It is with great pleasure that ALVA welcomes Angela Ayers to the membership fold. Angela became the Golden girl on NZ television in the 70’s through her actor entertainer television appearances with Peter Sinclair and Craig Scott on TV shows Happen Inn and Sing. By her early 20’s she had 2 hit records and had become a household name. This led to her being named “New Zealand’s Queen of Television” and “Most popular Female Artist”. Shortly after moving to Australia, she won the plum role of Maggie in the Australian Production of A Chorus Line subsequently winning the only scholarship the New York Shakespearean Festival Trust had ever awarded to study ballet / jazz in Los Angeles. A steady stream of significant roles in the musical theatre circuit kept her in Australia throughout the 80’s including West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Cabaret, Chicago, and Guys and Dolls with Anthony Warlow and the late Ricky May.
In the late 80’s Angela had moved to London but was lured back to Australia by Gordon Frost to star in the Australian National Tour of Jerry’s Girls alongside Marcia Hines, Judi Connelli and Jeannie Little. In 1998 she wrote her own one woman cabaret show entitled I Can Cook Too performing with the legendary Jazz Pianist Ray Alldridge. This show worked all over Australia and New Zealand to rave reviews such as: “Never mind that she can cook, this woman can really sing cabaret. Ayers has a rich and true voice, her technique is polished and her articulation superb.” (The Sun Herald, Australia)
In a career of many high lights Angela rates one of them as being singing the New Zealand National Anthem to over 90,000 people at the Bledisloe Cup Match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Angela has appeared on all National variety shows including Don Lane Show, Mike Walsh Show, Ray Martin and Kerrie Ann Kennerley show, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Countdown plus the 2 Ronnie’s Television specials. She was a regular favourite entertainer in the 80’s and 90’s on the Cruise ships and entertained the troops in the Sinai with the late Ricky May.
Returning to NZ she starred in musicals such as 42nd St, Jerry’s Girls, Mums the Word, numerous television credits as Shortland Street, Spin Doctors and Menopause the Musical both in Australia and New Zealand. 2014 Angela played Miss Potts in Hairy Maclary at The Opera House and you may have seen her on several television commercials. Angela’s cabaret show is in demand throughout Australia and is popular with the Senior Citizens Concerts alongside her new show Simple Dreams the songs of Linda Ronstadt. Currently she is working with some fellow jazz musicians and appearing regularly at the Opera Bar and The Golden Sheaf Hotel.
The 2017 Annual Banquet Welcomes Denise Drysdale.
Monday 22 May 2017
11am Arrival at Moore Park Golf Club – Cnr Anzac Pde & Cleveland St, Moore Park Sydney NSW
Earlybird Price – $65 (up to May 15. Must enter “earlybird” as the coupon code when purchasing online.)
Full Price – $75 (from May 16)
Pre Lunch Music in the Lounge courtesy ‘Music Man’ John Watson, Bubbly on Arrival, Delicious 2 Course Meal – Tea & Coffee – Cash Bar service available
Dress: Glitzy Glamour
To purchase a ticket to the upcoming banquet, click here.
Special Guest Speaker: Denise Drysdale
As a popular regular on Channel 10’s Studio 10 – Denise has hosted several television shows, radio programs and appeared in movies. She is renowned for her many stints with Ernie Sigley and Darryl Somers on Hey, Hey Its Saturday. Denise has entertained audiences in the corporate arena and in Clubs around Australia. A truly versatile and dynamic entertainer, in 2005 Channel 9 selected Denise as one of the 50 most significant people on TV in the last 50 years winning two Silver Logie Awards for her work. Denise began her career as a dancing three-year-old & made her television debut at 11! Photographed at 16 by a Channel Nine photographer, Denise went on to win the annual Girl of the Year Award with Everybody’s magazine in 1964. When Denise claimed to be a singer, despite never having sung professionally in her life, her singing career was launched. Following an Australian tour with Ray Brown and the Whispers, she was offered a recording contract & went on to appear in 26 episodes of the ABC’s Dig We Must. Cool fact: Denise was employed as Melbourne’s first go-go dancer at age 17! There is so much more, but you’ll have to attend the banquet to hear it all from this amazing woman herself…..
Thrilled my revealing chat with legendary Hollywood star Tab Hunter is airing on Studio 10 this coming Monday. What a total charmer! And the stories from an amazing career..85 and still going strong!
Helen’s rich contralto voice and dynamic personality have endeared her to audiences all over the world. Helen joined Actor’s Equity in 1948 and her professional singing career continued successfully for the following 40 years. She then became a businesswoman, enabling her to educate her two sons. Helen Lorain Rasko is an Alumni of Oxford University and still sings for Charities. Helen’s life long commitment helping raise funds for charity is well known and, as the longest serving Member of the ABF Committee, her knowledge is greatly appreciated. Dear Helen was a wonderful supporter and Life Member of ALVA, passed away on Saturday, 11th March, 2017.
When you read the Australia Day Honours List, you will see that Nicolette Norris (aka Niki Dene) is now a Member in the general division of the Order of Australia ” for significant service to the community, particularly to the rights, protection and welfare of children.” She is now Niki Norris, AM.
From Johnny Pace…… I could not be more delighted that her commitment and dedication to the cause has been so recognised. For the past 10 years she has donated up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week to the cause and I habitually am compelled to feign annoyance about 7.00pm each night to make her close the office and come to dinner. Our weekend evenings are frequently interrupted by phone calls from desperate mothers and never has she told them to ring back on Monday. Instead she breaks from whatever we were enjoying together to listen, advise and counsel – a process that never seems to take less than an hour. Our home is often used as a refuge for Mothers and their children from Intrastate who have to come to Sydney for Hearings etc and who can’t afford hotel accommodation. She is currently working with the State Member for Heathcote, Lee Evans, on the setting up of a Child Abuse Tribunal, with a panel of experts to investigate claims of abuse and to act as what Lee calls a ‘Gateway’ before these cases are dealt with by the Family Court. She has formed a separate group, Young Survivors Against Child Abuse (YSACA), made up of young people who have been returned to the custody of the more protective parent, more often than not, through Niki’s intervention. She arranged a meeting with the Federal Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, who listened to their stories and is already acting on the issues the children raised. Her many meetings with Government departments dealing with children has seen a marked improvement in attitudes and practice as she makes them understand the underlying flaws that see too many children suffering Court sanctioned abuse. All this just touches on the work she does and the outcomes she has achieved. That all this work is now recognised with an AM for her makes me the proudest man on the planet. Well wishing to: email@example.com
In 1979, ALVA members began raising money by holding Fetes, River Cruises and an Annual Ball. After ALVA became a Registered Charity, Art Unions were introduced as a way of raising much needed funds. Throughout the early years, Maria Venuti AM began the ALVA Race Days that saw massive support from all members of the entertainment industry. This was during time of Variety television. In 1986, these fantastic activities raised enough money for ALVA to buy property. Now, the profit ALVA reap’s from the rental of our properties and the interest earned from our investments is what we use to help people in need in the Entertainment Industry and beyond. We also donate to worthy causes within our wider community. The profit from our functions contributes to this and to administering our office of Volunteers.
ALVA can provide immediate assistance in a range of areas. From the Medical Gap and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, scooters and frames, to paying for Homecare. We can assist with rent and utilities and even to help with in home nursing when our industry members are going through Chemotherapy, recovering from operations, are homeless or generally in need.
IT IS ALVA’S CHARTER TO HELP IN CARING, SHARING AND IN FRIENDSHIP.