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Agnes Of God


Fiona Churchill - Dr Martha Livingstone

Fiona joined the Lieder in 1995 to play in Golden Valley and since then has been seen in many productions including the Blackrock, Under Milk Wood, Cosi, The Removalists, Sylvia, Inheritance, Blithe Spirit, The Odd Couple (female version) Fireface,The Memory of Water, Round and Round the Garden, Table Manners, Equus and Macbeth to name but a few. When not in a show Fiona has worked backstage as a lighting operator and is currently the coordinator for our charity nights. Dr Livingstone is her largest part to date and one which I'm sure will impress all that see it.

Kathy Campbell - Mother Miriam Ruth

Kathy has been seen many times on the Lieder stage. She joined the Lieder in 1993 to perform in Steel Magnolia and hasn't stopped working since. Some of her more memorable roles include performances in: Hating Alison Ashley, Come Back to the five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, The Curious Savage, Too Many Cooks, Skirmishes, Hotel Sorrento, Dinkum Assorted, On the Bridge which toured to the Czech Republic and UK in 1998, Dark of the Moon, Once a Catholic, Equus and Forks'n All (a feast for peace) We love working with her and look forward to her performance as Mother Miriam Ruth.

Michelle McAleer - Agnes

Michelle studied drama at The University of New England where she appeared in a number of course productions including The Stronger and The Crucible. For the Earle Page College Drama Society she stage managed Bye Bye Birdie and directed My Fair Lady. In the United States she worked as technical director for a children's theatre in Connetticutt, staging productions of Bugsy, Grease, and Annie. On returning to Australia she worked at The Sydney Opera House as a stagehand and later as an administrator.

She studied at Sydney Acting School, performing in course productions of The Cell and the female version of The Odd Couple. She went on to further study at The Actor's Centre. In recent years she has appeared in numerous short films and music videos, worked as an extra for film and television, and performed in stage productions of Blood Brothers and M. Butterfly. First seen on the Lieder stage as a witch in Macbeth she then went on to play Annie in Table Manners then we saw yet another side of her in Cinderella as the wicked Stepmother. She has now established herself well and truly and I hope we never lose her. This year she is teaching the Youth Theatre drama workshops on a Friday. In her spare time Michelle is on the Lieder Board of Management, is studying to be a teacher full time and has a dog and a horse to look after.

We welcome her back with open arms to play the demanding role of Agnes.



Stage Manager Joshua Waters
Set Design Judith Boyd
Lighting Operator Mark Churchill
Sound Operator Carina Tattersall
Costumes Cyndy Kitt Vogelsang
Poster Design Louise Boyd-Lowen
Prompt in rehearsal Anne Gaul and Louise Boyd-Lowen
Publicity Judith Boyd, David Boyd
FOH Manager Lee Grey
Charity night Coordinator Fiona Churchill
Tickets Doreen Mullen
Set and Lighting Construction Chrisjohn Hancock
Judith Boyd,Colin Simson,Pauline Mullen
Sound Recording Bill Dorman
Voice Coach Margaret Taylor
Photos Brian Hill
Newsletter Editor Greg Seckold
Advance Ticket Sales Michael Connolly Chemist

The action of the play takes place in Dr Livingstone's rooms and the Convent

There will be one interval.

The Playwright =John Pielmeier

John Pielmeier began his career as an actor, working at Actors Theater of Louisville, The Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Alaska Rep, Baltimore's Center Stage and the O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference. Agnes of God was first staged at the O'Neill. It was a co-winner of the 1979 Great American Play Contest, and premiered professionally at Actors Theater of Louisville. There followed a number of regional productions and a seventeenth month run on Broadway. He wrote the screenplay for the movie.
Other plays by Pielmeier include Courage, a one-man show about J.M. Barrie; a musical comedy called Young Rube, about Rube Goldberg; and Willi, based on the speeches of mountaineer Willi Unsoeld. He has also written several movies for television, including Choices of the Heart.
Agnes of God is believed to be based on an actual incident, which occurred in a convent in Brighton N.Y., near the conservative community of Rochester.



Director - Judith Boyd

Judith joined the Lieder Theatre in September 2001 having moved to the area from Sydney.

There she has been an active member of the Castle Hill Players for almost twenty-five years and ran the Castle Hill Youth Theatre for much of that time.
Judith was also a drama teacher at The Hills Grammar School and has adjudicated at several country drama festivals in NSW.
She attended a part time Drama School in England before moving with her family to Australia in 1978. Judith has been involved in many productions in one way or another. In more recent years she has directed plays including, Twelve Angry Men, Nuts, Oh What a Lovely War, Toad of Toad Hall, Educating Rita, and has acted in The Homecoming, Blithe Spirit, Bold Girls, Equus, and Don's Party.

Judith attended the writing course at NIDA in 1992, and subsequently had plays performed at NIDA and at the National Playwrights Conference in Canberra. Judith is an active member of the Lieder having directed Once A Catholic, Sylvia, Hating Alison Ashley, Round and Round the Garden, Equus, Table Manners, The Odd Couple( Female version).
She also ran workshops and wrote for the Lieder Youth Theatre's 2 Friendly 4 Words, She performed in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Blithe Spirit, The Cripple of Inishman and provides administrative support and promotion for productions. She operated lights for Pinocchio and Ladies Night. Judith is currently the president of the Lieder's Board of Management.