NWTC planning for next big theatre production

May 26, 2015

NWTC’s production of Murdered to Death wrapped up last Sunday, May 17. It was another profitable show and again placed The Roxy on the regional stage. Over 400 people came and enjoyed the performances.

“Our Company is very fortunate to have very talented and experienced actors such as Nedine Young, Linda McDouall, Rachel Fernance, Lee Louden, and Tanya Heaton,” said NWTC President, John Wearne.

“These actors put in a huge amount of time to perfect their roles. Rachel is now living in Moree and travelled each week to rehearse for the role of Elizabeth. This passion and dedication is what sets the NWTC apart and allows us to give audiences very professional and polished plays.

“We hope that our newcomers relished their roles and want to return as we have started planning for our next production, Lipstick Dreams,” John concluded.

Auditions will be held this Sunday, 31 May, for a four-hander comedy called “Lipstick Dreams”.

It is a very funny play, with a musical finale, and tells the story of three women who work in a hairdressing salon in a small country town, and one of their customers. All four women are, for different reasons, repressed and wanting to “break out” from their shackles. To make things even more challenging , the salon is under severe financial strain due to competition from a rival hairdresser – Brett – situated across the street.

The owner sees only one solution to their problems – to enter and win a talent quest being conducted by the local Chinese restaurant. And, yes, Brett’s boys are competing too.

“Lipstick Dreams” has some very interesting connections with this area. It was first performed by the New England Theatre Company in Armidale in 1988.

With Lorraine Bayley in the leading role, it played in Bingara at the Civic Centre as part of the show’s country tour.

The play then moved to Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre with another well-credentialed actor – Lynette Curran – in the leading role. The play was performed by a number of companies in the early nineties, particularly in country areas, but has disappeared from view in recent years.

Therefore, the NWTC production will be something of a revival. “Lipstick Dreams” will have the services of Inverell Director Ben Daley. Daley, a High school drama teacher, is no stranger to NWTC productions, having directed “Hansel and Gretel – Lost in Sherwood Forest” for NWTC in 2009, and for his portrayal of mentally-scarred pianist Jeffrey in last year’s production of “The Curious Savage”.

The play will be performed on the weekends of 12th/13th and 19th/20th September, with two Saturday evening and two Sunday matinee shows.

Auditions for “Lipstick Dreams” will be held in the upstairs conference room at the Roxy on Sunday, 31 May, at 10am. Anyone considering auditioning can obtain a script from Ros Mouton (phone 02 6724 1613).

Put this one in your book for spring – it will be a load of fun! In the meantime, if you want to test the waters and see if you too could step out into the limelight the NWTC will be holding another playreading afternoon on Sunday, June 14. More details over the coming weeks