Junior Repertory

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Who Do I Contact?

Contact Lesley Coombes
Email: jr_reptheatre@hotmail.com Please note that Junior Rep has reached full capacity for the time being.






Maitland Junior Repertory is a group that exists to aid children in developing acting and other theatre skills and to entertain the general public. Maitland Junior Repertory is for young people in Primary and High School, aged 7 to 16. Classes are orientated towards putting on one major production of nine public performances each year.

When Are Junior Repertory Classes?

Classes are held most Saturday afternoons during school terms. Additional learning opportunities may be provided beyond the weekly classes.

Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before scheduled starting time to sign your child into Jr Rep. Please arrive 5 minutes before scheduled finishing time to collect your child and sign them out of Jr Rep.


  • to wear pants/tights/shorts (i.e. no skirts or dresses)
  • to wear closed in shoes (no open-toed shoes or shoes that can slip off)
  • to bring your drink bottle of water.
  • Fees are $30 per Term.

    Please bring your term fees on the first day of term, the correct change or money order/cheque in an envelope with 'Term fees' written under your child's name. Money orders and cheques can be made payable to: 'Maitland Repertory Theatre'. Please ensure your child's name is accompanied with payment.

    We have now reached the maximum number of Junior Repertory members so to secure your child's place in classes, it is essential to pay term fees on the first day of term. Please see Lesley if you have any concerns as we don't want anyone missing out due to financial circumstances/hardship.

    Please email Lesley Coombes (jr_reptheatre@hotmail.com) if you are interested in being placed on the waiting list.

    Safety and Supervision

    To ensure the continued safety and efficient supervision of your child, we require you to sign your child in and out of Junior Repertory every Saturday. If you would like to make alternate arrangements, please see Lesley as soon as possible.

    Please ensure you collect your child promptly at the stated time of finishing every Saturday afternoon.

    How You Can Help

    We ask all parents to be actively involved in Junior Repertory with your child. Ways you can help out are:

  • Extra supervision on Saturdays
  • Helping with admin (e.g Meeting and greeting parents on the first day of term, handing out enrolment forms, collecting term fees, writing out receipts)
  • Preparing refreshments on a Saturday
  • Making costumes
  • Applying make-up/hair during a performance
  • Set construction

  • Please let Lesley know if there is anything else you would like to help out with.

    We have many exciting adventures planned for Junior Repertory. We will keep you posted - be sure to keep in touch with what the Theatre is up to on www.maitlandreptheatre.org

    Our Next Production

    The 2014 Junior Repertory production will be "Toad of Toad Hall". Nine performances will be held in June/July 2014.

    Our Last Production

    The 2013 Junior Repertory production was "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Nine performances played to appreciative audiences in September/October 2013.

    Leaders' Summaries

    Lesley Coombes - Coordinator 'Lell'

    One of my first memories, when I was only three years old, is exploring the playhouse while my Dad would be pottering around, building sets and making props. My acting debut, when I was ten years old, was as a little flower girl in Opera Hunter's 1996 production of Madame Butterfly at the Civic Theatre in Newcastle, playing alongside my Dad, Opera Singer Andrew Coombes. (Only to find out some years later that my dress size was to thank for landing me the part... being that I could fit into the kimono). I then tried my hand at backstage work in shows, directed by my Dad at the Maitland Repertory Theatre. I was given the very important task of sneaking a 'diamond' necklace through a secret wall in the thriller The Cat and the Canary. I eagerly joined Junior Repertory for a year, with my first role as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. Although it wasn't all that glamorous being that I had to wear all black, wear a stocking over my head and dance with a sparkler in my hand. But it is a cherished memory.

    Some of my favourite roles I've had on stage at the Maitland Rep include Julie in Cosi, Helena in Midsummer Night's Dream and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and of course the damsel in distress in The Dragon, directed by my mother Mary Coombes. In 2009 I ventured backstage again and have since directed Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Roald Dahl's The Witches in 2010.

    When I'm not at the theatre, I'm working in my family's property valuation firm with my Mum. I completed a Bachelor of Communication in 2008 majoring in Public Relations and Media Production with minor studies in drama and acting. I am looking into studying my Master's in Education next year. I'm also part of Vinnies Youth where we take kids out for a fun day or weekend. This is a very rewarding experience. I currently hold my Seniors First Aid Certificate and Caring for Kids First Aid Certificate.

    Guilherme Noronha 'Guil'

    26 year old Maitland lad Guil is a trade assistant and welder for One Steel in Newcastle. His talents far exceed soldering. Guil is also a fire twirler, fire breather and he is learning to fly planes at Newcastle Aero Club. He has been singing since the age of 10 and landed his first role in Pirates of Penzance at age 14. Since then Guil has sung just about everything from Opera to Popular Music, has studied Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music. He has gone on to work in movies, plays and musicals. Some of his roles include Gary in A Slice of Saturday Night with Tomaree Musical Society, The Beadle in Opera Hunter's Sweeney Todd, Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar with Maitland Gilbert and Sullivan and most recently playing Wes, a nightclub bouncer in the Australian comedy Up the Aisles due out in November.

    Guil is not a stranger to Maitland Repertory Theatre, being in a number of plays including Kid Stakes opening in September and was an enthusiastic member of JR Rep for two years under then Jr Rep coordinator, Sonya Solomou. Now he's back! Guilherme currently holds a Caring for Kids First Aid Certificate.

    More About Junior Repertory

    Junior Repertory, first known as 'Young Players' was born in 1973 with their first production The Other Cinderella in 1974. Today, thirty seven years later, Junior Repertory is still a thriving place for young people to share their passion for theatre, develop drama skills and life skills in a fun and supportive way. Junior Repertory endeavours to help young people develop many skills, not only skills they will use on the stage but skills that will remain with them long after the curtain closes. The confidence to stand up in front of your peers, to perform in front of an audience, to simply create, to work together as a team, to take direction and to use initiative are life skills which is what Junior Repertory is all about.

    Our Junior Repertory leaders are here because they want to share their passion for theatre with you. It is worth noting that Lesley and all her Jr Rep leading team are all voluntary and are here because they want to be. Maitland Repertory Theatre was formed in 1947 and is a non-for-profit organisation run entirely on the generosity of all its volunteers. Your term fees go towards the running of the theatre, the general maintenance of the building (which only just had its 150th anniversary in 2007 - so a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Playhouse) and other theatre expenses/purchases, such as lighting, sound and other theatre things.