The Kyneton Theatre Company came from humble beginnings but is remarkably one of the oldest amateur theatre groups in Victoria. It began as a reading group running out of the Red Brick Hall, then a drama group, and finally a musical company. When the protestant churches amalgamated in the 1970s, the Congregational Church in the town became empty. It was donated to the arts community of the town, heritage listed and is now known as the Bluestone Theatre where the Kyneton Theatre Company rehearses and holds its productions.
Today, the Company has over 400 members. The majority of these come from in and around the Macedon Ranges, with a few from Melbourne. Membership is not limited to those involved in productions but also the general public. The cost includes discounts to the shows, voting opportunities, as well as a regular newsletter. The Kyneton Theatre Company performs two shows per year, running intensive rehearsals for three months in the lead up to the Opening Night. There are ten shows over a three-week period, with nightly shows and two matinees over each weekend.
The latest Kyneton Theatre Company’s upcoming production, Wintersong, encapsulates everything that is good about the community of Kyneton. Wintersong was written by a local lady three years ago and is set in our region. Unfortunately, no theatre companies would take on her work due to her being an unknown. The Kyneton Theatre Company’s mission is to nurture and support the talent of locals, so naturally, they came to the rescue. We spoke to Frances Kelly, the President of the Kyneton Theatre Company. She has been participating in musical theatre for over 50 years and is directing this brand-new production. Whilst being the first to direct Wintersong, she believes that it will be well received and that it has one of the best-written scores she has ever seen.
The Kyneton Theatre Company offers wonderful opportunities to members that they would not get elsewhere. Locals are able to try any aspect of theatre, whether it be performing, backstage, technical duties, dancing or costume making. The Company provides a supportive environment and through the rehearsals with the musical director, choreographer and so on, anyone is able to learn and improve their skills. Wintersong is set in our beautiful Macedon Ranges and is showcasing the talents of our region too.
Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing, original production. Wintersong opens on 14 June and tickets are available through www.Trybooking.com