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Two Wells melodrama group  celebrates 30 years

The Two Wells Melodrama Group celebrated more than 30 years of successful performances with a special reunion and dinner on Sunday March 16.

Around 100 people gathered at the Two Wells Community Centre, which has staged many, many shows over the years, and were treated to an afternoon of reminiscing, special awards and a delicious two-course roast lunch cooked and served by the wonderful local Scout group members.

TWMG president, Lance Morgan, said the melodrama group was first established in 1982 by former Two Wells locals, Les and Bet Williams, with performances held in the Old Institute building on the main street.

When the community centre was built in 1985 performances were held there from then on.

Over the years the group has raised more than $510,000 and donated $488,000 of this back to local community groups.

“It’s been an amazing journey,” Lance said.

“It started from humble beginnings and it’s just grown.

“It’s grown from tin-can lights and one microphone to too many lights and too many microphones.”

The number of beneficiaries of the group was enormous, he said, with more than 45 benefiting over the years and some groups even relied solely on the donation from the TWMG to help them each year.

In 1982 ticket sales for the group’s inaugural performance “Poor Young Girl”, casino online was $400.

In 1994 this rose to $10,000, 2003 it was $22,000 and in 2012 the group recorded one of its highest ever ticket sales of $39,000.

“I’m so proud of this group for the way it is and what we do,” Lance said.

“It’s been a well noted group for many, many years.

“And we’re all a family and we all work together.”

During the official presentations a number of permanent honour boards were unveiled, with patrons to the community centre now able to get a snapshot of the Melodrama’s history.

The Terry Post Memorial Award, established to honour local resident, Terry Post, following his death a few years ago, was this year jointly presented to Mollie Frost and Audrey Hart for all the work they do for the group in the background.

Life memberships were also presented to Kerry Heym, Lance Morgan, John McInerney, Margaret Maylin, Glenys Middleton, Brian Wilson and Rick Bailey.

Melodrama committee member and this year’s director, Eleisha Arbon, on behalf of the committee, praised the efforts of all involved to make the dinner so successful.

“The Melodrama Committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended and helped make the reunion such a successful and enjoyable celebration,” she said.

This year’s performance, titled Mayhem at Magical Manor, follows the story of two competing journalists – Charlie and Eleanor, who are tasked to find a crowd-drawing story for the front page of the Blacktown Echo.

And the result? Best story wins a promotion!

However, when Eleanor realises her story is nothing compared to Charlie’s, she decides to sabotage him without realising the trouble she is getting herself into and who she is about to meet…

The group’s opening show, including a three-course dinner, will be held on Saturday May 17, with subsequent dinner performances on Saturday May 24, Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31.

There will be two matinee performances with two-course meals on Sunday May 18 and Sunday May 25.

Seats are $35 for evening performances and $28 for matinee performances and all are held at the Two Wells Community Centre.

For more information or to reserve your seat please contact Kay Boon by emailing dramatwo@adam.com.au or phoning 8520 2778.

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