New show is full of laughs
The upcoming production from Stratford on Stage is guaranteed to put the audience in the Christmas spirit, says Stratford on Stage president, Rubeana Reader.
She says the show, Nuncrackers, is full of great jokes and songs as well as a little bit of audience participation and it is sure to be a hit with theatre goers.
“It’s got something for everyone really. When we were looking for a show we had a bit of a list of what we wanted from it. We knew we wanted something kids could be in, and could come to watch. Also, we wanted it to be a bit festive — suited to Christmas. We wanted it to be different to the last show put on by Stratford on Stage, to encourage other people to come and watch and enjoy some great local theatre.”
Nuncrackers, says Rubeana, ticked all those boxes.
“Nuncrackers is actually the fourth play in a series called Nunsense by Dan Goggin, but it works as a stand-alone play as well. Therefore, the audience doesn’t need to have seen the other plays to enjoy this one.” Rubeana says the play has two versions.
“One version was written for a larger stage, and one for a smaller one, so we don’t have to adapt it at all to fit the staging at The Castle.”
While they are using the version written for a smaller stage, the play itself is as big and loud as possible she says.
Nuncrackers follows a group of nuns, the Little Sisters of Hobeken, as they produce a Christmas show from a TV studio in the convent basement. The nuns are joined by Father Virgil and some of the students from the convent school as they put on their Christmas show. Over the evening, numerous snags hinder the Little Sisters during the production of their show.
“Everything about Nuncrackers is fantastic. Lots of music, lots of laughs, lots of fun and I don’t think anyone will be able to watch it without cracking a smile.”
The cast, which consists of an equal number of adult and child performers, is already in rehearsal says Rubeana.
“We’re having lots of fun already. We can’t wait for opening night.”
Tickets are now on sale and Rubeana says she encourages everybody to come along.
“Honestly, it is a great play which has something to appeal to everyone. It’s good, honest fun and will appeal to adults and children alike.”
■ Nuncrackers: November 10 —
17 at The Castle
Tickets: Available from Stratford iSite $25 adults, $15 children.
Ella Coulton (14) and George Slack (10) in rehearsal, watched by Annabel Bradley Archer (1).