The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Western Australia

Costume Hire



May - June, 2010

The colourful and eventful history of Musical Theatre, featuring the lives and music of:

Offenbach, Gilbert and Sullivan, Strauss, Lehar, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber - and more!

A racy and witty whirlwind tour of Show Biz! Packed with comedy, anecdotes and gossip, a little pathos, and great music of the stage, both showstoppers and unknown gems.

Devised and Directed by JOHN MILSON
Musical Direction by DAVID DOCKERY

Terry Burridge, Conrad Crisafulli, Brian Dawson, Michael Heap, Breeahn Jones, Carolyn Latter, Courtney Pitman, Deborah Rogers, David Woodward and Jun Zhang
A large featured ensemble
Boys from The John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School


John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre, Wembley Downs
Friday 28 May, 7.30pm
Saturday 29 May, 2.00pm and 7.30pm

Fremantle Town Hall
Friday 11 June, 7.30pm
Saturday 12 June, 2.00pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 13 June, 3.00pm

Some notes from the writer/director

I’ve been directing and teaching both the history and the nuts and bolts of opera, operetta, musicals and cabaret for many years, at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and around Australia.  It’s a fascinating area, full of glorious music, witty and poetic words, amazing historical detail, and outrageous gossip!

For years people have been telling me to put it all onto the stage.  This will NOT be a lecture OR yet another collection of Songs From The Shows.  It will be a fast-moving night of story-telling.  The audience will meet colourful showmen like Offenbach, Gilbert and Sullivan and D’Oyly Carte, Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter, and also great performers like Ethel Merman and Lotte Lenya.  There will be famous songs and choruses of course, but also many lesser-known gems that deserve a wider audience.  PLUS dialogue scenes, anecdotes, audience involvement, and some clever children too!

There will even be a segment about Australian musicals.  I have long been a champion of these, have directed 16 of them and there are some real showstoppers!

It should all add up to a night of great fun and also of things you never knew before.

Production poster design: Sheila Wileman