Parkes NSW 2870. Please contact the Membership Registrar for any information on becoming a member.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month (unless otherwise noted) and commence at 7.30pm. They are held at the Parkes Little Theatre and are a great opportunity to catch up with friends and provide the chance for you to provide some input into the running of the Society.
The management of the Society had been progressing nicely under the leadership of Des Maguire, however when he resigned at the end of 1959, Kevin O’Connor was elected new President but unfortunately he relinquished the position at the end of the year, so Bob Waters was asked to take on the job and guide the Society through the next two years of hectic activity.
With the Central West Drama Festival due to be held in September 1962, the committee was flat out putting the final touches to the dressing room extension, plastering the walls, installing mirrors and lights and plumbing water to a basin in one of the rooms. The mirrors were donated by Con Diamond, one of the local chemists, from his shop renovation.
The highlight of 1964 was the ten year revival of the musical The Desert Song, at the Orange Hall which starred Pat Mitchell and Reg Byrne with Direction by Zillah Grinter and Musical Direction by Joan Tucker. The large cast included well known locals, Mary Pearce, Betty Spicer, Bert Lister, Barton Prior and Cliff Cowell who also helped with the lighting and electrics, while the eight piece orchestra included Margaret Cowell playing the piano, a job she undertook for the Society on many occasions.
With the departure of Ken Brokenshire to Forbes, Ron Smith became President for the next two years. As mentioned in a previous article Ron was the past president of Trundle Society where he had a chemist shop. Ron was a very good singer having trained in Sydney, so naturally his interests leaned towards musicals.
The profits from the various shows in the sixties enabled the Society to upgrade the theatre facilities with portable heaters, profile spots, security system and emergency lighting, the last item was to comply with the Public Halls Act. The portable heaters were later replaced with permanent gas heaters and the theatre finally got front stage curtains. A bold move to erect a flytower was found to be too expensive at 1200 pounds, however flats were constructed together with batten lights and dimmer units installed.
Bob Munro and his wife Pat were English teachers at the High School and through Bob, the Society was once again energised. He encouraged other teachers to participate and in the second half of 1972 during his Presidency, a new group of members staged” Billy Liar” under his direction. Mary Pearce, a stalwart of the Society, was once again co-opted with Mike Bloomfield, Bob Harris, Tony Walker. Janice Field helped back stage, a job she did in the next three productions.
Following close on the heels of this production was the “Rape of the Belt”, a Grecian comedy in three acts, directed by Jeanne Woodlands with Mike Bloomfield as executive director. Bob Munro and Bob Harris both took a part, with new comers Vivienne Gray, Greg Richards, Wyn Miller and Annette Birch also appearing. Stage managers were Bill Martens and Gary Ercher and lighting, Bob Johns. A well known Parkes hairdresser, Ron Baldwin, was responsible for the hair styles for this and the next production. This concluded the year with both shows being a financial success. The committee looked forward to 1973 with much anticipation, planning two shows for the year.