Brian was approached by then treasurer Bruce Napier with the proposition that he stand for the treasurer’s role in 1977. There started a 21 year career as treasurer and then president. He happily entered into G&S retirement from 1999 blissfully unaware that a return would be made – to president in 2014.
Much has changed in Adelaide theatre since 1977 (and indeed 1999!) but Brian’s respect for the Society and love of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan has only grown in that time.
Richard has been a member of the Society for 40 years. For the Society he has played more than 20 roles and directed over 30 productions.
He has been a Board member for over 30 years, and Vice-President for the last 16 years.
Kyle joined the board of G&S in 2019 due to his avid love of the theatre and desire to be involved in a local company.
His love of the theatre began at a young age, after being in school and local theatre productions as well as the choir. Although he now has taken a backseat to the spotlight, loves seeing as many productions as possible, particularly after seeing 30+ productions on London’s West End whilst living abroad.
Kyle holds a Bachelor of Accounting from CQU and is currently on his way to becoming a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).
Paula has always loved singing, beginning at a very young age. She has gained experience in her Church Choir, several Festival of Arts Combined Choirs and The Woodville Concert Choir.
Paula joined the G&S Society in 1981 and enjoyed many years of performing two shows a year, and a short time as Social Co-ordinator, before taking on the role of Ticket Secretary in 2001– a role she has found very fulfilling and hopes to continue for some time to come.
Vanessa de Jong
Vanessa has been an active member of the G&S Society since 2007 when she played Rapunzel in Into the Woods, earning her more commonly known name of ‘Punzie’ amongst society members. From a very young age, Vanessa has actively pursued the theatre arts and has since become a very experienced singer and actress. Her accolades include touring with Co-Opera through Australia and Europe, presenting concerts with the ASO and playing a long list of lead roles with the G&S Society.
Vanessa also holds an Advanced Diploma of Design for makeup, specialising in film, TV, theatre and SFX and this has led Vanessa to gain much experience in costuming, makeup and props design for theatre. Vanessa also produces and directs musical theatre privately with her company ‘Little World Media’ and she also works with schools to bring their annual musicals to the stage. Vanessa is the Social Coordinator on the Board and she is excited to continue to bring enthusiasm and energy to the society.
Tim de Jong
Tim has been a member of the G&S Board since January 2018, initially as the Production Manager for A Little Night Music. He currently serves as the Property and Maintenance Officer for the society.
Tim has been involved in musical theatre for over 25 years in the roles of Production Manager, Musical Director, Set Design, Set Construction, Audio Design/Operation, Lighting Design/Operation and backstage crew.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Music (Education) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music and a Graduate Diploma of Education, Adelaide University. He was the Director of Music at Walford Anglican School for Girls for ten years 2008-2017 and is currently Leader of Music and Music Production at Loreto College, Marryatville.
With his music education career, Tim has brought to fruition many musical productions and this is something he is very passionate about. Tim undertook focused training in conducting during his time at the Elder Conservatorium and this has led him to become very passionate about conducting orchestras and ensembles. As an educator, Tim particularly enjoys working with young students to develop their ensemble playing and solo performance skills.
Catherine has been involved with the G & S Society since September 2015, when she was asked to handle properties for Guys and Dolls from the final dress rehearsal onwards. Since then, she has been the properties coordinator for every G & S show, as well as a show each for The Rep Theatre and Therry.
Catherine has also had a small role as a maid in a couple of productions, and would love to do some acting in the future. She spends her free time with her beautiful grandchildren, or travelling to see her favourite rock band. She is hoping to bring some new ideas to the company, especially with regards to the shows they present.