TRIBUTE TO PRIZE FAMILY
JACK and Agnes McKechnie/Boucher kept the theatre alive in this district through the 1950s and 1960s.
Barefoot in the Park was to be their masterpiece of theatre before a family tragedy occurred.
The play is now being brought back to the stage this May, with possibly some of the original props found. Quoting from the Border
Post in December 1969:
“It was as a playwright and producer that Jack was best known and for many years with his wife Agnes, they took parts in plays and musical productions entertaining thousands of people.
“For a long period, they produced the ‘Gamatonics’, which were bright entertainment and greatly enjoyed by audiences. These
were conducted for charities.
“Jack was also a member of the Stanthorpe Repertory Society, and produced many plays for them.
“His last play, Barefoot in
the Park, was presented on Thursday and Friday the 27th and 28th of November 1969.
“There was no premonition that tragedy was about to fall on the Boucher family.
“Unfortunately, Jack was killed in a car accident on opening night, November
“It was the expressed wish of Mrs Boucher that the play go ahead, as undoubtedly it would have been the desire of Jack that there would be no cancellation.”
This play is being brought back to the stage by Stanthorpe’s Little Theatre group on May 12, 13, 19 and 20 as a tribute to Jack and Agnes and in memory of their son John, who recently died from cancer.
It is being sponsored by the Bendigo Bank. Tickets will soon be available from Debbie Wilmot at Gracious Giving in Maryland Street.
IN TRIBUTE: Original producers Jack and Agnes McKechnie/Boucher.
Cast members Pauline Leigh and Robert Channon wonder if this chair, stored in Gillian Boucher’s shed, is from the stage of the original production in 1969.