Fedora hats are widely associated with gangsters and “Prohibition”, a connection coinciding with the height of the hat’s popularity between the 1920s and the early 1950s.
In the second half of the 1950s, the fedora fell out of favour in a shift towards more informal clothing styles.
So much for the “history of the hat”. But its current history is tied up with Bay Theatre Players’ production of Guys and Dolls, the musical perhaps most associated with the 1950s, and in particular, 1950s New York City.
And it is fedoras that audiences will see on the Bay Playhouse stage when BTP’s production of Guys and Dolls previews on 27 October.
So, that means just over six weeks to go until the preview – and about three weeks until tickets go on sale. Tickets will be available from October 1, online from baytheatreplayers.org.au, or from BTP’s Box Office - (02) 4472 7580 - at the theatre, 33 Gregory Street, Batemans Bay on Saturdays only from 10am - 12 noon.
In the meantime, director, Lerae Davison, is starting to crack the whip and rehearsals are gathering pace and increasing in number.
Regular weekend rehearsals are now a part of life as the cast works to perfect the many memorable songs and dance steps to be seen in this fabulous and well known musical.
Guys and Dolls brings to life Damon Runyon’s much loved New York underworld. Gangsters, gamblers, evangelists and showgirls inhabit this musical fable which features the hit songs, Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, I’ve Never Been in Love Before and Adelaide’s Lament (A Person Can Develop a Cold).
And, a further word about those fedoras: they can be made of wool, cashmere, rabbit or beaver felt. So if you have one, whatever it is made of, please let Lerae know!