SCOTT LEAVES ON AN HEROIC NOTE
STUDENT theatre company Second Chance Theatre will debut superhero musical Extra Ordinary People, written and directed by Scott McArdle of East Victoria Park, at Murdoch University this month.
McArdle is the group’s artistic director and is leaving Murdoch University with a bang, after writing and producing 12 original shows at the university.
Extra Ordinary People is his first musical, a collaboration with Malaysian composer Nick Choo.
Como resident Sophie Braham will star as Frankie, the heart and soul of the small group that stands up against Captain Astonishing and the government of Destiny City.
“I grew up reading comic books and then watching them on the big screen as I left my teenage years,” McArdle said.
“For the past three years I’ve worked as a playwright at Murdoch University, writing about issues that ranged from writer’s block to witchcraft to concentration camps to Godzilla. Now I’m finishing with a show that the child in me has been bursting to write.”
Braham said she auditioned because she was a “little bit of a superhero nerd” herself.
“The fact it's a musical is an added bonus,” she said.
Extra Ordinary People tells the story of barista Polly, who tries to stand up to an unjust government, and stars a cast of local actors, many of whom are students or alumni from Murdoch University.
“It’s great that we have such a dedicated team,” McArdle said.
“We have Murdoch students past and present who are eager to grow and learn, and that’s just exciting to be around.”
Director Scott McArdle.