A Bowls Club Wedding (return season) - The Grey Panthers

A Bowls Club Wedding (return season) - The Grey Panthers


    Darwin Bowls Club, Fannie Bay, Darwin

    May 24-28 & May 31 - June 4, 2006

    Rivalry in the Twilight Years

    This was a remount and reworking of the original A Bowls Club Wedding performance in 2003. Our Youth Dance Leaders program for 2006 allowed us to integrate them more fully into this show.

    Over many years of working with the Grey Panthers senior women’s dancing troupe, one comes to a rich appreciation of the ‘friendly rivalry’ that exists between these women and their teams (bowling, softball, golf). A Bowls Club Wedding takes this a little bit further! Combining these amazing women with Darwin comedic performers Gail Evans and Yoris Wilson, throw in the exuberant break and hip hop dancing of Tracks youth dancers, and then get the audience to participate in social dancing and you end up with an inter-generational, cross-dance style, multi-art Tracks classic.

    A Bowls Club Wedding is the wackiest wedding of the decade, a celebration of love sparked by rivalry in the twilight years. First created for its sell-out season as part of the Darwin Festival in 2003 and later reworked for a cast almost twice as big for another sell-out season in 2006.

    Do you remember a time when things were simpler? A time when the biggest worry was who might win the next tournament? Or what to wear to your best friend’s wedding? Whoever thought that ‘team spirit’ could lead us to the very brink of a world war of dancing?

    Jack and Kitty, the bride and groom, are long-standing members of feuding bowls clubs, the Top End Terrors (sexy, bowls with bite) and the Mindil Monitors (romantics with a prickly tongue). They are mavericks in a world where team acrimony festers over generations of ardent supporters. Tribal loyalties run so deep that such a union is an outrage!

    Can Jack and Kitty prove that true love later in life conquers all?

    Creative Personnel

    Director, Choreographer: David McMicken
    Co-Director, Designer: Tim Newth
    Choreographer: Julia Quinn
    Musical Coordinator: Merrilee Mills
    Writer/Text: Gail Evans with Yoris Wilson
    Lighting, Sound Design and Operation: Matthew James
    Costume Construction: Louise Rieck
    Props: Cuzz and Janice McEwen
    Flowers and Decorations: Betty Newton

    Production and Promotion Personnel

    Technical Assistants: Chad Oliver, Steve Southwood
    Promotions: Fiona Carter
    Poster Image and Design: Mark Marcelis
    Front of House Manager: Nicola Jackson
    Documentation Film: Todd Williams


    The Mindil Monitors

    Gil, the MC: Yoris Wilson
    Kitty, the Bride: Audrey Gorring
    Wedding Party: Shirley Somers (Bride’s Maid), Kelly Beneforti (Shaynne, Flower Girl), Erwin Fenis (Shane, Page Boy)
    The Team: Kay Brown (Gill’s Mother), Crena Hemmings, Elaine Marlow, Val Clark, Judith Allen, Bette Chapman, Helen Murphy, Marg Lee, Diane Dibbins, Dianne Mount, Chris Parker, Bev Paget, Maria Vlastuin, Karajayne Handberg and Immanuel Dado

    The Top End Terrors

    Lori, the MC: Gail Evans
    Jack, the Groom: Kevin Gould
    Wedding Party: Margaret Glowacki (Maid of Honour), Julia Quinn (Charlene, Flower Girl), Xavier Burrow (Charles, Groomsman)
    The Team: Kathleen Harding, Marge Duminski, Judy McKerr, Lucy Aylett, Janine Sutter, Liz Gammon, Jan Hastings, Gwen Varney, Jackie Williams, Mavis Waddell, Jan Blackburn, Val Hristova, Punny Vegter, Vera Tabuzo and Corina Nichols


    • Prologue: The Arrival of the Bridal Party
    • ACT 1: Trying to be Nice
    • ACT 2: The Attraction / The Art of Playing Bowls
    • ACT 3: Rivalry Out of Control

    Tracks 2006

    Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    General Manager: Fiona Carter
    Dance Animateur: Julia Quinn
    Youth Dance Animateur: Erwin Fenis
    Administrative Assistant: Skye Raabe
    Bookkeeper: Julie Stark
    Development Consultant: Suzanne Fermanis

    Committee Members: (Chair) Jill MacAndrew, (Vice-Chair) Jackie Wurm, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Traci Keys, (Ordinary Committee Members) David Taylor, Ken Conway, Nick Papandonakis, Donna Quong, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth

    Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan

    Photo: Rodney Loredo. front Gail Evans women's line l-r from lucy Aylett (Pink dress) Janine Sutter, Jan Blackburn, Punny Vegter, Judy McKerr, Liz Gammon, Jan Hastings, Kathleen Harding.
    Photo: Rodney Loredo. l - r: Julia Quinn, Xavier Burrow
    Photo: Rodney Loredo. l-r Audrey Gorring, Kevin Gould.
    Photo: Rodney Loredo. standing l-r Vera Tabuzo, Corina Nichols, Liz Gammon, Kathleen Harding, Imanuel Dado, Marg Lee, Erwin Fenis, Sitting l-r Kevin Gould, Audrey Gorring.
    Photo: Rodney Loredo. l - r: Chris Parker, Bette Chapman, Jackie Williams, Lucy Aylett
    Photo: Rodney Loredo. Front l - r: Gail Evans, Julia Quinn, Kelly Beneforti
    Photo: Rodney Loredo. l - r: Margaret Glowacki, Val Hristova, Janine Sutter, Kathleen Harding, Marg Lee
    Photo: Rodney Loredo. full cast.
    Photo: Rodney Loredo. front l-r Gail Evans, Julia Quinn, Kelly Beneforti.

    Further Reading

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    Iconic Tracks Works

    Media Response

    "I don't know what it was like last time you went to a wedding but this one is a fantastic night of entertainment. It's part musical, part dance, part drama, part party – and a sporting tournament when the teams take their battle to the green."  Ben Langford, NT News

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