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.
Christine has musically directed and/or played for musical theatre productions since 1989, starting with Murray Bridge Players and Singers. Although her private music passion is choral jazz, she has been happily seduced into the musical theatre world and involved in modern cantatas, musicals and showcases for over 30 years.
Christine musically directed A Little Night Music for G&S and then a fundraising concert in 2019. In her work life, Christine is a voice and piano teacher, SACE accompanist and choral conductor. She currently works at Walford School for Girls and Loreto College.
Christine can be found quilting or in her garden in her non-music time. She is delighted to be part of the G&S team.
Tim’s first onstage experience with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society was in the 2011 production of ‘The Mikado’, he followed this as a chorus member in 2012’s ‘The Gondoliers’ with his first supporting role being as Major Shelley in the Society’s 2013 production of ‘The Secret Garden’.
Tim’s first principle roll was as Mr Brownlow in the G&S’s 2013 production of ‘Oliver!’ where he was also asked to act as dialogue coach. From there he was in the G&S’s 2014 production for ‘The Sound of Music’ as Admiral von Schriber as well as being in the chorus, and then in the Met’s 2015 production of ‘My Fair Lady’.
For the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s 2014 ‘G and S Fest’ Tim was in the chorus of ‘Princess Ida’, a production that was notable for having the State Opera’s Joanna McWaters cast in the title roll.
From there Tim work for the first time with David Gauci’s production company Devine Interventionz in the roll of Roy in the 2015 Fringe Show ‘Light in the Piazza’ followed by the G&S’s ‘Guys n Dolls’ as Inspector Brannigan. 2016 saw Tim involved in the first of two productions for the Therry Dramatic Society, the Ken Ludwig farce ‘Leading Ladies’as Doc and then later on as The Constable in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the beginning of 2016.
Tim’s last show was as an ensemble member of G&S’s enormously successful production of ‘Les Miserables’ in October in 2017.
Tim isn’t always on stage and has been involved in many other aspect of Community Theatre in Adelaide undertaking Back Stage crewing, Lighting Operator and as the Graphic Designer (his professional occupation) for a number of current and upcoming productions for Theatre Groups around Adelaide. His last major ‘role’ was as Production Manager for G&S’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in 2018.
Tim has had a previous service on the G&S Board from March 2017 to 2018 and returns back with enthusiasm.
Marj joined G&S in 1951, served on the board from 1969-74 then again from 1976-77 and re-joins some 40 years on in 2020.
From the pen of Marjorie (Marj)
“I joined the society in 1951 at the age of 18.
I don’t know how I passed the audition – I was so scared that I was inaudible at a range of 30 and remember Mr MacMurray approaching me with a hand behind his ear in an attempt to hear me!
However, I was accepted and found that I loved the music and the people, making dear friends, many of whom are still dear friends today.
I have worked with 3 generations of the Crooks family, 3 of the Howie’s and 3 of Anne Doherty’s.
I sang, helped with costumes, basic makeup (very!), scenery painting, served on the board and did other odd jobs, as needed.
Thanks G&S, I still love you and am happy to serve again on the board.
Oh, and if someone is needed to fill the role of an 80 odd year old, ‘Ay’m free, Captain Peacock!’ “