Experienced musical director Lerae Davison would like Bay Theatre Players audiences to see what life was like in the 1950s.
Lerae will be directing long-time favourite musical, Guys and Dolls, which will be on the Playhouse stage in November.
Said Lerae: “With the fabulous 50s fashions and those great 50s tunes, it can’t be anything else than a vibrant and fun show”.
Lerae will be hosting an information evening from 7pm at the Playhouse this evening (Wednesday, May 16) to let everyone know how she plans to recreate New York City and all its lovable and not-so-lovable characters on the Bay Theatre Players stage.
Lerae is keen for you to be involved.
“Please come along and enter into the spirit of the occasion and find out how you can be involved in this production,” she said.
“And, even if you don’t think now that you will audition for the show, perhaps the evening may change your mind.”
Lerae will kick off the evening at 7pm. Auditions will follow in the near future.
It is based on The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown and Blood Pressure, two short stories by Damon Runyon, and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon storiesJack Helmore
Dates may be announced this evening.
As a guide, she will be looking for cast members aged from 20 years upwards, but she is prepared to be flexible for the whole ensemble and it will all depend on who auditions.
The show’s music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser.
It is based on The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown and Blood Pressure – two short stories by Damon Runyon – and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories – most notably Pick the Winner.
The Broadway premiere was in 1950. It ran for 1200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.
It has had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine.
And while Lerae starts to gather her cast and crew together, Jenny Kohlhagen is continuing her early rehearsals of Talking Heads.
Talking Heads, by Alan Bennett, is due to open in July at the Bay Theatre Players theatre, 33 Gregory Street, Batemans Bay. More to come on that later.