Jayne Arnold’s involvement at the Bijou began in 1991 and in the 20 years hence she has been involved in 31 productions and directed more productions for the Guild than any other member by far, having directed or co-directed 17 shows, including 3 that she also wrote scripts for.
She has served on committee for a total of 10 years, with 2 years as Vice President (1992 / 1994) and 2 years as Secretary (1993 / 1995).
Elaine joined the Esperance Theatre Guild in 1978, appearing in “South Pacific”. She has been henceforth known by her nickname "Nellie" - the character she played in that first production.
She has served on Committee for 9 years between 1979 and 2000, being President between 1994 and 1995 and Secretary in 1986 and 1997. Elaine has starred in over 20 productions, revues such as Wake Up and she co-wrote and directed her favourite, the Centenary Production of “The Bijou Merry Moments” in 1996.
She has co-written, directed and starred in the enormously popular satires of Esperance in “The Starz Awards” 1984, “Street Theatre” 1992, “In Too Deep” and “Wake-Up” 2008. In addition she has provided accommodation and transport for visiting Directors and continues to support the Theatre Guild in spite of currently living in Perth.
In 2011 she was very honoured to be made a life member of the Guild. Nellie has written, performed and directed many shows including South Pacific (where the name ‘Nellie’ was born),. Nellie took a different path 3 years ago, leaving for Perth to study. She is now happy to be home and excited to return to her much loved Bijou as a committee member.
Jane Ratten was secretary / treasurer when the Esperance Theatre Guild first started in 1968 and was a committee member for 11 years.
Her artistic abilities started in make-up, then continued into stage management, directing, and an occasional appearance on stage.
Jane's forte in later years was set design and this she continues to do in Perth. Jane was delighted to be invited back to Esperance to open the "John Crawley Extension" in 1986 and designed the set for the 1999 production "On Our Selection".
Raleigh Sellars joined the Esperance Theatre Guild in 1971 and became a committee member in 1972. He has been president of the Guild on three occasions, last in 1996.
He has served as a committee member for many more years. Raleigh has participated in many facets of the theatre and in some twenty seven plays and revues, while also being heavily involved with the purchase, maintenance, upgrading and expansions of "The Old Bijou".
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