CATHOUSE PLAYERS INC. ... Formerly CATS (Craigieburn Amateur Theatrical Society) was formed in 1982 in Craigieburn, a suburb north of Melbourne - with 12 founding members. They were committed to not only performing quality theatre, but productions that would appeal to their audiences. Bette Sartore was a founding member, elected as their first President for four years, and then Artistic Director from 1986. The talented members of the company transformed an empty and disused building into a proper little theatre, with comfortable auditorium-style seats, raised stage, stage curtain, dressing rooms, kitchen, indoor toilets! It was a long, happy and productive involvement with the local community, with the unprecedented luxury of rehearsing and performing in their own theatre. Bette appeared onstage in a variety of roles, and directed some 35 plays, including Award-winning One-Acters at Festivals in Ararat, Anglesea, Kyneton and Macedon.
In 2005, the Cathouse Theatre was closed by the local council of the day, for OH&S reasons, and the company disbanded and many props and costumes and technical equipment were sold. When Bette and Frank Sartore re-located to Kyneton, they were determined to re-form their beloved theatre company, so with a handful of the original core group, plus some enthusiastic locals, they became Kyneton Katz.
Kyneton Katz, in conjunction with Kyneton Theatre Company, in 2010, under Bette's direction, presented the critically acclaimed and financially successful "84 Charing Cross Road" in Kyneton's Bluestone Theatre. They were all set to begin rehearsals in early 2012, for three One Act Plays, when the Macedon Ranges Shire Council closed the Bluestone Theatre, in order to comply with OH&S regulations. Once again, they were faced with no theatre of their own, and no suitable venue in Kyneton.
Kyneton Katz morphed back into Cathouse Players, and mounted three successful productions in Chewton at the Senior Citizens Centre: "Trap for a Lonely Man" - a thriller, followed by the Noel Coward classic, "Blithe Spirit", and the final play in Chewton, "Deathtrap". Cathouse Players were determined to return to Kyneton, their home town, and when a suitable venue (albeit temporary), was finally found, the Masonic Hall, in Yaldwyn Street West became a pop-up theatre. “Atlantic Crossing” a season of short plays was their final offering for 2014, and received enthusiastic support from the locals.