War of the Worlds

We are back! Our new production will be happening at the beginning of June, brighter and better.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Friday June 3rd – 8pm

Saturday June 4th, matinee 2pm.

Saturday June 4th, evening 8pm.

October 2019 Production


An adaptation of Casablanca

Written and Directed by Bruce Carboon
Moonlite Theatre is well into production mode for our Spring production; BASACLANCA (not to be confused with Casablanca).
If you have not got any plans on the below dates – you do not want miss out on this show. Book your tickets now and why not make it a night / day out with friends by booking out a table, seating 5.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall
Gisborne Rd, Bacchus Marsh
Fri 25th October 8pm
Sat 26th Oct 2pm matinee
Sat 26th Oct 8pm.
Tickets for members: $15
(non members $20)
Order tickets:  Susie 0422 185 955

It’ll be OK on the Night

On the 9th and 10th of March we had our first performances for 2018.

‘It’ll Be Ok on the Night’.

A series of early 1950s radio plays. These were performed as radio plays, complete with microphones, sound equipment and sound effects (and scripts). The production was a huge success with a full house and those in the community who missed out are lamenting it, and wanting encore performances.


Cast of ‘It’ll Be Ok on the Night’, and thanks to our sponsor The Bacchus Marsh Community Bank who helped us to ensure we could do our first production.

The show included three radio plays from the Easy Aces radio comedy series that aired between 1930 and 1945.

Jane’s Mother Comes To Visit;

When Jane Ace informs her husband that her mother is visiting for the holidays.
She is travelling from California to New York for the climate. She needs to be
near the seashore and California is 3,000 miles away from the ocean.
When Jane tells their maid, Mrs Bell, that her mother is visiting, Mrs, Bell
refuses to look after a 3rd person. Her contract dictates that she only has to look
after 2 people. She tells Jane to make a choice and when Jane chooses her
mother Mrs. Bell decides to strike and start a picket line.
Whilst Jane is sorting this out she rings Ace to pick up her mother from the train
station at 3pm. When he arrives at the station he finds out that the train is 2
hours late as a carriage had been uncoupled by a little old lady.
When Ace finally gets ‘em all home Jane’s mother doesn’t want to be a bother
and tells Jane she is going for a nap and to wake her in time for dinner and
that’s when the fun begins.

The Cast;

Announcer: Carl Reeson
Mrs. Bell: Irena Fitzsimon
Miss Anderson: Irene Hogan
Mother: Laurel Janson
Mr. Ace: Peter Rickards
Jane Ace: Safiye Vurdu
Ken Roberts: Stephen Houghton
On stage sound effects Debbie Barker

Irma and Jane See A Ghost;

Irma and Jane try to get some sleep, but Irma is too restless as she has her
thoughts clouded by work, the milkman, and then sees a ghost. Is it just her
imagination? Even the level headed Jane claims that she has also seen the ghost.
when Professor Wanderkin Kropotkin (The Maestro) visits, he says that he saw
the ghost too. Can you detect a trend going on here?
The ghost seems to only make appearances on Tuesday nights. Should they tell
Mrs. O’Reilly about the strange sightings? For some reason they think their
landlady will evict them for reporting the haunting. Can the brave Al protect his
girlfriend from the ghost? After a sleepless night, Irma can’t stay alert on the
job, although Mr. Clyde has a hard time telling the difference.
Time passes and the girls are too afraid to sleep, but it’s Tuesday again. The
time has come for action, and the professor joins the girls in their attempt to
catch the ghost. will their worries come true that Mrs. O’Reilly will evict them
for telling about the haunted hallway?
The truth is about to be revealed, but I don’t think Mrs. O’Reilly’s seance has
anything to do about it. Well, maybe it helps to provide a few last moment

The Cast;

Announcer: Carl Reeson
Voice Carl Reeson
Mr. Klein: Carl Reeson
Irma: Irena Fitzsimon
Mrs. Martin: Irene Hogan
Mrs. O’Reilly: Laurel Janson
Maestro: Peter Rickards
Jane: Safiye Vurdu
Al: Stephen Houghton

Jane Serves On A Jury;

Jane panics when she receives a summons to serve on a jury. She explains to Ace that
she didn’t mean to bang on the gum machine, but it took her money and didn’t give
her the gum. Then Jane’s brother Paul visits for breakfast and an over excited Jane
explains her jury duty to Paul. Meanwhile Paul is more interested with his problems at
work at the construction site.
After breakfast Jane goes to court and is finally selected to serve on the jury for a
traffic accident case. Jane then asks if the judge can call her when Ace rings her to see
how she is going. Then the defense council asks for a recess, as they have a surprise
witness. As the judges’ blood pressure finally gets to him, his grasp on the day’s
proceedings are lost.
The next day doesn’t fare much better. Jane asks her cousin Sally, who is Mr. Aces
Secretary, to stand in for her at the court while Jane gets her hair done. The
courtroom erupts with laughter after Jane finally arrives at the court, which forces the
judge to clear the room of all spectators. Jane also leaves the courtroom and goes to
another courtroom where she is threatened with Contempt of Court for 2 cases at the
same time. How will Jane get through all this?

The Cast;

Announcer: Carl Reeson
Lawyer – Lawyer in another case: Carl Reeson
Paul: Carl Reeson
Judge Edwards: David Leach
Ms Brown – Prosecutor: Irena Fitzsimon
Judge Moreley – Judge in another case: Irena Fitzsimon
Mrs. Delmar – Defendant in another case: Irene Hogan
Sally Anderson: Irene Hogan
Ms Wagnalls Laurel Janson
Baker Laurel Janson
Mr. Ace: Peter Rickards
Jane Ace: Safiye Vurdu
Court Clerk: Stephen Houghton
Ken Roberts: Stephen Houghton
Ms Jenkins – Stand in Prosecutor: Sylvia Gallahger
Whiteley – Prospective Juror: Sylvia Gallagher

Our talented Production team for the show;

Director – Bruce Carboon
Costume and On Stage Sound Effects – Debbie Barker
Costume – Irena Fitzsimon

Production Staff – Susie Barrow
Production Staff and Musician – Stephen Houghton
Production Staff – Cherry Waterbury

It'll be OK on the Night small

Our Early Days

Moonlite Theatre began in mid 2017 with a group of people who wanted to start an amateur theatre group in our local area. There are such groups in Ballarat, Geelong and of course the suburbs of Melbourne, but none here in Bacchus Marsh and Melton areas.

There had been a amateur theatre group in Bacchus Marsh for some time, known as the Bacchus Marsh Players, but it has not been running for a number of decades now (not since the 20th century).

2017 saw us gathering some interested folk together, working out our plans and ultimately incorporating. We went through a number of name ideas, including perhaps adopting the old Bacchus Marsh Players name, but then we thought we should leave that as the heritage name for the original troupe.

Our incorporated name became the Bacchus Marsh & Melton Districts Community Theatre Inc. Nicely descriptive but somewhat difficult to rattle off the tongue.

Ultimately we have come up with our ‘stage name’, which is the Moonlite Theatre. And yes, that is how we want it spelt. It is named in honour of one of our infamous residents in the 1860s. Moonlite was the spelling Andrew George Scott adopted as his persona as Captain Moonlite.

So, welcome to the Moonlite Theatre.

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Below is a link to an early newspaper article from our the early days.

Moorabool News, April 4th, 2017

Caught in the Act





Welcome to Moonlite Theatre

(Bacchus Marsh and Melton District Community Theatre Inc.)

We are a community theatre group based in the Bacchus Marsh and Melton districts,
open to all community members interested in theatre, both onstage and backstage.

We meet for play readings and theatre games, once a month on the fourth Saturday of every month at 2pm.

Meetings are at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall in Gisborne Rd, Bacchus Marsh.

Come along and join the fun.


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