Hats off to happy, feel-good musical
KATE Peters hopes that Hats! – The Musical will change women’s views about growing old. The musical is written on the precepts of the Red Hat Society – the world’s largest women’s social organisation for ladies over 50 who want to have fun.
Peters produced Hats! – The Musical, which opens at Spotlight’s Basement Theatre tonight, and stars in it alongside local talents Kirri Adams, Sheila Bradley, Linda Van Viersen, Cherie Goosey, Martina French and Katrina Lardner.
Peters says while some women fear turning 50 is the beginning of the end, she believes 50 is the new 30.
‘‘Your responsibilities frequently are less – mostly your kids have grown up and moved out – it’s a time of potential freedom for a lot of women,’’ she says.
‘‘The majority of women are very comfortable in 50-year-old skin. They know themselves better, know what suits them, they are confident and have got to the stage that it doesn’t matter what people think of them. They feel like, ‘I’ve survived this far so it’s time for me to have some fun’.’’
Hats! – The Musical follows the storyline of a woman trying to come to terms with her upcoming 50th birthday.
‘‘She is not handling it too well, but with support and encouragement, she realises the best is to come,’’ says Peters.
‘‘It’s not so much a story, but songs and monologues that will touch people in the audience and resonate with women. There is life, friendship and fun after 50 – and a song The Oven Is Still Hot . ’’ Peters wants the audience to feel ‘‘absolutely joyous’’ when the curtains come down on Hats! – The Musical.
– ROSE SADLEIR The cast of Hats The Musical
Hats! – The Musical opens at Spotlight’s Basement Theatre, Benowa, tonight and plays Thursdays to Saturdays, April 11-27 at 7.30pm with matinees on April 14, 21, 28.