Adapting a TV series to the stage presents its own particular range of production challenges, but the Dannevirke theatre Company’s current show,Allo Allo continues to flourish in rehearsal as new costumes, props and set are added.
Buoyed by high early bookings, with one Saturday night already sold out, the cast and production team are redoubling their efforts to make the show something people will laugh about for years.
Costuming has presented a number of quandaries for wardrobe mistress Joy Murdoch.
Getting German army uniforms was a big enough challenge without the added issue of one of the cast being size XXXL. There’s a pretty large Italian general too.
Uniforms have been made by sourcing material from as far as Melbourne but making all the decorations, including buttons, badges and medals has tapped the resources of talented locals.
Props that have been interesting to find include like a stuffed parrot, several German sausages, a painting of a wellendowed lady and a blow-up doll.
The set has to be perfect. People are very familiar with Renee’s Cafe´ and the backstage crew have done a great job. Being an adaptation from TV where scenes can change in a second has had the crew working hard to minimise the changeover time.
Tickets are still on sale from the Dannevirke Information Centre Phone 06 374 4167 or email dvkeinfocen[email protected], nz.
They cost $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and children under 16, Family (two adults and two children) $80.
Constable Crabtree, Renee and Yvette try to fix a puncture in their blow-up doll.
Leclerc in disguise shows Renee his new communication device.