W.A. - 1979
An original musical based on a WA teacher called W.Bodley has been written for the Roleystone Choral and Dramatic Society by well known teachers Frank Arndt and Peter Bibby
Their whimsical approach to Bodley (who taught at Walkaway) so impressed Edgar Metcalfe that he originally agreed to produce the show, but had to change his plans because of his appointment to the Hole in The Wall theatre.
So Mr Bibby is producing, to his book and lyrics and Mr Arndt's music. The time has been moved forward to the 1920s, though Bodley actually taught at Walkaway In the Edwardian years
The lead character's name has been changed to Randolph Areter (who will be played by Don Morris) and a tender and wronged heroine called Tolley Newman has come into his life (played by Patricia Pritchard)
W i t h choreography by Flavia Bibby and a supporting cast including Don Jones and Margaret Bettenay, the show, called "Walkaway," goes on in the - Roleystone Theatre, Brookton Highway, on December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, 1979.
constitution required the document to be looked at with the view of changing some of the clauses. On 5th May, 1977 a second constitution was presented and accepted. Item 1 appeared altered and in part read 'a shortened name 'The Roleystone Theatre; to be used when needed'.
In the late seventies the Society sponsored and organised several one act play festivals for local high schools and hosted the annual drama festival of the Rural Youth movement. Internal nights - or Club nights as they became generally known, were instituted to encourage members to expand and develop their theatre experiences and skills - to try their hand at directing, taking new roles, experimenting with unusual scripts, or simply taking the opportunity to gain confidence on stage in front of a friendly and understanding audience.
One of the first programmes in this important area of activity was put together by Ella Napier in August 1977 It took the form of a Club Music Night and the standard achieved was so high that it deserved being presented publicly. A 3 night season of 3 one act plays provided another dimension to the Theatre's programme.
Membership was buoyant, but changing. Mary and George Webb left and returned to England, but were back by mid 1978. George's work with lighting had been sorely missed in the interim. Bobbie and Gerry Chapman, teachers, were two members who were fast proving to be great assets to the Society, left to spend 1977 in Canada on exchange. Don Colgrave who had worked tirelessly to promote the highest standard of musical achievement within the society, left in 1979. During his decade of association with the Theatre, he had been responsible for the musical direction of many of the shows, such as 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Calamity Jane', 'Salad Days' and 'The Mikado'. In 1977 he directed the unpublished musical 'The Sentimental Bloke' from typed scripts and handwritten manuscripts. Music certainly was his great love and before this departure he endeavoured to re-kindle interest in choral singing, an aspect which had been so important to the Society's existence during its early years.
Joan and Ken Croucher, another two members who gave so much of their time to the theatre left the club at this time. On the other hand, newer members who were rapidly making their presence felt were Don Morris and Ric Blockly. On 21st March, 1978, Jack Hart was presented with Life Membership, a much deserved honour in recognition of his strong leadership, untiring effort and patient guidance which he had given to the Society over many years and was to continue to give for many more.
Jock Pettigrew, the Society's second member to be conferred with the honour of life membership, had died. The revival of the Society in the late sixties had been largely due to this man's determination and endeavour. Always happy and helpful, his cheery smile was to be sadly missed around the theatre.
Upgrading of the Theatre's facilities was continually being addressed for theatre members and patrons alike. The Council authorities were very sympathetic to the needs of the Society to the extent that they agreed to the building of a foyer, a much needed amenity. This was completed in 1978. Temporary portable tiered seating had been made for the auditorium, new curtains adorned the proscenium and on the technical side the theatre's lighting system was completely overhauled and more
The orchestra (in part) which played for Roger Trewick's production of "Camelot' in 1980. The orchestra pit was not yet constructed. p10px1.jpg

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