Calling all actors and audiences

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Eltham Little Theatre

Audition Notice

Play: The Peppercorn Tree

Sunday 4 February and Monday 5 February – 7.00pm – 10.15pm.

This is a moving Australian drama set in Melbourne in 1993.

Auditions will be by individual appointment, at 15 minute intervals.

Audition candidates will be asked to read specific sections of the script against other actors. There is no need to memorise these for the audition.

Please arrive 10 minutes early so that you can fill out an audition form.

Rehearsals will be held Monday and Wednesday 7.30 to 9.30pm and Sunday 2.30 to 5pm.

Successful candidates will be required to become members of the Eltham Little Theatre.

Please contact the director with inquiries, to request a script and a list of audition pieces.

Director’s email is

Gemco Theatre – a History

In the town of Emerald in Kilvington Drive one finds The Gemco Players Community Theatre.

Back in 1980 a recent arrival from England, David Greenaway was interested in forming a theatre group, so he called a meeting of like-minded people and Theatre was born that night. The name comes from the towns in the area, Gembrook, Emerald, Menzies Creek and Cockatoo.

Like many other theatres the rehearsals were held in private homes and small halls in Emerald and Clematis. Of course, this meant carrying all that was needed to take to the halls in the area for the actual performances. In the years since 1980, it has performed to over 45,000 people certainly showing that the hills were bereft of entertainment.

A small hall, initially the Tecoma Uniting Church, was made into a permanent home. Again like many other community theatres, the members volunteered to bring the old hall into a theatre. This space proved so efficient that it saw an expansion of youth groups, so much so that the company outgrew their theatre.

So David and his cohorts set to and built the theatre that is today.

Today Gemco has had over 1899 young people involved in its youth and children programs and Gemco has raised over $29,000 for groups within the community and beyond.


The 1812 Theatre Mother & Son. Season: February 22 – March 16. Bookings: 9758 3964.

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