‘What happened when Rhonda went berserk at the Mittagong hub?’ will be the question on everyone’s lips on February 17.
Multi-award winning director David Letch will direct local actor Valerie Warry as Rhonda Russel, the vengeful redhead, as well as several other characters in the latest interpretation of ‘The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead’.
Staged in the Hill Top village hall, ‘Blonde’ as Dave calls his production, has all the hallmarks of a play production “bar some key details” that Dave believes will up the ante and give the audience something they have never seen before.
“It’s a full production all bar the lights, there are no blackouts, it’s all done in broad daylight but there are costume changes and all that,” he said
“I think that theatrically it’s very exciting and I think it’s something that your audience, whether they be from the country or the city, just don’t get to see.”
Dave’s inspiration to show ‘Blonde’ at the Hill Top village hall, comes from two things; his internal mission statement to not lose the village halls in the Highlands and local actor Valerie Warry, whom he describes as phenomenal.
“I’ve got this really big mission statement in my gut that we must not lose our village halls in the Highlands. It was only a few years ago that Hill Top was saved from the hammer and I thought these aren’t just village halls they’re watering holes, like how they used to be meeting halls for the village and have relevance.
“I thought if I do play readings, and I start doing them often enough I can build an audience, and expose the audience to different writers and showcase a mix of locals and pro actors”.
The other muse for the production of ‘Blonde’, was local actor Valerie Warry.
“She’s an absolute cracker and she’s a pro because if she wasn’t, she wouldn’t be able to cope with this monster of a role.
“Over two hours playing seven characters going from a 32-year-old to an 80-year-old to a bloke and then a four and a half-year-old.”
While David remains tight lipped about the ending of the play, he guarantees that the twist will blow the audience’s mind.
You can catch Valerie Warry as the ‘Blonde, Brunette and Vengeful Redhead’ at Hill Top village hall on February 17.
Doors open at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm start. A country afternoon tea will be available during the intermission.Tickets are $10 and are available at the Welcome Centre in Mittagong, Hill Top General Store and at the door. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the village hall.
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