Allo Allo

Bush Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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