As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about the staff and volunteers that make us who we are!
- Why did you start working at Melton Theatre?
- I had volunteered backstage for a number of years on local productions and had recently completed a course in sound engineering. When the opportunity to join the team arose, I applied. It’s not every day you get the chance to be paid to do your hobby.
- What do you enjoy about working here?
- They say that if you enjoy your job then you will never work a day in your life. It is such a varied role and there is always something exciting and interesting just around the corner. The best part of the night is hearing all the comments from the audience as they walk past the control room and knowing they had a great experience.
- How long have you worked for Melton Theatre?
- I have been here for 11 years now but had volunteered since the late nineties.
- Who or what has been your favourite star/show/experience with us?
- I have had the privilege of meeting a great variety of performers but I did particularly enjoy meeting a childhood hero, the late Paul Daniels. Helping him prepare many of his iconic tricks was an absolute delight.
- Can you let us know of your funniest experience/incident at the Theatre?
- Many, many years ago the equipment had seen better days and we had a major failure of the lights. The wonderful audience decided that they wished to see the rest of the show without the lighting effects. The ever professional cast and crew were fantastic and the scene changes that would normally be done under the cover of darkness were performed in full view of the audience. They made it part of the performance and it was great fun. In one scene, the cast carried a large cauldron on chanting ‘blackout, blackout, blackout…’. The scene opened with them all being ‘boiled’ inside it and quick as a flash one of them, with only a hint of sarcasm, said “well, how on earth did we end up in here!”. The audience loved it.
- What was the first show you remember here?
- My first show as an employee was a comedy night in the theatre bar but that wasn’t before I had spent most of the day setting up for the weekend. My first big show in the theatre was the musical Chess and this was the first of many opportunities to work with our talented local performers and crew.
- What are your hopes for the future?
- To help continue bringing more exciting shows to our town and enable the budding local talent to see and be part of our vital performing arts community. I am also extremely excited about the pending refurbishments and look forward to the big reveal when they have been completed.
- How has the theatre changed over the years?
- The number of shows has increased dramatically in recent years and one of the changes that enabled this was the advances in lighting and sound technology. All the latest gear significantly reduces the time required between shows and as we are only a small team, this is vital. This has allowed us to fill your week with top class comedy, dance and music without the top class price tag!
- What does the theatre mean to you?
- I have been involved with Melton’s theatre for nearly half my life and I am extremely proud to have helped shape it into a thriving venue.