Gallipoli musical will draw in audience
Each act in the upcoming Porirua Little Theatre production, Voices from the Front, will involve the audience and leave them wanting more, says director John Goddard.
As a commemoration of the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, the story follows three humble New Zealand families, and how the soldiers journeyed to the Dardanelles and lived and died at Gallipoli.
It is based on letters sent from the front, memoirs of Gallipoli veterans and quotes and minutes from the Council of War.
Voices from the Front is a musical, but deals with courage and endurance, duty and love of country, mateship, good humour, the loss of innocence, survival and decency in the face of dreadful odds.
‘‘It’s a production, a living memory,’’ choreographer Deborah Hale said.
Though most of the cast have never worked on stage, Goddard said everyone was committed and were keen to be there because of the Anzac connection.
‘‘ We’ve set it so you can’t help but be involved,’’ Goddard said.
‘‘The whole thing happened from November to April, and we have an hour to show all that in an hour.’’
Goddard said the second half would really hit the audience with a sense of seriousness when characters arrive at Gallipoli.
‘‘We want it to be the whole nine yards. We want to give people the sights and sounds of the battle.’’
Songs from the era include I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, A Little of What You Fancy Does You Good, and Just A Song At Twilight.
Goddard said the show would start as though set in 2015, but would jump back to 1915 throughout the acts.
‘‘This is so there is no disconnection of 100 years.’’ The story ends back in 2015. ‘‘In terms of commitment, it’s at the level of a professional show.’’ The story was written by Amanda Stone. ‘‘Most of the script is written from actual books or dialogues,’’ Stone said.
Voices from the Front – A Gallipoli story,