Sound of Music Cast Announced

We are pleased to announce the very talented cast for our upcoming production of The Sound Of Music!

The roles of the Captain and Liesel will be filled after the callbacks this week, however, we are still on the lookout for the perfect Frau Schmidt and Admiral von Schreiber.

If you are interested in either of these roles and would love to join this amazing cast,
contact Kerrie at

Opening Night Reviews

“A very BIG congratulations to the entire cast & crew of Snapshots @ Arcadians Theatre Group on a superb opening night… The standing ovation says it all – bravo…. Do yourselves a favour and get a ticket – this is a night of theatre you don’t want to miss!!! You’ll laugh, cry and hum along…..Glad I wore my waterproof mascara though!”

” Wow! Just wow! What a wonderful night of entertainment. Well done everyone. A brilliant, professional cast and crew. Who could ask for more!! Kerrie- you brought this together, overcame all obstacles and created an unforgettable piece of theatre. Vik you always make me proud. What an amazing Australian premiere. I reckon Mr Schwartz would be extremely happy knowing his work has been so beautifully staged. Chookas for a fabulous season everyone. I’ll be with you in spirit. Lots of love to you all. “

“Thoroughly enjoyed Snapshots last night. Bravo to all of you. Such wonderful performances. The whole show looks and sounds great. Congratulations to the Production team for another wonderful show.”

Lamplighters present Matters of the Heart

Our Lamplighters Choir, in conjunction with the City of Wollongong Wind Band are presenting two hours of fun music for all ages on Sunday 11 June at 2 pm.

Tickets can be purchased via the event page or at the door (top of escalator to the performance theatre) at the large Collegians City Club.

Alternatively, Dave Bryars is happy to organise tickets for any Arcadian. Contact him directly on or 0448 590 535.

For more details see the event page here.

Newsletter - Save the Date – Notice of AGM

In this issue:

of the Arcadians Theatre Group

to be held at the
Miner’s Lamp Theatre
141 Princes Highway Corrimal

Sunday 19th March 2023

3.30 pm for a 4.00 pm start


Dear Members,


The 58th Annual General Meeting of the Arcadians Theatre Group will be held at the Miner’s Lamp Theatre on Sunday, 19 March at 3.30 pm for a 4 pm start.

Special business to be conducted will include amendments to our Articles of Association to comply with the Register of Cultural Organisations requirements and other changes discussed at the 2022 AGM.

The election of the 2023 Board will also take place.  While some of the current Board intends to stand again, all positions are declared vacant and nominations will be accepted for all positions. We will need a new Treasurer with experience in MYOB (or a willingness to learn) and a new General Board Member as Lauren Eade and Natalie Bazun-Coates have indicated they will stand down to spend more time with their young families.

Both ladies have made invaluable contributions during their time on the Board.  Natalie has revamped the Refreshment Bar. Lauren has set up an accounting system that will enable a smooth transition from one Treasurer to the next and she will assist in any way to ensure this happens.

As approved at the 2022 AGM, nominations in writing must be received by the Secretary at least 3 days prior to the AGM, ie. by 4 pm on 16 March.  Also approved was the election of the Vice President at the AGM rather than by appointment from the General Board Members at the first meeting of the new Board.

A legal requirement for all Board members is to obtain a Director’s Identification Number.  This can be done through the MyGov website or by following this link: Director’s Identification Number

Please click on the link for the Nomination Form.

The Minutes of the 2022 AGM, 2022 Report, Agenda for 2023, and Proposed Amendments will be posted on the Arcadians website at the beginning of March.  You will be notified by email when these are available for your perusal.


With a sold out season, it’s time to organise our Front of House crew.  If you are able to assist, please click on the link to go to the sign-up sheet.

Front of House Sign Up.

Kind regards

Kerrie Hartin

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Vale Life Member Diana Brown

Diana Brown photo


It was our privilege to provide the Miner’s Lamp Theatre for the funeral service of our beloved Life Member Diana Brown recently. Diana passed away surrounded by her loving family after a long illness.


The outpouring of sympathy for Andrew, Susie, Melissa, Antonia, and their families over the past few weeks demonstrates the high regard in which Diana was held by many people in the community. She participated on stage and off with many local theatre companies, Choral Societies, and Church Choirs and they have expressed their gratitude to the family for Diana’s contribution. I will reflect only on her membership of the Arcadians and most probably will not do justice to her impact over the years.


Arcadians have had the benefit of her dedication, love, energy, and enthusiasm for theatre over many, many years. She was not only involved on stage but behind the scenes in so many roles; some of which I will try to capture here.


Some of Diana’s early roles included Mrs Botting (Half a Sixpence, 1981), Mathilda (in the world premiere of Minerva Bird, 1984), Aunt Ella (Oklahoma, 1989), Mrs O’Malley (opposite daughter Susie in the lead role in Funny Girl, 1991) as well as chorus roles in numerous productions. Diana also performed in the touring club show Hitz of the Blitz in its many incarnations over the years. She is probably best known for her betrayal of the cynical Madame Thénardier in our 1993 and 1994 seasons of Les Misérables.


Diana was also heavily involved in the administrative aspects of Arcadians for many years. Roles on the Committee including Liaison Officer where she excelled in welcoming new members and addressing cast needs during rehearsals. As a parent supporting her children in the Arcadians Children’s Theatre company, she assisted in the organisation of Saturday rehearsals and canteen duties on many occasions.


Diana also co-ordinated our School’s Award program which gave feedback to students and teachers on their live school productions. Her ability to organise the Review Committee to attend school performances in conjunction with teachers led to Arcadians being recognised in the School Community as providing valuable insights into production values. The feedback given to students and teachers on their production gave encouragement to develop this art form.


Other duties included Buyer for the Refreshment Bar (canteen as it was formerly known), booking agent and singer with the Arcadian Minstrels (our touring singing group offering entertainment to those less likely to be able to travel to the theatre), and Chairperson and member of the Ladies Auxiliary (which raised funds for vital purchases for the benefit of members).


However, most members will remember her for the slices she baked for the cast at rehearsals and the Monday Maintenance Men working days. Ask anyone and they will say her “Mars Bar Slices” were the best – ever!


So it was only fitting that we were able to make Diana’s farewell special by being held at the Miner’s Lamp Theatre on the set of our Les Misérables production of 2022. I’m sure I speak for everyone who knew Diana at Arcadians that she is missed considerably. We wish Andrew, Susie, Melissa, Antonia and their families our deepest sympathies. She was a pillar of strength to us all.

Vale Diana.



AGM 2022 Update

Arcos Square BlueWe had a very busy World Theatre Day, yesterday.

Our AGM went off smoothly and we would like to thank everyone who braved the perils of public gatherings and came alone.

We welcomed two new Life Members to our family (more on them later).

We also thanked retiring board members Pauline Young and Ken Mascord for their tireless service and welcomed Janne-Maree McNeice as our new ACT Representative and Chris McRobert as our Lamplighters’ Representative.

All other roles were retained and you can see the 2022 Board here:

Finally, the tickets for our first Arcadians Children’s Theatre show of 2022, “Xanadu JR” went on sale. You can buy your tickets here:

A Christmas Message from the President

I recently watched on television a documentary of the history of Harrods Department store in London. It mentioned the influence of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” on their decision to give hundreds of Christmas hampers out to the less fortunate members of the London community each year. A tradition that still continues today. As a kid growing up, I would listen to my Grandmother’s double album narration of the story and be enthralled with what I heard. The story of the nasty Ebenezer Scrooge and the little Tiny Tim is still vivid in my memory. Tiny Tim in his innocence changed the way Scrooge thought about life and giving. Perhaps this is where my fascination with story telling and the influence of theatre began.

As Christmas approaches, we look forward to joining with family and friends to celebrate and catch-up. To our Arcadians Family, I wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New year. May 2022 be a better year for enjoying theatre and catching up with friends.

Along with our already announced “When the Rain Stops Falling” in March, “Xanadu Jr” from the Arcadians Children’s Theatre in April with their second production yet-to-be-announced for September, “Be More Chill” in June, we are proud to announce our November production will be “Les Misérables”; directed by none other than Malcolm White. 2022 is also the 25th Anniversary of our very own Miners Lamp Theatre. A special event to mark the occasion will be announced early next year so watch this space.

May you all have a relaxing time, enjoying good company, good food and good weather. But more importantly, hugging your loved ones. On behalf of the Board of Management, we wish you all a safe and happy Christmas break.

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Ebenezer Scrooge
“God bless us, every one!” – Tiny Tim

Steve Sanders.

President’s Message – 29 July 2021

A lot has been happening since I last messaged all our members and friends of Arcadians.

After reopening the theatre earlier in the year, we were very hopeful of seeing a normal year of theatre activity at the Miner’s Lamp Theatre. Well, that didn’t happen did it!

“Ladies In Black” under the guidance of Kerrie Hartin were able to almost finish their season! What a great disappointment having to reduce audience size and cancel one show for everyone involved in getting the show finally on stage and particularly the patrons who had booked for the final weekend but missed out because of reduced seating capacity and lockdown.

Our production of “Be More Chill” under the Direction of Justin Clarke was scheduled to go to stage on 4 August. The excellent cast were into rehearsal and looking forward to getting to demonstrate their talents. But that was not to be. Regrettably the production team decided they could not get the production to the quality they wanted in time to open. Thankfully we have been able to re-schedule the production for 2022 to fit in with the cast and production teams existing commitments.

Our ACT production of “Xanadu JR” due to open 17 September has had to be postponed to next year as the production team will not to be able to complete rehearsal requirements in time. There are a few members due to graduate this year and we are hopeful that they will be able to return to complete their graduation in 2022.

The Lamplighters and Minstrels have been similarly affected not being able to rehearse and having to cancel some scheduled performances. And the Monday Maintenance Men having to abide by the rules as well can’t wait to get back into the theatre to keep everything in top condition for the members as soon as they are allowed.

Onto some good news, our friends in the Cotswold Arcadians in Westrop, United Kingdom, completed their season of “The Tempest” this week. After 500 days of darkness for the Group, they reopened to outstanding comments from their patrons. We congratulate them and wish them continued success.

There is no doubt that Arcadians will survive this latest setback. We are all looking forward to the time when our members can do what they love doing at the theatre and when our patrons can again enjoy live theatre in a real theatre.

As our situation is evolving on a weekly basis, we look forward to keeping in touch with you on our way forward. As the Premier would say, “When I know, you’ll know!”

Until next time, stay safe and stay at home.

Steve Sanders


Isabelle MAME 1975It is with great sadness that I advise our theatre family of the passing of our beloved Isabelle Irvine on Tuesday 4th April.

Isabelle and her husband Phill have been members of the Group since 1971 when Isabelle joined the Production team for Carousel. Their photos first appear together in the program for Mame in 1975 and their participation with the Arcadians Theatre Group has been continuous over the years.

As well as backstage, Isabelle was an accomplished actress being on stage for My Fair Lady, Hitz of the Blitz and other major productions. She loved doing the Club Shows whenever the opportunity arose.

She was President of the Ladies Auxiliary and an active member for many years.

Isabelle will be more recently remembered for her smiling face and quick wit in the hair, wig and make-up department; often breaking up our cast backstage in the dressing room. Her contribution to training and passing on her knowledge to members in these crafts has been enormous; skills that will be remembered for life. Her happy approach to life extended to her family, Grandchildren and the many friends she made.

Isabelle Mar 21It is always sad when you lose someone close and Isabelle will be surely missed by her Arcadians family – past and present. Her cheery welcome, kindness and beautiful smile will always be remembered. And her accent!

Our condolences go to Phill, Christopher (CJ), Nicole, grandchildren Sienna, Sophe and Poppy and extended family at this time. Our thoughts are with you all.