Project Description

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Queensland Theatre Co)

QTC The Queensland Theatre Company

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Queensland Theatre Company

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare, in Albert Park, Brisbane from the 26th of September to the 6th of October 1979 for the Queensland Theatre Company.

Directed by Alan Edwards; Designed by Peter Cooke; Assistant Director: Geoffrey Rush; Lighting Design by Derek Campbell; Conducted by Brian Stacey; Musical Supervision by Ronald Hamner; Stage Managed by Ellen Kennedy; Assistant Stage Managed by Victor Ashelford; Apprentice Assistant Stage Managed by Toby Simkin; Fireworks by Howard Pyrotechnics. Artistic Director of The Queensland Ballet Company: Harold Collins; Artistic Director of The Australian Youth Ballet: Inara Svalbe; Director of The Queensland Opera Company: John Thompson; Mendlessohns’s music for this production recorded by The Queensland Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Brian Stacey and musical coordinator Ron Hanmer.

STARRING Robert van Mackelenberg (Theseus / Oberon); Douglas Hedge (Philostrate / Puck); Ken Kennett (Egeus / Quince); Gregory Gesch (Lysander); Frank Garfield (Demetrius); Reg Gillam (Bottom); Geoffrey Rush (Flute); Rod Wissler (Snout); Jim Porter (Snug); Michael McCaffrey (Starveling); Judith Anderson (Hippolyta / Titania); Suzanne Roylance (Hermia); Kerry McGuire (Helena); Rosemary Ricketts (First Fairy); Phyllis Ball and Sally Robertson (Sang the Mendelssohn Duets) with singers from The Queensland Opera Company Maree Timchur (Peaseblossom); Sally Taylor (Cobweb); Krista Reeves (Moth); Anne Bazeley (Mustardseed); Jade Huckins (Indian Boy); Garry Doherty and Paul Galbraith (Attendants on Theseus); with dancers of The Queensland Ballet Company: Owen Anderson, Helen Booth (credited but did not perform due to injury); Jenny Castles, Janine Claire, Garry Doherty, Paul Galbraith, Trevor Green, Robyn Harvey (un-credited but performed entire season covering Helen Booth), Jacqueline Kay, Donald Macleod, Bill Pengelly, Dianne Storer and Janet Walsh along with dancers of The Australian Youth Ballet: Lisa Bolte, William Burke, Paul Hourigan, Jacinta Kinnane, Leanne Mauchlin, Nadia Thompson and Susan Walsh,

Understudies Kate Richter (female roles); Brian Plumb (male roles) and Robyn Harvey (ballet)

Dogs included BillContrary MaryMcConachieSteady Teddy and Wilhelmina from the Dalmation Society of Queensland.

And for the Queensland Theatre Company:
(collectively over my tenure)

Executive Staff: Alan Edwards, AM MBE (Founding Artistic Director); Peter Duncan* / Gregory Gesch* (Assistant Director); Arthur Frame AM (Production Manager); Gillian Coar (Executive Officer); Christine WalshKen Kennett OAM (Public Relations & Publicity Officer); June Craw (Finance and Business Officer); Lewis Savage (Subscriptions Officer); Yvette (Capt) O’BrienHelen Mayes (Clerical Assistant); Lloyd Nickson (Director, Theatre in Education); Richard Magnus (Fundraising Chairman); Diane Leith (Administration) and Susan BonningJennie Lewis (Receptionist).

Production Staff: Graham MacleanJames Ridewood (Resident Designer); Bill ShannonBeverley Hill (Design Assistant); Caroline Gyucha (Scenic Artist); James Henson (Lighting Designer); David Lees (Electrician); Michael WormaldGary CameronPaul ParkinsonDavid Palm (Properties); Howard Steele (Head Carpenter); Des Dougan / Peter Vosiliunas (Carpenter); Cornelis Boogaart* (Apprentice Carpenter); Marie Perry-WatsonLexi WrightJay Mansfield-Askew / Cynthia Bowen (Wardrobe Supervisor); Ken Bushby / Thelma Cope / Meredith Fogg / Margaret ReevesDanny Healy / Arlie McGill / Anne Long / Kerry Yates (Wardrobe); Ellen Kennedy / David McCrudden / Kit Oldfield / Patrick Whelan / Kristin Reuter / Jan Levi / Victor Ashelford / Colin Wilson / Barry Melville / Toby Simkin / Brian Barnes / Vito Arena / Peter Reeve± / Sussanne Humphries / Julianne White (Stage Management); Vicki BirchYvette (Capt) O’Brien (Production Secretary); Dawn Grieg (Wardrobe Hire) and Derrick George (Photographer).

Representation: Yolande BirdDiana Franklin (London Representative);