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"Oliver" News Items



At the CONDA Awards last night (7/12/12) at the Civic Theatre, "Oliver" won 3 awards. These were:

* Best Non-professional Musical Production

* Chris Maxfield - Non-professional Leading Actor in a Musical

* Chris Vidler - Non-professional Musical Direction

A huge congratulations to everyone who contributed to this wonderful production. The efforts of everybody is reflected in the award for Best Musical.

CONDA Nominations for "OLIVER"

At the launch yesterday for this year's CONDA Awards, "Oliver" received 8 nominations. Congratulations to everyone associated with the production. The CONDA Awards will be presented at the Civic Theatre on Friday, 7 December at 7.30pm - good luck to all our nominees. The nominations were:

* Musical Production
* Ensemble Acting
* Chris Maxfield - lead actor in a musical

* Scott Everleigh - supporting actor

* Kirby-Leigh Coker - choreography
* Bev Fewins - costume design
* Chris Vidler - musical director
* George Francis & Valmai Drury - hair & wig design

Review for "OLIVER"

In the review for "Oliver" in today's Herald, theatre critic Ken Longworth said that the production was 'must see entertainment' and a 'first-class production'. He also said that 'Director Julie Black, her production team and a fine cast keep the action flowing from the opening scene' and that 'all the cast members, from principals to the ensemble, do fine work'. Congratulations to everyone concerned with the production on such a great achievement.

"OLIVER" Opening Night

"Oliver" had a wonderful opening night on Wednesday, 15 August. The Charity groups who benefitted from the night were Ronald McDonald House, the Samaritans and Newcastle Rotary. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and everyone thought it was a fantastic show. The season continues until 25 August playing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Saturday matinees at 2pm. All bookings are through Ticketek on 49291977.

"OLIVER" Media Launch

We had a very successful media launch for "Oliver" in the foyer of the Civic Theatre on Tuesday, 31 July 2012. Musical items were performed by Oliver, the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Nancy and the orphans.

Newcastle City Council Provides Support for "OLIVER"

Metropolitan Players was successful in getting support from Newcastle City Council through the Community Assistance Program for our season of "Oliver". The support is in the form of an in-kind subsidy for use of the Civic Theatre. The City of Newcastle's Community Assistance Program supports community efforts to maintain the strength and vibrancy of Newcastle's community and economy and express cultural values. Our production of "Oliver" is a totally local product with local actors, musicians and production staff and we are very grateful to the Council for their support.

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"OLIVER" Billboard

The advertising campaign for "Oliver" continues with a billboard at Broadmeadow outside the District Park Tennis Centre.

"OLIVER" Advertising Campaign

The advertising campaign for "Oliver" has now started. There are ads appearing on NBN Television and in the Herald and this week a banner went up outside the Civic Theatre.

35th Birthday Function

Metropolitan Players will be holding a special function to celebrate our 35th birthday this year.
It will be held at Memories Function Centre, 4-6 Charles Street, Wallsend on Saturday, 13th October. The cost will be $40 per person and this will include finger food throughout the night, sweets and tea and coffee and a souvenir engraved glass. Drinks can be purchased from the bar. The dress will be black tie - after five.

We would like to see as many past and present members, performers, orchestra and production crew and supporters who have been a part of the Company over the years and helped it grow and develop. It will be a great chance to catch up with old friends, look at photos from previous shows and swap memorable stories associated with the productions over the years.

If you would like to come along please give Julie a call on 49485568 or email us at so that we can get an idea of numbers. We will organise payment later in the year.

35th Anniversary Production - "OLIVER"

This year Metropolitan Players is celebrating 35 years of presenting quality large scale musicals to Newcastle audiences. Our production for this major milestone is "Oliver". Click on the image below for full details and how to book.


Annual General Meeting

Metropolitan Players will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 28th February 2012 at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held at Broadmeadow Uniting Church Hall in Broadmeadow Road (just up from Broadmeadow railway station). At the meeting we will be electing the new committee for 2012. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the company is very welcome. We would love to see you on the night.

"OLIVER" Auditions

Our 2012 production will be Lionel Bart's "Oliver" which will be staged at the Civic Theatre from 15-25 August, 2012.

Auditions for "Oliver" will be held on 9th, 10th, 11th December 2011 at Broadmeadow Uniting Church Hall. All roles and ensemble are available.

For more information and to book an audition time please ring the Director, Julie Black, on 49485568.




CONDA Wins for "Oliver" - Saturday, December 08, 2012
"Oliver" wins 3 CONDAs - see details below.
Edit AnnouncementCONDA Nominations - Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Oliver gets 8 CONDA nominations - see details below.
Herald Review for "Oliver" - Monday, August 20, 2012
The review for "Oliver" appeared in the Herald today. See article below.
Edit Announcement"Oliver" Opens - Friday, August 17, 2012
"Oliver"opening night. See article below.
Edit AnnouncementNewcastle City Council Support - Thursday, August 02, 2012
Newcastle City Council has provided support for "Oliver". See article below.
Edit AnnouncementMedia Launch - Thursday, August 02, 2012
Media Launch at the Civic. See article below.
Edit Announcement"Oliver" Billboard - Monday, July 30, 2012
The billboard goes up - see article below.
Edit Announcement"Oliver" Advertising Campaign - Thursday, July 05, 2012
Advertising for "Oliver" has begun. See article below.