Guest Speakers Group and Theatre Club

Guest Speakers Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We see the return of Guest Speakers Program (Course 228)  which our retired Leader Kath Walsh initiated and ran so successfully.    Course will resume again at 1.30pm to 3.00pm on Tuesday afternoons at the Belmont Senior Citizens Centre, 7 Glover Street, Belmont.

The list of speakers and their subjects are listed below :

COME ALONG AND GIVE THESE GENEROUS PEOPLE A GOOD AUDIENCE.    JUST NEED TO BE A PAID UP MEMBER OF U3A AND BRING A FRIEND.      THE MORE THE MERRIER! ALL THE BEST.

Guest Speakers Eastlakes U3A term 3 :

 

20/8/19:  Vickee Bertolli, an experienced road traveller in northern Australia will give us hints and pitfalls to avoid, when planning and when actually ‘on the road’ for a successful road trip.

27/8/19:  Brian McGuigan will talk about the history of wine making in the Hunter Valley.

3/9/19:   Garry Smith will talk about his travels to Africa and raise our awareness of the Masai people and their beliefs.

10/9/19: Chris Richardson, a volunteer at the Norah Head Lighthouse will discuss the construction/history of the Norah Head Lighthouse with a visual tour via a video through the lighthouse showing artifacts and memorabilia. 

17/9/19: Theresa Purnell, a wildlife illustrator and snake enthusiast will discuss and raise our awareness of snakes in a talk called ‘ Promoting Snake Protection: Enlighten not Frighten’.  She will have her pet python “Beautiful” with her but will only bring him in on request.


Theatre Club

 

The Theatre Club arranges bookings at local amateur theatres and venues and is available to Eastlakes U3A members and guests.
All bookings must be made by contacting Jeff, either by phone or email. Matinees are popular, however we try to include some evening dinner shows as well.   It’s a good opportunity to socialise and meet other members in a friendly setting.

August to December 2019

The following program is for the remainder of the year and I am asking for expressions of interest for all these shows at this time, even for those as far away as December.  I have already been advised that the “Afternoon at the Ballet”, music only – no dancing and “Christmas at Pemberley”, comedy, will quickly fill up.

AUGUST             One of our theatre group members, Sylvia Shearer, who is associated with the 32nd Jazz Festival in Newcastle has requested that I make mention to you that the Jazz Festival is on from 23rd to 25th August and for all those who love Jazz she is the contact for all bookings to this event.  It looks like an exciting program.  Her contact details are:- 0401133773.

SEPTEMBER        8th “Legally Blonde”  Matinee 2pm,  Theatre on Brunker   $25pp

28th “Seasons Greetings” Dinner/Show 6.30pm for7pm, Georgetown $45

OCTOBER             6th “Blithe Spirit” Matinee 2pm, Newcastle Theatre Company, $25

NOVEMBER          3rd “Romantic Afternoon at the Ballet” Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra, Matinee 2pm, Warners Bay Cultural Centre,   $30

17th “Christmas at Pemberley” Matinee  2pm  Newcastle Theatre Company, $25

DECEMBER          7th “Love, Life, Musicals, Cavalleria, Rusticana” Opera Hunter and Newcastle Theatre  Company,    $35

SYNOPSIS

LEGALLY BLONDE

Elly Woods , a sorority girl, who enrols at Harvard Law School to win back her ex boyfriend Warner.  She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial.  Throughout the show no one has faith in Elle Woods but she manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself.

SEASONS GREETINGS     (dinner/ show.  Comedy)

A dysfunctional family get together for Christmas and if anything can go wrong it will.

BLITHE SPIRIT (comedy)

The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Conomine , who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madam Arcati  to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.

The scheme backfires when after the séance he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira.

Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who of course cannot see or hear the ghost.

ROMANTIC AFTERNOON AT THE BALLET

Lake Macquarie Music Society presents this performance with The Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra playing the music of the following Ballets.

Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overtures                            The Nutcracker Suite

The Montagues & the Capulets                                  Excerpts from Swan Lake

Ballet Music from Faust

There is no Ballet dancing.

CHRISTMAS at PEMBERLEY (comedy)

“Mr Darcy sends all the love he can spare from me.  You are all to come to Pemberley at Christmas”

What could be better in the lead-up to Christmas than a Christmas story with the perfect blend of characters that everyone knows and loves – Jane Austen’s Bennet sisters with Messrs Darcy and Bingley, and a brand new story?

This is a feel-good, coming-of-age comedy focused on the much neglected, bookish, middle sister Mary Bennet who is now contemplating the limits of her life as the spinster watching the romantic escapades of her sisters.  She says “I grew up with the kindest cleverest and most beautiful elder sisters in the country and with the loudest, silliest and prettiest younger sister in the country.  I find I still suffer from a lack of definition”

“As the family gathers together for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest captures Mary’s attention as she entertains hopes for independence and a match on her own terms.


LOVE, LIFE, MUSICALS, CAVALLERIA, RUSTICANA

This is what they are calling “Indie Season” and this production is presented by Opera Nova at the Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton.  It is an exciting double bill featuring the best of the 20th Century musicals coupled with the high drama of Pietro Mascagni’s one –act opera of illicit love and revenge.


Upcoming  SYMPHONY CONCERTS   BY ORCHESTRA NOVA

PERFORMANCE DATES for Concerts :

🎵Sunday 22 September 2019

🎵Sunday 30 November 2019

I hope you can join us for our concert season this year.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

Please do not make any ticket payments into the U3A account until you are advised to do so

To book for a play or request further information (regarding cost, payment and location), please

contact Jeff on 49461552 or click the link below to email: j-wbishop2@bigpond.com

The Theatre club supports local amateur groups.

  • Most of the plays selected are comedies.
  • Plays marked with an (M) are 2pm matinees.
  • The cost varies, depending on the numbers attending.
  • Play only is usually between $17 and $25.
  • Where dinner is included the cost will be around $45 to $55.
  • We mainly use:  DAPA theatre – Hamilton;  Newcastle Theatre Company – Lambton; Gilbert and Sullivan Players – Georgetown, and Brunker Road Theatre – Adamstown.

Please note: We receive a discount for group bookings. For this reason you must contact Jeff Bishop to book your attendance.
As mentioned Jeff will respond to your email or phone call with the details of the method of payment for your tickets
To book for a play or request further information (regarding cost, payment and location), please contact Jeff on 49461552 or click the link below to email: j-wbishop2@bigpond.com