Auditions were held last month for The Bay Theatre Players second production of 2021, a contemporary Australian gothic drama, Children of the Black Skirt by Angela Betzien.
Director Lyn Sterling was on the lookout for three unique young women, with the skills to transform into different characters, both male and female, young children and adults, to convey multiple different stories in this brilliant Australian tale. Children of The Black Skirt tells the story of three lost children who discover an abandoned orphanage in the bush.
They become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past and tormented by The Black Skirt, a cruel governess who floats up and down the corridors.
The young women become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits and tormented by a cruel governess who floats up and down the corridors
As the stories of the forgotten children are told, from convict times through World War Two, the Stolen Generation and more, the spirits are released one by one.
Director Lyn Sterling was heartened by the excellent response to the audition process and had a very difficult decision in casting her production.
Bay Theatre Players are pleased to announce Michaela Burtenshaw, Scarlet Lane and Milly Shanahan will be taking on the roles of The Black Skirt, Old One and New One. Between them, they have a wonderful mix of experience, skills and enthusiasm.
Rehearsals will be starting soon, with the group already meeting to discuss the format of the play, the characterization and the musical score.
This is an exciting opportunity to delve into Australian Gothic Drama and explore contemporary relationships to the past, to each other and the land we share.
The Bay Theatre Players look forward to being able to entertain patrons once again when Children of The Black Skirt takes to the Playhouse stage in September 2021.
The Bay Theatre Players are please to present Play Explorations every month, on the second Wednesday of the month.
Attendees can read in, discuss themes and generally have a fun and social night out.
Bay Theatre Players encourage new faces to attend, as it assists with understanding what the community is looking for from its Theatre and exploring new plays and ideas for potential future productions.
Keep your eye out in The Eurobodalla Shire Independent to be informed of upcoming play explorations, events and information from your local community Theatre.