St Luke’s Players 2016-2017 season

St Luke’s Players 2016-2017 season.

Long before the introduction of professional theatre companies to Victoria, all theatre was community based. One of the oldest troupes is St Luke’s Players.  The upcoming season represents the 68th for this stalwart band of thespians.

Last year, members answered a few questions for me which will provide more background on the troupe’s mission statement and philosophy.

The pantomime, a more recent annual holiday season venture, has proven to be wildly popular, with tickets being snapped up as soon as they go on sale in November.


October 12–23, 2016
A Murder is Announced
Written by: Agatha Christie
Adapted by: Leslie Darbon
Directed by: Peter Gatt

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place of a murder, in Miss Blacklock’s house. The victim is not one of the several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. There follows the mystery, filled with clues, false leads and suspense.

December 16, 2016-January 2, 2017

Locally written with local references.
Written by: David and Helena Hitchcock
Directed by: Merry Hallsor and Dave Hitchock

The evil Abanazar, posing as Aladdin’s long-lost uncle, persuades Aladdin and his new friend Princess Jasmine to check out a secret treasure cave for him.

But then trapped in the cave, how will our hero and heroine escape from the Genie of the Lamp and the scary Guardians?

Fear not—this traditional panto version of Aladdin, with plenty of singing, dancing, comedy, action and audience participation, ensures that good triumphs over evil and (almost) everyone lives happily ever after!

March 8–19, 2017
Written by: Peter Quilter
Directed by: Jon Scheer

A multi-part romantic hilarious comedy with bittersweet undertones, looking at stages of relationships, the starts and ends as well as the hopes and delusions held when people want what may not be possible.

May 17–28, 2017
The Robin Hood Caper
Written by: Fred Carmichael
Co-directed by: Lori Dunn and Rachel Millar

A twist on the Robin Hood fable with heroes and villains, a career to save and a romance. Love triumphs and the villains get their just desserts. The heroes are a group of old friends who have all retired from lives of crime and now devote their talents to the better use of helping others. The young couple must be united, the muckraking newspaper saved and the corrupt mayor dealt with.

Adults, Seniors (+65)/Students: $16
Children 12 and Under (Panto only): $8


Adults, Seniors (+65)/Students: $48
(All tickets are non-refundable)

THREE SHOWS (Excludes Panto)
Adults, Seniors (+65)/Students: $40
(All tickets are non-refundable)

Tickets are available:

  • At the door on performance night [by cash or cheque] (subject to availability for the panto).
  • Online through
    Search for St. Luke’s Players or the name of the play
  • In person at
    The Papery, 669 Fort Street
    Mon. – Sat. 10 to 6 and Sun. 11 – 5
    (Seasons Tickets available now; A Murder is Announced tickets on sale September 12)
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