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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Dear MMS Members and Friends,

Thank you for your support during 2015.  The year has been full of highlights, including three successful full scale productions, numerous events along the way, and the launch of our 2016 Season to give people a taste of what’s to come next year.  On a personal note, we’ve been fortunate to welcome another baby into the world, and see our eldest through her HSC, so life is certainly busy!
 
Our March 2016 show is in full swing under the guidance of Col Peet, Meredith Simpson, Dean Turner and Sam Larielle-Rogan, with Man of La Mancha already shaping as a show not to miss.  Geraldine Turner’s preparations for our June 2016 production of Jacques Brel are well underway – under her guidance (and that of Maestro Mark Cranston Reid), Brel promises to be a highlight in any musical theatre lover's book.  Also, Gavin Leahy, Lolly Butler and Anthony Cutrupi have outlined what promises to be a hilarious production of Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein in September 2016.
 
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our society this year, whether in an administrative, creative or operational way.  Early next year, our members representatives will be running a members forum, which has been designed to provide a mid-year feedback session on what we, as a Committee, can do to improve MMS.  If you have any ideas on great initiatives, opportunities for improvement, or you just want to be involved in shaping MMS into the future, I strongly encourage you to come along.
 
Wishing you and your families a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
 
Warm Regards
Andrew Symes - MMS President 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PATRON
It has been a terrific year for MMS and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous New Year.  I am so looking forward to finding a wonderful, committed cast for "Jacques Brel". This is a personal favourite show of mine. I know we can make it a special production. Take care over the holidays. We'll catch up next year. As always, I'll try to get to all the shows, work permitting.
Special thanks to Andrew Symes and the committee for all the hard work.
Geraldine Turner - MMS Patron
2016 SHOW LAUNCH
The official launch for MMS’ 2016 Season was held on Sunday 8th November and attended by many MMS members, friends and show-goers. The production team or a representative for each of our 2016 shows, Man of La Mancha, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Young Frankenstein, provided informative and entertaining insights of what to expect from their respective shows, and the audience were blown away by the performances from each show.
All in all, it was a social and music-filled afternoon which really showcased MMS’ diverse choice of shows for 2016. Many thanks to everyone (there are too many names to mention here) who helped to make the afternoon such a success! We look forward to seeing all of the MMS community at our 2016 shows!  - Gabrielle Robinson, Publicity Officer.
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DECEMBER SHIPROCK REPORT
Work is almost complete on the Man of La Mancha set, construction finished, and now the final painting. December 18 is the deadline when we have a couple of weeks holiday (without pay). We are also building a new set for the Danebank College production of Daisy Pulls it Off for February next year. This is a “build and buy” with appropriate compensation for MMS and the team.
 
Hires have continued but we are now down to mainly props as the season for big shows draws to a close for the year. Planning has begun for 2016 and I am pleased to advise that the Shiprock team has been commissioned to create a new set for the Wyong Musical Theatre Group’s Oliver! which will open a brand new 500 seat theatre in Wyong early next year. This has led to discussions with Albatross Music Theatre Group in Nowra and possibly Engadine Musical Society for October 2016. Due to space restrictions and the need to constantly cull, we have said good bye to the big Phantom chandelier, sold to an events company. Fear not, we have a smaller version so we can still provide everything for Phantom for a bit longer.
 
Col ( and Pamela ) head to boring old New York during the holidays before returning to take up his annual gig with Sydney Festival in January, Bob flies to Adelaide to visit family, Peter gives his TV chair a big workout and David travels across the water to Barden Ridge.
  
Season’s Greetings to all our mates at MMS 
From the Shiprock Team
THE MMS ANNUAL MEMBER FORUM
We’ve been trying to think of ways to make Miranda Musical Society a more inclusive, involving, fun and friendly “family”, rather than just another community theatre company. We want you to want to throw yourself into show after show to see the magic that Miranda Musical Society creates, and then it dawned on us! Why not have a Member's Forum?

The inaugural Forum is planned for late February and will provide a  perfect opportunity for you to air any thoughts that can help strengthen & improve this wonderful community asset we all treasure. Put your thinking caps on and join us as we head toward the 50th season celebrations!
Production Teams are being sought for our three 2017 productions.
2017 is also our 50th anniversary!
Please email your expression of interest to secretary@mirandamusicalsociety.com.au
 
Sutherland Shire Council has asked MMS to perform at Cronulla Beach for the Australia Day Celebrations on January  26, 2016. On this day, we will join our friends from Engadine Musical Society to entertain the masses between 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. Join us for a taste of our previous performances and our 2016 season, including songs from our next production 'Man of La Mancha'. For any queries in relation to this event, please feel free to email Andrew Symes here.
UPDATE ON BARBARA GLANCE
Barbara had a knee replacement on October 21, just over five weeks ago, and although successful, it has not been without considerable pain since then, while it heals. This is her second knee replacement, the first was done on her left knee in late January, and after a number of months, Barbara decided to have her right knee treated as well.
 
This knee has improved gradually, she goes to physio twice a week, but the recovery is taking longer than her first knee. Every week you can see some improvement in Barbara’s mobility, however it will be some time before she is dancing the Pride of Erin or Gypsy Tap. Janine and Loretta, our daughters, have been wonderful by cooking some beautiful meals for us, as have our close friends, especially in the early days following surgery. I have also become more adventurous, with Barbara’s advice, in the kitchen.
 
Barbara and I would like to thank everyone who has enquired about her wellness and progress, and look forward to seeing you all when she is able to return to rehearsals.
 
David Glance 
VALE MARJ MUNDY
On a sad note, many of our members will have known the beautiful and talented Marj Mundy who passed away recently. Some words on Marj's invaluable contribution to our Society from our Vice President David Glance.

"Marj came to Miranda Musical Society in the late 1960’s. Married to Alan Mundy, the Director for Miranda Musical Society, Marj made a major contribution to the success of the Society. Onstage, Marj performed in numerous productions for Miranda Musical Society, with key roles in Mame, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Show Boat, Little Me, Annie Get Your Gun, Oliver!, Fiddler On The Roof,  Pippin, Annie, Applause, and many more. Marj and Alan were also very active with The Guild Theatre Rockdale, where Marj had roles in a number of shows, including The Rainmaker, Arsenic and Old Lace, Steel Magnolias, and Blithe Spirit.
 
Marj was a tireless worker offstage as well, being Vice President for a number of years dealing with the many administrative matters and she was also Wardrobe Mistress for several shows, and  the “resident” prompt. Marj worked tirelessly to make each production a success and in recognition of her valuable contribution to Miranda Musical Society , Marj Mundy was made a Life Member of the Society.
 
Marj was highly respected and loved and will always be remembered by her MMS family.
David Glance MMS Vice President
MMS CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Miranda Musical Society are happy to help promote
THE SUTHERLAND SHIRE & ST GEORGE YOUTH MUSIC AWARDS

Silver Anniversary Gala Concert

A variety concert featuring Winners from the past 25 years of the Sutherland Shire & St George Youth Music Awards
Sunday afternoon, 21st August 2016, 1pm
Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Eton Street, Sutherland
Guest artist: Simon Tedeschi, internationally acclaimed pianist
MC: Marian Arnold, former producer/presenter for ABC Classic FM
Enquiries: yma25@outlook.com   9524 6506 (Jill),  9521 7170 (Lynn)
ANY QUESTIONS? EMAIL US HERE AND WE'LL GET BACK TO YOU RIGHT AWAY!