Cast & Crew 2017-11-02T11:02:04+00:00

The Cast & Crew of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

An MTG Production November 2017

When Johnny Dowd arrives in town he is unaware that his arrival will be a catalyst for change.

Introducing, Dallas Fogarty the eighth member of the Summer of the Seventeenth Doll cast, and our Assistant Director Ann Leung.

Dallas Fogarty plays
Dallas Fogarty playsJohnny Down
Dallas recently graduated from University of Queensland as a Primary School Teacher and is currently teaching a Grade 6 class. Studying drama as elective units at university Dallas’ ambition is to teach drama classes for primary school-aged children. Outside of his academics Dallas thoroughly enjoys the performing arts. He stepped onto a stage in Brisbane for the first time in 2008 with the Stagedoor Dinner Theatre. He has made occasional appearances with other theatre companies, like Brisbane Arts Theatre, however most of his theatrical performances have been with Stagedoor in a variety of different productions. One of those theatre companies where Dallas sated his acting bug was the Studio Theatre and Café in Morningside. Recently, he was in the two-person play The Critic, as well as the murder-mystery comedy Getting Even with Steven. Dallas has also been fortunate to be offered the opportunity to work on feature films. Bridging the gap between stage and screen, he was cast as an Extra in the disaster film San Andreas and the tele-movie Hoges– both filmed in Brisbane. In Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Dallas is playing the role of the young-gun canecutter Johnny Dowd – the newest member of Roo and Barney’s team and an unwitting catalyst for change.
Ann Leung
Ann Leung Assistant Director
Ann Leung is a singer-songwriter who made her theatrical debut earlier this year in MATES Theatre Genesis’ production of Jonathan Biggins’ patriotic comedy Australia Day. Ann had been bitten by the acting bug and eagerly stepped up to be in our next show The Odd Couple: the female version. Over the last six months Ann has fallen in love with the theatre and, being keen to learn as much as she can about all aspects of it. Ann enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity to be Assistant Director on Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, and learn more about what it takes to produce a theatre experience. Ann has a background in the creative fields as an architect, singer-songwriter and as a Community Correspondent for 612-ABC Radio Brisbane. She began her creative journey in 2009 when she was part of a folk-rock band called Diddly Squat– named because many of the band members had no previous musical experience. A highlight came in 2013 when they were chosen as a finalist to appear on the ABC’s national television talent show Exhumed. In 2016, Ann released her debut album titled dreams of a wildgoose which she produced with the help of award-winning musician Michael Fix. You can catch Ann performing around Brisbane as one-half of the duo G’day China.

Emma Leech is the cynical, but wise owner of the Carlton boarding house which has been filled with her daughter Olive’s frivolity and celebration for the past seventeen summers.  From her residence across the street Kathy “Bubba” Ryan has watched these proceedings and longed to be apart of Olive and her friend Nancy’s summer adventures with the two cane-cutters from up north.

Jan Nary plays
Jan Nary playsEmma Leech
Jan Nary cut her acting teeth in Sydney’s New Theatre forty years ago and has dabbled enthusiastically in the thespian arts ever since; acting, writing, directing and producing, principally with MATES Theatre Genesis, RPAC DramaFest, The Curators, LINKS Radio Drama and The Magdalenes. Jan has worked extensively in the media, as CHOICE magazine’s media face and voice, on-air presenter with ABC radio and community radio, and as a publicist and freelance journalist. Most recently Jan appeared in The Curators’ production of Uncle Vanya portraying the character Nanny – a wise, strong-willed Woman of Gracious Years. Nanny would find much in common with Jan’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll character Emma Leech.
Ashley Mullins plays
Ashley Mullins playsKathie 'Bubba' Ryan
Ashley’s journey on-stage began at school when she was in the 7th grade, playing the part of the crocodile in Peter Pan. Since leaving school Ashley has gone on to study acting at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama). Last year, Ashley completed an Advanced Diploma of Acting for Screen and Stage from The Performing Arts Conservatory. A favourite acting memory for Ashley was in 2003 when she performed with theatre company Zen Zen Zo at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. This taste of the world of professional theatre gave Ashley the desire to one day work as an actor. To this day this desire continues to drive her passion to work in a professional capacity in the creative industry. Ashley has already ventured into the world in front of the camera: doing film and voice acting on graduate projects, she now would like to develop her skills in script-writing and directing. Earlier this year Ashley portrayed the character Sylvie in our production of The Odd Couple: the female version. After thoroughly enjoying the experience, Ashley auditioned for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and was rewarded with the part of Kathy “Bubba” Ryan– the young neighbour of Olive’s who has coveted her lifestyle from across the street almost all her life.

Olive Leech has spent the last seventeen years as part of a five-month tradition of frivolity, celebration and argument with two, visiting sugar-cane cutters in her mother’s boarding house in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Carlton.  For sixteen of those years it has been with her friend Nancy.  In the seventeenth year widowed barmaid Pearl Cunningham joins the tradition.  Times change and people move on, but tradition keeps memories alive.

Introducing, Sharon Vassallo and Suze Harpur: female leads in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

Sharon Vassallo plays
Sharon Vassallo playsOlive Leech
Sharon’s journey in community theatre began in 1998 when she appeared in the Derek Benfield comedy Wild Goose Chase. Since then Sharon has had many notable roles in musicals, comedies and dramas, most recently in the comedy Uncle Jack, historical drama/musical Reedy River and one-act thriller Happy Birthday Mum. This year Sharon played Australian Suffragist, Edith Cowan in The Magdalenes’ production of Phyl Lobl’s Dames & Dare Devils for Democracy, performed at Magda Community Artz and in DramaFest 2017 at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). Sharon was also part of MATES’ award-winning cast in Dan Totheroe’s one-act play The Great Darkwhich won the Adjudicator’s Choice prize at DramaFest 2013. As well as appearing on-stage Sharon has worked in many productions as Stage Manager, prompt and producer. She has been a mainstay of the MATES Theatre Genesis management committee, as Secretary, President and is the current Treasurer. Sharon is kept busy fostering a love of performing in her two, talented young sons – watch this space!
Suze Harpur plays
Suze Harpur playsPearl Cunningham
Originally from Melbourne l now live with my fun, crazy family in the Redlands.Turning 50 recently prompted a search to find a hobby just for me. Not fond of running or exercise cancelled out most, if not all sports.So, I answered an advertisement for auditions for The Odd Couple – the female version, and so began this amazing adventure called local theatre. Since joining MATES Theatre Genesis in February this year and working with a wonderful director, cast and crew – a star was born!Playing the role of Vera, who was a sweet but vague lady was anamazing experience. The role of Pearl Cunningham in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is the opposite to Vera. As you read the script you understand her, Pearl is lonely yet won’t come out and say so as she is no-nonsense and a wildly proud women who values the institution of marriage. When l got the call offering me the part of Pearl, l silently squealed with delight and was doing a happy dance in the middle of a busy street! It’s an awesome feeling working with so many talented people; at each rehearsal l learn something new. Community theatre is certainly a wonderful hobby!

“Canecutters Reuben “Roo” Webber and Arthur “Barney” Ibbot have lived an itinerant life; for the past seventeen years at the end of the cane season they have travelled to Melbourne for five months of fun and frivolity with two city women.  But, things are changing – life for these canecutters is much different now than when they started their tradition – in other times.  Introducing, Shane Webb and Roy Nunn playing the male leads in Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.”

Shane Webb plays
Shane Webb playsReuben 'Roo' Webber
As an actor Shane has been associated in many companies and has undertaken a variety of roles including Roy from Cosy, Alistair Spenlow in Move Over Mrs Markham, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Among the many, his favourite roles to date have been The Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, and Billy Bigelow in Carousel, all of which have been acclaimed productions produced by Queensland Musical Theatre.
Other roles Shane has recently performed include; Glen from The Wedding Singer (Phoenix Ensemble), Professor Callahan from Legally Blonde (Savoyards Musical Theatre Society), The King from Cinderella (24 Hour Musical Theatre Project), and most recently as a duettist with the incomparable Georgina Purdie for the premiere of Underground Broadway’s Open Mic night where they sang Fine from Ordinary Days.
Behind the scenes Shane has held many positions including Artistic Director and co-founder of Risk Theatre; and as a Director, Assistant Director, Technical Director, Stage Manager and Playwright.
Recently, Shane has begun reviewing community theatre for Theatre People and has been named their Queensland Coordinator.
Roy Nunn plays
Roy Nunn playsArthur 'Barney' Ibbot
Roy has been in several Savoyards Musical Theatre Society productions in the past, having principal as well as chorus roles in shows such as My Fair Lady, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance.
Roy moved to stage acting a few years ago with the Manly-based company Mercury Theatre and has had roles in Presumed Guilty, Portrait of Murder and My Husband’s Nuts.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will be Roy’s second production with MTG, in January he played Wally Stewart in the highly successful Australia Day which was performed in conjunction with Redland Museum.
Roy has performed as a singer in the Brisbane City Council Seniors Cabaret series – an experience he ranks as one of his biggest and best musical thrills. Prior to discovering the stage Roy had performed as a singer/guitarist in covers bands around Brisbane during the eighties.
Roy resides in the Bayside suburb of Wynnum and is looking forward to playing the role of Barney Ibbot in this MTG production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
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