The Bay Theatre Players are thrilled to have awarded one of their long running members, Jack Helmore, with lifetime membership. A dedicated and generous contributor to community theatre, Jack was presented with this accolade at a function on Sunday, March 15, to a rousing applause and reception.
Jack has been an active member of the Bay Theatre Players through numerous productions over the years, as well as serving on committee. Jack's service to Bay Theatre Players has included president, actor, director and mentor, as program maker, Curtain Up editor and play exploration co-ordinator.
"My 14 years with BTP have been the happiest years of my theatrical life...I shall miss everyone so much.Jack Helmore
Jack's acting experience goes back to the age of nine when he first ventured on to stage as a stable boy in a nativity play in Cornwall, England. Since then, he has played characters from plays by Shakespeare, Ayckbourn, Pinter and Tennessee Williams and performed in Melbourne and Canberra before coming to the Bay in 2005. Some of the memorable moments for the Bay Theatre Players include his direction of 2017's A Murder is Announced, and outstanding characterisations in productions such as The Wind in the Willows, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Woman in Black.
Jack and his wife, Nola, are leaving Batemans Bay for Canberra. Jack has assured the executive committee that he will continue to help and be involved, which is welcome and happy news for the Bay Theatre Players.
"My 14 years with BTP have been the happiest years of my theatrical life," said Jack. "I have worked with some wonderful people, have seen acting and production talent around me that sometimes astounded me, it was so good. I shall miss everyone so much. And I shall be back from time to time to renew friendships and marvel at how good this lovely little theatre group on the coast is."
The Bay Theatre Players membership sincerely thank Jack for his dedication, support and friendship over the past 15 years, and with fond but sad farewells, wish him all the best for his new adventures.
Update on The Drowsy Chaperone: At the time of writing this edition, auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone have been postponed to Saturday, April 11, originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 28, due to the COVID-19 situation.
We will continue to monitor closely the advice from our government and health organisations.
For information regarding auditions and rehearsals, contact Candy Burgess at email@example.com.