CURTAINS, at Hobart’s Playhouse Theatre, 26-29 June
from the Director’s notes in the program: This is the 15th musical that I have directed for Guilford Young College: what a privilege! This has also to be one of the hardest working casts I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. The calibre of these young people is extraordinary. They have been a constant source of delight and wonderment to us. And they have been supported by a sensational crew. I love theatre and I love what our young people bring to it. Patricia Kempa
from the Conductor, Brian Parkinson (including acknowledgement of the musicians)
PERFORMANCE … Friday night, 28 June
CURTAIN CALL … Friday night, 28 June
SOCIAL … Friday night, 28 June
the above photos were taken by PAUL COUNTY
GYC brings musical whodunnit to Hobart stage for first time
A wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience which was a hit on Broadway will be brought to the Hobart stage for the first time by Guilford Young College this coming week.
Curtains: The Whodunnit Musical was first performed in 2007, securing eight prestigious Tony award nominations and the best actor in a musical award for David Hyde-Pierce. It was the last collaboration for the writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, also responsible for other hits including Cabaret and Chicago.
The show takes place on the set of a musical! It begins with the Opening Night of a flop musical, Robbin’ Hood, on stage at a Boston theatre. Complications set in when the leading lady is murdered and no-one knows if the show will close or go to Broadway. Lt Frank Cioffi arrives to investigate the murder and it turns out that he’s into an amateur theatricals. The hilarious plot takes a lot of turns; there are a few more murders and all comes to a riotous conclusion.
This means that all performers will play two characters: the stage character in Robin’ Hood and the character in Curtains: The Whodunnit Musical.
Director Ms Patricia Kempa said the cast was having a wonderful time bringing this production to the stage of the Playhouse Theatre.
“It will be a spectacular and dynamic theatrical experience,” Ms Kempa said.
“That this play has not been performed in Hobart before emphasises Guilford Young College’s commitment to bringing fresh, new theatrical experiences to Hobart.
“Another feature is that Guilford Young College musicals are open to all students within the College as we believe strongly that our Performing and Visual Arts program should be inclusive and accessible to all. Even so, the depth of talent in this year’s cast is such that many in the ensemble could have had principal roles.”
Ms Kempa is being supported by fellow teachers Mrs Jodie Williams (musical direction), Mr Brian Parkinson (conductor) and Ms Angela Barnard (choreographer).
Curtains: The Whodunnit Musical will run at the Playhouse Theatre, Bathurst Street, from Wednesday, June 26 until Saturday, June 29, with all performances beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are available from Centertainment 6234 5998 or online. [PRICES: Adults $25, concession $18, group (5+) $15 each – internet booking fee applies]
REHEARSAL PHOTOS: Penny Edman