2013 AGM

Waverley Homestead,  11 March 2012

The 2013 AGM was conducted with most of the committee and several STARS members present. Ann and Sam Lawson retired from the committee and a new member, John Tiddemann was appointed.

Here follows chairman Carolyn Colling's report.




On Sunday 5 February Stars welcomed around 70 people who heard Barbara George, CEO of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra highlight the years events  – A couple of old girls from Chorus Line surprised the crowd and then followed Dance Xtreme youths showing some real dance styles.

The mezzo soprano Catriona Barr presented a number of arias and we were all impressed with her warmth, humour and amazing voice.  Cate will be welcome to perform for STARS in the future and in fact we will be giving some support to a performance at a bigger venue in 2013.

The AGM welcomed guest speaker Veronica Aldridge of Musica Viva in Schools programme who outlined the aims and achievements of this wonderful venture.   STARS committee have in fact contributed to the fund assisting a music programme in a local school  to be nominated in 2013 and committee will be invited to see the outcome of this assistance.

Cosi Fan Tutte was the Co-Operas contribution for the year and once again Brian Chatterton and his troupe kept the crowd laughing at this rather silly opera performed by a great cast and STARS were able to gather some funds from this performance which included a raffle prize. Liza Cannizarro was one of the performers and is a recipient of the STARS of Waverley Award.

The first art exhibition on 31 March  featured Adrienne Gill with her colourful and tango inspired pictures which were very well received with good sales throughout the duration of the exhibition.   We were treated to social tango by the audience but the highlight was the presence of the Brazilian pair Carolina Bonaventura and Francisco Forquera who danced for us.

Once again Nancy Weisbrodt organised a wonderful morning tea with an autumnal  theme – a donated pink shovel was auctioned and the large crowd of around 50 enjoyed a glamorous high tea with the highlight being Nancy’s Burley poem.   Her efforts assisted in raising $1000 for cancer research – well done Nancy.

As part of About Time History Month, STARS presented Splash theatres The Bloke, featuring C.J.Dennis Songs and Poetry.   A great way to celebrate History and enjoy the poems that we all remember.

The second exhibition featuring Sonia Unwin was again well attended and some of the large works and unframed water colours were purchased.  The exhibition continued until 30 June at STARS gallery.

On Sunday 24 June we welcomed Chris Martin and friends for a Sunday afternoon cabaret featuring A Tribute to Duke Ellington.  These fabulous musicians led by Chris told the story of The Duke and the afternoon was certainly in keeping to our theme Its Showtime.

A welcome return to Waverley Homestead was Sidonie Henbest accompanied by renowned pianist Matthew Carey presenting the School for red Hot Mamas – the crowd loved this rather raunchy show – a true Cabaret performer who is wowing audiences again this year at the Fringe.

South Australian Living artists exhibition  featured local artist Roe Gartelman and was launched in fine style by Judith Barr.  The work was stunning and attracted a large crowd who were eager to purchase some of the amazing pieces.

An afternoon of Wine and Opera featuring STARS of Waverley Award Winner Emma Hills was sponsored by STARS and hosted by Carolyn – the performance included final year students from the conservatorium and included Monique Watson who also joined the Opera Afternoon with Greg John later in the year.  

The Dance Workshop held in September proved to be a great success with a troupe of Rumanian folk dancers led by Rae Marnham who combined with  Dave and Cathy Clark who performed Australian folk dance and music.    It was quite a funny day with the audience keen to participate in the dance and the singing.   STARS will be holding another workshop in 2013 although in a larger venue with a wooden floor which will assist in a bigger audience and easier dancing. The workshop will include other genres such as salsa this time.

A highlight of the year is always Opera in the afternoon with Greg John and friends who presented a Showtime theme with songs from musicals and opera featuring Samantha Rubenold and Robert England.   Jordan Noble and Monique Watson showed their talent and both will be contenders for a STARS of Waverley Award in 2013.  Greg John almost stole the show with is performance of If I Were a Rich Man.

 Our last exhibition for the year featured local students of  David Parles Peppertree Cottage Art Group who priced their work realistically to suit ideal Christmas presents.  The exhibition was well attended and gave the students an opportunity to show their work in a gallery situation.

A vote of thanks to Camille Maple for her wonderful and tireless organisation of all of the art exhibitions which create a great income for STARS.

It was a pleasure to present Wayne Anthoney’s play – Last Tango in Smithfield Plains. Together with Jenn Havelberg they gave the audience a tale of hope and gentle love which included some slapstick and many laughs.   After fabulous reviews when performed at The Bakehouse Theatre Wayne and Jenn will return with this play as an associated event at the Buenos Aires in the Vales Tango Festival presented by Southern Cross Tango in April 2013.  Thanks  to Wayne for this event.


The last event for the year was the ambitious STARS Christmas Gala fundraiser for the STARS of Waverley Fund held on Saturday 17 November. 

Peter Colling introduced Lucinda Moon who opened the event with her mesmerising performance and what followed was a list of huge talent including Jordan Goudy on piano and Saxaphone.   Jordan is a STARS of Waverley applicant and showed maturity beyond his years Greg John performed his Pavarotti to a standing ovation and Wayne Anthoney and Nancy Weisbrodt added some hilarity to the Gala with readings of poetry. The Farmers Market Choir were special guests too. 

The second half was the Peter Allen show featuring the generous and wonderful performer Peter Butcher who had the audience singing to the popular songs.   The finale of the show I still Call Australia Home saw the entire cast up on stage and the audience joining in.

All of the performers gave their time for no fee and the night resulted in a wonderful $1400 which will go to the STARS of Waverley Fund;.


STARS Committee has awarded $1500 in 2012 to Bella Jedrzejczak in conjunction with the Helpmann Academy and in the future this award will become the STARS of Waverley Award focusing on talent in the southern region.   Throughout the year we have secured the assistance of an independent panel of judges including Mark and Libby Lloyd, Julie Howard, Lucinda Moon, Meredith Bowman and Gail Kellett.  We look forward to discovering new talent and assisting their careers to continue – a great example is Bellas development assisted by our grant.


Its Showtime has been a very successful theme and I have had much enjoyment implementing the events together with the support of a fabulous committee. Thank you all for your input either in catering, finance, art, secretarial duties, flowers, chairs garden etc..

Lets keep our sense of fun and enjoyment as we commence another busy year of events keeping in mind that we are all volunteers who are doing our part in fostering the arts in our region.


It is with regret that we are losing two stalwarts of the STARS Committee – they are the longest serving member Anne Lawson and the barman Sam.   Your participation since the inception of STARS has been amazing both with the organisation of the kitchen and every other thing you do Anne and Sam.  We will miss you both.

Trevor Beneke will also be leaving the Committee and I don’t know how we will do without his quiet achievements as well as his tight treasury.   I wish to thank you Treasure and wish you and Marilyn a wonderful grandparenthood.  I know that you will keep a close eye on the garden when you are in Willunga.   


Thank you all sincerely for your association with STARS and we hope that we can continue in the same manner without you.


I appreciate your attendance tonight and look forward to “All the Worlds a Stage” in 2013.