On stage: ‘Will you marry me?’
THE audiences were laughing and crying as they took in RaW, the story of the 1911 Childers sugar strike produced by Childers studio Pilotlight Productions.
Little did Pilotlight founder and actress Casey Lally know that she, too, would be in tears of joy by the end of the night.
Her partner Wayne Hammond, who was up on stage with her, began an emotional speech as the cast returned to the stage.
“He started talking about a special woman in his life, and I thought he was talking about his mother, because she was in the audience,” she laughed.
“But then he said she’d been there for him for over a year, and that’s when I thought something might be happening.
“Then he invited me over, and got down on one knee.
“The rest is a blur, because I got all emotional and started crying.”
He asked her to marry him and, of course, she said yes.
Ms Lally co-founded Pilotlight in 2012 with Tony and Gillyee Carey, a studio offering training in acting, singing, dance, costume design, lighting, make-up, sound engineering and more.
Celebrations followed the emotional event and Ms Lally said the pair were still “enjoying the moment”.
Pilotlight is planning another production for 2017 and is now fundraising for its next big event – sending 11 actors to a weekend of workshops at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, as part of the Association of Community Theatre’s 23rd bi-ennial convention.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great privilege,” publicity officer Diane Styles said.
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WILL YOU MARRY ME?: Wayne Hammond proposes to Casey Lally in front of the cast and audience of RaW.