The Georgy Awards
George Pullar, in whose memory the awards are named, was involved in all facets of theatre in Shepparton and district in the 1950s and 1960s. He acted, directed, was an expert in make-up and knowledagble in all aspects of theatrical procedure. He was President of the GV Drama Association and assisted in many early productions of the Shepparton Light Music Company.
The Elaine Tonks Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Play
Elaine Tonks was one of Shepparton’s finest actresses. Memorable roles included Madame Arcarti in Blithe Spirit (for which she won the first Georgy Award for Drama) and the Wicked Witch in Billy Tee and the Witches Brew. She was a member of the Shepparton Players, the Shepparton Dramatic Society, the GVDA, a life member of STAG and was involved in all aspects of production.
The Ted Malloy Award for Outstanding to Amateur Theatre
William Edgar (Ted) Malloy was a talented illustrator and signwriter and his dream was to one day work for Walt Disney. Luckily for the theatrical community of Shepparton and surrounds, that dream didn’t come to fruition. Instead, Ted left his artistic mark on the performing arts landscape of the Goulburn Valley over a community theatre career that spanned five decades.
A performer at Amateur Hour at the St Kilda Town Hall in the 1950s, Ted first appeared onstage in Shepparton in Apex Antics along with a number of other burgeoning theatricals. Ted soon moved onto appearing in productions for the Shepparton Dramatic Society and the Shepparton Light Music Company such as Salad Days, Anything Goes, Oklahoma! and Auntie Mame to name but a few and was a part of the working committee that saw the amalgamation of the two groups to form Shepparton Theatre Arts Group (STAG) in 1975.
Ted was a regular performer at Kiwanis events and functions in the area and also performed from time to time with the Blue Moon Orchestra.
Making use of his extensive skills as an illustrator, Ted provided the hand drawn program covers for many productions in the 1960s and 1970s around the Goulburn Valley. In later years, Ted continued to provide theatre groups with his signwriting skills for set dressings, publicity banners and promotions.
With Shepparton Theatre Arts Group and Numurkah Singers with shows such as The Boyfriend and The King and I, performing in various roles, both onstage and off. His last appearance in a musical was with in 1999 with STAG as Sir John Tremayne in Me & My Girl. Ted’s final curtain call came as the School Teacher in Onyx Productions’ Son of the South, a play about Henry Lawson which premiered in 2003.