Businesswomen attending the Illawarra Women in Business monthly networking meeting last Friday enjoyed an entertaining start to the luncheon when two cast members from Hairspray the Musical performed a two-song preview.
Anne-Marie Fanning and Georgia Kollaras were invited to perform and promote the three shows of the Tony-Award winning musical and popular film at the WIN Entertainment Centre on November 1 and 2.
At the lunch, IWIB directors Delyse del Turco and Glenda Papac were the most eager participants in a fund-raising activity for next month’s Need A Feed.
The event at Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre on November 14 aims to put together 200 food parcels to help local families.
Hairspray the Musical is being presented by MoonGlow Productions.
The musical is a social commentary on the racial injustices of American society in the 1960s, set to a soundtrack of ’60s dance music and funky rhythm and blues.
The local production has a cast of 60 as well as a five-piece live band.
The three shows over two days are designed to spoil the audience with big hits, big fun and big hair.
The first show is on Friday, November 1, at 7.30pm, and on Saturday there are shows at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Tickets can be bought at Ticketek and Mrs Fanning said there had been so much early interest that ‘‘we could sell out all three shows’’.
Ms Kollaras, who plays lead character Tracy Turnblad, said the whole journey had been an amazing experience and she really looked forward to performing before three local live audiences on November 1 and 2.
Mrs Papac also used the Friday lunch to announce that the recent IWIB Long Lunch and Expo Day had been a huge success that raised more than $5100 for the Illawarra Disability Trust.
Rodwell moves on
Brett Rodwell has sold his share in Mudcat Cafe to his business partner of 10 years, Paul Newman.
The former Steeler and Rabbitohs centre and NSW State of Origin player is now looking for a new career path.
Rodwell is considering what next and is interested to hear about potential employment opportunities and other feedback.
Last night’s Wollongong eClub meeting featured Critical Arc founder Glenn Farrant speaking about his journey from idea to business.
The University of Wollongong alumni and former navy weapons engineer talked about the start-up he developed at Wollongong StartPad, and receiving $1million in funding from the Sydney and Hunter Angels and Commercialisation Australia.
Critical Arc has received contracts from Australian universities and the Melbourne Airport for its security communication system.
Another speaker was Brennan Hatton, an IT graduate from the University of Wollongong, a StartPad alumni and entrepreneur who has created Brennan Hatton Games and Ninja Active.
He now works as a developer in Silicon Valley for Meta, a super glasses company aimed at creating augmented reality.
He gave a demonstration using the only Meta Glasses (spaceglasses.com) in Australia.
RDA Illawarra is hosting its fifth annual Regional Leaders Summit on Friday, November 15.
RDA Illawarra marketing, communications and project officer Leigh Jewiss said highlights this year included Deloitte Access Economics’ commissioned report undertaken as stage one of the Transition Illawarra initiative.
It includes a review of the regional economy, a competitive analysis and workforce future.
There will also be a facilitated cafe conversation where attendees can discuss the report and provide feedback.
ABC’s Tony Jones will speak about political and media perspectives on Australia and the Illawarra. He will also moderate a Q&A discussion.
A new name in creativity is coming to Wollongong.
121creative is a design studio that officially opens on November 4 in the kwik copy building at 288 Keira Street.
Director Michelle Morrisey said it would provide web design to branding, design for print, integrated media, advertising and marketing.
Rotary District 9675 is holding its 2013 Vocational Service Awards on October 29.
The event co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Wollongong and Centro CBD is about celebrating excellence in vocations.
Celtic Elements is a new exhibition at Art Arena Gallery Wollongong by George Hofsteters.
The exhibition runs until October 26.
Mr Hofsteters is an accomplished artist in many fields, a photographer and folklorist who collects oral histories.
Further information at here.