Modern spin on a classic

By Southern Riverina News

A modern re-telling of the classic tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ will grace the stage of the Berrigan Memorial Hall over two weekends starting August 3.

The Berrigan Amateur Dramatic Society (BADS) performance will feature a computer tech-nerd hero and a heroine who is the daughter of an internet company magnate.

The roles will be played by BADS newcomers Henry Gregory and Jasmine Hammond respectively, who both travel from Jerilderie to be involved.

The villain in the story is a disgruntled ex-employee.

BADS president Matt Hansen said the modern pantomime will encourage audience participation.

‘‘As a pantomime, we do expect our audience to point out where our villains are and really get involved,’’ Mr Hansen said.

‘‘Those who come and see the play are going to see some fantastic talent which often goes hidden in our community.

‘‘When times are tough, like it is now, this is a great night to get out and laugh and sing along.

‘‘The play includes lots of popular songs from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 2000s, some of which have the original words and some which have been modified to suit us.

‘‘People should also come and see the play to support local arts and culture.’’

The modern take on Sleeping Beauty is the directorial debut for long-time BADS actor and singer Simone Fox, who has been offered support by Helen Dickie.

Mr Hansen is the producer, as well as one of the stars of the play.

He said the rest of the cast is a great mix of BADS veterans and ‘‘first-timers’’.

‘‘Both our hero and heroine are newcomers, and we’re lucky to have them. They are both great talents,’’ Mr Hansen said.

‘‘Doug Cameron is coming back for the first time in 10 years and Colleen Rockcliff is also back as the narrator, and Louise Glanville is also back this year.

‘‘Among the other newcomers is Annie Cameron. She has been the star of many local school plays, but this will be her first time performing with BADS.’’

Evening performances of the play will be hosted at the Berrigan Memorial Hall from 7pm on Saturday, August 3, Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10. Including a three course meal as part of the price, tickets are $45.

The matinee on Sunday, August 4 will be from 2pm and tickets are $25. For this performance, guests are invited to bring their own food platters.

All events are BYO drinks. Tickets are available at Berrigan Book Shop and, for the first time, also online at

‘‘We’re hoping that by introducing online tickets we will get people from the outlying towns come along,’’ Mr Hansen said.