Review of Opening Night Performance: May 20, 2016
If they gave out Flash trophies for sheer enthusiasm, the cast of Woy Woy Little Theatre’s latest production would be weighed down with gold!
Opening night of Dinkum Assorted and the cast gave their all – and gave such good performances they had the audience laughing, humming and singing along – some were even keen to kick up their heels and trip the light fantastic with our bevy of beautiful biscuit bakers. Which, of course, director Fran Kendall would have been hoping and praying for these past three months of rehearsal.
Let’s be honest. Gathering a group of 12 females together (about half with little or no acting experience) and throwing them into a mix of a Queensland outback town, World War 2, a rundown biscuit factory, a goat called Rita, an antique biscuit baking oven and 2,000 American soldiers stationed just outside the town could be a recipe for theatrical disaster. Load in a severe dose of music, singing and dancing and… well – fingers crossed.
Ms Kendall – a community theatre veteran of many decades – pulled it off. And full credit to the woman.
If you’re unfamiliar with the plot of Linda Aronson’s award winning Aussie play then it doesn’t really matter. Just pay attention to what the girls have to say and follow whichever thread you wish. Humour, music, dancing, pathos, tragedy and more is in store for you. I say – “Bless ’em All – the long and the short and the tall”!
Accolades also to Douglas Kent and his amazing finale costumes for the Yankees Thanksgiving Day Concert… gasps and spontaneous applause from the audience. I understand the marketing fellow has been threatened with death if any photos of the final sequence are released anywhere before then end of the run!
Wonderful job everyone – and with the looming success of this “comedy-musical” I wonder how long it will be before WWLT includes one or two small musicals in forthcoming seasons?