New show is full of laughs

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

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).

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