Wanneroo’s Limelight Theatre gets funding boost from State Govt


The Wedding Singer features (at back) Helen Carey, Mirella Renel, Dixie Johnstone, Maggie Clark and Daniel Moxham and (at front) Emerson Brophy, Ashby resident Jared Herft, Steph Hickey and Oliver Kaiser. Picture: Gillian Binks

George (Oliver Kaiser), Robbie (Ashby resident Jared Herft) and Sammy (Emerson Brophy) club together for 1980s culture in The Wedding Singer. Picture: Gillian Binks

In The Wedding Singer, Holly (Dixie Johnstone) shows off how pretty in pink she is with George (Oliver Kaiser), Robbie (Ashby resident Jared Herft) and Sammy (Emerson Brophy). Picture: Gillian Binks
The Wedding Singer features (at back) Helen Carey, Mirella Renel, Dixie Johnstone, Maggie Clark and Daniel Moxham and (at front) Emerson Brophy, Ashby resident Jared Herft, Steph Hickey and Oliver Kaiser. Picture: Gillian Binks George (Oliver Kaiser), Robbie (Ashby resident Jared Herft) and Sammy (Emerson Brophy) club together for 1980s culture in The Wedding Singer. Picture: Gillian Binks In The Wedding Singer, Holly (Dixie Johnstone) shows off how pretty in pink she is with George (Oliver Kaiser), Robbie (Ashby resident Jared Herft) and Sammy (Emerson Brophy). Picture: Gillian Binks

WANNEROO’S Limelight Theatre has received a funding boost as actors rehearse for their latest production.

The State Government announced today the not-for-profit organisation would receive $93,000 for upgrades including new stage curtains, foyer furniture and a storage area for props, lighting and equipment.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said the funding would help the theatre achieve its “aim at strengthening the arts in our community”.

“The Limelight Theatre is a fantastic local organisation that has played an important role in developing and promoting the arts in Wanneroo,” she said.

The theatre also recently released a five-year strategic plan to extend the use of its facilities for other activities and events and to strengthen its relationships with local schools, other theatre organisations, the City of Wanneroo and the local community.

Run by Wanneroo Repertory, the theatre was established more than 40 years ago and hosts six productions a year.

Its latest offering The Wedding Singer is set to transport audiences to the 1980s.

Based on the 1998 movie but with an original score, directors Jen Edwards, of Wanneroo, and David Nelson, of Craigie, are bringing the musical to life with more than 30 performers.

The story follows wedding singer Robbie and his failed relationship with his former fiancee and his romance with new love Julia.

It made its Broadway debut in 2006 and scored numerous Tony and Drama Desk award nominations.

“What sets the musical apart from the movie is the music itself,” Nelson said.

“It’s original but still very inspired by the 1980s.”

However, Edwards said there were “a couple of songs taken straight from the movie and when they occur they are totally satisfying”.

“Our cast is working tirelessly; many are newcomers to the Limelight stage and some are returning after a long sabbatical,” she said.

“Maddy Innes, of Kallaroo, is using a calm, intelligent approach for her first time as musical director, heading a band of funky musicians who flocked to play for her.”

The show has also forged a partnership with the Northern Suburbs Men’s Shed to help with set construction.

The Wedding Singer plays at 8pm on November 23-25, 30, December 1, 2, 7-9 with a 2pm matinee on December 3.

Tickets at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016.

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