A woman who has nurtured the musical talents of many Maitland people was given one of Rotary's most prestigious accolades. Mrs Dorothy Morris of Rutherford was awarded the Maitland Sunrise Rotary Club's 2001 Community Service Award for 'a life of service through music'. Dorothy has been a member of the Methodist/Uniting Church Choir for 50 years and conductor of that choir for 36 years. As well, she has been the musical director for Maitland Repertory Theatre for more than 30 years and has conducted, accompanied and performed in numerous shows for the past 20 years. Dorothy has also been an accompanist and adviser to conductors of Telarah and Maitland Primary School Choirs for more than a decade and is founder of the Maitland Ladies Probus Choir and accompanist and coach of Maitland View Club Choir.
Nell Pyle, the star of Maitland Repertory Theatre's 2001 play 'That Christmas of '75', also performed in Maitland Repertory Theatre's first production, 'Tons of Money'. Nell's long involvement with Maitland Repertory Theatre began as an actor but she has also spent a lot of time making costumes as Wardrobe Mistress. Nell met her husband Doug while doing 'Tons of Money' in 1947. It was the Repertory's first romance. He was the Stage Manager and Nell was an actress. First rehearsals were held in the loft of a two storey barn, before the Playhouse was purchased.
Nell is shown here with her "son-in-law" Steve Anderson, played by Dan Shaunessy, in the 2001 performance of 'That Christmas of '75'