Double-bill of local stage productions hits local stage

Kryssi White, Stephanie Taylor, Terry Powell, Barbara Carter, Francis King, Val Butler and Rhiannon Tange are all part of the Op Shop crew. Photo by Peter Reid.
Kryssi White, Stephanie Taylor, Terry Powell, Barbara Carter, Francis King, Val Butler and Rhiannon Tange are all part of the Op Shop crew. Photo by Peter Reid.

The Tenterfield Drama Group is back in action in full force, offering theatre-goers a double-bill of stage plays to launch its 2018 season.

Director Terry Powell has been itching to mount another performance of the award-winning play All my love, Paul since it was on the program during celebrations for the Tenterfield School of Arts revamp back in 2003 with another young local cast.

Mr Powell wasn’t directing on that occasion, but this time he has donned the directorial hat and said rehearsals are going very well.

“They’re a great little cast,” he said. “Really on top of things.

“I was waiting for good, young people to come along.”

Those good young people taking to the stage are Josh Moylan, Rhiannon Tange and Liana Meneguzzi, with a script that tackles a sensitive topic – terminal illness – in an intelligent and often comedic way. Josh plays the titular character who arrives at the bus stop early to grab some peace and quiet before heading to work, only to be confronted by a young woman who will challenge his morality and turn his life upside down.

As mature themes are addressed the target audience is 15-19 year olds, but Mr Powell said adults will enjoy the play as well.

Second production on the bill is The Ladies of the Op-Shop, penned by director (and actor) Francis King and dedicated to St Vinnies op shop volunteer Pat Cusack. Mrs Cusack isn’t in the cast but she will be front-row centre on Friday night’s performance, with members of Mr King’s bridge club also expected in droves.

Mr King said the play depicts a day in the life of an op shop, applauding the work done to assist the less-fortunate with food, gifts and bill payments. He has been a fan of op shops since his lean university days, and is impressed with the way volunteers from different walks of life pitch in for a common purpose.

Rehearsals are going well, and Mr King said his cast of 16 is excellent.

The two productions are being offered in a theatre dinner format, with pre-ordered meals or antipasto platters delivered to your table or seat from the Courtyard Cafe (phone 02 6736 6100) during intermission.

It’s all happening with 7.30pm sessions on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday February 21, 23 and 24, with a 12.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are available from the School of Arts for $15.

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