QUENCH your thirst for authentic and original Australian musicals with the latest Roo Theatre production, Summer Rain.
The plot follows the Slocum family, who are travelling performers abandoned by the rest of their troupe on Christmas Eve in a country town.
In the backdrop setting of 1945, the story is saturated by the complexities of human relationships.
The show boasts a large cast of 19 characters, with no defined lead character. The show is accompanied by a talented eight-piece band.
Musical director David Wassink said it was “as rare as hen’s teeth” to have an original Australian musical on stage.
“There aren’t many Australian musicals around these days and this will be the second time I have directed the music in this play,” he said.
“The entire script and lyrics are very Australian and really taps into the Aussie vernacular.
“Moments are funny, there are moments that are tender and there are moments when you think the characters will tear strips off one another.
“The plot is driven by many different and very different characters and the relationships between them.
“We’ve aimed for a realistic picture of Australia onstage, where everyone can relate to the characters and see a bit of themselves up on stage. The cast is a mix of familiar faces and new names.”
Tickets for the show are $25 (or $25 for concession and can be found on the website http://www.roo-theatre.com.au
The show will run from 18-26 July on, Friday 18, Saturday 19, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 at 7.30pm. A 2pm show will run on Sunday 20 and Saturday 26.