Top of the Tower 1999

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Marlow’s Lagoon, Palmerston

A large scale, outdoor performance held on June 19 celebrating the Palmerston lifestyle directed by Tracks for the Palmerston City Council. Top of the Tower grew out of a previous project known as the “Arts Bath’ which were a series of forums in Palmerston that identified people involved in the arts and explored the needs of this community. The community determined that it was interested in producing a large scale, outdoor performance celebrating the Palmerston lifestyle.

Director's Notes - Tim Newth

There once was a pregnant mound beside a lagoon of water. The mound had not always been there but it was now. People decided to build a water tower 'up top' on top of the pregnant mound.

From the Top of the Tower the sunrise is called in. Rays of light, orange, red and yellow, shoot over the mound, bringing the day to life. Houses come into vision and dogs are taken for a walk. From the houses children and adults get ready for the day. The children are farewelled and it's off to work for the rest of us. Fences surround houses and houses become suburbs. Each household sings their own tune and dances their own dance.

At the end of the day things slow down and night descends. The tower looks down upon the glowing town lights. Bikes zoom through the streets just before everyone goes to steep. It had been an ordinary day yet what was about to follow was an extraordinary night.

Sometime after midnight, storm clouds gather 'up top' at the Top of the Tower. Is it a cyclone about to hit? Or a volcano about to erupt? Whatever it is, fear breaks lose and people run in all directions grabbing what they can. Flashes of golden lightening and balls of fire fill the air. There is not much left of the town after the storm hits. No people, just a cloud of smoke.

From within the smoke two eyes appear. Then a head and body become clear. A creature rises from inside the mound. What have we disturbed? The creature looks around but there is not much to see. So it simply curls up on top of the mound and goes to sleep.

Remember those children we farewelled off at the start of the day? They returned home, but instead of finding their homes and families they found this creature curled up sleeping. Now, kids being kids, and always ready for a bit of a game, decide to wake up the creature to see if it wants to play. The creature seems quiet keen on the idea. You might be thinking to yourselves, a bit late for a bunch of kids and a big long creature to be playing around. And you would be right. It was not too long before the creature and the kids get tried and very soon they all fall asleep.

The adults with the tower return to the mound to check out what is left of their town. They unexpectedly find a great big creature and all the children splattered all over the mound. They think the worst. They think this creature had eaten all their kids. So up come the fists and it looks like the biggest fight is about to break out, until someone realises that this creature is twice as big as any of them. Maybe there is a better way to deal with the creature other than a big punch up?

They have a meeting to decide what to do. They even call in the mayor for her advice. After many ideas have been thrown around someone remembers a story that a woman had sung to them. The song had said that this was a women's dreaming place. What they decide to do is send out a woman and child to befriend the creature. The creature wakes up and is happy to see the woman. The children wake up and happily show their families their new friend. A new day begins and from that day onwards the people seem to get on much better with each other.

Creative and Production Personnel

Director: Tim Newth
Designer: Joanna Barrkman
Choreographer: David McMicken
Musical Director: Airi Ingram
Production Manager: Eunice De Ramos
Production Assistant: Nim Jayawardhana
Dramatic Assistant: Joe Clements
Choreographic Assistant: Tau Ingram
Design Assistant: Anthony Johnson
Publicity and Administration: Mandy Carlton
Alyson Mills: Songwriter
Neil Macknight: Lighting Designer
Technical Manager: Roderick Mackenzie
Technical Site Manager: Andrew Dudley
Lighting Designer: Neil Macknight
Audio Operator: Colin Simpson
Follow Spot Support: Toby Robinson, Bruce Bentley, Steve Wilkin, Mark Kerr

Performers

Palmerston Ballet School: Aerin Langworthy, Sheree Higgins, Carly Greig, Amy Thompson, Sue Elisa Erickson, Ashley Buda, Miranda Edwards, Danarose Dizon, Leonie Fowler, Rock Loft, Brendan Rudd
Durack Primary School: Nathan Allen, Rodrigo Barua, Craig Cauchi, Jessica Clark, Nathan Dutton, Erin Emery, Nathan Fairbank, Reanna Gant, Samantha Gatt, Irene Georgiadis, Clarissa Grant, Melanie Hockey, Kristin Huddy, Amelia Hurley, Emily Jacobs, Christian Kennedy, Lauren May-Kolovis lan McLennan, Rhys Munn, Lee Peters, Kendall Reddacliff, Tarsam Singh, Kyle Thacker Lisa Thomas, Brittany Van Der Biezen, Rebecca Wilson, Katherine Wilson, Timothy Woolfe Adriana Adamy, Luke Baker, Skye Bedding, Jordan Brown, Samantha Cox, Damian Doust, Rebecca Fernandes, Keryn Galloway, Aaron Gordon, Ashley Haywood, Brodie Heenan, Vicky Hilton, Scott Huddy, Amber Hunter, Thomas Hutton, Matthew James, Joshua Nicolas Cassandra Nuttall, Luke Raven, Steven Sin, Natasha Smith, Mark Smith, Neo Urizar, Scott Winter, Taleah Baldwin, Ainsleigh Brown, Natasha Clifton, Andrew Colman, Daniel Coup, Stacey Duthie, Christopher Earl, Tristan Eckhoff, Patrick Egan, Harriet Lloyd, Trent Martin, Colin McInerney, Chole Miles, Rebecca Prout, Emma Robinson, Ashley Sinclair, Karina Smith, Jasmine Thompson, Mark Turner, Kimberley Walker, Emma Wittholz, Sasha Young
Kids & K9’s Club: Amie White with Bella. (Border Collie), Melissa Little with Joey (Australian Kelpie), Wendy Ball with Amber (Cocker Spaniel), Rebecca Garrigan with Toga (Poodlex), Nicole Little with Sparkey (Australian Kelpie), Cameron Carter with Cindy (Australian Cattle Dog), Tegan Hadley with Beau (German Shepherd Dog)
The PPP Actors: Andrew Clasohm, Simon Hanlin, Terri Cripps, Dianne Balird, Joe Clements, Anthony Johnson, Rick Bawden, Greg Jarvis, Tracy Roberts
Moulden Park Primary: Stevie-Anne O'Brien, Lee Craven, Rhys Aylett, Elise Viney, Carli Alderick, Allyce Wilson, Bunnie Thong, Jessica Sinclair, Cassie Parker, Kristine Halfpenny, Belinda Bee, Luke Bowler, Seam Maher, Mikaela Jones, Dwayne Smith, Jasmine Bishop, Hayley Edwards, Jade Alley, Kelam Frank, Tearna Pearce, Dwayne Berto, Justin Bading, Nelson Martin, Brett Norris
1st Driver Scout Group: Billy Rowlings, Terry Pennay, Andrew Fernandez, Joshua Joyce, Kyle Wedmore, Ben Joyce, Cody Gusling, Justin Burgess, Brett Harrison
Corrugated Iron Youth Arts: Amy Lewis, Hayden McLaughlin, Caitlyn McLaughlin, Kailey Draper, Ellen Magner, Maegan Howden, Raighne Hearn-Renshaw
Top End Callisthenics: Chloe Sutherland, Gemma Sutherland, Nakita Dendle, Teena-Lea Harris, Megan Kenedy, Har Tiet Bell, Caria Hooper, Danielle Garrigan, Rebecca Race, Lani Butler, Renata, Katie Allan, Eloise Nicholson, Jacqueline Corrick, Amy Noble, Michelle Weigh
Northern Country Music Association: Trevor Bower, Les Domotor, Lynda Domotor, Beverley McShanag
Northern Territory University- Chung Do Taekwondo: Rita Fitton, Jade Fitton, Steve Blyton, Alana Blyton, Lyn Van Eck, Colin Van Eck, Brendan McGinnis, Tellie Geranis, George Karauas, Natana Wingrave, Chanalle Wingrave, Garico Abellanosa, MyIes, Hagan, Nathan Crossland, Ashley Xavier

Filipino Maharlika Association: Alice Baker, Mayette Vall, Emmeline Adams, Sue Erickson, Aimee-Lyn Davis, Freychel Taylor, Teresa Barker, Edgan Javier, Nasto Ballesteros, Don Basilan, Danilo Esguera, Evelyn Adams, Leilani Ballesteros, Tita Allom
Palmerston Satellite City BMX Club: Natasha Dickens, Kylie Dickens, Kristy Dickens, Damien Dickens, Reece Ellis, Christopher Ellis, Luke Beagley, Petina Beagey, Nathan Dutton, Aaron Alchin, Deanna Coen, Emma Franklin, Chad Franklin, Dylan Landar, Raymond Nauman, Kevin Mcinemey
No. 2 Air Cadets Palmerston: CDTSGT P. Heysen, CDTCPL N. Crossley, CDTCPL J. Carter, CDTCPL C. Miller, LCDT P. Lander, LCDT B. Krohn, LCDT B. Reynolds, LCDT J. Spencer, LCDT J. Meakin, CDT J. Wyatt, CDT R. Jackson, CDT D. Jeffs, CDT M. Muir, CDT K. Miller, CDT M. Findlay, CDT R. Forrest, CDT P. Turner, CDT B. Beattie, CDT J. Mcinnes, CDT C. O'Brien
Palmerston High School: Taryn Roberts, Haylea Salter
Mayor of Palmerston: Annette Burke
Palmerston Concert Band & Youth Ensemble:
Flute: Sarah Neilsen, Adam Deussien, Chole Furness, Oboe: Alinta Orr
Clarinet: Sarah Bulasch, Jenny Young, Barbar Eather, Max Madden, Candice Duncan
Bass Clarinet: Marcia Nielsen, Alto Saxophone: Jessica Tulley, Sam Burke, Simon Bulasch, Julie Unwin, Ryan Oliver 
Soprano Saxophone: Wayne McMahon, Tenor
Saxophone: Wayne McMahon, Des Tangey
Trumpet: Daniel Waiter, Sion Griffith
French Horn: Lorelei Williamson ,Louisa Cowie
Trombone: Thomas Marshall, William Cowie, David Crossley
Baritone Saxophone: Luke Kent
Percussion: Nathan Coleman, Nicholas Everard-Shepley, Christine Williamson

Palmerston Gymnastics Club: Mark Gostyriski, Catherine Goode, Sarah Dawes, Benjamin Sandow, Luke Zabell, Jacinda Michaela Sandow, Lorraine Meehan, Chris Gomez

Scenario

  • Tower workman
  • The Tower
  • Calling in the Sun - Palmerston Ballet School
  • The Sunrise - Durack Primary School
  • Dogs and Walkers - Kids and K9's Club
  • The Adults - The PPP Actors
  • The Kids - Moulden Park Primary School
  • Fence Constructors - 1st Driver Scout Group
  • Palmerston Characters - Corrugated Iron Youth Arts
  • Household 1 - Top End Callisthenics
  • Household 2 - Northern Country Music Association
  • Household 3 - Northern Territory University - Chung Do Taekwondo
  • Household 4 - Filipino Maharlika Association
  • BMX Bike Riders - Palmerston Satellite City BMX Club
  • The storm - No 2 Air Cadets Palmerston
  • The Smoke - Palmerston High School
  • The Creature - No 2 Air Cadets Palmerston
  • The Mayor – Annette Burke

Tracks Dance 1999

Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Administrator: Amanda Carlton

Inaugural Committee Members: David Taylor (Chair), Ken Conway (Vice-Chair) Chris Raynal (Treasurer), Rukshana Ramachandran (Secretary/Public Officer), Tania Lieman, Jackie Wurm, Kez Hall, Nick Papandonakis (Ordinary Committee Members), David McMicken and Tim Newth (Ex-Officio Members)

 

 

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“The performance at Marlow’s Lagoon was a huge hit with the community. More than 1000 people rocked up for an evening full of music and dance by local children and community groups”  Palmerston News, Litchfield Times June 24, 1999

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