Hats off to happy, feel-good mu­si­cal

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

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.

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