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).
Alicia has been an active member of the G&S Society since 2008. In this time, she has had various roles from assistant stage manager, production assistant, production manager, crew and lighting operator and has enjoyed the variety this has brought into her life.
Alicia’s love of musical theatre started at a young age, from watching live amateur and professional shows to watching classic movies over and over again.
Whilst she has tried the on-stage life, she much prefers being behind the scenes and watching what is the machine of theatre come to life through all the different facets.
Alicia looks forward to her new role as Secretary, and what the future holds for the Society.
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.
Suriya has been attending G&S performances for as long as she can remember. Fresh out of high school Suriya was lucky enough to be named in the chorus of the G&S production of The Sound of Music. Before this, Suriya had extensive performance experience both in choirs and in on stage productions. Being a member of a choir since the age of 7 at school, Suriya was an active member of Young Adelaide Voices. This included a 4 week choral tour of America in 2011, where the First Concert Choir won a silver medal at The World Choir Games and had a clean sweep of the choral section of the International San Francisco Choral Festival. As well as performing as ‘July’ in Annie and ‘Jennyanydots’ in Cats.
Suriya holds a Bachelor of Music (MusEd) in Classical Voice from the Elder Conservatorium of Music and a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Adelaide. Currently she is the Faculty Leader in Performing Arts at Balaklava High School. In this role Suriya has had the pleasure to be both the Director and Musical Director of the a number of shows, such as Annie Jr in 2019, a number of Year 8 productions and ‘The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’ in 2020 . In addition to this, Suriya has found a passion for encouraging her students to perform in the community with free concerts around Balaklava, including singing Christmas Carols and footpath concerts for nursing homes during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.Suriya as has a passion for Music and Arts Education and delights in sharing the wonders of musicals and performing with her students and the community she serves.