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THE TORRENTS @ THE DRAMA THEATRE

Wherever you look there’s something happening in Australian playwright Oriel Gray’s neglected classic THE TORRENTS. The play is set in a community newspaper called the Argus in the 1890’s in Koolgalla. The newspaper is run with an iron will by Rufus Torrent.

A new journalist JG Milford comes through the door. Rufus was expecting a young man and is taken aback when a young woman, Jenny Milford, walks through the door. Rufus wants her to leave but Jenny says she isn’t going anywhere. Will Jenny survive  Rufus’s wrath, and the boys only culture at the Argus?!

Rufus not only has to cope with a headstrong young woman on staff but also with the protestations of Kingsley who wants the paper to get behind his scheme to make Koolgalla more economically sustainable with an eye to agriculture to give it a better chance to survive now that the gold mining is petering out. Rufus’ hands are tied. A mining magnate John Mason gives the paper a lot of financial support and without his money the paper might fold. Mason refuses to see any future for Koolgalla that doesn’t involve gold mining. Continue reading THE TORRENTS @ THE DRAMA THEATRE

Man Of La Mancha @ The Reginald

Stephen Anderson, Glenn Hill and Courtney Glass in MAN OF LA MANCHA
Inset Pic- Stephen Anderson, Glenn Hill and Courtney Glass. Featured Pic- Marika Aubrey, Ross Chisari and Tony Sheldon in MAN OF LA MANCHA

When MAN OF LA MANCHA opened on Broadway 50 years ago, it was in an era where Martin Luther King was espousing I Had A Dream and the Kennedy’s were quoting George Bernard Shaw You see things and you say “Why?” I dream things that never were, and I say “Why not.”

No wonder then the linchpin lyric of this endearing and enduring show is The Impossible Dream, the musical mantra of Don Quixote, the knight errant tiller of windmills, who sees life as it should be, noble and elevated, not as it is, vulgar and base.

Independent music theatre company, Squabbalogic’s fiftieth anniversary staging of MAN OF LA MANCHA has an impossible dream realised – the securing of Tony Sheldon, lauded local Broadway star now domiciled in the United States, to play the poet paladin. Continue reading Man Of La Mancha @ The Reginald

Bye Bye Birdie @ The Reginald

Nancye Hayes and Jay James Moody in BYE BYE BIRDIE @ the Hayes
Nancye Hayes and Jay James Moody in BYE BYE BIRDIE @ the Hayes. Pics by Amelia Burns.

Squabbalogic’s inaugural presentation of  MYSTERY .MUSICAL – a one-of-a-kind venture within Sydney’s music theatre scene,  where audiences are treated to a staged reading and singing of a top secret musical theatre classic, played for just two sold out performances on Saturday 25th January 2015 at Squabbalogic’s home, the Reginald Theatre at the Seymour Centre.

A very talented cast of the inaugural Mystery Musical, all jumped on board, without knowing the show or the role that they would be offered. Squabbalogic’s MYSTERY MUSICAL starred JOHANNA ALLEN (Wicked), BLAKE ERICKSON (Forbidden Broadway), JESSICA JAMES-MOODY (Reefer Madness!), JOSIE LANE (Miracle City), MICHELE LANSDOWN (Drowsy Chaperone), GARRY SCALE (Carrie), ROWAN WITT (South Pacific), and the one and only NANCYE HAYES.

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