BLOC Music Theatre Committee of Management
Jason Muller (President), Carmel Flynn (Vice President), Vicki Rowe (Treasurer), Claire Thorpe (Secretary), Jim Muller (Archivist), Peter Morey, Brenda Ludbrook, Andrea Jordan, Carly Scott, Jordan Sullivan, Paula Robinson & Sallie Burke-Muller
Peter Morey, Jean Arnott, Barb Dunlop, Jim Muller, Lynne Muller, Ross Barnes, Tim Gay, Damian Muller, Sallie Burke-Muller, Gabrielle Brooks, Yvonne Collett, Judy Pickford, Norm Pinney, Gwen Quick, Lyle Quick, Barb Snibson, Carmel Wall, Barry Wilkins, Ron Gill, Claire Thorpe, Vicki Rowe & Jason Muller
Bruce Roberts was born and bred in Ballarat. His presenting career began at BTV 6 in the mid 1980’s working on children’s shows and advertisements. Bruce performed two musicals for BLOC in 1985 before finishing school and moving to Melbourne. The appetite that was born in Ballarat for performance was fed at Melbourne University and at the end of his first year he successfully auditioned for NIDA based in Sydney.
After completing the three year acting course, Bruce was offered the role of Constable Nick Parrish on the ever popular Home & Away. Three years and three British pantomimes later, Bruce moved to the UK for work. He trod the boards with the likes of Dame Judy Dench, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Warren Mitchell performing everything from Shakespeare and Musical to Romantic Comedy and serious Drama. Bruce was asked to give special comments for Sky Sports when the Kangaroos Rugby League team came to play The Ashes series against Britain and from there on, Bruce began working as a sports journalist and presenter for Sky and the BBC.
In 1998 Bruce returned to Australia and commenced work with the NIDA Graduate Company as well as working as a presenter for video and corporate workshops. In 2001, he was offered one of the leading roles in the Australasian Production of Mamma Mia! Bruce played Sam for three and half years right across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
With the desire to focus on presenting, Bruce chose to setup a corporate video and training company working throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as studying for his Masters in Journalism at Charles Sturt University.
In 2009 Bruce took on the role of WIN News Reader, presenting six separate bulletins each weeknight for broadcast throughout Victoria and Southern New South Wales. WIN News is now the most watched News and Current Affairs Program in regional Victoria, delivering vital local news to each community.
Statement of Purpose
- To foster, nurture and stimulate interest in music and live theatre.
- To provide entertainment by staging musical productions of a high standard.
- To provide opportunities for people to participate in all aspects of theatrical production.
The genesis of BLOC Music Theatre was the entertainment committee of the Dawson Street Baptist Church. This group organized the performance of the operetta “In Waltz Time” at the newly opened Civic Hall. The show played two nights, in the “Lower Civic Hall”, opening on Wednesday night the 19th June 1957, the program cost one shilling and the whole venture was in aid of the City Baptist Centenary Fund.
In June 1958, again in aid of the Centenary Fund, with largely the same cast and production team, the group staged "Blossom Time" for four nights from the 12th to 18th at the same venue. The audience purchased a program of similar layout to the previous one with one notable exception, for it read "The Ballarat Light Opera Company presents for your approval."
The Ballarat Light Opera Company was formally established at a meeting held on the 4th September 1959 when a committee of 9 was elected. The inaugural office bearers were: Mr. Noel Tobin, President, Mr. A. Walker-Davies,Vice President, Mr. Arthur Mee Secretary, Mr. Robert Willian, Treasurer and Mrs. Yutha Valpied, Assistant Secretary.
In the 60’s the company mounted 13 productions.1968 is the only year since formation that the company has not staged a show.
1977 saw the introduction of “Junior” productions and the purchase of the hall in Peel St. The decade of the 70’s also saw 13 productions, three being “Junior” productions.
During the 80’s the company produced a “Major” and “Junior” show each year, was awarded the inaugural “Encore” for company of the year, in 1987 the carried out extensive renovations on the hall and in 1989 won its first “Production of the Year” at the Music Theatre Guild Awards of Victoria for “Godspell”.
16 productions were achieved in the 90’s, 11 “Major” and 5 “Junior”. Both “The Merry Widow” in ’95 and “Me and My Girl” in ’96 were awarded “Production of the Year” at the Guild Awards. In 1998 the Set Construction and Storage Facility in Spencer St was purchased.
“Chess” in 2000 and “Half a Sixpence” in ‘02 which both won “Production of the Year” Guild Awards.
The BLOC Music Theatre Data Base contains listings of Productions, Performers, Production Team members, Office Bearers and members from the very beginning in 1959. The Data Base is capable of producing specific reports e.g. member report, show report, etc.
The digital archive contains images of show programmes, posters, flyers, photographs, press cuttings, etc.
The physical archive contains the hard copy of the digital archival as well as Minute books, Annual Reports, meeting minutes, recordings of productions, etc.
The company has produced 2 publications outlining its history, “The First 21 Years” published in 1980 and “BLOC Music Theatre 1959 – 2009” published in 2009.
Contact the Archive Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Code of Conduct
A complete copy of the BLOC Music Theatre Code of Conduct can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.