The locals in Pinjarra were shocked to see a woman tied to the Hotham Valley Railway tracks and menaced by a villainous looking man
But it was really all in good fun
had already appeared twice on the Roleystone stage - at the age of 9 in a schoolboy role in 'Walkaway and as the Artful Dodger in 'Oliver', 2 years later. By 1991 he had graduated to the lead role of J. Pierreront Finch in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'. Other young members who came up through the ranks during this period, to consider acting seriously on a professional basis, were Tiffany Barton, Richard Bishop, Paul Winchester, Tania Martin, David Davies and Craig Beamer. The interest shown by the junior element was not restricted to acting. The technical aspects of theatrical productions - lighting, sound, set construction and stage managing were all areas where training and experience was sought by a number of eager young people.
A number of regular performers on the Roleystone stage were now utilising their considerable acting and or singing ability professionally, whenever the opportunity arose.
ALONG . . .
Roleystone Theatre members were making a silent movie for their play "Mack and Mabel" - a musical love story based on the life of Mack Sennet, the comedy silent movie director.
These included Tim Etherington, Tom Daven, Ann Adlem (nee Reece), Denny Wauchope and Ann Robinson. Patrica Pntchard and Angelo Bona who had first sung together in The Vagabond King' of 1981, combined their considerable talents and were developing a name for themselves and their act in the clubs and hotels around Perth.
To break new ground in 1988 was Harry Home with his Iproduction of 'Mack and Mabel'. As he pointed out in his programme notes, a show for the first time at Roleystone allowed for the use of movie film. In one scene, a significant segment of the action required a film in the style of the silent screen era to be projected onto the stage. The film had to show cast members 'acting' in it as their stage characters, playing hero, heroine and villain. Two weekends were spent on outdoor location and the end result turned out looking completely authentic. It certainly was a new and exciting experience for all concerned.
CAME . . .
As a train bore down on the heroine, Mabel (Anne Adlem), Mack (Kim Fletcher) arrived to rescue his love, despite the villain's (Don Morris) efforts. And like all good films it ended with a kiss.
Pictures - Steve Ferrier
During the 1980's Colleen Rintoul established herself as a backdrop designer and painter of considerable talent. Her execution of this type of work was of exceptional standard and most of the big musicals and some of the plays of this period bore her unmistakeable stamp. The great initial impact received by audiences as the curtain opened for the first time on a show was time and time again due to the spectacle of her artistic creativity. Shows to her credit included 'Oliver', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Oh, What a Lovely War', 'Camelot', 'My Fair Lady', 'White Horse Inn' and 'Mr. Scrooge'. The Theatre's great appreciation for Colleen's commitment, dedication and often long lonely hours of work was expressed by awarding her a life membership in 1988.
Joy Martin, soon after her re-election to the position of Secretary in 1989, introduced an exceptionally well thought out, edited and presented upgrading of the earlier single page
JONES! . . .
Filming on location
Stills from the 'Silent Movie'
used in Mack and "Mabel".
Courtesy of WA. Newspapers

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