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Sweet Charity – May 2013

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Charity Hope Valentine, a young New Yorker, is the eternal optimist. While working at the seedy Fan-Dango ballroom, as a dance hall hostess, she is often taken advantage of and continually experiences bad relationships. She has few prospects in life but always dreams that there is something better in store for her. Tired of her disreputable, difficult existence, Charity decides to fulfil her desires and goes to an employment agency to find a respectable job. Although her efforts lead only to humiliation, she seems to have met a decent fellow in Oscar. Trying to hide her true profession, she lies to him and tells him that she works in a bank. Soon, Oscar asks Charity to marry him. Unfortunately, Oscar discovers Charity’s real profession and backs out of the marriage. Nevertheless, Charity continues to remain hopeful that good things will happen in her life.

This 1966 musical, created by Cy Coleman (music), Dorothy Fields (lyrics) and book by Neil Simon, is based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for Nights of Cabiria. It was originally directed and choreographed by the 1966 Tony Award winner Bob Fosse. Some of the well known musical numbers in the show include: Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This, and The Rhythm Of Life. It also includes memorable dance routines such as Rich Man’s Frug, made famous by the 1969 movie version starring Shirley McLaine.

Friday 3rd May at 8pm
Saturday 4th May at 8pm
Sunday 5th May at 2pm
Friday 10th May at 8pm
Saturday 11th May at 8pm
Sunday 12th May at 2pm – Mothers’ Day
Thursday 16th May at 8pm
Friday 17th May at 8pm
Saturday 18th May at 8pm
Production Managers – Marcus Cassidy-Anderson
Patricia Chetcuti
Elise Elmer
Directors – Narelle Bonnici
Samantha Heskett
Musical Director – Daniel Heskett
Choreographers – Narelle Bonnici
Samantha Heskett
Lighting Design – Daniel Treloar
Costume Design – Cameron Sharp
Properties Manager – Hannah Morrison
Sound Design – Marcello Lo Ricco
Stage Manager – Matt Morton
Assistant Stage Manager – Jayson Fry
Set Coordinator – Norm Cassidy-Anderson
Lighting Operator – Daniel Treloar
Sound Operator – Mark Crick
Flyer/ Program Design – Nathan Toovey
Charity Hope Valentine – Alana Kiely
Nickie – Ashley Tynan
Helene – Ali Hickerson
Oscar Lindquist – Martin Quinn
Vittorio Vidal – Blake Testro
Herman – Rick Howden
Daddy Brubeck –  Stuart Dodge
Ursula Marsh – Jasmine Purches
Carmen – Jessica Prinzi
Rosie – Philippa Chalke
Featured Ensemble – Nicole Black
Natalie Black
Beth Haywood
Steph Hickey
Brooke Kotsos
Anna Marinelli
Shannan Marino
Nathan McCarron
David Postill
Josephine Pulitano
Melissa Quinn
Hannah Rodda
Brett Somerville

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