On stage: ‘Will you marry me?’

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - El­iza Goetze

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.

You can do­nate at go­fund me.com/pi­lot­light­nida.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WILL YOU MARRY ME?: Wayne Ham­mond pro­poses to Casey Lally in front of the cast and au­di­ence of RaW.

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