Water-shortage play off to Sydney

A scene from “Urinetown”… “The fitting present on the proper place on the proper time,” says director Ylaria Rogers. Picture: Jane Duong

A BUMPER debut season for fledgling Canberra firm Coronary heart Strings Theatre Co has capped the yr off with a proposal that couldn’t be refused – an expert season in Sydney. 

The manufacturing, “Urinetown”, directed by the corporate’s founder Ylaria Rogers, will take the stage on the petite theatre in Potts Level in January and February and it’s all methods go. 

Rogers, who labored as assistant director on a manufacturing some years in the past on the Hayes, after learning on the Australian Institute of Music, has been manoeuvring behind the scenes and in July, even because the manufacturing was in its tech run on the Courtyard Studio, she was pitching a proposal for the manufacturing to journey to Sydney. 

Canberra musical director Leisa Eager will likely be changed by Sydney’s Matthew Reid, the choreographer will likely be Cameron Mitchell who’s simply directed the Gershwin musical, “Good Work If You Can Get It” for Hayes and several other Sydney and interstate artists will take a number of the roles.

That is to be what Rogers calls a “rebuilt” manufacturing of what we noticed in July, praised by critics for its mastery of musical satire, and for being, regardless of the pessimistic title, a jolly good evening out within the theatre.

The 2001 satirical musical was written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, has gained Tony Awards and had already been staged right here by Narrabundah Faculty and Supa Productions. 

In it, a water scarcity attributable to a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on non-public bogs, however a hero decides that he’s had sufficient and plans a revolution to steer all of them to freedom.

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Rogers believes that “Urinetown” is “the best present on the proper place on the proper time”.

An exceedingly topical present given the extensive expertise of drought and lockdowns, and a really humorous one, too, it’s, she says, good for “a time frame once we want some reduction – excessive drama is just not actually applicable in the meanwhile”.

It was really the Hayes, a petite 114-seat venue named after Nancye Hayes the place high Sydney professionals stage large Broadway exhibits in an intimate scenario, that impressed Rogers to ascertain Coronary heart Strings Theatre within the first place. 

With 92 seats, Canberra’s Courtyard Studio was comparable in dimension and the manufacturing she staged in July gained’t want all that a lot rejigging for Sydney. Actually, she believes she’ll be capable of remount it in simply over per week with rehearsal, beginning on January 2.

The Canberra element of the solid options a few of our hottest theatrical properties – Karen Vickery and Natasha Vickery, Deanna Farnell, Joel Horwood, Max Gamble, Joe Dinn and Petronella Van Tienen – and the entire solid will work for a assured price and a share of the income. 

Fairly a number of of them will likely be negotiating round a day job, rehearsing in Sydney whereas working on-line to Canberra – one of many extra advantageous features of life within the post-covid period. All will discover methods of accommodating themselves in Sydney in order that Coronary heart Strings doesn’t incur lodging prices. 

“We’re doing it on the idea that they’re Sydney-based performers,” Rogers says. “Lots of people surrender numerous issues to help their inventive development.”

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“Urinetown,” Hayes Theatre, Potts Level, Sydney, January 11-February 5.

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