Joondalup Encore Theatre Society looking for new members, home


President Diane Campbell, Alex Halse, Liam Gobbert, Vicky Williams, Taariq Angus, Sylvia Messiah, Vera Jowett, Bob Charteris with Sharon Wigley at Padbury Hall, letting the community know they need more theatre members and a new theatre. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
President Diane Campbell, Alex Halse, Liam Gobbert, Vicky Williams, Taariq Angus, Sylvia Messiah, Vera Jowett, Bob Charteris with Sharon Wigley at Padbury Hall, letting the community know they need more theatre members and a new theatre. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

JOONDALUP Encore Theatre Society is dedicated to entertaining its audience – but now it needs help.

The community group is looking for a new home to meet, rehearse and perform.

Since establishing in the 1990s, JETS has presented many dramas in venues ranging from the Perth Town Hall, community centres and retirement villages – “all on a shoestring budget”.

Now they rehearse and perform at Padbury Hall on a “temporary block stage”, hiring lighting and sound equipment for every show.

“Members buy their own costumes and props and fundraise to cover the cost of hall rental and equipment hire,” president Diane Campbell said.

“They also build the sets.

“During show seasons members erect and strike the set for every performance because the community hall is used by a variety of other community groups.”

Ms Campbell said despite these challenges, the “small band of dedicated thespians”, which attracts cast and crew from across Perth, had produced some “outstanding performances in recent times” including Kick in the Baubles, Allo Allo and Fawlty Towers.

“JETS provides an artistic and creative outlet for members ranging in age from 14 to 85 and always promises great entertainment for our audiences,” she said.

Now the group is looking for more members, particularly directors, and a new theatre.

“If you are looking for a new creative outlet and would like to be part of JETS’ next show, or join this vibrant community group in another capacity, we’d love to hear from you,” Ms Campbell said.

“And if you have an under-used theatre that needs new life breathed into it, let’s make it happen.”

She said the group would “absolutely love” to have a fully equipped theatre like Limelight Theatre in Wanneroo.

“If we could find a venue with a stage, fixed seating and somewhere to store props and costumes we would be streets ahead,” she said.

The group currently meets on Tuesday evenings.

Contact Ms Campbell at the JETS Facebook page or on 0433 149 374.