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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll takes place in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton during the summer of 1953 – the seventeenth year of an annual tradition for sugarcane cutters Reuben “Roo” Webber and Arthur “Barney” Ibbot.

“Roo” Webber will be played by Shane Webb, and “Barney” Ibbot played by Roy Nunn.

Each year, Roo and Barney travel south to Melbourne after cane cutting season for five months of frivolity and celebration with two, city women: Olive Leech and her friend Nancy.

For the past seventeen years, Roo has brought with him a gift of Olive: a kewpie doll.  On this particular occasion we learn that Nancy has married some months earlier, so Olive has invited Pearl Cunningham to partake in the tradition.

Olive Leech will be played by Sharon Vassallo, and Pearl Cunningham will be played by Suze Harpur.

Also appearing in this production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will be:
·  Ashley Mullins as Bubba Ryan, Olive’s 22 year-old neighbour who has coveted both Olive’s and Nancy’s lifestyle for almost all her life.
·  Jan Nary as Olive’s cynical, but wise, mother Emma.
·  Dallas Fogarty in the role of Johnny Dowd, the young, gun- sugarcane cutter on Roo’s and Barney’s team.  Johnny is intent on proving that he is the best.

The production team from MTG who will work under director Ray Noonan to bring this classic piece of theatre to the stage is: Ann Leung, Assistant Director; stage managers – Ian Munday and Linelle Taylor; technical support provided by Mike and Elisabeth Daniell, and costuming coordinated by Theresa Twigg.

Patrons familiar with previous MTG productions should be aware of a venue change for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.  MTG will be utilising the resources of Hilliard State School to present seven performances of this famous and defining piece of Australian theatre from November 3 to 18.


MEET THE CAST

Ray

Ray Noonan

Director of the Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

“Ray Noonan is the director of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and has been a member of MATES/MTG since 2003 following an extensive theatre portfolio in New South Wales.  Ray has directed both dramas and comedies for the group, starting with the thriller Wait Until Dark (2004) and the comedy There Goes The Bride (2006).

In 2008, Ray directed the World Premier of a local play A Mid Life Crisis – by local writer Margaret Dakin – prior to directing the first of his award-winning productions, The Eulogy.  The Eulogy won 3rd prize at the Sandgate Drama Festival in 2012.  Ray’s award-winning one-act plays continued in 2013 with the powerful drama The Great Dark, which won the Adjudicator’s Choice prize at the Redland’s drama festival, DramaFest.

Earlier this year, Ray directed our production of Australia Day, which was performed at the Redland Museum in Cleveland as well as Magda Community Artz in Bardon.

As an actor, Ray has appeared in musicals (non-singing parts), dramas and comedies with the group; starting in 2003 when he was Officer O’Rielly in Ma Baker’s Tonic.  Ray played the lovable, yet tormented, Josef in the thriller Strictly Murder (2009), and more recently he played the golf-mad Grandpa in Death by Golf (2014).

Ray also combines his contributions as a director and an actor with his role on the management committee of MTG where Ray is the current Vice-President and chair of our Future Productions sub-committee.”

By Ray Lawler
By Arrangement with Ray Lawler C/- Fran Moore,
Directed by Ray Noonan

Evening Performances: 

Friday, 3th & 10th & 17th November 2017

Saturday, 4th & 11th & 18th November 2017

Matinee Performance:

Saturday 11th November 2017

Tickets: $20

Venue:

HILLIARD STATE SCHOOL

Cnr Alexandra Circuit and Hanover Drive, Alexandra Hills

Entrance off Hanover Drive, Alexandra Hills

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SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL

03 Nov | Hilliard State School
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MATES Theatre Genesis is non-profit, community theatre group who have been part of the cultural landscape of Redlands City for over two decades. The group rehearse and perform at the Birkdale School of Arts Hall and produce three shows a year – comedies, dramas and small stage and cabaret style musicals.

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