Former Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Juliet Arkwright and Oak Flats teacher Richard Bromwich will step into some pretty big shoes when the Highlands Theatre Group's production of Mother and Son opens at the Moss Vale Services Club on Friday night (July 8).
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Arkwright will play Maggie Beare, the role made famous by one of Australia's most loved actors in Ruth Cracknell, while Bromwich takes on the role of her son, Arthur, made famous by none other than Garry McDonald.
The two-act play was written by Geoffrey Atherden, the man who wrote the long-running ABC Television series of the 1980s and 90s, but this show is no re-run of anything previously seen on the box.
"It's a completely new script that works in all the elements of the show that Australians came to love over so many years," Director and HTG President Steve Cheers said.
"It's a very funny show and we have an extremely talented cast to carry it off."
For Juliet Arkwright, Mother and Son marks a return to the stage after 24 years. She was last seen in HTG's production of Annie in 1998. As excited as she is to be treading the boards once more, she is the first to acknowledge the size of the task at hand.
"Maggie features in 12 of the 13 scenes in the play, and Arthur is in all 13," Arkwright said.
"We've had to put in a lot of work just get our lines down, and that's even before we think about hitting our marks."
For Richard Bromwich, it has been a rewarding effort travelling during the school term from his Oak Flats job to rehearsals with the cast and crew of the latest of a number of amateur theatre companies with which he has performed. He was last seen on a Highlands stage in the highly acclaimed production of Mama Mia.
"It has been a real collegial effort, helping each other and bringing all the elements together to make this a memorable night at the theatre for our audience," he said.
Mother and Son opens at the Moss Vale Services Club for two weekends on Friday, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays before moving into the new Goulburn Performing Arts Centre for two performances on Saturday, July 23.
For tickets go to www.htg.org.au and follow the prompts.
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