Aaron MacKnight and Di Holland with her life membership of the Bridgetown Repertory Theatre
Decades of dedicated volunteer work for the Bridgetown Repertory Theatre have been recognised with life memberships for two of its stalwarts, Rob Snelling and Di Hollett.
Mr Snelling has been something of a jack-of-all-trades at the theatre for 30 years, acting, directing, and building fantastic sets, according to its Vice President, Christine Chilvers.
But he’s also written plays, including an award-winner, Cell, and always found people willing to support original material.
Performing has been in his blood since his days acting in plays at Teachers’ College, so it was only natural that he should throw himself into the Bridgetown Repertory when he moved to town.
In his first production, Hotel Sorrento, he played a 70-year-old at the grand old age of 33.
He described the Bridgetown Repertory as a very tribal experience where there’s a role for everyone, not just those on stage, whether it’s front of house, administration, or anything else.
“People find acceptance in Repertory,” he said.
Playwright, actor, director, stage designer and more, Rob Snelling is a theatrical jack-of-all trades.
Di Hollett has been active in the theatre since 1996 when she took one of her kids down to audition for Oliver.
After a few rehearsals the Director asked her if she’d like a non-speaking role as a strawberry seller and it wasn’t long until the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd had her hooked.
She worked as an assistant director with her friend Pam Lane, learning skills as a director and choreographer, and has directed a couple of plays.
But much like Mr Snelling, she’s thrown herself into all the other tasks so vital to keeping the Rep ticking along smoothly – the front of house roles, cleaning work and serving customers.
“I’ve been making scones for a long time!” she said.
“I love it, but it’s a big commitment.”
She still goes to shows whenever she can where her infectious laughter is guaranteed to spread throughout any audience, according to Ms Chilvers.