Quartet to delight audiences in port

By Riverine Herald

ECHUCA-MOAMA Theatre Company is calling all senior thespians.

Trish Deakin and Lesley Summers have been given the go-ahead to direct the delightfully funny and heartwarming play Quartet in the Port of Echuca.

‘‘This has been something we have been wanting to do for a long time so we’re very excited to get started,’’ Trish said.

‘‘We wanted do something a little different from the usual large-scale musical theatre productions the company does so well and wanted to bring something to the Port of Echuca arts precinct.’’

And they are looking for the stars of the show.

‘‘Our cast members will be playing the roles of people living in a retirement home for former musicians and opera singers, allowing the more mature members of our company, and new members hopefully, the chance to stretch their acting wings a little,’’ Trish said.

An information night will be held on Wednesday, August 22, for anyone interested in auditioning.

Trish said Quartet was a pitch-perfect comedy which was also moving and charming. It follows Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred — former opera singers in a home for retired musicians — who are shocked to discover a new arrival at the home is their former singing partner, Jean. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie.

The famous quartet is now asked to give one final performance at a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday.

The play was written by Ronald Harwood, award-winning author of The Dresser, The Pianist and also part of the writing team of Australia.

The cast includes two women and two men with a stage age over 65 (younger actors who believe they are able to portray the required age of the characters are also encouraged to audition). Four performances of the play will be held at the Foundry Art Space from December 7-9.

‘‘It will have an intimate setting of around 60 audience members which ensures everyone will feel the vibrancy of each of the four characters as they get to know them,’’ Trish said.

‘‘This gives us the chance to deliver a play which will be meaningful and heartfelt, humorous and a little bit naughty, directly to the audiences in an intimate venue ... where they are sure to see and hear everything the way the playwright intended and to be moved emotionally and go away feeling that they’ve truly been part of something quite special.’’

The information session will be held at The Shed, Simmie St, Echuca, at 7.30pm with auditions in the same venue on August 31 and September 1.

Audition bookings will be taken at the information night.

For information, email [email protected]