Special Awards are to acknowledge individuals who have made extensive contributions to the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria and the community over many years of service.
The Music Theatre Guild of Victoria was so pleased to be able to present a special award to Beverley Meldrum at the 2019 Awards night for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre.
This award has only been presented three other times in the Guild’s history, to Bruce McBrien, Graham Cope and Val Pageam.
Beverley joins this esteemed group of people in recognition of her years of service to the Guild, first as a judge on the Junior and Open panels, and time as a committee member, including eight years as the President. Congratulations and thank you Beverley!
Bruce first appeared on stage in 1952 with Heidelberg Theatre Company and went on to perform in over 150 productions of the Lyric, Festival, Whitehorse, CLOC, PLOS, Rainbow and Elwood Theatre Companies. In 1986 he founded the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria, which now embraces over 80 companies and supports judges travelling Victoria for our awards for excellence program. They have become known as Bruce Awards in his honour. In 1990 Bruce was created a Knight of St John for community service and in 2000 received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to Musical Theatre.
Brett was a member of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Inc. general committee from 2005 to 2009 and then Vice President from 2010 to 2021.
Brett was the recipient of the Edith Harrhy award in 2007 and made a life member of the Guild in 2010.
Brett was single handedly the Production Manager /technical director of the annual awards night celebration for 15 years – from 2006 until 2021.
Brett’s other passion is PLOS Musical Productions. He joined the company in the 70s, so has been there for nigh on 50 years! He has held many positions on committee during this time, including Treasurer and Secretary.
Brett is also well known in the theatre world for his amazing costumes, having received six guild nominations for wardrobe, and has also run the costume store for PLOS. He has stage managed, been production manager many times and is always involved in getting a production onto the stage. Once, he even had to go on stage when an elderly cast member in Fiddler on the Roof didn’t turn up for a matinee. He found a costume and became part of the Anatevka ensemble.