Cast & Crew 2017-10-13T12:29:54+00:00

The Cast & Crew of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

An MTG Production November 2017

Olive Leech has spent the last seventeen years as part of a five-month tradition of frivolity, celebration and argument with two, visiting sugar-cane cutters in her mother’s boarding house in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Carlton.  For sixteen of those years it has been with her friend Nancy.  In the seventeenth year widowed barmaid Pearl Cunningham joins the tradition.  Times change and people move on, but tradition keeps memories alive.

Introducing, Sharon Vassallo and Suze Harpur: female leads in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

Sharon Vassallo plays
Sharon Vassallo playsOlive Leech
Sharon’s journey in community theatre began in 1998 when she appeared in the Derek Benfield comedy Wild Goose Chase. Since then Sharon has had many notable roles in musicals, comedies and dramas, most recently in the comedy Uncle Jack, historical drama/musical Reedy River and one-act thriller Happy Birthday Mum. This year Sharon played Australian Suffragist, Edith Cowan in The Magdalenes’ production of Phyl Lobl’s Dames & Dare Devils for Democracy, performed at Magda Community Artz and in DramaFest 2017 at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). Sharon was also part of MATES’ award-winning cast in Dan Totheroe’s one-act play The Great Darkwhich won the Adjudicator’s Choice prize at DramaFest 2013. As well as appearing on-stage Sharon has worked in many productions as Stage Manager, prompt and producer. She has been a mainstay of the MATES Theatre Genesis management committee, as Secretary, President and is the current Treasurer. Sharon is kept busy fostering a love of performing in her two, talented young sons – watch this space!
Suze Harpur plays
Suze Harpur playsPearl Cunningham
Originally from Melbourne l now live with my fun, crazy family in the Redlands.Turning 50 recently prompted a search to find a hobby just for me. Not fond of running or exercise cancelled out most, if not all sports.So, I answered an advertisement for auditions for The Odd Couple – the female version, and so began this amazing adventure called local theatre. Since joining MATES Theatre Genesis in February this year and working with a wonderful director, cast and crew – a star was born!Playing the role of Vera, who was a sweet but vague lady was anamazing experience. The role of Pearl Cunningham in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is the opposite to Vera. As you read the script you understand her, Pearl is lonely yet won’t come out and say so as she is no-nonsense and a wildly proud women who values the institution of marriage. When l got the call offering me the part of Pearl, l silently squealed with delight and was doing a happy dance in the middle of a busy street! It’s an awesome feeling working with so many talented people; at each rehearsal l learn something new. Community theatre is certainly a wonderful hobby!

“Canecutters Reuben “Roo” Webber and Arthur “Barney” Ibbot have lived an itinerant life; for the past seventeen years at the end of the cane season they have travelled to Melbourne for five months of fun and frivolity with two city women.  But, things are changing – life for these canecutters is much different now than when they started their tradition – in other times.  Introducing, Shane Webb and Roy Nunn playing the male leads in Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.”

Shane Webb plays
Shane Webb playsReuben 'Roo' Webber
As an actor Shane has been associated in many companies and has undertaken a variety of roles including Roy from Cosy, Alistair Spenlow in Move Over Mrs Markham, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Among the many, his favourite roles to date have been The Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, and Billy Bigelow in Carousel, all of which have been acclaimed productions produced by Queensland Musical Theatre.
Other roles Shane has recently performed include; Glen from The Wedding Singer (Phoenix Ensemble), Professor Callahan from Legally Blonde (Savoyards Musical Theatre Society), The King from Cinderella (24 Hour Musical Theatre Project), and most recently as a duettist with the incomparable Georgina Purdie for the premiere of Underground Broadway’s Open Mic night where they sang Fine from Ordinary Days.
Behind the scenes Shane has held many positions including Artistic Director and co-founder of Risk Theatre; and as a Director, Assistant Director, Technical Director, Stage Manager and Playwright.
Recently, Shane has begun reviewing community theatre for Theatre People and has been named their Queensland Coordinator.
Roy Nunn plays
Roy Nunn playsArthur 'Barney' Ibbot
Roy has been in several Savoyards Musical Theatre Society productions in the past, having principal as well as chorus roles in shows such as My Fair Lady, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance.
Roy moved to stage acting a few years ago with the Manly-based company Mercury Theatre and has had roles in Presumed Guilty, Portrait of Murder and My Husband’s Nuts.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will be Roy’s second production with MTG, in January he played Wally Stewart in the highly successful Australia Day which was performed in conjunction with Redland Museum.
Roy has performed as a singer in the Brisbane City Council Seniors Cabaret series – an experience he ranks as one of his biggest and best musical thrills. Prior to discovering the stage Roy had performed as a singer/guitarist in covers bands around Brisbane during the eighties.
Roy resides in the Bayside suburb of Wynnum and is looking forward to playing the role of Barney Ibbot in this MTG production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
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