Contributor Bro Ed Becker (Ex-Student, Old Boy and Patron)


On 6th December, 1942, St Bernardís College put on an outstanding performance of HMS Pinafore in the Embassy Theatre, Katoomba.

The Cast (Details kindly provided by Br William Shaw, District Archives)

  • John Madigan Captain Corkeran
  • Tom Porter Ralph
  • John Swadling Josephine
  • Peter Westoff Dick Deadeye
  • Barry Ford Buttercup
  • Keith Buckman Hebe
  • Don (CAFDD) Foy Boatswain
  • Colin Bradshaw Sailor
  • Ron Martine Sailor
  • L. Feain Sailor

    Br Michael Cooper was director/conductor and Br Mark McCarthy was the producer. A number of Katoomba mothers and others must have helped with the costumes and make-up and stage settings etc. The costumes were probably hired from Buttonhole.

    I was there as a very appreciative member of the audience, clapping madly and marvelling how those guys I knew so well could be turning on the show they were.

    But I was also sitting alongside my mother and being asked why I wasnít up there with the others ?!


    On 3rd December, 1965, St Bernardís College put on a no less outstanding performance of HMS Pinafore in the Katoomba High School Auditorium, Katoomba.

    The Cast (Again, details kindly provided by Br William Shaw, District Archives)

  • Keiran McVeigh Sir Joseph Porter
  • Colin O'Dell Captain Corcoran
  • Hans Drielsma Ralph Rackshaw
  • Miss Beverley Halls (Mt St Marys) Josephine
  • Greg Fitness Dick Deadeye
  • Kevin Scott Buttercup
  • Philip Ryan Mate
  • Gerard McVeigh Boatswain
  • Greg Woodman Midshipman
  • John Lavis Sailor
  • William Ward Sailor
  • Gary Tobin Sailor
  • Peter Gehle Sailor
  • Patrick Madigan Sailor
  • Paul Kelly Sailor
  • Anthony Kuypers Sailor
  • Alan Cullen Sailor
  • Stephen Mackie Sailor
  • Simon Begley Sailor

    Sir Joseph's sisters, cousins and aunts were played by :-

    David O'Grady; Jerome Kuypers; Robert Mackenzie; Mark Donohoe; Stephen Ciok; Michael Cleary; Noel McVeigh; William Browne; Stephen Talbot; Peter Lavis; Hector McDonald; Michael Gormly; Desmond Brennan; Bradley Moore and Danny Monk.

    Produced by Mr McVeigh and Rev Father Hay. Musical Direction by Mr McVeigh. Stage Manager Rev Br Dominic


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